The Lagos State Traffic Management Authority has denied the involvement of staff of the agency in the truck accident that crushed students on Ogunnusi Road, Grammar School Bus-Stop, Lagos State.
It was learnt that the students were going home after closing from school when the truck ran over them on Tuesday.
This was contained in a statement issued by the General Manager of LASTMA, Bolaji Oreagba, titled ‘LASTMA disowns involvement in Ojodu truck accident – General Manager’ on Wednesday.
Oreagba said the reports were mere allegations that could not be substantiated.
The general manager said, “From the reports we received on the incident, the driver is believed to have lost control of the vehicle, probably because of mechanical reasons. The police are investigating the matter; the public should await their report.
“LASTMA does not have a traffic management duty post around the accident scene. And all patrol personnel had reported back to base for daily parade as at the time the accident occurred leaving only those at their traffic management posts.”
Oreagba added, “In the various unconfirmed reports in some media, not only LASTMA as an agency was fingered but some other government traffic control agencies and wondered how all these agencies would be in pursuit of one truck, a truck that could be apprehended at a later date, that is, if it had committed any traffic infraction.
He advised that the media should refrain from rushing to the press with unsubstantiated reports, all in a bid to be the first to break the news. News that could engender public distrust before the revelation of the facts.
Oreagba commiserated with the families of the students that lost their lives and pray for the quick recovery of the injured.