FRSC Goes Tough On Truck Drivers, Arrests 537
The commission carried out the first phase of its Special Patrol (Operation Scorpion) on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, covering 139 kilometers from the Ojota, Ikorodu road interchange in Lagos State to Iwo road, in Ibadan, Oyo State, vowing it would continue to enforce traffic laws till drivers learn to abide by them. Unit commanders of the commission in the two corridors of Lagos/Epe and Lagos Badagry Expressways also enforced Operation Scorpion.
The Zonal Commanding Officer, FRSC Zone 2 Command Headquarters Lagos, Assistant Corps Marshal Nseobong Akpabio, who coordinates Lagos and Ogun States, pointed out that the first phase of the Operation was designed to focus on truck and trailer drivers on the ever busy Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.
Akpabio noted that tragedies caused by falling tankers laden with fuel and unsecured containers have become an embarrassment to the nation, hence the need to address the menace squarely.
He pointed out that 537 drivers were apprehended for various offences such as moving with unlatched containers, lane violation, driving rickety vehicles, overloading, using worn out tyres, and drivers’ license violation.
To carry out the Operation, the commission mobilised personnel from FRSC formations in the Lagos Sector command headquarters; Mowe, Sagamu, Ogere and Ogun Unit Commands; and FRSC operatives from Oyo State. Corps Marshal and Chief Executive of the Commission, Boboye Oyeyemi, also participated in the exercise.
Akpabio informed his corridor commanders that with experience gained from the operations, the Corps Marshal has approved extension of the Operation to other routes nationwide.
Akpabio commended FRSC operatives for their zeal in the exercise and urged them to sustain it. He also expressed satisfaction with the performance of judiciary staff and other security agencies in Lagos, Ogun and Oyo States. He praised their cooperation in the arrest and prosecution of defaulting drivers. He also applauded the support of the media in creating awareness during the exercise.
Giving a brief insight into the Operation, he explained how “two Dangote Cement Company truck drivers, Sani Ahmed and Umar Musa, were arrested and arraigned before a mobile court at Oluyole, Ibadan along the Lagos/Ibadan Expressway. Ahmed Sani drove his unregistered truck fully loaded with cement in a reckless and dangerous manner, inimical to the safety of himself and other road users. The truck had no single registration number plate. The court sentenced Sani to three months imprisonment with hard labour and payment of an N81,000 fine.
“The second driver, Mr. Musa Umar, was also arraigned for driving a truck fully loaded with cement dangerously on the highway and without a valid driving license. Umar pleaded guilty and showed remorse, promising to drive responsibly henceforth. He was fined N60,000 and the truck impounded until the company produces another licensed person to drive the truck.”