Ambode Sacks LASTMA Boss, Replaces Him With Former AIG

Young Arabamen, the chief executive officer of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) has been removed from office by the Lagos state government.

He was sacked on Monday, October 2, and replaced with a retired assistant Inspector General of Police, Christian Akioja Olakpe, Daily Trust reports.

According to Akinwunmi Ambode, the governor of Lagos state,Olakpe’s appointment was part of efforts to revamp the agency for improved performance and better relations with the public.

The impetus expected with the previous appointment was not fully actualized due to the docile nature of the headship of the Authority,” he said.

Ambode explained that Olakpe is qualified for the job based on his wealth of experience.

Olakpe studied Sociology and Anthropology from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He is a graduate of the National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru, Jos. He joined the Nigeria Police Force in 1982 and was at different times Commissioner of Police in Bayelsa and Plateau states.

He was also the deputy commandant of the Police Academy, Kano and commissioner of police of the Explosive Ordinance Disposal Unit, Lagos. Olakpe rose to become Assistant Inspector General of Police before his retirement in 2014.

Arabamen headed LASTMA for over a decade, since the administration of former governor Bola Tinubu.

Before his appointment as LASTMA boss, he was a former Lagos state commissioner of police.

Earlier in the day, the governor appointed Olabowale Toluwalope Ademola as the Head of Service (HOS) in the Lagos state public service, following the retirement of Folashade Jaji.

He also approved the appointment of Taofik Adeyemi Fashola, Tunde Tairu Ogunleye and Fola Padonu as Permanent Secretaries in the State Public Service.