- FRSC has stated that no one in Abuja is above traffic law
- The corps said it applies the laws to both influential persons and commoners equally
- It enjoined influential people to join the corps as Special Marshals to serve as advocates of good road use
The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has declared that no individual is above traffic laws in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja.
The FCT sector commander of the corps, Gora Wobin, stated this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Tuesday, April 17, while speaking against the backdrop of the wanton disregard for traffic laws by highly placed personalities and government motorcades in the nation’s capital.
Wobin noted that contrary to popular thinking, influential figures often referred to as `big men’ in Nigerian parlance, were not above the law as far as FRSC was concerned.
He said: “We do not leave any stone unturned. If you go out, you will see some big vehicles impounded inside our yard. A Mallam Audu (commoner) like me cannot drive such vehicles.
“You will now agree with me that even anybody that calls himself “a big guy” is not covered by the law to commit offences and get away with them.
“They are also arrested and booked. In most cases, we impound their vehicles too especially when they don’t have drivers licence or anything to be confiscated.
“We are not bothered (by) that position you are occupying.’’
The FRSC officer called on very important persons in the society to use their influence to ensure road safety.
Wobin said that ideally such personalities were supposed to be advocates of good conduct. He urged them to join the corps as Special Marshals.
“By virtue of the position you are holding, you should be a propagandist of good road use, not a good violator.
“That will not give you a good name, it would rather bring down your dignity as a person; people will no more respect you.
“The big shots come and be special marshals. If we can have quite a number of them, I can assure you that when people see them out there doing patrols with our men; people will enter their shells.
“That is the kind of thing we want to see,’’ Wobin said.
NAN reports that respected public figures, including top brass of security agencies of government, are often seen in Abuja, either disobeying speed limits, driving on pavements or against vehicular traffic, among other infringements.
NAIJ.com previously reported that the FRSC Corps Marshal, Boboye Oyeyemi, absolved demons of responsibility for the high rate of road traffic accidents during ember months.
Oyeyemi spoke at the launch of the 10th edition of the “Don’t Drink and Drive’’ campaign of the Nigerian Breweries (NB), in collaboration with the FRSC in Abuja.
Represented by the corps public education officer, Bisi Kazeem, the FRSC boss blamed the situation on recklessness and irresponsible acts of motorists and other road users.
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