An operative of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad( F-SARS) have alllegedly shot dead an official of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, identified as Rotimi Adeyemi, who had the audacity to stop him when he was allegedly violating a traffic rule in the Iyana-Ipaja area of Alimosho Local Government Area of the state on Wednesday.
Adeyemo, while controlling traffic at the Iyana-Ipaja roundabout, stopped the F-SARS man for violating traffic, but the motorist, who was apparently annoyed by the action of the LASTMA official, allegedly brought out a gun from his vehicle and shot the official dead, Punch reports.
An eyewitness, Uwem Okon, told the newspaper that the F-SARS man, who drove a Toyota Highlander SUV, brought out a gun and shot the traffic official.
According to him, onlookers first retreated after the motorist shot the LASTMA official, but later regrouped as the motorist was trying to make a quick escape and seized him.
Okon said, “There was a heavy traffic at the Iyana-Ipaja roundabout around 6:23pm. The LATSMA official was busy controlling vehicles in order to ease the traffic when he discovered that a motorist had violated a traffic rule. So, he stopped to caution the motorist, but the motorist suddenly brought out a gun and shot him on the head. The official died on the spot.
“People were surprised and scared of confronting the motorist, who had wanted to escape from the scene when he discovered that he had killed the official. But the bystanders and commercial bus drivers later summoned the courage and apprehended the motorist, who was then handed over to the police.”
Another eyewitness, who did not want his identity revealed, added that the motorist had no reason to shoot the LASTMA official for performing his duty, saying he took the law into his own hand by perpetrating such a crime.
He said that the motorist was later identified as an operative of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad.
The eyewitness said, “The LASTMA official had already told him to leave before the motorist decided to shoot him. He shot the man for performing his duty. This is wrong because he took the law into his own hands.
“The motorist was later discovered to be an operative of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad. He was arrested and taken to the nearest police station at Iyana-Ipaja for interrogation.”
The Public Relations Officer of LASTMA, Mr Mahmud Hassan has confirmed that an official was killed by a motorist on duty in Iyana-Ipaja area of Lagos.