LASTMA GM Disowns Involvement of Officers in Ojodu Truck Accident

The Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) has disowned the unsubstantiated allegation that its officials were involved in the unfortunate truck accident that crushed some students on their way home from school on Tuesday.

The LASTMA General Manager, Mr Bolaji Oreagba made this known in a statement issued on Wednesday in Lagos.

Oreagba averred that from the reports he received on the incidence, the driver was believed to have lost control of the vehicle, probably because of mechanical reasons.

He, however, said the police was investigating the matter and the public should await their report.

Oreagba said LASTMA does not have a traffic management duty post around the accident scene.

He said: “So all patrol personnel had reported back to base for daily parade as at the time the accident occurred leaving only those at their traffic management posts.

“It is important to noted that various unconfirmed reports in some media, not only LASTMA as an agency was fingered but some other government traffic control agencies.

“So I wondered how all these agencies would be in pursuit of one truck, a truck that could be apprehended at a later date, that is, if it had committed any traffic infraction.

He advised that the media should refrain from rushing to the press with unsubstantiated reports, all in a bid to be the first to break the news. A news that could engender public distrust before the revelation of the facts.

Oreagba commiserated with the families of the students that lost their lives and pray for the quick recovery for the injured.

He also said that they all had the responsibility of making their roads safe for everyone, by strictly adhering to all motoring and traffic rules and regulations that have been put in place.

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