Barred from Kaduna roads, FRSC denies extorting motorists

FILE PHOTO: FRSC officials
FILE PHOTO: FRSC officials

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Kaduna on Wednesday described as “unfortunate” the allegations by motorist accusing the corps of mounting indiscriminate  check-points and extorting motorists in Kaduna.

The Sector Commander, Francis Udoma, denied the allegation while reacting to the state government order that barred FRSC from erecting checkpoints in Kaduna and other urban centres in the state.

Mr. Udoma said that since he resumed office as the sector commander of the corps in the state, no motorist or any member of the public had filed a complaint bordering on extortion of any sort.

“FRSC do not condone any form of corruption. Collecting bribe under any guise is outright dismissal and our men are fully aware of that,” he said.

“We are only doing our job as prescribed by the Act that established FRSC.

“Asking motorists to pay fine for committing traffic offences is a matter of law and no official collects any money from motorist, they pay in the bank and the money goes to the federation account,”  he said.

On the mandate of FRSC, he said that FRSC was empowered to patrol federal, state and local government roads with the core mandate of keeping Nigerian roads accident-free.

“But if Gov Nasir El-Rufai insists that we should leave, we will do just that because he is the chief security officer and the number one citizen of the state.

“But we will continue to discharge our duties where necessary in accordance with our mandate,” he said.

The Kaduna State Government had in a statement signed by Special Assistant to the governor, Samuel Aruwan, on Wednesday barred FRSC from inspecting vehicles in Kaduna and other urban centres in the state.

Mr. Aruwan said the decision was taken by the state Security Council after a meeting in which it reviewed complaints from the general public against the road marshals.

The government further directed the FRSC officials to henceforth, concentrate their activities “in ensuring safe travel on highways such as the Abuja-Kaduna expressway and other federal highways.”

The Kaduna State Government had in May 2016, inaugurated traffic and environmental agency tagged,” Kaduna State Traffic and Environmental Laws Enforcement Agency (KASTELEA)”.

The agency is empowered by law to control and regulate traffic around Kaduna metropolis and other towns in the state.

(NAN)


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  • zacchaeus Akinleye

    Can Udoma swear in the name of whatever god he believes that the FRSC does not take bribes? Can he do an oath by Ogun Shrine? The corps do it openly, they made my driver pay a #3000 bribe in 2015 alleging one tire was expired while on a visit. A whopping 85% of Nigerians is awash in the crime of bribery; only a few can claim to be free. REPENT NIGERIA!

    • Kallah Bature

      I think the FRSC should be scrapped.Rather than concentrate on their primary mandate of making our roads safe,they are busy searching “vehicle’s particulars”in the cities. They never work at night to check vehicles using offensive headlights used by irresponsible motorists.Other states(e.g Katsina)where their menace is so glaring should copy the Kaduna example.

      • Suleiman Alatise

        FRSC should please release my drivers license before their borrowed time expires, how can FRSC issue a temporary copy that is valid for two months and keep you waiting for up to a year for the original, what a useless organization.

    • Ashibogu

      All of them are thieves including the Police. They lay in wait for you like criminals only to pounce on you in order to extort money. If I had my way the agency should be scrapped. They are n longer fit for purpose.

  • dave jacob

    I do not know about Kaduna but I know that between Ibadan and Akure, FRSC officials have made extortion from motorists a lifestyle.