FRSC Unit Commander in trouble for saying VIOs can’t arrest overloaded vehicles, motorists using phones

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  • “…the Corps Marshal has ordered the immediate withdrawal of the Unit Commander to the national headquarters for necessary administrative and disciplinary actions”– Bisi Kazeem
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*Photo: Biu*

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has disowned the statement by the Unit Commander, Central Business District Unit Command, Assistant Corps Commander IL Ibrahim,  that Vehicle Inspection Officers (VIOs) do not have the right to arrest road traffic violators, including overloaded vehicles and motorists caught using phones while driving.

This was contained in a press statement on Wednesday by Bisi Kazeem, Deputy Corps Marshal, FRSC which asked the general public to “disregard the statement as it had no approval of the Corps Marshal, Dauda Ali Biu and does not in anyway reflect the corporate or general position of the Corps.”

Deputy Corps Marshal Kazeem added that “It is important for the public know that the laws establishing VIOs/State Traffic Management Agencies give them the statutory mandate to make arrests on different offences depending on the state within which they operate. As such, the agencies should be given the maximum cooperation for the enhancement of safety on our roads.

“On this note and in line with sustaining the Corps’ resolve that road safety is a collective responsibility, and in acknowledgement of the roles the State Traffic Management Agencies like the Vehicle Inspection OFFICERS play in complementing the statutory responsibilities of the FRSC through enforcement of traffic laws, the Corps Marshal has ordered the immediate withdrawal of the Unit Commander to the national headquarters for necessary administrative and disciplinary actions.

“The public is admonished to always comply with all established traffic regulations and cooperate with security agencies deployed to maintain law and order on the highways, irrespective of their corporate mandate.”

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