An official of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), Afeez Badru, has reportedly being abducted an Army officer, Isiya Usman, after the former prevented him from passing a BRT Lane at Maryland, Lagos Mainland.
According to reports, the military man dressed in mufti alongside three others yesterday, Tuesday, December 18, allegedly took the LASTMA official to Marda Barracks, opposite St. Dominic Church, Yaba and detained him for seven hours.
Badru was allegedly forced to write an undertaking that he vandalised the soldier’s bus and was responsible for the loss of his (Usman’s) phone, which he bought for N120,000 in Mali, The Nation reports.
It was gathered that after writing the forced undertaking, Badru was freed to the LASTMA men who came for his release.
An eyewitness said Badru and other LASTMA patrol team stopped Usman, who drove in Toyota Hiace bus marked KMC 648GE on BRT Lane. “As Badru tried to snap the bus, the man (Usman) came out with a dagger and started stabbing him (Badru). Three others in the bus came out to drag Badru into the bus. Their actions infuriated passersby, motorists and Okada riders. The motorcyclists smashed the bus’ back windscreen.
“The bus zoomed off. Motorcyclists chased it and blocked the road at Anthony bus stop. They tried to break the front windscreen before the soldier drove past them,” the witness said.
Moreso, it was gathered that the LASTMA official was beaten by the military men before taking him to the Barracks.
“Badru’s phone got spoil in the process of dragging him into the bus. The three men in the bus used a big iron to hit Badru’s head while taking him away. He was also beaten up at the barracks,” the source said.
Reacting to the incident, the LASTMA Chief Public Affairs Officer, Kole Adu decried the attitude of attacking LASTMA officials on duty.
According to him; “The public, especially force men, should stop harassing our men. They should stop flouting traffic rules. The bus is even untainted. The attack is getting too many. We are out to ease traffic and serve the people, be it uniformed men and civilians. It is getting too many for God’s sake.
“They should allow our men to do their job. Our official, Rotimi Adeyemo, was killed by a uniformed officer last month. This month will be two years another official, Bakare Olatunji, was killed. This is getting out of hand.”
Meanwhile, the Army spokesman Lt. Col Sandu said the matter will be investigated and appropriate sanction will be meted out to the officer if found guilty.