The Federal Roads Safety Corps, FRSC), has advised drivers against travelling at night to reduce accident risks even as nine persons were killed in an auto crash in the Federal Capital Territory.
The fatal accident occurred about 6:05 am along Yangoji, Abaji road involving a Toyota Hiace bus plate numbered KTG 450 KQ and a Howo Sino truck, yesterday.
A statement from the Corps Public Education Officer, (CPEO), Bisi Kazeem, says that the ill-fated bus was headed to Katsina from Osun state when it crashed into the stationary trailer at Sabongari village near gada biyu killing nine persons and injuring ten others but a total of twenty-two persons were involved.
According to the statement, “The FRSC recovered N3, 170, six bags and four mobile phones during a rescue by a combined team of police and FRSC personnel.
“The injured victims were taken to the general hospital in Abaji while the nine corpses were deposited at the Kwali General Hospital mortuary as the police takes over the investigation.”
Acting Corps Marshal of the agency, Dauda Biu, has therefore called on vehicle drivers to ensure that their vehicles are in order before putting them on the roads to avoid accidents, especially at night.
He said “Crashes at night are more fatal than those in the day but the corps will continue in its effort at constantly engaging the motoring public nationwide through aggressive awareness and sensitization campaigns until the desired result is achieved.
In another development, the FRSC has asked Nigerians to dismiss social media reports and pictures claiming that personnel of the corps are now allowed to bear arms.
It said in a statement that the reports should be disregarded in totality as they are false and emanated from a false impression created when an officer was seen in a picture holding the riffle of a colleague from a sister agency.
“These viral reports should be disregarded in their totality as it is an old and recirculated image of an overzealous staff who posed with a riffle belonging to a sister agency’s staff in admiration and ignorance in 2018,” the statement reads.