The Federal Road Safety Corps has noted with dismay the unruly, defiant and rebellious attack that resulted in an unprecedented degree of damage to both FRSC personnel detailed on patrol operations and the patrol vehicle by a tricycle operator in Benin, Edo State.
In statement, Corps Public Education Officer, Assistant Corps Marshal Bisi Kazeem said the tricycle rider who was arrested in Benin, along Benin/Sapele road for driving against traffic, went berserk at the point of arrest, stripped himself naked, and started throwing obstacles on both personnel and the patrol vehicle.
He said, at some point, he even dragged the patrol operatives in uniform.
During the attack, the man tore the officers’ uniform and did not only damage the windscreen of the patrol car, but also disfigure the bonnet and other body parts with mud and stone.
Kazeem said the Corps registered its displeasure at the incessant abuse of its personnel and damage to its property across its formations nationwide by unruly people and warned that this, like other unwarranted attacks, was highly unacceptable.
He said the Corps would do everything within its legal strength to ensure that this act did not go without due punishment under the law.
He added after going through the viral video, the Corps wondered why a section of the motoring public hasms continued to abuse unarmed personnel whose only fault was to ensure the safety of lives and property on the road.
He said the Corps had therefore resolved never to condone such barbaric acts and damage to either its personnel or patrol vehicles any longer and was prepared to use this case to serve as a deterrent to others who are fond of molesting law enforcement agents.
He said it was also disheartening that a section of the motoring public could criticize the Corps personnel who in self defence, applied some commensurate force on the criminal in question in order to restrain him from further attack on the unarmed personnel and damage to the patrol vehicle.
The Corps warned the motoring public to note that, though the FRSC was civil in nature and “discourages physical attacks on offenders, this does not mean members of the Corps should watch and allow physical damage on its property and personnel in the course of their legitimate duty.”
Kazeem said the Corps Marshal, Dr Boboye Oyeyemi however commended the patriotic citizens that assisted in arresting the criminal and condemned his actions.
“This shows that some Nigerians will always stand by the truth and nothing but the truth,” he said.
The Corps Marshal also ordered the prosecution of the perpetrator of that crazy act of humiliation and recklessness on law enforcement agents and noted that offenders who took undue advantage of unarmed personnel would not be spared any longer.
The Corps Marshal wished to remind members of the public that “law enforcement agents serve the common interest of the general public and deserve to be respected and not humiliated in the course of their duty.”