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FRSC Says it has the Power to Fine Motorists



The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has said that it possesses the power to fine motorists who go against traffic rules.

The Cable reports that the corps’ spokesperson, Bisi Kazeem, said this in a statement reacting to circling news that the corps is not authorised to fine motorists. He shared judgements made by the appeal court ruling that fining motorist was in the jurisdiction of the corps. He said:

In FRSC V Emmanuel Ofoegbu CA/L/412/ 2014 the Court of Appeal sitting in Lagos, overruled the judgment of the Federal High Court in Emmanuel Ofoegbu v FRSC and held that the FRSC (Establishment) Act, 2007 and the National Road Traffic Regulations (NRTR) 2012 were valid laws made pursuant to the 1999 Constitution and that the provisions of the NRTR, 2012 were enforceable from 1st October, 2013, the deadline earlier set by FRSC.

Also, in FRSC v Okebu Gideon Esq. v FRSC-CA/IL/50/2014, the Court of Appeal sitting in Ilorin held that the Notice of Offence Sheet issued by FRSC does not run counter to Section 36 of the Constitution of Nigeria 1999, as amended.

Also, in Barr. Moses Ediru v FRSC & 2 ORS-CA/J/226/2010, the Court of Appeal sitting in Jos held that the fines which the law gives FRSC the nod to enforce do not, in the least derogate from the judicial powers of the Courts as enshrined in Section 10(7)(a) of the FRSC (Establishment) Act, 2007 and Regulation 113 of the NRTR, 2012.

While assuring the public that FRSC and its operatives will continue to perform within the ambits of the law, we seize the opportunity to seek the understanding and collaboration of all citizens as we strive to evolve a safer road environment in Nigeria.

1 Comment

  1. by_stander

    December 5, 2019 at 12:40 pm

    Once a rent-seeker has tasted a sweet rent, it’s hard to let it go.

    This statement even proves they don’t have the capacity to make the decision since they don’t even understand the constitution of Nigeria or the inalienable rights of human beings.

    furthermore it sheds a general light on our institutions, that we can not expect them to naturally self-correct or self-improve in the interest of the citizens.

    Illiterate that can not produce or repair a Car na fine e go take chop.

    Oya make u na dey fine dey go na, don’t forget make-up oh. By the time una use una budget pay damages finish we go see weytin una buy.

    Infact EFCC should be on alert, because this one wey dey wan start after court don them tell them, na another loop hole.

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