FRSC arrests 1,750 riders over non-possession of number plates, licence

FRSC officials

Pursuant to the earlier public statement by the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) and the Joint Tax Board (JTB) that they would begin a clampdown on tricycles and motorcycles without number plates and riders without class ‘A’ licence from October 2, 2019, the FRSC has commenced full enforcement of the policy.

According to the agency, it has arrest over 1,750 violators, for non-compliance to the policy nationwide since last Wednesday when the enforcement kicked off.

In a statement by the Corps Public Education Officer, Bisi Kazeem, the Special Clampdown Intervention Patrol recorded massive arrests of offenders in 18 states namely; Kaduna, Nasarawa, Katsina, Kebbi, Delta, Benue, Oyo, Niger, Kwara, Adamawa, Kogi, Zamfara, Anambra, Sokoto, Osun, Rivers, Kano and Ondo.

Giving the breakdown of the arrests, Kazeem said: “The highest number of arrests was recorded in Kaduna State with a total of 430 arrests. Nasarawa State followed suit with a total of 219 arrests comprising 15 tricycles and 204 motorcycles.

“In Benue State, a total of 147 arrests have been made, comprising 140 motorcycles and seven tricycles. Others are Ondo 61, Anambra 41, Kebbi 51, Katsina 110, Delta 92, Zamfara 76, Oyo 178, Kogi 16, Mubi 10, Rivers 11, Kano 132, Niger 28, Osun 66 and Sokoto 10.”

According to him, this was achieved through collaboration with the Nigeria Police Force, Nigeria Security, and Civil Defense Corpse and other law enforcement agencies.

It would be recalled that the Corps Marshal, Dr Boboye Oyeyemi, following the series of consultations with the JTB, agreed to shift the commencement of enforcement from the earlier date of August 1, 2019, to allow for more sensitisation and awareness.

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