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Driver surrenders self to Police after Killing LAWMA officials



Driver surrenders self to Police after Killing LAWMA officials

In a devastating incident on Monday, November 13, 2023, two members of the Lagos State Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) were fatally struck by a Honda Saloon car while carrying out their duties along the Gbagada Expressway.

The unfortunate event was confirmed by the state’s Police Public Relations Officer, SP Benjamin Hundeyin, in an official statement released on Tuesday.

According to SP Hundeyin, the Honda Saloon car with the number plate EPE 984 DV collided with the LAWMA officials, causing their tragic demise. Initially, the driver fled the scene, abandoning the vehicle, but has since surrendered to the police.

Addressing the situation, Hundeyin disclosed that the driver will be arraigned in court on Tuesday on charges of manslaughter. He clarified that the incident was deemed an accident rather than a deliberate act, emphasizing that the driver’s surrender facilitated the legal process.

“The owner of the Honda Saloon car turned himself in yesterday (Monday) night, and he will be taken to court today for manslaughter. It was not murder, it was an accident and was not deliberate, so he will be charged with manslaughter,” Hundeyin remarked.

Allegedly evading officials from the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) at the time of the accident, the driver’s actions resulted in the fatal collision.

Following the tragic incident, the Ministry of Transportation swiftly responded, refuting claims of involvement by LASTMA officers.

A statement from the Ministry emphasized that an investigation revealed no LASTMA officer’s participation in the incident.

It assured the public of transparency in the ongoing police investigation, vowing consequences for anyone found responsible for the tragedy.