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Monday, 31 March 2014

"If I Run The Red Light, Arrest Me!" – Governor Oshiomhole Tells Edo State Traffic Agency

Edo state Governor Adams Oshiomhole over the weekend showed his commitment towards the enforcement of the law in the state by telling the local traffic agency that they have the right to arrest him should he go against the law.

The governor who made this statement at the weekend during a meeting with officials of the Edo State Traffic Management Agency (ESTMA) at the government house said:

“You must not extort, you must not criminalise innocent people, you must not let offenders go after extortion. If anybody beats the red light, you must arrest the person no matter his status. If it’s the governor or deputy governor, you must block him and interrogate him. The only person exempted from the red light rule is the President or Deputy President when they visit, in which case the road will be blocked for their easy passage.
“So if you can stop and interrogate the governor for beating the red light rule, no other person is bigger in the state whom you can’t stop. Anybody that contravenes the red light rule, stop him and detain him for at least two hours. Very many innocent people have been crushed because someone
wanted to contravene the red light rule. This must stop”, the governor said.
“I speak the minds of Edo people when I say very many people have been victims of your very crude and harsh traffic management methods.
“When you misbehave as some of you do, people in anger dismiss you as Oshiomhole police. I have no police. In fact, I am one of the very few who have spoken out against state police. I am commended for so many things but not so many people have commended me for this particular intervention, even as you have come into existence to help control traffic”, he said.

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