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ROAD SAFETY: FRSC Corps Marshal Begins Enforcement Against Speed Violation to Curb Tanker Explosion 

The Corps Marshal, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Shehu Mohammed has commenced deep rooted stakeholders’ consultations to ensure strict compliance with maximum safety requirements, especially the installation of speed limit device. This is to curb the increasing number of explosions involving cargoes, particularly tankers conveying inflammable products on Nigerian roads.
Mohammed stated this in the wake of the fatal road accident involving a Mazda saloon car and a tanker conveying gas that exploded and went into flames, killing two persons, and destroying property on Obirikwerre Bridge on the East-West Road in Rivers State on Tuesday, 4 June, 2024 at 0800HRS.

A statement signed by the Public Education Officer, Corps Commander Olusegun Ogungbemide, and made available to the National Association of Online Security News Publishers (NAOSNP), revealed that FRSC report on preliminary investigation carried out by the emergency rescue teams deployed to the scene of the crash revealed that the crash which was caused by speed violation involved a total of five persons. While two were killed, three were rescued without injury.

Shehu Mohammed, Corps Marshal, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC)

Expectedly, as part of concerted proactive measures put in place to mitigate this avoidable road carnage, the Corps Marshal also directed Sector Commanders to intensify enforcement on installation of speed limit device as well as enhance awareness campaigns.
He emphasised that while carrying out enforcement, they must amongst other things ascertain that these category of vehicles comply with the policy on installation of speed limit device, safety valves (anti spill), and other necessary safety components.

This directive is in line with the 6 United Nations conventions acceded to by the Federal Road Safety Corps, especially the agreement on international carriage of dangerous goods by road.
Shehu commiserated with the families of the bereaved, praying God to grant them the fortitude to bear the loss.

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