The chairman of the Federal Road Safety Commission, Bukhari Bello has called on the federal government to allow its officials to bear firearms, for self-defense in the line of duty and to protect road users.
Bukhari Bello made the call at the commissioning of newly acquired FRSC operational vehicles in Abuja.
Road safety officials in Nigeria have come under a rising wave of attacks in the line of duty and in some cases resulting in the death of officials.
Worried about this trend, chairman of the Federal Road Safety Commission, Bukhari Bello has renewed the call for operatives to be allowed to carry fire arms to defend themselves.
The FRSC has recently increased its workforce but to make it more efficient, the federal government has provided it with additional operational vehicles and ambulances.
The commission has acquired 74 new operational vehicles and 3 ambulances to enhance their work on the roads.
The Road Safety Commission was established in 1988 to reduce accidents on Nigerian roads and ease traffic flow.