FRSC addresses viral video of officials allegedly harassing pregnant woman in labor

03/10/2020

Posted by: Chris Odogwu

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The FRSC has set the record straight about a viral video of its officials allegedly harassing a pregnant woman in labor, says the woman wasn't in labor!

Internet users were agog at a trending video of a pregnant woman in labor allegedly being harassed by officials of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Port Harcourt over the weekend.

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The FRSC officials captured on camera during the incident

According to the story making the rounds on social media, the FRSC officials deflated a car conveying the pregnant woman who was in labor and was being rushed to the hospital. Expectedly, Nigerians were displeased by the action of the officers and dragged the FRSC over their behavior.

Reacting to the development, Spokesman of the FRSC Bisi Kazeem has released a statement addressing the issue.

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According to the spokesman, the FRSC carried out investigations into the matter to ascertain what truly happened. Following their investigations, it was discovered that the driver of the car violated traffic rules. And upon arrest, the front seat occupant, a lady said to be pregnant, did not have her seat belt on. He clarified that, contrary to the story being spread online, the pregnant woman was not in labor, neither was she being rushed to the hospital. She was simply taking a ride to her destination.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Speaking further, Kazeem disclosed that the identity of the pregnant woman was unknown to the driver and others present on the scene. According to him, the FRSC officials did not deflate the car conveying the woman. They only prevented the female driver from escaping.

Excerpts of the press release:

“As at the time of this press statement, the investigative panel set by the Corps Marshal is still in touch with the woman who drove the car so as to ascertain the identity of the alleged woman in labor to know the truth and resolve the matter amicably.

While the Corps appreciates the public and the social media for always bringing issues of this nature to the knowledge of the Corps, we wish to admonish the public to always be constructive and get their facts straight before making such posts especially when highly delicate and sensitive allegations like this are to be made.”

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Chris Odogwu is a Content Writer and Journalist. He holds a bachelor's degree in Mass Communication from University of Jos and a master's degree in Mass Communication from University of Lagos. His works have been published in top local and international publications including Forbes, HuffPost, ThriveGlobal, TheNextScoop and Nigeria360 among others. A member of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR), the thrill he gets from writing about exotic cars feels almost the same as riding in them.

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