A mini-bus driver, Mr Ibrahim Yusuf, in Lagos has allegedly cut the head and neck of a LASTMA official, Mr Awotola Victor.
This was disclosed by the General Manager, Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), Mr Bolaji Oreagba, while warning that the state government would no longer tolerate assault or attempted murder on its officials from the public.
Oreagba, who gave the warning in a statement on Wednesday in Lagos, said that the perpetrators of such misdemeanours would be made to face the full wrath of the law by the state government.
According to him, the LASTMA officer and Traffic Manager was attacked by the Suzuki commercial mini bus driver (korope) with registration number: KJA 953 YE.
The general manager said that the LASTMA official was attacked along with the patrol team when he apprehended Yusuf for causing obstruction at 3:30 p.m, on Feb. 12, at the Ojodu-Berger-Ogba axis.
He said assault on government officials while carrying out their lawful duties was becoming too rampant and government was ready to put a stop to it through diligent prosecution of persons, no matter how highly placed in the society.
“Yusuf, the mini-bus driver and offender is said to be causing willful obstruction at River Valley Estate and after refusing all entreaties to move away from the place, his vehicle was apprehended.
“The driver disappeared only to reappear unexpectedly with a knife with which he cut Awotola’s head and neck.
“He escaped afterwards with the aid of the street urchins around the area. But his vehicle was apprehended and taken in custody by the agency.
“On Sunday, one of the chairmen of the Minibus Association and Union produced the accused at the Ojodu Police Station where he is being detained awaiting arraignment in court,’’ he explained.
The Legal Director, LASTMA, Mr Kehinde Akerele, said that Yusuf would be charged with attempted murder as the government would diligently prosecute the case to its logical conclusion to serve as a deterrent to others with similar intention.
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