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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Enough is enough says FRSC Corp Marshal on incessant attacks on personnel

The Corps Marshal, Dr. Boboye Oyeyemi, has condemned the unprovoked attacks and molestation of operatives of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) on the highways and vowed to prosecute all those involved, declaring that enough is enough, reports ITRealms.

Speaking through the Corps Public Education Officer at FRSC, Bisi Kazeem, Corps Marshal said this has become pertinent on the heels of the recent shooting of two FRSC staff and the detention of another in a Police facility in Abia State.

“Many road users are abusing the civility of the unarmed personnel that are trained to be cautious while discharging their legitimate duties. In the past, many FRSC operatives had been abducted, killed, assaulted, ran over, threatened and shot. It is also disheartening that some of the attackers misinformed the unsuspecting public by releasing manipulated information to gain public sympathy. Attempts are often made to make the aggressors looked like the victims," Oyeyemi said.

Also, the Corps Marshal said the FRSC remains the nation’s lead agency on road traffic administration and safety management empowered to arrest and prosecute erring motorists. Stressing that, “Section 10 (4) of the FRSC (Establishment) Act, 2007 states categorically that members of the Corps shall have powers to arrest and prosecute persons reasonably suspected to have committed any traffic offence. Resistance based on ignorance of the law or impunity can no longer be grounds to attack operatives carrying out their lawful duties. We will definitely not abdicate our statutory responsibilities."

He recalled that the Abia incident which occurred on Saturday, July 15, 2017, saw his men being shot at.

According to FRSC Corps Marshal, “While we commend the Abia State Police Commissioner for swiftly directing the arrest and orderly room trial of the Policemen who shot the FRSC staff at Aro Ngwa along the Enugu – Port Harcourt expressway last Saturday, the Corps is deeply saddened by the shooting. It is also greatly concerned that the two young men were abandoned with their gun wounds by the Policemen attached to the wife of the Speaker, Abia State House of Assembly who shot them. Obviously, they were left to die at the scene by these Policemen who are also employees of government.”

He expressed thanks to the road users that assisted the two injured and abandoned staff to the hospital, and hopeful the two victims, still undergoing treatment will not suffer life-threatening injuries.


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