Friday, 11 October 2019

Abuja Journalist to sue FRSC for Assault, Intimidation, Harassment, others

By Ukorebi Esien

An Abuja based journalist with the Nigerian Meteorological Agency, NIMET, Mr. Edim Akak has instituted a case against an officer of the Federal Road Safety Corp in Lugbe Area of Abuja. TDN can report. 

According to a letter from Edim's Solicitors, Lawalk Alliance Partners, to the Lugbe Command of the Federal Road Corp, Mr. Edim was Harassed, Assaulted and Intimidated by one Mr. Joseph of the Command along MTN office in Lugbe area of Abuja for refusing to tip the marshal who has been fun of checking Edim's vehicle every day on that same spot and each day he finds nothing implicating on the Journalist as his papers are always intact. 

When contacted by TDN, Edim said he was falsely accused by an officer of the Federal Road Safety Corps by name Mr. Joseph, when on his way to an official assignment. The officer accosted him and despite having all his document intact, was still delayed from leaving so as to meet up his assignment. 

According to the Journalist, "I was going out towards Abuja main town from Lugbe. The side of often times referred to as Police sign board. Just by the MTN office that got attacked. I was stopped by a Road safety officer.

I confidently stopped because I knew I had everything in tact and that particular road safety officer is fond of always stopping me. I asked him why do you always stop me despite recognising severally that my car has everything intact. He went on checking and when he discovered I had everything intact, he said he is going to book me for assault. Of course, this was after one of the officer hit me repeatedly on my chest but i didn't react because it wasn't that hurtful. Also as one who knows his rights I asked him, do you know the meaning of assault? Did I touch you? He went on to book me for assault and I questioned him for this cos I know it should be the other way round. The question now is, so FRSC officers have the  liberty to level false allegations on people and they will be made to pay for IT"? 

Edim's solicitors are demanding for appropriate actions to be taken as the act carried out by Mr. Joseph contradicts relevant laws and the ethics of his practice. 

Speaking with, the Head of operations, of the FRSC Lugbe unit, TDN learnt that the case had already been registered at the unit and discussions were ongoing. 
The Head of operations told TDN that she had a long discussion with Mr. Edim and a compromise has been reached. 
In her words, "I called him, talked for a long time and we reached a compromise, but am surprise at this. In any case, I will want to meet with him again and you can possibly come along with him. My husband is also a journalist. So please you people should come to the office let's settle this amicably". She said. 

Attempts to reach Mr. Joseph proved abortive as nobody was willing to disclose his identity nor part with his phone number.