FRSC to impound vehicles conveying humans, animals together

Following Sunday’s killing of 18 persons in a crash involving an articulated vehicle on the Abuja-Kaduna Highway, FRSC Corps Marshal, Dauda Biu, has directed that such vehicles conveying humans and animals together be impounded.

Apart from those who died in the Sunday crash, 27 other passengers sustained injuries in the accident that involved 65 persons.

The crash occurred at about 5:20 am when the driver of the articulated vehicle, overloaded with goods and humans and travelling at high speed lost control and fell into a ditch on the highway.

“To reverse the trend, all Sector Commanders are to set up joint task forces to impound trailers and trucks carrying humans and animals.

“The courts should prosecute the drivers,” Biu said in a statement issued on Sunday in Abuja by FRSC’s Deputy Corps Marshal, Bisi Kazeem.

Mr Kazeem added that Mr Biu instructed the sector commanders to set up joint task forces in collaboration with sister agencies to conduct special operations to end the practice.

Mr Biu noted that it was necessary for agencies like the Police Force, the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, the Nigerian Army, and Vehicle Inspection Officers among others, to collaborate and curb the menace.

He described Sunday’s accident as avoidable and decried the nonchalant attitude of drivers who could not be bothered about simple traffic rules.