Monday, 5 December 2016

FG gives FRSC officials authority to carryarms while on duty

The Federal Government has granted
officials of the Federal Road Safety
Commission FRSC, the authority to carry
arms while on duty. Corps Marshal and
Chief Executive of FRSC, Boboye Oyeyemi,
disclosed this while speaking at the end of
the year management strategy session for
the parastatal in Abuja this weekend.
According to Oyeyemi, the need for the
officers to bear arms arose from the
increased number of violent attacks and
killing of some of its operatives while on
duty. According to Oyeyemi, over 70 of its
personnel have been killed in 2016 alone
as a result of violent attacks by angry
motorists. Oyeyemi said the FRSC
Establishment Act gives power to the corps
to bear arms and that the Federal
Government had earlier approved that,
with about 5,000 personnel already
undergoing training on firearms.
“The Act gives power to the Corps to bear
arms and 5,000 of our personnel have
been trained. We are just waiting for the
validation of the earlier approval. Sadly,
within the one year, we have lost 70
personnel. It is sad to note that some
killing and maiming of operatives,
including one from a sister agency in close
collaboration with the Corps were in the
course of official duties. A recent
occurrence was the happening in Talata
Mafara, Zamfara State where a motorist
ran into the Mobile Court in session, killing
three operatives almost instantly while a
Civil Defence operative died later as a
result of injuries sustained in the dastardly
act”he said