Lagos State Police Command says it has commenced investigation into the attack on a Traffic Officer, ASP Daudu Ajayi, attached to Abattoir Division of the Command as captured in a video that went viral on Wednesday, April 21.
In the video, the officer and the man could be seen atop the back of a truck arguing inaudibly as the man appeared to be telling the officer to step down from his vehicle.
Someone in the background, who appeared to be the man behind the camera, kept encouraging the man to assault the police officer by smashing a bottle on his head.
Amid inaudible verbal exchange, the young man went ahead and hit the bottle on the policeman’s head and shoved him out of the vehicle.
The unruly behaviour exhibited by the man has been widely condemned across the social media landscape, with many calling for his arrest and prosecution.
Reacting, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, spokesperson of the state police command, in a statement said the state Commissioner of Police, CP Hakeem Odumosu, was taken aback by the act of the driver and some individuals in the viral video.
He ordered that the case be thoroughly investigated while the driver and his accomplices involved in the dastardly act be caused to face the full wrath of the law.
Giving an account of what led to the attack, Adejobi said;
The fact of the case is that on Wednesday 21st April, 2021, at about 12.30pm, there was a case of hit and run serious accident involving a vehicle with Reg No BDG 756 YA, which hit a camry car with Reg No. KJA 281 GQ, and as a result a motorcycle rider, Ashiru Saadu, m, was affected and seriously injured.
In the process, the driver of the Camry car waited but the driver of the Dyna vehicle with Reg. No. BDG 746 YA escaped from the scene. Then, the Traffic Officer gave him a chase and he was stopped at Pipeline Area Oko-Oba, Lagos. The driver alighted from the vehicle, pounced on the Traffic Officer and broke a bottle on his head. The officer sustained varying degrees of injuries.
Adejobi added that police Commissioner warned the public to desist from launching attacks on police personnel and other security agencies in the state as such will be tactically resisted and culprits (attackers) be dealt with in line with the provisions of the law.
The statement concluded;
He has vowed to get the fleeing driver arrested and prosecuted so as to serve as a deterrent to others like him in our society, and to ascertain that the command will not tolerate any act of lawlessness in the state.
Watch the video below;
VIA @InsideMainland: Lagos State Commissioner of @PoliceNG launches manhunt for the driver who broke a bottle on the head of a Traffic Police Officer at Pipeline Area Oko-Oba Community in Lagos. @rrslagos767 pic.twitter.com/c44lwcJbdK
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