Conductor’s Death: Police Arrests LASTMA Officials

Conductor’s Death: Police Arrests LASTMA Officials

By News Desk | The Trent on October 29, 2014
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Reports say attached to the Itire division of the Lagos State Police Command  have arrested Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) allegedly responsible for the death of Ikechukwu Abasirim, a bus conductor along the Oshodi-Apapa expressway on Monday, October 27, 2014.

According to Vanguard, the precise number of officials rounded up could not be authoritatively given, although three policemen – a sergeant, a corporal and a constable – attached to LASTMA were confirmed to have been arrested.

The drivers who ply the route, on Tuesday, October 28 came out to lament what they called the inhuman treatment meted out to them at the hands of the LASTMA officials, pleading with Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola to see to their plight.

A driver, Mr. Elene Ilechukwu, said: “Our experience in the hands of LASTMA officials along this route is pitiable. What they do is hijack a bus along this expressway over a minor offence.

“They would, thereafter, use that bus to go after other buses. They are usually accompanied by three armed policemen. All they do is stop at designated points and give other commercial bus drivers the impression that they are loading. If any driver dares stop by that bus-stop, the armed policemen and LASTMA officials will jump out of the vehicle and arrest the conductor or driver.

“At other times, while we will stop at designated bus-stops to pick passengers, they would come in two commercial buses and block the driver from the back and front. At the end of the day they will extort no less than N5,000 from that driver. We are aware that they have been warned not to effect any arrest on federal roads. Had they adhered to the instruction, Ikechuchwu would not have been killed. We are therefore calling on Governor Fashola to call these officials to order.”

When contacted, an orderly of Lagos State police mouthpiece, Kenneth Nwosu said the incident could not be readily confirmed as the police public relations officer was on a tour with Lagos State police commissioner, Cornelius Aderanti.
Meanwhile Abasirim’s family has called on the authorities  to ensure the death of their son is not swept under the carpet.

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