The motorist named Kingsley claims that the LASTMA official riddled his face with blows following the former’s paying of N50 where the official demanded a N100 bribe. The incident happened at Omole bus stop on Oba Ogunnusi Road in the Ojodu area of Lagos State.
“I am a commercial driver. The warden stopped me about 8am and I gave him N50. So, I was surprised when he asked me again.
“I was going towards Agidingbi Road when he stopped me. He demanded another N50. I refused, saying he should wait till evening. He dragged me from the bus and started punching him on my face.
“My mouth started bleeding. I realised three of my front teeth had fallen off. So, I grabbed his uniform. People bundled him inside my vehicle and said I should take him to the police station.
“His colleagues and LASTMA officials stood away during the altercation because he did not listen to them. I suspect the warden was drunk because of the way he dragged me from my vehicle.”
|The LASTMA official Charles struggling with a passenger after the incident|
An eyewitness Abiodun Dada confirmed the incident:
“It was the warden who first hit the motorist. He punched him on the mouth and yanked out some of his teeth. It was the blood gushing from the driver’s mouth that attracted pedestrians. We later discovered it was an argument over payment of N50.
“If not for the wardens and the LASTMA officials who begged angry motorists, the gathering could have turned violent.”