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There was pandemonium within the Liverpool, Apapa space of Lagos on Thursday after an irate mob lynched a commander of the Lagos State Transport Administration Company, Mr. Bakare Olatunji.
It was learnt that Olatunji, who was the zonal head of the company within the Apapa space, had led a staff of officers to the world in a patrol van to arrest erring motorists at about 11am.
We gathered that tanker drivers, who parked their autos on the highway fled on sighting the enforcement brokers.
The LASTMA van was mentioned to have bumped into an assistant driver (motor boy) whereas he struggled to flee arrest.
The boy, whose title had but to be ascertained, was reportedly sleeping by the roadside.
He died on the spot.
Angered by the boy’s dying, his pals have been stated to have regrouped and went on the rampage, killing Olatunji within the course of.
A mechanic within the space, Uthman Salau, stated one other LASTMA official was injured, whereas others fled the scene.
He mentioned, “The drivers have been enjoyable round 10.30am once they noticed a LASTMA van approaching. They felt the officers had come to arrest them for parking automobiles indiscriminately. So, they ran away. A motor boy, who was sleeping beside a tanker, was woken up by the commotion. Earlier than he might escape from the spot, the LASTMA van hit him and he died immediately.
“One of many drivers, who noticed the boy mendacity in a pool of blood, referred to as his colleagues they usually stormed the scene with cutlasses, bottles and all types of weapons. The officers fled with the van besides their crew chief (Olatunji). They stabbed him to dying.”
Nonetheless, an eyewitness, who gave his identify solely as Issa, stated the operatives had flagged down a motorist, who refused to cease, including that the company’s van knocked down the boy as they gave the motive force a chase.
“LASTMA brokers are keen on extorting cash from motorists on roads round right here. Their chief waited behind after his males had fled, pondering that he might pacify the offended youth. However he was not fortunate. They killed him,” he mentioned.
A driver, who didn’t disclose his title, stated he obtained to the scene after Olatunji had been killed.
“I’m not positive whether or not the LASTMA officers have been chasing someone or not. What I learnt was that the boy was killed by their van, which sparked off the protest and the eventual killing of one of many officers,” he added.
A LASTMA official, who spoke on situation of anonymity, mentioned his colleagues had been underneath fireplace for lax enforcement which made them to accentuate operations within the space.
He stated, “Ordinarily, they might not have gone for operations in that space. Nonetheless, two weeks in the past, the administration was offended that now we have not carried out to expectation by way of enforcement. Every zone was requested to generate N12m by December 19. So, we’re below stress to ship. That’s the actuality we’re battling with.”
LASTMA spokesperson, Mahmud Hassan, stated investigation had commenced to establish the reason for the incident. He, nevertheless, refuted the declare that the company was mandated to generate income.
He stated, “I can affirm his (Olatunji’s) demise. We’re nonetheless investigating and I’ll get again to you. The Lagos State Authorities didn’t arrange LASTMA as a income era company. We’re there to offer providers to the nice individuals of the state. So, we aren’t after producing income. What we’re after is security on Lagos roads and our males are skilled. That’s our major obligation and duty and that’s what we’ve been doing day and night time.
“No goal is given to anyone. We aren’t compelled below any circumstance to fulfill sure goal at a selected time of the month or 12 months.”
The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Dolapo Badmos, in a textual content message, mentioned the case was below investigation.
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