The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has cautioned road users to desist from giving bribes to its officers on duty. This was made known by Imoh Etuk, who was newly deployed as a Zonal Commander in the FRSC, on his visit to Bauchi.
The Assistant Corps Marshall disclosed that the FRSC was putting this message out because such bribes are corrupting men of the Corps placed on duty to do their job and also give the commission a bad name. He charged his men to be conspicuous on the road, shun all forms of corruptions, and see to it that road issues including overloading are totally eradicated.
"Just yesterday (Tuesday), the Vice President (Yemi Osinbajo) said nobody should give bribe to FRSC, to Police and so on,” he said.
FRSC affirms road users must not bribe their men under any circumstance
Etuk beckoned on Nigerians to do what they are supposed to do under the law. According to him, people resort to use money to bail themselves when they are on the wrong side of the law. He further warned that the Corps’ anti-corruption squad would be on the lookout for people who are fond of bribing their way out of issues when found wanting.
“I am warning them to obey the traffic rules rather than using money especially during this Ramadan,” he added.
However, whether this warning is reasonable or not is still in doubt, especially when we just got reports last week an Okada man had been killed for not giving a policeman N100 bribe. You check details of the incident and what Nigerian police explained in the link above.
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Commenting on the Bauchi-Gombe and Bauchi-Jos roads that can be referred to as death traps due to incessant accidents, Etuk urged his men to do their best in reducing accidents in these zones and environs drastically:
“The crashes on these roads and everywhere in the zone must be reduced to the barest minimum.”
He further revealed that, for the handing over ceremony coming up on May 29, 2019, the three Zonal Sector Commands have mapped out a strategic control plan to manage traffic. In addition to that, Special Marshalls will also carry out route-lining.