By Bankole Wright
Corps Marshal, Federal Road Safety Corps, Dr. Boboye Oyeyemi on Tuesday said the corps would prosecute wife of the Speaker, Abia State House of Assembly, Mrs. Victoria Kalu.
According to Oyeyemi, Kalu will be prosecuted for alleged traffic offence and ordering the shooting of some road marshals.
Oyeyemi added that at least four different assaults were visited on officials of the FRSC in less than one week.
Two FRSC officials were reportedly shot by policemen attached to the Speaker of the Abia State House of Assembly, Chikwendu Kalu.
They were said to have stopped the speaker’s wife vehicle along the Umuikaa/Aba-Port Harcourt Expressway, for not wearing seat belt.
The corps marshal said the speaker’s wife would not be spared either.
“The case is not closed yet. I’ll prosecute the wife of the speaker,” Oyeyemi said.
A statement by the Corps Public Education Officer, FRSC, Bisi Kazeem, quoted the corps marshal as saying that a day before the Abia shooting, some members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers had challenged the FRSC officials on patrol of Kiyawa-Dutse Road in Jigawa State for daring to check their vehicles for excessive overloading and installation of the speed limiting devices.
“They not only set the FRSC patrol vehicle ablaze but also badly damaged another vehicle. The FRSC office was destroyed by the rampaging NURTW officials. The Jigawa incident resulted in fatality as one person was killed and several others injured,” he said.
Oyeyemi recalled that in Abuja, a patrol team had flagged down a driver for routine checks. And “when his car was to be impounded for running foul of traffic law, a female FRSC official was attached to the offender’s vehicle to accompany the vehicle to a nearby FRSC office for other necessary processes as contained in the operational procedure, the driver sped away with the female worker. A patrol team, obviously concerned about the motive of the fleeing driver, had to apply force to rescue the female operative.”
Oyeyemi, who condemned the attacks on the road marshals, said, “Many road users are abusing the civility of the unarmed personnel that are trained to be cautious while discharging their legitimate duties.”