At least four persons, including a pregnant woman and her two children, have been reportedly crushed to death at Ago Palace Way in Lagos State.
NIGERIACRIME gathered that the accident happened due to a scuffle that involved officials of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), a policeman and a driver around 9 a.m. on Tuesday.
It was said that the yet-to-be-identified driver allegedly tried to escape after a traffic infraction when LASTMA officials, aided by a policeman chased the motorist.
An eyewitness, who gave his name simply as Usman, said, “The LASTMA officials chased the driver. One of the law enforcement officers was dragging the steering wheel with the driver and in the course of that, the driver lost control and rammed into some passersby. About four persons died.”
A graphic video obtained shows the lifeless body of the keke rider, a young man, laying on the floor with his head crushed beyond recognition.
Another source disclosed, “A traffic offender and police were tussling for the car. Car goes out of control, flattens a Keke with a woman and her two kids; all dead including Keke rider.
“Policeman almost lynched, more police officers and personnel of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) arrived at the scene to salvage the situation, shooting in the air and all.
“There was teargas and then a full blown protest.”
LASTMA spokesperson, Adebayo Taofiq, when contacted, said the agency was aware of the incident.
“We’re aware and we’ll give an update soon,” he said.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Benjamin Hundeyin, has not responded to calls and text messages as of the time of filing this report.
However, the Lagos Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps, Babatunde Farinloye, claimed that “One person was killed and four others were injured” in the incident.