- No fewer than 35 people were killed in various auto accidents across Bauchi state in the month of November
- A senior official of the Federal Roads Safety Corps in the state says he suspected the accidents have a spiritual undertone
- Yusuf Abdullahi, the sector commander of the corps in the northeast state says the devil has taken over
Bauchi - The sector commander of the Federal Roads Safety Corps (FRSC) in Bauchi, Yusuf Abdullahi, has lamented that the high rate of road accidents in the state within the month of November.
He said within the past month, no fewer than 35 people were killed in various auto accidents across the state.
The visibly worried sector commander went on to declare that:
“The devil has taken over Bauchi roads in recent times.”
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The Nigerian Tribune newspaper reports that Abdullahi, who was addressing members of the special marshal of the sector on Saturday, December 4 said:
“I am very sorry to say, but the fact is that the devil has taken over our roads in Bauchi state. We really need to stand up and do something to reclaim the roads.
“The situation is so terrible, in the month of November; it was a case of one death per day because we had no fewer than 35 deaths from accidents across the state. This is worrisome and disturbing, something has to be done quickly.”
NHRC lauds youth group for campaigning against extortion of motorists
Meanwhile, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has lauded the Youths and Students Advocate For Development Initiative (YSAD) on its campaign against the extortion of motorists by law enforcement agents.
The executive secretary of the NHRC, Tony Okechukwu Ojukwu Esq, gave the commendation during an advocacy visit by the YSAD team to the commission recently.
Killing of 322 police, 642 soldiers, indicate we are in very difficult circumstances, Northern Elders lament
Represented by the director, civil and political rights, Abdulrahaman Yakubu, he noted that the project is timely and laudable considering the violation of human rights and even deaths.
ICPC, DSS move to stop extortion on highways
Recall that some officials of the FRSC were recently arrested for bribery and corrupt practices on the highways.
The officials were arrested by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) for extorting money from motorists on highways across the country.
They were arrested during the enforcement of the sixth phase of ‘Operation Tranquility’ by officers of ICPC, FRSC, and the Department of State Services.