An official of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, LASTMA, Obasu Segun Godwin, has been gruesomely murdered by a commercial bus driver along Anthony road on Tuesday, March 16.
A statement released by the General Manager of the agency, Olajide Oduoye, says Obasu and his colleague, Adeniyi Hakeen, were attacked by the commercial driver while on their way home.
He said the commercial driver became angry after his vehicle was impounded by other LASTMA officials for flouting traffic laws. Oduoye said the driver and his accomplices used machetes and other dangerous weapons to inflict serious injuries on the deceased and his colleague Hakeem. He said seven persons have been arrested in connection with the attack while the driver is still at large.
Filade Olumide, stated that :”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.
“Obazu was struck severally with machetes resulting in deep lacerations on the head and his eventual death, while Hakeem, who was also attacked in similar fashion has been hospitalised and in coma. Some senior officers, who were also in mufti and around the area were lucky to escape the mob attack.
“The agency has warned all cultists doubling as commercial bus drivers that any traffic violation or infraction would be punished as enacted by the Lagos State House of Assembly.
“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, just as the full wrath of the law would be brought to bear on all those found guilty of taking laws into their hands.
“LASTMA, Director of Operations, Mr. Bolaji Oreagba maintained that this is a very sad event which could have been averted, stressing that the unfortunate incident would not deter the agency from carrying out its functions and duties.”