Group flays murder of LASTMA official, seeks justice for victim

By Joshua Olalekan, Lagos
A group, the Committee for the Protection of Peoples Mandate (CPPM) has described the murder by a mob of an official of the Lagos State Transport Management Authority (LASTMA), Mr. Tajudeen Bakare as painful, gruesome, despicable and barbaric.
Bakare was killed by a mob in Apapa area of Lagos state recently but CPPM in a statement obtained by BLACKFACE on Saturday urged the state government and the security agencies to apprehend those responsible for the incidence in the name of justice.
In condemning the killing, the statement signed by the Executive Chairman of the group, Mr. Nelson Ekujumi reads, “We recognize that under the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the right to life is a fundamental and constitutional right which must not be assaulted or violated by the state or individuals except by a court order based on the rule of law.
“It is in this regard that we frown at the resort to self-help or jungle justice by individuals, groups or even the state for redress on perceived injustices and hereby implore all to adopt civilized and constitutional means for resolving conflicts or crisis which cannot but arise in the course of human engagements.
“Our heartfelt condolences goes to the family of this slain officer as we pray God to grant him eternal rest and the family, the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.”

On how to immortalise the slain official, Ekujumi wrote, “We equally call for a posthumous award to late Mr. Tajudeen Bakare who died in active service as well as payment of necessary compensation to cushion the effect of his loss to his immediate family.”

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