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FRSC set to prosecute owners of crash tankers on Kara bridge in Lagos

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The Federal Road Safety Commission has said on Monday that the owners of tankers which were involved in the unfortunate road traffic on Kara bridge along Lagos – Ibadan expressway would be prosecuted.

Corps Marshal, Dr Boboye Oyeyemi said he has ordered the immediate and thorough crash investigation and subsequent prosecution of both the owners, and drivers of the 4 articulated vehicles.

In a statement sent to CAPITAL POST on Monday in Abuja by Bisi Kazeem, the Corps Public Education Officer, Boboye decried the attendant loss of lives and damages to properties resulting from such avoidable crashes.

He said: “Irrespective of the series of engagements with the various Unions of tankers and trailers and major stakeholders in the road transport sector, the country still experiences such ugly trends on our roads due to undue violation of maximum safety standards by both drivers and owners of these vehicles.

Speaking further on efforts the Corps has put in place to eradicate incidents of crashes on the road, Oyeyemi said that apart from several engagements with the Unions and stakeholders, the Corps had also engaged drivers of Dangote Group during their 2019 annual drivers retreat, where he single handedly delivered series of lectures on basic road safety ideals and the imperatives of maintaining maximum safety standards at all times.

While emphatically stating that the situation is utterly unacceptable and must be brought to an end, the Corps Marshal immediately directed the Safety Engineering Unit of the Corps to commence thorough investigation into the crash and the Corps Legal Adviser to activate immediate prosecution of both the vehicle owners and the drivers to serve as deterrent to others.

You may recall that President Muhammadu Buhari had in 2019 set up a Presidential Task Force on haulage operation in Nigeria Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, to look into issues affecting safe haulage operation in the country. The task force has activated proceedings and several effective and efficient management plans for haulage have been carried out to eradicate crashes involving articulated vehicles in the country.

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