Operatives of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) have been barred from erecting checkpoints at major streets in Kaduna and other urban centres by the State Government.
The banning of FRSC operatives was relayed in a statement issued on Wednesday through the Special Assistant to Governor Nasiru El-Rufai on Media and Publicity, Mr Samuel Aruwan.
According to the statement, the decision to impose the ban was taken by the state Security Council after a meeting in which it reviewed complaints from the general public against FRSC officials.
“The council acted following complaints that FRSC officials were acting in ways reminiscent of the VIO that was dissolved by the state government following widespread unease at their acts of disrespect for the public and penchant for extortion”, he said.
The statement by the government also stresses that the FRSC personnel have been barred “from indiscriminately stopping vehicles for inspection in Kaduna town, a situation which has been responsible for avoidable traffic congestion and accidents.” In furtherance of its directive, the government noted that henceforth, the FRSC officials should concentrate their activities “in ensuring safe travel on highways such as the Abuja-Kaduna expressway.”