The General Manager, Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) Engr. Olajide Oduyoye, has narrated how a motorist cut short the life of one of the agency’s dedicated officers barely two years after joining the traffic enforcement team.
He disclosed that the officer named Samson Olawale Akinmade, who was knocked down on Tuesday in Mile 12, Ketu, Lagos area of the state, died in the early hours yesterday after sustaining varying degrees of injuries.
Oduyoye explained that the deceased was knocked down by the driver of a blue-black Opel Space Bus with registration number AAA 74 GG at Demurin Street junction inwards Mile 12 while controlling traffic, leaving him with head and body injuries.
Giving details of the unfortunate incident in a statement made available to The Guild on Thursday, the LASTMA boss said the officer was immediately rushed to the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), where he eventually died as a result of the severe injury sustained.
“This event is particularly sad because this was a young, intelligent and dedicated officer employed in the year 2019, was very committed to his job but has been cut down in his prime by a careless and lawless driver, thereby depriving his family, the government agency, Lagos and Nigeria of a future leader in the making”, he said.
Explaining further, Oduyoye said that the event occurred while the deceased was directing yellow buses away from the Demurin Street Junction choke point and approached the motorist to park away from the road to pick passengers.
“The driver assumed that he would be apprehended for obstructing traffic and sped off, knocking down the officer against the concrete culvert on the service lane and dragging him for about seven metres. He tried to escape through a street which turned out to be closed but was eventually arrested and handed over to the Police at Alapere along with his vehicle”, Oduyoye said.
He expressed the sympathy of colleagues at the Ministry of Transportation and LASTMA to the entire family of the deceased, assuring that the government would ensure that the apprehended driver was prosecuted in accordance with the law.
Oduyoye warned all motorists to desist from violating the State Traffic Law in order to prevent unnecessary accidents and deaths on Lagos roads, urging commuters to exercise patience at all times.