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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Lastma Officials Beat Bus Driver To Death(Photos)

I don’t live in Lagos so I cannot say for
sure what LASTMA really represents
beside their constitutional role of
ensuring sanity on Lagos roads by
enforcing traffic regulations. But recent
happenings seem to suggest they have
taken up an unconstitutional role of
assaulting traffic offenders and even
the innocent ones alike, collecting illegal
‘tolls’/fines like the Nigerian Police wont
to and turning themselves into some
sort of terror that must be dreaded. This
is not to ignore the fact that they have
not been performing their duties well as
there must always be one or two cases
of misconduct here and there.

Eye witness reports reaching us indicate
that LASTMA officials allegedly assaulted
a bus driver so badly at Town Planning,
Lagos a few hours ago. Due to the
severity of the beatings, the conductor
rushed the driver to Gbagada hospital
only for the driver to be confirmed
dead on arrival by medical personnel

Sympathizers who had already gathered
at the hospital premises almost
started a mini riot if not for the timely
intervention of men of the Nigerian
Police. As at the time of this filing this
report, sympathizers are reportedly
heading towards Alausa with placards
reading “LASTMA, come and carry your
dead body” among other slogans.

Excuse me please, but is this the same
LASTMA that Lagos state Governor just
last week, threatened to withdraw their
services from Lagos roads for a day so
that Lagosians will realize their
importance? Maybe he should o! We
don’t need ‘killers’ and ‘marauders’
masquerading as law enforcement
agents. Haba!

May the soul of the yet-to-be identified
driver rest in perfect peace. Enough of
all this nonsense!

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