LASTMA official hangs self on billboard


An official Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, Tope Akinde, has committed suicide.
The LASTMA official was seen dangling on the pole of a billboard around the Salvation Bus Stop, Opebi, Ikeja Local Government Area on Saturday.No one could say the exact time Akinde got on the billboard or the circumstance.
The spokesman of the Lagos State Police Command, DSP Bala Elkana, confirmed the development on Saturday.
Elkana said a female LASTMA official informed the command about the incident.
He said Akinde’s elder brother claimed that he had been suffering from mental issues for a while.
Elkana said: “On Saturday, February 1, 2020, around 10.57am, a female LASTMA official, Yetunde Olajabu, came to the police station and reported that she received a phone call from an unknown person that one man hanged himself on a mango tree at Opebi and was later identified to be Tope Akinde, An official of LASTMA.
“Information at our disposal from the deceased elder brother reveals that the late Tope Akinde had mental problems which the family had been managing for a while now before his death.”
The General Manager of LASTMA, Olajide Oduyoye, said of the development: “I don’t really know what to say and I don’t have details of what would make a grown up man wants to do that.
“It really needs to be investigated.
“We need to find out if he had any problem before, psychologically or otherwise.”


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