The Federal Roads Safety Corps’ (FRSC), Sector Commander in Niger, Susan Ajenge, says it can operate on state roads.
She told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), in Minna on Wednesday that the enabling laws granted it the right to function on any road in the discharge of its responsibilities of ensuring safety and sanity.
NAN recalls that the command was summoned by the Niger State House of Assembly to explain why it operates on state roads “and causing tension among motorists.’’
Ajenge said ‘’we function on not only federal roads but state roads as well as local government roads in order to safeguard lives and property.
‘’The area of operation of the corps is therefore the highways and all categories of roads as contained in the provisions of section 10 subsection 3 of the FRSC Act.
‘’In fact, section 10 subsection 4 gives the corps powers to arrest and prosecute persons suspected to having committed any traffic offence irrespective of the road on which the offence was committed’’, she added.
Ajenge said the corps does not arrest anybody that did not violate traffic rules and regulations, adding that ‘’if we do that, there will be no space or time for such huge prosecutions.’’
She said 90 per cent of drivers of commercial vehicles, riders of tricycles and motor cycles do not obey traffic laws and only 30 per cent have the pre-requisites for their vehicles.
The commander debunked allegations that the activities of the corps were causing tension and embarrassing motorists in the state.
‘’There has not been a single case in this command of the activities of corps leading to tension, accidents, damage to property and bodily injuries.
Rather, it is the FRSC that has suffered intimidation from the side of the motorists’’, she added. (NAN)