Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) Zone 4, comprising Plateau, Benue, and the Nasarawa States, has called on transporters to stop offering the Marshals bribes.
The Zonal Commanding Officer, Assistant Corps Marshal Kayode Olagunju, issued the warning while reviewing the operational activities of the command with the Principal Officers of the Zonal Headquarters in Jos, capital of Plateau State.
He reminded the road users that both bribe givers and takers are committing criminal offences as in Sections 8, 9, and 10 of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences (ICPC) Act, 2000 and also Section 10 (5) (i) of the Federal Road Safety Commission (Establishment) Act, 2007.
The ICPC Act in Section 23, provides for 3 years imprisonment or more upon conviction. Those who Attempt to Corrupt Staff of the Corps face the risk of imprisonment for not more than 3 months as prescribed in Section 10 (11) of the FRSC Act. Those who are arrested for committing traffic offences are advised in their own interests not to offer bribes to FRSC men in the course of their duties.
This was contained in Press Statement signed by the Acting Zonal Public Education Officer, Route Commander Olusegun Owoeye, which stated that the Zonal Commander also warned the bad eggs in the Zone still engaging in extortion, to desist from the act.
The report revealed that a total of 305 motorists were apprehended in the Zone in the last five months for offering bribes to the Marshals on Patrol.
The breakdown showed that 89 bribe givers were apprehended in Plateau State, 104 arrested in Benue while 112 others who attempted to corrupt the men on the road were arrested in Nasarawa State.
Dr. Olagunju promised to sustain his monitoring and Surveillance activities.
Part of the statement reads; “the Command has put in place Surveillance Mechanism which has monitors comprising of both FRSC staff and non staff that occasionally storm the road unannounced to put eyes on the activities of the patrol teams without the team knowing, to identify Operatives violating the Patrol Guidelines.
“Some of the patrol team members, vehicles and surroundings are searched to ensure nobody has more than the previously declared maximum permittable One thousand naira on them. In line with Regulation 23 (1c, e ) and (2a-c) of the FRSC Regulations on Discipline, 2018 as amended, some staff of the Corps engaging in Patrol misconduct were also arrested.
“The penalty for the violation is Termination of Appointment of the defaulting staff. In the last six months, 21 patrol Officers and Men of the Zone were arrested for extortion/ Patrol misconduct and subjected to the FRSC Disciplinary Proccess accordingly. The Command is poised to enhance Surveillance activities to improve on the integrity of the Patrol Operations.”
The Commander admonished all the Officers and Men of the Corps to key into the various welfare programmes of the Corps Marshal Boboye Oyeyemi led Management of the FRSC, which are meant to discourage corrupt practices.
The Corps has zero-tolerance for bribery and corruption, he reminded all Regular and Special Marshals that
He added that staff who have been living above board have also been commended in line with the Management Policy of Consultation, rewards, and punishment.