YABATECH Students Unleash Mayhem, Abduct LASTMA Official

Reports came in that there was pandemonium yesterday, at Ojuelegba, Surulere area of Lagos State when irate students allegedly from Yaba College of Technology, YABATECH, took to major highways and went after officials of the Lagos State Transport Management Authority,( LASTMA), wounding at least four of them and abducting one .

Our correspondent gathered that the students, numbering about 50, armed with various kinds of weapons, blocked major highways midday and went after LASTMA officials to protest against the seizure of one of their buses branded “Aluta bus” which was said to have contravened the state government law by driving on Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) lane.

In the ensuing melee, there was a serious traffic jam along the axis designated as one of the alternative routes by the State Government to bring relief to motorists trapped in traffic gridlock as a result of the ongoing repair works on Third Mainland Bridge.

LASTMA General Manager, Engr. Babatunde Edu, who confirmed the development, revealed that one of his men Mr. Obasanmi Oladimeji was abducted in the process at his duty post at Jibowu, Yaba by the irate students.

He explained that, “The students’ union red Mazda bus with no registration plate number and in scripted with “Yaba College of Technology students Union Government Aluta bus” around 1.45pm on Wednesday violated the BRT law by taking the dedicated lane and was stopped at post office bus stop inward Oyingbo.

“The eight occupants including the Union leader, Comrade Adesola Ademola, became unruly and resisted arrest when stopped by the head of the operation Zone 15, Mr. Kayode Odunuga.

“With the intervention of the Anti Robbery Squad attached to Denton Police Station who were at the scene of the incident, the offenders were arrested and later remanded and the vehicle taken to the LASTMA yard.

“On getting to the LASTMA yard, the students’ union leader who was remorseful and pleaded for the release of the bus said that they were in a hurry to get to a meeting at Marina, hence they decided to take the lane. The agency been trained to be firm but humane listened to their plight and directed that an undertaken should be written so as to detail the incident and also prevent future occurrence,” Engr Edu said.”

MJ


1 Comment

  • Lajide says:

    Thank God for the existence of such a counter-terrorist group like the Student Union. The day I encountered the ANIMALs in Uniform called LASTMA, our vehicle was faced by a Car on one-way, I instructed my Driver in FGN vehicle to stay on the right lane, suddenly the animal in mufti alighted from his Mazda made a call and within five minutes his thugs (some in Uniform) emerged from the FINICKY end of Jibowu, beating my driver pulp and blue. I protested only for two of them to threaten me with beating, but because they could not assess the outcome of such, they said ” Baba we can beat you o, but we would allow you this time”. If I could be threatened in a Lagos where I was born and bred, where the entire LASTMA staff put together have not paid up to what I have paid as tax since 1978, I cannot but Curse that they would receive more beating in the hands of their younger ones, and without end. They are emboldened because they carry Charms.
    EDU- GM LASTMA. Having told a Life threatening lies on Mrs Yinka JOHNSON do you think you still deserve to live or even continue to hold that office. If you fear God you should resign even if FASHOLA (SAN) is afraid of sacking you, as a Chief Thug is concerned.

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