On Wednesday, January 18, a driver attached to the Cross River state Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, Calistus Okune, has been remanded at the Afokang prison, Calabar, for assaulting two Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC).
Okune was alleged to have acted on orders of his boss, Peter Egba, after the Toyota Corolla that he was driving was impounded for several offences, including driving without using seat belt and use of fake government number plate.
Punch revealed that, the incident was said to have happened in front of a magistrate, who presided over cases of traffic offences, during a mobile court session facilitated by the FRSC. While one of the affected FRSC officials was beaten up and had his uniforms torn by the aggrieved driver, the other had a deep cut in his head.
One of the assaulted FRSC officials identified as, Fidelis Eteng narrated how it all happened after he had impounded the vehicle. He said:
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“We stopped the vehicle first when we noticed that he (Okune) was driving without using a seat belt. Later, we had to impound it on discovering that it bore a fake government number plate. The driver also had no driving licence. We immediately took the car to the mobile court arena where he was booked.
Shortly afterwards, the commissioner came and started ranting. He said he was going to ensure that those involved would be sacked. It was while the argument was on that he ordered Okune to assault me. The commissioner himself later joined in the beating and also used stone to injure a colleague in the head.”
However, the sitting magistrate, Dorothy Duke, ordered that the driver be remanded in Afokang prison until February 3, when the case would be seated for further hearing.
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