FRSC to impound vehicle transporting humans, animals together

Sequel to Sunday’s killing of 18 persons in a crash involving an articulated vehicle on the Abuja-Kaduna Highway, the Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, Corps Marshal, Mr Dauda Biu, has ordered that vehicles transporting humans and animals together should be impounded.

Apart from those who lost their life in the accident, 27 other passengers were injured in the crash hat involved 65 persons.

The accident happened around 5:20 am when the driver of the articulated vehicle, overloaded with goods and humans and travelling at top speed, lost control and fell into a ditch on the highway.

“To reverse the trend, all Sector Commanders are to set up joint task forces to impound trailers and trucks carrying humans and animals.

“The courts should prosecute the drivers,’’ Biu said in a statement issued on Sunday in Abuja by FRSC’s Deputy Corps Marshal, Mr Bisi Kazeem.

Kazeem noted that Biu mandated the sector commanders to constitute the joint task forces in alliance with sister agencies to conduct special operations to end the practice.

Biu stated that it was important for agencies like the Police Force, the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, the Nigerian Army, and Vehicle Inspection Officers among others, to collaborate and c tackle the menace.

He described the accident as avoidable and condemned the nonchalant attitude of drivers who could not be bothered about adhering to simple traffic rules.

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