A commercial bus (Danfo) driver has allegedly macheted an officer of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), Obasu Segun Godwin, to death.
The incident occurred on Tuesday, at Anthony area in Lagos. A statement issued by Filade Olumide, Assistant Director, Public Affairs, LASTMA, said the General Manager, Olajide Oduyoye condemned in strongest terms the senseless and unwarranted murder of the officer by the operator of a Suzuki commercial bus, otherwise known as ‘korope’, and others at Anthony area of Lagos State on Tuesday”.
Another LASTMA officer, Adeniyi Hakeem, was reportedly also injured in the encounter.
Oduyoye explained that Godwin and Hakeem were attacked with machetes and other dangerous weapons by the driver of a commercial bus, with registration number FKJ 452 YC, plying Bariga to Oshodi via the Ikorodu Road axis, in cohort with some other drivers, after his vehicle was apprehended for contravening the traffic law of the State.
According to him, the sad fact about the whole saga was that the two officers were in mufti and on their way home, having completed their morning shift and closed for the day before the recalcitrant commercial bus drivers went berserk, seeking any LASTMA officers to attack for carrying out their statutory duties.
While noting that some senior officers, who were also in mufti and around the area were lucky to escape the mob attack, the General Manager warned all cultists doubling as commercial bus drivers that any traffic violation or infraction shall be punished or penalised, as enacted by the Lagos State House of Assembly.
Oduyoye further noted that seven of the culprits have been caught and handed over to the Police while the driver of the bus and others are still at large, assuring that the Police would conduct a proper investigation.
He added that the full wrath of the law would be brought to bear on all those found guilty of taking laws into their hands.