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

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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.

Four Sustain Injuries After Tanker Accident In Ogun

 

The Ogun State Command of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has said that four persons have sustained various degrees of injuries after a tanker overturned at the Ogere area of Ogun state.

According to the state sector commander of FRSC, Mr Clement Oladele the accident happened on Saturday morning; inbound the Lagos -Ibadan Expressway.

Oladele explained that the tanker which was burnt beyond recognition was heading to Ibadan from Lagos when it lost control due to dangerous driving and excessive speeding.

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He said that the accident affected another vehicle, a Mitsubishi car with registration number DKA 653 ZP.

“The victims, who had parts of their bodies burnt, were rescued and taken to Victory Hospital, Ogere, for medical attention,’’ he said.

He informed that the FRSC officers and personnel of other sister agencies had already cleared the obstruction, to ease free flow of traffic on the expressway.

The FRSC boss, however, advised motorists to drive cautiously and adhere to all traffic rules and regulation that prohibit overtaking at diversion points and construction zones, to avoid crashes.

Three Dead As Bus Plunges Into River In Ogun

 

Three persons have died after a bus plunged into Ososa River along the Ijebu ode / Sagamu road, while eleven others were injured in Ogun state.

According to the Ogun state Federal Road safety Corp (FRSC), the accident occurred around 10.32 on Thursday morning.

FRSC route commander, Florence Okpe, said the lone accident was a yellow painted MAZDA E220 commercial bus.

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“The suspected cause of the crash is mechanical deficiency with the bus that took off from Ijebu Ode Motor park for Lagos, but lost control and plugged into the Ososa River in Ijebu Ode.

“The injured victims were rescued to the General Hospital Ijebu Ode, and the corpses of the dead victims were deposited at the same Ijebu Ode General Hospital Mortuary. Efforts are currently on going to remove the Mazda bus from the river.

“The FRSC Sector Commander , Clement Oladele has commiserated with the families of the crash victims and advised vehicle operators to put their Vehicles in good condition before any trip, and be cautious during the raining season to avoid road traffic crashes ” she concluded.

Gunmen Kidnap Two FRSC Officials

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Two officials of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) have been kidnapped by gunmen in Osun State.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Folasade Odoro disclosed on Tuesday that the two regular marshals were kidnapped at Erin-Ijesa area of Akure/Ilesa highway.

According to her, the FRSC staff were kidnapped on Monday night.

She, however, reiterated the determination of the police in rescuing them unhurt, adding that efforts are being intensified to achieve this.

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Meanwhile, the Sector Command of the FRSC in the state has yet to react as at the time of filing this report as efforts made to reach the Sector Commander, Mr Peter Oke proved abortive.

Some of the family members of the victims simply identified as Abioye and Baiyeguni explained that the armed bandits intercepted their vehicles while they were traveling on Monday afternoon.

They lamented that the mobile phones of the kidnapped victims can no longer be reached.

Kidnapping for ransom has been on the rise in Nigeria.

A lecturer at the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, Professor Yinka Adegbehingbe was recently kidnapped.

The professor of orthopaedic surgery was kidnapped along Ife-Ibadan expressway but was later released after ransom was allegedly paid.

12 Killed In Road Crash Along Sagamu-Abeokuta Road

 

Twelve people have been confirmed killed in a road crash along the interchange section of the Sagamu Abeokuta road. 

According to the corps commander of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), Clement Oladele, the incident occurred when a black Kia Cerato car rammed into a Toyota Sports bus travelling from Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital.

“A black Kia Cerato car with registration number KJA 806 BT on high speed, suffered a burst tyre and the driver was suspected to have applied break suddenly, which led to him losing control of the speeding car that left it’s lane, climbing the road divider and racing into the opposite direction where the car collided with a passenger bus, a grey coloured Toyota Sports Space bus with the registration number LSR 334FF , that was travelling from Abeokuta to Sagamu towards Sagamu” Oladele said.

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He also noted that the twelve people involved, which included five male, six female and a child, have been taken to the Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital Mortuary, Sagamu.

While commiserating with the families of the deceased, Oladele informed members of the public whose family members travelled within the period to contact the FRSC Command Abeokuta or Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital, Sagamu for identification of the victims.

He also urged motorists to ensure that their vehicles are in good condition, including driving with good tyres and avoiding excessive speed.

Suspected Armed Bandits Kill FRSC Official Along Kaduna-Abuja Highway

Kaduna state commissioner of Police, Abdurahman Ahmad confirmed the incident.

 

An official of the Federal Road Safety Corps(FRSC) has been shot dead by suspected armed bandits along the Abuja-Kaduna highway.

Confirming the incident to newsmen in his office, the Kaduna state commissioner of Police, Abdurahman Ahmad , says the bandits who have been terrorizing the road for some time now intercepted the deceased’s vehicle on Wednesday, and shot at him and another passenger before scampering into the thick forest.

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The police boss also blamed the lingering insecurity on the Kaduna-Abuja highway on internal conspiracy by some unpatriotic security operatives and some locals whom he accused of divulging intelligence information to the criminals about security operations in the area.

He however vowed that the command in collaboration with other security agencies will leave no stone unturned in fishing out the conspirators and bring them to justice.

17 People Killed In Niger Road Crash

Seventeen people have been confirmed killed in a road crash in Labele village just after Nasko town in Magama Local Government Area of Niger State.

The crash occurred around 6 pm on Saturday and involved a Volkswagen Sharan car and a Peugeot wagon.

The Sharon car was carrying ten persons including the driver, while the Peugeot wagon was carrying seven persons including the driver.

All persons on board the two cars died. Fourteen of them died on the spot, while three died on arrival at a hospital in Nasko town.

One of the vehicles was heading out of Niger while the other was travelling to Niger State from Kebbi State.

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A Unit Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps, Abdullahi Ibrahim, confirmed the accident to Channels Television.

According to him, the two cars collided when one of them tried to dodge a pothole. He attributed the tragic incident to speeding.

 

Yuletide: FRSC To Set Up 201 Mobile Courts For Traffic Offenders

Yuletide: FRSC To Set Up 201 Mobile Courts For Traffic Offenders

 

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has announced plans to set up 201 mobile courts to try traffic offences across the country during the festive period.

Corps Marshal and CEO of FRSC, Boboye Oyeyemi, disclosed this to State House correspondents on Thursday in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

He said the decision was in line with the directive of the Federal Executive Council that relevant agencies must ensure smooth movement of persons and goods during the period.

Mr Oyeyemi explained that the corps was putting adequate measures in place and setting machinery in motion to achieve the goal.

He revealed further that they have divided the country into 52 corridors, adding that the corps would deploy 21,000 personnel and 1,000 vehicles on the roads.

The corps marshal disclosed that there would be 40 road camps across the nation when they begin the one month exercise.

The exercise, according to him, will last from December 15 to January 15, 2019.

Road Crashes Claim 197 Persons In Niger Last Year – FRSC

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The Niger State Command of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) says 197 persons were killed in road crashes in the state in 2017.

The Sector Commander, Mr Joel Dangwa, said this on Tuesday during the commemoration of the 2018 World Remembrance Week for Road Traffic Crash Victims.

He said the crashes were recorded mostly along the Kaduna-Abuja carriageway, the Mokwa-Jebba road and the Bida-Kataeregi road.

Other data by the FRSC revealed that nationwide, over 9,383 crashes were recorded, out of which 5,122 deaths were recorded.

This year’s World Remembrance Week for Road Traffic Crash Victims is themed “Roads Have Stories.”

It is aimed at creating awareness of road traffic crashes and ways to prevent and avoid it.