Driver Beats LASTMA Chief With Charms


A 36 -year old driver and his conductor have been arraigned before Ejigbo magistrate’s court, Lagos, southwest Nigeria, for allegedly beating up a top official of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, LASTMA, with charms.

Akeem Omotayo and his conductor, Owolabi Awofala, 35, are facing charge of assault before the presiding magistrate, Mrs M. B. Floami.

The defendants were alleged to have beaten Olagun Oluwatosin with charms, which made him lose his senses around Jakande Estate, Isolo, Lagos.

Oluwatosin became helpless, motionless and lost his senses and did not do anything while they were beating him.

While testifying before the court, Oluwatosin said the men used charms on him and he was watching them while they beat him up and damaged his properties. As a result, he sustained injuries.

He said he was unconscious until his colleagues forced them to bring the remedy before he regained consciousness.

The level nine-officer told the court that his ordeal started along Jakande Estate road when he stopped Omotayo, who was driving a commuter bus for breaking the traffic laws.

He said he wanted to take the driver to their office at Ejigb unit as the law stipulated. But the driver brought out a charm, which had been tendered as exhibit, from the boot of his bus and hit him with it.

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Oluwatosin told the court that he became unconscious and with his conductor, tore his uniform, collected his walkie talkie and beat him up.

He said while they were beating him, he was watching them helplessly because of the charms they used on him.

He told the court that after they beat him, they entered their bus and was about to drive off when his colleagues, who saw his condition, forced them to bring the charms’ remedy so that he would come back to his senses.

Oluwatosin said it was then that the driver brought red oil and poured it on him before he regained consciousness.

When the officers at Ejigbo Police Station were contacted, they arrested the driver and his conductor and were arraigned before the court.

The matter has been adjourned till 28 March 2012.

—Cyriacus Izuekwe

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