The Lagos State Government via the Lagos State Task Force is prosecuting 13 employees of 7UP Bottling Company for the alleged assault of officials from the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA).
CSP Olayinka Egbeyemi, Chairman of the task force, stated this in a press release signed by the Head, Public Affairs Unit, Adebayo Taofiq. According to him, the agency arrested the 13 suspects following their assault of LASTMA officials, injuring three of them in the process.
Egbeyemi further revealed that the victims were attacked on duty as they were about to tow a truck belonging to 7UP Bottling Company with plate number MUS 75 XX, for obstructing traffic in the area.
As Naijauto collected, the CPS expressed disappointment over vehicles of the company being parked along the road, hindering movement of other motorists in the toll gate area of Lagos State.
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Speaking further, Egbeyemi stated that persecuting the 13 suspects was necessary to serve as warning to other people who would want to attack officers working to executing orders of the Lagos State Governor BabajideSanwo-Olu in regard to traffic management in the state.
“It was disheartening that officers employed to safeguard members of the public were always being attacked by same people whose interest were being protected,” he said.
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One of the LASTMA officers, Mr Kazim Abayomi, who was taken to the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) for treatment of injuries sustained from the attack disclosed that workers of the company and other drivers were fond of engaging them physically in the course of discharging their duties.
The other two injured LASTMA officers were identified as Demeji Tonade and Peter Anozie.
The suspects pleaded not guilty, and the case was adjourned to August 8, 2019 by the presiding Magistrate Olajuwon Amos.
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