Two killed as LASTMA officials, driver clash, LG office razed

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admin October 4, 2023
Updated 2023/10/04 at 9:53 AM

Two individuals lost their lives in a confrontation between LASTMA officials and a driver, resulting in the destruction of a local government office.

In Okota, Lagos, on Tuesday, a group of enraged young individuals set fire to the Isolo Local Council Development Area office building.

The incident occurred as a result of the deaths of two unidentified individuals who reportedly died during a confrontation involving officials from the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), a police officer, and a driver in the Ago Palace area of Isolo, Lagos.

According to sources, the incident took place at around 9am when the driver, whose identity remains unknown, attempted to flee after committing a traffic violation. Witnesses stated that the LASTMA officials, accompanied by a police officer, pursued the motorist.

According to a witness named Usman, the incident occurred when LASTMA officials chased and confronted the driver. In the midst of the confrontation, one of the law enforcement officers tried to gain control of the steering wheel from the driver, causing him to lose control of the vehicle and crash into several passengers. Tragically, four people lost their lives as a result of the accident.

In response to the incident, Adebayo Taofiq, the spokesperson for LASTMA, issued a statement explaining that the driver of the blue Toyota Sienna bus (with license plate number AKD 944 HN) was apprehended for driving against traffic.

Taofiq further explained that while trying to escape from the officials, the driver turned into Bayo Oyewale Street near Ago Roundabout and collided with a fully loaded tricycle. Unfortunately, the tricycle operator was fatally injured on impact, and a pregnant woman later succumbed to her injuries at the hospital.

Additionally, two school children who were also in the tricycle are currently receiving intensive medical care in the ICU.

The driver of the Sienna car lost control due to reckless driving, leading to the fatal accident. The Lagos Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps, Babatunde Farinloye, confirmed that four victims were involved in the accident.

However, FRSC officers fled the scene and the LCDA facility due to mob action. Pictures and videos from the council office revealed damaged vehicles and vandalized office rooms and windows.

An anonymous official expressed concern over the loss of important documents and valuables, as the mob intended to burn down the offices since they were used by LASTMA, FRSC, and VIO officials.

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