Police Arraign Fleeing Driver Who Knocked Officer into Canal

The police in Lagos State have arrested a driver for knocking an officer into a canal while trying to evade arrest by law enforcement agents along Airport Road, Lagos.

The driver, who was caught in a viral video driving against traffic and tipping a policeman over a bridge, was on Wednesday, taken to the Yaba Magistrate Court for arraignment.

A statement by the police spokesperson, Muyiwa Adejobi, said the reckless driver caused injuries to the officer. He identified the driver as Sunday Okodo, a resident of Alose Close, Apapa, while the police inspector, who was knocked down, was David Zapania.

“The incident occurred on Wednesday around 5:30 p.m. when some personnel of the Lagos State Traffic Management Agency (LASTMA), who was backed up by the police on enforcement duty within the state, intercepted a Toyota SUV driving against the traffic along International Airport road.

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

Okodo was arraigned for driving against traffic (one-way), which is punishable under Part (III) item 25 of the Lagos State Transport Sector Reform Law of 2018, which attracts a one-year jail term and the vehicle forfeited to the state government.

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