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LAGOS STATE GOVERNMENT TO PROSECUTE ATTACKERS OF GOVERNMENT OFFICIAL CARRYING OUT THEIR LAWFUL DUTIES.

The Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Lagos State, Mr. Moyosore Onigbanjo (SAN) has expressed the readiness of the State Government to prosecute anyone found assaulting or attacking any government officials in the course of their lawful duties.

This is coming after an attack on one LASTMA official around Berger on the 12th February, 2022. The attacker, one Ibrahim Yusuf, a native of Osun State was the driver of a Suzuki mini‐van with Reg. No. KJA 953 YE. Ibrahim Yusuf on Saturday, 12th of February, 2020 was seen by LASTMA officials who were on routine check willfully breaking the traffic rules by obstructing traffic and parking to pick passengers at different spots not designated as a Bus Stop.

The LASTMA official approached the attacker at Berger area and in the bit of arresting the vehicle, the said Ibrahim Yusuf ran into the market and recovered a meat seller’s knife and stabbed one Awotola Victor Olatunde, who was the team leader on his head and also slashed his throat. The attacker threatened to kill the official and leave Lagos State afterwards.

All efforts to arrest the violent attacker proved abortive as he was on rage and threatening to kill the official. His vehicle was however taken to the LASTMA office at Ojodu Berger.

The said Ibrahim Yusuf was later brought to the police station by the Chairman of the Berger Park and was charged to Court on the Tuesday, 15 th February, 2022. He was charged before Magistrate Mrs. Kubeinje of Court 4, Ogba for the offences of Attempted Murder and Assault Occasioning Harm contrary to Sections 230 and 173 respectively of the Lagos State Criminal Law, 2015. The attacker was remanded at the KIrikiri Correctional Centre and the matter adjourned to 30th March, 2022 for DPP’s Advice.

The Honorable Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Moyosore Onigbanjo (SAN) however reiterated that Lagos State Government will not tolerate any form of attack or assaults on its official performing their lawful duties. He also assures the General public that the Office of the DPP will issue the Legal Advice expeditiously and prosecute the case diligently at the High Court to serve as deterrent to would be offenders and attackers.

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