COVID-19: FRSC arrests 321 for overloading

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has arrested and booked a total of 321 offenders for violating the social distance order by overloading their vehicles with excess passengers.

Corps Public Education Officer, Mr Bisi Kazeem, said this was pursuant to FRSC resolve to diligently enforce the social distance order as directed by President Muhammadu Buhari and State Governors across the country as part of efforts to curtail the spread of coronavirus pandemic, saying the offenders were arrested through a coordinated and swift operation.

In a statement, on Tuesday, in Abuja, Kazeem, revealed that the arrests were successfully carried out with effect from Sunday, 30 March, to 06 April 2020 owing to the Presidential directive on strict adherence to social distancing as part of Governments organised effort to forestall the unnecessary spread of the virus.

Giving details of the arrests, the spokesperson said: “Generally, so far within the first week of this enforcement, the Corps has recorded 321 arrests on overloading and violation of the social distance directive.”

According to him, the Corps Marshal of FRSC, Dr Boboye Oyeyemi has further called on motorists to desist from any act of overloading of vehicles and warned passengers not to board any vehicle that is already carrying more than the expected number of persons.

Oyeyemi stressed that everybody must be at alert and maintain maximum health and safety guidelines as any compromise might be so dangerous and could lead to an undue escalation of the already rising pandemic.





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