Rep member denies sponsoring bill that allows FRSC official bear arms

A member representing leoluji Okeibo/Odigbo federal Constituency, Ondo state at the House of Representatives, Hon. Mayowa Akinfolarin has denied allegations of sponsoring a motion that will allow officers of the Federal Roads Safety Commission (FRSC) to bear arms.

The lawmaker, who is also the Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on FRSC made the clarification during a press briefing with journalist following widespread report that FRSC marshals will be authorised by the National Assembly to carry arms.

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He said the speculation started after the budget defence by the committee where a Corp Marshal had complained to them about the harassment of his men on the road which sometimes end up with some of them being killed on the road and sought for collaboration from the House on ways to ensure safety on the road.

According to him, “we made it clear that as representatives of the people, we owe it a duty to ensure safety on the road for both road users and FRSC officials because these people are also Nigerians. We also made it clear that safety on the road is a collective responsibility.

He stated that all the committee did was to set up a sub-committee under the committee to ensure the lives of every FRSC official is safeguarded as well as to review and amend the law that set-up the Federal Roads Safety Commission where necessary.

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