The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences (ICPC) has arrested 26 officials of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) for extorting money from road users.
This was disclosed in a statement on Thursday by the Spokesperson of the anti-graft agency, Rasheedat Okoduwa, adding that the officers were arrested for allegedly extorting money from road users on Nigerian highways after FRSC management lodged a complaint.
The statement reads: “Other agencies were involved in the operation tagged, Operation Tranquility. They include the FRSC and the Department of State Security. The part of the operation in Owerri, Imo State, also led to the arrest of a man, who was alleged to be the custodian of the proceeds of extortion.
“The operation, which is the second one in three months since the beginning of 2019, was also conducted simultaneously across four states of the federation between October 2 and 5, 2019 following the receipt of a complaint from the management of the FRSC of extortion activities by some members of its patrol teams nationwide.”
According to the statement, nine FRSC officials and a civilian were arrested in Owerri, Imo State; eight FRSC officials in Kaura-Namoda, Zamfara State; five officials of the agency in Ore, Ondo State; and four officials in Potiskum, Yobe State.
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