Two Suspects arraigned Over Killing of LASTMA Official
By Maureen Ogolor
The Lagos Government has arraigned the two suspects arrested over the alleged murder of an officer of Lagos State Traffic Management Authority in Apapa Local Government.
The two alleged killers, Akere and Ogungbe were arraigned on Monday before a Magistrate Court sitting in Yaba. Both defendants, who had been in detention since the weekend after the attack on the late LASTMA officer at Sifax-Iganmu axis of Apapa at about 6 pm, were arraigned on a two-count charge bordering on attack and murder of a law enforcement officer.
Akere and Ogungbe pleaded not guilty to the charge when it was read to them by the Prosecutor. In her ruling, the Chief Magistrate, Mrs. Ayeye ordered that the defendants be remanded in custody and adjourned the case till 28 January next year.
Ganiyu Oyeshina - the slain officer of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, died on November 30, after he was attacked by two trailer drivers in Sifax-Iganmu area of Apapa.
Meanwhile, Lagos State governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has reacted to the killing of the LASTMA official warning that the government will not condone any form of disobedience to the laws of the state, vowing that harsh punishment awaits anyone who attacks men of the state’s law enforcement agencies in the line of duty.
He issued the warning during a condolence visit to the family of the deceased.
The governor, who expressed his displeasure over the gruesome killing of Oyeshina, said the incident of his unfortunate death is a wake-up call to Lagosians, describing the attack on the LASTMA officer as mindless and callous.
He said the government will prosecute the arrested culprits to send a clear signal to those who have penchant for attacking law enforcement agents in the line of duty.
Members of the State Executive Council including Deputy Governor, Obafemi Hamzat, were part of the delegation that visited the Oyeshina family house in Surulere.