LASTMA Vehicle Kills Conductor In Lagos

A 44-year-old bus conductor was allegedly crushed to death by a vehicle belonging to officials of Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, LASTMA, yesterday, at Cele Bus Stop, along Oshodi-Apapa Expressway, while the bus driver was avoiding arrest.The incident caused a riot as hoodlums attacked LASTMA officials and also invaded their office at Cele, destroying several vehicles’ windscreens.Traffic gridlock on Apapa-Oshodi Expressway as hoodlums took over the road in the wake of Mr. Ikeckukwu Abasirim’s death. INSET: Late Mr. Abasirim. It was gathered that trouble started for the deceased, identified as Ikeckukwu Abasirim, after the driver of the bus, with an unknown identity, was ordered to stop by LASTMA officials at Mile 2, over an unknown offence.The driver of the bus was said to have ignored the order, an action that reportedly led to the LASTMA officials chasing the vehicle.On arrival at Cele Bus Stop, passengers in the commercial bus disembarked, while the conductor was busy calling in passengers, unknown to them that they were still being trailed by the officials.Eyewitnesses told said that the LASTMA vehicle blocked the commercial bus, while one of the officials held Ikechukwu and attempted to force him into their operational vehicle.‘How he died’One witness said: “In the ensuing struggle, one of the officials was said to have swept the conductor off his feet.“He fell and at that moment, the LASTMA official at the wheel was said to have moved the vehicle. The tyres went over Ikechukwu’s skull, killing him on the spot.”Others told Vanguard that on-lookers raised an alarm which attracted hoodlums who pounced on the two LASTMA officials.A trader who gave his name as Lawani said: “ The LASTMA official, who swept the conductor off his feet was the first person to alert his colleagues that their car had climbed the conductor’s head.“There was no way we could save him as he died on the spot. A mob attacked the officials, but they were lucky to escape before the arrival of another batch of hoodlums.“The hoodlums invaded LASTMA office around Cele and shattered windscreens of vehicles parked inside the premises.“Owners of some of the seized vehicles used the opportunity to drive them away without paying the dues.“My question is, why chase them all the way from Mile 2 to Cele, when there are other ways to apprehend a defaulter?”The riot caused traffic gridlock. It took the intervention of a combined team of policemen from Itire and Ijesha divisions to contain the situation.… a family bereavedWhen Vanguard visited the deceased’s apartment around Ijesha area, his widow kept shaking her head, without uttering a word.Sympathizers, who thronged the one-room apartment, tried to console her and her four children, aged 14, 11, seven and four, respectively


Chris Kehinde Nwandu is the Editor In Chief of CKNNEWS || He is a Law graduate and an Alumnus of Lagos State University, Lead City University Ibadan and Nigerian Institute Of Journalism || With over 2 decades practice in Journalism, PR and Advertising, he is a member of several Professional bodies within and outside Nigeria || Member: Institute Of Chartered Arbitrators ( UK ) || Member : Institute of Chartered Mediators And Conciliation || Member : Nigerian Institute Of Public Relations || Member : Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria || Fellow : Institute of Personality Development And Customer Relationship Management || Member and Chairman Board Of Trustees: Guild Of Professional Bloggers of Nigeria


  1. Fashola, can see the area boys he gave uniform as agent of oppression in Lagos state. He is endangering the chances of APC winning the next election in this state. This is not the way to create job. All LASTMA officials should be withdrawn from Lagos roads and leave the traffic warders to do the job of traffic management in the state.

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