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Police Gives Update, Reveals Identity Of Officer Hit By Lagos Driver Fleeing From LASTMA

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Motorist Who Knocked Policeman Over Bridge Remanded In Prison

The Lagos State Command of the Nigeria Police has identified the officer hit and injured by a driver attempting to flee arrest by LASTMA as Inspector David Zapaina.

The Police also identified the driver of the vehicle as Sunday Okodo.

A statement on the incident released on Thursday afternoon by the Lagos Police Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi further confirmed that the officer involved in the accident is alive and well.

He added that the incident happened on Wednesday around 5.30pm along the International Airport road, noting that the SUV driven by Okodo has been impounded while the driver himself will be arraigned before a court.

Naija News earlier reported that a Lagos driver who was caught driving against traffic in a bid to evade arrest by the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) ended up pushing a policeman over the bridge and into the river with his car.

The man was trying to maneuver through the security operatives that had descended upon him when he hit the police officer, pushing him over a bridge and down into the river.

Adejobi however confirmed that the officer is alive but sustained a fracture on his arm.

"The incident occurred on Wednesday 24/2/21 at abt 1730hrs, when some Lastma personnel were backed up by the police on enforcement duty within the state contravened a Toyota SUV, driving against the traffic along International Airport road," the Police statement read.

"The driver resisted arrest and while trying to escape, a police inspector David Zapania was knocked down from the bridge and fell into a carnal.

"The police inspector was rescued and rushed to the Lagos State Emergency and Trauma Center where he was attended to and discharged, but sustained fracture on his left hand.

"Meanwhile the reckless driver, Sunday Okodo, m, 38, of Alose close, Bony crescent Apapa, has been and his vehicle impounded. The driver will be arraigned today, Thursday 25th February, 2021 before a mobile court at Oshodi.

"The Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, CP Hakeem Odumosu, has sympathised with the policeman and restated his zero tolerance for gross violation of traffic laws and regulations in the state. "

In other news, Nigerians have tackled and disagreed with the governor of the Central Bank (CBN) Godwin Emefiele after a video of him describing cryptocurrencies as money created out of thin air emerged online.

The CBN governor in his speech also submitted that users of cryptocurrencies operate in an electronic dark world so they can't be traced.

He added that those who use it do not want a trail and this makes financial regulators 'scared' of cryptocurrencies and their users, hence the need to regulate its usage.

Source: Naija News

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