The Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Lagos Sector Command, Hyginus Omeje has warned motorists and the general public against taking laws into their hand by assaulting Marshals while on duty.
According to the Sector Commander, some Marshals of the Corps were assaulted around Jibowu/Yaba, recently, when in the course of their legitimate duty, “they arrested the driver of a Toyota Camry with Registration Number MU 780 KJA for not using seat belt. The driver who had no driver’s license on him was to have his vehicle impounded when he veered off the route to his street where he mobilized area boys to beat up the Marshals with the marshals sustaining various degrees of injuries.”
A statement by the Corps said Omeje debunked news making round in some media that the Marshals caused the crash of the vehicle while trying to stop the vehicle “as there was no crash recorded during and after the arrest.”
They stated that “the team had successfully arrested the man and was taking him to the FRSC Office in Yaba before the offender zoomed off to his area where he knew people and mobilised miscreants against the Marshals. The offender capitalised on the confusion that ensued to run away with his vehicle.”
The Sector Commander said the matter has been reported to the police and that the Command has declared the vehicle wanted. He warned against such occurrence in future, promising to deal decisively with any motorist or group of persons “who engage in such unholy and unacceptable act no matter how highly placed the person or persons may be.”
The Corps said “It is a criminal offence to assault a Marshal or an officer in the course of his duty, hence the Command has not only resolved to bring this particular culprits to book, but has equally resolved to bring the full weight of the law against any traffic offender who dares to assault our Marshals in future.
“Motorists are hereby enjoined to always obey traffic rules and regulation to avoid being arrested.”