According to The Punch, the Police have arrested the hit-and-run driver, Kasali Mustapha, who knocked down two women working with Lagos Waste Management Agency, killing one and injuring the other. It was reported on September 9 that the driver had rammed into the highway cleaners along Iyana Oworo Expressway, in the Sura area of the state on a Monday morning shortly after they resumed duty for the day.
It was reported that one of the victims, Lateefat Sulyman (popularly called Iya Tawa), died on the spot while her colleague, Fatimoh Ajetunmobi was rushed to a general hospital. Our correspondent on Monday gathered that Ajetunmobi, whose condition an eyewitness had described as critical, eventually died at the hospital. It was also learnt that the suspect, whose car number plate, KRD 864 CM, was recovered at the scene of the accident, was tracked down by a team constituted by the Commissioner of Police and was handed over to the Adeniji Adele Police Station.
The LAWMA General Manager, Mr. Ola Oresanya, said the state government through the Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice, Ade Ipaye, had taken up the matter. Oresanya added that the culprit was likely to be charged with murder to a court.
“We really appreciate the efforts of the police for ensuring that the driver was eventually arrested. The state government is on top of the matter. The Attorney General is on the case and the man is likely to be charged with murder because he ran away after the incident. That shows he did it intentionally,” he said.
Attempts to get the reaction of the Lagos State Police Spokesperson, Kenneth Nwosu, proved abortive as calls made to his mobile phone rang out. However, a police source, who craved anonymity because he was not authorised to speak with the press, told our correspondent that the driver had been arraigned before an Igbosere Magistrate’s Court on four counts bordering on reckless driving and murder.
He said, “The driver has been charged to court on four counts of dangerous driving, failure to stop and report the accident and causing of deaths.
He was admitted to bail in the sum of N100,000 with two sureties who must be government officials and must have five years tax clearance. The case was adjourned till October 21, 2014.”