37 officials of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) have been arrested by a Joint Inter-Agency Team led by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) for allegedly extorting money from motorists on Nigerian highways.
Five people said to be agents of the corps officials were also reportedly arrested in a sting operation done simultaneously in the six geo-political zones by the Team comprising officials of ICPC, FRSC and the Department of State Security (DSS).
The Team struck on Friday 16th August, 2019, following the receipt of a complaint from the management of the Corps of massive extortion of money from motorists on the highways by its patrol teams.
In a statement by the spokesman of the commission, Rasheedat Okoduwa, the FRSC management had, in the complaint to the Commission, observed that incidents of extortion were rife in the six states of Kaduna, Bauchi, Abia, Rivers, Kogi and Ogun.
Based on this, the ICPC-led Team went into action and identified the notorious spots in each of the aforementioned states to include Aba in Abia State; Ahoada, Ajaokuta, Itori, Torro and Gwantu in Rivers, Kogi, Ogun, Bauchi and Kaduna States respectively.
According to Mrs Okoduwa, 13 FRSC officials and two civilians were arrested in Aba in the South-east while 24 other FRSC officials and three civilians were arrested from various spots on roads spread across the other geo-political zones.
Findings from the Joint Inter-Agency Team indicated that various sums of money were found on the arrested Corps officials during the sting operations before they were taken into ICPC custody.
However, all the officials arrested, and three civilian accomplices have been granted administrative bail, and will be prosecuted by the Commission at the conclusion of investigations.