by Isi Esene
There are indications that the murder charges against Yinka Johnson, the banker who allegedly killed an official of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) last Friday, have been dropped.
According to the LASTMA authorities, Johnson who was driving a green Land Rover vehicle hit the (now late) LASTMA official, Hammed Balogun, while trying to evade arrest from the traffic management officers. She was reported to have been driving against traffic from Mega Chicken inward toll plaza two when she was intercepted.
According to the LASTMA general manager, Babatunde Edu, after hitting the 33-year-old LASTMA official, the woman drove into Ikota Estate, Ajah, to avoid arrest but was later apprehended and detained at the Criminal Investigative Department, Panti.
This scenario painted by the LASTMA general manager was, however, refuted by eyewitnesses who said Balogun was hit by a Danfo driver who for unknown reasons was left out of the LASTMA report.
Doyin Akinlade, a Lagos TV producer, said the traffic enforcement authority is trying to frame Yinka Johnson for reasons best known to them. He claimed the banker voluntarily went to the Ajiwe Police Station with her lawyer to make a statement before she was detained, reportedly on the orders of a higher authority.
He said, “The LASTMA authorities, for some unexplained reasons are trying to pin the alleged crime on Yinka Johnson whose car was not even moving at the time Hammed Balogun was hit. She did not even see the man being hit.”
There are unconfirmed reports that the previously intended charge of murder will be dropped by the authorities, to pursue the charges of driving against traffic which she was initially held for.
Sources say, “Though it’s not official yet but it appears as if the murder charges have been dropped but she will still go to court this morning for the traffic offense.”
We shall continue to give you updates on this story.