The Lagos state Commissioner for Justice, Omoyosore Onigbanjo, has directed that a man, named Emmanuel Ben who led the assault on a LASTMA Officer, Ismaila Lukman, at the Jakande Junction in Lekki while on his lawful duty around 2.20pm on Sunday 8th November, 2020, be made to face the full wrath of the law.
According to a statement released today November 9 by the general manager of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority LASTMA, Engr Olajide Oduyoye, Lukman was on his beat at Jakande Junction controlling traffic manually owing to the destruction of the traffic signal light during the last protest hijacked by hoodlums, when Ben approached him asking that traffic be stopped for him to cross even with the presence of pedestrian bridge nearby .
The statement adds that Ben allegedly proceeded to step into the carriageway in front of moving traffic causing disruption to traffic flow.
”Lukman then asked him to leave the road and stop disturbing his work. An eye witness said that Ben thereafter threatened that LASTMA officials would be chased off the road like the police and attacked Lukman hitting him on his head with a weapon that seems to be a metal, causing serious laceration resulting in flow of blood.
Ben was joined in the officer’s assault by two passersby who are currently at large while Ben was arrested with the help of the military patrol and police around the area, he’s currently at the Ilasan Police Station for prosecution at the earliest possible time.
If you recall, the General Manager of LASTMA was similarly assaulted resulting in injuries to him along this corridor at that same Jakande area at the end of June this year.
Oduyoye vows that LASTMA will not shy away or be cowed into submission from carrying out its lawful duties, no matter the intimidation and promised that anyone caught assaulting LASTMA officers henceforth would be made to face the music under the Law.
He said that for there to be free flow of traffic in the Lagos metropolis as set out in the ‘THEMES’ agenda of Mr. Governor, Mr. Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu, with transportation and traffic management representing the first T. We must all have a change of mindset to obey the traffic law as amended in 2018 by the Lagos State House of Assembly and that anybody who refuses to obey those traffic laws should be ready to face the consequences as stated in the Law.
He further advised that road users should come to terms with the fact that LASTMA was constituted by the Law which has conferred some responsibilities on the agency and also on the road users who are expected to carry out their own responsibilities for there to be harmony and peace on Lagos roads.”