23 October 2020 by Kayode Oyedare
The Federal Road Safety Commission, FRSC has expressed concern over incessant attacks on its personnel and operational tools due to the ENDSARS protest across the Country.
The Corps Public Education Officer, Bisi Kazeem stated this in an interview with newsmen in Abuja.
Mr Kazeem said the Commission had suffered a lot of damage due to the protest as some of the Operational vehicles and tools of operations had been destroyed in some parts of the Country .
He said that the Corps Marshal, FRSC, Dr Boboye Oyeyemi had directed that all formations be placed on alert to avert further attack on its personnel due to the ENDSARS protest.
He noted that the directives became neccessary due to the increased threats and escalation of violence adding that directives were given for the reduction of the visibility of the Corps through scaling down of enforcement. According to the FRSC spokesman the escalation of violence in the Country, FRSC formations came under physical attacks resulting in the burning down of offices.
This he said, includes Operational and other vehicles, damaging of sundry structures and massive looting of valuables of FRSC formations including Drivers license Centres, DLCs.
He however noted that no life of any staff was lost but a staff sustained injury at Benin toll gate Unit Command and was currently receiving treatment.
He said that the States affected were Abia, Anambra, Delta, Edo, Imo, Lagos and Enugu saying that items and property were stolen while some were burnt.
Some of the items stolen and burnt in Aba South DLC were computers, printers, chairs, tables, Air conditioners, laptops, files, fans among others.
Mr Kazeem said that the Commission would however continue to respond to road traffic crashes and other emergencies as this was its mandate while reiterating commitment to workfor maintenance of national peace and security.
He urged youths to put an end to the protest which he noted had been hijacked by hoodlums to engage in inter-rival gang war and looting with impunity.
He also advised youths against venting their anger by vandalising government’s critical infrastructure, notwithstanding the provocation, frustrations and incitement.