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Reps deny mandating FRSC Marshals to bear arms

The House of Representatives Committee overseeing the Federal Roads Safety Commission (FRSC) has denied reports that it has mandated Marshals of the commission to start carrying arms in accordance with the law establishing it.

Addressing Assembly Correspondents, the Chairman of the Committee, Mr Akinfolarin Mayowa said there was no time the Committee said FRSC officials should, or should not bear arms, pointing out that what the committee decided was to set up a committee to liaise with the Secretary to the Government of the Federation and other stakeholders in the possible implementation of the Act establishing the commission.

Mayowa said the Corps had complained to them about the harassment on the road which sometimes end up with some of them being killed, and sought for collaboration from the House on ways to ensure safety on the road.

According to him, they made it clear that as representatives of the people, the committee owes it a duty to ensure safety on the road for both road users and FRSC officials.

He made reference to the 2007 Act establishing the FRSC, especially section 19 which allow those exposed to danger can bear arms saying that a committee will be set up to liaise with them and other stakeholders.

IBRAHIM SHEHU

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