The Acting Corps Marshal, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Dauda Biu has directed the immediate deployment of 10 additional operational vehicles to tackle traffic gridlocks in FCT.
This is contained in a statement in Abuja on Monday by Mr Bisi Kazeem, the Corps Public Education Officer.
Biu explained that the deployment became neccessary to ensure ease of movement along the routes.
He said that the deployment was in view of the envisioned increase in vehicular movement into and out of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
According to him, the vehicles are to be deployed to compliment existing operational equipments in major gateways into the FCT.
“Out of the ten vehicles, five are to be deployed to Nyanya to tackle perennial gridlock, wreckless driving against traffic and enforce compliance of established traffic rules.
“Three will be deployed to airport road, while the remaining two will be deployed to tackle gridlock around Gwagwalada flyover, accordingly.
” The Acting Corps Marshal said additional 13 operational vehicles would be deployed soon to Kubwa axis, Gudu-Lokogoma-Jabi route and airport road.
Biu mandated Deputy Corps Marshal Operations, Kayode Falola and the Zonal Commanding Officer, RS7HQ FCT, Shehu Muhammed, to implement the directive and ensure adequate deployment of manpower.
The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has directed its commanding officers across various formations to ensure that all abandoned and broken down vehicles are removed from highways.
The FRSC Public Education Officer, Mr Bisi Kazeem, made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Friday in Abuja.
Kazeem said that the corps was committed to removing abandoned and broken down vehicles from highways to avoid traffic obstruction.
He noted that removing articulated vehicles was more difficult than removing smaller vehicles but said that the FRSC was working daily to clear all road obstructions.
The spokesman said that the corps had tow trucks in most of the states to facilitate the removal.
“As at today, the corps has 28 tow trucks in 23 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
“In states where we do not have, commanding officers leverage on partnership to ensure swift removal of obstructions.
“The tow trucks are mainly in state capitals,” he said.
According to him, if a vehicle is burnt or damaged to the level that tow trucks cannot drag it off the road, the corps will use other means to remove such a vehicle.
“The corps understands the dangers of not removing broken down vehicles from the roads,” he said.
He noted that President Muhammadu Buhari had approved procurement of more tow trucks for the corps.
“These tow trucks have been inaugurated and deployed to various formations across the country.
“With these additional facilities, rest assured that you will notice a great improvement in our operational activities including prompt removal of obstructions,” he said.
The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) said that its personnel had not started carrying any form of fire arms whether on patrol or on other official duties.
The Acting Corps Marshal, FRSC Mr Dauda Biu, said this in a statement by the Corps Public Education Officer (CPEO) FRSC, Mr Bisi Kazeem on Sunday in Abuja.
Biu said that the information had become very pertinent following the image of an operative who was captured on camera carrying fire arms in a position that suggested he was on official duty.
“The viral report should be disregarded in totality as it’s just an old and recirculated image of an overzealous staff who posed with a rifle belonging to a sister agency’s staff in admiration and ignorance in 2018. “The said staff has since been punished according to existing maintenance of discipline of the Corps.
“Officials do not currently carry arms and we advise members of the public to disregard the image being recirculated, ” he said.
The FRSC boss further called on the public to desist from believing such fake images as the Corps continued in commiting itself to making the roads safer for all.
Nine persons have been confirmed dead and ten others injured in a fatal crash at Yangoji-Abaji road, Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja.
The Corps Public Education Officer (CPEO), Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Mr Bisi Kazeem, confirmed this in a statement on Sunday in Abuja.
Kazeem said the crash involved a Toyota Hiance Bus with vehicle registration number KTG-450 KQ and Howo Sino truck took place along Yangoji-Abaji road at about 6:05 a.
m. on Sunday.
He said the bus was coming from Osun while heading to Katsina State, but unfortunately crashed into a stationary Trailer.
“Twenty-two people were involved in the crash.
They were all males.
Ten were injured and nine were killed.
First aid was given to two.
“The FRSC recovered N3,170, six bags and four mobil phones.
“The rescue was a joint team of zebra 6 Yangoji, zebra 6, 16 Abaji and police.
However, the injured victims taken to general hospital, Abaji by zebra 16 and police on patrol.
“While the nine corpses were deposited at a mortuary in General Hospital, Kwali, Abuja and the Nigerian Police Force, (NPF) Kwali division has taken over the investigation,” he said.
Kazeem quoted the Acting Corps Marshal, FRSC, Dauda Biu, as saying that the crash resulted from dangerous overtaking and eventual loss of control.
The Acting Corps Marshal stressed that crashes at night were more fatal than day time.
He reiterated that the corps would redouble its efforts by constantly engaging the motoring public nationwide.
This, he said, would be through aggressive awareness and sensitisation campaign, until the desired result was achieved.
Biu advised vehicle owners to ensure that their vehicles were in order before putting them on the road, to avoid road crashes, especially at night.
The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has ordered an immediate investigation into the case of a video circulating on the social media which displayed a vehicle with rotational number plates.
This is contained in a statement by the Corps Public Education Officer, Mr Bisi Kazeem on Tuesday in Abuja.
Kazeem said that the vehicle number plate on display was: KUJ-304BV, while its opposite side when automatically flipped carried a number tagged presidency registered 01B-266FG.
He quoted the Acting Corps Marshal, Dauda Biu as ordering a full investigation into the trending video.
Biu said that FRSC does not produce a number plate with such double features, adding that only one number could be assigned to one vehicle and its owner at the same time “FRSC recently placed a public notice on the mainstream media dissuading Nigerians and the motoring public from according regards to vehicles with unauthorised number plates.
“The users are not duly registered and are often with sinister motives,” he said.
The Acting Corps Marshal urged the public to shun the video and urged the media to dissuade Nigerians from replicating same, stressing that it was a criminal act.
The Acting Corps Marshal, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) Dauda Biu has urged motorists to apply common sense and limit speeding when driving in the rain to avoid Road Traffic crashes (RTCs).
This is contained in a statement by the Corps Public Education Officer (CPEO) Mr Bisi Kazeem on Monday, in Abuja.
Biu said that the caution became neccessary because of the forecast of heavy rainfall expected as the season progressed.
He explained that driving in the rain could be risky.
He said visibility would be reduced and it was usually hazardous since the roads became slippery.
He urged drivers to imbibe precautionary measures while transiting from one destination to another during rainfalls.
Biu said that motorists had to always take precautions while driving, to reach their destinations safely.
“Motorists are also advised to reduce their speed during this time and apply the “common sense speed limit”.
“The roads are often slippery.
The drivers are also admonished to ensure that their tyres have adequate grip on the road.
“The car tyres are amongst the most crucial elements in a vehicle.
It is the only part that is in connection with the road.
“So we urge them to be very careful while driving on the road during rainfall,” he said.
Biu also warned drivers to ensure that before embarking on a journey during the rainy season, they should ascertain that the windows and windshields were clean on the outside and the inside.
He added that drivers should routinely check the headlights, brake lights, turn signals and tail lights.
According to him, the wind shield wiper and blades should also be checked for proper functioning.
The lights should be on during the day and at night, whenever rain starts.
The Acting Corps Marshal also directed Commanding Officers across the country to take the duties of traffic calmly in order to guide drivers through these safety precautions.
He also urged the commanding officers to increase public enlightenment campaigns and improve checking of wipers during this season as a major priority while enjoining the public to drive safely to stay alive.
The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has deployed adequate operational equipment and personnel to effectively control the traffic in crash prone areas nationwide.
The Acting Corps Marshal, FRSC, Mr Dauda Biu, said this in a statement by the Corps Public Education Officer (CPEO) Mr Bisi Kazeem, on Wednesday in Abuja.
Biu said that the Corps was currently restrategising to boost its operational activities through the deployment of more operating tools.
This he said, was in a quest to make the highways safer for all road users.
According to him, the deployment will include injecting new fleet of vehicles into the operational front.
“It also includes fixing of grounded vehicles that are presently impacting negatively on the general operations of the corps.
“We will also tackle fuel inadequacies for patrol, rescue and administrative fleet of the corps among others, ” he said.
Biu said that the new fleet, which included ambulances for rescue services, would be inaugurated for full operations very soon.
He said this included light and heavy tow trucks for prompt removal of obstructions, administrative and patrol vehicles.
He appreciated President Muhammadu Buhari for his support and commitment to the realisation of a safer motoring environment in Nigeria.
He also expressed gratitude to the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) for his usual support.
Accordingly to him, some of the identified traffic prone areas to be manned are Lokoja-Kabba-Ayere-Akunu-Ise-Junction-Ile-are-Ado, Asaba-Abraka-Ughelli-Warri, Ibadan-Ogere-Sagamu, Sagamu-Mowe-Lagos corridors“Ekiti, Lokoja-Kabba-Ayere, 9th Mile-Udi-Oji-River-Umunze, Bauchi-Alkaleri-Kaltungo, Kaduna-Kachia-Kwoi-Manchok, Keffi-Nasarawa-Toto-Abaji-Lokoja, Lekki-Epe-Ijebu Ode.“Others include but not limited to Akwanga-Lafiya-Makurdi, Jos-Bauchi-Gombe, Sokoto-Tambuwal-Jega-Birnin Kebbi, Katsina-Kano-Wudil-Dutse-Azare-Potiskum,“Kaduna-Saminaka-Jos, Abuja-Kaduna-Kano expressway, Okene-Ogori-Isua-Owo, and Makurdi-Otukpo-Obollo Afor-9th Mile, ” he said.
The Acting FRSC Corps Marshal, Mr Dauda Biu, has directed the 37 Sector Commanders across the nation to impound any motorcycle without appropriate registration.
Biu gave the directive in a statement issued in Abuja on Monday by the Corps Public Education Officer, Mr Bisi Kazeem.
“All unregistered motorcycles are to be impounded.
The owners are required to complete full registration of the motorcycles before they are released.
“Operatives may not issue notice of offence ticket to the operators.
All impounded motorbikes must be fully documented, however,’’ he added.
The FRSC boss said the directive became necessary following increasing number of unregistered motorcycles plying the roads.
According to him, there is also need for all motorcycles to be duly captured in the National Vehicle Identification Scheme database.
He noted that the directive would help to curb insecurity if all captured motorcycles are in the national database.
Biu urged sector commanders to immediately liaise with the Boards of Internal Revenue in their respective states to set up a taskforce on the issue.
He directed that the impounding of errant motorcycles should be done jointly with the police, the Vehicle Inspection Office and other stakeholders for effective enforcement.
The Acting Corps Marshal, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Mr Dauda Biu, has warned officers and men of the Corps against any form of misconduct in the discharge of their duties.
Biu issued the warning in his inaugural virtual meeting with FRSC Zonal Commanding Officers, on Friday in Abuja.
A statement by the Corps Public Education Officer, Mr Bisi Kazeem, said the acting Corps Marshal charged the commanding officers to caution operatives under them to be civil in their dealings with road users.
He also directed them to increase monitoring and supervision of operatives, improve surveillance on all operational fronts and engage the staff continually for sustained value reorientation.
The acting corps marshal particularly directed the 12 Zonal commanding officers to, with immediate effect, visit all component commands under their jurisdiction and assess their immediate needs and challenges.
Biu said that the report of the visits should be forwarded to the national headquarters for urgent intervention.
The FRSC boss told the officials to further caution all personnel against extortion, bribery and corruption.
He said that the FRSC management would not tolerate professional misconduct that would tarnish the image of the corps.
The acting corps marshal also spoke on the need for more visibility of the marshals on Nigerian roads, but added that field operations must be intelligence driven.
“Personnel must be aware and understand the peculiar challenges within their general operation areas and adjust operational activities to boost intelligence gathering, ” he stressed.
The acting corps marshal directed the immediate reawakening of field operations for greater productivity and to meet the expectations of Nigerians, especially the motoring public.
The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) says 2,292 died in 5,066 road accidents that occurred between January and June nationwide.
The Corps Public Education Officer, Mr Bisi Kazeem, gave the figures in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Friday in Abuja.
Kazeem said that 33,424 people were involved in the accidents and 16,333 sustained various degrees of injuries.
He said that the number of the accidents (5,066 ) was, however, lower than the 5,320 recorded in 2021.
“The number of those who got injured between January and June nationwide represented a decrease of about 10 per cent when compared with 17,903 recorded in the same period in 2021,” he added.
Kazeem said that FRSC arrested a total of 312,279 people from January to June for committing 344,182 traffic offences.
He blamed road accidents mostly on speed, night driving and impatience, urging drivers to observe enough rest before embarking on any journey.
He also advised motorists to minimise night journeys, adding that most crashes that result in deaths occurred at night.
The official said that FRSC would continue to sensitise stakeholders about safe driving, while intensifying enforcement of road safety rules.
He said that the corps would enhance collaboration with other security agencies to ensure free flow of traffic and protection for traffic managers.
Kazeem appealed to road users to obey all traffic rules and regulations.