An emerging report has contradicted the interim report of the investigations of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) into the accident, in which the Minister of State for Labor and Employment, James Ocholi, his wife and son died.
According to a new development arising, Ocholi’s driver, Taiwo James Elegbede, actually had a driver’s license.
This is just as several of his colleagues working at the transport department of the Ministry of Labor and Employment claimed that Taiwo is a licensed driver and has served the ministry for about 25 years.
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It will be recalled, in an interim report, the FRSC had alleged that Taiwo had no license as his name was not found on the database of the organization.
However, sources, who are Taiwo’s colleagues at the ministry, faulted FRSC’s pronouncement.
Taiwo’s colleagues claimed that the Lexus 570 SUV in which the minister died was given to the ministry by the presidency through the office of the Head of Service.
A high ranking colleague of Taiwo, who pleaded anonymity, while speaking to reporters, said he and others were disappointed at the statement made by the FRSC’s Corps Marshal, Mr Boboye Oyeyemi.
He said the FRSC boss was at the ministry to meet with the officials on Wednesday, but he was surprised at Boboye’s statement at the Federal Executive Council meeting as it was contrary to “what he told us.”
Attesting to Taiwo’s character as a committed staff member who adhered to the ethics of his job, an example was lifted.
The source said Taiwo drove one of the permanent secretaries in the ministry, Dr Timiebi Koripamo-Agary, for more than eight years without any incident.
“In fact, when Mama Agary left the ministry, she still requested for his service because Taiwo is very good. He was released and was with the former permanent secretary for almost six years after she had left this ministry, until we said ‘enough is enough’ and recalled him,”
“He showed photocopies of all the staff members’ driver’s licence, including Taiwo’s, which he, however, said expired on January 15, 2016 along with some of his colleagues’ and that they had all gone to renew them since the last two months “but the process is being delayed as usual” by the FRSC.
“To say that Taiwo has no driver’s licence is very unfortunate. Yes, this is the copy. It expired in January and we have already started the renewal process, but the FRSC would tell you that you can only get a new one three months after you apply. Even if they say this one is fake, they should ask themselves, because it is produced by them and it is their property. They should tell us how and why,” the source said.
The source faulted the FRSC for making such a demeaning comment against Taiwo, who was injured in the accident, in order to blame him for the crash.