By Evelyn Usman

Controversy is currently trailing the death of Ikechukwu Abasirim, the 36-year-old bus conductor allegedly crushed to death by officials of Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, LASTMA, Monday, along Oshodi-Apapa expressway, Lagos, as LASTMA has exonerated its men of culpability.

Traffic gridlock on Apapa-Oshodi Expressway as hoodlums took over the road in the wake of Mr. Ikeckukwu Abasirim’s death. INSET: Late Mr. Abasirim. PHOTO: Biodun Ogunleye.

It clarified that policemen attached to the agency, who were chasing a commercial bus driver over a traffic offence, were responsible for the tragedy.

However, on their part, the bereaved parents have described LASTMA’s claim as a lie and a plot to divert attention from the real culprits.

They appealed to Lagos State Police Commissioner, Mr. Kayode Aderanti, to investigate the incident with a view to unearthing the truth.

Absolving its officials from blame, spokesman for LASTMA, Mahmud Hassan, in a statement, yesterday, said: “Some policemen attached to the agency were trying to arrest a commercial bus that contravened traffic law.

“At the time of the incident, no LASTMA official was involved in the attempted arrest, neither was an official of the agency at the scene or vicinity of the incident that claimed the victim’s life.”

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