Gbagada accident: Our personnel not involved — Task force

LAWMA workers killed in Gbagada accident

Lagos State Task Force has debunked reports that its officials were involved in the car chase which led to the death of two officials of the Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) at Gbagada axis on Monday morning.

A statement on Monday signed by the chairman of the Agency, CSP Shola Jejeloye, stressed that no Lagos State Environmental Task Force official was involved in the car chase of a suspected traffic offender resulting in the crash.

Jejeloye said, “It is a very sad and unfortunate as well as an avoidable incident that led to the loss of lives. As an agency, we have a very firm belief that a traffic offence is not a criminal offence, as such, a traffic offender may be left to escape from the scene of the offence rather than allow such an offender to create madness on the road, that could lead to loss of life.”

He added that none of the task force officials was posted out on Monday morning for any traffic enforcement, rather, they were deployed to Ile-Zik, Dopemu and Ikeja to maintain law and order during the NURTW protest, hence, there is no way they could have been involved as widely speculated.

He also stated that the vehicle and occupants involved in the chase were not in task force uniform.

Jejeloye however said, “Investigation is ongoing to uncover those involved in this terrible incident. Anyone found culpable will be made to answer for his crime.

“The alleged motorist who evaded arrest and knocked down these two innocent workers will also be tried and prosecuted. In this era of social media, there is no hiding place for any criminal.”

The chairman further admonished Lagosians to maintain peace and allow the law to take its full course, assuring that justice would be adequately served and no stone will be left unturned till all parties involved are prosecuted.