By Michael Dibie
The ongoing Federal Road Safety Commission ( FRSC) Special Operation on Lagos –Ibadan expressway code named “Operation Scorpion” is biting harder on indiscipline motorists on the expressway .
Recently a combined team of FRSC operating on the corridor arrested and handed over, two Dangeote drivers among others for immediate prosecution at the mobile court for reckless/dangerous driving, speed limit violation, driving without valid drivers’ licences among other traffic offences.
The Mobile Court sittings in Ogun and Lagos States segments of the corridor equally tried a number of other truck arrested drivers arraigned before the courts by the Corps operatives.
FRSC Zonal Commanding Officer, Zone 2 Command Lagos, Assistant Corps Marshal Nseobong Akpabio said the exercise is part of various measures designed to tackle the menace of haulage truck drivers on Nigerian roads.
He added that the two Dangote Cement company truck drivers arraigned were Sani Ahmed and Umar Musa before mobile court at Oluyole, Ibadan along Lagos–Ibadan expressway.
Akpabio made this disclosure while addressing a group of truck and tanker drivers at Ogere during his routine monitoring exercise from Lagos to Ibadan on Wednesday, 5th August, 2015. He also availed the medium to caution the drivers and other motorists against reckless and dangerous driving, driving under influence of drugs and or alcohol, speed limit violation, driving with worn out tyres as well as driving motor vehicle without valid driver’s license among other anti-road safety practices, as no one has immunity against road traffic crashes irrespective of age, status, road condition and size of vehicle.
Akpabio affirmed that the Corps is working in cooperation with the judiciary in the three states of Lagos, Ogun and Oyo to accelerate prosecution of traffic offenders; this he said is meant to instill discipline on the minds and psyche of every road user towards reduction in road traffic crashes.
On the arrest of Dangote truck drivers, the Zonal Commanding Officer explained that Ahmed Sani drove his unregistered fully loaded truck with cement in a reckless and dangerous manner, inimical to the safety of himself and other road users.
” The truck had no single registration number plate but company inscription of “IBESE 5”. Ahmed Sani dangerous driving led other motorists on the road to lodged complain to three various FRSC patrol teams at Ogere and Onigari along the Lagos-Ibadan expressway, the patrol teams sent traffic alert to other patrol teams within and outside the corridor to watch out for the vehicle’. He said.