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Abuja drivers scream that traffic officials are taking advantage of them


Some motorists in Abuja have voiced their displeasure at the rising instances of extortion by traffic officials, like as police officers, Vehicle Inspection Officers (VIO), and the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC).

According to information obtained by Information Nigeria, these officers typically work along the Shehu Shagari Way, which runs from the State House/Supreme Court junction up to the Transcorp Hotel junction.

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According to some of the victims’ claims, these authorities have properly established a manner of accusing drivers of disobeying or beating traffic signals and asserting that the occurrence was captured on camera even though there are no cameras mounted on the traffic poles.

One of the victims, who begged to remain anonymous, recalled: “On the 5th of September, when I was driving home from the workplace on Ahmadu Bello Way near the intersection of Uke Street in Garki 2, I was confronted by Vehicle Inspection Officers (VIO), who claimed that I had run a red light.

“I crossed the traffic signal at Number 7 while it was still counting down, and others behind me were also stopped but were let go after they identified themselves to the Minister of FCT as brothers.

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“I was then brought to their office, where I was requested to pay N2,000 to attend lectures in Lugbe. I paid 3,000 for a book, which was also given to me.

After that, I was instructed to visit Maitama General Hospital for a mental assessment. I met with a psychiatrist there and paid N17,500.

“I returned to their office and was instructed to bring N12,500. I requested that they supply me with a government account number so that I could pay the money, but they refused, so I was forced to bring cash.

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“I begged that N12,000 was excessive, and they demanded N8,000, which I paid, and my car was released on September 7th.


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