FRSC impounds 396 vehicles for physical distancing violations

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

For violating physical distancing directive, as one of the key measures of curbing the deadly Coronavirus pandemic in Nigeria, the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has arrested 396 vehicles conveying over 2,422 passengers in its 12 Zonal Commands across the country.

Agency report says Mr. Bisi Kazeem, Corps Public Education Officer (CPEO) of FRSC, disclosed this in a statement in Abuja, Monday, May 11.

Kazeem said that the arrests were made for indiscriminate violations of Presidential directives on physical distancing in vehicles while on the roads.

The highest number of arrests was recorded in Rivers, Enugu and Kwara states, while Ekiti and Niger States recorded the least number of arrests, he stated.

Kazeem gave the breakdown of the arrests as Rivers 67, Enugu 48, Kwara 47, Sokoto 37, Adamawa 36, Delta 31 and Oyo 23.

The FRSC CPEO said: “Others are Kaduna and Bauchi with 16 arrests each, Ebonyi 14 while Lagos and Ondo recorded a total of 11 arrests each.

“Ekiti state where the least number of arrest was successfully carried out recorded 1 arrest while Niger followed with 2 arrests.”

He added: “It was gathered that out of the 396 vehicles arrested, 343 were impounded for conveying a total of 2,442 passengers which completely violates the physical distancing order.

“While the remaining 63 vehicles were arrested for overloading the vehicles with goods.”

He, however, revealed that out of the 2,442 commuters, 927 were discharged from the vehicles to make room for spacing and distancing among the passengers.

He charged the Commanding Officers to sustain the tempo and intensify efforts at ensuring that motorists are compelled to comply with the presidential directives on physical distancing and restrictions on interstate movements.

Kazeem also reiterated Dr. Boboye Oyeyemi, Corps Marshal’s commitment to helping the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 to bring down the curve of the rising pandemic in the country.

The Corps’ helping in enforcing compliance in that regard is key to containing the spread of the virus in Nigeria, he stated.

He, however, called on the motoring public to avoid boarding overloaded vehicles and also warned commercial drivers to desist from such violations or face the wrath of the law.

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