This is the official blog of the Nigeria-based Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), a human rights organization which promotes, protects and projects the rights of Muslims. This group condemns terrorism and all acts of violence. Its motto is 'Dialogue, Not Violence'
Sunday, November 6, 2016
ATTACKS ON FRSC STAFF: CURB YOUR MEN’S EXCESSES
7th November, 2016
ATTACKS ON FRSC STAFF: CURB
YOUR MEN’S EXCESSES
The Corps Marshal of the Federal
Road Safety Corps (FRSC) recently berated indiscriminate attacks on officials
of the traffic enforcement agency. There have been physical attacks on men of
the FRSC in recent time. Three FRSC men were killed last week in Zamfara State.
The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) denounces
these attacks. They are criminal, barbaric and despicable. Those who take up
the challenge of reducing carnage on Nigerian roads deserve better treatment.
Nonetheless, we are constrained to
observe that although FRSC men were highly respected when the corps was
established in the eighties, the enchantment dimmed when some of them started
departing from the noble goals and aspirations of the founders.
We strongly suspect that the general public
began to lose appetite after noticing certain behaviours w9hich are
incompatible with the mandate given to men of the FRSC. There are growing
allegations of collection and demand for bribes from motorists, intimidation
and arm-twisting gimmicks and ignoring overloaded vehicles for personal benefits
thereby exposing other motorists to grave danger. Aware that Nigerians hate to
part with their personal cars even for one hour, FRSC men have been accused of
threatening to seize the vehicles of motorists who refuse to bribe them.
MURIC believes that attacks on FRSC
officials may be part of the reactions of Nigerians to these excesses. We
therefore advise the corps to improve on its services, add a human face to
measures taken on the roads and desist from committing abuses against innocent
FRSC men are fond of stopping motorists on
highways. This is very dangerous for many reasons. Armed robbers and kidnappers
target stationary vehicles on highways in order to attack their occupants.
Criminals have been known to disguise as FRSC officials on highways in order to
carry out their nefarious activities. Vehicles stopped on highways often fail
to start in such dangerous spots.
FRSC staffers are only expected to
caution over-speeding motorists by waving and signaling at them to cut speed on
the highways. Only overloaded vehicles and those whose drivers fail to use seat
belts should be stopped and such action should not even be taken in isolated
We invite FRSC authorities to engage more in public
enlightenment, to make themselves more visible on the streets and to desist
from constituting any form of menace to travelers. In particular, FRSC should
focus more on educating commercial drivers in all states of the Federation. We
call on the general public to evolve a sane driving culture, to regularize
vehicle particulars before their expiration and to respect all law enforcement
agents, especially FRSC staffers.
As a last shot, we commend the FRSC for constantly reeling
out traffic statistics and useful data on road accidents across the country.
Such research orientation stands the Corps out as an elitist traffic control
and monitoring agency. More of such studies are bound to re-engineer Nigerian
motorists and build in them a civilized driving culture with best global
Professor Ishaq Akintola,
Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC)