The family of the late Adeyemo Rotimi Oke, a traffic officer with the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, LASTMA, who was killed by a policeman while on duty, has received a N10 million compensation from the Lagos State government.
Adeyemo was murdered by Olukunle Olonade, a Federal Special Anti-robbery Squad (F-SARS) operative, in December 2018, at Iyana Ipaja, while was controlling traffic.
According to a statement signed by Mamud Hassan, Head of LASTMA Public Affairs, the cheque was presented to the family of the deceased officer at their residence in Ipaja by Taiwo Salam, the Permanent Secretary of the state’s Ministry of Transportation.
Salam paid tribute to Adeyemo, whom he described as a dedicated, committed traffic officer and employee of the state government that would not be forgotten for a very long time.
He said Adeyemo’s death while at his duty post, showed his commitment to restoring law and order to Lagos roads.
He urged the family to prioritize the children’s education when making decisions.
Olawale Musa, LASTMA General Manager, described the late officer as a hero, who lost his life in the service of God and humanity.
He said the agency has created a merit award to reward hard-working staff, as an appreciation of Adeyemo’s contribution to reducing lawlessness, chaos and impunity on Lagos roads.
“The award tagged Bakare -Adeyemo Merit Award was instituted two weeks ago to keep his memory alive and that of Late Siraj Bakare who was killed in similar circumstances green in the hearts of colleagues,” he said.
He assured that the officers have not died in vain, saying the agency will value their good works forever.
The head of the family thanked the state governor, Akinwumi Ambode, for fulfilling his promise.
Ambode had promised to compensate the family with the amount after the officer was killed.