The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences (ICPC) in conjunction with an Inter-Agency Task force has arrested no fewer than 37 officials of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) for their alleged involvement in extorting money from motorists on various highways in the country. This was disclosed by Spokesperson of the ICPC, Mrs Rasheedat Okoduwa, in a statement released on Monday, August 19, 2019.
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Okoduwa revealed that the team comprised officials from the Department of State Security Service (DSS), the FRSC and ICPC. She stated that the team got to work after receiving reports from the Corps about the suspected extortion of motorists by patrol teams on the highways.
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Speaking further, Okoduwa said that 2 civilians and 13 FRSC personnel were arrested in Abia State in addition to the 3 civilians and 24 officials of the FRSC arrested in different checkpoints across the country. According to her, some amounts of money were found in the possession of those arrested. They were kept in ICPC’s custody, and were later granted bail. She said:
“The FRSC management had, in the complaint to the Commission, observed that incidents of extortion were rife in the six states of Kaduna, Bauchi, Abia, Rivers, Kogi and Ogun.
“Based on this, the ICPC-led team went into action and identified the notorious spots in each of the aforementioned states, which include Aba in Abia State; Ahoada, Ajaokuta, Itori, Toro and Gwantu, which are located in Rivers, Kogi, Ogun, Bauchi and Kaduna States respectively.”
Confirming the incident, Public Education Officer of the FRSC, Mr Bisi Kazeem, stated that the arrest was a strong message to corrupt officials that such tendencies would not be tolerated by the Corps.
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