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FRSC clarifies directive on vehicle impoundment

The Corps Marshal, Federal Road Safety Corps, Dauda Ali Biu has acknowledged the circulation of a “wrongly-couched” memo regarding a directive issued to Commanding Officers on the need to end the placing of patrol operatives in offenders’ vehicles in the course of impoundment.

This is contained in a statement by the Assistant Corps Marshal, Public Education Officer, Bisi Kazeem.

The statement, titled “Immediate Ban on the Placing of Staff in Offenders Vehicles to Escort for Impoundment”, had earlier been termed a “total ban” on impoundment of vehicles by the Corps.

The statement read: “For the avoidance of doubt, the Corps Marshal’s directive which was a correction of an earlier one saying impoundment of vehicles have been banned captured under paragraph 3 of the aforementioned memo as ” Consequently, Corps Marshal has banned placing of Staff in offenders vehicles to escort for Impoundment by patrol teams under any guise of traffic infraction committed with immediate effect”.

“The Corps regrets the wrong information,” the statement said, urging members of the public to be properly informed of the Corps’s “current position”.

Writing by Adeniyi Bakare; Editing by Tony Okerafor