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Yuletide: FRSC deploys 30,000 personnel, body cameras for patrol in Lagos, others

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To ease travel during the Christmas and New Year celebrations, the Federal Road Safety Corps said it has mobilised over 30,000 personnel for its special patrol, tagged, ‘Operation Zero Tolerance to Road Traffic Crashes.’

The Corps also said it would equally deploy body cameras and ambulances in 46 points in Lagos, Makurdi, Nasarawa, Sokoto and other parts of the country, as part of initiatives to ensure safe highways during the Yuletide.

Disclosing this in a statement in Abuja on Tuesday, the Corps Education Officer, Bisi Kazeem, said the routes to be covered are: Akwanga-Lafiya-Makurdi; Jos-Bauchi-Gombe; Sokoto-Tambuwal-Jega-Birnin Kebbi corridor; Katsina-Kano-Wudil-Dutse-Azare-Potiskum corridor; Kaduna-Saminaka-Jos; Abuja-Kaduna-Kano and Okene-Ogori-Isua-Owo.

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Others are Makurdi-Otukpo-Obollo Afor-9th Mile corridor, Asaba-Abraka-Ughelli-Warri corridor, Ibadan-Ogere-Sagamu corridor, Sagamu-Mowe-Lagos corridor, amongst others.

It stated that patrol vehicles, advanced life support ambulances, heavy-duty tow trucks, medium and light-duty tow trucks, patrol motorbikes, extricating machines, reflective jackets, traffic cones, patrolites and radar guns would also be deployed, in addition to breathalysers, cameras, tablets, alcoholisers, and other technical equipment.

The statement said, “In addition to the deployment of the above operational tools, and the quest for improved service delivery and effective patrol operations, the Corps Marshal, Boboye Oyeyemi, said the FRSC has invested in advanced Information and Communication Technology to beef up its operations.

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“The new technology which includes body and vehicle cameras which have been fully deployed shall be used during the patrol operations and for surveillance and traffic monitoring, rescue operations and real-time information gathering for decision-making.”

The Corps is expected to collaborate with special marshals, police, the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Department of State Security, and others during the patrol.

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Pictorial: Haitians of Igbo descent visit Enugu

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Haitian nationals meet with traditional rulers and government officials in Enugu. Photo: Raphael Ede

Some Haitian nationals who traced their root to the Eastern part of Nigeria has visited Enugu.

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The delegation met with traditional rulers and government officials during their visit to the state on Friday.

See photos of their visit below:

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Photos: Raphael Ede

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So-Safe Corps arrests Beninoise for allegedly stealing vehicle in Ogun

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Ogun State Government-owned security outfit, the Community, Social Orientation and Safety (So-Safe) Corps has arrested a 40-year-old bricklayer, Saheed Erinfolami, for allegedly stealing a vehicle in Ilaro area of the state.

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Erinfolami, said to be a native of Ipobe, Republic of Benin, was employed as a driver by a bread baking company known as Igbeyinadun, in Ondo State.

The man was said to have absconded with a Volkwagen bus registered as ‘REE 907 XA’ and Chasis number ‘WV2ZZZ70ZVH079738’.

According to a statement by the corps spokesman, Moruf Yusuf, it was learnt that men of the security agency, having been contacted over the stolen vehicle, quickly embarked on special duties in border areas to ensure the vehicle was not exported to the neighbouring Benin Republic.

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“The State Operation Team and Ilaro Area Command of the Corps swung into action and were able to gather intelligence that the car is still within Ilaro axis. The suspect was smoked out of hiding and he was arrested at about 7:4500hrs,” Yusuf said.

The suspect was said to have confessed to the crime, saying that the stolen vehicle belonged to his employer, one Mr Tajudeen, popularly called Igbeyinadun.

“He further confessed that after the bread was supplied, he decided to go away with the car and took it to a brother called Elewedu in Ilaro to get buyer for the stolen vehicle.

“The suspect and the recovered vehicle have been transferred to the Nigeria Police in Ilaro division for further investigation and likely prosecution,” he added.

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