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House investigates ‘violation’ of law by police officers in Oyo

The bill for the Chartered Institute of Forensic and Certified Fraud Examiners of Nigeria has scaled the First Reading in the House of Representatives .

The House of Representatives has urged the Inspector General of Police, Usman Baba, to investigate the activities and alleged violation of law by officers at Sanyo police station Oyo state, with a view to punishing officers involved.

The resolution followed the adoption of a motion, sponsored by Hon. Tolulope Akande-Sadipe, at the plenary on Thursday.

Moving the motion, Sadipe said that on Thursday, May 13, 2021, along Olomi Road, Oluyole, Ibadan, a young man named Mr. Raji Idris was knocked unconscious by a drunk driver, Mr. Dele Ayanjompe. Mr Ayanjompe who fled the scene afterwards, according to eye witness accounts.

She noted that the victim was taken to the Frontida clinic where it was confirmed that he had suffered trauma to his brain and life severe injuries, and thus underwent extensive surgery to increase his chances of survival after which he has remained in a coma since then.

The lawmaker expressed concern that while the victim battles for his life, the driver who hit him has been released by the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) at Sanyo Police Station without any charges as the Investigating Police Officer (IPO), Sergeant Muritala has allegedly colluded with the driver.

She said, ”The House is aware of the provision of Section 18(1) of the Road Traffic Act which states that It is an offence for a person to drive a motor vehicle on a highway recklessly or negligently or in a manner dangerous to the public. Also aware that Section 343(1) of the Criminal Code states that any person who rides a vehicle so rash or negligent as to endanger human life or to be likely to cause harm to other person is guilty of a misdemeanor and is liable to an imprisonment for at least one year.”

She added that considering the law, the Sanyo Police Station is in violation and compromised the case by granting bail to the suspect without any charges under the premise that the victim’s father signed a bond not to press charges.

Adopting the motion, the House mandated its Committee on Police to ensure compliance.

Similarly, the House also mandated its Committee on Basic Education and Services to investigate the fire outbreak at Federal Government College, Keffi, Nasarawa state, which led to the untimely death of Miss Ojima Favour Tony-Omali, a 12 years old JSS 1, student of the College.

The committee was given two weeks to carry out the assignment and report back for further legislative action.

The resolution was sequel to the adoption of motion, sponsored by Hon. Abdullahi Ibrahim Ali Halims.

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