A Lastma official dragging steering wheel with a driver (File photo)

Apongbon area of Lagos state was thrown into confusion as a bikeman identified as John Abanna died at the hands of an official of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority(LASTMA) and a commercial bus driver, Punch reports.

According to reports, the man was killed after the officials flagged down the commercial driver for violating traffic law.

While trying to evade arrest,  the driver reportedly made to zoom off but one of the officials pounced on his steering wheel.

While they were struggling with the steering, the driver lost control of the vehicle and rammed into the bike man who died on the spot.

According to an eye witness who spoke with journalists after the incident, he said the bikeman died after hitting his head on the floor as a result of the accident.

His words:

 “Some LASTMA officials wanted to arrest a Danfo driver at Apogbon for a traffic offence but he resisted arrest. One of them started struggling the steering wheel with the driver who was not ready to surrender.

“The driver wanted to zoom off not knowing a rider was right beside the bus. As the rider tried to pass, the vehicle veered and knocked him off the motorcycle. He hit his head on the floor and died on the spot.

“The LASTMA officials fled but some ‘boys’ chased them to their office in Iponri and vandalised some vehicles. Some of the officials quickly changed their uniform to mufti.”

However, Mr. Olumide Filade, the spokesman of LASTMA denied that the officials were responsible for the crash.

He said:

“The incident has nothing to do with us. From Apogbon, the motorcyclist was riding against traffic when he was knocked down by the bus. No LASTMA official was struggling with the Danfo driver.

“Unfortunately, some miscreants who always support okada riders attacked our office.”

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, DSP Bala Elkana, said the corpse had been deposited at the Mainland Hospital mortuary, Yaba, and investigation had commenced.

He said, “Police received information that some commercial motorcyclists popularly known as okada riders had invaded LASTMA office along Funsho Williams Avenue.

“On receipt of the report, a police team mobilised to the scene. It was observed that over 100 motorcyclists were already vandalising vehicles in LASTMA colours.

“Also, a body later identified as John Abanna was lying lifeless right in front of LASTMA office. The deceased was said to have been knocked down by a Vanagon bus around Apongbon Bridge after the driver and a LASTMA official were said to have struggled over the steering wheel which caused the driver to inadvertently run into the deceased.

“Four vehicles were vandalised while the corpse of the deceased has been deposited at Yaba mortuary. Investigation is in progress.”


  1. It’s really baffling and saddening how the lives of the citizens of our dear country Nigeria 🇳🇬 are ruthlessly and cruelly taken by government officers who are supposed to be the protectors of lives and property.
    Tell me, how do u justify struggling over the steering wheel with a driver while the vehicle is still in motion on a very busy road without first thinking of an impending accidental incident?. Now, a human life is lost because a commercial driver violated a traffic rule.
    Isn’t it high time we placed more value on our lives and safety? We should learn to walk away or avoid getting into public fights that are life threatening.
    This incident is reminiscent of a particular news I heard on radio last year in July about a Civil Defense officer who was lynched to death by police officers in Nyanya Abuja in the presence of his wife and two kid daughters amidst their constant plea to the police officers not to kill the daddy, just because he used the wrong way why he was driving his kids to school early hours of morning of that faithful day. The deceased was said to have told the police officers that he’s also a uniform personnel and that he was hurrying to drop his kids off in school and get to his office in time, he even showed them his 🆔 card but they ordered him to get down from his vehicle, when he refused they dragged him out forcefully and immediately started lynching him.
    My take is, our lives are far more important than the gravity of any tragic offense so, in situations like the one I just recounted we should avoid getting into heated arguments or fights and leave the scene immediately or resort to other peaceful means of settling such arguments amicably.
    In whatever we do, we should remember to stay alive because our families need us.

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