Pandemonium broke out in the Apapa area of Lagos State on Monday as some policemen reportedly beat a senior officer of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, Roland Fuludu, to a pulp.
It was gathered that the traffic officer was beaten by policemen led by one SP Femi Iwasokun for allegedly interfering with their job.
It was learnt that Fuludu and other enforcement officers were controlling traffic at the Eleganza area of Apapa when six policemen came on the pretext of also controlling traffic.
Our correspondent gathered that the policemen opened a neighborhood of the road that was under construction for motorists, who parted with bribes.
Trouble started when Fuludu accosted one among the policemen for turning back a vehicle that skilled the traditional route and therefore the encounter degenerated into an argument.
It was gathered that when Iwasokun later came to the scene, another argument ensued between him and therefore the LASTMA officer.
Fuludu said Iwasokun slapped him on the face, while one among the opposite policemen hit him on the top with a stick, which made him to fall and lose consciousness.
He stated, “Around 9am on Monday, six policemen came and said they were asked to start out turning vehicles back and no-one was against them doing their job. once they wanted to open the road that was under construction for motorists, they said we should always reach a compromise and be collecting money from the motorists, but I declined and left them.
“When they turned a vehicle that skilled the traditional route back, I visited ask one among them why they might do this , but he just said he was getting to hit my head with a stick; we had an argument and that i called his boss, Supol Femi, to report the cop, but he too was cursing me on the phone and that i dropped the decision .
“Five hours later, once I was returning from where I visited eat, I saw Supol Femi and that i visited greet him, just for him to inquire from me why i used to be lecture him on the phone like that and asked if we were mates. once I told him that he didn’t know my age, he slapped me and his colleagues manhandled me and that i fell from the pavement, where I stood, and hit my head on the ground and lost consciousness.”
An eyewitness, who spoke on condition of anonymity, stated that the policemen seized the phone of 1 of the LASTMA officers, who was recording the incident.
He said, “The policemen persisted to the opposite LASTMA officers, who was recording the incident, and seized his phone, because they knew that what they did by beating a politician in uniform was wrong. SP Femi is keen on aiding lawlessness among truck drivers, which makes the LASTMA job difficult.
“Police officers and other enforcement agents on the road are to figure together without confrontation and if there’s any, they ought to find a standard ground to resolve it amicably and not disgracing and humiliating one another .”
The LASTMA PR Officer, Olumide Filade, who confirmed the incident, however, declined further comments on the matter.