Few days ago an irate mob lynched a commander of the Lagos State Transport Management Agency, Tajudeen Olatunji Bakare.
The Lagos State Government on Friday condemned the mob action that led to the death of an officer of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) and vowed to bring the perpetrators to book.
The government also denied involvement of LASTMA in an incident which led to the death of a motor boy attached to a Tanker in Apapa area of the State on Thursday, as a result of which a mob in the area gathered to attack the said LASTMA Official and stoned him to death.
Bakare, a level 14 officer, was said to have been attacked by the irate mob due to a loose comment by a passerby, while his two eyes were removed and stabbed, after which he was stoned to death.
Mr. Bakare being attacked by angry mob in the gutter
The State’s Acting Commissioner for Transportation, Prince Anofiu Elegushi condemned the brutal murder of the officer, saying that the development was one death too many and most unfortunate, as the victim was killed while performing his lawful duties of making Apapa safe for motorists and commuters.
Elegushi said the officer was killed for an incident he knew absolutely nothing about, adding that it was painful that LASTMA officials were being given raw deals either by the people they were meant to serve or security officers, and that such must stop.
Contrary to earlier insinuation, the Commissioner said an eye witness account revealed that LASTMA vehicle did not kill anyone, but that it was the driver of the said tanker that killed his motor boy who was asleep under the vehicle.
Speaking authoritatively, Elegushi alleged that the mob action was carried out by Tanker Drivers, Okada Riders and other persons who live around them, all of whom he said were persons violating traffic laws.
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