Driver’s licence: FRSC warns officials against extortion

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has warned its personnel against extortion or any other sharp practices that could tarnish the image of the corps.

The FRSC Public Education Officer (CPEO), ACM Bisi Kazeem, in an interview on Thursday in Abuja, said that FRSC would not hesitate to punish any personnel found extorting driver’s licence applicants.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) had arrested 25 Vehicle Inspection Officers (VIOs) over alleged drivers’ licence and vehicle particulars’ fraud.

NAN also reports that ICPC also arrested personnel of the FRSC and Motor Vehicle Licencing Authority (MVLA).

Kazeem said that the reports concerning the issue of extortion were getting alarming as the Corps Marshal, FRSC, Dr Boboye Oyeyemi, however, did not want to stop at the internal mechanism.

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He said that decision necessitated the collaboration with the ICPC and Department of Security Service (DSS).

“They deployed technology and made the arrest. The exercise will be sustained in order to rid the FRSC of bad eggs.

“We abhor corrupt tendencies. There are internal mechanisms, the FRSC Corps Marshal Monitoring Unit and Surveillance and Intelligence Unit.

“There are also zonal commanding officers unit of surveillance and monitoring, sector commander’s unit, all aimed at checking excesses of marshals.

“You will realise from the report that it was a joint effort. We have always been initiating and calling for all hands to be on deck to rid our activities of corrupt tendencies.

“This is not also different. The men are already placed on interdiction which implies half salaries until their cases are disposed of,” he said.

(NAN)

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