26 Kidnapped FRSC Officials Regain Freedom, Says Nasarawa Governor

Nasarawa State Governor, Abdullahi Sule

 

The 26 officials of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) kidnapped along Mararaban-Udege in Nasarawa State have regained their freedom.

Governor Abdullahi Sule disclosed this on Monday at the Government House in Lafia, the state capital.

Governor Sule said the recent release of the remaining batch of seven officials has led to the complete freedom of the FRSC operatives that were abducted last week.

Three of the officials had earlier been rescued by security personnel on September 15, a day after 10 officers of the corps were seized in an attack by suspected bandits.

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“All the twenty-something officials of the Federal Road Safety Corps that were kidnapped, all of them were released yesterday.

“I want to thank all the security (agencies) and those that have worked very hard to ensure that we achieve that feat.

“I want to thank them for all the efforts they are making to ensure that Nasarawa remains safe,” the governor said.

The officials were travelling for a training programme at FRSC Academy in Udi when they were attacked by suspected bandits

Following their abduction, the police authorities in Nasarawa State announced the rescue of three operatives earlier.

The Nasarawa State Commissioner of Police, Bola Longe disclosed this to the Channels Television in an exclusive interview on September 15.

Police Rescue Three Kidnapped Road Safety Officials

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Three of the abducted Federal Road Safety (FRSC) officials who were kidnapped on Monday in Nasarawa State have been rescued by security personnel.

The Nasarawa State Commissioner of Police, Bola Longe disclosed this to the Channels Television in an exclusive interview on Tuesday.

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The police boss said the rescue efforts were carried out in collaboration with the military. Intensified efforts are also in place to rescue the remaining seven officials still in captivity.

Nasarawa State Commissioner of Police, Bola Longe

 

“The police in tandem with the military personnel pursued the bandits. There was a lot of exchange of fire, because of this, some of the bandits ran in different directions.

“Three of the personal have been rescued. They are with the police so we are now on an operation to rescue the rest of the seven personnel,” Longe said.

He urged members of the public with vital information that can assist in rescuing the abductees not to hesitate in helping the police.

Meanwhile, Nasarawa State Governor Abdullahi Sule has commiserated with the FRSC over the demise of two of their officers.

The two officers were killed on Monday following an attack at Udege junction, along Mararaban-Udege between Adoka in the state.

The governor extended his condolence during a security council meeting at the council chambers of the Government House in Lafia, the state capital.

Sule charged security personnel in the state to sustain the tempo of the recently recorded successes in the fight against insecurity in the state and the North Central region.

The meeting with the governor had all the state security heads, traditional rulers, and other stakeholders in attendance.

 

Two FRSC Officials Killed, 10 Kidnapped In Nasarawa Attack

Nasarawa is a state in north central zone of Nigeria.
Nasarawa is a state in north central zone of Nigeria.

 

Two officials of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) have been killed in an attack by gunmen.

Channels Television learned that the attack occurred on Monday at Udege junction, along Mararaban-Udege between Adoka, Nasarawa State.

The FRSC Corps Public Education Officer, Assistant Corps Marshal Bisi Kazeem, confirmed this in a statement.

He said one of the victims died during the attack while another officer died in the hospital, adding that four others were injured.

According to Kazeem, eight corps escaped unhurt, adding that 10 were abducted.

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UNKNOWN GUNMEN ATTACK SOME FRSC STAFF ENROUTE UDI AT MARARABAN UDEGE IN NASARAWA

Some personnel of the Federal Road Safety Corps travelling from Sokoto and Kebbi States Command of the Corps for a training programme at FRSC Academy, Udi were reportedly attacked by Bandits/Kidnappers at Udege junction, along Mararaban-Udege between Adoka, Nasarawa state today Monday 14th September 2020 at about 8 am.  The Officers totalling 26 in number were travelling in two buses.

According to the FRSC Corps Public Education Officer, Assistant Corps Marshal Bisi Kazeem, one of the Officers in the vehicle conveying the staff of the Corps reportedly died during the attack while another officer died in the hospital and four others were injured, 8 escaped unhurt, ten unaccounted for as they were allegedly kidnapped by the assailants.

The Corps Public Education Officer noted that the Corps Marshal, Dr. Boboye Oyeyemi, has immediately reported the incident to relevant authorities for prompt rescue of the kidnapped staff while investigations to ensure that the assailants are brought to book is ongoing.

Kazeem noted that the Corps Marshal has called on all staff of the Corps not to be deterred by this unfortunate incident. He assured that the Corps will work closely with relevant security to ensure that the criminal elements are brought to book and justice is served while the missing personnel are found.

FRSC Sacks 18 Officers, Demotes Others For Bribery, Other Offences

A file photo of FRSC vehicles on patrol.

 

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has sacked 18 officers from its workforce after they were found culpable for various crimes.

A series of tweets from the agency on Saturday revealed that 10 other officers were awarded various degrees of punishment.

The erring officers were said to have committed offences such as desertion, forgery, number plate racketeering, bribery, scandalous behaviour, driver’s license racketeering, and patrol misconduct, among others.

Eight officers were dismissed, the appointments of 10 others were terminated, the ranks of five personnel were reduced, while the remaining five officers were punished with loss in seniority.

Bisi Kazeem, the Corps Public Education Officer, explained that the agency’s board approved the punishments, which were in accordance with the provisions of the FRSC Regulation on Discipline, as part of an organised effort to rid it of indiscipline and corrupt elements.

He noted that the approval which reaffirmed the Corps’ resolve to align with the anti-corruption policy of the Muhammadu Buhari led administration was granted during the meeting of the Board on Friday.

While re-emphasising the need for personnel to desist from any act of indiscipline, the Board stressed that the disciplinary actions were to serve as a deterrent to others who may form the habit of contravening established regulations and tarnishing the good image of the FRSC.

The Corps Marshal, Dr Boboye Oyeyemi, also restated that his administration would continue to operate on the tripod of consultation, reward, and punishment.

He, therefore, called on all members of staff to internalise the ideals of the founding fathers whose drive and commitments were geared towards saving lives.

According to Kazeem, the FRSC has ensured the entrenchment of discipline among its personnel with the continuous clampdown on corrupt elements since the inception of the leadership of Dr Oyeyemi as the Corps Marshal.

He stated that a reasonable number of the agency’s staff have received different punishments for misconduct and in the same vein, many others have been commended and appreciated for disciplined and exemplary conduct.

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.