About 25 officials of Vehicle Inspection Office (VIO), Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Motor Vehicle Licensing Authority (MVLA), have been arrested by the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC), after being linked to drivers’ licence and vehicle particulars fraud in Lagos State.
The suspects, who perpetrated the alleged crime at Ikeja, Somolu, Eti-Osa, Anthony, Ojo, Oshodi, University of Lagos, Surulere, Agege and Coker Drivers’ License Centres in the state, were arrested after the commission received information that the officials connive with touts to extort extra fees from applicants, before their drivers’ licences and vehicles particulars are processed.
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The officials have been granted administrative bail by the commission, and will be arraigned in court when investigations have been concluded.
A statement released by ICPC’s spokesperson, Azuka Ogugua, said:
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“Various sums of money and several incriminating documents and equipment were retrieved from the suspects during the operation.
“The officials have been granted administrative bail by the Commission and would be arraigned in court when investigations have been concluded.
“This exercise is a continuous one and similar operations will be carried out in other centres in order to rid motor licensing administration of fraud being perpetrated on the public.”