Bribery scandal: Another LASTMA official arraigned, granted bail
By Sebastine Ebhuomhan
An official of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority was, on Wednesday, arraigned before an Ikeja Magistrate Court.
Mr. Onasanya Abiodun was arraigned by the Lagos State Government before Magistrate Waidi Balogun of Court 16, on offences of collecting N15,000 bribe in lieu of the government‘s receipt.
In the first count, Abiodun allegedly obtained the bribe from a motorist, Mr. A. O. Adegbesan, on August 8, 2008 beside Otedola Estate, Omole, in the Ikeja District of the state.
The second count stated that Abiodun, on the same day and time, “being employed in the public service, did accept a reward in lieu of performance of your duty.”
According to the state, the suspect committed an offence contrary to Section 98 (1) (ai) and Section 99 of the Criminal Code Law, Cap C17, Vol. 2, Laws of Lagos State 2003.
The Director of Public Prosecution, Lagos State, Mrs. Olabisi Ogungbesan prosecuted; while O. J. Oluseyi defended the suspect.
Abiodun pleaded not guilty to the two offences, after which Balogun granted him bail on the bond of N50,000, with two sureties in like sum.
The magistrate insisted, however, that the sureties, one of whom must be a relation of the accused, must show evidence of tax payments for the last three years.
He adjourned the matter to December 1, 2008 for trial.
Abiodun‘s arraignment brings to two officials of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority who, within the last one month, have been arraigned for accepting bribes from traffic offenders.