Traffic Offence: Arise TV Journalist Rufai Oseni Apologises After Paying N70,000 Fine

Arise TV Journalist Rufai Oseni has apologised to Nigerians for the scuffle that ensued between him and the Police after he was arrested for driving through a route.

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Traffic Offence: Arise TV Journalist Rufai Oseni Apologises After Paying N70, Fine

The journalist had raised an alarm via his Twitter page on Monday alleging that his car was forcefully seized by Police officers.

The police spokesperson, Ben Hundeyin, however refuted Rufai’s claim and informed the public that he broke a traffic law in the state.

He said Oseni admitted to committing a traffic offence by passing through the bus rapid transit (BRT) lane, and that his claim that he was misdirected by Google Maps is not tenable.

The incident sparked varied reactions on with some Nigerians saying the journalist should be made to face the law while some netizens argued that Oseni was targeted owing to his criticism of the government.

Giving an update on the incident, Hundeyin, in a on Tuesday, disclosed that the journalist was found guilty by the for violating the Transport Law 2018.

The Lagos police spokesperson added that Oseni paid the fine of N70,000 and his vehicle was released to him.

In Lagos, it is a traffic offence for drivers of vehicles that are not to pass through the designated BRT lanes.

“UPDATE: Mr Rufai Oseni was in earlier today. He was found guilty of contravening Transport Law (2018). He was subsequently fined Seventy Thousand Naira Only. He made the payment, after which his vehicle was released to him,” Hundeyin wrote.

Commenting on the incident, Oseni, on Wednesday, during Arise TV’s Morning Show, apologised for what transpired, describing it as “most humbling experience”.

“As many of you know, in the last two days I have been in the news for the wrong reasons,” the journalist said.

“This has resulted in needless distraction for my friends, family, members of the public and for all my colleagues here on Arise News Channel.

“I would therefore like to apologise to all parties over what transpired during the incident with the police when I was stopped for driving on a bus lane. I cannot and dare not lay claims to knowing it all.

“Lessons have been learnt from this entire episode and this has been a most humbling experience for me.

“I would also like to use this opportunity to express my gratitude to all those who have reached out to me in the last two days for their guidance and counseling.”

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