The newly revived traffic law and punnishment in Lagos has claimed another casualties as 13 workers of Seven-Up Bottling Company are now on trial for violating the laws and assaulting Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, LASTMA officials.
A statement s1igned by the Spokesperson for the agency, Taofik Adebayo said the Chairman of the Lagos State Task Force CSP Olayinka Egbeyemi disclosed that the enforcement team of the agency arrested these 13 workers after they assaulted LASTMA officers and injured three of them.
According to him, investigations revealed that these officers were attacked while trying to towed a truck, (MUS 75 XX) belonging to the company causing serious traffic gridlock.
He said drivers of ‘Seven-Up’ trucks parking illegally on one side of the road thereby causing serious traffic obstructions to other motorists along toll gate area of the State.
“The prosecution of these 13 arrested workers became imperative to serve as deterrent to others who might want to attack law enforcement officers in the course of enforcement of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu ‘Executive Order’ on traffic offenders across the State,” he added
Meanwhile, Magistrate Olajuwon Amos of the Lagos State Mobile Court who presided over the case adjourned the commencement of trial to 8th of August, 2019 after they all pleaded ‘Not Guilty’.
They were all charged for ‘Assault’ and ‘Conduct Likely to Cause Breach of Peace’ under ‘Part III, Item 26’ of the Lagos State Traffic Sector Law.
Those charged to court include Musa Lawal, Sanni Abdullahi, Okechukwu Amaeze, Dayo Sanusi.
Others are; James Water, Okunola Femi, Awotoye Afolarin, Ibrahim Umaru, Usbie Stephen, Kelvin Arueyingho, Emmanuel Uche, Salisu Haruna and Jimoh Darihutor
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