Lagos State Government has issued a stern warning to traffic offenders attacking men of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) on duty,saying that anyone who tried that would regret the action.
The warning is coming on the heels of recent spate of violent incidents against LASTMA officers on duty.
At the weekend, a hit-and-run driver knocked down a LASTMA officer on duty. The officer, Amos Adebisi, suffered deep bruises on his face and arms.
The incident happened when the victim was trying to effect the arrest of an O-Pay rider who drove on the BRT lane in Ojota.
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Adebisi was taking the confiscated motorcycle to LASTMA office at Oshodi when the primero bus hit him at Idi-Iroko axis of Ikorodu Road.
The officer was unconscious momentarily after the impact, while the bus driver sped off. Passersby rushed the officer to the LASTMA clinic before he was referred to the General Hospital in Isolo.
Ekohotblog gathered that after the accident, the O-Pay rider moved to the scene to retrieve the seized motorcycle before the back-up team of LASTMA arrived on the scene.
This incident preceded another violent episode against a LASTMA officer, Ola Oyeshina, who died in the early hours of Saturday after two trailer drivers attacked him in Iganmu-Sifax area of Apapa.
Meanwhile, Special Adviser to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Transportation, Mr. Toyin Fayinka condemned the attacks on the LASTMA officers, describing them as “dastardly acts”.