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Scene of the attack on the Convoy of the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike by soldiers and SARS Personnel attached to the Minister of Transportation, Mr Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi on Saturday at Wanja junction on the Trans-Amadi road in Port Harcourt

USE OF SIRENS AND OBSTRUCTION OF PERSONS ENTITLED TO USE SIREN; A BRIEF LEGAL VIEW OF THE WIKE AND AMAECHI DRAMA

National Road Traffic Regulations, 2012, a subsidiary legislation pursuant to the
Federal Road Safety Commission (Establishment)
Act, 2007, Provides-
Regulation 154: “No person other than the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Vice President, President of the Senate, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Chief Justice of Nigeria, Deputy President of the Senate, Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Governors and Deputy Governors of States shall drive a vehicle on any public road using sirens, flashers or beacon lights.” Note that A Minister/ ex-governor is not one of the persons entitled to use siren, flashers and beacon lights on public roads. The punishment is N3,000 fine or seven months imprisonment or  both.
Regulation 155 reads: “A driver or person having control of a vehicle who knowingly and without reasonable excuse obstructs a vehicle authorized by this regulation to use sirens, flashers or beacon light commits an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine of N2,000 or 6 months imprisonment or to both”. What this means is that a governor is entitled  to use convoy and siren on public roads, without any obstruction. Any driver or person in control of a vehicle, who knowingly and without reasonable excuse, obstructs the convoy of the governor, commits a crime. Thus, the burden is on the Minister and SARS officers attached to him to show that they had reasonable excuse for obstructing Gov. Wike’s convoy.
It is observed that the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) as a unit under the Force Criminal Investigation and Intelligence  Department (FCIID) of the Police, its mandate does not include following politicians around and forming Commando. Besides, the governor is the chief security officer of the State and the number one citizen in the State. Consequently, it is criminally unprofessional for any security officer to disrespect the governor. It is quite a political paradox that those people who are desperate to take over the office of the governor, are not equally desperate to respect the office.
Alfred Paul
AmarSim Associations Development Consultants

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2 comments

  1. Blessing Ogolo Kingsley

    Only the president can use the armed forces,only the president can command the army,only the president,vice president, governors and there deputy,SP/speaker,CJ can and are allowed to use siren,pls can scrapnews officially tell us it was against the law when Wike serving as a minister used Army to open the stadium for PDP rally,was it also against the law when Mbu stopped a sitting governor from entering government through its back gate,was it also against the law that in wikes house you had military personnel guarding his house,was it also against the law that Mama p and Wike used siren disturbing Rivers state almost every week,was it also against the law that Wike moved around with full compliment of combine military team.pls someone should tell me if our laws changed yesterday

  2. Sean Ben

    Bingo scam news whining like a baby. MR SCAM NEWS YOUR LOYALTY TO WIKE HAS EXPIRING DATE.

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