A yet to be identified driver has ran over a Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, Mr James Itekim from the Cross River Sector Command.
The incident, according to reports, occurred along the Muritala Mohammed Highway near the popular Calabar roundabout on Tuesday, February 4, 2020.
An eyewitness who is a Taxi driver, Mr Victor Okoro, said the incident occurred around the roundabout when Marshals of the FRSC were carrying out their regular routine checks of vehicles and particular when one of the drivers just drove and top speed and knocked down one of the men.
Mr Okoro said: “The Marshal in question was seriously injured with fractured bones on the face and leg, I hope he survives because the suspect hit him at a very close range. “He was not stopped directly, he was supposed to slow down like other vehicles did, I believe his papers were not complete and out of trepidation he decided and made a very stupid move by speeding off, knocking down the marshal in the process.”
A source at the Headquarters of the Command who pleaded anonymity said the culprit has been arrested and was now cooling his heels at the Police Station, adding that the injured Marshal has been hospitalized, his facial bone and leg fractured, and in need of urgent surgery to prevent further damage.
“We have insurance coverage for such occurrence but we also want the Police to do their own investigation and charge the suspect to Court, we are not the ones to determine what will happen, but the law should take its cause.
A source close to the family of the marshal who didn’t want his name in print told Journalists that the wife of the victim was heavily pregnant, adding that she was almost due to be delivered.
He added that: “His wife is almost due for delivery before the ugly incident, but we hope to keep the matter under wraps till he recovers a bit because she had a miscarriage the last time, she was pregnant and we don’t know how to tell her now,” he said.