A commercial bus driver slumped after being hit with a juju ring during an argument with Lagos State Traffic Management Agency officials at Costain area of Lagos on Wednesday.
An eyewitness gave account that trouble started when LASTMA officials apprehended the driver at Costain bus stop for allegedly violating traffic rule. This arrest did not go well with the driver as he was joined by his conductor and started a heated argument with the officials.
In the ensuing scuffle, one of the LASTMA officials allegedly punched the driver and he slumped. A mob was reported to have barricaded the road in protest as the driver lay on the floor, foaming in the mouth.
An eye witnessed reported that the mob vandalised a LASTMA patrol car which drove into the protesters.
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He said, “We saw that the LASTMA officials hold the bus driver at the junction for breaking traffic rule. The man did not release the vehicle to them, which started an argument. The driver and the conductor then started fighting the LASTMA men.
“One of the LASTMA officials put his hand in his pocket and brought out a ring which he used to hit the driver. The man fell and started foaming in the mouth. The officials then took his bus into their yard and left him on the ground.
“A mob barricaded the road and vandalised a LASTMA patrol car that came in that time. They beat up all the officials in the car. After that, they carried the man’s body into the LASTMA’s office and chased out the workers.”
PUNCH Metro learnt that the driver was later taken to a hospital after the police arrived to quell the unrest.
A motorcycle rider said the situation would have been worse but for the intervention of the police.
“Traffic was at a standstill and the hoodlums were looking for LASTMA officials or any government official to attack,” he added.
The Police Public Relations Officer, SP Dolapo Badmos, confirmed the incident, adding investigations were ongoing.
She said, “Yes, I can confirm that LASTMA officials impounded a vehicle and the driver and his conductor engaged the LASTMA officials in fisticuffs, which led to two losing consciousness. The two are the driver and a LASTMA official. They were both rushed to the hospital where they are currently recuperating. Investigation has commenced into the matter.”
Source: Punch Metro