FRSC To Prosecute Those Who Illegally Use Sirens, Escorts

 

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has vowed to arrest and prosecute private persons who illegally use sirens, escorts, and flashers on the roads stressing that the act is an abuse of freedom of movement.

This was revealed by the Corps Marshal, Boboye Oyeyemi, in Abuja, who stated that only government officials are entitled to have sirens and escorts on their vehicle.

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The FRSC boss lamented the increasing rate at which private individuals purchase pick-up trucks and place sirens on them with escorts; a move he said is contrary to the FRSC Act.

“Most of these convoys you are seeing are not even government officials, I think its an abuse of freedom of movement and there must be a stop to this. Most of them are not entitled to sirens, to put a flash on their vehicles and it is part of the lawlessness we are talking about.

“The regulation is very clear as per those who are entitled to have an escort in the first instance; the FRSC Act is very clear on those who are entitled to use sirens and all these are supposed to be documented.

“So you cannot just buy a vehicle and put a siren with some guys wearing a suit that is an act of lawlessness and the law does not allow it and we must put a stop to this in 2020.”

Mr Oyeyemi warned that the FRSC will work with the police in ensuring that those arrested will be prosecuted and their vehicles will be impounded, a move he believes will serve as a deterrent to others.

“So let me just say that all those who are not entitled to use sirens, flashers, escort and they are abusing this, they should stop it because those vehicles will be impounded this year and we will work with the IG and get them prosecuted.”

FRSC Tests Lagos Drivers’ Alcohol Level

 

The Federal Road Safety Corporation (FRSC) has begun testing the alcohol levels of drivers in Lagos State.

The exercise, which was flagged off on Saturday, is, according to the Public Education Officer, Bisi Kazeem, part of efforts to ensure the safety of commuters along the Lagos-Ibadan expressway.

It is expected to last between December 15 and January 19, 2020.

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See more photos of the exercise being carried out below.

Petrol-Laden Tanker Crashes, Causes Gridlock On Lagos-Ibadan Expressway

 

A tanker laden with Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), also known as petrol, has crashed along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

The incident occurred at about 5:10am on Christmas Day around the RCCG Car Park C in Mowe on the outward Lagos section of the highway.

This has resulted in a gridlock on both sections of the road, the spokesperson for the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) Ogun State Command, Florence Okpe, said in a statement.

The tanker was said to be conveying petrol before it crashed into the barriers, although the FRSC said it was managing the situation.

 

Okpe revealed that the agency immediately contacted the Fire Service and Julius Berger Nigeria PLC Emergency Team to commence transloading and removal of the crashed tanker and eventual realignment of the displaced barriers, to restore traffic.

“The FRSC hereby advises the early morning travellers going on far journeys to seek alternative routes away from the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway via the Long Bridge to Mowe.

“The alternate corridors available are the Victoria Island-Ajah- Ijebu Ode Corridor and the Lagos-Ota- Itori-Abeokuta Expressway, considering the period it could take to transload the PMS in the crashed vehicle to another empty tanker, remove the crashed vehicle from the ditch, replace the road barriers the crash displaced and restore traffic,” the statement said.

The State Sector Commander, Clement Oladele, also appealed to motorists to note the traffic occurrences and bear with the inconveniences.

He gave the assurance that the FRSC rescue team was working with sister traffic and emergency agencies to restore free vehicular movement in the area.

FRSC Records 9,698 Accidents, 4,737 Deaths In 2019

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The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has said that 9, 698 accidents were recorded in 2019 leading to 4, 737 deaths.

FRSC Corps Marshall, Boboye Oyeyemi stated this on Thursday while addressing journalists in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

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“Available data to the corps revealed that between January to October 2019, a total of 9, 698 road traffic crashes were recorded out of which 4,737 people were recorded dead.

“We have 30, 744 people sustained various degrees of injury to 68, 193 people involved. 63, 456 were rescued. More disheartening is that the nation has to grapple with the worrisome challenges of crashes involving the articulated vehicles in the year 2019,” he stated.

Oyeyemi stated that his agency is worried about the challenges of crashes involving trailers and trucks continued with 900 crashes recorded.

According to him, over 157 thousand traffic offenders were arrested in the third quarter of the year.

Bayelsa FRSC Preaches Safety, Warns Drivers Against Over Speeding

Bayelsa FRSC Commander, Ikechukwu Igwe

 

The statistics of road accidents within Bayelsa State this year, have witnessed a sharp reduction as against what obtained in 2018.

According to the Sector Commander of the Bayelsa State Command, Federal Road Safety Corps, Ikechukwu Igwe, about 1,602 persons had lost their lives in road accidents last year.

Igwe says the positive turn of events, is due to increased public enlightenment of motorists.

He says the yuletide season, is a good time to intensify awareness on the dangers of overspeeding, recklessness on the road to avoid road mishap.

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Meanwhile, in other states such as Lagos and Ogun, a total of 1,700 personnel of the FRSC have been deployed to oversee traffic activities on highways.

Specifically, the personnel would be overseeing the Lagos – Ibadan; Sagamu – Ijebu Ode; Sagamu – Mosinmi – Ikorodu; Abeokuta – Sagamu; Abeokuta – Ibadan; Abeokuta – Ifo, Sango – Ota and Idiroko corridors.

1,700 FRSC Personnel Deployed To Oversee Traffic Activities On Highways During Yuletide

 

A total of 1,700 personnel of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) have been deployed to oversee traffic activities on highways across Ogun and Lagos States.

Specifically, the personnel would be overseeing the Lagos – Ibadan; Sagamu – Ijebu Ode; Sagamu – Mosinmi – Ikorodu; Abeokuta – Sagamu; Abeokuta – Ibadan; Abeokuta – Ifo, Sango – Ota and Idiroko corridors.

This was disclosed in a statement signed by the Route Commander Florence Okpe Public Education Officer, Federal Road Safety Corps, Ogun State Sector Command.

According to the statement, this deployment is part of the Ember Months Special Patrol Operations which will commence from Thursday, December 19, 2019, till Monday, January 20, 2020.

The Special Patrol Operations would focus on, excessive speed; dangerous driving; wrongful overtaking; lane indiscipline; use of phones while driving; seat belt violation; overloading violation; tyre violation (expired/ substandard) as well as speed limiting device violation; unlacthed vehicles violation; child restraint violation; passengers manifest violation by commercial vehicles and use of drugs & intoxicating alcoholic beverages while driving.

Meanwhile, the FRSC Ogun State Command has also embarked on aggressive motor parks public enlightenment campaigns across the state.

It has also concluded arrangements with the NDLEA to conduct joint drug tests on drivers suspected to have consumed illicit drugs as well as those that have consumed intoxicant alcoholic beverages beyond the legally tolerable level.

In addition, eye examinations would be conducted in partnership with the National Optometric Association (NOA), to ensure only drivers with good eye sights are allowed to drive passengers during the Yuletide.

Two Dead, Six Injured As Fuel Tanker Explodes On Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway

 

A petrol-laden tanker fell and spilled its content on Thursday night which led to a fire outbreak that burnt two persons to death, injured six others and destroyed 17 vehicles along the Lagos-Abeokuta expressway.

The Public Education Officer of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) Ogun State Command, Route Commander Florence Okpe, confirmed the figures in a statement on Friday.

According to Mrs. Okpe, the injured victims were rescued and taken to the Ota General Hospital, Ogun State for treatment.

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The incident which occurred few minutes to 12am was attributed to a mechanically deficient truck conveying petrol that fell and spilled its inflammable contents which spread from the ShopRite Mall in Ota up to the FRSC Command Office located at the old Toll Gate, Ota.

She added that clearance of obstruction is still ongoing, while urging motorists especially tankers transporting flammable products like petroleum products to adhere strictly to the 1957 United Nations Agreement Concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Roads which Nigeria recently acceded to.

The agreement amongst others require trucks conveying dangerous goods, including petroleum products to be installed with tanker’s seal valve, which prevents the liquefied contents from spilling its contents in the event of a road traffic crash.

Mrs Okpe confirmed also that investigations have commenced into the cause of the crash and blamed the disaster to an uninstalled seal valve on the tanker.

She urged the relations of victims to visit the FRSC Command in Ota, Ogun State or the General Hospitals in Ota and Ifo for more information about the crash.

FRSC Official, One Other Killed As Car Rams Into Patrol Vehicle

 

An official of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) and a yet-to-be-identified man have been killed by a vehicle in Ibadan, the Oyo state capital.

A statement by the Corps Public Education Officer, Bisi Kazeem, said that a team of FRSC officials who were assigned to monitor and control traffic was approached by a truck driver who intended to make an inquiry from one of the members of the team.

“In the course of the inquiry, a Mercedes Benz ran into the patrol vehicle and in the process killed the arresting Marshal and the other person while they were discussing with the other FRSC Official occupying the driver’s seat who was also seriously affected by the crash.”

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It added that the Sector Commander along with her Management Team inspected the area of the scene to conduct a crash investigation and also to gather information from eyewitnesses.

“From that investigation, it was meticulously gathered that the FRSC Patrol vehicle was not in motion when the incident occurred.

“The seriously injured victim has been since rushed to the hospital for medical attention while the deceased have been taken to the morgue.”

Operatives Arrest Another 26 FRSC Officials For Extortion On Highways

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Another set of 26 officials of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) has been arrested for allegedly extorting money from road users on highways in the country.

The spokesperson for the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), Mrs Rasheedat Okoduwa, disclosed this in a statement forwarded to Channels Television.

She explained that ICPC officials made the arrests in collaboration with some agencies of the Federal Government.

Other agencies involved in the operation tagged “Operation Tranquillity” included the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) and the Department of State Services (DSS).

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The arrest of the new set of FRSC officials was made public two months after the operation nabbed 37 officials of the agency for allegedly committing similar offence.

Okoduwa revealed that part of the operation conducted in Owerri, the Imo State capital also led to the arrest of a man who was alleged to be the custodian of the proceeds of extortion.

She noted that the operation was the second one in three months since the beginning of 2019, and was also conducted simultaneously across four states between October 2 and 5.

A breakdown of the figure revealed that the civilian and nine FRSC officials in Imo, eight officials in Kaura-Namoda – Zamfara State, five in Ore – Ondo State, and four in Potiskum – Yobe State, were arrested respectively on roads across the states.

Various sums of money were reportedly found on the arrested corps officials and the civilian during the operation before they were taken into ICPC custody.

All the officials and the civilian arrested have been granted administrative bail pending their prosecution by the Commission at the conclusion of investigations.

The ICPC spokesperson said this followed the receipt of a complaint from the management of the FRSC of extortion activities by some members of its patrol teams nationwide.

The FRSC management had observed that incidents of extortion were rampant on highways across the country.

The just-concluded operation was conducted in the four which were not part of the earlier operation carried out in six states.

Tricycle Rider Hits FRSC Officer, Gets One Year Sentence

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A tricycle operator, Imrana Idris, has been sentenced to one year imprison with an option of N20,000 fine in Taraba State.

The man was sentenced for knocking down an operative of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) recently in an attempt to evade arrest.

This was confirmed in a statement sent to Channels Television on Monday by the legal officer of the FRSC State Sector Command, Saidu Umar, in Jalingo, the state capital.

The statement said, “The Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, RS3.3 Taraba Sector Command wishes to inform the general motoring public that the command has recently secured a conviction against one Imrana Idris, a recalcitrant tricycle rider who was flagged down by a patrol team but refused to stop.

“In a case titled: FRSC-VS-IMRANA IDRIS CMCJ/56/2019, judgment in which was delivered on 25/9/2019, the offender was sentenced to one-year imprisonment or N20,000 fine for overloading, dangerous driving and assaulting marshal on duty.”

Idris was also ordered to pay the sum of N100,000 to the complainant as compensation for medical treatment, anticipatory damages, and cost of action.

According to the statement, the State Sector Commander, Mr Frank Okwueze, assured that the corps would ensure that all recalcitrant road traffic offenders in the state are duly prosecuted.

17 Killed In Kwara Road Accident

Kwara Senator, Eight Others Arrested Over Alleged Killing Of Two

Seventeen people were killed in a road accident at Bacita junction along Jebba/Ilorin Highway in Kwara State.

The accident which occurred on Thursday afternoon involved an 18-seater Toyota Hiace Passenger bus and an articulated container truck.

Two other passengers were injured in the accident.

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The Head of Operation, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Kwara State Sector Command, Udeme Eshiet, said that the container truck was heading towards Jebba, in the Kwara North District, while the passenger bus was coming to Ilorin, the state capital when the crash occurred.

The FRSC official also added that the crash occurred at a sharp bend, as a result of over speeding which led to head-on collision by the two vehicles.

“Due to excess speeding in which the two drivers were involved, they could not negotiate the sharp bend properly, and when they eventually met, it resulted in a head-on collision,” he said.

The road safety official, called on motorists to be more careful while driving on the nation’s highways to check avoidable accidents, also said that passengers should always caution and report every reckless driver to law enforcement agents nearby.

37 FRSC Officials, Five Others Arrested Over Extortion Of Motorists On Highway

 

A Joint Inter-Agency Team led by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has arrested 37 officials of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) for allegedly extorting money from motorists on Nigerian highways.

The Team, comprising officials of ICPC, FRSC and the Department of State Security (DSS) also arrested five persons said to be agents of the corps officials in a sting operation carried out simultaneously in the six geo-political zones.

The Team struck on Friday 16th August, 2019, following the receipt of a complaint from the management of the Corps of massive extortion of money from motorists on the highways by its patrol teams.

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In a statement by the spokesman of the commission, Rasheedat Okoduwa, the FRSC management had, in the complaint to the Commission, observed that incidents of extortion were rife in the six states of Kaduna, Bauchi, Abia, Rivers, Kogi and Ogun.

Based on this, the ICPC-led Team went into action and identified the notorious spots in each of the aforementioned states to include Aba in Abia State; Ahoada, Ajaokuta, Itori, Torro and Gwantu in Rivers, Kogi, Ogun, Bauchi and Kaduna States respectively.

According to Mrs Okoduwa, 13 FRSC officials and two civilians were arrested in Aba in the South-east while 24 other FRSC officials and three civilians were arrested from various spots on roads spread across the other geo-political zones.

Findings from the Joint Inter-Agency Team indicated that various sums of money were found on the arrested Corps officials during the sting operations before they were taken into ICPC custody.

However, all the officials arrested, and three civilian accomplices have been granted administrative bail, and will be prosecuted by the Commission at the conclusion of investigations.