The Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) has said Sunday Okodo, the driver of a Sports Utility Vehicle, who knocked David Zapaina, a policeman, over a bridge in Lagos State has been charged to court on two counts of traffic violation and attempted murder.
Olajide Oduyoye, the General Manager of Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), confirmed the development in an interview on Friday.
Okodo, as seen in a viral video on Wednesday, was attempting to evade arrest after he was flagged down by LASTMA officers for driving against traffic (one-way) when he forcefully reversed his Sports Utility Vehicle and tipped off Zapaina, the policeman attached to the agency, off the bridge.
According to Oduyoye, Okodo was charged by LASTMA for traffic violation while the Nigeria Police Force arraigned him for attempted robbery.
He also disclosed that Zapaina had been discharged from the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
“He is alive and he has been discharged from the hospital but it is more like he needs to seek more local intervention to reset his bones,” Odyyoye said on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily.
The LASTMA boss stated that the agency will employ body camera technology as part of measures to ensure offenders are apprehended with solid evidence.
He said: “Technology is the way to go. Our Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, is on top of that. He approved the deployment of technology for us to improve our communication last year 2020.
“This year, we are definitely hoping to start in the next few weeks what you will say are non-approachable offence dealings. That means we are going to be having body cameras on officers to capture incidences because things happen so fast and you can’t really say let me get my camera. But if you have your body camera on that is recording, then, you can capture all sorts of different things that you can use against offenders.”
Oduyoye also claimed that some traffic violators do remove traffic signs placed across the state to deliberately disobey road laws.
“Those who willfully disobey traffic signs go in the middle of the night to remove those signs. When they are caught, they will say that there were no signs. They go and remove the signs to prove they aren’t aware of the signs. This happens all the time,” he said.