Tragedy struck on the Lekki-Ajah Expressway, Lagos State, on Friday when one Yinka Johnson, a female banker with Standard IBTC bank reportedly crushed a Lagos State traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) official, 33-year-old Hammed Balogun, to death in the process of trying to escape being sanctioned for breaking traffic rules.
General Manager of LASTMA, Engr. Babatunde Edu, who confirmed the incident, said the deceased was carrying out his official assignment at his duty post at Mega City, Ajah area of Lagos when the ugly incident occurred. Engr. Edu added that the driver fled the scene after crushing the LASTMA official to death, but she was later arrested with the help of the Area J Commander, ACP Felix Vwamhi.
According to him, “The suspect whose identity was revealed by the Auto Inspector Device as Yinka Johnson, a staff of IBTC drove in a Green Land-Rover Jeep, SUV with registration number plate, CY 276 LSD against traffic from Mega chicken inward toll Plaza Two… She was intercepted by three officials of LASTMA led by the Head of Operations, Mr Quayum Asafa for traffic violation and in a drama like scene, Johnson started driving recklessly in order to escape contravention and in the process ran over the officer.
”The deceased was rushed down to Germaine Hospital where he later died as a result of injuries sustained from the accident while the corpse was deposited at the Lagos State Teaching Hospital, Ikeja for autopsy.”
He continued that the female banker, on realising what she had done, ran from the scene of the incident into Ikota Estate, Ajah with the security men subsequently shutting the gate permanently.
He continued: “The situation became riotous as the security attached to the gate refused all pleas to open the gate until the intervention of the Area Commander in charge of Area J, Mr Felix Vwahmi, mobilised and called for backup before access could be gained into the Estate… The suspect was finally arrested and taken to Ajiwe Police station from where she was transferred to the Criminal Investigative Department, Panti for further interrogation.”