From Femi Oyelola, Kaduna
The crisis between the Kaduna State government and the State Vehicle Inspection Officers (VIO) has affected the revenue generated from the agency to the government. Investigation by PEOPLE DAILY reveals that since the pronouncements of the ban last month over #20million has been lost to the state government.
Investigation further show that the state government has realises that the issue that led to the suspension of VIOs on the road was not fully investigated before the action was taken.
A Source closed to the VIO office at Bank Road informed this reporter that the government received very late the incident at Ali Akilu Road, which led to burning of two cars and killing a petrol hawker was not caused by the VIO as was alleged.
Investigation by this reporter alleged that on the day of the incident, (precisely on Saturday 5th December 2015) a woman was driving a Honda Civil car when she was stopped by officials of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) from the Lugard roundabout and the woman with small children in the car refused to stop and in a hot chase she ran into a stationed Audi 80 car with plate No AE 967 KRA belonging to one Comblius Olufunsho Adewole.
The two vehicles caught fire immediately and while the young petrol hawker was trying to cross the road, the gallon of fuel caught fire as well which burnt the boy to death.
The source who claimed to be brother of the late fuel hawker said the VIO were far away from the scene of the accident but both the FRSC and VIO’s abandoned the scene immediately he alleged.
Some unknown street urchins went to the VIO office at Sokoto Road near governor’s office and vandalised the office and their official vehicles.
The owner of the vehicle with the registration number AE 967 KRA Mr. Adewole told this reporter that since the case was reported he has not heard anything from the police.
He said the other driver who ran into his car was said to be admitted at an undisclosed hospital and since the incident two have not meet.
When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Kaduna Police Command, Mallam Zubairu Abubakar.