The Corps Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Boboye Oyeyemi, says it is out to prosecute abusers of sirens and convoys across the federation. Mr Oyeyemi made this disclosure on Wednesday at a news conference on the recently concluded end of the year activities in Abuja.
He said the organisation would work with the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) to ensure that offenders are prosecuted accordingly and the act is reduced to the barest minimum. He said most abusers of convoys and sirens are not government officials, but mainly private individuals, who are unauthorised to use convoys in the country.
“We have seen a lot of people abusing the use of convoys and we have taken it up to the appropriate authority; this year, we would take more drastic action. “Abuse of convoys and sirens are abuse of freedom of movement and intimidation to road users and citizens across the country and this act must stop,’’ he said.
Mr Oyeyemi said the act was an act of lawlessness that is clearly against the regulation of entitlement to escort. He said those found guilty in 2020 would be brought to book with their vehicles impounded and the drivers prosecuted according to law. Mr Oyeyemi lamented that during the end of the year special patrol operation; no fewer than 690 offenders were prosecuted while 629 others were convicted by the FRSC mobile court in some states with fines.
He lauded the use of Google map but cautioned against hand-held driving usage of the map, saying that anyone caught by FRSC would also be arrested and prosecuted.
“The use of Google map while driving is allowed, but hand-held driving and usage are offences associated with driving and anyone caught would face the law squarely.
“If you must use Google map while driving, you must get the car-holding phone devices which is both for your safety and for better usage of the device and the application,’’ he said.
He reiterated that the law was very clear and offenders of any of the road traffic rules and regulations regardless of status would be penalised and would also be subjected to an emotional psychology evaluation. (NAN)
Pix: FRSC Corps Marshal and Chief Executive, Boboye Oyeyemi