Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) operatives will begin to carry firearms to minimize the excesses of road users in Nigeria.
The House of Representatives Committee on FRSC made this public on Thursday in Abuja during the corps’ 2020 budget performance and the 2021 budget defence.
The Chairman, Akinfolarin Mayowa, clarified that the FRSC Act of 1992 allowed the corps to carry weapons, NAN reports.
Mayowa said that enforcement had become important to ensure that the laws were complied and to enable the FRSC to work effectively.
He disclosed that the committee would meet with Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, and also write to President Muhammadu Buhari to implement the Act.
A member, Solomon Maren, added that the committee would discuss the matter with the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu.
The lawmaker said there were more risks on the roads, adding that the FRSC should now bear arms.
FRSC Corps Marshal, Boboye Oyeyemi, decried incidents where motorists threatened personnel on duty.
Oyeyemi stressed that weapon bearing for protection would curtail violent road users and protect officers.
He confirmed that the corps has 280 formations, with presence in nearly all the 774 local government areas in Nigeria