Appeal Court affirms driver’s death sentence

FRSC officials

The driver was found guilty of murder.

The Rivers Division of the Court of Appeal has affirmed the judgment of a High Court in the state sentencing to death a bus driver, Emeka Mbachu, for killing a special marshal of the Federal Road Safety Corps.

This is contained in a statement issued on Wednesday by Jonas Agwu, the Public Education Officer of the FRSC.

A Rivers High Court had on July 15, 1999, sentenced Mr. Mbachu to death for killing the marshal, Clifford Azubuike, on November 3, 1995, according to the statement.

The statement said Mr. Azubuike was killed by the convict while he was on patrol duty on the said date at about 6.45 p.m. on Aba-Port Harcourt highway.

It quoted the court as saying that the convict’s appeal had “no substance’’ and therefore dismissed it.

“The deceased along with other special marshals controlling traffic at the road junction, noticed that the vehicle driven by Mbachu had only one headlamp.

“The deceased, who was about to book the bus driver, drew his attention to the defective head lamp. As the deceased was examining the head lamp, the bus driver moved the vehicle and knocked down the deceased.

“The bus driver immediately sped off and dragged the deceased on the road for some distance and eventually ran over the deceased who later died,’’ it said.

The statement warned motorists against violent conduct while interacting with operatives of the FRSC as the commission “will always pursue legal means to bring culprits to book.”

“The FRSC will continue to protect its men and resources in our effort to ensure better and safer motoring environment in the country,” it said.

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