Commercial Bus Drivers Kill LASTMA Officer, Beat Colleague To A Coma

 

Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) has condemned the murder of an officer of the agency, Obasu Segun Godwin and the assault on another officer, Adeniyi Hakeem, by a commercial bus driver and others at Anthony Area of Lagos State.

General Manager of the Agency, Olajide Oduyoye, in a statement on Thursday said Godwin Obasu and Adeniyi 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.

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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.

“Obazu was struck severally with machetes resulting in deep lacerations on the head and his eventual death, while Adeniyi Hakeem, who was also attacked in a similar fashion has been hospitalised and in a coma,” Oduyoye said.

He said further 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.

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.

The LASTMA boss assured that the police would conduct a proper investigation and those found guilty will be made to face the full wrath of the law.

Motorist Who Knocked Policeman Over Bridge, Charged With Attempted Murder – LASTMA

 

The General Manager of Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), Olajide Oduyoye says the motorist who knocked a police officer over a bridge in Lagos will be charged for attempted murder.

A viral video that made the rounds on Thursday showed a sports utility vehicle tipping a police officer off a bridge into a canal while trying to escape arrest.

Reacting to the incident while appearing as a guest on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily, Oduyoye revealed that the driver, Sunday Okodo, has been charged to court with two counts of attempted murder and traffic violation.

The LASTMA GM said the police inspector identified as David Zapaina, has been discharged from the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

“He is alive and he has been discharged from the hospital but it is more like he needs to seek more local intervention to reset his bones,” the LASMA boss noted.

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Regarding what LASMA operations will be in the nearest future, Mr Oduyoye stated that the agency will employ body camera technology as part of measures to ensure offenders are apprehended with solid evidence.

He said Governor Babjide Sanwo-Olu is working towards helping the agency acquire the necessary technologies to checkmate traffic offence within the metropolis.

“This year, we are definitely hoping to start in the next few weeks what you will say are non-approachable offence dealings. That means we are going to be having body cameras on officers to capture incidences because things happen so fast and you can’t really say let me get my camera. But if you have your body camera on that is recording, then, you can capture all sorts of different things that you can use against offenders,” Oduyoye stated.

He also disclosed that some persons who violate rules often remove traffic signs to deliberately disobey road laws.

“Those who willfully disobey traffic signs go in the middle of the night to remove those signs. When they are caught, they will say that there were no signs. They go and remove the signs to prove they aren’t aware of the signs. This happens all the time,” said the LASTMA GM.

He cautioned road users in Lagos to obey traffic laws and accept the consequences of their actions if they are apprehended for flouting the rules of the road.

Lagos Traffic Officials To Wear Body Cameras – LASTMA GM

 

The General Manager of Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, Olajide Oduyoye says the agency will employ body camera technology as part of measures to ensure offenders are apprehended with solid evidence. 

Speaking on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily, the LASTMA GM said Governor Babjide Sanwo-Olu is working towards helping the agency acquire the necessary technologies to checkmate traffic offence within the metropolis.

“This year, we are definitely hoping to start in the next few weeks what you will say are non-approachable offence dealings. That means we are going to be having body cameras on officers to capture incidences because things happen so fast and you can’t really say let me get my camera. But if you have your body camera on that is recording, then, you can capture all sorts of different things that you can use against offenders,” Oduyoye said.

He also disclosed that some persons who violate rules often remove traffic signs to deliberately disobey road laws.

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“Those who willfully disobey traffic signs go in the middle of the night to remove those signs. When they are caught, they will say that there were no signs. They go and remove the signs to prove they aren’t aware of the signs. This happens all the time,” Oduyoye stated.

Reacting to the incident in which a Sports Utility Vehicle knocked a police officer in a canal, the LASTMA GM revealed that the driver, Sunday Okodo, has been charged to court with two counts of attempted murder and traffic violation.

Okodo had been caught on video driving against traffic and tipping a policeman over a bridge along the International Airport Road, in an attempt to flee when accosted by security operatives.

Oduyoye said the police inspector identified as David Zapaina, who was thrown over the bridge, has been discharged from the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

“He is alive and he has been discharged from the hospital but it is more like he needs to seek more local intervention to reset his bones,” the LASMA boss noted.

He cautioned road users in Lagos to obey traffic laws and accept the consequences of their actions if they are apprehended for flouting the rules of the road.

VIDEO: Lagos Motorist Knocks Police Officer Into Canal

 

Screenshots from the video showing LASTMA officer arresting the motorist

 

A motorist has knocked down a police officer off a bridge into a canal while trying to escape arrest in Lagos State.

The incident happened around the army resettlement centre in the Oshodi area of the state.

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The driver of the Toyota Highlander was being apprehended by police officers and officials of Lagos Traffic Management Agency (LASTMA) for driving against traffic an offence popularly referred to as one way.

Officials of LASTMA confirmed to Channels Television that the policeman broke his arm as a result of the incident and that he is now hospitalised.

The driver has been arrested.

The video of the incident has generated reactions on social media with the Chief Press Secretary to Lagos State Governor, Gboyega Akosile condemning the action of the driver.

Train Collides With Truck In Iju-Ishaga, Lagos

Scene of the train accident.

 

A train accident occurred on Monday along the Iju-Ishaga area of Lagos State involving a truck carrying animal feeds.

Eyewitnesses told Channels Television that the truck did not clear off the rail track completely which led to the train brushing it off from the rear.

Although no causality was recorded, the accident led to vehicular traffic in the area.

Rescue officials and security operatives have swung to action, by pulling the truck off the track for easy passage.

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The officials also explained to Channels Television that the truck was on one-way when the accident occurred.

“Stakeholders are here from the Federal Fire Service, LASTMA, LASEMA, and others are all on the ground. The truck that will remove the trailer from the track is already on the ground.

“We are attempting to remove its content- the animal feed – so that it will be easy for it to be removed from the track,” Wale Adedokun, Search and Rescue Officer, Lagos Territorial Office explained.

Lagos Govt Arraigns Man Who Allegedly Assaulted LASTMA Officer

File photo of the Lagos State Head of Service, Mr. Hakeem Muri-Okunola; Deputy Governor, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat; Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu; Attorney General and Chairman.

 

The Lagos State Government has arraigned one Ben Emmanuel before a Chief Magistrate Court in Yaba for allegedly assaulting a LASTMA officer, Ismaila Lukman.

This was disclosed in a statement issued on Monday by the Director of Public Affairs, Ministry of Justice, Kayode Oyekanmi.

According to the statement, Emmanuel in the company of some persons who are now at large were said to have assaulted Lukman in the Lekki area of the state.

“Ben Emmanuel in the company of some persons who are now at large was alleged to have assaulted and inflicted injuries on Ismaila Lukman, a LASTMA officer, while carrying out his assigned official duty on Sunday 8th November 2020 at Jakande Junction area in Lekki,” the statement partly read.

The state government had through the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Moyosore Onigbanjo, the Director of Public Prosecutions on November 10, “arraigned Ben Emmanuel before Yaba, Chief Magistrate Court on a (2) two count Charge of Grievous Bodily Harm under Section. 245 and Resisting a Public Officer while engaged in the discharge of his Lawful duties under Section 117(1).”

While the Magistrate Court granted Ben Emmanuel, bail in the sum of N500,000 and two bail sureties, the case has been adjourned till November 26 for Trial.

Meanwhile, the Commissioner for Justice warned: “recalcitrant members of the Public to stop harassment of Officials of the State Government carrying out their lawful duties.”

Viral Video: LASTMA To Investigate Officer Over Fight With Passenger

 

The Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) has summoned a female officer over an altercation she had with a passenger in a vehicle.

The officer was seen in a viral video, fighting with the passenger in the vehicle, as passersby tried to separate them.

 

 

According to the agency, the incident occurred at Ikeja on Friday and the officer acted out of line regardless of the circumstances.

She is, therefore, expected at its headquarters on Monday for investigation and disciplinary action.

“This video was forwarded to the management and the officer has been invited for investigation and disciplinary action for misrepresenting the agency. The incident occurred at Aromire junction off Awolowo Way, Ikeja yesterday, Friday, 11th September.

“She is considered to have overreacted, regardless of the circumstances. She is expected at the headquarters on Monday, 14th September,” LASTMA said.

Meanwhile, some Nigerians have called out the agency, saying that many of its officers need to undergo a proper re-orientation as such incidents have become a regular occurrence.

 

Fire Razes 10 Cars, One Trailer At LASTMA Office

A total number of ten cars and one trailer were razed by the fire at the LASTMA office in Lagos on August 14, 2020.
Firefighters put out a fire at the LASTMA office in Oshodi, Lagos on August 14, 2020.

 

A fire at the office of the Lagos State Traffic Management Agency in Oshodi on Friday razed 10 cars and a trailer.

The fire started at a section of the agency’s premises where impounded vehicles were kept but its cause could not be ascertained by witnesses.

After emergency service officials battled and put out the fire, the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) revealed that no life was lost as a result of the fire.

A total number of ten cars and one trailer were razed by the fire at the LASTMA office in Lagos on August 14, 2020.
The fire started at a section of the traffic management agency’s premises where impounded vehicles are kept.

 

“A total number of ten cars and one trailer were razed by the inferno,” the LASEMA Director-General, Dr Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, said in a statement.

“No casualties were recorded at the scene as the LRT Fire Unit and LASG Fire Service were all responders at the scene who successfully worked together to put out the fire”.

Witnesses had no clue about the cause of Friday’s fire

 

A short clip shared on Twitter by the agency gave an insight into the effort made by emergency workers to put out the fire and a peek into the damage it did.

LASTMA, which is responsible for traffic management in Lagos, had not put out any official reaction on its platforms as of the time of filing this report and it remains unclear how the agencies will deal with the damage done and if all the vehicles were impounded.

LASTMA Dismisses Reports On Ban Of Traffic Officers

 

The Lagos State Traffic Management Agency (LASTMA) has asked motorists plying Lagos roads to disregard social media reports on the ban of traffic officers.

In a statement on Monday, LASTMA General Manager, Mr Olajide Oduyoye, dismissed the claim that the decision came from a meeting between Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu and the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW).

Oduyoye who maintained that “there was no meeting between Lagos State Government and the NURTW,” stressed that “the 2018 Traffic Law clearly spelt out the duties of LASTMA officers.”

According to him, it is irresponsible and mischievous for any individual to spread false information about the agency.

The LASTMA boss noted that the government had always emphasised the “need for LASTMA officials to uphold the law, irrespective of anyone involved.”

He, therefore, called on the public to ignore and disregard the report which he said was designed to confuse and hoodwink motorists into breaking traffic rules.

LASTMA Attack: We Cannot Condone Reckless Killing – Sanwo-Olu

 

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has warned that the government will not condone any form of attacks on the state’s law enforcement agencies in the line of duty.

Governor Sanwo-Olu while reacting to the killing of late Ola Ganiyu Oyeshina – the slain officer of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), who died last Saturday after an attack on him by two trailer drivers in Sifax-Iganmu area of Apapa, stressed that the government will thoroughly prosecute arrested culprits.

Late Oyeshina was buried today in the presence of a tearful gathering.

The Governor who paid a condolence visit to the family of the slain LASTMA officer in Lagos expressed his displeasure over the gruesome killing of Oyeshina, said the incident of his unfortunate death is a wake-up call to all Lagosians, describing the attack on the LASTMA officer as “mindless and callous.

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“In the last 48 hours, we’ve had heavy brutality on men of LASTMA who were doing their work. We’ve had people whose legs have been amputated in the last 48hours whilst on the assignment that was given to them to bring about enforcement of our laws and orders.

“I think this is the level at which we need to make this very stern warning that we will not stop at ensuring that we implement and enforce our laws not minding which force is involved. Lagos will not condone people that will not obey our laws.

He added: “We cannot be condoning reckless killing and sending our young men to an early grave. This government certainly will not stand for that.”

PHOTOS: Slain LASTMA Official Buried Amid Tears

 

The slain official of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), Ola Oyeshina, has been buried.

Oyeshina was laid to rest in the presence of a tearful gathering on Monday in Lagos, three days after he was attacked by suspected hoodlums while on duty at Iganmu-Sifax in the Apapa axis of the state.

The suspects who have since been arrested by the police were said to have thrown a big stone at the officer after which he was rushed to the Lagos University Teaching Hospital.

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Oyeshina, however, died on Saturday morning.

He was laid to rest according to Muslim rite following a short prayer held in his honour.

The slain LASTMA official’s burial was attended by family members, colleagues, and sympathisers.

See the photos below:

LASTMA Mourns Killed Officer, Condemns Attack On Personnel

 

The murder of a Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) officer, Ola Oyeshina, has been condemned by the agency’s General Manager, Olajide Oduyoye, who described his death as ‘unfortunate’.

The LASTMA General Manager revealed in a statement that Mr Oyeshina was attacked on Friday by suspected hoodlums who threw a big stone at the officer during the course of sanitising Iganmu-Sifax axis of Apapa. He was later taken to the Lagos University Teaching Hospital where he died on Saturday morning.

“He was immediately rushed to Area “B” police station along with two of the people that attacked him, ACP Bayo Sulaimon thereafter ordered the detention of the two (2) attackers that were arrested while a letter of medical referral was issued for the victim’s attention at the hospital.”

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He assured that the perpetrators of the dastardly act that were caught will be prosecuted in the court of law to serve as a deterrent to other members of the public who may harbour committing such crime in future.

“LASTMA was established to manage and control traffic in order to reduce the people’s travel time on our roads, increase economic growth through increased productivity and ensure the populace safety and security, a situation where road users will now turn against any government official in order not to answer the consequences of breaking the law is unacceptable and would not be condoned henceforth.”

Mr Oduyoye stated that with the recent inauguration of a committee on war against traffic and environmental offenders, there is no more hiding place for Lagos residents or visitors that go against the law.