CITY NEWS Mob at­tacks FRSC of­fi­cer in Mararaba Man slumps, dies in Mpape

Daily Trust - - CITY NEWS - By Taiwo Adeniyi By Wu­raola Odolaiye

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.

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