CITY NEWS Mob attacks FRSC officer in Mararaba Man slumps, dies in Mpape
An official of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) was attacked by a mob in Mararaba after an escaping motorist knocked down a pedestrian.
Witnesses said the motorist, who did not fasten his seat belt and was making a call on his mobile phone when he was flagged down by the road safety officers, came from a side street that linked to the Mararaba-Nyanya Expressway.
“When the FRSC official walked up to him requesting to see his driver’s license, he ignored the official and decided, instead, to conclude his call. The motorist later told the road safety official that he was “not within the jurisdiction of the FRSC,” a witness who did not want to be named said.
The witness said that the motorist insulted the road safety corps and wound up his vehicle’s glasses, reversed and attempted running them over.
“He was unsuccessful with his initial attempt but he attempted again, reversed and went for the officials and when he missed them, he damaged their patrol vehicle,” he said.
The witness said that the motorist sped across the expressway, driving over the road embarkment to the other lane where he hit a pedestrian.
The injured pedestrian, Mr James Oyelade, told City News that the crowd which had gathered at the scene blamed corps officials for the incident.
The witness said that hoodlums mobbed one of the officers while others left the scene in their patrol van.
The witness explained that a policeman who had wanted to rescue the road safety officer was also attacked before another armed policeman intervened and advised that the injured man be taken to the hospital.
He said that the corps officials left and returned with more men to disperse the crowd who were trailing the vehicle that the victim was being conveyed in.
Oyelade said that he was taken to the Nyanya General Hospital for treatment.
The Nyanya Unit Commander, Assistant Corps Commander Arinzeagu Michael said they are on the lookout for the motorist.
He said the motorist had attempted “to eliminate the officers that wanted to apprehend him.
“We have traced him through his vehicle and we are looking for him. We are on the case until we arrest him,” he said. A man, simply identified as Richard, slumped and died in front of his house at Mpape, Bwari Area Council, Abuja, at about 7:00p.m. on Monday.
Recalling how her husband died, his wife said that Richard, on the fateful day, hit his foot on a stone in front of the house.
The wife of the deceased, who spoke to our reporter, yesterday, said: “Richard was just going out that evening when he hit his foot on a stone in front of our house. The stone has been there but he didn’t see it because it was already getting dark. I am using the stone to support my grinding machine. He hit the stone, slumped and died.”
The strange incident shocked the family and the residents of the area who gathered in the house bewildered.
The late Richard left behind a wife and three children. He was taken to Ekiti State for burial yesterday.