Abducting policemen enforcing traffic rules is punishable – FPRO

The Nigeria Police Public Relations Officer, ACP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, on Friday, warned drivers who abduct policemen and other law enforcement agencies in the process of carrying out their duties to desist from such acts.

He stated this on Friday in a four-minute and 27-second video shared on the NPF X account.

According to him, under no circumstances should such be the norm.

He added that drivers who would rather fight or drive off law enforcement agents were in great violation and risked severe sanctions.

The PPRO advised that whatever the case may be, drivers are obliged to obey the officers, whether they want to take them to their stations or take over their vehicles.

He said, “Now, we want to speak on this recent development we’ve been experiencing where our police officers and other law enforcement agents— they sit in the vehicle for the purpose of taking it to their offices, but we notice that these drivers always abduct them.

“They zoom off with them. They take these officers away. It is wrong. It is very, very wrong. Let us avoid certain things because we need to manage a situation like this. Once you have been contravened, please comply with them, not only the police but also other law enforcement agencies.

“We have seen cases where Federal Road Safety Corps officers contravene vehicles and drivers manhandle them. We’ve seen evident cases where state-owned traffic and road agencies contravene vehicles, and drivers beat them and/or take them away. This is not too good.

“Once you have violated traffic law and your vehicle has been contravened, you are to follow them. You are to comply. You are obliged to obey the instructions of these law enforcement officers.

“Don’t abduct our officers. Don’t take them away. Follow them wherever they are taking you, most especially their bases, units, and offices.”

Adejobi also stated that making a complaint to appropriate quarters and channels was also important rather than taking laws into one’s own hands.

“And of course, if you notice you are not so comfortable with that, probably because they have gone beyond their boundaries and they have violated the standard operating procedures of their organisations, particularly operatives of the Nigeria Police Force, you have the number of all our (states) PROs.

“You have our social media platforms and handles at your fingertips. Reach out to us to complain, whatever the case may be,” he added.

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