Tragedy In Ogun As Thunderstorm Kills Three FRSC Officials

 

Tragedy struck in Ogun State on Wednesday when thunderstorm allegedly struck three officials of the Federal Road Safety in the Ijebu area of the state.

The officials were said to have been struck to death at their office located at the old Ilese tollgate in the Ijebu North-East Local Government Area of the state.

Channels Television learnt that the incident occurred when the affected officials were planning for the early morning parade.

It was gathered that there were over 10 officials at the scene of the incident when the incident happened.

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When contacted, the Public Education Officer of the State Sector Command, Florence Okpe, told Channels Television that she cannot confirm the story

“I cannot give any report until when the sector commander is around to give us what really happened, he is not around.

“When he comes back he will tell us what really went wrong. I can’t just start talking because, we don’t really know what happened, whether it was a thunderstorm or whatever until he comes,” she said.

PHOTOS: Five Confirmed Dead, Others Injured In Anambra Road Accident

 

At least five people have lost their lives with many injured in a road crash in Anambra State, South East Nigeria.

The spokesman of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) Sector Command, Mr. Paschal Anigbo, confirmed this to Channels Television on Tuesday.

According to him, the fatal road accident occurred at Upper Iweka in Onitsha area of the state.

Anigbo, however, noted that rescue operations were ongoing at the time of filing this report.

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Ondo FRSC Intercepts Truck Conveying 13 Youths

The Ondo FRSC said a truck ferrying 13 young men of 'northern extraction' was intercepted in the capital city, Akure, on May 9, 2020.
The Ondo FRSC said a truck ferrying 13 young men of ‘northern extraction’ was intercepted in the capital city, Akure, on May 9, 2020.

 

The Ondo State Command of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) on Saturday said it intercepted a truck conveying no fewer than 13 people of “northern extraction”.

The visitors were hidden in the midst of goods in a truck, entering Akure, the state capital before they were intercepted at FUTA junction, the FRSC said.

This information was contained in a statement made available to Channels Television by the Head of Operation, FRSC in Ondo State, Mr Olusegun Ogungbemide, and signed by the state Sector Commander, Mr Rotimi Adeleye.

In the statement, Adeleye explained that the patrol team of the command, who promptly responded to the call of a sensitive member of the public, intercepted the vehicle at South gate junction of the Federal University of Technology, Akure on Saturday.

The statement reads in part: “Today Saturday, our patrol team intercepted a truck conveying about 13 male youth from outside the state into Akure the capital of Ondo state.”

According to the statement, “The driver of the vehicle claimed to have picked the boys suspected to be of Northern extract on his way from Ibadan, Oyo State.”

It also noted that “the Nigeria Police and Ondo state COVID-19 monitoring team were invited and the boys were handed over to them.”

“The Nigeria Police and state task force on COVID-19 promised to lead them out of the state accordingly.”

Few days ago, the Ondo state task force on COVID-19 apprehended about 20 people, including men, women and children coming all the way from Sokoto State in Akure.

 

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The Ondo FRSC said a truck ferrying 13 young men of 'northern extraction' was intercepted in the capital city, Akure, on May 9, 2020.

The Ondo FRSC said a truck ferrying 13 young men of 'northern extraction' was intercepted in the capital city, Akure, on May 9, 2020.

The Ondo FRSC said a truck ferrying 13 young men of 'northern extraction' was intercepted in the capital city, Akure, on May 9, 2020.

The Ondo FRSC said a truck ferrying 13 young men of 'northern extraction' was intercepted in the capital city, Akure, on May 9, 2020.

The Ondo FRSC said a truck ferrying 13 young men of 'northern extraction' was intercepted in the capital city, Akure, on May 9, 2020.

FRSC Arrests 321 Offenders For Violating Restriction Order

A file photo of FRSC vehicles on patrol.

 

 

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) says a total of 321 offenders have been arrested for violating restriction order in some states.

Bisi Kazeem, the Corps Public Education Officer, revealed in a statement on Tuesday that the arrests were carried out between March 30 and April 6.

The suspects were arrested for various offences such as overloading their vehicles with excess passengers and violation of the social distance directive.

The Corps Marshal, Boboye Oyeyemi, therefore, called on motorists to desist from the act of overloading.

He also warned passengers not to board any vehicle already carrying more than the expected number of persons.

According to Oyeyemi, everybody must be at alert and maintain maximum health and safety guidelines as any compromise might be dangerous and could lead to an undue escalation of the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19: FRSC Closes Portal To Enforce Driving School Suspension

A file photo of FRSC Corps Marshal, Boboye Oyeyemi. Photo: Twitter- @FRSCNigeria

 

 

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) is to shut down its Driving School Standardisation Programme’s portal over the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in the country.

FRSC Corps Marshal, Boboye Oyeyemi, ordered the immediate closure of the portal on Sunday.

The Corps Public Education Officer, Bisi Kazeem, who disclosed this in a tweet explained that the directive was to enforce compliance with the order to suspend driving school operation in Nigeria.

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He added that the decision was also aimed at further discouraging the generation of driving school certificates for trainee-drivers by proxy.

The FRSC spokesperson said the directive was part of the Corps’ efforts to compliment all measures already put in place by both the Federal and State governments to curtail the spread of COVID-19 in the country.

According to him, this is important to ensure that no driving school is presently undergoing any form of training for trainee-drivers.

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Two Commuters Die In Ondo Road Crash

Ondo is a state in Southwest Nigeria.
Ondo is a state in Southwest Nigeria.

 

Two commuters, yet to be identified, have reportedly lost their lives, while others were injured in a road accident which occurred along Owo-Ifon road over the weekend.

 The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) Sector Commander in Ondo State, Mr Rotimi Adeleye, said the auto-crash occurred at about 10 am at Oyoyo, five kilometres from Ikare junction, along Owo-Ifon express road.

Adeleye said the accident involved a grey colour minibus TYT Premier with number plate Ondo SMK 702 CE and a white CAT, DAF Truck model 95 XE with number plate Lagos MUS668 XC.

According to him, eight people were involved in the fatal accident which resulted in the death of two people. He said the corpses of the dead persons have been deposited at the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Owo mortuary.

 Adeleye, who blamed the accident on speed violation, said the six survivors are currently receiving treatment at the Federal Medical Centre, Owo.

He advised motorists to exercise caution and adhere strictly to speed limits so as to avoid unnecessary loss of lives and property.

The FRSC boss added that the Corps would continue monitoring road users to guard against dangerous driving.

“We will continue to sustain our aggressive patrols across all major highways to ensure that road users adhere strictly to traffic rules and regulations to avoid road accidents,” he said.

Road Crash: FRSC Educates Anambra Residents On Safety

A file photo of FRSC trucks.

 

 

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has urged the residents of Anambra State, especially motorists to shun acts that could lead to road crash.

The FRSC Sector Commander in the state, Mr Andrew Kumapayi, made the appeal on Wednesday at the agency’s headquarters in Awka, the state capital.

He spoke at an event to commemorate the 32nd year anniversary of the Corps which also featured the launch of the maiden edition of the state command’s magazine – “Safety Focus”.

Kumapayi explained that the event was aimed at educating road users on safety measures to reduce avoidable road accidents in the state.

He attributed most of the crashes on the highway to carelessness and faulty decisions, as well as reckless actions by drivers and other road users.

The sector commander, therefore, urged the people to always adhere to road safety laws to prevent avoidable crashes and loss of lives.

Established on February 18, 1988, the FRSC is aimed at enlightening Nigerians on road safety and crash prevention issues, as well as to enforce road traffic rules and regulations with a view to creating a safe motoring environment.

As part of the efforts to create a more enabling environment and inclusive system for the enforcement of road traffic regulations, the agency has over the years adopted a strategy of aggressive public education and safety awareness campaigns.

In their various remarks, the Chairman of the occasion and Traditional Ruler of Ogidi Community, Igwe Alex Onyido, as well as and his Umueri counterpart, Igwe Ben Emeka, urged the agency to step up efforts towards enhancing safer roads across the state.

They also rated the Anambra Command of the FRSC high in service delivery.

Four Killed, 34 Injured In Niger Tanker Explosion

 

Four persons have been confirmed killed and 34 others injured following a tanker explosion at Kutigi town in Lavun Local Government Area of Niger State.

The Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps in the state, Joel Dagwa, confirmed the incident to Channels Television on Tuesday.

According to him, the explosion happened after a tanker carrying substance suspected to be diesel, collided with a container loaded with bags of maize which was also carrying about 200 people, as well as another trailer loaded with bags of maize and other farm produce.

 

 

Dagwa also stated that a story-building and several other shops by the roadside were gutted by the fire.

He, however, noted that all those who sustained injuries are now receiving treatment at the General Hospital in Kutigi.

“The trucks were from the North heading towards Lagos, while the tanker was from Lagos heading towards the North,” he said.

Seven Killed, 10 Injured In Ogun Highway Crash

A scene of the accident which occurred along the Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway in Ogun State on February 15, 2020.

 

 

At least seven people have been killed in an accident involving a truck and two other vehicles at the Old Toll Gate end of the Lagos – Abeokuta Expressway in Ogun State.

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) confirmed this on Saturday in a statement by its Ogun State Command Public Education Officer, Florence Okpe.

According to the statement, 10 people were also injured in the accident which occurred at about 11:35am in the Ota axis of the state.

In the process of protesting against the incident, an irate mob was said to have set the truck which was carrying bags of cement ablaze.

While FRSC officials were at the scene along with firefighters to extinguish the inferno for a faster rescue operation, Okpe said other security and emergency agencies were contacted to assist in curtailing the situation.

She revealed that a total of 17 people were involved in the accident suspected to have occurred as a result of speeding and brake failure.

The Public Education Officer added that two children were among those killed but none was injured.

She noted that the injured victims have been taken to the General Hospital in Ota while the bodies of the dead were deposited at a morgue in the state.

Reacting to the incident, the FRSC Sector Commander in Ogun, Clement Oladele, sympathised with the families of the victims.

He, however, decried that the area where the accident occurred was a black spot notorious for frequent crashes which have claimed over 40 lives in the last five years.

Oladele called on motorists, especially articulated vehicles to drive cautiously whenever they were using that section of the corridor.

He also advised passers-by to desist from turning into mobs and resorting to self-help and destroying public properties or vehicles involved in accidents.

FRSC To Impound Trucks Carrying Containers Without Proper Latching

A file photo of fallen containers on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

 

 

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has been directed to impound trucks carrying containers without proper latching on highways in the country.

FRSC Corps Marshal, Dr Boboye Oyeyemi, gave the directive in a statement on Saturday by the Corps Public Education Officer, Bisi Kazeem.

He decried the continuous carriage of containers by flatbed trailers without proper latching and ordered the seizure of such vehicles by the patrol teams anytime they were sighted.

In a bid to get such dangerous trailers off the road, Oyeyemi revealed that the corps has cemented a partnership with the Nigerian Ports Authority to ensure that such vehicles were not allowed to leave the ports in the first instance.

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According to him, trucks moving out of the ports would only be allowed unless they have fully complied with the maximum safety standards.

A file photo of FRSC Corps Marshal, Boboye Oyeyemi. Photo: Twitter- @FRSCNigeria

 

 

The FRSC boss stressed that the dangers of unlatched or improperly latched container-carrying trucks to lives and properties on the roads cannot be overlooked.

He explained that when the containers fall, they could lead to unnecessary road obstruction that would cause undue hardship to motorists who would have much of their travelling time wasted on the road.

“So, in order to avert this and put a stop to further recurrence, the corps marshal has directed the operatives of the corps to be on red alert and impound at sight, any of such trailers found in the act,” the statement said.

Oyeyemi also revealed that the corps would achieve this in friendly collaboration with other law enforcement agencies.

He urged road users to report any of such trucks seen on the highways without proper latching of containers.

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.