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‘I want to die!’ Illegal cab driver screams, strips naked to escape arrest – Punch Newspapers

‘I want to die!’ Illegal cab driver screams, strips naked to escape arrest – Punch Newspapers
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It was a dramatic moment on Thursday morning in Alausa area of Lagos State as an illegal taxi operator stripped naked and solicited the interventions of other drivers and passers-by.

According to the official of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority who arrested him for breach of traffic law, the man had parked at the roundabout near the Environment Ministry, ignoring a ‘No parking’ order.

The dramatic driver had parked his car, soliciting for passengers when the LASTMA official approached him.

The official, who would not be named, said immediately the driver sighted him, he jumped into his car and sped off, but he (LASTMA official) caught up with him shortly before he reached the underground tunnel leading to Magodo on the right and the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway to the left.

The man drove a Volkswagen Gulf with Lagos number plate KJA 841 BS.

Immediately the driver saw that he had been cornered, he jumped out of the car and quickly took off his clothes, starting with his trousers and underpants, and then a blue T-shirt.

Completely naked, he used the T-shirt to cover his genitals in front area, leaving his backside exposed as he ran through the traffic that had started to build up.

He approached drivers from all sides, each of whom sped off, thinking he was a rabidly mad man.

Passers-by were not spared from his antics as he begged them to help him out.

As he ran helter-skelter trying to evade arrest, he kept shouting in Yoruba: “I want to die! I have begged all day to no avail!

“Drivers, please run over me! Save me! My child is on admission in the General Hospital!

“I’m completely frustrated! Someone gave me this car to operate so that I could pay my debts.

“Please, deliver me… Have mercy on me..!

As the drama continued and people gathered, a white SUV drove up, and a Police orderly jumped out to see what going on.

The occupant of the car turned out to be a former Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Fatai Owoseni, who intervened on the man’s behalf.

Owoseni appealed to the LASTMA official, noting that the taxi driver stripped naked just to embarrass law enforcement agents.

He then ordered the man to put on his clothes, after which he allowed him to drive off.

See the video by our reporter:

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