Human Rights Abuse: FRSC To Pay Lawyer N200,000 In Ebonyi
By Peter Okutu
ABAKALIKI—An Ebonyi State High court has ordered the state command of the Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, to pay the sum of N200, 000 to a legal practitioner in the state, Chinedu Ngele for violating his fundamental human rights.
Ngele was on November 9, 2014 stopped by special marshals of the corps in front of the corps office on the Abakaliki/Enugu Expressway, who were on duty in the area.
He was accused of using expired tyres, which they said, attracted N2, 000 fine and immediately impounded the vehicle.
But Ngele had insisted that his vehicle tyre was in order, a situation that made the marshals to seize his driver’s licence and two law books pending when he would bring a bank teller as evidence that he has paid the N2, 000 fine.
He was said to have paid the fine and returned to the marshals with a bank teller as evidence and was told that it was some minutes past the hour of 4pm and as a result, he should come back the next day.
On his way back home, officers on duty allegedly led by one R.D Ekponta invited the applicant into their office and requested him to pay the sum of N2,500 in order to release his items immediately.
At this point, an argument ensued between him and the officers and he was allegedly beaten up.