Female Banker Crushes LASTMA Official

by Eniola Akinkuotu/Punch

LASTMA officials on the road A female banker, Yinka Johnson, on Friday crushed an official of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, Mr. Hameed Balogun, while driving against the traffic in the Ajah area of the state.

This came three weeks after another official of the agency, Mustapher Adeleke, was crushed by a bus driver, who was driving against traffic.

The incident was recorded a week after the Governor Babatunde Fashola signed the new traffic law.

According to LASTMA authorities, Johnson, who is an employee of Stanbic IBTC, ran over the traffic official when he accosted her for contravening the law.

The General Manager, LASTMA, Mr. Babatunde Edu, said after hitting the 33-year-old LASTMA official, Johnson ran into Ikota Estate, Ajah, where security guards prevented LASTMA officials from arresting her.

He said, “Balogun was this morning (yesterday) killed by a banker on the Lekki-Ajah Expressway while carrying out his official assignment at his duty post at Mega City, Ajah.

“The driver, whose identity was revealed by the Auto Inspector device as Yinka Johnson, an employee of IBTC, drove in a green LandRover Jeep with registration number CY 276 LSD against traffic from Mega Chicken inward toll plaza two.

“She was intercepted by three officials of LASTMA led by the Head of Operations, Mr. Quayum Asafa, for traffic violation. Johnson started driving recklessly in order to escape and in the process ran over the officer.

“The deceased was rushed to Germaine Hospital where he later died as a result of injury sustained from the accident. The corpse was deposited at the Lagos State Teaching Hospital, Ikeja, for autopsy.

“Realising what she had done, she ran and escaped from the scene of the incident into Ikota Estate, Ajah with the security men shutting the gate.

“The situation became riotous as the security attached to the gate refused all entries to open the gate until the intervention of the Area Commander in charge of Area J, Mr. Felix Uwamli, who called for backup before access could be gained into the Estate.”

  1. Capt. segun Reply

    LASTMA officials lacks orientation. The basis of introducing Lastma had been defeated cus they have totally deviate from their objective. Let not deviate from the true story, the man was not killed by Banker, she was actually knocked down by a Danfo bus. Though d woman comitted a traffic offence but she never ran over any lastma official. The Danfo did. Save the innocent woman.

  2. Toyin Reply

    Please we need eye witnesses to step forward and help with evidence.

    This lady must not suffer in vain, it’ll be unfair

  3. lulas Reply

    Eye witnesses on the scene insist that the lastma official was in fact knocked down by a danfo bus he has trying to accost after he arrested the Banker for a traffic offence and whose car was about being towed as can be seen from the picture on the lastma website. Lastma is trying to skew the story as murder and she is currently in detention. Please note that I have seen her car and it doesn’t have a single dent on it. Kindly spread the word and encourage eye witnesses to come forward and give statements at Panti. She is a mother of 3 (including a 2mth old baby who is with her in detention). Please save a soul

  4. City Conscience Reply

    It is high time our LASTMA and other security agencies embrace modern technology in the discharge of their official duties. If the woman was resisting arrest as claimed, what stops the LASTMA official from (1) Taking an instant photograph of the car as it was being driven against traffic (2) Note the car registration number and track the owner through the Auto Reg system. The way and manner LASTMA officials accost and wrestle the steering wheel from private car owners and drivers need much to be desired, whereas,they do not treat offending Danfo drivers in similar manner either because one of them is the owner of the Danfo Bus (LASTMA officials owned Danfo buses in Lagos carry special stickers) or they are on daily payroll of the Danfo Drivers Union. Governeor Fashola should now go a step further by equiping LASTMA officials with scanners which will capture a vehicle’s picture and registration umber once a traffic rule or law is violated. Just like it is done in other civilized countries of the world

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