A personnel of Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), Samson Olawale Akinmade has passed away in a hospital after being knocked down by a motorist at Mile 12, Ketu area of Lagos State.
The late Akinmade was carrying out his duties on Tuesday, Jan 26, when he was ran over and he reportedly died in the early hours of Wednesday, Jan 27.
Engineer Olajide Oduyoye, LASTMA General Manager, who made this disclosure in a statement, said the driver of a blue-black Opel Space Bus with number plate AAA 74 GG knocked down Akinmade at Demurin Street junction inwards Mile 12 while controlling traffic, leaving him with injuries on the head and body.
He also added that the officer was hurriedly rushed to the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), where he eventually died at about 1.00 a.m as a result of the severe injury sustained.
Oduyoye said: “This event is particularly sad because this was a young, intelligent and dedicated officer employed in the year 2019. He was very committed to his job but has been cut down in his prime by a careless and lawless driver, thereby depriving his family, the government agency, Lagos and Nigeria of a future leader in the making.”
Giving further explanation, Oduyoye said the accident happened while the deceased was directing yellow buses away from the Demurin Street Junction choke point and approached the motorist to park away from the road to pick up passengers.
“But the driver assumed that he would be apprehended for obstructing traffic and sped off, knocking down the officer against the concrete culvert on the service lane and dragging him for about seven metres. He tried to escape through a street which turned out to be closed but was eventually arrested and handed over to the Police at Alapere along with his vehicle”, Oduyoye explained.
He commiserated with the entire family of the deceased, assuring that the State Government will make sure the apprehended driver is prosecuted in accordance with the law.
Oduyoye further warned all motorists to desist from going against the State Traffic Law in order to prevent unnecessary accidents and deaths on Lagos roads, urging commuters to exercise patience at all times.