By Cyber Era Staff
Road safety umpire in Nigeria, the Federal Road Safety Corps(FRSC), has put the records straight, regarding an unfortunate road traffic crash that occurred recently in Ibadan, Oyo State, south west of the country, which claimed the lives of a staff of the Corps of the Oluyole Unit Command and another victim, which video had gone viral on social media. The Corps appeals to the public not to take to heart insinuations its personnel were in pursuit of the traffic offender as at the time of the fatal accident.
Information clarifying the true picture on the incident, from the FRSC point of view, seen by Cyber Era Online(www.cyberera.com.ng), and authored by Corps Public Education Officer, Corps Commander Bisi Kazeem, stated Corps Marshal, Dr. Boboye Oyeyemi had ordered the Oyo State Sector Commander of FRSC to conduct an immediate investigation into the unfortunate incident while also directing the Corps Intelligence Officer to carry out full, discreet and independent investigation into the ‘culpable cause(s) of the incident.’
Corps Commander Kazeem explained that a report was also immediately lodged with the Nigerian Police for their own investigation. Said he: “The general public is hereby informed that the report at our disposal indicates as follows: At about midday of Wednesday, 6/11/19 around 1100HRS a team of FRSC Personnel assigned to monitor and control traffic were approached by a truck driver who intended to make an enquiry from one of the members of the team.
“In the course of the inquiry, a Mercedes Benz ran into the patrol vehicle and in the process killed the Marshal attending to the driver of the truck and the other person making inquiry while discussing, with the other FRSC Official occupying the driver’s seat who was also seriously affected by the crash and eventually had one of his legs amputated at the University Teaching Hospital (UCH) Ibadan.
“Information gathered at the scene of the crash and from first responders (eye witnesses) as well as the Police revealed that contrary to some insinuations in the trending video, the FRSC Patrol vehicle was not in motion when the incident occurred. The seriously injured victim was rushed to the hospital for medical attention while the deceased were taken to the morgue. It is also of importance to intimate the public that the alleged reckless driver has been taken to court and charged accordingly.
Explaining further, Kazeem said that a magistrate court sitting at Iyagakun , Ibadan, on Tuesday, November 13, 2019 subsequently remanded the suspect (driver of the Mercedes Benz vehicle) in prison custody till 8 February 8, 2020 when the case would be heard. According to him, the Magistrate gave the accused some bail conditions which included providing two sureties in the sum of One million naira each, who must be at least level sixteen Officers working in reputable organizations and who owned landed property in the state.
The Corps Public Education Officer explained that the accused had not met the bail conditions and was remanded in prison custody and advised the general public not to believe the trending insinuations that the personnel were in pursuit of any traffic offender.
Added Kazeem: “It is quite an unfortunate incident, but a reality that the job of the Corps is very hazardous in nature. The Corps, however, pleads that the motoring public should be more cautious while on the highways and should drive defensively. The life you save may be yours!”