Oyo Global Forum is deeply outraged by the unfortunate action of a police officer identified as Mr. Jeleel who, on Thursday, October 6,2016, hijacked a pick cup truck along Durbar-Akinmoorin road, after disagreement over bribe request with the driver, causing a fatal accident. Two persons died.
Oyo Global Forum hereby condemns this tragic incident in the strong possible terms.
The action of Mr. Jeleel, disobeying law, demanding bribe, harassing road users and disregarding professional ethics, has become a common happening in Oyo Federal Constituency.
We, therefore, strongly warn that the police should stop the corrupt, disgraceful practice of extorting citizens to avoid avoid angry reactions from people who have had to contend with the current socio-economic situation.
It has been reported that the police swiftly ordered the officer to face an orderly room trial. This is commendable. But as we will not want to preempt the outcome of the trial, we wish to call for prosecution of Mr. Jeleel as soon as possible to serve as deterrence to other officers and serve the cause of justice.
The forum hereby use this opportunity to advise road users to obey traffic rules and highway codes at all time because the safety of our society is a collective responsibility.
We also urge the Federal Road Safety Corps to intensify their efforts on traffic education for citizens.
Director of Publicity and Community Mobilisation
Oyo Global Forum.