How Termination of Kaduna VIO Hinders Ocholi’s Car crash report …..may affect investigation into 6 Ekiti Doctor’s Crash
How Termination of Kaduna VIO Hinders Ocholi’s Car crash report
…..may affect investigation into 6 Ekiti Doctor’s Death
By ALEX UANGBAOJE
The investigation into the car crash that killed former Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Barr James Ocholi, his wife and son, may not yield any result as the termination of Vehicle Inspections Officers (VIO) in Kaduna state is hindering the Nigeria Police from completing it’s investigation and submitting it report to the Federal Government.
The Police always demand for a report from both the
Federal Road Safety Corps and the VIO for every crash to enable it complete investigations into such situation.
If the state government did not reverse the disbandment of the VIO in Kaduna State, it may further affect the report of the car crash that led to the killing of six doctors from Ekiti state, it was gathered.
But the report of the crash involving the late minister’s car with
registration number 01A 84 FG, an SUV Lexus Jeep is yet to be
forwarded to Abuja by the Police because of the inability of the
Kaduna State Government to provide VIO reports.
Recalled, that Governor Nasir Ahmad Elrufai had on 8 December, 2015 announced the disbandment of all activities of VIO in the State until further notice.
The governor created Kaduna State Traffic And Environmental Law
Enforcement Agency (KASTELEA) which has a different role to play from that of the VIO in the state.
A letter written to Kaduna State government by the Police dated 15
April, 2016 and signed by a Deputy Commissioner in charge of Criminal
Investigation and Intelligence Department, DCP Ahmed Mohammed Azare,
wants a VIO report to enable them complete their investigation and
forwarded same to Abuja.
It was reliably gathered that the head of KASTELEA who has a different
functions to play, is demanding for the release of the Head office of
the VIO to his organization.
“Let me tell you, VIO is in all the states of the Federation and
Kaduna cannot afford to do away with it primarily because KASTELEA is established. Lagos and Kano states has similar organizations such as KASTELEA but VIO staff still carry out their functions.
“VIO has just about 31 staff in Kaduna State and KASTELEA cannot go to court outside Kaduna State when there is an issue involving ML 23 which is Motor Licence form. This ML23 can serve as a covering note which is required during accident inspection.
“KASTELEA has no law backing it to
go into accident inspection, Court attendance; approval of driver’s
licenses and examination of car road worthiness that is why the Police
is insisting that it gets the VIO report on the crash that killed the
Minister of Labour and his family,” a source said.