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Masqueraders obstructing traffic flow during Yuletide risk prosecution——FRSC



Masqueraders obstructing traffic flow during Yuletide risk prosecution——FRSC

By Deborah Coker

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) warned Monday that it would not hesitate to stop and prosecute any masquerades that obstruct traffic on the roads during the upcoming Yuletide.

Mr. Ayodele Kumapayi, the Zone Commander (ZCO) for Zone 5, compromising: Edo, Delta and Anambra said this in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency at his office in Benin.

Kumapayi warned that bodies in the area will no longer tolerate masquerades which, under the guise of cultural celebration, impede free movement and molest road users.

“The body will stop and continue this masquerade.

“We have had cases in the past where masquerades have assaulted FRSC personnel, the body will no longer tolerate them.

“We’re not saying that they shouldn’t celebrate their cultures, but that they should stay away from highways and major roads.

“We are issuing this as a warning to these communities, especially in Anambra and parts of the Delta where masquerades are coming out to distort road safety activities,” he said.

The ZCO also insisted on the need for parents and guardians to supervise their minor children and prevent them from driving their vehicles.

He pointed out that if FRSC officials caught a minor while driving a vehicle, that vehicle would be impounded and the owner would be prosecuted.

He noted that this was because anyone who indulged in it would be seen as having a criminal mind and wanting to endanger other road users.

“FRSC will not tolerate any excuse for not knowing when my underage son or daughter got out of the vehicle, because that has always been the excuse.

“If your child is 18, apply for a driver’s license for the child, that’s what the law says,” he said.

Kumapayi said the FRSC would not hesitate to ensure full enforcement of the highway code, mainly in urban towns and during the holiday season.

He said the move had become imperative because such cases were rampant in urban cities.

Source: NAN

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