FRSC clears air on vehicle impoundment directive


The Corps Marshal, Federal Road Safety Corps, (FRSC), Dauda Biu has rejected the circulation of a memo that was inaccurately worded, concerning a directive given to Commanding Officers.

This information was conveyed in a statement released by Mr. Bisi Kazeem, the spokesperson for FRSC, on Thursday in Abuja.

Kazeem said the memo was a directive to Commanding Officers to stop patrol officers from riding in the vehicles of offenders when impounding them.

He did clarify, however, that the initial directive was issued through a memo dated September 12, 2023, with the reference number FRSC/HQ/OPS/94/VOLXVI/094. The memo was titled ‘Immediate ban on the placing of staff in offenders’ vehicles to escort for impoundment.’

“This was however, interpreted as a complete ban on the impoundment of vehicles by the corps.”

“For the avoidance of doubt, the corps marshal’s directive was a correction of an earlier one saying impoundment of vehicles have been banned captured under paragraph III of the aforementioned memo.”

“However, the corps marshal only banned placing of staff in offenders vehicles to escort for impoundment by patrol teams under any guise of traffic infraction committed with immediate effect.”

“The corps regrets any confusion caused by the earlier memo, and would like to inform the public that the current position of the corps was as outlined in the corrected directive, ” he said.