FRSC to enforce passengers’ manifest law from September 29

FRSC, Corps Marshal, Boboye Oyeyemi

THE Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) on Sunday announced the completion of plans to flag off a special intervention initiative to enforce strict adherence to passengers’ manifest by commercial drivers.

The intervention codenamed ‘Operation Akaeze’ would commence from September 29 and is to be implemented four days a week — Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Enenu Ochepo, Superintendent Route Commissioner said in a press release.

Ochepo explained that the Special Intervention patrol would ensure that passengers travelling on inter-state journeys are mandated to authenticate their details in the Passenger’s Manifest.

He said the directive is based on Section 51(5) of the FRSC Act which stipulates that “All passenger-carrying commercial vehicles shall, before commencing on any intercity journey, must keep and maintain a passenger manifest indicating the names of its passengers, their addresses, their point of departure and destination, their telephone numbers, name and telephone number of the next of kin.”

Jonas Agwu, Zonal Commanding Officer overseeing the FCT and Niger state also noted the FRSC had observed that some passengers usually either give wrong details or refuse to fill the form while most commercial motorists do not comply with this directive.

“The manifest is expected to be filled before take-off at the motor parks, which contains the name, destination, address, phone number as well as the contact details of passenger’s next of kin,” he said.

Agwu explained that the easiest and proper identification of passengers in any case of an accident on the highway.

The officer urged passengers to always fill the manifest before taking off from the park.

“Compliance with passenger manifest during and after ember months will be useful in identifying travels and occupants of a commercial vehicle in the event of a possible road traffic crash,” the statement read.

Breaking News Security Agents Never Rescued Us, We Paid N36 Million Ransom To Be Freed – Kidnapped FRSC Officials

Ransom

Contrary to police reports that no ransom was paid, the six Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) officials who were recently released by their abductors have said they paid for their freedom.

According to them, they were not rescued by any security agency and each of them paid N6m as a ransom to the kidnappers before they were freed.

Recall that the Police spokesman, Ramham Nansel, had said no ramson was paid for their release.

“They were rescued by the security agencies comprising police and soldiers supported by vigilante groups and hunters,” ASP Nansel said.

However, the officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity to BBC Hausa Service, said the police lied.

One of them said, “What the police are saying is a big lie, there is no element of truth in it, the kidnappers established contact with our relatives, the ransom money was withdrawn in Nasarawa town.

“They instructed that only the driver should come with the money; when the driver brought the money, they kept us aside and counted it to ensure it was complete, but because it was getting dark, they did not finish and asked the driver to go with us while they also proceeded into the bush shooting in the air.”

Another victim whose leg was amputated as a result of the gunshot from the incident said, “We paid ransom through our relatives before we were released; some paid N5m, others N6m.”

The FRSC officials were kidnapped around Nasarawa while on their way to Abuja for a corps training.

Source : Thestreetjournal.org

Family of 6 perish in Kogi tanker explosion as FRSC confirms death of 23 persons

The Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, Kogi State Command, has confirmed the death of twenty-three (23) persons in a tanker explosion that occurred in the early hours of Wednesday along Felele – Nataco axis of Abuja – Lokoja road.

DAILY POST reports that the accident involved a tanker loaded with petroleum product, a school bus, cars, tricycles and motorcycles.

Confirming the incident on Wednesday afternoon, the Kogi State Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps, Mr Idris Ali gave the figures of the victims to include ten adult males, six female adults, three female children and four other children burnt beyond recognition.

Mr Ali, however, said one child escaped death with injury.

The Sector Commander said ten vehicles including five cars, one taker, three tricycles and two motorcycles were involved in the accident.

He added that eleven of the corpses have already been claimed by their relatives while the rest have been deposited in the morgue at the Kogi State Specialist hospital, Lokoja.

An eyewitness account said the tanker failed break at GT Plaza at Felele and rammed into the vehicles in its front causing the fatal accident.

A whole family of six who were caught in the inferno all died before help could come their way.

Our reporter gathered that sympathizers watched helplessly as no fire fighting vehicles from the state or federal fire services came to the scene to put off the fire.

News Credit:Daily Post

26 Kidnapped FRSC Officials Regain Freedom- Nasarawa Governor

Governor Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State on Tuesday said that the remaining officials of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) allegedly kidnapped by suspected bandits had been freed.
Sule said this when he received the Market Enterprise Development Advisor, Fatima Buhari, in Lafia.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that three out of the 26 operatives recently kidnapped along Maraban-Udege in the state had earlier been rescued.
Sule commended the Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Bola Longe, other security agencies and all those who worked hard to free the remaining operatives of the FRSC.
“I am happy to announce that all the 26 members of the FRSC that were recently kidnapped were released yesterday (Monday).
“I want to thank all the security agencies and all those who worked very hard to ensure that we achieved that feat.
“I want to thank them for all the efforts they are making in order to ensure that Nasarawa State remains safe,’’ he said.
The 26 officers were travelling for training at the FRSC’s Academy at Udi in Enugu State when they were abducted by suspected bandits.

Multiple accident in Ondo-three confirmed dead

The Ondo Sector Command of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has confirmed three persons dead in a multiple accident that occurred near Premiere Hotel, Akungba close to the Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba.

It said the accident, which happened on Sunday night, involved a white Toyota Hiace bus marked BDG 731 XT, a blue Mercedez Benz towing truck and a blue DAF Trailer.

But eyewitnesses had earlier said the accident involved several vehicles which the trailer rammed into.

The witnesses claimed many persons were trapped as at the time of the accident even as some fell into a nearby river.

But spokesman for the Ondo FRSC, Omotola Ogungbawo, said nobody fell into the river and no one has been declared missing.

Omotola said 11 persons were injured in the accident.

She said the injured victims were rushed to General Hospital Ikare while the corpses were deposited at the General Hospital Iwaro.