FRSC officials pound keke driver mercilessly, condemn public for backlash

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) operatives were caught on camera violently assaulting an unknown tricycle rider in a video that has since gone viral. The incident reportedly happened along the Benin – Sapele road in Benin, Edo State.

In the video clip, an undressed man is seen running helter-skelter and is eventually placed on the bonnet of a car by FRSC officials and beaten black and blue. One hears onlookers interjecting; some protesting and pleading for the officials to stop while others are cheering on the event.

Nigerians on Twitter initially condemned the act, questioning why FRSC officials had taken the law into their hands and decided to beat the man up for whatever offence. 

 

Upon the video gaining traction, FRSC decided to respond with a statement on social media; explaining that the tricycle rider had been the instigator. They stated that the man had attacked the officers, tore an officer’s uniform, broken a windscreen and disfigured the mobile vehicles of the FRSC officials. 

The statement also went on to say it is disheartening that the public would criticise the officer’s actions when they were acting based on self-defence. The road safety body also espoused that while they condemn acts of violence, they would not watch and allow civilians physically damage and assault properties and personnel.

 

Some Nigerians lauded FRSC for their actions, stating that it was right for them to have defended their men. They posited that the full video revealed that the man had instigated the assault and deserved the actions that he received. The twitter users declared that the entire story had not been broadcasted earlier and that FRSC’S statement had finally cleared the air. 

 

 

 

 

 

In contrast, some Nigerians criticised the statement released by the FRSC; stating that it did not condemn the actions of the officials who acted rashly and violently. They pointed out that if indeed the keke napep rider had been the instigator, lawlessness cannot be fought with lawlessness.

 

 

Some also called out how the Nigerian police force and Nigerian security bodies as a whole, share in common the need to exert excessive, unwarranted violence. 

 

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