The Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) has said only abandoned vehicles were lost in the fire incident at its Oshodi Yard on Friday evening.
In a statement by Olajide Oduyoye, the LASTMA General Manager signed by Olumide Filade, Assistant Director, Public Affairs, the agency said only abandoned vehicles ready to be discarded were consumed in the fire.
It urged traffic offenders whose cars were seized not to panic.
The statement read, “The General Manager of Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, Mr Olajide Oduyoye, has stated that the purported fire outbreak in LASTMA Yard started at the Abandoned Vehicle Yard and not on LASTMA Property as reported.
“Oduyoye further said that seven dead beat vehicles that had been abandoned and already in preparedness for disposal for years by crushing or other means got burnt, while he added that the cause of fire is still unknown but that the Lagos State Fire Service responded promptly, put out the fire and mitigated further spread or damage to property.
“Oduyoye averred that as confirmed by the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, no injury or damage to any LASTMA property was recorded.
“He assured the public especially those whose vehicles were apprehended for traffic offences in the Oshodi Yard not to entertain any fear while LASTMA continues to be responsible and responsive to maintaining the free flow of traffic in Lagos State.”