Earlier in August, Arise TV journalist Oseni Rufai had an issue with the Force in Lagos state and a video of the development trended online According to the popular TV anchor, a police officer forcefully took his car over an alleged traffic violation, a claim which was countered by the spokesman of the Lagos State Police Command, Benjamin Hundeyin In a recent interview, the governor of Ebonyi state, Dave Umahi publicly mocked Rufai, while noting the journalist has not apologised to him regarding the BRT violation.
Governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi state, on Friday, September 2nd, mocked Arise Television presenter, Oseni Rufai during an interview programme. Recall that in August 2022, the popular TV anchor has a face-off with Lagos police, for violating the traffic law in the state.
Rufai who was accused of driving on the BRT lane on Lagos highway and also resisting arrest by policemen, however, appeared in a Lagos mobile court and was accused of contravening Lagos State Transport Law of 2018. The court found him guilty of driving on the BRT lane in contravention of the law and was fined the sum of N70,000 and after he made the payment, his vehicle was released to him.
Umahi revisited the case and gave a diplomatic response The southeast governor when he appeared on Arise TV morning programme which Rufai co-anchored and was asked to defend the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC)’s Muslim -Muslim Ticket, replied by mocking the ace journalist. Rufai had asked Umahi to respond to the question from a Christian perspective and the Ebonyi governor replied thus: “Rufai, I think I have answered this question and I wouldn’t want to go back. And I don’t know whether the fact that you broke the law of driving against traffic is the problem.
He jokingly added:
“I have never commented about that, you’ve not apologized to me. But let me say I have answered this question, and I don’t want to go back to it, Rufai.”
Uyi Osunde said
“It is actually impossible to attempt to defend BAT and remain sane.
“You must goof.”
Okwu Precious C wrote
“Childish response from a supposedly elder states man. Gullible APC members. Tufiakwara!
Ukobong Ebedoro noted that
“Even in my street . If you see any person that talk senselessly, if he cant say anything regarding why hes supporting a particular candidadte, just know he’s apc supporter.
” David Adenuga maintained
“The man is not fit to lead children talkless of a great state like Ebonyi.”
Isaac Uka opined thus “Oseni to my mind has distinguished himself from other journalists, sometimes even treading where angels dread, basically for the love of the profession and search for the ultimate truth. He deserves to be celebrated in these days of bread and butter journalism. He has my respect please.”
Oladosu Akeem wrote “It’s difficult to see apc public office holder with sense.” Ada Gaius stated “Seriously out of point. Someone that has acknowledged and paid the fine is better than someone who steals and pretend he is a saint.”
Prince Obinna Egwoh said “Nobody in APC that talks and act reasonably? “No matter their qualification? After N70k fine, Arise TV anchor apologises to Lagos police on live telecast Co-host of the popular ARISE TV breakfast program “The Morning Show”, Rufai Oseni has tendered a public apology to the Lagos state police command over the heated brawl that transpired between both parties recently.
Mr Oseni was apprehended by operatives of the Lagos State Police Command when he was caught driving on the BRT lane.
In a viral video, the renowned broadcaster argued with the officers as he resisted arrest. BRT violation: Trending video shows Arise TV journalist Oseni Rufai in face-off with Lagos police officers On Monday, August 1, an Arise Television Morning Show host, Oseni Rufai in a tweet narrated how he had a face-off with police officers in Lagos state after he used the Bus Rapid Transport (BRT) lane. The BRT lane is a high-capacity bus-based transit system that delivers fast and efficient transport services usually dedicated to the BRT buses in Lagos city.
In his tweet shared on his personal Twitter account, Rufai noted that while he is not a lawbreaker, he saw private vehicles using the “supposed” BRT lane without any form of interference from authorities.