Operatives of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) will soon begin the use firearms to curb the excesses of road users in Nigeria.
This was disclosed by the Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on FRSC, Akinfolarin Mayowa, during the corps’ 2020 budget performance and 2021 budget defence, in Abuja on Thursday.
According to NAN, Hon. Mayowa noted that the 1992 Act of FRSC allowed the corps to carry guns.
He explained further that the implementation had become necessary to ensure laws were obeyed and to allow the FRSC function effectively.
He added that the committee would meet with Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, and also write to President Muhammadu Buhari to implement the Act.
A member of the Committee, Hon. Solomon Maren, added that the committee would discuss the matter with the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu.
The lawmaker said there were more risks on the roads, adding that the FRSC should now bear arms.
FRSC Corps Marshal, Boboye Oyeyemi, decried incidents where motorists threatened personnel on duty.
Oyeyemi stressed that weapon bearing for protection would curtail violent road users and protect officers.
He confirmed that the corps has 280 formations, with presence in nearly all the 774 local government areas in Nigeria.