By Bose Adelaja
LAGOS—There was pandemonium, yesterday, in Iponri area of Lagos, when hoodlums tried to forcefully free a commercial bus impounded by some officials of Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, LASTMA, for allegedly violating traffic rules.
Five of the officials and a bus driver were reportedly injured in the incident, which occurred at 8.30a.m.
Problem, it was gathered, started when the bus, with number plates FST 290 XG, was impounded along Costain axis over illegal parking and was subsequently taken to Iponri yard for booking.
There were two versions to the incident. One said that information spread that the driver had been beaten to death and a crowd gathered.
Another said in a bid to retrieve his vehicle at all costs, the driver mobilised some hoodlums to attack and vandalise the office and the four officials were injured while others escaped unhurt.
Also, the driver was alleged to have stripped himself to create scene and draw the sympathy of the public.
Simultaneously, his friends and some hoodlums put him in a wheelbarrow to cause further break down of law and order, but for the timely intervention of men of the Lagos State Environment and Special Offences (Task Force) that brought the situation under control.
In a statement, LASTMA General Manager, Mr. Bashir Braimah, said no life was lost in the incident, but that four of his men were injured. He advised road users to be law abiding.