FRSC Clarifies Alleged Arrest Of Vehicle With Woman In Labour

…Reiterates Zero Tolerance To Indiscipline


By Cyber Era Staff

Road safety regulator, the Federal Road Safety Corps(FRSC), has said the news making rounds, especially on social media, to the effect its personnel allegedly arrested a road traffic offender with pregnant woman in labour,  in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, south south, Nigeria, is distorted and and should be discountenanced.

FRSC communication, seen by Cyber Era and inked by Public Education Officer, Corps Commander Bisi Kazeem,  said the public should note that the matter had been investigated at the instance of the Corps Marshal, Dr Boboye Oyeyemi and the driver of the vehicle was invited for preliminary investigations, at the end of which the following findings were made:

  • In the first instance, the front seat occupant who was alleged to be pregnant was not wearing her seatbelt at the point of arrest even when the driver persuaded her to comply.
  • Secondly, the alleged pregnant woman was not in labour as reported by the media, neither were they rushing to the hospital but was only given a lift to her destination by the driver.
  • Thirdly, the identity of the alleged woman in labour is not known by the driver nor any other person that witnessed the incident.
  • Lastly, the tyre was not punctured but the team leader who carried the act only stopped the driver from escaping.

Kazeem stated further that the investigative panel set by the Corps Marshal was still in touch with the woman who drove the car so as to ascertain the identity of the alleged woman in labour to know the truth and resolve the matter amicably.

While the Corps appreciates the public and the social media for always bringing issues of this nature to the knowledge of the Corps, it admonishes  the public to always be constructive and get their facts straight before making such posts especially when highly delicate and sensitive allegations like this are to be made.

Said Kazeem: “On our part, it is instructive to reiterate that the Corps being the lead agency in road safety administration and traffic management in Nigeria, does not and will never condone indiscipline. As such, the entire patrol team members involved in the matter have been grounded from all patrol activities and are to face a disciplinary panel immediately for sanctions were applicable.

The public should also note that it is because of incidences of this nature that the Corps Marshal established the National Traffic Radio 107.1FM for ease of doing business.

As such, the public is encourage to rather than rely on social media for solutions, to always tune into the National Traffic Radio 107.1FM to report any of such cases, and obstruction or any emergency noticed on the road for immediate action. 

The Station can also be reached through its Social Media Handles as follows; WHATSAPP 08052997848, FACEBOOK TRAFFICRADIO 1, TWITTER @TRAFFICRADIO 1, INSTAGRAM TRAFFICRADIO 1. Or Call the following numbers; GLO 08052998090, MTN 09067000015, and SMS on GLO 08052998012 and the FRSC toll free emergency line 122.”

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