Benin - The Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) in Edo on Monday said it prosecuted 51 motorists, including a tanker driver, Osaretin Ebu, who was sentenced to six months' imprisonment for assault.
The FRSC Sector Command, Kenneth Nweagbe, said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Benin.
According to him, the action is in compliance with FRSC Chief Executive Officer and Corps Marshal, Osita Chidoka's, directive.
He explained that the arrest and arraignment of erring motorists were done with the support of the Edo Government.
Nweagbe said, ``the mobile court was constituted on June 27, to prosecute traffic offenders.
"A total of 51 traffic offenders were arrested and arraigned before the mobile court presided over by Chief Magistrate Fen Igbinosa.’’
The commander, however, said "all the offenders brought before the mobile court were given option of fines.
He said the court sentenced Ebu, the Tanker driver, to six months imprisonment with hard labour for assaulting a Marshal, who attempted to arrest him for dangerous driving.
He said the driver was given an option to pay N250 000 fine.
Nweagba, therefore, warned motorists to desist from violating traffic rules and regulations as road crashes result from human errors.
He also appealed to transport fleet owners to ensure that they always expose their drivers to training and re-training as these exercises keep them in shape.