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Seven men await prosecution after hacking LASTMA official to death

By Idowu Abdullah

The Nigeria Police Force (NPF), Lagos State Command, has disclosed that seven suspects have been arrested and detained in connection with the death of a Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) officer, Obasu Godwin.

As stated, the arrested persons, said to be bus drivers were suspected to be involved in the attack and subsequent killing of the officer, Obasu Godwin, last week.

The suspects, all operators of Suzuki commercial bus otherwise known as ‘korope’, were said to have joined forces in attacking and hacking Godwin to death at the Anthony area of Lagos State last Thursday.

The State’s Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odomosu, said that upon notifying the command, policemen were drafted to the area in restoring normalcy and that the seven suspects were arrested.

Briefing newsmen on the achievements and breakthrough of the command on Monday, Odumosu listed the suspects to include Alaba Adepoju (Male, 44), Ayodele Yusuf (Male, 25), Yusuf Waris (Male, 21), Oladele Adejobi (Male, 32), Ridwan Ramonu (Male, 25), Babalola Femi (Male, 23), and Ayomide Oyeniyi (Male, 28).

“On 16th March 2021, at about 3.20 pm, some hoodlums attacked LASMA officials while on official duty under the Anthony Bridge, along Ikorodu Expressway, and inflicted injuries on them.

“Policemen were dispatched to rescue the LASTMA officials as seven (7) of the hoodlums were arrested. Unfortunately, the severely injured official, OLUSEGUN GODWIN OBASU, m, who was rushed to Gbagada General Hospital and later referred to LASUTH, gave up the ghost at the hospital,” he said.

The police boss, however, added that the case was still under investigation at the State CID, Panti, Yaba and that the suspects would soon be charged to court.

It would be recalled that LASTMA General Manager, Olajide Oduyoye, last week explained how some Lagos commercial bus drivers attacked and hacked an officer of the agency to death at Anthony area of Lagos State.

He added that the deceased, Obasu Godwin, alongside his colleague, Adeniyi Hakeem, were attacked by an operator of Suzuki commercial bus otherwise known as ‘korope’, and others at Anthony.

Oduyoye explained that Godwin and Hakeem were attacked with machetes and other dangerous weapons by the unidentified driver of a commercial bus, a development, he said, led to the death of Godwin.

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