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State Traffic Management Authorit

•Cautions motorists against driving vehicles loaded with petroleum productsOfficials of Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), yesterday, handed over two members  of a one-chance robbery gang to Ilasan Police Station, Lagos. 

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The suspects were nabbed yesterday at Ikate, Lekki-Ajah area of Lagos. 

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Director, Public Affairs Department, LASTMA, Adebayo Taofiq, who disclosed this in a statement, said patrol team of the agency arrested the suspects while on duty monitoring and controlling traffic around the Lekki-Ajah area of the state.   

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According to the spokesperson: “Our officials while on traffic patrol heard passengers with loud voices shouting at the thieves inside an unpainted T4 commercial bus (AAA-750 XX).

While trying to stop the driver, he drove dangerously and our men pursued them with a LASTMA patrol vehicle to Ikate, where they were blocked by another pathfinder car belonging to a good Samaritan.

”  Taofik confirmed that while two suspects were arrested, two escaped with the Point of Sales (PoS) machine, which they used to withdraw passengers’ money inside the commercial bus. 

“The two suspects with the recovered unpainted T4 commercial bus were later handed over to R.

R.S personnel who were on pin-down at Chisco, along Lekki- Ajah. “They were all later moved down to Ilasan Police Station for further investigations. 

“One of the rescued passengers by the name Christopher Omukoro said he boarded the unpainted commercial bus from Alfa-Beach going to Ikate.   

“The General Manager of LASTMA, Bolaji Oreagba, has  advised Lagos residents to always ensure they board buses at designated garages and always be vigilant/keen-eyed, especially when boarding public vehicles,” he added.

MEANWHILE, LASTMA has warned motorists, particularly commercial bus drivers, against driving vehicles with loaded containers filled with petroleum products to guide against fire outbreaks. 

Taofiq said: “We are all aware of queues at different petrol filling stations right now but, it is a great risk and very dangerous for motorists particularly commercial bus drivers to be moving around with petroleum products in jerry cans inside booths of their vehicles. 

“It is equally expedient to remind motorists that as we are approaching the last month of the year, the dry season is already here which makes it very dangerous for motorists to be carrying fuel in jerry cans while in transit as this may speed up havoc which are not prepared for.

” “To avoid causing any undue obstructions to other road users, motorists must ensure that they have C-cautions, wheel spanners, jack and spare tyres, and visible headlamps in case of any unexpected emergency.

”   He advised motorists to also shun reckless driving, over-speeding, dangerous overtaking, overloading, One-way, wilfull obstructions, disobeying traffic lights and others, as no recalcitrant drivers would be spared for any lawlessness on the road.

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Taofiq said  adhering to traffic rules and regulations as contained in the Lagos State Transport Sector Reform Law, 2018 would ensure safety of lives of owners, drivers and their passengers.

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