The Corps Marshal and Chief Executive of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), Boboye Oyeyemi, has said the commission needs relevant information to track the killer driver of Dimgba Igwe.
Oyeyemi described the sudden death of the former Vice-Chairman of The Sun Newspapers as a colossal loss to the nation’s journalistism profession.
Reacting to the demise of Igwe in a condolence message, the FRSC frowned at the circumstances which led to the death of a “distinguished Nigerian who served the journalism profession with zeal, candour, forthrightness and integrity”, adding that “his demise has left behind legacies, which will serve as template and reference point for present and future generation of the Nigerian media.”
Still speaking on his death which according to media reports and eyewitness account, was caused by a hit-and-run driver in a Toyota Corrolla car, Oyeyemi frowned at the reckless conduct of the supposed driver as alleged and regretted that even in the face of the FRSC’s sustained drive to address the menace of reckless driving in the country, there are still recalcitrant drivers with penchant for contravening traffic rules and regulations.
Furthermore, he recalled the commission’s initiative to revamp the National Uniform Licensing Scheme through an upgrade of its database with various capabilities that allows seamless on-line verification of information bordering on vehicle number plates and driver’s license thus creating a credible tool to regulate driver behaviour on our roads.
According to him: “Much as the corps has directed the Lagos State Sector Commander to commence investigations to unravel the identity of the hit-and-run driver, we will most appreciate relevant information from those who witnessed the fatal crash, on other details of the vehicle such as the colour and number plate to enable us get to the root of this unfortunate matter.”
While commiserating with the management and staff of The Sun Newspapers, the FRSC Corps Marshal also prayed to God to give his immediate family, the fortitude to bear the loss which has not only dealt a great blow to the journalism profession but to the nation.
The late Igwe was jogging in the early hours of last Saturday close to his house when a speeding driver knocked him down and disappeared without stopping.