461 persons die in road crashes during yuletide – FRSC

461 persons die in road crashes during yuletide – FRSC

Thursday, January 19, 2017 10:17 pm

File: FRSC officials  rescue an accident victim

File: FRSC officials rescue an accident victim

Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) said in Abuja on Thursday that 461 persons died in road crashes nationwide between Dec. 19, 2016 and Jan. 15, 2017.

The Corps Marshal, Mr Boboye Oyeyemi, disclosed this while briefing newsmen on the outcome of the 2016 end of year special patrol undertaken by the corps within the period.

He said that “a total of 790 road crashes involving 6,069 persons occurred nationwide in the period under review.

“A total of 2,895 victims were injured, while 2,713 were rescued unhurt.

“The crashes involved 1,222 vehicles comprising 521 cars, 250 buses, 190 motorcycles and 261 others.

“Another total of 29,961 persons were apprehended for various road traffic offences, 2,899 were arraigned in mobile courts and 2,643 or 91 per cent were convicted.”

Oyeyemi added that eight of the convicted offenders were imprisoned, while 248, representing 8.6 per cent were discharged and acquitted.

In a related development, Oyeyemi said 63 officials of the corps were sacked over corruption-related offences in 2016.

He explained that disciplinary record of the FRSC showed that “15 officers were reduced in ranks, 16 lost their seniority, 15 warned, one reprimanded and 97 discharged.”

He urged the public to assist the corps in getting rid of corrupt officials by promptly reporting cases of infractions. (NAN)

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