30 June 2011

Nigeria: Man Stripped Naked by VIO Officials for Resisting Arrest

Lagos — In apparent display of bad conduct, which has become rife among uniformed vehicle and traffic control officials in Lagos State, a driver of a commercial bus was stripped naked on the busy Iyana Oworo-Third mainland Bridge Highway by men of the Vehicle Inspection Officers (VIO) on patrol.

The driver of the commercial vehicle, who apparently refused to surrender his vehicle to the VIO officials for an unspecified offence, got the beating of his life before being stripped naked by the officials in the patrol van.

According to an eyewitness, the driver of the bus, who gave his name as Musiliu Alade, was probably chased to the spot by the VIO officials, who took advantage of the traffic snarl on the road to make the arrest.

An attempt by the driver and two other occupants of the bus to query the rationale for their arrest and harassments by the officials resulted in hot argument and physical challenge by men of VIO.

Joseph Adebowale, whose account was corroborated by bye-standers that witnessed the show of shame at the Olopomeji pedestrian bridge, told our correspondent that the VIO officials actually undressed the driver of the bus.

Our correspondent, who witnessed the later part of the drama, reported that an attempt by the driver, who drove the bus naked, to escape bus was thwarted by the officials, who gave him a hot pursuit and caught up with him close to the Iyana Oworo recreation ground.

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