The Federal Road Safety Corps has noted with dismay the unruly, defiant and  rebellious attack  that resulted in an unprecedented degree of damage to both FRSC personnel detailed on patrol operations and the patrol vehicle by a tricycle {Keke NAPEP}operator in Benin.

The tricycle rider who was arrested in Benin, along Benin/Sapele road for driving against traffic, went berserk at the point of arrest, stripped himself naked, and started throwing obstacles on both personnel and the patrol vehicle while at some point, even dragged the 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.

In a statement, FRSC decried the abuse of its personnel and damage to its property across its formations nationwide by unruly people and warned 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.”

Signed by the Corps Public Education Officer, Bisi Kazeem, who is an Assistant Corps Marshal, the statement said: “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.

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“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 the unarmed personnel and damage to the patrol vehicle. The motoring public is hereby warned to note that , though the FRSC is civil in nature and  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.”