A commercial bus driver, Kenneth Anyanwu, has received a 1 year prison sentence by a Lagos State Mobile Court sitting in Oshodi, for stabbing a Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), official, Olanrewaju Yusuf.
Magistrate F.O. Ikobayo convicted Anyanwu following his plea of guilty to a two-count charge of assault and breach of peace. She sentenced him to one year imprisonment or a fine of N50,000.
The magistrate also ordered the convict to pay N80,000 for Yusuf’s medical bills. Anyanwu committed the offence on April 26, on Ikorodu Road near Palm Grove Bus Stop, inward Onipanu.
Yusuf sometimes in April, had attempted to arrest Anyanwu for picking passengers at undesignated bus stops between Obanikoro and Palm Grove. But Anyanwu resisted.
He picked a broken bottle and aimed for Yusuf’s neck, but Yusuf raised his hand to parry the blow and was slashed in the process.
He was arrested after the incident and his trail began immediately.
Before this incident, there have been series of scuffles between the LASTMA agents and commuters within the Lagos metropolis. It will be quite enlightening for members of the public to be acquainted with the activities of the LASTMA agents.
Information gotten from the official Lagos State Government websites highlights the roles and responsibilities of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, LASTMA.
ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Control, Management and Regulation of traffic related matters within Lagos Metropolis
Public Education and Enlightenment of drivers and motorists on proper use of the highways
Traffic Safety and Accident Management
Conduct research on drivers’ behaviours and traffic safety
Install and maintain traffic control devices on the highways
Relate with other traffic management agencies
To develop a Culture of Regulation, control and management of traffic operations state wide;
To ensure hitch free traffic flow on Lagos road;
To develop the most efficient and effective means of bringing about safety improvement
Co-operate with bodies agencies or groups engaged in road safety activities or in the prevention of accidents on the highways;
Determine works and devices designed to improve traffic flow and advise the appropriate road works offices on the locations where such works and devices are required;
Identify, develop, promote and maintain new or alternative methods of traffic management and road safety