The Lagos State Central Business District has dismissed two of its enforcement officers over cases of extortion and illegal arrest of residents.
Special Adviser to the Lagos State Governor on Central Business Districts, Prince Olarenwaju Elegushi said the measure was taken against the officers to instil discipline, re-orientate and awaken a renewed mindset amongst staff, monitoring officers as well as volunteer corps towards achieving better service delivery.
Elegushi reiterated the State government’s resolve to weed out bad eggs amongst the staff of the agency, disclosing that the two officers, Babatunde Scale and Abioye Bakare were caught extorting money from a traffic offender.
He maintained that his agency will not tolerate any illegality by its officers and will continually discipline any officers found wanting in the discharge of their duties.
“To instil discipline among our staff, the Agency has dismissed a number of enforcement officers, volunteer corps as well as sanitation officers whose actions undermined the objectives of the Agency and compromised the public image of government. Before now, four monitoring officers and some volunteers were dismissed for dereliction of duty. Today, two officers who were trying to extort money from a traffic offender illegally where caught and summarily dismissed” he revealed.
While advising motorists, business operators as well as visitors to adhere to traffic, sanitation and security rules when within the business districts, the Special Adviser urged members of the public with complaints on CBD enforcement operations as well as activities bordering on extortion, molestation or assault by its operatives to report such incidents to his office.