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Lockdown: Anambra FRSC absolves its officers of bribery scandal



Anambra state’s command of the Federal Road Safety Commission has absolved itself of the alleged bribery during the on-going stay-at-home.

The commission maintained that it has zero tolerance for such official misconduct and that any of its staff found culpable of such would be met with severe disciplinary actions and outright dismissal from the service .

Making the position of the commission known on the issue during an interview with our correspondent, the sector commander in Anambra State , Mr Andrew Ayodele Kumapayi stated that it is part of his routine moral obligation to tell officers and men of the commission that the organisation does not condone any form of illegality or malpractices in the line of duty.

He said any staff of the corps found culpable of bribery would face stringent disciplinary actions and subsequent dismissal from the commission.

” I went round their duty posts to check the compliance level of my boys and you know I have been hearing rumours that some of them are collecting money from motorists.

“I had to sound a note of warning to them that FRSC does not condone any form of extortion. Any staff found would be dismissed and handed over to the police for further prosecution.

“The FRSC does not condone any act of bribery because such person would be tried according to the rules of the commission and if established, his appointment would be terminated forthwith . This is what I told them when I visited the borders at Amansea , Amorka , Onitsha bridge head and others, ” Kumapayi emphasised .

On compliance to the lockdown order , the sector commander revealed that a joint security taskforce comprising the FRSC , the Nigeria Police , the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps and some others were at the Bridge Head in Onitsha to ensure total compliance on restriction of vehicular movements into the state through Asaba Delta State .

Kumapayi further disclosed that the commission ensured that no vehicle was parked on the Niger Bridge because according to him, the bridge has begun to shake and no longer strong enough to carry vehicles especially during traffic gridlocks.

He said, “we don’t want vehicles to be on that bridge because it has started making noise. It is not good for all these trailers to stand on it. So, we are dissuading people from parking vehicles on top of the bridge.

“We went for monitoring yesterday but what terminated it was the shooting of two boys at Nkpor. That area is still tensed as at today and I learnt that they are attacking police there.

“We were supposed to go back again today for monitoring but I learnt that from the Delta end, there is another riot there too.” he added.

He said other service commanders present during the patrol of the joint security taskforce were Commander 302 Artillery Regiment, Onitsha, Col. A. I Lanai, Director Department of State Security (DSS), Mr. Alex Agada, State Commandant National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Mr. Iris Mohammed and the State Commandant, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Comdt. David Bille.

The sector commander however stated that officers and men of the Federal Road Safety Commission deployed at the Bridgehead were admonished to be professional and civil in discharging their duties as well as reminded that only those on essential duties with valid means of identification and vehicles conveying essential products were exempted from the total lock down order and should be allowed free movement.

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