Court convicts motorist for attempting to bribe FRSC marshal


A mobile court sitting in Benin City yesterday convicted a motorist, Ayo ‎Okundaye, for attempting to bribe a Federal Road Safety Marshal with N500.
The Magistrate, Friday Igbinosa, who found Okundaye guilty of three-count charges of driving without number plate, forged drivers licence and an attempt to bribe an official on duty, ordered him to pay a fine of N35,000.
The convict, who pleaded guilty to the charges, however, alleged that the money was not a bribe but a gratification.
Sentencing the convict, Igbinosa said corruption was a serious offence that even the present administration frowns at, saying “ the FRSC has zero tolerance for such act.’’
“I however commend you for admitting guilt but must warn you to desist from the act and ensure you go through appropriate quarters to acquire your vehicle particulars and driver’s licence in the future,’’ he said.
The magistrate, who marked the N500 note as exhibit A, ordered the forfeiture of the faked driver’s license to the federal government.
Igbinosa also commended the FRSC official for resisting bribe and urged other marshals to emulate him.
16 other motorists were tried for various traffic violation ranging from speed limit, seat belt, forged vehicle and driver’s document, overloading among others.
He ordered the confiscation of the forged documents and fine penalties ranging between N3,000 and N75,000, even as the Divisional Police Officer, DPO, of Ekiodolor, SP Patrick Okosun, was mandated to produce in court the fleeing Owan Youth Development chairman to answer to the allegation of obstruction of duty on November 6.
The fleeing chairman allegedly assaulted a FRSC marshal on duty before the intervention of officers from Ekiodolor police station.
Meanwhile, the commission has prosecuted 53 motorists
for contravention of various traffic offenses in Edo State.
The Sector Commander, Mr. Oluwasusi Familoni, said in a statement that the offenders were arraigned and tried before a mobile court which sat at Okhuihe, near Benin, and presided over by Magistrate Friday Igbinosa.
Familoni said the court convicted 49 of the arraigned 53 traffic offenders whose offenses ranged from forgery of either vehicle‎ documents or driver’s licence.
He said the court, however, discharged four of the suspected offenders with a warning to be safety conscious at all times to stay alive‎.