Tricycle rider allegedly beats, drags LASTMA officer into gutter

Lagos State Traffic Management Agency LASTMA

A tricycle rider, John Fabunmi, has appeared before an Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court for allegedly attacking an official of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) while on duty.

Mr Fabunmi, a resident of 3/5 Isheri Road Egbeda, was arraigned on Friday on a four-count charge of assault, unlawful damage and breach of peace.

The tricycle rider denied all the charges.

The court heard that the defendant committed the offences on June 15 at 8:30 am at Aguda Bus Stop, Ogba, Lagos.

Police prosecutor, Akeem Raji, alleged that the defendant beat the LASTMA official, Ayodele Omotosho, severally and pushed him into a gutter.

Mr Raji said the official’s uniform was torn while his phone worth N84,000 got damaged.

“The defendant also sat on him and soaked his uniform in the mud, following an argument,” the prosecutor said.

The alleged offences contravene Section 168, 173, 174 and 339 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State, 2015 (Revised).

Chief Magistrate A.O. Layinka granted the defendant N200,000 bail with two sureties in like sum.

Layinka ordered that the sureties must be gainfully employed and have evidence of two years’ tax payment to the Lagos State Government.

The case was adjourned until July 23 for mention.