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).

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

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.

Motorists React To FG’s Order To Eliminate Speed Breakers

speed breakers, motorists, FG, HighwaysMotorists as well as residents of some communities have been reacting to the ‘no speed breakers’ directive by the Federal Government.

This is sequel to the directive by Nigeria’s Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, ‎that all speed breakers on federal highways be removed.

Those agitating for the speed breakers to remain have insisted that they are necessary, in order to control the speed of motorists on the highways.

They believe that several lives have been lost to road accidents as a result of over-speeding by motorists, especially as some motorists indulge in drunk driving.

Some citizens are, however, in support of the government’s order for the removal of the speed breakers.

Motorists especially have complained that the speed breakers damage their vehicles, insisting that they are of no advantage on the highways.

Federal Controller of Works in Ondo State, Hezekiah Kehinde, in an interview with Channels Television, opined that ‎speed breakers are not part of road design.

According to him, “they are illegal and they even cause accidents”.

Channels TV also spoke with two transporters, Adewale Ojo and Kayode Agbeyanju, who were also of the view that the speed breakers should be removed from the highways.

Meanwhile, an Assistant Corps‎ Marshall in the Federal Road Safety Commission, (FRSC), Wole Olaniran, has suggested that it is rather “preferable for speed limit devices to be installed in vehicles, in order to limit the speed of motorists”.

Dismantle Roadblocks, Police Boss Tells State Commissioners

Ibrahim Idris, Police, Road BlocksThe Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim Idris, has directed all Commissioners of Police to dismantle roadblocks set up by police officials on highways across Nigeria.

Addressing senior police officers in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory, Mr Idris also ordered the police commands to stop deploying mobile policemen as personal security details to individuals.

He instructed the commands to ensure visible policing in order to deter criminals.

The Police Boss urged Nigerians to report erring police officials to appropriate authorities, especially those who demand bribes before granting bail to suspects.

Before the commencement of the monthly conference, he had presented cheques worth 192 million Naira to families of police personnel who lost their lives while in service.

The conference, which continued behind closed doors, is also expected to examine strategies for curbing the increasing cases of kidnapping and murder by herdsmen across Nigeria.

Reformed Destitutes Requested To Be Taken Home Not Deported– LASG

The Lagos State Security Council on Wednesday met with the State Commissioner of Police, Mr Umaru Manko, stating that the State has not deported anyone, but had merely taken back home destitutes who have been reformed following their request to be taken home and resettled.

Mr Manko, who fielded questions from State House Correspondents at the Lagos House, Ikeja after the meeting chaired by Governor Babatunde Fashola explained that no such thing as deportation took place in the State.

“There was no deportation per se. What happened was rehabilitation and resettlement of people from other parts of the country who came to Lagos and turned into destitutes, and revived, reformed and indicated their interest to go back home and they were taken back to their homes to be resettled. That was what happened and there was no deportation at all”, he said.

The Police Commissioner also said the Council has directed security officers to start enforcing the law that makes pushing trucks or wheel barrows on expressways an offence from today, adding that officers are going to be mandated to start arresting offenders.

He explained that under the Lagos Traffic laws, it constitutes an offence for people to push trucks or carts on the public highways and bridges, adding that such people should keep off the roads with carts and wheel barrows.

Mr Manko also spoke on the general security in the state extensively and re-assured Lagosians that the security situation in the state is perfect and that security operatives are on top of their jobs.