Scrapping of VIO in Kaduna hinders Police report into Ocholi, 6 Ekiti doctors’ death
//Godwin Ekosin, Kaduna//
“Let me tell you, VIO is in all the states of the Federation and Kaduna cannot afford to do away with it primarily because KASTELEA is established. Lagos and Kano states has similar organizations such as KASTELEA but VIO staff still carry out their functions.
“VIO has just about 31 staff in Kaduna State and KASTELEA cannot go to court outside Kaduna State when there is an issue involving ML 23 which is Motor
“This ML23 can serve as a covering note which is required during accident inspection. KASTELEA has no law barking it to go into accident inspection, Court attendance; approval of driver’s licenses and examination of car road worthiness that is why the Police is insisting that it gets the VIO report on the crash that killed the
Minister of Labour and his family.”
Those were the words of a credible source about the delayed in presenting police report as regarding the death of Nigerian Minister of Labour (State).
Be informed that disbandment of Vehicle Inspections Officers (VIO) in
Kaduna state has affected the Nigeria Police from submitting it report
of investigation into the crash that killed Minister of State for
Labour and Employment, Barr James Ocholi, his wife and son.
For every car crash, the Police always demand for a report from the
Federal Road Safety Corps and the VIO to be able to complete its
Failure to ask members of the VIO in Kaduna State to resume their work
will also affect the report of the car crash that led to the killing
of six doctors from Ekiti state, it was gathered.
But the report of the crash involving the late minister’s car with
registration number 01A 84 FG, an SUV Lexus Jeep is yet to be
forwarded to Abuja by the Police because of the inability of the
Kaduna State Government to provide VIO reports.
It was gathered that Governor Nasir Elrufai had on 8 December, 2015 announced the disbandment of all activities of VIO in the State until further notice.
The state government had substituted VIO with Kaduna State Traffic And Environmental Law Enforcement Agency (KASTELEA) which has a different role to play from
that of the VIO in the state.
A letter written to Kaduna State government by the Police dated 15
April, 2016 and signed by a Deputy Commissioner in charge of Criminal
Investigation and Intelligence Department, DCP Ahmed Mohammed Azare, wants a VIO report to enable them complete their investigation and
forwarded same to Abuja.
It was reliably gathered that the head of KASTELEA, who has a different
functions to play, is demanding for the release of the Head office of
the VIO to his organization.
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