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Monday, 5 December 2016

Gross Negligence By FRSC Officials In Ajah, Lagos

TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN

ATTENTION -LAGOS STATE GOVERNMENT



Dear Sir,

I wish to bring to your notice an incident that occurred on Sunday, December 4, 2016 in respect of the gross negligence, irresponsible behavior as well as breach to code of conduct in the delivery of service to members of the public. My experience with some members of the Federal Road Safety Corps (“FRSC”) is indicative of the lack of will to serve as public officers, despite taking an oath to do same.



Myself and my wife drove past Lagos Business School, Lekki - Epe Expressway, Lagos a few minutes past 11am on Sunday, December 4, 2016 and saw a man lying down on the side of the road, bleeding from the head and other parts of his body, with serious body injuries sustained from an accident. We slowed down and could see that he was wearing a white tee-shirt and blue jeans and there was quite a bit of blood on the ground around him. He was being assisted by a woman and a man, both passers-by, after being hit and abandoned by a road user. The accident victim was lying on a spot close to the CAT caterpillar depot along the expressway, after Lagos Business School, before NIPCO filling station and Readington High School. We cannot say for certain the man's condition, however he surely needed help especially from those with expertise handling accident situations.



My first reaction is always to stop and help whenever I come across accident situations, however, that only gets you into hot water with the police known to orchestrate matters and accuse you of being responsible for the accident itself. So we drove on to the FRSC office close to the accident scene (less than two minutes away from the accident scene) and I made a report at 11.13am to a female officer. The address of this FRSC office is: RS 2.113 Lekki Unit Command, Km. 33 Lekki-Epe Expressway, Olokonla, Ajah, Lagos.



The female officer I made a report to instantly expressed empathy and concern and said she would escalate the report to her superior, Officer Ebibi. I walked up with her to Officer Ebibi who was outside the office, where himself and other officers were engaging in discussion with a group of men, possibly other road users as well. She reported the matter to him in my presence, and Officer Ebibi simply dismissed me right away with a wave of his hand and said that I should go to the police station to report the accident, stating that it is a police issue and no concern of the FRSC.



As I walked away very disappointed, another Officer named Olaitan approached to ask what the problem was. I repeated all the details to Officer Olaitan who apologised for the conduct of Officer Ebibi and said that they would head to the accident scene immediately and handle it. Myself and my wife got into our car and left for Ibeju-Lekki to run our errand, rest assured that they would act accordingly. On our way back (around 11.58am, about 35 minutes after the initial report) we saw that the body of the accident victim was still lying on the side of the road, this time he did look dead. I could see his body better from a closer view. He sincerely looked like a broken doll, with broken legs and arms and injuries all over. We decided at this point to return to the FRSC office and take some pictures as part of follow-up report, and possible corrective action against the officers of the FRSC we had reported to earlier. We also decided to escalate the matter to the appropriate office of the FRSC Sector Command in Lagos.



On arrival at the FRSC office, we took pictures of the address and officers we had spoken with for evidence of breach of duty. The officers I met earlier and others were carrying on with their usual business of dealing with motorists on the road in front of their office, while the corpse of the victim laid just a stone throw away helpless. 



My wife remained in the car and took some pictures while I stepped out to take some myself. The officers approached me angrily and tried to prevent me from taking more pictures, and held me hostage from leaving the location. They said I acted out of place by taking pictures of them. Three officers, including Ebibi and Olaitan descended on me in a hostile manner, tried seizing my phone, which I fought hard against. As I made my way to the car with the officers trailing closely, my wife pressed the central lock and secured the car to avoid them gaining access.




 They blocked my car door to prevent me entering and leaving the scene. Officer Olaitan ordered Officer Ebibi to get a deflator to deflate my car tires. However, I struggled off their grip and ran to the rear door of the passenger's side, my wife then opened the single door and I jumped in and locked up. Thereafter, as I was trying to leave, they blocked my way. I revved the throttle so loud, and as I started moving, Officer Olaitan banged on my car bonnet and front door so hard, leaving dents on both.



My wife succeeded in taking some more pictures during the scuffle with them. The whole episode was upsetting and shows clearly our poor value for human life, even by the men in uniform paid for this sole purpose. Their negligence to duty and outright breach to their sworn code of conduct negates the seeming responsibility of public officers within their frame of work. Members of the public count on them for support and action in times of need, however, both officers; Ebibi and Olaitan deprived a man of his life when called upon. The functions of the FRSC amongst others include the following; "In particular the Commission is charged with the responsibilities for.......giving prompt attention and care to victims of accidents; providing roadside and mobile clinics for the treatment of accident victims free of charge". This sole responsibility Officers Ebibi and Olaitan failed to carry out, claiming it is not in their line of duty. I have attached photos of the referenced officers, their operational office location, the accident victim as well as my dented car for ease of reference.


I would appreciate this matter being accorded due attention, and would be available to further my cause of action against the referenced officers for proper and appropriate action. We all cherish the services and sacrifice of the FRSC team, and would never relent in sifting out the bad eggs from the productive. I look forward to hearing from you in this regard, Sir.









40 comments:

Loveme Jeje said...

They are after motorists with no seat belts or using phone. Foolish FRSC.

It is a shame that it has come to this. I think you would have reported to the Police station first.

Sorry about the dent of your car. That is why people find it difficult to help accident victims.

Nija go survive

Blackberry said...

Nigeria for you.

peace maker said...

Quite sad and disturbing

Enid Blyton said...

Stella i have said it before that this our blog is filled with bi-polar people. That post about the rapture dream is sooooo funny. Everybody now has a dream about rapture and suddenly everybody is ready for rapture. I throw beyonce hand for all of you. E ku ishe takuntakun.

Nedum! said...

"At the heart of the human problem is the human heart" - Max Lucado

Shame on anyone who is able to help but withholds it from the helpless!!!

Ufuoma ohwaguono said...

Change begins with uS. So those officers shld b duly purnishd

Thropevents said...

It's only wen dey see money dat dey will run like pepeye. Silly people

LUCILE COCONUT OIL ABUJA 07059605320 Pin- 2BC6235E said...

Good way to go,if all citizens can stand up to this kind of corrupt officers,Nigeria will get better.Poster thank God you were safe

Tayan Taylor said...

Stupid Corrupt, people that is how they will be busy collecting money from motorists, yet can't even save a human life,from dying. God will punish them nd may what happened to that young man happen to them triple, they won't get help either

Former Flirt said...

These are the same people the government wants to give guns? I fear for my people.

Anonymous said...

Nigerians are wicked and heartless. once i jet out from this country, na bye bye. the country i go, i die there and my kids bury me there. even if someone tried to assist, hospital go ask for police report or say deposit money. abroad they value human life, here we dont.

LEE70 said...

And the FG is thinking of giving weapons to these fools(frsc). SCary!!

Anonymous said...

I refused to accept this comment. The countries getting it well, do they have two heads? Are we cursed? This has to change and will if we all stand against it.

Anonymous said...

Okay, the officers were wrong not to help with the said victim which the poster cannot justify if he was truly an accident victim but truly, that's the job of the Police not the FRSC. Oga you and your wife are 100% wrong to take their pictures while carrying out their legitimate duty. I was once in your shoes (taking pictures of officers) and I learned hard, thank God I knew some "ogas at the top",I was detained and charged to court and my lawyer told me point blank that I'm gonna lose! It was the help from the Ogas at the top that got me off the hook. These Ogas (separately) explained to me over the phone that it's an offence to take pictures or make videos of uniformed officers on duty if I'm not a journalist on duty and without their express permission. You crossed the line! If you think say na your right you dey exercise, Oya sue them make we see! But then, saving a life would have been good.

Anonymous said...

Please Stella, can you also post this on Facebook and other social media channels so that people can share until it gets to the right quarter. This has to change!

Onumebgu Mary said...

See the useless people they are now allowing to carry a gun they are nt evn para military sef. It is well tho

xxxTrinityxxx said...

This is what they do around that area.just looking for people to collect money from.they come out very early in the morning.but to do their civic duties they can't.this is so sad.Poster sorry for the man handling.you fought for that dead man.those frsc will be punished. God is not asleep.thank God you and your wife are ok

Victoria Omosuyi said...

I just pray the right authority see this and bring them to book.
But was just wondering if the couple had rescued the man instead of looking for frsc officials, he might still be alive but the fear of Nigeria police is the beginning of wisdom.

Victoria Omosuyi said...

Amen @ Tayan Taylor

Wild Rose said...

They don't have guns and are already behaving like maniacs and now FG wants them to be armed. Hmmmm....

xxxTrinityxxx said...

Oga anon saving a life is everybody's duty and not that of the police.what rubbish are you saying? If a member of your family was hurt in an accident and FRSC could have rendered help and they didn't would you say it's the police duty? Abroad people risk their lives to help others.run into all kinds of places a police man or fire fighter should run into just so they can help.this country is rotten down to the core.our leaders aren't the only problem.the people living here too are.people's mentality needs to change

Anonymous said...

Your talking errant nonsense! It is not against the law to film or take there picture whilst they work! They are government workers! You/we pay there salary! Your lawyer is a quack! And the so called oga's that helped you are covering for the boys! Don't fall for it! They are public servants.

OmaBuoro said...

If the federal govt ventures into giving these people gun eh eh they will kill people more than the police people. Take note of this comment

sexyboocalher said...

Stella, it is common with ds particular ones just b4 Blissful events...
There was a day a trailer with its tail on d road broke down for 3 days and these people did nothing about it!
Each time i drove past, I would shake and say 'hmmm, until ds trailer causes accident'
Behold, on d 4th day, it happened!!!
A night driver entered under d trailer and they all died!!!!!!!!
They are as useless as a used pad....

Chikito The Professional Fire for Fire said...

Awwww.... I loved Enid Blyton books when I was a kid 😍😍😍 Read almost all of them. I used to think it was 'Guid Blyton' cos of the way 'Enid' was written. Until my brother corrected me. 😂😂


That said, that FRSC office opposite LBS I'm sure they know my face now. Every Sunday when I'm going to or on my way back from church they stop ask ask for every document: meat document,salt document, pepper document, rice and stew document. The one that annoyed me was one day I was teaching my younger sis to drive like 2 years ago. This was a Sunday afternoon and I had my license. I'm aware that a learner can drive with a licensed driver As an instructor. So on our way from church she decided to try her luck. See as these people make issue seize my particulars. Had to go late to work the next day cos I went to bank to pay onebuseless fee and collect my originals back. Can't drive around Lagos without them na!! When my sis and I Tried to tell them we know our rights, they said they will show us women don't talk to men anyhow, and deflated our tires. Luckily my brother was a few minutes behind in another car and he came to arrest the situation. By this time they had jumped in and one of them was with our papers. They are so dramatic. Especially that tall light skinned one that's their oga. They will still see me every Sunday and stop me. Yet over loaded trucks with incomplete tires will pass by them and horn and they will wave back. Mscheew!!!!!

Chikito The Professional Fire for Fire said...

Awwww.... I loved Enid Blyton books when I was a kid 😍😍😍 Read almost all of them. I used to think it was 'Guid Blyton' cos of the way 'Enid' was written. Until my brother corrected me. 😂😂


That said, that FRSC office opposite LBS I'm sure they know my face now. Every Sunday when I'm going to or on my way back from church they stop ask ask for every document: meat document,salt document, pepper document, rice and stew document. The one that annoyed me was one day I was teaching my younger sis to drive like 2 years ago. This was a Sunday afternoon and I had my license. I'm aware that a learner can drive with a licensed driver As an instructor. So on our way from church she decided to try her luck. See as these people make issue seize my particulars. Had to go late to work the next day cos I went to bank to pay onebuseless fee and collect my originals back. Can't drive around Lagos without them na!! When my sis and I Tried to tell them we know our rights, they said they will show us women don't talk to men anyhow, and deflated our tires. Luckily my brother was a few minutes behind in another car and he came to arrest the situation. By this time they had jumped in and one of them was with our papers. They are so dramatic. Especially that tall light skinned one that's their oga. They will still see me every Sunday and stop me. Yet over loaded trucks with incomplete tires will pass by them and horn and they will wave back. Mscheew!!!!!

Chikito The Professional Fire for Fire said...

It has to!! That particular office needs to know what their job actually is. They take bribe from those truck drivers that are shuttling Epe-Lekki. yet they oppress regular motorists.

Julit said...

Sorry o! But why didn't the couple put the guy in their car and take him to the nearest hospital or call Lagos state emergency service instead of waiting for road safety? If he was their relative will they be looking for which authority to alert? The justice system is messed up,we know but will they now be able to sleep knowing that if they took him to the hospital he just might have survived and at least been able to narrate how he got injured. Let us be the change we want to see. Forget NPF and FRSC. These miscreants are under paid and hungry. Them no send.

Yemi7up said...

I pray this people are punished for this inhuman act. For this wonderful couple your home is blessed in Jesus name.

Anonymous said...

I saw d body on my way 2 d new shoprite @ lekki-epe express way on sunday,infact d body was there 4 hours n 2 think their office is jst a stone throw 4rm d accident scene. I hate dis pple wiv so much passion,dey cause accidents a lot on dat road by stopping motorists abruptly n unjustly

OmaBuoro said...

They are not under pay@ julit nor are they hungry .They have sold there heart to the devil.God will show us mercy in this obodo Nigeria

Sleek said...

Amin. Dey will know the gravity of what dey ve done . Foolish pple

Anonymous said...

All I can say is we pay their salary through tax.

Whirlwind said...

There is a situation, a human being is dying and you say it is not the duty of the FRSC to help him or the FRSC cannot justify if he is an accident victim!! So if he is not an accident victim, he should be left to die?

Pray tell, what is their duty? To harass innocent citizens and idle away; dress up like clowns; to collect bribe and constitute nuisance on the road.

Only in Nigeria, in sane climes an ambulance will get to that man in 3mins- 8mins with paramedics trying to keep him alive whilst rushing him to the nearest hospital.

The ogas that told you it was a crime to take photos should have shown you where the law states it is a crime, MStchew.

Anonymous said...

This is really bad. They should be dismissed.

Anonymous said...

How many people pay tax lol. MEANWHILE I ve in royal garden just before abramadesanya roundabout there is a police station and two hospitals opposite my estate. POSTER should ve taken I'm there. All that time taking pictures and fighting with road safety.

Anonymous said...

You are a monumental idiot!

Anonymous said...

Y'all say every insult you learned from home should go ahead and snap a uniformed man on his legitimate duty and let him know you're taking his picture. If he arrests you, books your Ass and takes you to court, please sharply explain to me what you will tell the sitting judge you were going to use the picture for and you're not a journalist on duty.

Jasmine said...

Better start using ur brain. What if the guy dies in their car? Didn't read the part where he said the injured dude had an accident?

Jasmine said...

U'll pay for the hospital bill abi?

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