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Hon. Samson Okwu, Benue House Of Reps Member Arrested For Traffic Violation

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Nov 23, 2012 – Hon. Samson Okwu, Benue House Of Reps Member Arrested For Traffic Violation

On Thursday Nov 22nd, 2012, Honourable Samson Okwu representing Uju/Obi federal constituency of Benue state was arrested by Vehicle Inspection Officers (VIO) for driving against the traffic.

According to Okwu, he was forced to drive against the traffic in order to keep an important appointment.

Samson Okwu further defended his action by challenging the officer on duty to watch-out for public officers who have exception while using the road as according to him, the rules should be bent for their sake.

His words: That is why I am telling you that in a government there are people that are allowed to bend some of the laws. There are rules, I explained to the gentleman, but he wanted to use his position to intimidate me but my car is carrying a government number that is why they gave me that number. So if he is using his uniform as a government personnel, I am using my number.”

He further argued that the VIO officials would not dare stop a vehicle with sirens driving against traffic as he did to the lawmaker, describing their action as act of insubordination.

“You know in law there is an exception that is why you see ministers use siren because you have exigencies. I am going to attend a function with the minister of finance this morning. I was there for over one hour plus. You do expect me to remain there because I do not have siren. That does not mean that I shouldn’t go but I was there, I do not know the exercise that was going on here keeping cars here, I think it is indiscipline,” Okwu stated.

He challenged the enforcement team to ensure that as they carry out their duty, they should make sure that the traffic flows faster so the people who are going to work would be early to their respective offices.

The mobile court recorded over 28 convictions with various penalty meted out to the drivers while some were warned and asked to go and sin no more. (Credit: Leadership)



  1. usher

    November 23, 2012 at 6:56 PM

    D vio should nt hv stop hm didnt he see d government plate number.9ja na wa for us

    • kay

      November 24, 2012 at 6:51 AM

      you have a very wrong mentality. that law maker should have been thrown into prison. that is what is wrong with the country and things like these needs to be corrected and not supported like you have done. you dont have such things having in countries in Europe. shame on that lawmaker and kudos to the vio oficer

  2. eby boy one of gembu kaka qtr

    November 23, 2012 at 7:20 PM

    What is the difference bw the man and other drivers don’t u think the are going for work too? Abeg joo no one iz above the law

  3. Igwe Moses

    November 23, 2012 at 7:49 PM

    That young man in question is representing my constituency (oju/obi federal constituency). I want to ask which part of the law in Nigeria was he citing his defence from and what was the punishment meted out to him for that offence? That is the same mentality that made them believed that they can eat our money and also go scot free.

  4. Azomun jephthah

    November 23, 2012 at 9:34 PM

    No law for the rich but for the poor. Naija na wao

  5. Tanimu Garba Mohammed

    November 23, 2012 at 10:53 PM

    That's a federal lawmaker breaking the law. One set of law for them and another for us. Different strokes for different folks!

  6. Maureen Brown

    November 24, 2012 at 8:03 AM

    He is insane for thinking that he is above the law, the law applies to every national in the country. I am glad he was stopped, he should be ashamed of his words used, because he is a government official, its ok to break the law. These are our leaders, its just a shame, big big shame.

  7. Hosea ozeal

    November 24, 2012 at 10:35 AM

    Lawmaker in-deed

  8. ina mon

    April 12, 2014 at 12:35 PM

    That lawmaker is fakes because he is not patriotic Nigeria. that how he bend the rule for constituency project given to him. He should go and tell Oju/Obi constituency how He spend their money accrued to him. i beg it’s shameful.

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