According to the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), 791 vehicles have been turned back from Ogun and Lagos States’ boundaries in a period of five days, as it enforces the restrictions on interstate movements issued by the Federal Government.
FRSC’s Zonal Commanding Officer, Mr Samuel Obayemi, who presides over road control in the two states, made this public in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) Saturday in Lagos.
According to Assistant Corps Marshal Obayemi, the operatives of the corps, turned back 149 vehicles moving through the Lagos boundaries and 642 vehicles moving through Ogun boundaries between Monday, the first day of the lockdown ease, and Friday.
Obayemi said, the corps confirmed nine road traffic accidents that took the lives of three persons and injured 26 people during the period.
”In the last five days when the Federal Government eased the lockdown, but placed a ban of interstate movements, the FRSC operatives turned back a total of 791 vehicles to their originating places at both the Ogun and Lagos borders.
“It is unfortunate that we also recorded nine crashes where three persons were killed and 26 injured.
”We will continue to do our jobs of enforcing of the Federal Government ban on interstate movement except for essential services or commodities,” Obayemi said.
The zonal commander urged, Assistant Corps Marshal Obayemi appealed to motorists and commuters to be more responsible and avoid over speeding when using Nigerian roads.
The FRSC Chief, encouraged Nigerians to adhere strictly to the restriction on interstate movement and other precautionary measures against the spread of COVID-19. He also assured that the FRSC would continue to create road safety awareness.
Earlier, NAN reported that President Muhammadu Buhari had announced the gradual easing of the lockdown of Lagos, Ogun and Abuja, from Monday, May 4.
However, the President, issued a ban on interstate movements, except for the movement of essential services, to mitigate the spread of the virus nationwide