The Lagos State Government says it has fulfilled its promise to compensate the family of late officer of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, Adeyemo Oke, who was murdered by a trigger-happy policeman, Olukunle Olonade, in December 2018 at Iyana Ipaja while on duty.
Presenting a N10m cheque to the deceased’s family on behalf of the state government on Friday at their Ipaja residence, the Permanent Secretary of the state Ministry of Transportation, Dr Taiwo Salam, said the late Adeyemo was a dedicated, loyal and committed traffic officer and servant of the state government who would not be forgotten in a hurry.
Salam said Adeyemo’s death on duty was a testimony to his gallantry and commitment to restoring law and order to Lagos roads.
While praying for the repose of his soul, the permanent secretary enjoined the family to take the education of Adeyemo’s children and future seriously.
In his comment, the General Manager of the agency, Olawale Musa, described Adeyemo as a hero and someone that laid down his life for the service of God and humanity.
Musa said the agency, in appreciation of his contribution to freeing Lagos roads of lawlessness, chaos and impunity had instituted a merit award to reward hard-working staff members.
He added that the award tagged “Bakare-Adeyemo Merit Award,” was instituted two weeks ago to keep his memory and that of the late Surajudeen Bakare, who was killed in similar circumstances, would remain in the hearts of colleagues.
“The gallant officers did not die in vain as their good work will continue to be valued by the agency forever,” Musa stated.
He enjoined family of the deceased to take solace in his good work while noting that he had left his footprints in the sand of time.