TRACE Clarifies Issues on Alleged Death of Motorboy in Ogun State - THE BUSINESS PACKAGE


Tuesday, August 18, 2020

TRACE Clarifies Issues on Alleged Death of Motorboy in Ogun State

Following the pandemonium that broke out in Abeokuta, the Ogun State Capital with members of Truck Owners Associations of Nigeria (TOAN)  in Ogun State letting loose their guards and throwing caution to the wind, thus leading to the vandalisation of properties at the Office of the Traffic Compliance and   Agency ( TRACE) and the Parking Management Office at Oke- ilewo in Abeokuta, the agency directly involved ,TRACE has issued a public statement to clear the air on the issue.

In a Statement issued by the Public Relations Officer of the Command Mr. BABATUNDE Akinbiyi and circulated on the social media late on Tuesday, TRACE explained that it's Officers and men who were part of the Ogun State government Task force were not in any way connected with the death of the said Motorboy , while one of his Officers was brutally injured by the recalcitrant Truck driver whose misdemeanor led to the entire fiasco, while carrying out their legitimate duties .

Detail of the statement as issued by the Image Maker of TRACE in Ogun State is as follows : 


The pandemonium caused by truck drivers belonging to the Truck Owners Association of Nigeria (TOAN), due to the alleged death of a motorboy in Ogun State Task Force Patrol Van, while on transit, after haven't been apprehended for violating the curfew order of government from 10pm (2200hrs) - 4am (0400hrs) has been brought to the attention of TRACE Corps.

To put the record straight, the motorboy in question was neither arrested by Ogun State Task Force Team nor was in its patrol vehicle where it was alleged he fell off from before he gave up the ghost.

From our investigations, the Task Force Team constituted by the State Government and made up of the POLICE, TRACE and the VIO, to enforce it's lockdown and curfew order was on its legitimate duty in the wee hours of Tuesday, 18th August, 2020, at the Water Junction of the Abeokuta-Kobape-Siun-Interchange Expressway, where a truck was apprehended for violating the curfew order.

A TRACE Corps operative was thereafter instructed to lead the truck driver to the parking lot where apprehended vehicles are parked. But instead of going back, inbound Abeokuta, the truck driver decided to go outbound Abeokuta facing Sagamu with the uniform TRACE operative held in captive with him in the truck to an unknown destination.

This action led the Ogun State Task Force Team to trail the truck driver. While in its pursuit, the team noticed a body lying on the road but still went after the truck. However before approaching Paramount fm, the TRACE operative held in captive in the truck was noticed by the road side in a pool of blood, probably as a result of being thrown off the truck while on transit.

On the return journey back to Abeokuta after the rescue, another truck who violated the curfew order was noticed from afar. But on sighting the Ogun State Task Force Team, the truck driver started driving recklessly so as to evade arrest and in the process hit the Police Patrol Van attached to the Ogun State Task Force Team before running over the body that was sighted on the road by the team while pursuing the runaway truck with the kidnapped TRACE operative.

TRACE Corps hereby confirms that the motorboy in question was the body noticed on the road and which was also crushed by the truck driver who was trying to evade arrest on sighting the Ogun State Task Force Team while driving inbound Abeokuta after haven't rescued the kidnapped TRACE operative.

Unfortunately, this incident led the truck drivers and some of their owners as well as union executives to go on a rampage by blocking roads, causing mayhem and vandalizing property at the Divisional TRACE Command, Abeokuta, as well as, the Ogun State Parking Management Office, where they also assaulted operatives on ground,  carting away cash and other valuables.

While TRACE Corps condole and commiserate with the family of the deceased motorboy, the Corps wishes to register her displeasure, dissatisfaction and disapproval of the violent vandalisation and assault of the TOAN drivers and it's owners including union executives on its Abeokuta Divisional Command Office and would pursue the case to a logical conclusion.

Nevertheless, the Corps reiterates that it would continue to carry out its legitimate duty and responsibility by being civil, humane, professional and firm, where need be, regardless of threats, blackmail and intimidation.

Cdr Babatunde Akinbiyi.
For: TRACE Corps Commander/CE.
Tuesday, 18th August, 2020.

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