CITIZENS COMPASS- THE Lagos State Environmental and Special Offences (Mobile) Court sitting in Bolade, Oshodi has sentenced an arrested fake LASTMA Officer, David Oluchukwu, to a 4-month jail term for impersonating and extorting money from motorists particularly commercial bus drivers in Lagos.
He was arraigned by the the Agency on a 2-Count charges of “Conduct likely to cause breach of peace” and “Impersonation” before the court.
A press statement released by the Director, Public Affairs and Enlightenment Department of LASTMA Mr. Adebayo Taofiq said that Magistrate Adesanya Ademola sentenced David Oluchukwu to a 4-month jail term without any option of fine after he pleaded ‘Guilty’ to the 2- count charges levied against him.
Magistrate Adesanya emphasized that the convict should serve the 4 months jail term without any option of 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 Sections 168 (D) and 78 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State (2015) respectively.
In his reaction to the judgement, LASTMA General Manager, Mr Bolaji Oreagba said the judgement was a welcome development as it would serve as deterrent to others who are still extorting money from innocent members of public under false pretense.
According to him, “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”
The General Manager however urged motorists particularly commercial bus operators to adhere strictly to the dictates of the Lagos State Transport Sector Reform Law 2018