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Nigerians React As FG Gives FRSC Authority To Carry Guns

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[caption id="attachment_14342" align="alignnone" width="600"]Boboye Oyeyemi, FRSC Corps Marshal[/caption]

Nigerians have taken to social media to pour out their frustration after the Federal Government officially granted the Federal Road Safety Commission FRSC, the authority to carry arms while on duty.

The FRSC Corps Marshal and Chief Executive, Boboye Oyeyemi, made this disclosure at the Corps end of the year management strategy session held in Abuja over the weekend.

Oyeyemi stated that the FRSC Establishment Act gives power to the corps to bear arms and that the Federal Government had earlier approved that, with about 5,000 personnel already undergoing training on firearms.

The FRSC boss explained that the increased number of violent attacks and killing of some of its operatives while on duty necessitated the need for officers to bear arms.

According to him, over 70 of FRSC personnel have been killed in 2016 alone as a result of violent attacks by angry motorists.

In his words, “The Act gives power to the Corps to bear arms and 5,000 of our personnel have been trained. We are just waiting for the validation of the earlier approval. Sadly, within the one year, we have lost 70 personnel.

“It is sad to note that some killing and maiming of operatives, including one from a sister agency in close collaboration with the Corps were in the course of official duties.

“A recent occurrence was the happening in Talata Mafara, Zamfara State where a motorist ran into the Mobile Court in session, killing three operatives almost instantly while a Civil Defence operative died later as a result of injuries sustained in the dastardly act.”

However, the news has not gone down well with Nigerian, who have now taken to twitter to vent their anger.

See the tweets below:

 

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