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.
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.