The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), has placed immediate ban on impoundment of vehicles, tricycles and motorcycles by its officers.
This much is contained in a circular issued on Tuesday, by Assistant Corps Marshal
Commanding Administration and Strategy, ACM Jonas Agwu, mni, with reference number FRSC/HQ/OPS/ 94/VOL.XVI/093.
The circular noted that “during the Q3 Strategic Session with Commanding Officers, Corps Marshal Specifically directed Commanding Officers to address staff within their purview on immediate ban on vehicles, tricycles and motorcycles for traffic infractions committed.
“Recent events suggest that almost two weeks after the Corps Marshal’s Strategic Session, the directive has not been implemented. This deviance is partly responsible for the tragic event of 12 September, 2023 that occurred at about 0915HRS where Road Marshal Assistant I (RMAI) Hamidu Idris of RS1.16B Dutse Outpost was pushed out of an arrested vehicle while on their way to the command’s base for impoundment.
“Unfortunately, Hamidu’s head was broken in the process and he died instantly. The avoidable incident could have been averted if compliance to Corps Marshal’s Order and Directives were strictly complied with by all Commanding Officers and reports of Compliance forwarded accordingly.
“Consequently, Corps Marshal has banned impoundment by patrol teams under any guise effective from Tuesday 12 September, 2023. In view of the above, Commanding Officers are to (a) Bring this information to the notice of all staff within their purview (b) Ensure Compliance to this directive”, the statement added.