Man drives against traffic, crushes LASTMA officialHeadlines, Lagos, State News Thursday, July 19th, 2012
An official of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, Mustapher Adeleke, was allegedly killed by the driver of a blue Volkswagen Bus with registration number LSR 942XC.
PUNCH Metro learnt that the deceased who was at his duty post at Oke Afa, Ejigbo with his colleagues were part of the team deployed in the area to checkmate driving against traffic along Mile 2.
According to LASTMA authorities, it was while the driver of the bus, later identified as Haruna Nuru, was driving against traffic from Isolo end of the road that he hit the 34-year-old officer from behind.
Having noticed that he had hit a government official, the driver was said to have sped off but was later apprehended by witnesses at Abimbola Road, near Isolo Bus Stop.
Mustapha was said to have been rushed to Isolo General Hospital where he was confirmed dead. His corpse was deposited at the hospital’s morgue.
The General Manager of the agency, Mr. Babatunde Edu, said the suspect was handed over to the Police at Okota Police Station.
Edu condoled with the family of the deceased and prayed that God would grant them the fortitude to bear the loss.
He lamented the way traffic laws were being flouted with impunity and with little or no respect for traffic managers.
Edu advised motorists to obey traffic rules in the state and desist from attacking, maiming or assaulting innocent officers.
When contacted, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Ngozi Braide, said, “On July 17, 2012, around 1pm at Pako Junction, Okota Road, an accident occurred after the driver of the said vehicle drove against traffic. Five LASTMA officials accosted him.
“One of them stood in front of the vehicle while another one attempted to enter the passenger side. However, the driver sped off. The LASTMA official standing in front of the car managed to escape but the one attempting to enter the passenger’s side was crushed.
“The suspect has been arrested and may be charged with murder or manslaughter based on investigations.”
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