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LASTMA CEO, Chris Olakpe dies

The Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) was yesterday thrown into mourning following the death of its Chairman and Chief Exceutive Officer, Mr. Chris Olakpe.

The late Olakpe, a retired Assistant-Inspector General of Police, was said to have died on Sunday at an undisclosed hospital after a brief illness.

Confirming the death, the LASTMA Director of Research and Statistics, Isaac Adetimiro, said the late Olakpe did not show any sign of being sick before his demise.

He said: “We heard about it this morning. He did not show any sign of any sickness. We are really shocked.”

Christian Akioja Olakpe is a graduate of Sociology and Anthropology from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, and the National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru, Jos.

He joined the Nigeria Police Force in 1982 and traversed various commands including Bayelsa and Plateau where he served as Commissioner of Police. He was also the Deputy Commandant of the Police Academy, Kano and Commissioner of Police of the Explosive Ordinance Disposal Unit, Lagos. A Member of the International Association of Bomb Technicians (IABT) and the International Association of Chiefs of Police (ICAP), Olakpe rose to become Assistant Inspector General of Police before his retirement in 2014.

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