In the aftermath of the killing of an official of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), Mr Rotimi Adeyemo by a F-SARS officer in Iyana-Ipaja, Lagos Mainland few days ago, the Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode has commiserated with the Agency and also approved compensation to the family of the deceased.
Ambode said the incident was one too many, revealing that a total of eighteen officers were lost to such an unfortunate situation, and twenty-four permanently incapacitated in various hospitals in the last one year.
According to him; “Just last week, we lost one of our LASTMA officers in the person of Rotimi Adeyemo who met his untimely death while controlling traffic. So, I have come here on behalf of the government to commiserate with all the LASTMA officers in their office. Now, I want Lagosians to understand something and that is as at today, we have lost eighteen LASTMA officers while performing their lawful duty on behalf of the State, and another twenty-four are permanently incapacitated in various hospitals just this year alone as I speak.
“We have not been churning out this data just because we believe Lagosians will understand that these men and women that we put on the line of duty are harmless and they don’t have anything to protect them than just traffic laws which they are enforcing.”
He continued saying; “This is a sober moment for us but again I need to encourage and further appeal to all our law enforcement officers, most especially LASTMA officers that this government is with them and we would do everything to protect their lives and also create an atmosphere to allow them to do their work properly,” Governor Ambode said, just as he announced the approval of N10million compensation to the family of the deceased officer.”
Meanwhile, the State Commissioner of Police, Mr Imohimi Edgal said the synergy between the security agencies and traffic officers would now be intensified to ensure that they are safe and they work longer periods, just as urged Lagosians to continue to be law abiding and promptly report any security breach around them.