Without arms we can’t work in the night, says Ofordu, Cross River road safety sector commander


Cross River FRSC sector commander, Cyprian Ofordu

By Akpan David, Calabar

The Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps in Cross River State, Cyprian Ofordu has said that due to heightened insecurity in the country their men cannot work in the night.

He said since they are not an armbearing agency they would be risking the lives of their men if they positioned them on highways to check motorists and commercial drivers.

Ofordu addressed Journalists at the NUJ press centre in Calabar on the heels of increasing road accidents in parts of the state in recent times, blaming drivers for not adhering to driving rules and COVID19 protocols.

Answering reporter’s question on increasing road accidents that occur mostly in the nights, the FRSC boss retorted that
“You cannot expect the FRSC to begin to assign personnel on night duty in these days where armed robbers and night marauders are on rampage when we are not armbearing agency to defend ourselves”, he said.

Ofordu also spoke on reported extortions by men of the corps, saying it is now under check.

“So far, the measures we have put in place have stopped the alleged compromise by the personnel from permeating the system.”

The FRSC boss said the various press reports about extortions by their men have dented their public image and they have as a result responded to curb and enhance their image

“We have an online App where we want the public to download so that they can readily relate with us and report untowards public behaviour of our men, or proffer useful advise. We are proud to say that the so-called extortion has not permeated our system as we strenuously discourage such practice.

“We stress that we do not encourage anyone to extort members of the public.”

Ofordu stressed that commercial motorists must comply with driving ethics and also comply with COVID-19 Protocols.

He frowned at the attitude of commercial drivers who ignored laid down driving rules.

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