FRSC arrests violators, seizes unauthorised vehicles during lockdown

Alexander Davis | ConsumerConnect

As a necessary consequence for any motorist going against the current stay-at-home directive issued by the Federal Government of Nigeria, Dr. Boboye Oyeyemi, Corps Marshal, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), has ordered Commanding Officers (COs) of the Corps to arrest violators and confiscate unauthourised vehicles during the lockdown in the country.

Dr. Oyeyemi, in a statement by Mr. Bisi Kazeem, Corps Public Education Officer, Tuesday, April 14, in Abuja, FCT, ordered the Corps to step up ongoing enforcement on restrictions and physical distancing among vehicle occupants.

Agency report states the FRSC Corps Marshal said the measure was necessary to carry out the Presidential directives fully by confiscating at sight any vehicles found violating the orders.

It is recalled President Muhammadu Buhari Monday, April 13 extended the lockdown in Lagos, Ogun States and Abuja, for 14 more days.

According to Oyeyemi, the latest directive is to show the FRSC commitment to sustaining the existing collaborations with Federal and state governments in the fight against Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

“This is to further ensure that the restrictions are diligently and effectively enforced with all sense of professionalism, civility and resilience,” he said.

The upsurge in deaths and spread of the fatal virus across the globe, the spread of which the Federal Government is working to control in Nigeria, is not an operation the Corps is ready to treat with kid gloves, he said.

He stated: “As such, Commanding Officers are to ensure full utilisation of the work force through effective deployment of personnel to arrest without hesitation, any motorist who contravenes the stay at home order.

“Commanding Officers must ensure that the vehicles are impounded and the occupants handed over to the Police for prosecution in the court of law for contravening the Presidential Order on restrictions, social distance and stay-at-home.

“Except the vehicles and the occupants are accredited essential workers with proofs of identification,” he said.

The Corps Marshal urged Nigerians to comply with the restriction order or face the wrath of the law.

He also advised essential workers who might be tempted to compromise with the physical distance directives in vehicles to restrain from such.

Coronavirus does not discriminate or spare anybody irrespective of class or profession, Oyeyemi said.

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