A Magistrate Court sitting in Benin city, Edo State has sentenced Mr Adeshina Adeyemo, a tricycle operator who assaulted FRSC personnel and stripped himself naked along Benin / Sapele road in July 2020 to three months imprisonment.
The tricyclist according to FRSC spokesperson, Bisi Kazeem attacked the patrol operatives and damaged the patrol vehicle belonging to the Federal Road Safety Corps.
The FRSC spokesperson said that Mr Adeshina was arraigned with a case file number MEV/117C/2020 before His Worship, Snr Magistrate F. Ojehumen of the Evbuoriaria Magistrate Court B on a 2 count charge bordering on conducting himself in a manner likely to cause breach of public peace and for maliciously damaging FRSC patrol vehicle during patrol operations along Sapele-Benin road on 16 July, 2020.
The defendant was found guilty as charged, but in line with the 2019 sentencing guidelines, the Magistrate noted that he was entitled to Allocutus, as such, the sentence was mitigated.
On the first count charge, the accused is to pay the sum of #5000 or 1 month imprisonment, and #41,000 or 2 months imprisonment for the second charge and both sentence are to run concurrently.
The Defendant however failed to meet the option of fine has been taken into custody at the Nigeria Correctional Service in Benin City.
Explaining why the defendant was prosecuted, Kazeem recalled that the rider who was apprehended for committing the offences of driving against traffic, driving without a valid drivers license and under the influence of alcohol, went berserk at the point of arrest, stripped himself naked, and started throwing obstacles on both personnel and the patrol vehicle and at some point, even dragged the patrol operatives in uniform.
This act of incivility and disrespect to Public Officers according to Kazeem saw defendant destroy 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 before he was finally arrested and detained in Etete Police Station before charging him to court.
The Corps Marshal, Dr Boboye Oyeyemi in his reaction to the judgment commended the judiciary for quick dispensation of justice, noting that this like other judgements is an indication and strong warning to perpetrator that no member of the public who damages FRSC property, no matter how small will be spared.
He lamented the attacks on FRSC personnel which often result in loss of lives of patrolmen on the highways even as he warned the motoring community, particularly the recalcitrants who have made it habitual to attack security agencies to desist from such henceforth, or face the full wrath of the law.