…Just As FCTA Traffic Team Condemns Uniformed Personnel Lawlessness
A junior Naval officer attacked and assaulted the Area Commander of the Directorate of Road Traffic Services (DRTS), popularly known as Vehicle Inspection Officer, on Kubwa-Dutse Road, the Outer Northern Expressway.
Trouble was said to have started on Tuesday when A.A. Yusuf, a Naval officer, disregarded traffic rules, entered the wrong lane, and drove against traffic, according to police.
Segun Atanda, the Area Commander who was on duty directing traffic, was reported to have blocked the lawless Naval officer with a DRTS duty vehicle when he spotted him.
The Naval officer allegedly jumped out of his red Toyota Corolla, with registration number Yobe AA 440-GJB, and attacked the traffic officers after his lawless behaviour was challenged.
Naval officer allegedly dragged traffic officer around after punching him and forcing him to obtain his car’s license plate.
Comrade Ikharo Attah, the Chairman of FCT Ministerial Traffic Management Team, denounced the assault and stated the Naval officer’s actions were brutal and uncivilized.
He also decried the rate of assault and disobedience by uniformed personnels to law enforcement officers in the line of duty, he noted that it was time such reckless behaviour was checked by government before it further destroys the country’s image.
Lamenting that, ” the incessant attacks and assaults on traffic officers by uniformed men is very disturbing. At the Nyanya road, Kubwa road and Dutse Alhaji stretch traffic officers are daily being assaulted by uniformed men”
He wandered why, “some uniformed men who are paid to protect and enforce the law are the ones breaking the law. What is most painful is the manner at which he dragged and assaulted the Area Commander who is enforcing the law like a child.”
Attah also pointed out that “Uniformed men must know that ‘ esprit de corps’ is not a permission for lawlessness. Experience has shown that ones uniformed personnels drive against traffic they are easily followed by other civilians who are initially afraid to do so” .