The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) says its special operational outfit tagged “Operation Scorpion III” aimed at impounding trucks with unlatched containers will start work on Monday in Lagos State.
The Sector Commander of FRSC in Lagos State, Mr Olusegun Ogungbemide, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Lagos that the exercise would be a follow-up to the second phase held mid-August.
Ogungbemide said that the second phase of the special operation carried out between Aug. 10, 2020 and Aug.16,2020 was a huge success in the state, hence, the need to launch Operation Scorpion III.
The FRSC boss said that the command apprehended 218 truck drivers and impounded 214 trucks, during the Operation Scorpion II in Lagos.
“The operation was a huge success, it was quite unprecedented in recent times. We were able to apprehend about 218 truck drivers and impounded 214 trucks. A total of 393 offences were recorded.
“We had 49 of these offenders arraigned in mobile courts; 48 of them convicted, and paid various fines.
“When you look at the past, you will realise that this special patrol has turned out to be a huge success.”
He said that Operation Scorpion III expected to start work on Monday, Aug. 31 would last seven days, just like the last operation.
Ogungbemide decried the negligence to the safety of other road users by some truck drivers and owners.
He said that the corps would bring sanity on the highways and prevent unnecessary loss of lives and properties.
Also, he said that the corps would concentrate on the metropolis during the third phase of its operations.
The FRSC boss said: “Naturally, I know that the one-week operation between Aug. 10 and Aug. 16 would have sent signals to truck operators that it is not going to be business as usual.
“We heard about several truck-related crashes that had happened after the operations.