The Lagos State Government on Friday 17 condemned the murder of an official of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), Surajudeen Bakare on Thursday in Apapa area of Lagos state.
Mr. Adebayo Anofiu Eleguishi , the Acting Commissioner of Transportation said at a news conference that Bakare was a victim of jungle justice.
He said that “the late Bakare was killed by some people who have forcefully taken over the roads to flout rules and regulations and take laws into their own hands“.
Late Bakare, who was the Zonal Head of LASTMA in Apapa, was beaten to death by suspected commercial motorcycle riders and touts while trying to control traffic in Apapa.
According to Eleguishi, contrary to reports, eyewitness accounts revealed that no LASTMA vehicle killed anyone before the incident; rather it was the driver of a tanker that killed his motor boy who was asleep in the vehicle.
Mr. Elegushi, who reiterated that Lagos was a law and order society, urged the Police to do a thorough investigation and bring the perpetrators to book.
“It is authoritative that the mob action is by tanker drivers, Okada riders and other persons who live around them.
“We must emphasize that LASTMA remains a routine activity designed to ensure the free flow of traffic.
“Our officers must be accorded respect they very much deserve and in the case of an infraction by any of them, there are due processes and mechanisms that redress those infractions,” Eleguishi said.
Mr. Chris Olakpe, the Chief Executive officer of LASTMA urged members of the public to support officials in ensuring a free-flow of traffic.
He said that that the authority had embarked on training and retraining of officers, and if there was any complaint, they could call the LASTMA Complaint Response Unit on 08129928646.