The new Zonal Commanding Officer for the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Zone 4 comprising Plateau, Benue and Nasarawa States Assistant Corps Marshal Kayode OLAGUNJU, has vowed to prosecute erring motorists in the Zone to improve safety situation on the roads.
Already 359 traffic offenders have been convicted between 26 June and 21 July 2020.
In a statement signed by Terry N Hoomlong
Deputy Route Commander for Plateau and Nasarawa states said that a total of 408 traffic offenders were arrested by the FRSC Operatives and arraigned before eight (8) Magistrate Courts in the two states. 50 out of the 408 arraigned were discharged and acquited. The Convicts were given between two to six months jail terms but were however given the options of fines ranging between two to ten thousand naira.
From Plateau, the statement said ” a total of 117 traffic offenders were convicted with 121 offences before Presiding Magistrate Godswill Longs.
“In Nasarawa, a total of 242 traffic offenders were convicted by Magistrates Abimbola Buzi, Joy Farouk, Victoria Isiaku, Abundaga Habila and Gwahimba Vincent.
:The most prevalent offences were Overloading, Speed Limit Violation, Tyre Violation, Driving and Vehicle Licence Violations. Others include Seat Belt, Windscreen and Motorcycle Helmet Violations.”
The Zonal Commanding Officer Jos Dr Olagunju, mni, admonished motorists to be careful and always ” carry out good maintainance for their vehicles and imbibe good driving culture at all times especially now that it is raining heavily in the area.”
He further stated that they should ensure that their tyres and wipers were in good condition and should avoid overloading their vehicles.
He enjoined motorists to always fasten their seat belts while passengers were urged to always caution their drivers whenever they attempt to break traffic rules and regulations.
The Zonal Commanding Officer also, addressing the staff on his assumption of duty, warned them to shun extortion as he had in place monitoring mechanism to fish out the corrupt ones and get them punished in line with the extant rules.
Dr Olagunju called on all staff to be dedicated to their duties, be disciplined, shun rumour mongering and be civil to the members of the public while discharging their duties.
Dr Olagunju admonished staff to abide by the COVID 19 Protocols such as regular washing of hands with running water and soap and the use of sanitizers, use of facemasks and social distancing.
He equally pointed out that hard working staff and Commands would be rewarded while those violating the Operational Guidelines and Standard Operating Procedures would be sanctioned accordingly.
He also enjoined all the Commanding Officers in the Zone to be creative in evolving Strategies and Initiatives to reduce the rate of Road Traffic Crashes and fatalities in the Zone .