The Emir of Ilorin, and Chairman of the Kwara State Council of Chiefs , His Royal Highness, Alhaji (Dr.) Sulu Gambari, CFR , has reiterated the need for the Federal Government to arm officials of the Federal Road Safety Corps, to defend themselves against criminal elements, whenever on patrol.
The Emir made the remarks while receiving in his palace at Ilorin the new Zonal Commanding Officer, Federal Road Safety Corps Zone RS8 Command with headquarters in Ilorin, Assistant Corps Marshal Clement Oladele.
In a statement made available to our correspondent by Oladele, he stated that the royal father relayed his initial encounter with the FRSC during an incident he had in the early 1990s after the establishment of the body, where he had interactions with operatives of the Corps on patrol near the Federal School of Survey, Oyo town along the Ogbomoso – Oyo road.
The Emir applauded the swift response and professionalism displayed by the FRSC team on that day, noting that in the course of interacting with the officials he learnt they deal with all manners of motorists both friendly and harmful, which exposed them to dangers.
The monarch said since then he has been campaigning for the Federal Government to arm the FRSC Marshals on patrol to ensure their protection.
He thereafter reiterated that arming the FRSC “now is even more appropriate considering the level of insecurity across some sections of the county.”
Earlier Oladele commended the royal father for his support to highway safety in the country and solicited his blessings and support to make highways safer in Kwara, Kogi and Ekiti States where he superintends road safety activities.
Oladele before his new appointment was the immediate past Commandant of the prestigious FRSC Academy in Enugu State.