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Operation Velvet: Get safety requirements, avoid arrest, FRSC tells motorists

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The Federal Road Safety Corps, on Tuesday, advised motorists to avoid arrest by meeting the minimum safety standards.

Mr Hyginus Omeje, the Lagos State Sector Commander of FRSC, warned in Lagos that the corps would randomly pick vehicles for inspection during the ‘Operation Restore Sanity on Lagos Roads/Operation Velvet’.

Omeje noted that the ‘operation’ was inaugurated on Thursday by the police in conjunction with agencies such as FRSC, Lagos State Traffic ManagementAuthority and the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps to tackle perennial gridlock in the state.

“During the exercise, motorists will be randomly picked to check for minimum safety requirements in their vehicles.

“You must have your driver’s licence, your vehicle documents must be in order, you must have your fire extinguisher, jack, wheel spanner and caution sign, among others.

“If we observe that your lights are broken, and all those things mentioned are lacking, your vehicle will be impounded and you will be made to restore it and get everything in order before its release,” Omeje said.

The FRSC sector commander said that all erring motorists would be arraigned and prosecuted before mobile courts.

Omeje, decried motorists’ disregard for traffic rules.

He condemned driving against traffic, describing it as abnormal and suicidal.

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