Speeding truck kills FRSC Marshall

FRSC officials at an accident scene used to illustrate the story
FRSC officials at an accident scene used to illustrate the story

The Road Safety Corps confirmed the death.

The Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, has confirmed the death of one of its men, Iyakwo Danlami, who was killed by a speeding truck.

In a statement released on Saturday afternoon, the Corps said Mr. Danlami was a Regular Marshal at its Zariagi Unit Command of Kogi State.

“The deceased was knocked down in the early hours of Saturday by a speeding Mercedes Benz truck, (XB30KTU) along the Zariagi-Lokoja road while on patrol,” the statement said.

The corps said that on knocking down the marshal, the truck driver escaped but his motor boy was arrested and handed over to the “B” Division of the Nigerian Police in Lokoja for further investigation while the body of the deceased was deposited at the Lokoja Specialist hospital mortuary.

Further reports show that the truck belongs to one Bolaji Rafiu of 17 Imam Ojoku street , Agege, Lagos.

In a related development, 231 traffic offenders have been convicted by mobile courts f or various traffic-related ­ offences in Kwara, Edo, Osun, Jigawa and Ekiti states as the FRSC continues its nationwide Easter patrols.

Details of the convictions indicate that speed violation, dangerous driving, overloading, tyre and seat belt violations were the most prevalent offences for the arraignment of 246 traffic offenders while 14 others were cautioned and discharged.

Reacting to the mobile court convictions, the Corps Public Education Officer, Jonas Agwu, said that the courts are usually established by the Corps during special patrols at strategic routes of the highways for prompt handling of road traffic violations as part of the FRSC initiatives to engender best road practices among motorists. He added that some traffic offences attract jail terms especially when the offender fails to meet up with the fines.

The Corps reiterated its warning for motorists to comply with traffic rules and regulations especially during the Easter celebrations. Motorists are also advised to ensure proper maintenance of their vehicles while road vices such as speed violations, overloading, use of phone while driving, night trips and non-use of seat belts should be avoided during the festive season.

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