The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has warned police escort vehicles to desist from driving against traffic and other forms of dangerous driving since the law is no respecter of anybody.
The Lagos State FRSC Sector Commander, Olusegun Ogungbemide, gave the warning, following the gridlock caused by one-way driving by policemen who were escorting a dignitary at the Ibafo axis of Lagos-Ibadan Expressway on Monday.
The FRSC boss decried the impunity and lawlessness of the police escorts, who also attacked FRSC operatives who were trying to ease the gridlock on the expressway.
He said that the police escorts’ total disregard for traffic laws was inimical to road safety and free flow of traffic.
“The FRSC personnel on traffic control noticed a standstill traffic situation on the outward Lagos section of the Lagos-Ibadan expressway and made efforts to track the cause of the heavy movement.
“The officers discovered that at Mountain Top University area, a convoy of four vehicles with police escort were driving against the flow of traffic, thereby causing gridlock within the narrowed lane.
“The FRSC team approached the police operatives, insisted that the vehicles turn back and follow their rightful lanes but the drivers and the escort refused to obey their plea; rather, one of the policemen pointed his riffle at our men and threatened to shoot at them.
“Also, another policeman sighted an FRSC Marshal who was recording the happenings around the scene.
“The policeman rushed to the Marshal with his rifle, snatched the phone and smashed it on the road, damaging the phone completely,” he said.
Ogunbemide said that when the policemen realised that the FRSC operatives were adamant, they then arrogantly turned back and followed the right lane.
He stressed said the FRSC Corps Marshal, Dr Boboye Oyeyemi, vehemently resented the act and had, therefore, directed that the affected police officers be prosecuted for traffic violation and assault on FRSC personnel.
The sector commander, however, noted that the security agencies were never in support of the misconduct of a few aberrant officers.
Ogungbemide re-echoed Oyeyemi’s warning that such lawlessness would no longer be accepted and vowed to prosecute any security operative who attacked FRSC personnel in the course of duty.
He advised motorists to desist from driving against the flow of traffic, while adhering strictly to all traffic rules and regulations.