- Nigerians continue to suffer harassment from law enforcement officers who are supposed to protect them
- A viral video on social media has shown how FRSC officials harassed a young lady who refused to stop on their orders
- The lady said she refused to wind down her vehicle's window because the officials were not wearing facemasks
A viral video on social media on Wednesday, April 15 showed a lady who refused to wind down her window or park for officials of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) and police officers because they weren’t wearing facemasks in Abuja.
In the video, a police officer was seen on her bonnet as she attempted to drive away from a checkpoint.
She was forced to stop, and the team of FRSC marshals caught up with her.
They immediately went on to remove her number plate, as one of the officers rain expletives on her and also attempted to beat her up.
In the melee that ensued, the lady kept her cool and explained what happened.
According to her, she refused to stop for the officers because they weren’t wearing a facemask.
In a swift reaction, FRSC authorities announced that a query has been issued to its officials who were involved in the incident, adding that disciplinary measures will follow
“After a careful study and analysis of the video and what transpired in it, the Corps wishes to inform the public that the following proactive measures have been taken; the Corps Marshal has ordered the immediate withdrawal of the entire FRSC Team involved in the unprofessional and uncivil act.
“The action of the officers involved in that episode is completely contrary to the Core Values and Operational Ethics of the Corps and the Corps frowns at it.
“The Corps Marshal has directed that the entire team be queried and sanctioned in accordance with FRSC relevant regulations on discipline,” a statement released by the agency’s spokesman Bisi Kazeem stated.
Personnel of Nigerian security agencies are notorious for harassing innocent citizens and always exploiting any situation to intimidate them.
The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Wednesday, April 15, said that Nigeria’s security agencies have killed 18 citizens since the lockdown regulations on coronavirus pandemic were enforced.
The NHRC executive secretary, Tony Ojukwu, said the majority of the victims were killed during attempts to enforce the coronavirus lockdown and similar regulations.
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