Lagos: Gridlock As Tanker Drivers Protest Murder Of Their Colleague By LASTMA...

Lagos: Gridlock As Tanker Drivers Protest Murder Of Their Colleague By LASTMA Official

By Omos Oyibode | Staff Reporter on April 30, 2016
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Tanker drivers, on Friday, April 29, 2016, took over the ever busy Oshodi/Apapa Expressway protesting the death of a colleague who was manhandled by Lagos State Traffic Management Agency (LASTMA).

An eyewitness, Authority Newspaper reports, said the tanker driver met his death when LASTMA of­ficials blocked him and accused him of wrong parking on the highway.

“In the process of trying to draw him out of his truck to effect his arrest, he was drawn out on the expressway and was hit by an oncoming vehicle. Meanwhile, the LASTMA officials immediately fled the scene.

“This sparked up anger amongst his fellow drivers who gathered and blocked the expressway with their trucks and setting up fire with tyres thereby causing unprecedented traffic lockdown on the road,” an Okada rider told journalists.

The outcome of this in­cident, which happened at the Ijesha end of the ex­pressway caused gridlock on both side of the express­way and also spilled over all the adjoining roads. Ve­hicles were making u-turn on the road and taking one-way to follow other roads and beat the traffic.

According to a mini-bus driver at the Lord’s Cho­sen bus stop, Ijesha, who simply gave his name as Udoka, people trekked as far as Cele bus stop to Ije­sha to enter bus that passes through Amuwo-Odofin and get to Mile Two.

However, it took the intervention of security men, which comprised both the police and the military to disperse the protesters and restore or­der and sanity on the road.


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