By Theodore Opara
THE Federal Road Safety Corps has said that it rescued 405 people during the last Easter patrol operations without injuries from a total of 131 crashes recorded nationwide.
The corps disclosed this in a statement, yesterday, said there was a significant increase in the number of people rescued without injury during the 2022 Easter special patrol due to the wider coverage given to the operations within the period under consideration.
The rescue operation figure, according to the data represents 47 per cent increase in total number of people rescued without injuries. FRSC’s Public Education Officer, Bisi Kazeem, who made this public stated that 275 people were rescued without injuries in the same period in 2021, while 405 were rescued during the 2022 Easter special patrol without injuries. Specifically, 84 persons were rescued with injuries from road traffic crashes.
He said that from the total number of 131 crashes recorded in 2022, 36 were fatal crashes, 72 were serious while 23 were minor, adding that of the 857 persons involved in road traffic crashes during the 2022 Easter celebration period, a total of 84 people died. The 213 vehicles that were involved in road traffic crashes across the nation during the period as follows: 15 tanker/trailers, 28 trucks, 40 buses, 85 cars, 35 motorcycles, five tricycles and five pickups.
Quoting the Corps Marshal, Dr. Boboye Oyeyemi, Kazeem stated that the corps now has a wider coverage due to the establishment of more FRSC commands, outposts, road side clinics and zebra points who now feed in reports from different routes hitherto not thoroughly covered.
He stressed that the increase in number of road crashes, increase in the number of persons involved, and increase in the number of persons killed was due to the reports that emanated from the new FRSC formations.
It will be recalled that Oyeyemi had earlier directed that the 2022 Easter special patrol should cover at least 50 corridors such as Sokoto-Tambuwal-Jega-Birnin Kebbi; Mokwa-Birnin Yero-Zaria; Maiduguri-Biu-Numan-Jalingo-Wukari; Lafia-Langtang-Pankshin-Jos; Abuja-Lokoja-Okene; Lokoja-Auchi-Benin; Onitsha-Njaba-Owerri-Umuahia, Ibadan-Oyo-Ogbomosho; and Ibadan-Ogere-Shagamu.
In view of the directive of the Corps Marshal which is a move away from other years where the focus was on critical corridors, Kazeem noted that the corps intensified its patrol operations and enlightenment campaigns by giving adequate coverage to all 50 routes across Nigeria.
Analysing the corps records for the 2022 Easter special patrol with 2021, a total of 6,634 offenders were apprehended in 2022; while a total of 8,097 offences were recorded in 2022; and a total of 3,187 impoundments were made.
The corps also revealed that with respect to mobile court sittings that was spread across Nigeria during this period, a total of 134 persons were arraigned in 2022 Easter Special patrol, 88 offenders were convicted with option of fine, 21 were imprisoned and 20 persons got discharged and acquitted in 2022.
Kazeem also disclosed that in 2022, enlightenment through motor park rallies and radio programmes increased tremendously.
He noted that the corps did not record any assault on its operatives and this could be attributed to enhanced stakeholders collaboration and engagement, increase in public enlightenment and the introduction of the body and vehicle camera for operatives.