Amosun and the Bullion Vans : Who owns the road?


Few  days  ago, the Ogun state governor, Senator  Ibikunle Amosun  was reported to have narrowly escaped death following the incident of a bullion van belonging to the Central Bank of Nigeria ramming into the governor's convoy.

The report , according to an eye witness who is also the Senior Special Assistant on Media to governor Amosun, Mr. Adejuwon Soyinka showed that the bullion van driver was reckless and lawless .

It will be recalled that the incident has become  incessant, especially between Amosun and either Bullion van or  Police escort and the venue had been Lagos-Ibadan expressway .

Prior to the very recent incident, which , according to the  media reports , almost claimed the life of the Ogun State Governor , Senator Ibikunle Amosun , so many incidents had occured, though, might not have enjoyed the wide publicity the one that involved the governor .

The report was that the  governor’s convoy clashed with the CBN convoy on Lagos-Ibadan express way while on his way to the wedding ceremony of the former President Olusegun  Obasanjo's and Adebutu  Keshington's daughter and son respectively , in Lagos state.

The Press release by the state government noted that the driver of the  bullion van was driving recklessly and rammed  into the governor’s convoy.

A source who is in the governor’s convoy had  told this newspaper  that the fight between the governor and the operatives in the  bullion van had  started sometimes in front of the office of the Special Anti Robbery Squad in Oke -Mosan when the governor tried to stop the van while  carrying the money .

By virtue of his status , Governor Amosun deserves to enjoy constitutional right of passage on the road in Nigeria  because , he is an official of the state .

The state cannot afford to fail in her constitutional duties placed in the lap of the governor , thus, every motorist must give way for the governor.

However, drivers of ambulance and security chiefs are also expected to enjoy the constitutional right of easy passage on the road for either state or national assignment.

Observations so far made have shown that, many drivers in these category are guilty of reckless driving .

The officers in charge of road should be alive to their responsibilities and ensure that recklessness on the road  is stopped .

We advise that security experts should as a matter of urgency wade into the issue before ‘criminals’ will feast on the existing rancour to attack bullion vans on the road which might  cause blood shed if such  happens.

We also advise that, security chiefs should either remind or enlighten the governor on rules guiding bullion van movement and as such improvise on ways for the movement of the money carrying vehicles to prevent future clash.

 However whenever the rules have  been made it should be appropriately communicated to enhance strict adherence by all and sundry since the rule of law is binding on all.  

Every road user should respect other road users  and ensure safety of lives .

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2018-01-22 07:59