There seems to be a constant tussle between personnel of the Lagos State Traffic Management Agency and road users in the state. Perhaps, it could be from frustration which both parties are willing to extend to anyone that crosses their path. Just recently, a video went viral showing the moment a driver stripped naked during a fight with an official of the traffic management agency. This trending video has now become the "talk of the town" as LASTMA issues threats to prosecute the driver that stripped naked to fight its official a few days ago.
This was the moment a Lagos commercial bus driver stripped naked to fight a LASTMA official
It appears that the disturbing incident didn't go down well with the state-owned traffic agency. They are presently looking for the driver who dragged their official on the street of Lagos State. Bolaji Oreagba, who happens to be the manager of LASTMA, has now reacted to this video making rounds on the internet. According to the statement released by Bolaji Oreagba on Tuesday, this incident took place last Friday around 11:44 am along Jakande First Gate on the Lekki-Epe Expressway. Oreagba stated that the commercial bus driver was caught picking and dropping off passengers on a busy road; an act that goes against the 2018 Transport Sector Reform Law in Lagos State.
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He said the driver was adamant and refused vehemently when he was asked by the official to vacate the spot. The vehicle was found in a spot that could lead to unnecessary traffic congestion and ultimately delay other road users. The LASTMA personnel according to the manager had no choice but to impound the vehicle since the driver refused all entreaties to correct him. The resistance of the bus driver forced the hands of the personnel to remove the car key from the ignition.
Knowing fully well that removal of the car key from the ignition would spell big trouble for him; the driver had to resort to public sympathy by stripping naked to fight the official on duty. From the statement, we learnt that the driver descended heavily on the LASTMA man and dragged him by his uniform. Oreagba believed that this act of assaulting a public servant to be an utter disrespect to constituted authority. The LASTMA boss revealed that the presence of other officials could do nothing as other people were called to the area to fight off any attempt to impound his vehicle. Apparently, they succeeded and they escaped with the vehicle. The GM said the case was reported at the Ilasan Police Station. He added that both agencies are searching for the commercial bus driver that assaulted the traffic official.
In case you haven't seen the trending video that captured this incident; watch the clip below to see for yourself what truly transpired.
LASTMA has reacted to a video clip of a Driver that stripped naked to fight official