Motorists, Commuters Stranded As Trucks Break Down On Lagos-Ibadan Expressway


Motorists and commuters plying locations around Lagos-Ibadan expressway were on Wednesday morning left stranded.

This according to the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) was caused by a fully loaded truck that lost control and another truck that broke down at the Kara construction area of the expressway.

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The two broken-down trucks ended up causing an obstruction on both sections of the expressway causing huge traffic at adjoining routes in Isheri Magodo, Alausa, Ogba and incoming traffic from Ojota, Ikorodu road and Alapere axis.

“The traffic is at standstill on Lagos Ibadan expressway following a crash that occurred at Kara construction area.

“A fully loaded truck lost control crossing the entire road both inwards and outwards. Our men are on the ground trying to pull it off the road without much success due to the load it’s carrying,” a statement from the FRSC command explained.

The truck was eventually evacuated.

Ojuelegba Accident: FRSC Warns Against Overspeeding

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has advised motorists to avoid over speeding, in order to reduce road accidents across Nigeria.

The Lagos State Sector Commander of the FRSC, Mr Hyginus Omeje, made the appeal on Tuesday while giving an update on a lone accident that occurred at the Ojuelegba area of Lagos State.

The mishap, which took place on Monday, involved a commercial bus which summersaulted and burst into flames, killing five people.

Mr Omeje said five other people who survived the accident have been taken to different hospitals in the state for treatment.

He warned motorists to be more careful, saying any driver that causes an accident is liable to prosecution.

FRSC Auctions 37 Vehicles, 149 Motorcycles In Edo

FRSC Auctions 37 Vehicles, 149 Motorcycles In EdoThe Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC RS 5.1 Edo Sector Command has put up for sale 37 vehicles and 143 motorcycles in a public auction at two of its centres.

The centres are the sector command and the FRSC Oluku toll gate office.

Speaking to Channels Television at the office of the Edo Sector Command in Benin City, the Edo state capital, the Sector Commander of the FRSC RS 5.1, Samuel Odukoya, said that the exercise was well publicized as required by the FRSC Establishment Act 2007 and section 182 of the National Traffic Regulation 2012.

According to him, a Federal High Court in Benin on December 13, 2016 granted an order for forfeiture to the federal government, the listed items and also sales by public auction.

FRSC To Prosecute Hit And Run Driver For Murder

FRSC To Prosecute Hit And Run Driver For MurderThe Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has confirmed that it will bring up a murder charge against one Mr Arthur Nwankwo for the death of a road marshal, Anthonia Okoigun.

The road marshal was knocked down in a hit and run case on the December 27, 2016 along Benin-Agbor expressway while on duty.

Speaking to Channels Television in Benin City, the Edo state capital, Sector Commander FRSC RS 5.1, Samuel Odukoya confirmed that road marshal Anthonia Okoigun passed away on January 3, 2017 after failing to recover from injuries sustained in the accident.

A Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC mobile court which sat in Benin City on December 28, 2016 gave Mr Nwankwo a six month jail sentence with a fine of 90,000 Naira.

Mr Odukoya further stated that the FRSC would reopen the case as a result of the development and will now press murder charges against Arthur Nwankwo for the death of the road marshal

FRSC Installs Cameras In Patrol Vehicles To Check Highway Offences

FRSC, Cameras, Vehicles, HighwayThe Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has begun installation of mobile cameras in its operational vehicles to track traffic offenders.

The agency explained that the cameras would be used to check traffic light violators, assaults and other operational offences.

The development was announced on Wednesday by the FRSC Corp Marshall, Mr Boboye Oyeyemi, at the decoration of some senior officials of the corps in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

“Already we’ve received mounted cameras from the World Bank installed already in the vehicles and we are activating this and it has a radius of 200 metres.

“So with this I believe (traffic offences), especially for these traffic light violators, assault cases and critical operational offences (would be checked). We are activating the usage of these mobile cameras in the patrol cars,” he said.

Mr Oyeyemi disclosed that the mobile cameras would be operational from February 1, 2017 stressing that more cameras would be installed in due course.

“For 2017 I think we are going to have more appropriation to install cameras in the patrol cars. Technology is improving and we need more cameras to be able to get recalcitrant offenders, especially for these traffic light violators.

“Since we have a robust database, we only need to take their numbers and get their records and we issue a citation to them, (as well as) get the magistrate for warrant of arrest and prosecute them.

“That is our focus; we need to improve on the mode of our operations in 2017,” he said.

Yuletide: FRSC Deploys 36,000 Officials To Ease Traffic

FRSC, TrafficThe Corp Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Mr Boboye Oyeyemi, says the agency has deployed 36,000 regular and special marshals until January 16, 2017 to ensure smooth flow of traffic across Nigeria.

Mr Oyeyemi said the FRSC was rolling out series of intervention measures including the commencement of an aerial surveillance in collaboration with the Nigerian Air Force to monitor traffic trends and give prompt directives to boost the efficiency of their operations.

The special patrol operation with the theme “Crash The Crash” involves the participation of law enforcement agencies as well as transport unions, with support from some civil society organisations.

The Corps Marshal equally noted on Thursday that 12 ‘help areas’ had been established to ensure prompt response to safety and health issues that might affect smooth movement during the festive period.

He listed the areas to include: Osara, Kogi State, Ilesosun, Ore, Mowe in Ogun State, Giri and Agwu in Enugu and some areas along the Lagos-Ibadan expressway.

World Road Safety Day: FRSC Condemns Reckless Driving

frscThe Federal Road Safety Corps, (FRSC), Ekiti state command on Thursday, warned motorist and commuters to avoid reckless driving on the major roads.

The State Sector Commander, Mr Ismalia Kugu, gave the warning during a press conference in Ado-Ekiti, to mark this year’s World Road Safety Day.

According to him, most of the motorists especially transporters, are fond of risking their lives with over speeding on highways which ought not be so.

Kugu however maintained that apart from motorists, the commuters equally contribute to the accident rates because “most of them fail to obey the rules and regulations of the road”.

“Currently we are in the ember months, and this is a period when motorist and commuters need to take maximum caution while plying the roads.

“We have been sensitizing the drivers’ unions, Okada (motorcycle) unions and other road users, that over loading and over speeding is bad.

“As a road safety officer, we always educate them that while ‎they are on the road, they should use their seat belts and believe that all other road users are insane.

“This is to ensure that they are extra ordinarily careful while driving.

With the 2016 edition themed ‘Vital post-crash action, Medical investigation and Justice’, the FRSC boss said:

“This year’s World Road Safety Day, is an annual programme to commemorate the victims who lost their lives in auto crashes in Nigeria.

“I believe we may all have lost loved ones through car accidents, the theme of the programme is therefore charging us to work together to curb auto crashes and reduce loss of lives on our roads in Ekiti as well as in Nigeria,” he said.

The FRSC commander, further stated that a week programme had been outlined to further sensitize drivers, motorist ‎and commuters to prevent auto crashes as the year runs to an end.

He then warned that any road user caught overspending, over loading and violating road traffic rules would be fined.

FRSC Confirms Four Dead,Analyses Lagos-Ibadan Expressway Situation

Lagos-Ibadan expressway, gridlock, Tanker accident,One more person has been confirmed dead, by the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) Marshall, Boboye Oyeyemi, bringing the death toll of the Lagos-Ibadan express way accident, to Four.

He also made the confirmation that five, not four vehicles as against Wednesday’s report, were involved, while speaking on Channels Television’s breakfast show, Sunrise Daily.

Mr Oyeyemi, explaining the situation that led up to the recent road congestion, said:

“The Lagos Ibadan expressway has the highest traffic density in the country, of about 25,000 vehicles per hour.”

Hence, the need for the ongoing road construction, aimed at expanding the roads from two-way lanes to three.

He explained that “when this kind of construction is on-going, there is bound to be such chaotic situation, however, even before the construction started, there have been series of traffic alerts by the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC)”.

After rescue efforts were completed, on Wednesday, the aftermath of the accident was the gridlock which commuters still have to suffer a day or more after.

The FRSC Boss, explaining further said:

“All those tankers, trailers that were packed because of the gridlock yesterday, started moving, and because the inbound lane had been shut down for repairs, leaving only one lane, there is bound to be a band-wagon effect.

“When those tankers are moving, there’s no way for any other vehicle to attempt to over-take,” he said.

He however stated that his men had worked over-night and were still on ground, while suggesting that “what we require now, is traffic redistribution.

“All those trailers should be re-routed so that there can be flow of traffic for smaller vehicles and buses,” he stated.

Mr Oyeyemi, then suggested three ways by which the situation could be abated.

He said, vehicles could re-route through Lekki-epe, Ikorodu or Sango-ota, Abeokuta routes.

However to make that move possible, he hinted that he would be relocating from Abuja to Lagos on Thursday, so that proper discussion could be held on how to further ease the situation.

The ghastly accident occurred when a tanker collided with another truck, causing a fire explosion, on a major bridge along Lagos-Ibadan expressway, in the early hours of Wednesday.

The prompt deployment of men of the National Emergency Management Agency, (NEMA), Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), NSCDC, fire service and the police prevented the situation from escalating further.

Lagos-Ibadan Expressway In Second Day Of Gridlock

Lagos-Ibadan expressway, gridlockCommuters have woken up to yet another ugly traffic situation on Thursday, a second day of  the gridlock experienced on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway.

This follows the accident that occurred at about 3:30 am on Wednesday, in which a diesel tanker and a truck collided, leading to an explosion involving two other vehicles.

With the relentless effort of the emergency agencies, comprising the FRSC, NSCDC, LASEMA and the police, in putting out the fire outbreak and clearing the debris from the expressway, it seemed like the problem would have been abated before night fall but unfortunately that was not the case.

The incident necessitated the condoning-off of the outbound Lagos-lane which led to the undue congestion on the opposite lane where people struggled to move against the traffic.

As at 04:45 am on Thursday morning, lengthy back lights from cars, buses, trailers to trucks could be sighted far beyond one’s reach, stretching the lengthy expressway, with a stop point for adjoining vehicles heading towards Mowe-Ibafo/Lagos-outbound lane.

Motorists picked on the modus-operandi applied on Wednesday during the gridlock, this time without the presence or directives of the agencies, as Lagos in-bound lanes transformed into a two-way lane.

As at 07:45 am, on our breakfast show, Sunrise Daily a Channels Television Correspondent, Sulaiman Aledeh, who was held up in the gridlock, hinted about the situation on ground.

He said that all routes pointing to the Lagos-Ibadan expressway are on Lock-down, as both out-bound and in-bound lanes of the Lagos-Ibadan expressway were totally blocked and no road traffic agency was in sight at the time.

Boboye Oyeyemi

Speaking to Federal Road Safety Corps Marshall, Boboye Oyeyemi also on the breakfast show, he explained what has led up to the situation on the road so far.

“The Lagos Ibadan expressway has the highest traffic density in the country, of about 25,000 vehicles per hour,” he said.

This data according to him, is what led to the on-going construction aimed at expanding the roads from the two-way lane to three.

He explained that “when this kind of construction is on-going, there is bound to be such chaotic situation, however, even before the construction started, there have been series of traffic alerts by the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC)”.

While commending efforts of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, and other agencies who helped to ease off the traffic on Wednesday, he said men have currently been deployed to make the situation better.

Obiano Discusses Inter-state Partnership With Okowa

Willie Obiano, Ifeanyi Okowa, Inter-state CollaborationAnambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, has visited his Delta State counterpart, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, to discuss issues of inter-state security, economy and road safety ahead of the yuletide.

Governor Obiano said that the visit was in the bid to strengthen the mutual relationship existing between the two states.

The meeting held on Wednesday at the Delta State Government House in Asaba, south-south Nigeria.

It had in attendance, the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) Marshal, Boboye Oyeyemi, whose attention was called to the area of road safety, especially at the Bridge Head axis where traffic gridlock is always experienced.

Addressing the press at the end of the closed-door meeting, Governor Obiano said some of the issues discussed touch upon strengthening inter-state partnership.

He listed the areas of focus to include security, economy and supporting the FRSC to ensure free flow of traffic during the Christmas period.

empowerment scheme, Okowa, Delta State, Knowledge-Based DevelopmentDr. Okowa, on his part, expressed confidence that the cooperation of the two states, which he said was the best way to go, would yield positive results for the two sister states in the area of security.

In his response, Mr Oyeyemi assured the governors of immediate dismantling of road blocks, removal of obstruction and reduction of the strength of both military and police check points.

Plateau Residents Assured Of Hitch Free Eid-el-Kabir Celebration

Eid-El-Kabir-Security-PlateauSecurity agencies in Plateau State have assured its citizens of a peaceful and hitch free Eid-el-Kabir celebrations in spite of rumours of impending attack on the state.

The Commander of the Special Taskforce “Operation Safe Haven”, Major General Rogers Nicholas, gave the assurance after a town hall meeting with officials of road transport workers, community leaderships and market operators.

Subsequent to the meeting, Major General Nicholas led the Joint Taskforce on a security patrol of major streets of Jos and Bukuru metropolis in North-central Nigeria.

The Taskforce comprises officials of the military, police, immigration, Department of State Security, Federal Road Safety Corps, National Security and Civil Defence Corps as well as National Drug Law Enforcement Agency and Nigerian Prisons Service.

Addressing the joint patrol after the exercise, the Commander said the exercise was part of security measures to assure citizens of its readiness to combat any criminal activity during and after the Sallah celebrations.

He urged the officers to exhibit professionalism in discharging their duties and called for synergy among security agencies for the sustenance of peace in Plateau State.

The Major General also warned those who may want to cause trouble during the celebrations that security agencies were ever ready to clamp down on perpetrators.

On his part, the newly appointed Commissioner of Police, Mr Babatunde Ogunyanwo, said the police is also ready to secure lives and property during the Sallah period.

He appealed to the citizens to also cooperate with the security agencies to provide useful information and adhere to instructions on security arrangements, to forestall breakdown of law and order.

FRSC Set Date For Implementation Of Speed Limit Device In Vehicles

FRSC, Speed Limit Device, Commercial VehiclesStarting from October 1, 2016, the Federal Road Safety Corps, (FRSC), will enforce the use of the Speed Limit Device in all commercial vehicles.

To ensure no one is ignorant of the latest development, Anambra State Sector Command of the Corps has organized a one-day sensitization meeting, for both commercial and private vehicle drivers, to discuss all the issues concerning the speed limit device policy.

Speaking about the importance of the new FRSC policy, the Anambra State Sector Commander, Mr Sunday Ajayi and the Zonal Commander in charge of RS5 Benin, Assistant Corps Marshal Shehu Zaki, maintained that almost all the crashes that occur on the highways are attributed to over-speeding.

The Vice Chairman of the Nigeria Red Cross, Anambra State chapter, Professor Peter Kachi, also urged “the political class should comply with the latest policy as they are the highest offenders”.

The resource persons explained how the device works to the participants and why it is important that every driver should install it.

They further said that it would help to track vehicles, in case an emergency occurs.

The Secretary FRSC, said the enforcement will be total starting with commercial vehicle drivers before the private car owners.

Commissioner for Road, Rail and Water Transportation was represented by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Mr. Ferdinand Obi.

He commended the state government for showing commitment to the safety of  motorists plying Anambra roads by marking all roads in the state as well as placing road signs at strategic points.

He also urged every stakeholder involved to be part of the latest effort at sanitizing the highways.

Some of the highlights of the programme, were a drama presented by Youth Corps members and medical checkups carried out on drivers.

Over-speeding has been identified as the major cause of road crashes which is said to claim an estimated one point two million lives all over the globe annually, and also causing injury on about 50 million people annually.

In Nigeria alone, reports from the FRSC say, about 10,000 deaths are recorded annually as a result of road crashes.

Over the years, however, efforts have been made to reduce the incidence of road crashes especially during the “ember” months, as it is believed that human and vehicular movements on the roads are on the increase.