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FRSC Court Jails Dangote Drivers For 3 Months

Federal Road Safety Corps mobile court has sentenced two truck drivers of Dagote Cement Company to three months imprisonment with hard labour for reckless and dangerous driving. The judgment which took place before FRSC mobile court at Oluyole, Ibadan along Lagos – Ibadan expressway was disclosed in a press statement issued yesterday by the Zonal Public Education Officer, FRSC, Zone RS2 Command Headquarters, Lagos, Christy Obasi.

The statement which was made available to The Union pointed out that “today a combined team of FRSC operating on the corridor arrested and handed over two Dangeote drivers among others for immediate prosecution at the mobile for reckless/dangerous driving, speed limit violation, driving without valid drivers’ licences among other traffic offences.

Mobile Court sittings in Ogun and Lagos States segments of the corridor equally tried a number of other truck arrested drivers arraigned before the courts by the Corps operatives”. The exercise FRSC Zonal Commanding Officer, Zone 2 Command Lagos, Assistant Corps Marshal Nseobong Akpabio said is part of various measures designed to tackle the menace of haulage truck drivers on Nigerian roads. The two Dangote Cement company truck drivers arraigned were Sani Ahmed and Umar Musa before mobile court at Oluyole, Ibadan along Lagos – Ibadan expressway. Making this disclosure is the Zonal Commanding Officer, ACM Nseobong C Akpabio while addressing a group of truck and tanker drivers at Ogere during his routine monitoring of the special from Lagos to Ibadan recently.

He also availed the medium to caution the drivers and other motorists generally against reckless and dangerous driving, driving under influence of drugs and or alcohol, speed limit violation, driving with worn out tyres as well as driving motor vehicle without valid driver’s license among other anti-road safety practices. Assistant Corps Marshal Akpabio affirmed that the Corps is working in cooperation with the judiciary in the three states of Lagos, Ogun and Oyo to accelerate   prosecution of traffic offenders; this he said is meant to instill discipline on the minds and psyche of every road user towards reduction in road traffic crashes.

On the arrest of Dangote truck drivers, Zonal Commanding Officer explained that Ahmed Sani drove his unregistered fully loaded truck with cement in a reckless and dangerous manner, inimical to the safety of himself and other road users. The truck had no single registration number plate but company inscription of “IBESE 5”. Ahmed Sani dangerous driving led other motorists on the road to lodged complain to three various FRSC patrol teams at Ogere and Onigari along the Lagos-Ibadan expressway, the patrol teams sent traffic alert to other patrol teams within and outside the corridor to watch out for the vehicle. Following the signal, the said Dangote Truck’s driver was flagged by next FRSC team but all effort made to effect arrest failed as the driver continued in his reckless and dangerous driving.

Mindful of the danger inherent in such tendency, reinforcement was made until the driver was tactically arrested and was immediately arranged before mobile Court sitting at Oluyole, Oyo State along the Ibadan – Lagos Expressway on the count charges of dangerous driving, operating a vehicle without number plate, failure to stop when asked to do so by Law Enforcement Officers and driving without drivers licence inter alia in contravention of provisions of the Federal Road Safety Commission Act, National Road Traffic Regulation 2012, Oyo state Road Traffic Law, and .Federal Highway Act. The Court sentenced Mr Ahmed Sani to 3 month imprisonment wit hard labour and payment of Eighty-One Thousand Naira fine.

The second driver of Dangote Cement Company truck, one Mr Musa UMAR was also arraigned before the court for driving a truck with registration number RMG 29 XA, fully loaded with cement, dangerously on the highway and without a valid driving licence. On his part, Mr Musa Umar pleaded guilty and showed remorse for his act and promised to drive responsibly henceforth. The court convicted him but with option of fine of N60,000 while his truck remain impounded until the company produced another licensed to drive the truck.

-Anthony Awunor

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