LASTMA Launches Manhunt For Driver Who Went Unclad And Dragged Official (VIDEO)
The Lagos State Traffic Management Authority has reacted to a video clip showing a driver stripping down to confront a traffic official.
The agency, which warned to punish bus drivers and motorists who attack agency men in the line of duty, said the incident occurred about 11.44 a.m. on Friday, October 15, 2021, at Jakande First Gate on the Lekki-Epe Expressway.
The bus driver was captured on the road dropping off and picking up passengers in violation of the 2018 Transport Sector Reform Law (as amended).
In a statement released on Tuesday, October 19 by the General Manager of LASTMA, Bolaji Oreagba, he accused the driver of
LAST”descending heavily on the LASTMA official and dragging the officer with his uniform, thereby assaulting and disrespecting constituted authority”.
The statement read;
“The driver was asked to leave the spot, but was defiant and refused the entreaties of the officer deployed to correct him.
“The positioning of the vehicle was in such a way that it created avoidable traffic congestion. The driver’s resistance made the officer resolve to impound the vehicle by removing the ignition key.
“Knowing commercial vehicle drivers’ antecedents in Lagos, with the removal of the key from the ignition after refusing all entreaties, the driver went berserk, removed his clothes to whip up public sentiment and court pity from the public. He descended heavily on the LASTMA official and dragged the officer with his uniform, thereby assaulting and disrespecting constituted authority.”