According to reports, stricter measures will now be taken by the FCT Ministerial Task team on Traffic Management, in order to guarantee compliance especially when the operatives are intimidated by armed personnel. This new development came in the wake of a recent incident that warranted an army official to pull his gun on an FRSC official. The General was flagged down for driving against traffic along the Nyanya-Mararaba route in the FCT area.
Erring military personnel on the roads set to face justice due to the ugly incident involving an army General and FRSC operative
Comrade Ikharo Attah, who happens to be the task force chairman, while speaking at the press conference, disclosed that the civilian population has shown a lot of cooperation with his team. He lamented on the current issue they are having with armed uniformed operatives, who are fond of taking laws into their hands.
From what he said, the current FCT Minister, Mallam Muhammadu Musa Bello, has given approval for a “name and shame” policy for those who disobey traffic laws, irrespective of their social status. Comrade Attah further revealed that his task force team is working with the military police to give out appropriate punishments for any military personnel found wanting in that regard.
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The new "name and shame" policy approved by the FCT minister will give no regard to any traffic violator irrespective of status
“We have the problem of roadside trading which we have almost successfully tackled. The other problem now which I know that the DPO of Karu and the DPO of Nyanya as well as the Kugbo and Karu component of the Directorate of Road Traffic Services DRTS are battling is the issue of those going against traffic – the one way drivers. And we have agreed among us that they are largely done by uniform personnel.”
“We are not disputing that. On the first day our operation commenced in Nyanya, some officers of the Nigerian Correctional Service NCoS beat up the DPO of Karu for telling them not to park on the road.”
“They came down from their bus, attacked him, tore his clothes because they felt they were Correctional Service personnel and were wearing uniforms. Subsequently, the DPO Karu and the FRSC have been battling both police and military personnel on the slope to the point that the Commissioner of Police and some senior officers had to go there in person to ensure enforcement.”
“Last Sunday when we had a problem at Kugbo, we had a very rough encounter with some uniform personnel. We were there when the Corps Marshall of the FRSC arrived at the scene to monitor his men and a General in the Nigerian Army brought out a gun to threaten a road safety official that he would shoot him, and the Corps Marshall had to advise that the road safety official looked at safety first.”
“But we are pushing hard. The beauty of it is that we are getting the military police, Col. Madaki and his men who can punish their own and we know that is going to help us greatly.”