The Police in Lagos, yesterday, arrested a miscreant identified as Alao Idris for attacking personnel of the State Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) at Isolo road , Isolo area of the state.
The incident happened in the early hours of yesterday, when the personnel was going about his lawful duty of sweeping the street. The highway worker (sweeper) was attacked by Idris with a hammer, resulting to a broken skull
The victim was rushed to hospital for intensive medical care. Confirming the development, LAWMA’s Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Ibrahim Odumboni, said such actions by the unscrupulous elements were meant to disrupt the authority’s ongoing efforts to establish a cleaner and healthier environment in the state.
He said Idris has since been arrested and handed over to the police for interrogation and prosecution to serve as a deterrent to others with similar intentions.
While condemning the incident, he warned that such attacks would not be condoned by the state government. Odumboni said: “One of our highway workers (sweeper) carrying out his lawful duty at Isolo, was attacked with a hammer by a miscreant by name Alao Idris, resulting in a broken skull, which required immediate medical attention to salvage the situation.
“This sort of unprovoked attacks will not deter us from rendering our services. However, we are sounding a note of warning to miscreants determined to undermine our efforts, that the state government will not tolerate these dastardly acts, as perpetrators will be brought to book.”
The LAWMA boss urged the public to treat highway workers with humaneness and refrain from attacking them under whatever guise, as anyone caught doing so will be made to face the full wrath of the law.
Odumboni appealed to residents to support and ensure that essential service providers like LAWMA were allowed to discharge their responsibilities in the state, without any fear of harassment, molestation, and attack, adding that establishing cleanliness in the state was a collective responsibility, requiring all hands to be on deck.
He also admonished the populace to shun all forms of indiscriminate waste disposal, which have attendant negative environmental consequences, such as the blockage of drainage channels.
He also enjoined members of the public to call LAWMA’S toll-free lines: 07080601020 and 617 for any emergency.