The Kwara State Sector Commandant of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), Sunday Maku has warned his officers against any form of extortion on the road urging any affected motorists to come forward with evidence and lodge their complaint officially at his office or by putting a call through to him.
Speaking with our reporter on the phone yesterday, the FRSC boss said, he has no reason to shield any of his officers over allegation of extortion but warned that it will be difficult to act unless the concerned motorist is able to provide evidence.
“I want motorists to provide me with evidence to substantiate their claim of extortion. Such evidence should be brought forward to my office or the motorist may call my mobile number which I have always made public anytime I go on air.
“Also, the affected motorist should look out for the name attached to the uniform of the indicted officer or the number plate of the FRSC vehicle at the location. In addition, the motorist should note the date and time the act was committed by the officer.
“The information and evidence will allow us begin prosecution process against the indicted officer and not meting out punishment on wrong individuals,” Maku said.
A staff of the Kwara State University (KWASU), Malete, Lawal S.K, in a tweet to @FRSCNigeria on July 17, 2018, said, “ I wish to bring to your notice the daily routine of your officers located at Shao, near military checkpoint, Sobi, Ilorin. It has become a norm to extort money from both private and public transport without any form of caution. Please look into it sir.”
Also, a twitter user, Pablo Kosibar in a tweet posted last Tuesday said, “Last week at Post Office, they (FRSC officials) entered your car/bus and tell you to move into the MST park, where they do their financial dealing. They almost caused an accident while pursuing a mini bus around Central Bank, Ilorin.”
For Saka Imam, he urged the FRSC officials to rather concentrate their energy on Bode Saadu – Malete junction to prevent indiscriminate parking of articulated vehicles to prevent avoidable mishaps.