By Wole Mosadomi
Minna—No fewer than 35 regular marshals have been killed by motorists on highways across the country in the past one year while on official duties, with seven of them from Niger State.
State Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, Susan Ajenge, who disclosed this on the floor of the Niger State House of Assembly, said the development occurred when the staff were trying to enforce simple safety regulations.
According to her, another staff recently knocked down by a driver while trying to clear obstruction on the highway, was lying critically in a hospital and had gone through two operations and might lose his manhood.
The state legislatures had summoned the Commander to defend the series of criticism by the public against FRSC over allegations of officials intimidating and harassing motorists in its desperate move to generate revenue for government.
However, Ajenge defended the commission, lamenting that rather than obey simple traffic rules, motorists would turn around to criticise and attack FRSC officials.