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Over 1,000 die in road crashes in FCT, Niger in 2021

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) says excessive speeding accounts for 1,263 road crashes resulting in no fewer than 445 deaths in the FCT and Niger state between January to December 2021.

Zonal Commanding Officer for FCT and Niger State Assistant Corps Marshall Jonas Agwu who stated this at a news conference in Abuja said the commission would intensify enforcement to reduce cases of road accidents in the zone.

While noting that enforcement of speed limiter and several motor parks, rallies as well as public enlightenment resulted in a reduction in road crashes with the arrest of over 5,000 offenders maintained that enforcement would form the focus in the year 2022.

Sector Commander FRSC FCT Corps Commander, Ogah Ochi explained that there was a decrease in road crashes last year as compared to previous years, which he attributed to robust enforcement, stakeholders’ collaboration, and effective traffic management among other strategies.

He added that the Sector Command would translate the Nigerian High Way Code into local languages for easy understanding and stakeholders engagement to further reduce road crashes in 2022.

Reporting by Ifeanyi Osita; editing by Muzha Kucha