VIO, FRSC of­fi­cers nabbed over num­ber plate rack­e­teer­ing

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Aliyu M. Ha­m­agam, Minna

The Niger State Po­lice Com­mand yes­ter­day pa­raded four Federal Road Safety Com­mis­sion (FRSC) and VIO of­fi­cers in Minna over an al­leged in­volve­ment in ve­hi­cle num­ber plate rack­e­teer­ing.

Po­lice Pub­lic Re­la­tions Of­fi­cer, ASP Richard Oguche, told jour­nal­ists yes­ter­day while parad­ing the of­fi­cers that the po­lice were in­ves­ti­gat­ing the al­leged acts of forgery, crim­i­nal breach of trust and cheat­ing.

He said three months ago, four men-Yakubu Ahmed (VIO), Ab­dul­ma­lik Mo­hammed (VIO), Ibrahim Mo­hammed (FRSC), Engr Deima Adamu Musa (dis­missed from FRSC and now at large) il­le­gally ob­tained 42 num­ber plates, adding that Mo­hammed of the VIO sold the plates to an un­sus­pect­ing car dealer in Minna at the cost of N1.4 mil­lion. ASP Oguche ex­plained that the car dealer who is a friend of Mo­hammed dis­cov­ered that the plates sup­plied to him were fake, hence re­ported the case to the po­lice.

Ac­cord­ing to him, fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion re­vealed that the plates were un­law­fully ob­tained by mem­bers of the FRSC who routed same to the mar­ket through Mo­hammed who served as the mid­dle­man.

He said, “Our in­ves­ti­ga­tions re­vealed that the un­reg­is­tered num­ber plates were ob­tained from the plant room and then is­sued to the VIO of­fi­cers who in turn sold them to the car dealer”.

Speak­ing to Jour­nal­ists, Ab­dul­ma­lik con­fessed to have col­lected the N1.4 mil­lion to ob­tain the num­ber plates, ad­mit­ting that his deal with the other of­fi­cers was il­le­gal. Mo­hammed of the FRSC said he didn’t know that Engr. Adamu Musa had been dis­missed from the com­mis­sion, other­wise he would not have con­tracted him for the job.

He said: “The N1.4 mil­lion came through me, I gave it to him. He set­tled us with N100,000 each but as soon as he heard that we had been ar­rested, he ran away. I did not know he had been dis­missed, I did not know that the num­ber plates were not ob­tained through the nor­mal chan­nel.”

PHOTO

From left: Rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the Am­bas­sador of Switzer­land, Mr Oliver Heggelin; Per­ma­nent Sec­re­tary, Min­istry of Women Af­fairs, Dr Habiba Lawal; and Min­is­ter, Ha­jiya Zainab Maina, at the in­au­gu­ra­tion of the na­tional task force for preven­tion of child sex abuse in Abuja yes­ter­day. NAN

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