The Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) has condemned in strongest terms the senseless and unwarranted murder of an officer of the Agency. LASTMA
In a statement, the General Manager, LASTMA, Mr. Olajide Oduyoye, condemned the murder of an officer of the Agency, Obasu Segun Godwin and the assault on another officer, Adeniyi Hakeem.
The attack was carried out by an operator of a Suzuki commercial bus otherwise known as “Korope”. The act occurred at Anthony area of Lagos State on Tuesday, 16th March 2021.
The LASTMA boss noted that trouble started when a commercial bus driver with registration number FKJ 452 YC, plying Bariga to Oshodi, via the Ikorodu Road axis, was apprehended for contravening the Traffic Law of the state.
Infuriated by the officer’s action, the driver, an alleged ex-convict, with some other drivers, pounced on the officers. They overpowered, and eventually killed the deceased.
According to him, the sad fact about the whole saga was that the two officers were in mufti and on their way home. They had completed their morning shift and closed for the day before the recalcitrant commercial bus driver went berserk.
“Obazu was struck severally with machetes. This resulted in deep lacerations on the head and his eventual death. Meanwhile, Adeniyi Hakeem, who was also attacked in a similar fashion, has been hospitalised and in a coma,” Oduyoye said in a statement.
Oduyoye noted that seven of the suspected killers had been apprehended and handed over to the police. However, the driver of the bus and others are still at large. He gave assurances that the police would conduct a proper investigation.