House Of Reps Denies Mandating FRSC To Bear Firearms
The House of Representatives has denied canvassing that members of the Federal Road Safety Corps bear firearms in the course of their duty.
This is contained in a statement signed by the Chairman House committee on FRSC, Mr Mayowa Akinfolarin and made available to newsmen in Abuja.
According to the statement, the committee members at the FRSC budget defence last week, only expressed concern over the safety of members of the corps.
The lawmakers noted that the FRSC Corps Marshall had reeled out staggering statistics on the number of officers attacked kidnapped or killed on the roads by hoodlums hence the need to take steps to prevent such reoccurrences.
The statement further states that the Committee had resolved to interface with the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation through a subcommittee to fashion out ways of putting an end to the sad development.
The lawmakers also noted that the Road Safe Commission Establishment Act empowers those at risk when carrying out their duties to carry firearms and this must be discussed by the whole parliament and be subjected to input from members of the public through a public hearing before its implemented.
They reiterated that the major concern of the committee is how to ensure the safety of every law-abiding citizen on the roads, including security officials, adding that the committee has not and will not mandate the Corps to bear arms because it lacks such powers.