A Lagos taxi driver, Sunday Agbariko, on Monday morning, allegedly crushed the leg of a traffic officer, Olayemi Isiaka, in Ogudu-Ori Oke, Ojota area, at the Lagos Sate Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) yard.
The suspect, who doubles as security personnel of a church at Ogudu-Ori Oke, Ojota, allegedly used his vehicle, Nissan Primera with registration number FKJ 762 QX, to crush the officer.
It was learnt that the incident happened within the agency’s yard when the driver, in a desperate attempt to escape, crushed the victim who was standing by the entrance gate.
Lagos Metro gathered that before the attempted escape, Agbariko was arrested by a LASTMA official, Sanusi, for reckless and dangerous driving and also for violating relevant section of the state traffic law.
“The taxi driver who pretended to be complying by following the traffic officer to their yard demanded for the vehicle’s key on the pretext of removing vital document, ignited the engine and, in a dangerous attempt to escape, crushed the victim’s leg.
“The suspect has been handed over to the Area F police command for further investigation while the victim is receiving medical treatment at the emergency ward of Igbobi Orthopaedic Hospital, Yaba,” the agency disclosed.
General Manager of the agency, Bashir Braimah, who confirmed the case while speaking at the hospital, condemned the action of some drivers in the habit of violating traffic laws and disrespecting traffic lights and officers on duty post.