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FRSC warns motorists against speeding in Awka

The Anambra Command of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), has advised motorists against excessive speed as they drive through Awka, the capital territory.

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Mr Sunday Ajayi, Sector Commander of FRSC in the state, gave the warning in an interview with newsmen on Friday in Awka.

Ajayi was reacting to recent crashes around Anambra Government House which resulted in the death of one, injury to no fewer than 10 persons and damaged vehicles, including property.

NAN reports that speed breakers were installed just before the Government House on the Enugu-bound lane by the state government last week as part of the solution.

The sector commander described the Arroma–Agu Awka stretch of the expressway as dangerous and called for extra care, especially during the rainy season.

He said though the Anambra Government had installed speed bumps, it was important that road users develop the right attitude.

“Aroma to Agu-Awka stretch of the Enugu-Onitsha Expressway is a peculiar road environment; it is steep and just at the foot of the bridge, so naturally speed is increased.

“Motorists are advised to manage themselves well to ensure safety; nobody should take anything for granted there.

“I must remind the people that area of the road is a dangerous place; both pedestrians and motorists are advised to be more careful,” he said.

He said the command had evacuated not less than 20 broken down vehicles, including trucks and 38 road medians which constituted obstructions in the bid to make the highway free.

Meanwhile, some road users have faulted the installation of speed breakers on the expressway.

Mr Vincent Oji said vehicles run into themselves when they suddenly run into the bumps, arguing that there should be enough road signs to alert motorists on the dangers ahead.

“This Government House is a black spot on this road, just last week one woman died and six others injured when a Toyota Camry ran into a commercial trying to turn.

“This week, a Mercedes car with five occupants lost brakes when the driver saw the bumps and fell into the drainage, thank God nobody died; another truck almost over ran fully loaded commercial vehicles.

“But the driver managed to avoid that and ended up in the gutter but it’s entirely the drink it was carrying got broken and destroyed,” he said.

Mr Uchenna Okafor, Commissioner for transport in Anambra could not be reached in spite of visits, call and text messages for his reaction to the development.


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