Following an overwhelming Twitter backlash, the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), has denied that it has been mandated to carry arms and urged members of the public, to ignore such reports going round.
Speaking on Monday, Mr. Bisi Kazeem, the head of Media Relations and Strategy of the FRSC, said the rumour was being circulated by mischievous people to cause confusion.
Kazeem claims some “irresponsible” people took a recent statement by the Corps Marshal, Boboye Oyeyemi, out of context to suit their agenda.
He said: “The Corps Marshal only stipulated that such a high number of losses could have been avoided if FRSC personnel were carrying arms as allowed by the law.
“But, he quickly added that there is no immediate plan to implement the law that permits the officials to carry arms.
“It is unfortunate that some wicked people now took that to mean that he said officials are now being armed; it is a figment of their imagination.
“We have never put the exercise as part of the general practice of our operation and we have no plans of implementing it in the nearest future.”
Kazeem, however, confirmed that an amendment to the FRSC Act in 2007, allowed them to bear arms like the police and other security agencies.