6th December, 2010
For allegedly trying to enforce the state’s traffic laws on Lagos Island, a CentralÂ Business District (CBD), official simply identified as Yahaya, was crushed inÂ between two vehicles and had his two legs broken.
The victim was rushed to the emergency ward of the Lagos Island General Hospital forÂ treatment.
The incident occurred at Tinubu Street off Kakawa Street in the Central BusinessÂ District on Lagos Island at the weekend.
P.M.NEWS gathered from eyewitnesses at the scene that the CBD official and othersÂ had attempted to arrest the unidentified man who was driving a Mitsubishi GallantÂ car with registration number KH 665 AAA. While trying to escape, he allegedlyÂ crushed the victim against an oncoming Liberty Jeep with registration number SB 529Â AAA.
Narrating how the accident happened, a CBD official who did not want his name inÂ print said the Mitsubishi Gallant car owner pulled out of Kakawa Street, drivingÂ against traffic on Tinubu Street, which is one-way. “Yahaya and some other officialsÂ stopped him and politely told him to turn back as the road is one-way.
“Yahaya then moved to the front of the vehicle to prevent the driver from movingÂ further, but instead of obeying, he suddenly moved his vehicle, pushing Yahaya, whoÂ had jump on top of the car bonnet. In the process, he was hit by a jeep whoseÂ unidentified driver was driving out from the Royal Exchange building, who had theÂ right of way.
When P.M.NEWS visited the Lagos Island General Hospital to see the victim, nursesÂ prevented the reporter from seeing him. CBD and LASTMA officials and policemen laterÂ towed the two vehicles to the Lion Building Police Station along with the owners ofÂ the vehicles.