Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has vowed harsh punishment for anyone who attacks men of Lagos State law enforcement agencies in the line of duty.
Sanwo-Olu issue the warning on Monday during his condolence visit at the residence of Ola Oyeshina, the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) official, Oyeshina, 34, hailed from Osun State who died last Saturday after he was attacked by two trailer drivers in Sifax-Iganmu area of Apapa while sanitizing the area.
The governor, who expressed his displeasure over the gruesome killing, stated that the unfortunate death is a wake-up call to all Lagosians, describing the attack on the LASTMA officer as “mindless and callous”.
He said the government will “thoroughly prosecute” the arrested culprits to send a clear signal to those who have a penchant for attacking law enforcement agents in the line of duty.
He wondered why some members of the public would take pride in brutalising those working to make the society better and safe. He vowed to make Lagos inhabitable for those inclined to disobey the State’s traffic laws.
He said “In the last 48 hours, we’ve had heavy brutality on men of LASTMA who were doing their work. We’ve had people whose legs have been amputated in the last 48hours whilst on the assignment that was given to them to bring about enforcement of our laws and orders.
“I think this is the level at which we need to make this very stern warning that we will not stop at ensuring that we implement and enforce our laws not minding which force is involved. Lagos will not condone people that will not obey our laws,”
He added: “We cannot be condoning reckless killing and sending our young men to an early grave. This government certainly will not stand for that.”
“We are using this opportunity to tell people that Lagos wants to remain secure and safe for all of us.”
Deputy Governor Obafemi Hamzat and some other members of the State Executive Council were part of the delegation that visited Oyeshina’s family house in Surulere.
Commissioner for Special Duties, Dr. Wale Ahmed, led a short prayer session for the deceased.
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Governor @jidesanwoolu, his deputy @drobafemihamzat & other cabinet members visited the family of @followlastma official, Ola Oyeshina Ganiyu who died on Sunday following an attack by motorists on Sat. Ola died in active service of our dear State. RIP Ola🙏🙏🙏 #ForAGreaterLagos