The Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC ), has warned that it will not hesitate to impound masquerades that would obstruct traffic flow during the Christmas and New Year festivities.
Bobiye Oyeyemi, the Corps Marshal and Chief Executive of the commission gave the warning at the grand opening of the 2019 Ember Months Campaign tagged: ”Road Safety Is A State Of Mind, Road Traffic Crash Is An Absence Of Mind, Stay Alert, Stay Alive ”, which was held on Thursday at Chisco Park Onitsha, Anambra state.
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Oyeyemi, represented at the occasion by ACM Kehinde Adeleye, the zonal commanding officer Benin, said masquerades have caused more harm than good during festive periods, especially as it concerns causing heavy traffic gridlocks, inconveniencing road users.
He said the commission has introduced more punitive measures to ensure that masquerades do not cause gridlocks or crashes on the roads because of the festivities.
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Though he admitted that masquerades add spice to the festive periods, but stated that the commission would arrest errant masquerades obstructing traffic.
Also, Andrew Kumapayi, the sector commander of the Anambra State sector command, gave more details regarding the arrest of errant masquerades during the yuletide.
According to him, masquerades have caused more severe public harm in the past, and that the agency would not compromise arresting masquerades constituting nuisance on the roads in Anambra.
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He said: ”Last year we recorded some negative issues whereby masquerades led to fatal crashes. We will not allow that this time around. We will impound them. Masquerades are not supposed to be causing problems because we believe they are spirits.
“So we will impound those spirits. We are warning them to veer off the roads. We are not saying that they should not celebrate their masquerade festivals but they should not cause obstructions on the roads.”