Photo: LASTMA Official Killed While Chasing Vehicle

A Lagos driver driving against traffic has reportedly crushed an official of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), Mustapher Adeleke to death with his blue Volkswagen Bus with registration number: LSR 942XC.

It was gathered that the victim met his untimely death while performing his duty at Oke Afa, Ejigbo area of Lagos with his colleagues who were part of the team deployed in the area to checkmate those driving against traffic along Mile 2.

According to Lagos State Transport Management Authority (LASTMA) authorities, it was while the driver of the bus, later identified as Haruna Nuru, was driving against traffic from Isolo end of the road that he hit the 34-year-old officer from behind and sped off when noticed that he had hit a government official. Witnesses at Abimbola Road, near Isolo Bus Stop, later arrested him.

Mustapha was rushed to the Isolo General Hospital where he was confirmed dead by the doctors. His corpse was deposited at the hospital’s morgue.

According to the General Manager of the agency, Mr. Babatunde Edu, the suspect was handed over to the Police at Okota Police Station.

While condoling with the deceased’s family, Edu however prayed that God would grant them the fortitude to bear the loss.

Edu advised motorists to obey traffic rules in the state and desist from attacking, maiming or assaulting innocent officers.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, Ngozi Braide who confirmed the incident said, “On July 17, 2012, around 1pm at Pako Junction, Okota Road, an accident occurred after the driver of the said vehicle drove against traffic. Five LASTMA officials accosted him.

“One of them stood in front of the vehicle while another one attempted to enter the passenger side. However, the driver sped off. The LASTMA official standing in front of the car managed to escape but the one attempting to enter the passenger’s side was crushed.

“The suspect has been arrested and may be charged with murder or manslaughter based on investigations,” she disclosed.


  1. The issue of chasing or unnecessary scuffles law enforcement agent engage themselves with traffIc offenders need to be done with caution. They should consider their safety before anything else. I. Can. Only wish he rest in peace now. No one caN bring back the departed soul.

  2. Well let me start by saying my condolence to family of the deceased’s, The issues is this, who issued him a drives licence to the drive? is he qualify to drive? does he has a valid drive licence?how can a normal person drive against traffic or is he out of his mind or lunatic; I think he should be taking to characteristic for proper examination if not he should go to jail for the rest of his life by use him as a scapegoat for others of his colleague learn.

  3. Driving against traffic is done by all and sundry in Lag.-learned,unlearned,literate,illiterate,name it,caution is required when carrying out some duties,while I cant apportion blame,I think he shouldnt av chased d vehicle,those guys r nt worth it!they are reckless and uncaring.May he rest in peace.Amen