Driver Sets Edo Traffic Officer Ablaze, Flees

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A commercial bus driver has set ablaze an official of the Edo State Traffic Management Agency (EDSTMA).

The incident happened on Friday, 9  February 2024, while the officer was taking the driver to the EDSTMA office for allegedly committing a traffic offence. 

It was gathered that the driver beat the traffic light at Adesuwa Junction along Sapele Road and when he was stopped by traffic personnel, he resisted arrest. 

An official was said to have thereafter been directed to take the vehicle to the office of EDSTMA.

In the process, the driver stripped himself naked, took a keg of petrol from his vehicle, poured it on the officer and set him ablaze.  

Confirming the incident in a statement posted on its official Facebook page, the agency said that the injured officer is receiving medical treatment in an undisclosed hospital.

“The management of Edo State Traffic Control and Management Agency (EDSTMA) hereby announces to the general public that a motorist driving a commercial bus with the registration number *FFE145XA* committed a traffic offence at Adesuwa Junction, Sapele Road, Benin City on Friday, 9th February 2023,” the statement read.

On apprehension, the bus driver angrily brought out fuel and set one of the officers ablaze. 

“Currently, the officer is in an undisclosed hospital receiving treatment.

“The bus driver is on the run. Anyone with any useful information regarding this driver should kindly report at any EDSTMA office or call 08078679190.”

 

Eighteen-Eleven Media 

 

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