LASTMA CLARIFIES FAKE NEWS REGARDING ALLEGED DEATH OF PREGNANT WOMAN IN ROAD CHASE
By Gbenga Soloki
The Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) has clarified a news story circulating on social media about the alleged death of a pregnant woman in a road chase involving one of their vehicles.
According to a statement released by the Director of Public Affairs and Enlightenment Department of LASTMA, Mr. Adebayo Taofiq, the story presented by the online media was not an accurate account of what transpired.
Preliminary investigations reveal that the incident occurred at the MRS Filling Station on Kodesoh road, Ikeja, where a mini commercial bus driver, known as "Korope," drove dangerously upon sighting a LASTMA patrol van queuing for fuel. As a result, a passenger sitting by the open door fell out and sustained minor injuries.
The injured woman was promptly rushed to the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) for medical treatment, where she received treatment and was subsequently discharged. Medical examinations confirmed that she was not pregnant at the time.
LASTMA immediately reported the incident to the Area 'F' Divisional Police Station for further investigation.
Mr. Taofiq emphasized the importance of passenger safety and urged all commercial bus operators to ensure that their vehicle doors are closed while in motion, as required by the Lagos State Transport Sector Reform (2018).
LASTMA's clarification seeks to dispel the false news reports and provide the public with accurate information about the incident.