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Devil has taken over Bauchi roads —FRSC Sector Command cries out

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BAUCHI State Sector Commander of the Federal Roads Safety Corps (FRSC), Yusuf Abdullahi, has lamented that within the 30 days of the month of November, no fewer than 35 people were killed in various auto accidents across the state, declaring that, “the devil has taken over Bauchi roads in recent times.” 

Abdullahi, who was addressing members of the Special Marshall of the Sector on Satur- day at the Base during their end of the year meeting said that, “I am very sorry to say, but the fact is that, the devil has taken over our roads in Bauchi State. We really need to stand up and do something to reclaim the roads.” 

He added that, “the situation is so terrible, in the month of November; it was a case of one death per day because we had no fewer than 35 deaths from accidents across the state. This is worrisome and disturbing, something has to be done quickly. 

“On the Bauchi – Kano road, we had accidents that claimed over 15 lives involving lone accidents as well as Keke NAPEP which had a lone accident before an oncoming Sharon vehicle ran into it.” 

The visibly worried Sector Commander also said that, “on the Bauchi – Jos highway, we had a few head-on collision accidents involving mass transit buses which claimed not less than 15 lives with some of them burnt.” 

He lamented that, “All the efforts of the Sector to solicit for support from individuals in the state on how to check the accidents has proved abortive. We had a stakeholders meeting on the need for collaboration but it is a pity that no favourable response is forthcoming”. 

He also cited the Darazo – Dukku – Gombe road as another bad spot particularly the bridge before Dukku, which he said has failed and is now death trap for motorists plying the road saying however that, “the Sector Command was able to get some empty drums from the FERMA office which were sand-filled and placed strategically to serve as a caution to the road users.” 

He then called on members of the Special Marshall to always collaborate with the Regular Marshall stressing that, “all the departments of the Road Corps are working for one goal – reduce road crashes, avoid deaths through accidents that are caused by negligence of the road users”. 

In his remarks, State Coordinator of the Special Marshall, Dr Kunle Gbadamosi commended the Sector Commander for always supporting activities of the Special Marshall unit stressing that the two are working together to save lives.

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