By Stanley Nwanosike
Enugu – The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has commended sister security agencies for their partnership and support in its ongoing Special Yuletide Patrol in the South-East.
The South-East Commander of the corps, Mr Samuel Obayemi, made the commendation in Enugu during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday.
“Their continuous support has made the FRSC Special Yuletide Patrol a huge success so far in the South-East,’’ Obayemi said.
NAN reports that personnel of the Nigeria Police, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), officers and men of the Nigerian Army and Air-Force have been partaking in the patrol of the highways.
The major roads covered included; Enugu-Onitsha Road; Enugu-Port Harcourt Road; Enugu-Abakaliki Road; Enugu-Nsukka-Obollo Afor Road; Awka-Oji-Udi-9th Mile Old Road and Owerri-Onitsha Road.
Obayemi, who is in-charge of Abia, Ebonyi, Enugu and Imo States, noted that most sister security agencies had worked 24 hours each day on the road, just like the FRSC personnel had done within the past three weeks.
“Their support had made it possible that we did not record any armed robbery incident within this time.
“They have joined the FRSC even in our accident rescue mission as well as evacuation of victims at accident scenes to the nearest hospital for medical attention.
“One striking incident was the quick response of security agencies to the incident of collision of two trucks at the River Niger Bridge, Onitsha on Dec. 31.
“I supervised the operation through a helicopter via an aerial surveillance undertaken by the FRSC in partnership with the Nigerian Air-Force Base, Enugu.
“The rescue operation was so smooth that the possible burst of inferno from one of the trucks laden with petroleum product was stopped, while FRSC heavy tow truck moved the two trucks immediately away from the bridge,’’ he said.
The zonal commander also thanked the various fire services within the states in the zone for their collaboration in the exercise.
“I must not fail to commend our gallant FRSC officers and men that had been out there for this three-week to ensure sanity on the road and respond to emergencies on the road promptly.
“As well, the motoring public that had co-operated with our officers and men to ensure that the 2017-2018 Special Yuletide Patrol remained a huge success,’’ he said. (NAN)