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Police warn bullion van drivers against recklessness


The police in Ogun State have warned bank bullion drivers in the state toavoid recklessness and violation of traffic rules or risk prosecution.
The police also threatened to arrest and prosecute any reckless bullion van driver caught violating traffic rules in the state.
The state Commissioner of Police, Ikemefuna Okoye, gave this warning while speaking at the Police Community Relations Committee stakeholders’ meeting in Abeokuta.
Okoye decried the rising cases of “reckless” bullion van drivers transporting cash for banks.
He said many of the bullion van drivers did not have respect for other road users, warning that the police would take the necessary steps to check the ugly development.
The police commissioner stressed that bullion van driving should not be a licence for impunity.
“Recklessness leads to death. The way bullion van drivers behave is funny; they don’t have respect for other road users. They behave as if what they are driving is not mechanical.
“Any bullion van driver that is caught overtaking anyhow will be dealt with according to law. That you are driving a bullion van is not a licence to kill people or damage their vehicles,” he said.
Okoye advised bank managers to ensure that their bullion van drivers and officials were trained on best driving practices to ensure safety of lives and property in the state.
The Chairman, Abeokuta Bankers Committee, Mr. Abayomi Ogunsanya, however, argued that the recklessness of many bullion van drivers could be linked with their fear of being attacked by armed robbers.
Ogunsanya, however, assured that the bankers committee would ensure the training of bullion van drivers regarding desirable conduct on the road.
The Manager of Zenith Bank, Abeokuta branch, Mr. Adeola Daramola, argued that bullion van drivers were usually encouraged by police escorts to drive recklessly on the highway.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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