Son allegedly kidnap, sells father to ritualists for N1.8m

Fake LASTMA officer goes to prison

CITIZENS COMPASS- The Lagos State Special Offences (Mobile) Court sitting in Bolade, Oshodi has sentenced a fake Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) officer, Omotutu Bamidele, to prison.

The arrested fake officer has baggdd a 2- year jail term for impersonating and extorting money from motorists across Lagos.

The convict was arraigned on Monday, March 27, 2023, by LASTMA on a 2-count charges of “Did impersonate as a public officer by representing as staff of Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (S.78 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2015)” and “Did obtain by fraudulent trick (Sec. 323 of the Criminal Law, Lagos State)” before the court.

A press statement issued by the Director, Public Affairs and Enlightenment Department of (LASTMA) Mr. Adebayo Taofiq quoted that Magistrate Kehinde Ogundare sentenced Omotutu Bamidele to a 2-year jail term without any option of fine after he pleaded ‘guilty’ to the 2- count charged levied against him.

Magistrate Ogundare emphasized that the convict should serve the jail term without any option of fine due to the gravity of the offences committed.

The Court Prosecutor Barr. Olufemi Adekunle stated that both offences levied against the convict contravened the Criminal Law of Lagos State (2015).

In his reaction to the judgement, LASTMA General Manager, Mr Bolaji Oreagba said the judgement was a welcome development as it would serve as deterrent to others who are still extorting money from innocent members of public under false pretence.

According to Mr. Oreagba “Our Monitoring and Surveillance Unit which has now been fully restructured would continue to hunt for other bad elements disturbing the peace of the society”

The General Manager however urged motorists particularly commercial bus operators to adhere strictly to the dictates of the Lagos State Transport Sector Reform Law 2018 and avoid attacking Officers of the Agency.



CITIZENS COMPASS – A 42-year-old man, Sunday Obasuyi, has allegedly sold his 82 years old father to some ritualists at the rate of N1. 8m, in Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State.

He was later arrested following a tip off.

The Ekiti State Magistrate Court has remanded Sunday to the correctional facility in Ado-Ekiti, for selling the father, Michael Obasuyi to the ritualists.

The suspect was remanded alongside two other persons one Akinniyi, 51, and Bobafe Sunday, 51, for kidnapping and killing the octogenarian.

The Magistrate, Bankole Okuwasanmi, said that the suspects will be in remand pending advice from the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP).

Earlier, the prosecutor, Inspector Akinwale Oriyomi, told the court that the defendants conspired and kidnapped the aged man on February 1, at about 11am in Agbado-Ekiti, Gbonyin LGA, and that his corpse was, some weeks, later discovered in a shallow grave.

The prosecutor further alleged that the first defendant, Obasuyi, conspired with Akinniyi and sold his father for N1.8m to the third defendant, Sunday, who was a herbalist.

He noted that the offences contravened Sections 280, 279 and 234 of the Criminal Law of Ekiti State, 2021.

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