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The Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) has denied allegation levelled against its officials that they were involved in the unfortunate truck accident that happened in Ojodu on Tuesday.
The General Manager of the agency, Mr Bolaji Oreagbe, said this in a statement signed in Lagos on Wednesday.
Oreagbe noted that from the reports he received on the incident, the driver was believed to have lost control of the vehicle, probably because of mechanical reasons.
He said the police were investigating the matter and the public should await their report.
He opined that LASTMA does not have a traffic management duty post around the accident scene.
His words “So all patrol personnel had reported back to base for a daily parade as at the time the accident occurred leaving only those at their traffic management posts.
“It is important to note 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”.
The agency Manager has advised the media to refrain from rushing to the press with unsubstantiated reports, all in a bid to be the first to break the news that could engender public distrust before the revelation of the facts.
Oreagba also commiserated with the families of the students that lost their lives and prayed for the quick recovery for the injured.
He said that everyone had the responsibility of making the roads safe by strictly adhering to all motoring and traffic rules and regulations that have been put in place.