EXCLUSIVE: FRSC Core-Marshall orders investigation on the mass beating on Citizen George Ozor by his men and Customs

Photo Of Mr Ozor -----as Ozor still in danger lists, heads to court The Core Marshal and Chief Executive, (COMACE),  Federal Roa...

Photo Of Mr Ozor

-----as Ozor still in danger lists, heads to court
The Core Marshal and Chief Executive,(COMACE), Federal Road Safety Commission, Abuja, Boboye Oyeyemi yesterday ordered investigation into the alleged mass beating of citizen George Ozor , a driver with BEN FLO LTD, owners of Anambra state  based ANIDS mass transit by his Officers assisted by officials of the Customs service at Ijebuode Unit in Ogun state.
 Oyeyemi was said to be sad and shocked at the photo of citizen Ozor in coma taken at the scene of his massive beating and condemned the way Ozor was battered, intimidated and maltreated by officers paid by tax payers money and vowed to get at the root of the matter.
He therefore ordered the Zonal Commanding Officer, Federal Road Safety Corps, Zone RS2 Command Headquarters, Lagos, Assistant Corps Marshal Nseobong Akpabio, MON to investigate the incident and report back to his office within 24 hours.
A press statement from office of the FRSC media intelligence and strategic officer attached to the office of the Corps Marshall/CEO of Federal road safety, Corps Commander Bisi Kazeem confirmed the order to newsmen.

The Petition to the Core Marshall and Chief Executive of FRSC, and the Comptroller General of Customs, Col Hameed Ibrahim Ali Rtd was written by Counsel to Citizen George Ozor, Kachi J. Bielu Esq of Kachi J. Bielu and Associates, Barrister and Solicitors of the Supreme court of Nigeria based in Awka Anambra state. 

He condemned the display of brazen act of lawlessness and use of naked force in maltreating and intimidating a driver of the ANIDS bus, Mr. George Ozor who was beaten to coma and nearly killed him in the premises of the Unit at the toll gate. 
The FRSC officials and Customs officials dragged out Citizen Ozor from his vehicle and beat him up after rolling over flood water severally for allegedly killing one Mr. Ganiu , an officer of FRSC on duty who ran into him while pursuing another vehicle though nothing happened to him.
The Ijebuode Unit of FRSC is headed by Mr. Oladimeji Ajakaiye and efforts to resolve the matter was not successful asFRSC Lagos Sector Commander, Omeje Hyginus when contacted as a former Anambra boss of FRSC did not get involved in the case and the driver was not allowed to explain what happened.
The entire officers of FRSC in the premises and customs at the customs check point started beating him with belts, sticks, plastic seats and inflicting injuries on his body with their guns.
Meanwhile, the lawyer to Citizen George Ozor, Kachi J, Bielu  has given pre-action notice for court action to seek redress occasioned by the excessive beating on Ozor to the FRSC and Nigerian Customs.
He sought s declaration of court that it is illegal and unlawful for the defendants to beat the 2nd plaintiff inflicting injuries all over his body and  declaration of court that the seizure of the 1st plaintiffs' bus with Engine No. 85342152 TR, Chasis No. JTGSX 23POD6139379 with fleet No. 147 and Reg. No. ZBL 904XA did not conform to the due process of law.
Bielu further sought for an order of court directing the Defendants (FRSC and Nigerian Customs) to pay the plaintiffs the sum of N5 million (5,000,000.00) naira as compensatory and exemplary damages for the unlawful acts of the defendants and to pay the sum of N50,000.00 (Fifty Thousand Naira) only daily from the 25/9/2015 till the vehicle is released as loss of earnings for the number of days the vehicle was datelined.
His petition tagged: ''Brutality, Assault occasioning Grievous harm, intimidation, Excessiveness, vandalism, naked use of power and abuse of office against officers of the FRSC and Nigerian Customs at Ijebuode unit'' exposed the callousness of the FRSC and Customs officials. The petition alleged the officials have destroyed the engine of the vehicle with salt.
  
The petition read in part: ''It is our instruction that on Friday the 25th day of September, 2015, the Officers of the Road Safety Commission and Customs service at Ijebuode Unit in Ogun State displayed a brazen act of lawlessness and use of naked force in maltreating and intimidating a driver of the ANIDS bus, Mr. George Ozor. These Officers at Ijebuode Unit Command, that is, Officers of Federal Road Safety Commission who mounted road block at the Old toll gate Ijebuode and the Road Safety commission, nearly killed Mr. George Ozor in the premises of the Unit at the toll gate. 
''The Unfortunate event we humbly invite you to investigate is as follows: Mr. George Ozor, the driver of ANIDS bus with Engine No. 85342152 TR, Chasis No. JTGSX 23POD6139379 with fleet No. 147 and Reg. No. ZBL 904XA, left Lagos to Onitsha with full load of passengers.
''On approaching the Old toll gate at Ijebuode and was following a car which the Road Safety officer, Mr. Ganiu was flagging down but who refused to stop. The Road Safety officer's attempt to kick the car with his leg was not successful and the officer fell into the lane of moving vehicle. Mr. George Ozor, the  driver applied break and did everything humanly so as not to knock down the officer, who is already near his vehicle but the vehicle slightly touched the officer Mr. Ganiu who fell down.
''Immediately, the other Road Safety officers in the team who were discussing at a corner descended on the driver, brought him out of the vehicle and led him into the Road Safety Unit premises at Ijebuode headed by Mr. Oladimeji Ajakaiye. Soon the driver was led into the Road Safety office, the team of custom officers at the Ijebuode toll gate trooped into the Road Safety premises to join them in beating Mr. George Ozor. Mr. George Ozor was massively beating by the Customs and Road Safety officers alleging that the driver killed Mr. Ganiu, a Road Safety officer. The effort of the driver to explain what happened did not yield any result as the entire officers of Road Safety and Customs gave him the beating of his life. The entire officers in the premises and customs at the customs check point started beating him with belts, sticks, plastic seats and inflicting injuries on his body with their guns.
''When the driver fainted as a result of the beating the officers rolled the driver into stagnant water in a pothole in the premises and abandoned him there for several hours. The photograph of the driver in the premises is annexed.  In fact, the fair, tall and huge member of the Customs officers mounted surveillance on him promising him that he must kill him before the end of that day.
''Shortly a passenger was bold to narrate what happened to people who gathered at the toll gate, was again dragged into the Road Safety premises by Customs officers and was beating mercilessly. They further dragged him to the same pothole until they allowed the passenger to go after a while. 
'' While the driver was lying on the mud water in the premises of the Road Safety, he heard the officers discussing with the custom officers, instructing one of them to go and buy a pack of salt and discharge the content into the engine of the vehicle. It was after a while that one of them entered the vehicle and turned on the engine and later left the vehicle. 
''Relief only came to the driver when the officers that took the Road safety officer, Mr. Ganiu to Roonax Specialist Hospital, Ijabode in Ogun state came back to the driver, lifted him and put him in their patrol van and took him to Ilese Police Station, Ilese in Ogun state. However, on getting to the Police Station, the Police questioned the rationale behind beating and assaulting the driver before handing him over to the Police but the officers were only apologizing to the police. 
''The driver was detained with the injuries all over his body. In the morning of Saturday the 26th day of September, 2015, the staff of BEN FLO LTD in company of Police went to the Roonax Specialist Hospital to visit Mr. Ganiu, the Road Safety officer and they were informed that he had long been discharged.
''The staff of ANIDS Mass Transit also accompanied the Police to Road Safety Office to transfer the ANIDS bus packed by the Officers in the premises, the Officers resisted every attempt made by the Police to retrieve the vehicle and informed the Staff that they will meet them in Court.
         
''The above impunity is not a typical of what is expected of officers of the Nigeria Customs Service. It is unfortunate that the officers have turned themselves a brigand, terror and threat to the society which they ought to render service to. The officers of Customs service and Road Safety at Ijebuode unit in Ogun state went all out to unleash the mayhem to an innocent driver out of shear wickedness, destroyed and vandalized the vehicle belonging to our client.
''For the avoidance of doubt, the officers at Ijebuode unit made a complaint to the Nigeria Police at Ilese Police Station and vowed not to allow the Police to investigate the matter. Our client was shocked that between the 25/92015 when the officers of the Commission made the complaint to Ilese Police Station and Tuesday the 29/09/2015, the officers denied both the Police and our Client access to Mr. Ganiu whom they took to the hospital and discharged him. Our client's vehicle had been in their premises of the Road Safety at Ijabode in Ogun state since the 25/9/15, under the watch of the Customs officers who were the persons that discharged the passengers in the vehicle.
         
''It is pertinent at this juncture to inform you that the vehicle yields aboutN50,000.00 (Fifty Thousand Naira) only daily to our client's company outside the expenses for the trip. We are not in doubt that the officers who are working in concert with officers of Road Safety knew the game they are into and that is the reason for rebuffing every meaningful attempt to resolve the issue amicably by our client rather they insisted that they will meet our client only in court.
Cometstar Cable Boss kidnap: Achina Community demands unconditional release of their son
---concludes fasting and praying session
-----closes shops, market
The entire Achina Community in Aguata local government area Anambra state yesterday (Sunday) at their various Churches prayed for God's intervention in the unconditional release of their illustrious son Sir James Uzochukwu Uduji.
The Churches spared hours of intercession and intervention prayers asking God to touch the hearts of his abductors to release him immediately as his kidnap has brought sorrow and pains to the Achina community especially widows and the less privileged.
Uduji, Chairman of Cometstar Manufacturing Company, Agbara Industrial Estate,Agbara,Ogun State, Nigeria known for producing  the best Armoured cable in West Africa was kidnapped by unknown gunmen in front of his residence at 7th Avenue in FESTAC town, Lagos a month and four days now.

And on Saturday the entire Isi-Achina Autonomous community led by its town Union and traditional ruler, that's the immediate community of Sir James Uduji known as Onwagbulugbulu-Aguata in Achina closed markets and shops to pray for God's intervention in the release of their illustrious son.
The Isi-Achina Autonomous Community leaders, widows, men and women including children numbering over 3,000 gathered at the Isi-Achina Town Union Hall for an interdenominational service to request for God's intervention for the release of Sir James Uduji.  
They requested President Muhammadu Buhari, Governors of Lagos state Akinwunmi Ambode and Anambra state , Chief Willie Obiano respectively to intervene in their immediate release of Sir Uduji who they described as a peace loving man and creator of jobs, happiness and saviour of their people.
Officiating priests including Rev George Echetebe of St Barnabbas Anglican Church, Isi-Achina ; Rev Fr Sabastine Ejie  Mary's Catholic Church Isi-Achina as well as Pastor Victor Onyenagolum of Assemblies of God took turns to pray for his immediate and unconditional release as his kidnap has set back the progress and development of the community.
As well, prominent citizens of Isi-Achina Autonomous community including Chief  J.C Nwakpadolu , Ikemba Isi-Achina ; President General of Isi-Achina Barr Pius Ezeonyiwara and Dr Sunday Ezeanyaji, Secretary General of Isi-Achina Autonomous community noted that the kidnap of their son has exposed the continued poor security situation in Nigeria and appealed to Inspector General of Police IGP Arase and commissioner of police Lagos to facilitate the release of their son as they did former SGF Falae when he was kidnapped.  
Contributing further HRH Igwe Dr David Ezemokwe ,Obi Idegwu of Isi-Achina Autonomous Community , Sir Edwin Okpalaibekwe-Treasurer and Vincent Ibekwe –provost insisted kidnapping is worst than Boko Haram and appealed for immediate stop to kidnapping in Nigeria as it has scared investors away.
His cousin and Vice President of Isi-Achina Autonomous Community Simon Uduji in a vote of thanks commended the people of Isi Achina and entire Achina people for standing with them at their time of grief adding that God will hear and grant all the prayers made for release of Sir James Uduji from his abductors while , Nze Isaac Ezeafulukwe , Action Photos, President of Umuada Isi-Achina , Mrs Florence Ezenweke reminded that the good things Sir Udui did for families and community like tarring of road, drilling of water, empowering youths over 4,000 across Nigeria even in his company and taking care of widows are enough reasons for God to hear them and release him from his captors.
Sir Uduji's abductors have insisted on collecting $1million or he dies and the minimum the naira equivalent of their demand is N220mil­lion.

But Patriarch of the Uduji family , Sir Uche Uduji dismissed the ransom payment saying the figures quoted were untrue and figment of the reporters imagination. He insisted that they were still negotiating with the abductors of their son, but refused to disclose the amount paid but said what the family has offered is not in any way near the one hundred million naira as reported.
He said that the family has resorted to prayers that God touches the heart of the abductors to release his brother, attributing the rising surge of kidnapping to unemployment.

The abductors laid an ambush at 72nd junction along 7th Avenue at a bad portion of the road close to Uduji's residence and as soon as he was sighted, the gunmen deliberately hit his car as in an accident scenario, which forced the driver to stop to ascertain the extent of damage but in the process, the gunmen opened fire, shot the driver and drove off with Sir Uduji to an unknown des­tination.
The Authority Newspaper reliably gathered that the family coughed out and handed over N100million cash to the abductors but they insist that the balance of N120million must be paid or he dies.
Surprisingly, the abductors suggested that Sir Uduji should send one his family members to come and take his place in captivity and he will be released so that he would go and source for the balance.
Reacting, the Lagos state police command spokes­man DSP Joe Offor said that investigation is still ongoing to ensure the safe return of Sir Uduji.


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