The Management of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) on Friday declared the use of its uniforms, kits, and other accouterments by film and skit makers without authorization illegal.
The General Manager of LASTMA, Mr Bolaji Oreagba, condemned such actions done for the sake of entertainment in a statement signed by the Director, Public Affairs and Enlightenment Department of LASTMA, Mr Taofiq Adebayo.
Speaking to newsmen, Oreagba said that the warning became necessary after he saw a fully kitted actress with a LASTMA uniform in a Yoruba movie titled: “Gbogbo Lowo” and in other skits and movies on different media.
Oreagba frowned on the demeaning manner in which movie and skit makers portray the agency in their movies and skits.
The general manager said that its management rejects the use of LASTMA uniform without recourse to Section 79 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2015 which criminalizes such unauthorized use.
He said, “Film or skit makers who portray LASTMA Officer without applying for and being duly issued a permit for such portrayals, to desist with immediate effect or face the full wrath of the law.
“I believe that such sanity in movie production, regulation of possession and usage of LASTMA uniform will surely curb proliferation of LASTMA kits, uniforms and accoutrements in our society.
“We implore the National Association of Nigeria Theatre Arts Practitioners (NANTA) and other affiliated bodies to warn their members that anyone caught using the LASTMA Uniform without an approved permit will be prosecuted.”
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