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Reps want arms for FRSC personnel

House of Representatives has called on the presidency to procure arms and ammunitions for officers of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) as a way of ensuring their protection while on duty.

The House also mandated its Committee on the FRSC to investigate cases of attacks on the personnel of the commission.

This was sequel to a motion on the “Need to Curb Incessant Attacks on Personnel of the FRSC,” sponsored by Hon. Solomon Maren, expressing worries over the increasing cases of violent attacks, harassment and intimidation of personnel and officers of the commission by some hoodlums in the country.

“From 2015 to date, there have been 149 cases of attacks on personnel and 201 cases of damage to properties and equipment of the Commission,” he said, noting that government failed to equip the commission with arms, even when there had been provision for such in the law establishing the FRSC.

He said Section 19 of the FRSC (Establishment) Act, 2007 stipulates that personnel of the commission who are exposed to high risk in the enforcement of the Act, shall have same powers, authorities and privileges, including power to bear arms as the Police.

“The federal government has not provided Road Safety officers with arms to enable them protect themselves in the course of performing their duties.”

He also expressed concern that the United Nations’ declaration on reduction of road accidents by 50 per cent by year 2020 might not be achieved by Nigeria if the attacks were not brought under control.

“In order to avoid the attacks, Road Safety officers stay off the roads, particularly at night and motorists are taking advantage of the situation to breach traffic regulations, which often lead to accidents.”

The motion was adopted through voice votes of members after several contributions to the debate.

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