Kayode Adepegba, a farmer based in Ogun, has narrated how some Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) officials in the state seized his driver’s licence for having an extra light attached to his car.
On November 30, Adepegba and his wife were travelling to Lagos when some FRSC officials stopped their car at the Tollgate area of the state.
Adepegba said the officials claimed using an extra light was wrong and issued a ticket to fine him for his supposed offence.
“The official who issued the ticket did not give it to me, but threatened to ‘confiscate’ my driver’s licence,” the motorist told FIJ. “I knew he and his team wanted me to bribe them to evade the supposed consequences.”
Despite asking the officials for the ticket to pay lawfully at the bank, they repeatedly told him that they would not give it to him, and then left with his driver’s licence.
“After so much back and forth, the officials drove to their office on realising that I insisted on doing the right thing,” he said. “I called at that bus stop on Monday, but I did not see them there. I wonder why they want me to pay to them rather than going to the bank to pay for what they called a crime.”
When contacted for comments, a representative of the Ogun FRSC, whose number was extracted from the organisation’s website, said he could not immediately respond to FIJ’s enquiry because he was in a meeting.
Meanwhile, an FRSC official, who declined to mention his name because he was not permitted to speak to the press, said there was no offence in adding extra lights to one’s car.
“It is not wrong,” the FRSC official said. “It is not a criminal offence.”
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