FRSC Zonal Commanding Officer, Mr John Meheux, on Tuesday raised alarm over the high accident rate on the Okene-Lokoja-Koton Karfe-Gegu road. The agency says this axis has claimed 79 lives in the past five months.
Speaking on the issue at the launch of a special intervention patrol along the corridor, the Zonal Commanding Officer, Mr John Meheux, who is in charge of Kogi, Ekiti and Kwara States said that 95 accidents were recorded along the corridor within the said five month period.
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He further explained that the 95 accidents involved 789 persons, out of which 399 sustained varying degrees of injury.
Meheux, stressed that the constant casualty reports on the road are at a worrying level. He said that the major factors responsible were the bad state of the roads and recklessness of road users.
He explained that the decision to introduce a special intervention patrol was to reduce the carnage, saying that the road was the second in the country to be accorded such attention.
According to him, the intervention will help to reverse the trend and bring sanity to that corridor which serves as gateway to 26 states and the Federal Capital Territory. He also said that the operation would in the first instance last for six months, adding that 56 officers, 10 patrol vans, one tow truck and one ambulance would be deployed for the operation.
Meheux, an Assistant Corp Marshall warned motorists plying the corridor to cooperate with the FRSC in its efforts to restore sanity to the road, adding that violation of traffic rules will no longer be overlooked.
Mr Ogochukwu Ugboma, Kogi FRSC Sector Commander, explained that the focus of the operation would be on overloading, driving with worn out tyres, use of cell phone while driving, among others.