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FRSC Wants Abia Speaker, Wife, Others Prosecuted Over Shooting of Officials


To make political office holders accountable to nation’s institutions, the Public Education Officer and spokesman of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Bisi Kazeem, has called for the arrest and prosecution of Speaker, Abia State House of Assembly, Wife to the Speaker and police orderly, who recently shot two officials of the corps members.
While reacting to the dismissal of the police officer, Iroh Orji, who fired the shots, Kazeem said those involved in the incident should be made to face the music.
Orji, who was an orderly to the Speaker of Abia House of Assembly, allegedly pulled the trigger on the FRSC officials at their duty post on July 15.
The speaker, Chikwendu Kalu, is alleged to have ordered the shooting of the FRSC officials, but he has denied the allegation.
The shooting incident occurred at Arungwa Junction (near Aba) on the Enugu-Port-Harcourt highway.
Kalu’s wife, Victoria, was said to be travelling to Aba when the FRSC men flagged down her vehicle and attempted to book her for seatbelt violation.
A heated argument ensued during which she allegedly pounced on the road safety officials with the help of a female SSS operative, who was travelling with her.
Witnesses said that the woman called her husband, who arrived at the scene and allegedly ordered his orderly to shoot the FRSC officials.
The Abia State Commissioner of Police, Leye Oyebade, announced Monday, that Orji has been dismissed from the Force, saying that he was found guilty of the offence during an orderly room trial.
Kazeem said that the policeman’s dismissal was a welcomed development, he, however, called for the criminal prosecution of Orji and others involved in the shooting, including the Speaker, his wife and an operative of the State Security Services (SSS)
He said “the corporal’s dismissal is a welcome development, which shows that the police have zero tolerance for acts of indiscipline and lawlessness among their men.
“But, we call on the police to institute criminal proceedings against him and others involved in the act of criminality against our men.
“We have made this demand in writing to the Director of DSS in Abia, who said he had made recommendation to headquarters for disciplinary action against the operative.
“The director said the recommendation had to be verified and approved by headquarters before action could be taken.’’
Kazeem said that FRSC had also written to the police command in the state seeking the arrest of the Speaker, his wife and the driver of the vehicle involved in the incident.

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