The Federal Road Safety Corps has reacted to the video going viral wherein their officers were seen clashing with a tricycle man who stripped naked.
In the video which went viral on Saturday, a tricycle man was seen on the roof of the safety corp officers patrol van.
Reacting to the incident, the FRSC in a statement released on Sunday said the tricycle rider resisted arrest by going naked and even attacked one of its officers who in turn applied “commensurate force” while being attacked.
The corps vowed that the erring tricycle rider will be prosecuted to serve as a deterrent to others who might want to attack its personnel in the future.
The statement reads:
The Federal Road Safety Corps has noted with dismay the unruly, defiant & rebellious attack that resulted into an unprecedented degree of damage to both FRSC personnel detailed on patrol operations & the patrol vehicle by a tricycle operator in Benin, Edo State.
The tricycle rider who was arrested in Benin, along Sapele road for driving against traffic, went berserk at the point of arrest, stripped himself naked, started throwing obstacles on both personnel & patrol vehicle while at some point, even dragged patrol operatives in uniform.
During the attack, the man tore the staff’s uniform and not only damaged the windscreen of the patrol car, but disfigured the bonnet and other body parts with mud and stone.
The Corps wishes to register its displeasure at the incessant abuse of its personnel and damage to its property across its formations nationwide by unruly people and warns that this, like other unwarranted attacks, is highly unacceptable and the Corps will do everything within its legal strength to ensure that this act does not go without due punishment under the law.
After going through the viral video, the Corps wonders why a section of the motoring public has continued to abuse unarmed personnel whose only fault is to ensure the safety of lives and property on the road.
The Corps has therefore resolved never to condone such barbaric acts and damage to either its personnel or patrol vehicles any longer and is prepared to use this case to serve as a deterrent to others who are fond of molesting law enforcement agents.
It is 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 unarmed personnel & damage to the patrol vehicle.
The motoring public is hereby warned to note that, though the FRSC is civil in nature & discourages physical attack 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.
The Corps Marshal, Dr Boboye Oyeyemi however commends 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.
The Corps Marshal, has also ordered the prosecution of the perpetrator of that crazy act of humiliation and recklessness on law enforcement agents and noted that offenders who take undue advantage of unarmed personnel will not be spared any longer.
The Corps Marshal wishes 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.
Bisi Kazeem fsi
Assistant Corps Marshal Corps Public Education Officer
See video below.
PUBLIC HARASSMENT OF FRSC PERSONNEL AND DAMAGE TO FRSC PATROL VEHICLE BY TRICYCLE OPERATOR IN BENIN, EDO STATEhttps://t.co/ygITV01Svq
— FRSC, NIGERIA (@FRSCNigeria) July 19, 2020
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