THE Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has drawn a battle line with recalcitrant traffic law violators with the inauguration of a special patrol team codenamed Cobra Squad in the FCT. In a ceremony to kick-start the event recently, the Corps Marshal and Chief Executive Officer of FRSC warned that the agency would deal decisively with any offender.
The exercise will focus on life threatening violations such as use of phone while driving, route violation, traffic light violation, dangerous driving and overloading. Corps Marshal of the FRSC, Dr Boboye Oyeyemi, inaugurated the squad along with 10 well-equipped patrol motorcycles, five vans and an ambulance dedicated to the exercise in the FCT.
Last Friday, Oyeyemi said he would personally lead the FCT squad, adding that similar teams and logistics would be deployed subsequently at the zonal level before the end of July. According to him, the special patrol would be outside the normal patrol activities of the Corps in the FCT and other parts of the country.“Let me sound a note of warning to all road users: the Corps will not tolerate any form of assault on its personnel.
“With the support of the Federal Ministry of Justice if need be, I will press for maximum punishment of culprits and ensure that I send them to jail. FRSC officials are law enforcement agents funded by the government to ensure the safety of Nigerians on the road, but road users especially passengers are fund of assaulting them. I will get them arrested and with the help of the Inspector-General of Police, criminal cases will be filed against them. It is not a threat, I have started that already,” he said.
The Corps Marshal said that flash points of traffic violations in the territory would be effectively manned by FRSC officials backed by ambulances. Oyeyemi, who noted that his announcement of the mental stability test had been misinterpreted by a section of the public, said the Corps would remain focused in the discharge of its responsibilities.