LASTMA officer dies after being knocked down by a motorist
An official of Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), Samson Olawale Akinmade,
has reportedly died following the injuries he sustained after being knocked down by a motorist at Mile 12,
Ketu area of Lagos State.
The LASTMA officer was carrying out his duties on Tuesday, Jan 26, when he was knocked down and
reportedly died in the early hours of Wednesday, Jan 27.
LASTMA General Manager, Engineer Olajide Oduyoye disclosed this in a statement. He said the driver of
a blue-black Opel Space Bus with number plate AAA 74 GG knocked down Akinmade at
Demurin Street junction inwards Mile 12 while controlling traffic, leaving him with head and body injuries.
According to the General Manager, the officer was immediately rushed to the Lagos State University Teaching
Hospital (LASUTH), where he eventually died at about 1.00 a.m as a result of the severe injury sustained.
Oduyoye said: “This event is particularly sad because this was a young, intelligent and dedicated officer employed
in the year 2019. He was very committed to his job but has been cut down in his prime by a careless and lawless
driver, thereby depriving his family, the government agency, Lagos, and Nigeria of a future leader in the making.”
Explaining further, Oduyoye said the accident occurred while the deceased was directing yellow buses away from
the Demurin Street Junction choke point and approached the motorist to park away from the road to pick
“But the driver assumed that he would be apprehended for obstructing traffic and sped off, knocking
down the officer against the concrete culvert on the service lane and dragging him for about seven meters.
He tried to escape through a street which turned out to be closed but was eventually arrested and handed over to
the Police at Alapere along with his vehicle”, Oduyoye explained.