Nineteen persons have been confirmed killed while eight others were injured in a Sunday auto crash at Yangoji-Gwagwalada Road in the FCT.
Mr Dauda Biu, Acting Corps Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Corps, confirmed the figures to the News Agency of Nigeria when he visited the accident scene.
Biu said the crash which occurred minutes into Sunday involved three vehicles – two Toyota Hiace buses with registration numbers MUB- 30 LG and DWR-985 XJ and an articulated vehicle.
Biu said 31 persons were involved in the accident comprising 11 males, one female and 19 others who were charred beyond recognition.
“Out of the 31 victims, eight persons comprising of seven males and one female sustained various degrees of injuries, while 19 others were burnt beyond recognition.
“Investigation showed that the main causes of the crash were speed limit violation and wrongful overtaking which eventually resulted in loss of control,’’ he said.
According to him, the Toyota Hiace bus with Registration Number MUB- 30 LG, crashed into the Citroen articulated vehicle and burst into flames, killing everyone on board.
“The second bus hit the first bus from behind and also caught fire.
Fire melted the second bus with Bauchi State number plate.
“It was coming from Takai, Kano State while heading to Benin.
The Citroen vehicle loaded chicken feeds from Zaria in Kaduna State and was heading to Akwa Ibom. “The nineteen corpses were trapped but extricated by rescue operatives,’’ Biu said.
He added that police had taken over the investigation and met with relevant authorities for the mass burial of 18 of the mutilated corpses.
The bodies could not be preserved for identification as they were burnt beyond recognition, he said.
“Clearing of obstructions for free flow of traffic is still on-going as you can see and we will do our best to ensure we have a crash-free society,’’ Biu told NAN.
“Injured victims were taken to a nearby hospital in Kwali in the FCT and one identified male corpse was deposited at the mortuary at Kwali General Hospital,’’ he said.
Biu cautioned road users to always avoid excessive speeding, wrongful overtaking and other bad driving behaviours.
He also admonished commuters to always plan their trips to fall within day time and avoid night trips because of hazards associated with dark hours.
He also re-emphasised that the Corps would step up both sensitisation of the motoring public and enhance its patrol activities to deter traffic violators.
He admonished the public to always call the FRSC toll free line 122 and the National Traffic Radio 107.1 FM which were always available for all road users to report emergencies at any given time.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Acting Corps Marshal was accompanied by the management team and other rescue operatives.
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.
The Acting Corps Marshal, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Mr Dauda Biu, has commiserated with a female student, Fatima Suleiman, who was knocked down by an underaged driver in Sokoto and had her leg amputated.
Biu was represented by Sokoto State Sector Commander of FRSC, Mr Kabiru Yusuf-Nadabo, at the Usmanu Danfodio University Teaching Hospital Sokoto (UDUTHS) on Monday, where the victim is recuperating.
He described the accident, which led to the amputation of the teenager’s right leg, as unfortunate.
Biu assured that FRSC was in liaison with Police authorities to ensure that the perpetrator did not go unpunished, to serve as deterrent to others.
The Corp Marshal called on parents to desist from allowing their children to drive vehicles without requisite permission.
He said FRSC was determined to ensure that all underaged drivers were punished according to the law while the vehicles were sanctioned appropriately.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Suleiman, aged 16, was knocked down by a car driven by one Aliyu Sanusi-Umar, after she wrote her final year examination at Khalifa International College, Sokoto.
Sanusi-Umar was alleged to have been driving the car in a dangerous manner and run into Suleiman who was waiting for her parents.
The victim was rushed to UDUTHS after the accident, and her right leg was amputated following severe mutilation of the leg.
Speaking to newsmen at the hospital, the victim’s mother, Hadiza Suleiman, called on authorities to ensure that the perpetrator faced the wrath of the law.
She said her family was determined to seek for appropriate compensation from the perpetrator.
The mother said, although, the perpetrator could not return her daughter’s leg, however, requisite compensation must be paid.
”This will serve as deterrent to others, as enshrined by Shari’ah law.
“Activities of such underaged drivers had been reported to the authorities on many occassions,” she added.
Mr Yusuf Ndabo, the Sokoto State Sector Commander of Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), said the command had so far impounded 35 motorcycles without registration numbers.
Speaking to newsmen after inaugurating the enforcement exercise, Nadabo said the motorcycles were impounded on Monday, the first day of the enforcement which would be continuous.
He explained that the exercise followed a directive by the Acting Corps Marshal, Mr Dauda Biu. Biu had instructed all Commands to ensure that all unregistered motorcycles were impounded.
Nadabo said the owners of the motorcycles are required to complete their full registration before they are released.
“Operatives may not issue notice of offence ticket to the operators.
All impounded motorbikes must be fully documented,’’ he said.
the sector commander 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.
”The directive would help to curb insecurity, if all captured motorcycles are in the national database.
” The sector commander said the command would liaise with the Internal Revenue Board to ensure that the processes are easy and accessible especially in local government areas.
Nadabo added that owners of five of the impounded motorcycles have indicated interest to register and would thereafter collect them.
He said the exercise covers both private and commercial motorcycles owners and urged the public to obtain requisite numbers as it is part of national regulations.
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.