The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), has dismissed reports making rounds that the Corps have been given the go aheadby the Federal Government to bear arms.
Mr. Bisi Kazeem, the head of Media Relations and Strategy of the FRSC, who disclosed this, urged members of the public to ignore the reports, as they are being circulated by “irresponsible” people.
Kazeem claimed that its Corps Marshal, Boboye Oyeyemi was quoted out of context, when he said over 70 FRSC personnel have been killed in 2016 alone as a result of violent attacks by angry motorists.
The FRSC boss, had over the weekend reportedly said the increased number of violent attacks and killing of some of its operatives while on duty neccessitated the need for officers to bear arms, adding that “5,000 of our personnel have been trained” on firearms.
However Kazeem on dismissing the report, explained that Operatives of the Corps have undergone regular arms training at different intervals from 1992, and more recently too, but the Corps has no plan to include it as a part of its operations at the moment.
He noted that it was pictures of Officials of the Corps that had undergone arms training that the same mediums misquoting the Corps Marshal are using to support the claim that the Corps now bears arms.
He said: “The Corps Marshal only stipulated that such a high number of loses could have been avoided if FRSC personnel were carrying arms as allowed by the law.
“But, he quickly added that there is no immediate plan to implement the law that permits the officials to carry arms.
“It is unfortunate that some wicked people now took that to mean that he said officials are now being armed; it is a figment of their imagination.
“We have never put the exercise as part of the general practice of our operation and we have no plans of implementing it in the nearest future.”