Father, son, docked for allegedly beating Lagos traffic officials

LASTMA Officials [Photo: thecitizenng.com]

The accused said they were innocent of the charges.

A man, Kudaisi Kamoru, and his son, Sulaiman Kamoru, were on Wednesday arraigned by the Ogun State Police Command for allegedly assaulting two traffic officials.

The duo were brought before an Abeokuta Magistrate Court after their arrest for allegedly beating Tijani Rasaq and Ibironke Mustapha, officials of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, LASTMA, in Abeokuta on February 18.

They also allegedly called the traffic officials kidnappers.

The police charged the two men for breach of peace, malicious damage, unlawful assault, willful and unlawful damage of Buba and Sokoto valued at N10,000, and accusing the officials of being kidnappers.

However, counsel to the accused, Femi Jolaosho, accused the police of conspiring with LASTMA to intimidate his client who he said had earlier sued the traffic agency and two others for N50 million damage for causing the permanent impairment of his left leg.

“My client had sued Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, LASTMA, Attorney-General of Lagos State and Commissioner for Works in Lagos State for N50 million over his permanent impairment caused by officials of LASTMA on May 6, 2010,” the counsel declared.

He said the two officials of LASTMA on February 18, 2013, allegedly disguised as customers to Sulaiman Kamoru and lured him to Panseke in Abeokuta metropolis to supply granite before he raised alarm about their suspicious movement.

“The LASTMA officials were arrested and taken to Lafenwa Police Station where they were granted bail,” the defendants’ lawyer argued.

“The police officials at Eleweran said some officials of LASTMA came to Ogun State, that their officials were attacked. That was how they perverted the cause of justice. I spoke with DCO and he promised to settle the case and release my clients only to be told again that they were not released,” Mr. Jolaoso lamented.

“ I informed him that my client has a case against them at Lafenwa Police Station but, he denied receiving any case file after the request was made to the DPO of Lafenwa, saying that until they receive the case file they will not release the client,” the lawyer told the court.

In his ruling, the magistrate, I. O Olayinka, granted the accused bail in the sum of N150,000 with one surety who must be a resident of Ogun State and has evidence of tax payment. He adjourned the case till April 22.

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