FRSC Explains Role In Internal Security

The Corps Marshal Federal Road Safety Corps, Dr Boboye Oyeyemi, has revealed the key role, the agency plays in matters relating to internal security.

Oyeyemi mentioned this in the course of a presentation at the National Headquarters when participants of the 2018 Senior Executive Course (SEC) No.40 of the National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS) led by Professor Celestine Oyom Bassey paid a courtesy visit on the Corps Marshal.

Speaking on a paper titled: Strengthening Internal Security Framework and Community Policing in Nigeria: Models, Policy options and Strategies, Oyeyemi revealed that the place of the FRSC in internal security is mostly about gathering intelligence, preparing database on critical safety/security issues and sharing same with the national security community.

 

He noted that dealing with internal security involves intelligence gathering (non-combative) and physical (combative) approaches. The non-combative approach utilizes information to prevent and mitigate suspected security breach, and combative involves deployment of human and State controlled instrument of violence.

Oyeyemi also lamented the incidences of insecurity in several parts of the country. He called it worrisome, even as he highlighted the need for high level of cooperation among all security agencies to curb the trend.

Speaking further on the organizational framework of the Corps, Oyeyemi explained how the Corps has been able to utilise both human and operational facilities to improve on the nation’s security.

“FRSC in line with global best practices domesticated the international framework which led to the development of the first of its kind national framework on road safety; National Road Safety Strategy (NRSS), National Uniform Licensing Scheme, Dash board Administration, Driving School Standardisation Programme (DSSP), Road Transport Safety Standardistaion Scheme (RTSSS), among others. All these are security programmes directed at ensuring the safety of lives and properties.”

Responding, the leader of the delegation, Professor Celestine Oyom Bassey explained that the visit was part of a tour of strategic institutions in the country as part of its study on ‘Internal Security Management and Community Policing in Nigeria’ a course approved by the Presidency for the set no.40 of 2018.

Professor Bassey stated that FRSC is critical to the stated course, noting that they have been briefed on the operational and administrative activities of the Corps and how they FRSC has over the years helped in curbing issues that threaten security of lives and properties.

FRSC Records 42 Deaths From 27 Road Mishaps In Osun

The Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC says 42 lives were lost in 27 road accidents that occurred in Osun State in March.

The FRSC Sector Commander in the state, Mr Anthony Oko, made this known in Osogbo on Monday.

Oko said that the accidents, which were recorded in different locations in the state, involved 198 persons, out of which 101 victims sustained various degrees of injuries, while others were unhurt.

He said that most of the accidents were due to speeding, poor condition of the roads and sometimes failure by motorists to comply with road traffic rules and regulations.

The official, who blamed the accidents on human errors, recklessness and impatience on the part of drivers, advised motorists to always operate within the road safety guidelines while driving.

Oko said, however, that the commission issued 1,273 driver’s license to motorists in the month under review, while 173 traffic offenders were educated after they were apprehended.

He warned that the commission continues to apprehend drivers without valid drivers’ licence.

According to him, FRSC personnel had been directed to work round-the-clock to apprehend and prosecute traffic offenders to prevent unnecessary loss of lives and property on the roads.

FRSC Employs All Formations For Special Easter Patrol

The Federal Road Safety Corps says it has mobilised all its field and sector commands for the nationwide 2018 Easter Special Patrol operations.

The exercise, according to the Corps Public Education Officer, Mr. Bisi Kazeem, is planned to run from March 28 to April 3, with focus on 39 corridors across the nation.

Kazeem told newsmen in Abuja on Monday that the special operation was targeted at reducing road accidents and attendant deaths, among other objectives and schedules.

“The public holiday expected to be declared by the Federal Government will definitely cause an increase in vehicular movement across the nation’s highways.

“As such, it is expedient that the corps prepares ahead of time to curtail the situation in order to ensure smooth travel experience by motorists,” Kazeem said in astatement.

He noted that the associated risks involved in the upsurge of traffic include road accidents, and road obstruction, among others, which the corps must strategise to mitigate. “We are doing that already,” Kazeem said.

He added that the efforts are geared towards achieving the 2018 Corps’ corporate strategic goal of improved enforcement and rescue services to reduce road traffic crashes by 15 per cent and fatalities by 30 per cent.

Kazeem outlined other objectives of the exercise to include effective traffic management to ensure free traffic flow, high visibility of FRSC personnel on the highways and robust public enlightenment.

Others are strict enforcement of traffic laws and regulations, prompt response to road traffic crashes, adequate supervision, surveillance and monitoring of commands’ activities.

The identified critical corridors, according to him, include Sokoto-Tambuwal-Jega-Birnin Kebbi, Maiduguri-Biu-Numan-Jalingo-Wukani, Abuja-Lokoja-Okene, Enugu-Abakaliki-Ogoja-Mfum, Ibadan-Ife-Akure-Owo-Ifon-Benin and Benin-Warri-Patani-Sagbama-Ahoada-Port Harcourt highways, among others.

The FRSC spokesman said over 22 traffic gridlock-prone areas have been identified nationwide and adequate personnel have been deployed to ensure free flow of traffic.

He listed the areas to include Asaba by Bridge Head, Upper Iweka Road in Onitsha, Ore by construction area, Gwagwalada by bridge in the FCT, Katsina Ala by bridge in Katsina, among others.

According to him, the Corps Marshal, Dr. Boboye Oyeyemi, has instructed all field commands to deploy personnel alongside special marshals and other relevant stakeholders on all the designated corridors and areas.

Kazeem added that the 2018 Easter Special Patrol operation would focus on critical traffic offences such as failure to install speed limiting device, overloading and lane violations.

Others are use of phone while driving, driving with expired or worn-out tyres, driving without spare tyres and traffic obstructions.

He stated that over 200 mobile courts are on standby nationwide to prosecute traffic law offenders.

The field commands, he added, have been directed to ensure that the mobile courts sit throughout the seven-day period, and encourage magistrates to increase their sitting time for effective prosecution of traffic offenders.

He said the Corps would conduct “traffic count” on identified critical corridors such as Lagos-Ibadan, Kano-Katsina, Abuja-Kaduna, Abuja-Lokoja, Benin-Sagamu, Sokoto-Gusau, among others.

He said the Operations Department at the headquarters would deploy special monitoring teams to ensure that the exercise holds are planned.

While soliciting the cooperation of motorists and other road users, Kazeem advised those with complaints against any FRSC personnel to report at the nearest field or sector command office.

FRSC Personnel Physically Assaults Journalist In Abuja

A personnel of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), FCT Sector Command, on Wednesday physically assaulted a journalist.

The journalist who is a Defence Correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Mr Johnson Eyiangho, at the command`s office in Zone 7, Abuja was beaten up at about 11:15 am.

According to reports, Eyiangho was assigned to cover the fracas between the FRSC personnel and officials of the Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB) who had gone there to seal the corps’ premises for noncompliance with environmental laws.

An argument ensued between personnel of the corps and the AEPB officials which suddenly degenerated to a free for all.

Eyiangho said that as he alighted from the NAN official vehicle that conveyed him and the agency`s photographer to the scene of the incident, some FRSC personnel descended on him and beat him thoroughly.

“The FRSC operatives also tore my shirt, inflicted bruises and deep cuts on my left leg, and summarily seized and destroyed my cell phone and voice recorder,” he said.

He also said that the personnel of the corps did not spare any journalist who came to cover the incident.

“I have never received such a beating in my life; every personnel of the corps at the scene of the incident was raining punches on me and `shouting take him away’.

“I was detained for several hours under inhuman condition in one of the corps’ offices after the thorough beating.

“One of the personnel, believed to be the Provost, supervised the beating and ordered that no one should allow me to go.

“He personally seized my identification card, a voice recorder and a cell phone,” he said.

The Public Education Officer of the corps, Mr Bisi Kazeem, instructed that Mr Eyiangho be taken to the FRSC hospital in Gwarinpa for treatment.

Kazeem also promised that the matter would be investigated for appropriate action.

 

FRSC Promises To Reduce Accidents On Highway By 50%

The Corps Marshal Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) Mr Boboye Oyeyemi has assured the public that the corps will reduce by 50 per cent the rate of accidents on the highways if the funds appropriated for the agency was adequately released.

He made this known during the agency’s budget defence before the Senate Committee on Federal Character headed by Sen. Tijjani Kaura on Wednesday in Abuja.

Oyeyemi who said this would be achieved through the agency’s strategic goals also noted that the commission would train state traffic management agencies with a view to improving professionalism.

He, however, called for the upward review of the agency’s budget so as to function optimally.

The lawmakers commended FRSC for reduction in road crashes in 2017.

The FRSC is yet to publish the full data of road accidents for 2017.

But in the first quarter of last year, the National Bureau of Statistics reported 2,556 road crashes, with 42.69 % caused by speed violation.

Loss of control and dangerous driving followed closely as they both accounted for 12.73% and 7.34% of the total road crashes recorded.

A total of 1,466 Nigerians were killed during the period, while 8,672 Nigerians were injured.

 

Yelutide: FRSC Deploys 36,000 Regular, Special Marshals

The Corps Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, Dr Boboye Oyeyemi, has directed deployment of 36,000 regular and special marshals nationwide for the end-of-year special patrols.

According to the FRSC Public Education Officer, Mr Bisi Kazeem, 795 patrol cars, Boboye also ordered deployment of 204 motorcycles, 106 ambulances and 21 tow trucks for the exercise.

Kareem said that the patrol code-named `Operation Zero Tolerance’ had the theme, “Right to Life on the Highway, Not Negotiable’’.

He said that the patrols would begin on Wednesday and end on Jan. 15, 2018.

Kazeem said that the operation was aimed at easing traffic, reducing accidents and preventing accident-related deaths across the country.

He said that the operational strategies would include establishment of 13 help areas and nine camps on accident-prone corridors to cater for accident victims.

“Other strategies include quick response to distress calls, 24-hour visibility on critical corridors, uninterrupted motorised patrol, day-time route lining, traffic control and deployment of 201 mobile courts.

He said that the corps would also activate high alert on internal and external medical facilities for intervention in the event of road accidents.

Kazeem added that the corps would undertake aerial surveillance and have purposeful synergy with other security agencies.

According to him, the corps marshal has ordered strict enforcement of traffic laws with focus on speeding, use of phone while driving and overloading, among other forms of dangerous driving.

“Management staff, zonal commanding officers, zonal heads of operations and some other senior officers of the corps have been massively deployed to monitor the exercise on critical corridors.

“Commanding officers have been directed to closely collaborate with sister security agencies to ensure safe and secure end-of-year patrols.

“Their involvement is to provide security support and check activities of recalcitrant offenders, dissidents and other anti-FRSC elements,’’ he said.

Kazeem added that the FRSC would deploy a special monitoring team to watch over corridors and ensure strict compliance with the directives.

According to Kazeem, the special monitoring team would provide first-hand information to the corps marshal on developments as regards the patrols.

Kazeem urged road users to make use of FRSC’s helpline (122) in the event of accidents and other emergencies.
NAN

Apapa Gridlocks Will Soon be Over – FRSC

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has said that the perennial gridlocks in Apapa area which had spread to other parts of Lagos would soon be a thing of the past.

Mr Olalekan Morakinyo, FRSC Head of Operation in Lagos, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Saturday that traffic lock down was as a result of influx of tankers to Apapa ports.

Morakinyo said that the situation was compounded by the ongoing rehabilitation of roads in Apapa area, adding that the gridlocks would soon be over when the roads were completed.

According to him, many tankers came to Apapa loading bay without schedule, thus causing the gridlock.

“It begins from lkorodu road and the Western Avenue axis to Ijora.

“As soon as the road is completed all the corridors within the axis will experience free flow of traffic,” he said.

He urged motorists to be patient and obey traffic officials to ease traffic within the short period of the road rehabilitation.

Mr Semiu Oladele, a tanker driver, told NAN that the bad roads within Apapa area posed great challenges to their operations, resulting in the logjam.

NAN recalls that stakeholders, comprising traffic authorities, transport unions and port users, on Friday gave the trucks and tankers parking indiscriminately 48 hours to vacate Lagos roads.

Similarly, the Lagos State Government also on Friday asked trailers to keep away from Lagos roads until the resolution of the traffic logjam.

4 Police Officers Die In Fatal Accident

Four police officers died while 30 others were severely injured in a fatal motor accident that occurred along Unguwar Rogo Area in Sokoto Metropolis, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.

Mr Ibrahim Abaras, The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Sokoto State Command, who confirmed this to NAN on Tuesday, said that the accident occurred at about 7.30 p.m on Monday.

Abaras said that the victims were all newly recruited officers who were participating in a training at the Police College, Sokoto.

According to him, they were returning from a shooting range exercise at Kware Local Government Area when the incident occurred near the State History Bureau.

The PPRO said that the dead bodies were handed over to their respective families and were buried accordingly.

Abaras added that the injured were being hospitalized at Usman Danfodio Teaching Hospital, Police Clinic and Kware Nueropsychiatric Hospital, all in Sokoto.

According to him, the Commissioner of Police in the state, Muhammad Abdulkadir, Deputy Gov. Ahmad Aliyu, Commissioners, some government officials as well as community members participated in evacuating the victims to hospitals and funerals.

He added that state government had offered to provide the necessary logistical support to the victims, describing the incident as the first of its kind in Sokoto State.

NAN

Eid-el-Kabir Festival: We Did Not Record Any Accident In Osun – FRSC

By Toba Ajisafe

 

 

The Osun State Sector Commander of Federal Road Safety Corps, Mr Anthony Oko has said no accident was recorded during the Eid-el-Kabir festival in the state.

 

 

Anthony made this disclosure during an interview with OSUN DEFENDER on Friday.

 

He disclosed that, during the Sallah period the Command did not have any record of accident within the State.

 

He said, “We started the Eid-el-Kabiru festival patrol on 31st of August, ended it on 6th of September 2017 and the patrol went well by ensuring diligent monitoring on Highways and fine the err motorists”

 

 

However, Anthony lauded the effort of the state government for the completion and opening of Rasco bridge via Old garage, which has been under construction for months, adding that the completion and opening of the bridge has eased the vehicular movement at Ola-Iya Junction during the festival.

 

 

He said “The opening of the bridge is timely, especially during the time of the festival and we have a positive effect at Oke-Fia and Ola-Iya.

Oyo To Evaluate Faulty Vehicles On Road – FRSC

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has urged relevant organs of the Oyo State Government to evacuate all faulty vehicles along with some major roads in Ibadan, the state capital to check accident.

Mr Austin Aipoh, an FRSC Zonal Commanding Officer, Zone 11, gave advice in Ibadan when he paid a farewell visit to Gov. Abiola Ajimobi in his office on Friday.

Aipoh, an Assistant Corps Marshall, is in charge of Oyo, Osun and Ondo zonal command of FRSC.

Aipoh said his advice became necessary because there were faulty vehicles on the express way along Oluyole, Egbeda and Ojoo Local Government Areas of the state, stressing that such development also posed danger to motorists

He further urged the state government to deploy its personnel to clear bushes on the side of the major roads to curb criminal activities and adequately equip its traffic management agency to complement to ease gridlocks on the roads.

In his remarks, Ajimobi said that the state government had reconstructed several federal roads in the state, adding it would not relent in evolving measures to improve the management roads across the state.

Ajimobi, who was represented by Chief Moses Adeyemo, the Deputy Governor, promised that the state government would continue to create an environment that would enable security personnel to operate efficiently and effectively, especially on roads.

“The present administration has been fulfilling the core promises for which our people voted for us. Among them is the provision of standard roads in and around the state.

“We cannot abandon federal roads in the state because they belong to the federal government; it is our people that ply the roads.

“We won’t allow such roads to remain in bad condition while motorists suffer, we have been doing this overtime,’’ the governor said.

Auto Crash In Ogun Take The Life of One Passenger

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) on Tuesday confirmed the death of one person in an early morning accident that occurred on Owode-Ijako Road, Sango-Ota in Ogun.

Mr Adekunle Oguntoyinbo, the Sango-Ota Unit Commander of FRSC  in Ota that the accident occurred at about 2.00 a.m.

Oguntoyinbo said that the accident occurred when a DAF truck marked BDG 522 XS heading toward Abeokuta from Lagos lost control due to brake failure and rammed into another articulated truck.

He said that three persons were involved in the accident, but only one of them died.

“The corpse of the deceased has been deposited at the Sango-Ota General Hospital,’’ the FRSC official said.

The unit commander advised drivers to always maintain speed limits and ensure that their vehicles were road worthy before embarking on a journey to avert road accidents.

Oguntoyinbo said that the vehicles had been towed from the scene of the accident to prevent a gridlock on the road.