Ebonyi commissioner watched FRSC personnel being lynched without acting – Official

FRSC officials
FRSC officials

The Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, on Saturday lamented what it described as incessant attacks on its personnel discharging their lawful duties in Ebonyi.

The corps also alleged that a serving commissioner in the state watched its staff being lynched without acting.

Stella Uchegbu, Sector Commander of the commission in the state, told the News Agency of Nigeria that such negative development was hindering the effective discharge of their duties.

According to Ms. Uchegbu, such incidents are recorded more along the busy Abakaliki to Enugu federal highway.

“The attackers do not ask questions on the actions of our personnel, or listen to explanations before attacking and leaving our staff critical wounded in most cases.

“The question is, do they attack other security agents in such manner, or is it because we do not carry arms?” she queried.

The sector commander lamented that despite the various avenues explored by the corps to enlighten the public on its activities, the threat had persisted.

“Our duty is primarily to save lives but it has become pertinent that in doing so, we have to protect ourselves first.

“Not all dehumanizing acts against our staff are made public as the offenders usually appeal that such issues are settled amicably” she said.

She said that whenever the corps prosecuted motorists for violating traffic regulations, the culprits always felt our staff were against them.

“When accidents caused by violating these regulations occur, they do not affect only the offenders, but innocent people, who did not violate such regulations.

Ms. Uchegbu recalled an incident on July 28, when a bus driver abducted FRSC staff detailed to take him (driver) to the FRSC headquarters for prosecution.

“The driver overloaded his vehicle and when our staff was detailed to take him to our office, he sped towards Enugu, which made other personnel to pursue him with our patrol vehicles.

“The abductor’s vehicle unfortunately somersaulted and the crowd, which gathered, started brutalising our personnel, including the abductee, which left them seriously injured and hospitalised.

“The most intriguing aspect was that a serving commissioner in the state witnessed the spectacle and was alleged to have aided the attackers,” she lamented.

(NAN)


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  • Tuesday

    I will advise FRSC staff to do their work respectfully. Many people, including me, believe you people are on the road to make money. Bearing in mind that you do not carry arms like police and customs, you need to be very friendly, courteous and professional in carrying out your duties.

    I had an encounter with your men on Sango-Idiroko road recently. They ask for everything askable and I showed them. They looked round my tires and and thereafter cleared me to go. Alas, as I was about going, one of them approached and ordered me not to go yet. He checked my tires again and came out with the verdict that one of the tires is worned-out. I told him that he should check the expiring date as the said tire is just about two years old (I always buy brand new tires for my vehicles) and he became so angry and told me I was teaching him is job. He collected my papers and driver’s licence and when they felt I was not ready to path with money, I was booked for two offences.

    From that encounter, my perception about FRSC is that they are on the road mainly to make money for themselves as they will always want to find a fault in order to extort. Police can do that and go scot free because they carry guns. If FRSC thinks they can do what police do and get away with it, then they must be mistaking.

    My candid advice to them is to be more friendly with road users so as to win the desired respect. It is not professional to have a mindset of ‘we must find a fault in every vehicle we stop’. That is not part of your duties.