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LASTMA officer dies after Apapa mob attack

By Olawale Abdul-Fatah
An officer of Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), Ola Oyeshina, has been confirmed dead after mob attacked him in Apapa axis.
The Guild gathered that the deceased was attacked yesterday at about 5pm while addressing the gridlock in Iganmu-Sifax axis of Apapa.


It was learned that Ola, after the attack, was immediately rushed to Area “B” police station along with two of the alleged attackers.
At the Station, Assistant Commissioner of Police, Bayo Sulaimon, ordered that the two suspects be detained, issuing a letter of medical referral for the victim to get urgent attention at the hospital.
Confirming his death, General Manager of LASTMA, Olajide Oduyoye, disclosed that a large stone was thrown at him by the suspects.
The General Manager, in a statement released on Saturday by LASTMA Public Affairs Officer, Filade Olumide, further  revealed that owing to the trauma experienced, the victim was immediately referred to Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) from Randle Hospital in Surulere,
He said: It is unfortunate that the agency lost the young promising officer to the cold hand of death in the early hours of Saturday, 30th November, 2019″.
While condemning the continued attack on LASTMA officers carrying out the function of traffic management in the State, the General Manager stressed that the functions of the organization was entrusted to them by a law passed by the State House of Assembly in the year 2000 and amended in the year 2018.
He therefore assured that the perpetrators of the dastardly act that were caught will be prosecuted in the court to serve as deterrent to other members of the public who may harbour committing such crime in future.
Oduyoye revealed that “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”.
Oduyoye emphasised 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.

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