In a video going viral, an unidentified road user was seen assaulting a policeman who tried to impound his car, at the Oko-Oba area of Lagos State.
The video which showed the policeman clinging to the man’s car, also captured the moment when the driver broke a bottle on the security operative’s head.
In the video, the Traffic Officer, who was later identified as ASP Daudu Ajayi, attached to Abattoir Division, was asked by the truck driver to alight his vehicle, but he refused.
The driver further threatened to break a bottle on the head of the officer if he did not get down, which he eventually did as the officer stood his ground.
Reacting to the video, the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, Hakeem Odumosu revealed that the driver of the truck was fleeing from an accident scene while the traffic officer pursued him.
The Command’s Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi in a press statement on Wednesday said, “the Lagos State Police Command has commenced investigation into the attack on the Traffic Officer, ASP Daudu Ajayi, male, attached to Abattoir Division of the Command as captured in the video that went viral today, Wednesday, 21st April 2021.
“The Commissioner of Police, CP Hakeem Odumosu, was taken aback by the act of the driver and some individuals in the viral video and ordered that the case be thoroughly investigated while the driver and his accomplices involved in the dastardly act be caused to face the full wrath of the law.
“The fact of the case is that on Wednesday, 21 April 2021, at about 12.30 pm, there was a serious case of hit and run accident involving a vehicle with Reg No BDG 756 YA, which hit a Camry car with Reg No. KJA 281 GQ, and as a result a motorcycle rider, Ashiru Saadu, male, was affected and seriously injured.
“In the process, the driver of the Camry car waited but the driver of the Dyna vehicle with Reg. No. BDG 746 YA escaped from the scene. Then, the Traffic Officer gave him a chase and was stopped at Pipeline Area Oko-Oba, Lagos. The driver alighted from the vehicle, pounced on the Traffic Officer and broke a bottle on his head.
“The Commissioner of Police has again warned the general public to desist from launching attacks on police personnel and other security agencies in the state as such will be tactically resisted and culprits be dealt with in line with the provisions of the law.
“The officer sustained varying degree of injuries,” Adejobi said.
“He has vowed to get the fleeing driver arrested and prosecuted so as to serve as a deterrent to others like him in our society, and to ascertain that the command will not tolerate any act of lawlessness in the state,” the statement said.