A LASTMA official was brutalized by some soldiers, after he stopped their vehicle for flouting traffic regulations.
A LASTMA official identified as Peter Owolabi was reportedly beaten up by some soldier for stopping their van at the Obanikoro bus stop on the Ikorodu Road, Lagos State.
The soldiers, who were said to be in a black Honda Accord car with number plate, CP 839 YAB, drove through the Bus Rapid Transit lane, when they were stopped by the LASTMA official at the Obanikoro bus stop.
According to reports, the official queried them for flouting the state traffic laws, the soldiers got down from the car, and surrounded him.
PUNCH Metro learnt that the commotion, which occurred at about 6pm, drew a large crowd to the scene of the incident.
A resident, who asked not to be named, said that when the officers, who did not have any explanation for driving on the BRT lane, were given a fine ticket meant for violators, they became infuriated, and descended on Owolabi.
She added that a LASTMA cameraman, suspected to be recording the scene, had his camera smashed by the soldiers.
There were four soldiers in the car, including a colonel. The soldiers were with the colonel, who did not come down from the car during the fracas. The soldiers were stopped at Obanikoro for driving violating traffic law.
They were then given a fine ticket on the spot. But the officers refused to collect the ticket and blocked the road, preventing other vehicles from entering the service lane. They dealt blows on the officer and kicked anyone with a recording device, or coming close to intervene. It lasted for about 30 minutes. One of the LASTMA’s cameramen was also beaten and his gadget was shattered.
It was also gather that Peter Owolabi, the LASTMA official , whose eyes were reportedly swollen from the beating, had been taken to an undisclosed hospital for treatment. The General Manager of LASTMA, Mr. Bashir Braimah, confirmed the attack, adding that it was regrettable that the soldiers broke the traffic law with impunity.