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South Korea Based Nigerian On Vacation “Jailed” In Anambra For Driving With Foreign Driver’s License

January 26, 2018 – South Korea Based Nigerian On Vacation Arrested In Anambra For Driving With Foreign Driver’s License Convicted

A court established by the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Anambra State yesterday convicted a man for driving with a foreign driver’s licence.

Magistrate Eze Nwabachiri gave Mr. Azuka Okoye the option of N7,000 fine or two months’ imprisonment

But Okoye said he just visited the country with the hope of returning to his base, South Korea, in February.

According to him, his license was still valid, and so he pleaded that he be allowed to use.

But Magistrate Nwabachiri ruled that ordinary citizens were not allowed to use the license of other countries, unless there was a bilateral arrangement between the traffic agencies of the countries.

According to him, those permitted to use foreign driving licences were diplomats, envoys and tourists.

“You are hereby sentenced to a fine of N7,000 or two months’ imprisonment,” he said.

The Anambra Sector Commander, Sunday Ajayi, said the mobile court was established to achieve the corp’ safer road objective.

He added that the operation was in conjunction with the Anambra State government, which was worried with drivers’ recklessness.

“The Mobile Court is part of activities we are undertaking to achieve our goals for 2018. There is no special time for obeying traffic laws, safety is an all time business and we will be having it from time to time.

“During special operations like this, we look out for every offence, but we have special interest in high risk factors like lane violation, speeding, possession of fake/inappropriate license, use of phone, among others,” Ajayi said




  1. layeta georgewill

    January 26, 2018 at 6:09 AM

    Why are u driving with foreign lic don’t u know it is against d law. u ignorant kid

  2. Mon

    January 26, 2018 at 6:40 AM

    Well,it’s unfortunate to that guy but good as this is open to serve as a detriment to others.

  3. missyaussie

    January 26, 2018 at 11:02 AM

    If tourist are allowed to use their driver’s license in nigeria then he should have traveled as tourist to nigeria on south Korea passport and use their license in nigeria. Save him the hassle.

  4. lady d

    January 26, 2018 at 11:50 AM

    Well in other country, one can drive with a different driving licence for a period of time. Police force in Nigeria don’t know rules

  5. Geo

    January 26, 2018 at 4:16 PM

    Technically, Mr Okoye is a tourist. Therefore, he should appeal this judgement.

  6. uzoma

    January 26, 2018 at 5:12 PM

    Mr. Okoye is not a tourist, he is Nigerian and should have gotten Nigeria license like some of us do when we visit Nigeria. What is he trying to prove? to show that he is from South Korea? the sentence of the court is appropriate.

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