Nigeria: Serial Impersonator Arrested for Extorting Motorists, Confesses to Making N250K Weekly

Nigeria: Serial Impersonator Arrested for Extorting Motorists, Confesses to Making N250K Weekly

By Ahmad Hadizat Omayoza, Mamos Nigeria

In a recent operation, the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) apprehended a suspected serial impersonator, identified as Mr. Femi Adegbemi, aged 56. Adegbemi, who had been masquerading as a LASTMA official, was found guilty of extorting unsuspecting vehicle owners to the tune of N140,000 for purported traffic infractions within the state.

Mr. Olalekan Bakare-Oki, the General Manager of LASTMA, confirmed the arrest and emphasized the agency’s adherence to a cashless policy, wherein violators are prosecuted through a court process facilitated by a ‘Referral Notice.’

Expressing concern over the activities of such unscrupulous elements, Bakare-Oki assured the public of heightened surveillance and monitoring efforts to curb similar incidents across Lagos State.

The suspect was apprehended by LASTMA’s monitoring and surveillance team at Oshodi following complaints of extortion from owners of inter-state commercial buses impounded around the Moshalasi by Alaka area of Surulere.

Investigations revealed that Adegbemi had been pocketing substantial sums from innocent vehicle owners, promising to facilitate the release of impounded vehicles from LASTMA’s custody.

In his confession, Adegbemi, residing at Number 9, Anifowose Street, Somolu, disclosed his involvement in a syndicate that raked in an average of N250,000 weekly from motorists arrested for traffic offenses.

Following his arrest, LASTMA launched a manhunt for Adegbemi’s accomplices who are still at large. Adegbemi expressed remorse and pledged to refrain from engaging in illegal activities if given a second chance by the authorities.

Barr. Akerele Kehinde, Director of the Legal Department at LASTMA, affirmed that Adegbemi would be promptly arraigned in court to serve as a deterrent to others involved in similar illicit practices.

The apprehension of Adegbemi underscores the commitment of LASTMA to maintain order on Lagos roads and protect motorists from exploitation by fraudulent individuals posing as law enforcement officers.

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