There was pandemonium within the Liverpool, Apapa space of Lagos on Thursday after an irate mob lynched a commander of the Lagos State Transport Administration Company, Mr. Bakare Olatunji.
It was learnt that Olatunji, who was the zonal head of the company within the Apapa space, had led a crew of officers to the world in a patrol van to arrest erring motorists at about 11am.
PUNCH Metro gathered that tanker drivers, who parked their autos on the street fled on sighting the enforcement brokers.
The LASTMA van was mentioned to have bumped into an assistant driver (motor boy) whereas he struggled to flee arrest.
The boy, whose title had but to be ascertained, was reportedly sleeping by the roadside.
He died on the spot.
Angered by the boy’s dying, his associates had been mentioned to have regrouped and went on the rampage, killing Olatunji within the course of.
A mechanic within the space, Uthman Salau, mentioned one other LASTMA official was injured, whereas others fled the scene.
He mentioned, “The drivers had been stress-free round 10.30am once they noticed a LASTMA van approaching. They felt the officers had come to arrest them for parking autos indiscriminately. So, they ran away. A motor boy, who was sleeping beside a tanker, was woken up by the commotion. Earlier than he may escape from the spot, the LASTMA van hit him and he died immediately.
“One of many drivers, who noticed the boy mendacity in a pool of blood, known as his colleagues and so they stormed the scene with cutlasses, bottles and all kinds of weapons. The officers fled with the van besides their crew chief (Olatunji). They stabbed him to dying.”
Nonetheless, an eyewitness, who gave his title solely as Issa, mentioned the operatives had flagged down a motorist, who refused to cease, including that the company’s van knocked down the boy as they gave the motive force a chase.
“LASTMA brokers are keen on extorting cash from motorists on roads round right here. Their chief waited behind after his males had fled, considering that he may pacify the indignant youth. However he was not fortunate. They killed him,” he mentioned.
A driver, who didn’t disclose his title, mentioned he acquired to the scene after Olatunji had been killed.
“I’m not certain whether or not the LASTMA officers had been chasing anyone or not. What I learnt was that the boy was killed by their van, which sparked off the protest and the eventual killing of one of many officers,” he added.
A LASTMA official, who spoke on situation of anonymity, mentioned his colleagues had been below fireplace for lax enforcement which made them to accentuate operations within the space.
He mentioned, “Ordinarily, they might not have gone for operations in that space. Nonetheless, two weeks in the past, the administration was indignant that we’ve not carried out to expectation by way of enforcement. Every zone was requested to generate N12m by December 19. So, we’re below strain to ship. That’s the actuality we’re battling with.”
LASTMA spokesperson, Mahmud Hassan, mentioned investigation had commenced to establish the reason for the incident. He, nonetheless, refuted the declare that the company was mandated to generate income.
He mentioned, “I can verify his (Olatunji’s) dying. We’re nonetheless investigating and I’ll get again to you. The Lagos State Authorities didn’t arrange LASTMA as a income technology company. We’re there to supply companies to the great individuals of the state. So, we aren’t after producing income. What we’re after is security on Lagos roads and our males are skilled. That’s our major responsibility and accountability and that’s what we’ve been doing day and night time.
“No goal is given to anyone. We aren’t compelled below any circumstance to satisfy sure goal at a specific time of the month or 12 months.”
The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Dolapo Badmos, in a textual content message, mentioned the case was below investigation.