FRSC, Amotekun, deploy 30,310 personnel, body cameras for highway patrols

The conclusion of the Amotekun commanding officers to dispatch the men was strongly supported by the South-West Governors' Forum led by Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State.

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The Federal Road Safety Corps announced it has deployed over 30,000 people for its special patrol termed “Operation Zero Tolerance for Road Traffic Crashes” to alleviate traffic over the Christmas and New Year holidays.

As part of measures to ensure safe highways over the Yuletide, the corps said it will install body cameras and ambulances in 46 locations across the country, including Lagos, Makurdi, Nasarawa, Sokoto, and some other regions of the country.

The Corps Education Officer, Bisi Kazeem, confirmed this in an Abuja statement on Tuesday, identifying the areas to be covered as Akwanga-Lafiya-Makurdi; Jos-Bauchi-Gombe; Sokoto-Tambuwal-Jega-Birnin Kebbi; Katsina-Kano-Wudil-Dutse-Azare-Potiskum;  Kaduna-Saminaka-Jos; Abuja-Kaduna-Kano and Okene-Ogori-Isua-Owo.

Makurdi-Otukpo-Obollo Afor-9th Mile, Asaba-Abraka-Ughelli-Warri, Ibadan-Ogere-Sagamu, and Sagamu-Mowe-Lagos are just a few of the others.

In addition to breath tests, cameras, tablets, alcoholizes, and other technical equipment, Kazeem indicated that patrol vehicles, advanced life support ambulances, heavy-duty tow trucks, standard size and light-duty tow trucks, patrol motorbikes, distancing machines, reflective jackets, traffic cones, patrollers, and radar guns would be utilized.

And in the meantime, governors in the South-West have commanded the Western Nigeria Security Network, also widely recognized as the Amotekun Corps, to initiate a 24-hour inter-border patrol in Ondo, Osun, Ogun, and Ekiti states to guarantee adequate protection of people’s lives and property, notably travelers, during and after Christmas season.

To that end, the corps has assigned a total of 310 officers and men to the mission.

The conclusion of the Amotekun commanding officers to dispatch the men was strongly supported by the South-West Governors’ Forum led by Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State.

On Tuesday, according to Alhaji Jimoh Dojumo, Senior Special Assistant to the Ondo State Governor on Security Matters, who divulged this during the start of the inter-border patrol at Owena on the Ilesha-Akure Expressway, a boundary community between Osun and Ondo states.

The initiative, he asserts, was undertaken to safeguard the lives of travelers and motorists during the holiday season.

We are the one coordinating all the commanders. The steps and actions that Amotekun commanders are taking received the blessings of all the South-West governors led by Arakunrin Akeredolu.

Our message is that the people should cooperate with Amotekun, because it is there for their own interest. They should help Amotekun to help themselves.

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