LASTMA OFFICIAL

A male determined as John Abanna who operatives a bike-hailing service has actually passed away in the hands of an official of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority and a business bus driver.

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According to Punch, Abanna was torn down by the bus at Apogbon, Lagos Island, while the LASTMA official was supposedly dragging the steering wheel with the Danfo driver.

It all began after 2 authorities had actually flagged down the driver along the roadway last Saturday for breaching a traffic law.

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In an effort to avert arrest, the driver supposedly made to zoom off however among the authorities caught his steering wheel.

Punch reporter collected that as they were having a hard time the steering wheel with each other, the driver lost control of the car and it rammed into Abanna’s bike. The rider passed away on the area.

Angered by the event, some youths supposedly handled the authorities who got away the scene and headed for their workplace along Funsho Williams Avenue, Iponri,– a couple of kilometres away.

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An eyewitness, who determined himself just as Tolu, told City Round that the upset youths stormed the company’s workplace in Iponri and vandalised some automobiles.

He stated, “Some LASTMA authorities wished to apprehend a Danfo driver at Apogbon for a traffic offense however he withstood arrest. One of them began having a hard time the steering wheel with the driver who was not all set to give up.

“The driver wished to zoom off not understanding a rider was best next to the bus. As the rider attempted to pass, the car diverted and knocked him off the bike. He struck his head on the flooring and passed away on the area.

“The LASTMA officials fled but some ‘boys’ chased them to their office in Iponri and vandalised some vehicles. Some of the officials quickly changed their uniform to mufti.”

Tolu stated police from the Iponri department later on concerned distribute the crowd and brought back normalcy.

The LASTMA representative, Mr Olumide Filade, howver, rejected that the authorities was accountable for the crash.

He stated, “The event has absolutely nothing to do with us. From Apogbon, the motorcyclist was riding versus traffic when he was torn down by the bus. No LASTMA official was fighting with the Danfo driver.

“Unfortunately, some miscreants who always support okada riders attacked our office.”

Asked whether there was an effort to apprehend the driver, Filade stated,“Even if they wanted to arrest the driver, the bus would not have knocked him (Abanna) down if he was not riding against traffic.”

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, DSP Bala Elkana, stated the remains had actually been transferred at the Mainland Hospital mortuary, Yaba, and examination had actually begun.

He stated, “Police got details that some business motorcyclists commonly called okada riders had actually attacked LASTMA workplace along Funsho WilliamsAvenue

“On invoice of the report, a police group mobilised to the scene. It was observed that over 100 motorcyclists were currently vandalising automobiles in LASTMA colours.

“Also, a body later on determined as John Abanna was lying lifeless right in front of LASTMA workplace. The deceased was stated to have actually been torn down by a Vanagon bus around Apongbon Bridge after the driver and a LASTMA official were stated to have actually struggled over the steering wheel which triggered the driver to unintentionally face the deceased.

“Four vehicles were vandalised while the corpse of the deceased has been deposited at Yaba mortuary. Investigation is in progress.”

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