COVID-19: Hit-and-run driver knocks down NSCDC officer to escape arrest

An officer of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Mr Victor Fayemi, on Friday cheated death when he was fatally knocked down by a Volkswagen Golf commercial driver, escaping arrest along Gwarinpa/Kado road area of Abuja.

He was knocked down unconscious and had to be rushed to Maitama District Hospital where he was promptly attended to.

Ekunola Gbenga, Media Assistant to the Commandant General of NSCDC, who confirmed the development in Abuja, said after specialized medical treatment at Maitama District Hospital, he was moved into a private hospital where he is currently receiving further treatment.

Fayemi, Assistant superintendent of Corps, attached to Federal Capital Territory, was hit by the commercial driver who was trying to evading arrest by the security officers on duty as he defied coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown measures put in place by the Federal Government.

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Security agencies comprising, NSCDC Officers mounted roadblocks in Gwarinpa/Kado road in an attempt to prevent the taxi’s from operating.

While the officer tried to stop the driver for questioning, he allegedly ran over the NSCDC Officer.

The driver was later arrested by the Joint Task Team (JTF), both the driver and the vehicle were taken into the custody of Nigeria Police for further investigation and prosecution.

Meanwhile, the Commandant General, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps Abdullahi Gana Muhammadu said; the behaviour of the driver was unacceptable in the eyes of law enforcement.

He warned against people not to attempt to evade arrest under any circumstances, especially at this critical period when the world is facing the challenge of COVID 19.

He said the government needs the support and cooperation of all stakeholders in order to win the war against coronavirus.


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