The Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, has appealed to security officials to stop escorting over-loaded vehicles, saying the practice is unlawful.
Shehu Zaki, the FRSC Zonal Commanding Officer for Edo, Delta and Anambra, made the appeal in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Asaba on Sunday.
Mr. Zaki noted that over the years, the commission had lost some grounds in the fight against vehicles have loads exceeding their normal permissible weight because some security agents provided cover for some motorists that were culpable in such offences.
He, however, said the commission would not relent in its determination to check motorists indulging in overloading and committing other traffic offences.
The officer said the command had re-launched `operation clamp down on overloading’ which would be fiercely carried out.
He urged officials of the commission to ensure that violators of laws on overloading and other traffic rules were arrested and punished.
Mr. Zaki, then enjoined them to be swift, vigilant and desist from any form of corruption while carrying out their duties.
He warned that any official found wanting in the course of performing his/her duties would not be spared.