The General Manager, Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) Mr Bolaji Oreagba, had said that a driver knocked down and run over a LASTMA official, Jamiu Issa, who was later confirmed dead.
Oreagba made the disclosure in a statement in Lagos on Wednesday that the driver drove a green Toyota Sienna vehicle, with Reg. number, FST 901 AR.
According to him, the Late Issa was said to have approached and accosted the Sienna vehicle driver who was driving against the direction of flow of traffic (One-way) facing oncoming vehicles from Chevron towards the Conservation Toll Plaza.
“It was reported that Issa, the LASTMA patrol team leader in Ajah, who accosted the driver by standing inside the driver opened door was knocked down and run over by the traffic law offender, who had pretended to be alighting from the vehicle.
” The driver changed his action and tried to escape by reversing the vehicle, knocking down Issa with the opened door while the front tyre also ran over the officer, this action fatally injured Issa in the process.
” Issa’s colleague at the scene of the event quickly put a call through to the zonal head while some good Samaritans/eye witnesses pursued the escaping Sienna driver to the Chevron Waterfront area where he was eventually apprehended and taken first to Ilasan Police Station.
“The driver was eventually taken to Ajiwe Police Station, under which jurisdiction the event happened for proper investigation.
” Also, according to other eye witnesses’ accounts, the Sienna driver also knocked down another person while trying to escape from the scene before the driver was apprehended,” Oreagba said.
He said that Issa was rushed to the Lagos Island General Hospital where it was confirmed that he was brought in dead (BID) adding that his remains havd been deposited at the morgue of same hospital.
The LASTMA General Manager, who was grieving, commiserates with the family of the deceased officer.
He said that in-spite of several appeals and warnings to the public to desist from assaulting and injuring government officials, some unscrupulous elements in the society who have refused all entreaties would be made to face the full wrath of the law.
Oreagba also noted that, this occurrence would not discourage the officers of the agency from continuing to carry out their duties and responsibilities as enshrined in the law that set up the agency.
He therefore, appealed to the general public to abide by the Laws governing the State in order not to run foul of the law and its attendant consequences.