What could otherwise be seen as being hilarious was highly embarrassing when two officials of the Lagos Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) were reportedly caught on camera fighting passengers in broad light daylight. These passengers in question were in a vehicle going to Obalende from Ikeja.
The LASTMA officials engaged in physical combat with passengers in the vehicle over alleged ₦100 bribe
The two LASTMA officials identified by their real names – N. Oladega and E.A Fagbuyi approached the driver of the commercial bus along Berger road in Lagos. From what we learnt, the two LASTMA officials demanded money from the bus driver, since he allegedly boycotted them a week ago after violating a traffic law.
From what the conductor of the bus told the news agency, the 2 officers demanded for a ₦100 bribe, and the situation became escalated when one of them took hold of the wheel and started heading towards an unknown place.
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The situation didn’t sit well with the passengers inside the bus, which led to a physical fight between the passengers and the LASTMA officials. One of the passengers identified as Sandra was assaulted physically by Oladega while breaking her phone screen in the process.
One of the LASTMA officials allegedly broke the screen of a phone belonging to one female passenger
From further reports, the LASTMA officials allegedly threatened the female passenger when she demanded they repair her phone.
“I have been molested and I can’t take it. I was receiving when one of the officials came to drag my phone and threw it on the floor. He broke the screen already. These guys are thugs and should not be accommodated in Lagos."