The management of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) has declared that the use of Lastma uniforms, Kits and other accoutrements by film and skit makers is illegal.
In a statement signed on Friday by the Director, Public Affairs and Enlightenment Department of LASTMA, Adebayo Taofiq, the agency warned that anyone who portrays himself or herself as Lasma Officer in a movie or skit without applying for and being duly issued a permit risks arrest and prosecution.
The statement reads: “The General Manager of LASTMA Mr Bolaji Oreagba frowned at the demeaning manner in which movie and skit makers portray Lastma institution in their movies and skits, using Lastma uniform without recourse to Section 79 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2015 which criminalize such unauthorized use.
“Mr. Oreagba made this known today after seeing a fully kitted actress with Lastma uniform in one of the yoruba film titled ‘Gbogbo Lowo’ and other skits movies on different social media.
“According to Oreagba “film or skit makers who portray as Lasma Officer without applying for, and being duly issued a permit letter for such portrayals, to desist with immediate effect or face the full wrath of the Law.
“He believes that such sanity in movie production, regulation of possession, and usage of Lastma uniform will surely curb the proliferation of Lastma kits, uniforms and accoutrements in our society.
“We implore National Association of Nigeria Theatre Arts Practitioners (NANTA) and other affiliated bodies to warn their members as anyone caught using Lastma Uniform without an approved permit would be prosecuted”.