Edo court convicts four one-way drivers, slams N190, 000 fine on culprits

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Four more city drivers have been found guilty of breaking the state’s traffic laws by a mobile court sitting in Benin City. The guilty drivers were sentenced to a total of N190,000 in fines and must undergo psychological testing.

The culprits are Bright Okorie, driving a Nissan Vanette Bus with license plate number GUE 110 ZY, Kingsley Ighadoro, driving a Mitsubishi Bus with license plate number XG 767 USL,  John Okunbor, driving a Nissan Vanette Bus with license plate number BDR 761 XA, and Blessing Idowu, driving a Nissan Vanette Bus with license plate number FUG 322 ZY.

The Edo State Public works Volunteers (PUWOV) have apprehended drivers for driving against the flow of traffic (one-way). The Governor Godwin Obaseki led-administration is making new attempts to bring sanity and order back to the streets of the Benin city, and the arrest and prosecution are part of those efforts.

Blessing Idowu received an N40,000 fine and a psychological evaluation in contrast to Bright Okorie, Kingsley Ighadoro, and John Okunbor who each received a N50,000 fine and a psychiatric evaluation.

In a media briefing with journalists in Benin City, the Edo State PUWOV Coordinator, Mukhtar Yusuf-Osagie, stated that the government is still committed to restoring sanity and order on the city’s roads and that it will continue its campaign to ensure that all reckless drivers are detained and properly prosecuted.

“Traffic laws are in place for the protection of every person using our roads, and breaking them puts everyone at danger,” he charged. The administration is dedicated to maintaining law and order on our roads and protecting the safety of the populace, thus this will not be tolerated in Edo.

“We are boosting up our campaign against traffic offenders in the state and urging drivers to report other road users and one-way drivers as well as those who disobey traffic laws. The public is welcome to videotape these drivers and transmit the video to the WhatsApp number 08132030846.

The PUWOV chair continued, “We will make sure we catch these drivers to face prosecution when we acquire video recordings of such contempt for the state traffic standards.

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