The Corps Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Boboye Oyeyemi, has reacted to a video that went viral on social media on Monday.
The video shows a patrol team member of the FRSC on the bonnet of a moving vehicle (Honda Odessey) whose driver was attempting to evade arrest on Monday.
In a statement issued by Corps Public Education Officer, Assistant Corps Marshal Bisi Kazeem, on Wednesday, the corps said the driver was accosted by the team for violating the seatbelt use rule but he resisted arrest.
The Corps Marshal, who expressed sadness at the incident, ordered the recall of the entire team involved to Lagos State Sector Command for investigation and appropriate disciplinary actions.
According to the statement, the erring driver will also face “immediate prosecution” in court.
The FRSC noted that its guidelines do not allow personnel to stand in front of any vehicle to effect arrest at the detriment of their own safety, adding that this is not guarantee for drivers to continue to disobey traffic laws.
“The incident occurred on Monday, July 6, 2020 along Ikorodu-Sagamu road during a special joint patrol operations targeted at enforcing the Presidential Task Force directives on physical distancing and overloading amongst passengers to curb further spread of the coronavirus,” the statement said.
“The Corps Marshal is deeply saddened by the development and has ordered the entire team to be recalled to Lagos State Sector Command for investigation and appropriate disciplinary actions in line with the Corps’ regulations; while the erring driver faces immediate prosecution in a court of competent jurisdiction.
“It is expedient to state that the Corps’ operational guidelines do not allow personnel to stand in front of any vehicle to effect arrest at the detriment of their own safety while stopping the vehicle.
“For emphasis, a staff does not need to commit suicide while stopping an offender that is already on a suicide mission, because every arrest of an offender is expected to be done within safe and professional limits in line with their training and operational guidelines and not to unnecessarily put their own lives in danger while attempting to arrest a fleeing offender.
“That is why the Corps has been deploying technology to track all cases of absconding recalcitrant drivers of this nature and bring them to justice.
“Motorists are warned to note that the above scenario is not a guarantee for drivers to continue to disobey traffic laws and exhibit such dastardly acts that put the lives of law enforcement agents at risk.
“Consequently, the Corps will utilize every legal option within its powers to arrest and prosecute the absconding dangerous driver who having realised his folly, abandoned the vehicle and took to his heels.”
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