The corpse of an official of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, LASTMA, identified as Tope Akinde; was seen dangling on the pole of a billboard around Salvation bus stop, in the Opebi area of Ikeja Local Government, Lagos State.
The incident occurred on Saturday February 1st, 2020.
At the scene of the incident around 9 a.m., some residents, traders and passersby were seen mourning the tragic incident; while others condemned the circumstances that led to Akinde’s death.
Officials of the Lagos State Neighbourhood Safety Corps visited the scene of the incident to restore normalcy by controlling the crowd to enable vehicles to access the road to their various destinations.
In the meantime, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Bala Elkana, said a female LASTMA official informed the command of the incident; adding that Akinde’s elder brother claimed that he had been suffering from mental instability for a while.
He stated that the corpse had been evacuated and deposited in a mortuary.
Elkana said, “On Saturday, February 1, 2020, around 10.57 a.m., 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, a staff of LASTMA.
“His corpse has been deposited at IDH Hospital, Yaba mortuary by the Lagos State Ambulance Service. Information at our disposal from the deceased’s elder brother reveals that the late Tope Akinde had a mental problem; which the family had been managing before his death.”