A security officer with the Manna Prayer Mountain International Church located in the Ogudu-Ori-Oke area of Lagos State, Sunday Agbariko, has been arrested by the State Police Command for allegedly crushing the leg of an official of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), Olayemi Isiaka, while trying to escape after he was arrested for reckless driving, Punch reports.
It was gathered that Agbariko, after he was apprehended by Isiaka and some of his colleagues, was said to have asked one of the officials to give him his car key, saying he wanted to take some vital documents.
As he entered the car, he turned on the ignition and in a bid to escape, he hit Isiaka, who was standing at the gate., crushing his leg in process.
An official of LASTMA,said the incident caught everyone unawares.
He said, “The driver was arrested on Monday morning for reckless driving. His cab, a Nissan Primera, was impounded.
“The taxi driver pretended to be compliant and followed the traffic official to the yard. He demanded his car key, saying he wanted to remove vital documents. He entered the car, turned on the ignition, and in a dangerous attempt to escape, crushed the LASTMA official.”
He could, however, not go far as the injured man’s colleagues chased him down and arrested him while the victim was rushed to the Emergency Ward of the National Orthopaaedic Hospital, Igbobi.
The spokesperson for LASTMA, Mr. Mahmud Hassan, confirmed the incident, adding that the suspect had been handed over to the Area F Police Command for further investigation and prosecution.
The General Manager of LASTMA, Mr. Bashir Braimah, during a visit to the victim, condemned the action of the taxi driver, whom he said would face the full wrath of the law.
“LASTMA will not be intimidated by anybody, and we will not shy away from performing the task of maintaining law and order on Lagos roads. LASTMA will always employ the instrumentality of the law to deal with any member of the society who attacks any traffic officer on duty,” the traffic boss said.