Nearly 200 Lagos drivers without valid license & number plate arrested by FRSC in 5 days


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The FRSC is arresting drivers without valid licenses in its Operation Show Your Driver's License in Lagos. 111 drivers were arrested in 5 days, plus 88 ones caught for invalid number plates! Get the gist!

Following its commencement of the “Operation Show Your Driver’s License” on November 4, 2019, the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Lagos has disclosed that it has arrested no fewer than 111 faulting drivers till Nov 9th.

Besides, 88 other drivers were fined for invalid vehicle number plate, making the total of arrested drivers up to 199 people in just 5 days.


FRSC officials are all over the city maintaining law and order on Nigerian roads!

This information was communicated to the public by the Commander of the Lagos sector, Hyginus Omeje, while at the Unit Command in Badagry to mark the “World Remembrance Day for Road Traffic Victims/African Road Safety Day,” held in Lagos on Tuesday, November 12, 2019.

It was earlier announced that the Lagos command of the FRSC was going to commence the 2-week driver’s license operation in order to charge individuals to go pick up their abandoned driver’s license at the agency.

The Commander condemned the act of driving without a valid driver’s license, insisting that the license was the official document required of anyone to get behind the wheels on roads across the nation. Speaking further, he revealed that 4 drivers were arrested on the first day of the operation November 4, 23 were arrested the next day November 5, 16 were arrested on November 6, 19 were arrested on November 7 and 8 were arrested on November 9, summing up to 111 drivers arrested.

>>> Know the various traffic offences and their fines to be guided! Traffic offences and fines in Nigeria by FRSC


Commander Omeje reminds Lagos FRSC officers to keep professional standards

Omeje urged his officers to uphold high standards of professionalism on the job, saying:

“Some of us have turned to something else because of this uniform we put on.

“Even at times some of us behave as if we are tin gods in the uniform, this is wrong.

“You have to be very careful while dealing with people on the roads, you don’t know the value of the job you have until you lose it.”

Some individuals who apply for driver’s license in the county do not go back for pickup for various reasons including procrastination, reluctance, change of location and perceived bureaucracy. With a new e-system in place, driver’s license application, driver’s license renewal and also number plate verification have been simplified and made faster. In no time, you will have your license in your hands.

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Chris Odogwu is a Content Writer and Journalist. He holds a bachelor's degree in Mass Communication from University of Jos and a master's degree in Mass Communication from University of Lagos. His works have been published in top local and international publications including Forbes, HuffPost, ThriveGlobal, TheNextScoop and Nigeria360 among others. A member of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR), the thrill he gets from writing about exotic cars feels almost the same as riding in them.


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