The Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) says two of its employees have been killed after being run over by a “reckless driver” along the Gbagada-Oshodi expressway.
The agency also said security operatives are on the trail of the driver.
Eyewitnesses said the driver was evading arrest when he ran into the LAWMA workers.
“The Lagos State Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) regrets to announce the tragic death of two of our esteemed sanitation workers, who were hit by a reckless driver, in the cause of discharging their lawful duties and rendering invaluable services to humanity around Gbagada axis,” the statement reads.
“LAWMA is working with security agencies to apprehend and prosecute the errant driver of the car, with vehicle number EPE 984 DV.
“We wish to appeal to motorists for the umpteenth time, to drive with utmost caution on the highways, to avoid sad incidents like this happening to our sanitation workers or anyone in the course of their legitimate duties.
“The public is urged to remain calm as appropriate steps are being taken and necessary measures put in place.
“Our heartfelt condolences go to the families of the deceased, whom we love most dearly. May their souls continue to rest in peace.”
Earlier, there were reports of tension in Gbagada after protesters accused officials of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) of chasing the driver who crushed the LAWMA workers to death.
Hoodlums were also said to have hijacked the protest.
However, calm and normal business activities have since been restored to the area.