Stories by Ahmed Ajikobi
There was pandemonium last Wednesday when members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) stormed the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) office along Airport road, Ilorin, Kwara State.
Pilot Crime gathered that the NURTW members who were in their numbers hurled stones and sticks at the FRSC officers during the attack.
The attack, it was learnt, was aftermath of arrest of the association members for lack of speed limit devices in their cars.
A transport worker, who craved anonymity told our reporter that the motorists were arrested along Ogbomoso road by FRSC officers during routine check.
“Their cars were also impounded. This development made NURTW members to mobilise themselves and stormed FRSC office,” he added.
It was further learnt that the FRSC men had invited the police to save the situation.
According to eyewitness account, “When the riotous NURTW members sighted vehicle of the police from Adewole ‘D’ Division, they took to their heels. So, no arrest was made and no one was injured in the attack. “
Speaking during a telephone chat on Saturday, the state Commandant of FRSC, Sunday Maku, who did not want to comment on the incident, urged members of the public to abide by laid down rules and regulations.
“FRSC is not enemy of transport workers or members of the public, all what we are doing are to protect ourselves from dangers. The speed limit is to help the drivers, the passengers and even passersby.
“This is because if you overspeed and mistakenly lose control, anything can happen to anybody at that period. So one needs to be careful and abide by rules and regulations as regards safety of lives on the road, ” he added.
Also speaking to this medium on the development, the state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Ajayi Okasanmi, said, nobody is above the law, including security agents and members of the public.
He also warned members of the public against flaunting laws so as not to be arrested by security agents in the state.