Few days ago, word spread that the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) is taking steps to arm its roadside personnel for their safety.
The Corps Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Commission, Mr Boboye Oyeyemi, made this known after detailing an increased rate of personnel casualties at the commission.
Corps Marshal Boboye Oyeyemi said that 2016 has seen an unprecedented rate of intentional violence against Road Safety officials. He emphasized that with the death of over 70 FRSC personnel in 2016 alone, there has been an increase in personnel casualties at the hands of motorists who drive on the wrong side of the law.
The Corps Marshal emphasized that such violent acts would soon be met with the full force of arms.
He made it clear that the act establishing the commission allows them to bear arms.
He said that while the FRSC intends to protect road users, they believe recent trends necessitate measures that will safeguard the guardian; measures they hope would eliminate unjustifiable acts of violence against their personnel.
The news hasn’t gone well with Nigerians especially on Twitter and popular opinion suggests that allowing FRSC officials to carry arms may lead to the the death of Nigerians by trigger happy FRSC officials.
Some tweet below:
What are your thoughts on FRSC bering arms?