About seven persons including commercial bus drivers have been arrested for allegedly killing an official of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, LASTMA, Godwin Obasu.
The suspects were alleged to have killed Obasu and injured his colleague, Hakeem Adeniyi, on grounds of arresting one of them, a commercial bus driver, who flouted traffic law, according to a statement released by LASTMA Spokesman, Filade Olumide, on Thursday.
It reads in part, “Godwin Obasu and Hakeem Adeniyi were attacked with machetes and other weapons by the driver of a commercial bus with number plate, FKJ 452 YC, plying Bariga to Oshodi via the Ikorodu Road axis in cohort with some other drivers, after his vehicle was apprehended for contravening the traffic law of the state.
“The sad fact about the whole saga was that the two officers were in mufti and on their way home, having completed their morning shift and closed for the day, before the recalcitrant commercial bus drivers went berserk, seeking any LASTMA officer to attack for carrying out their statutory duties.
“Obazu was struck severally with machetes resulting in deep lacerations on his head and leading to his eventual death, while Hakeem Adeniyi, who was also attacked in a similar fashion, has been hospitalised and in a coma.”