By John Ikani
The FRSC says it has gotten the nod of the Federal Government to carry arms.
Assistant Corps Marshal, Corps Project Implementation Office, Kingsley Agomoh disclosed this while answering questions at a seminar organized by the Bureau of Public Reforms.
Agomoh who was speaking on why the corps officials have not commenced night highway patrols, added that personnel would require specialised training on firearms handling before starting night patrols.
“It is one of the reasons we have not started work at night“, Agomoh said while answering questions on traffic management at night.
What you should know
The FRSC statutory functions are to make the highways safe for motorists and other road users and to also check road worthiness of vehicles, recommending works and infrastructures to eliminate or minimize accidents of the roads. They also educate motorists on the importance of road discipline.
Many have in time past argued for and against the need for FRSC to bear arms.
Those against arms bearing by personnel of the FRSC argue that their functions do not align with carrying guns and other arms on the highways.
Those who supported FRSC personnel to carry guns cite increasing insecurity in the country.
Thus, it can be hoped that upon completion of the specialised training on firearms handling, bandits and hoodlums menacing the highways would have the officers of FRSC to contend with, apart from the police.