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Appeal court says FRSC officials can operate on all roads in Abuja




The Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) won a case at the Court of Appeal, Abuja on Monday after Justice Okong Abang agreed that its officials can operate on all roads inside Abuja, Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

Abang said this while passing the lead judgment in appeal no: CA/ABJ/CV/243 /2022, filed by Barrister Igwe Onyesom Ugochukwu against the FRSC, Dr. Lawal Akeem O. and Dr. Isaac Nwokeukwu (1st to 3rd respondents).

Following his altercation with FRSC officials which led to his car being seized for violating traffic rules, the appellant sued FRSC at the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja on March 9, 2021, before Justice A. I. Chikere, but lost out.

Dissatisfied, the appellant’s lawyer, Austine Ogezi, urged the appellate court to set aside the lower court’s judgment and hold that it was wrong to hold that the FRSC can operate on all public roads including Shehu Shagari way inside the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

Ogezi stated,

In its written argument seen by ThePressNG, FRSC’s counsel, Precious Fred Nwora, maintained that since the appellant paid a fine, he corroborated FRSC’s case against him.

The lawyer asked the appellate court to uphold the findings of the trial court.

Nwora said,

Reading the lead judgment on Monday, Justice Abang said the appellant waved his constitutional right to a fair hearing by paying the fine imposed on him by FRSC officials.

Moreover, the judge dismissed the case for not disputing FRSC ‘s powers to arrest and prosecute anyone suspected of having committed traffic offense.

Abang said,