An officer of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority( LASTMA) has been knockdown and killed by a motorist in the Mile 12 area of Ketu, Lagos.
This was made known by Engr. Olajide Oduyoye, the General Manager LASTMA, gave the name of the officer as Samson Olawale Akinmade.
He said the officer died in the early hours of Wednesday, January 27, 2021, after he was knocked down by the motorist who drove a blue-black Opel Space Bus with registration number AAA 74 GG.
The LASTMA Boss said Akinmade was knocked down at Demurin Street junction inwards Mile 12 while controlling traffic, leaving him with head and body injuries.
Oduyoye said the officer died at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital where he was rushed after sustaining several degrees of injuries.
He said “This occasion is mainly sad because this was a young, intelligent and dedicated officer employed in the year 2019. He was very committed to his job but now he has been cut down in his prime by a careless and lawless driver, thereby depriving his family, the government agency, Lagos, and Nigeria of a future leader in the making
The traffic Boss said Akinmade who was directing yellow buses at the Demurin junction had approached the motorist and asked him to park away from the road to pick passengers.
“The driver presumed that he would be caught for blocking traffic and sped off, knocking down the officer against the concrete culvert on the service lane and dragging him for about seven meters. He tried to escape through a street which turned out to be closed but was finally arrested and handed over to the Police at Alapere along with his vehicle”, Oduyoye explained.
Oduyoye sympathized with the family of the deceased and called for the prosecution of the driver in accordance with the law.