The Corps Marshal, Federal Road Safety Corps, Dauda Ali Biu, has condemned what the FRSC called “the unjustifiable attack on both FRSC personnel and operational vehicles,” describing it as unfortunate, uncalled-for and that such acts could have a demoralizing effect on the general morale of the operatives.
Assistant Corps Marshal, Corps Public Education Officer, Bisi Kazeem, in a statement on Friday said Dauda Ali Biu made this known while reacting to the recent attack on FRSC personnel who were carrying out their lawful duty of rescuing crash victims following a fatal crash that occurred on Bauchi Road Street, Jos, Plateau State on Thursday, 27 April, 2023 at about 1.30pm.
The crash involved a tanker loaded with diesel that instantly went up in flames, killing 13 people, injuring 10 victims and burning down a total of eight motor vehicles, six tricycles, and two motorcycles.
“The two teams detailed to carryout prompt rescue of the crash victims were ambushed by sympathisers and suspected hoodlums, who came out in their hundreds, burning down one FRSC patrol vehicle, and damaging many parts of the ambulance that was to rescue the injured victims to the hospital. The attack also left three operatives with severe injuries sustained on their heads and other parts of their bodies.
“The Corps Marshal, while sympathising with the victims of the crash also called on the public to desist from further unprovoked attacks on FRSC personnel and its facilities both in the operational front and within its Commands premises.
“Dauda Biu, however, applauded the swift response of the Nigeria Police Force, and other security organisations who acted swiftly to calm the worsening tension, as well as disperse the angry mob and restore normalcy on that route,” the statement concluded