LASMA imposter bags 4 months jail term


The Lagos State Environmental and Special Offences (Mobile) Court sitting at Bolade, Oshodi, Monday, sentenced an arrested  fake LASTMA officer, one David Oluchkwu, to a 4-month jail term for impersonating and extorting money from motorists, particularly commercial bus drivers in Lagos.

The  fake officer was arraigned by the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) on a 2-count charge of “Conduct likely to cause breach of peace” and “Impersonation” before the court.

Magistrate Adesanya ordered that the convict should serve the 4 months jail term without any option fine due to the gravity of the offences committed.

The court prosecutor, Barrister Agbaje Oladotun, stated that both offences levied against the convict (Breach of peace and impersonation) contravened Section 168 (D) and Section 78 of the Criminal Law of Lagos state (2015) respectively.

In his reaction to the judgement, the general manager of the LASTMA, Mr Bolaji Oreagba, said the judgment was a welcome development as it would serve as deterrent to others who are still extorting  money from innocent members of the public under false pretense.

Mr. Oreagba stated further that, “Our Surveillance and Intelligence Unit which has now been fully restructured would continue to hunt for other bad elements disturbing the peace of the society.”

He urged motorists, particularly commercial bus operators to adhere strictly to the dictates of the Lagos State Transport Sector Reform Law 2018.