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.

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.