The Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, decrying the high rate of crashes leading to incessant loss of lives and properties, has said it would investigate the recent road crashes in Kebbi and Kogi States to ascertain the remote and immediate causes in order to forestall future occurrences.
Acting Corps Marshal, FRSC, Dauda Biu, in a statement by the Corps’ Public Education Officer, ACM Bisi Kazeem, on Thursday in Abuja, disclosed that the casualty figures of recent road crashes in Ankpa and Argugun in Kogi and Kebbi States respectively, indicated that something drastic must be done to reduce road mishaps in the country.
TheFact Daily recalls the ghastly car crash in Kebbi State on Tuesday that claimed the lives of six people, including three police officers, when a Toyota Carina E, loaded with jerricans of PMS, and suspected to have been pursued by a Nigeria Custom Service patrol team from Birnin Kebbi, had a head-on collision with a bullion van owned by Ecobank, at Jeda village along Argungu/Birnin Kebbi road.
Similarly, no fewer than 20 persons lost their lives and several vehicles and other infrastructure burnt down after a tanker carrying fuel exploded at the popular Otukpo road between Benue and Kogi States boundary also on Tuesday.
Biu, while attributing the probable causes of the crashes in both States to speeding and loss of control, said the senseless killings and unwanted deaths must stop.
“The two crashes in Kogi and Kebbi States is saddening and worrisome. This is so because despite all entreaties, advocacy, enlightenment and education plus consultations with the different transport unions, more fatal crashes are happening”, he said.
While commiserating with the families of victims of the unfortunate tanker fire in Kogi and Kebbi States respectively, the FRSC boss assured that the Corps would continue to do its best in reducing road traffic crashes across the country.