Mr Rotimi Adeyemo, an officer of LASTMA was on Nov. 28, allegedly shot dead by an officer attached to the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS), at Iyana-Ipaja area of the state.

The family has since been thrown into mourning and their tears have touched Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State.

The governor has announced that the family of the slain officer would benefit from the 10 million Naira insurance scheme set up by the state government.

Ambode paid a condolence visit to the headquarters of the Lagos State Traffic Authority (LASTMA) on Sunday where he acknowledged the risk attached to their job.

“As at today, we have lost 18 LASTMA officers in the line of duty, just because they were performing their civic duties.

“I have 24 LASTMA officers that are permanently incapacitated in various hospitals this year alone.

“We have not been churning out this data, just because we believe Lagosians will understand that these men and women we put on the line of duty are harmless and have nothing to protect themselves.

“All they have is the traffic laws they tend to protect and regulate,’’ the governor said.

He added that the government would no longer condone any act of lawlessness by road users.

The LASTMA official was said to have flagged the FSARS official down over traffic issue and the victim was allegedly shot in the process.

The governor gave an assurance that there would be a better synergy between traffic control officers and other law enforcement agencies, especially as the yuletide approaches.

“This is a sober moment for us but again, I need to encourage and further appeal to all our other law enforcement officers that the state government is with them.

“We will do everything to protect your lives and create a conducive atmosphere for you to work.

“The state government cannot allow people to continue to commit offences for which we need to discipline them for,” he said.

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