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FRSC recorded 445 deaths in FCT, Niger in 2021: Official

The corps said 5,006 motorists were arrested for violating road traffic rules in the year under review.

• January 7, 2022
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The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) says that 445 people died in several road crashes in Niger State and the Federal Capital Territory in 2021.

On Friday, the Zonal Commander, FCT, and Niger, Jonas Agwu, said there were 1,263 road crashes in the year under review.

Mr Agwu said 3,032 sustained various degrees of injuries in the same year.

He identified speed and wrong overtaking as the major cause of the accidents, adding that speeding remained the number source of worry for corps personnel in road safety management.

“Crash trends show that speed remains a concern to the corps. Our enforcement of speed limiters led to the arrests of 5,006 motorists for violating road traffic rules.

“Also, 1,092 were cautioned on speeding. If we continue with our enforcement we should be able to address this fully,” he said.

Mr Agwu said that the corps would continue to monitor road usage to guard against dangerous driving, among other causes of accidents.

He said that the corps would do its best to ensure that accidents resulting from speeding to the barest minimum in 2022.

Mr Agwu said that the Mokwa-Jebba road in Niger was one of the most dangerous corridors in the territory under the command.

Also speaking, the Sector Commander, FCT Command, Oga Ochi, said that the command recorded 964 crashes in 2021 while 189 people were killed in accidents in FCT.

Mr Ochi said that 4,897 people were involved in road traffic accidents with 1,914 injured, adding that the FCT command recorded 144 fatal cases and 194 minor cases in 2021.

(NAN)

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