FSARS officer shoots, kills LASTMA official in traffic rage
A police inspector attached to the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS), Ikeja on Wednesday allegedly shot dead an official with the Lagos State Transport Management Authority (LASTMA) while controlling traffic.
This is happening weeks after a public hearing on the activities of SARS which became FSARS ended in Lagos. The public hearing unearthed the extra judicial killings, extortions and other shady activities perpetrated by the SARS officials.
The LASTMA official, named Adeyemo Rotimi, was shot dead at Iyana Ipaja area of Lagos.
It was gathered that the LASTMA official was shot dead when he challenged the policeman, identified as Joseph Oki, for disobeying traffic rules.
The victim, popularly known as ‘Baba Ibeji’, was said to have stopped the police inspector who was driving a cream Highlander jeep with registration number LSR 277 BJ to allow free flow of traffic.
It was gathered that the LASTMA official reportedly scolded the policeman for flouting traffic rules.
According to sources, the policeman, who felt insulted by Adeyemo’s warning, allegedly pulled a pistol and shot the LASTMA official in the eye, killing him on the spot after which he attempted to flee the scene but was stopped by the mob.
It was gathered that some policemen in the area reportedly rescued the FSARS officer from the angry crowd who also damaged his vehicle.
Spokesman for the Lagos State Police Command, CSP Chike Oti, confirmed the incident.