Tragedy struck Monday morning when a driver killed two street sweepers at the Gbagada-Oshodi Expressway as he tried to evade arrest by traffic officials in Lagos.
The driver, yet to be identified, was chased by the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) officers.
During the chase, the driver hit the two Lagos State Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) workers on the road.
The devastating outcome sparked immediate anger and protest by motorists and passers-by.
Security personnel arrived at the scene, dispersing the protesters with tear gas.
LAWMA, in an official statement released on Monday, confirmed the death of the two workers.
“LAWMA is working with security agencies to apprehend and prosecute the errant driver of the car, with vehicle number EPE 984 DV,” the statement said. “We wish to appeal to motorists, for the umpteenth time, to drive with the utmost caution on the highways to avoid sad incidents like this happening to our sanitation workers or anyone in the course of their legitimate duties.”
LAWMA added, “The public is urged to remain calm as appropriate steps are being taken and necessary measures put in place. Our heartfelt condolences go to the families of the deceased, whom we love most dearly. May their souls continue to rest in peace.”