Mob at­tacks FRSC of­fi­cials over ‘neg­li­gence’ in A’ Ibom

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Patrick Odey, Uyo

A mob on Tues­day night in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, at­tacked of­fi­cials of the Federal Road Safety Com­mis­sion (FRSC) over al­leged neg­li­gence.

A wit­ness said around 9pm, a Honda Pi­lot SUV Jeep which was on speed rammed into a bro­ken down MAC truck, re­sult­ing in the death of the driver.

He al­leged that the ac­ci­dent would have been avoided if of­fi­cials of the FRSC had re­sponded promptly by putting up warn­ing sig­nals.

Uforo Etim Udoka, a wit­ness said: “When the truck broke down at the foot of the bridge, we sensed that it could lead to a very se­ri­ous ac­ci­dent be­cause a ve­hi­cle com­ing from the op­po­site di­rec­tion would not know that there is a truck there. Some people made dis­tressed calls to the FRSC to send their men to con­trol traf­fic or put up some sig­nals, warn­ing other road users of the dan­ger ahead”.

An­other wit­ness, Jonathan Em­manuel, said he made at­tempts to reach the FRSC Pub­lic Re­la­tions Of­fi­cer, God­spower Uwen, to in­form him of the sit­u­a­tion, but that the op­er­a­tives of the corps did not get there till around 9am.

“The truck broke down at about 5:00pm and when I drove past, I called the FRSC PRO, God­spower Uwen, he did not pick the calls, in­stead he asked me to send a text, which I did, ask­ing him to please send his men to that spot,” he said.

When con­tacted, the FRSC Head of Op­er­a­tions in the state, Mr. Em­manuel On­uoha, blamed the ac­ci­dent on lo­gis­tics.

He said sev­eral re­quests for as­sis­tance to the state govern­ment for fa­cil­i­ties in­clud­ing tow-truck and op­er­a­tional ve­hi­cles were not granted.

He added that the ar­range­ment the com­mis­sion had with some con­struc­tion firms in the state col­lapsed be­cause of the re­fusal of Julius Berger to co­op­er­ate due to lit­i­ga­tion by own­ers of aban­doned trucks.

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