Korope driver stabs LASTMA official and slits his throat at Ojodu Berger


From impounding his mini-bus in Ojodu-Berger area of Lagos, a commercial driver, Ibrahim Yusuf, has allegedly stabbed and slit the throat of Awotola Victor, an official of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), over enforcement of traffic rules.

The incident reportedly occurred over the weekend at about 3.30 pm.

The suspect is currently cooling his heels with the police while the official has since been hospitalised.

It was gathered that on that fateful weekend, Awotola was on his duty post alongside his colleagues when the mini-bus (Korope) with number plate, KJA 953 YE was impounded over wilful obstruction.

On noticing the gravity of his offence, Yusuf was said to have disappeared from the scene only to reappear with a big knife with which he stabbed the official on the head and neck whilst he escaped afterwards with the aid of the street urchins around the area but the officials applied professional effort and prevented him from moving the vehicle away.

Eye witnesses’ account said Awotola was immediately rescued and rushed to a nearby hospital by his colleagues.

It was learnt that Yusuf was later apprehended by the chairman of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), and handed over to policemen attached to the Ojodu Police Station where he is currently been interrogated.

LASTMA General Manager, Bolaji Oreagba on Wednesday, frowned at the attack saying henceforth, the state government would no longer tolerate any act of assault, physical attack and attempted murder on any state official.

Oreagba in a statement signed by LASTMA’s spokesperson, Olumide Filade said those found culpable would be made to face the full wrath of the law by the state government.