A motorist evading arrest by officials of Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) on Monday killed two road sweepers on the Gbagada-Oshodi Expressway in Lagos State.
CHANNELS reports that the driver, whose name is yet to be identified as of press time, was chased by officers of the LASTMA when the fleeing driver rammed into two members of the Lagos State Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) at their duty post by the roadside.
The situation led to a demonstration as passersby and motorists protested the killing of the street sweepers.
Security agents including policemen have since arrived at the scene and tear-gassed protesters in an attempt to disperse them and quell the situation.
Meanwhile, LAWMA confirmed the death of the two sanitation workers in a statement on Monday.
“LAWMA is working with security agencies to apprehend and prosecute the errant driver of the car, with vehicle number EPE 984 DV,” the statement read.
“We wish to appeal to motorists for the umpteenth time, to drive with utmost caution on the highways, to avoid sad incidents like this happening to our sanitation workers or anyone in the course of their legitimate duties.
“The public is urged to remain calm as appropriate steps are being taken and necessary measures put in place.
“Our heartfelt condolences go to the families of the deceased, whom we love most dearly. May their souls continue to rest in peace.”