The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) on Monday warned that night travelling is now with high peril, as criminals had launched themselves to take advantage of the dark and rob motorists on the highways.
The FRSC Sector Commander in Ogun, Mr Clement Oladele, revealed this while speaking with newsmen in Ota, Ogun State.
He advised motorists to minimize night travelling in order to avoid being victims of armed robbery attacks and reduce carnages on the highways.
Oladele was reacting to two accidents in the early hours of Saturday where nine lives were lost, and 12 people severely injured on Sagamu-Ijebu Ode-Benin Expressway.
The commander explained that the driver rammed his truck into a car while trying to escape from the robbers.
He raised concern that criminals now operated under the cover of darkness on the highways where the chances of escape from them were minimal.
He said,“ The night and under the cover of darkness usually attractive the criminals to operate and carry out their wicked acts.”
The sector commander implored motorists to be conscious while on the highways, saying the activities of the highway robbers was usually on the high side as the year was coming to an end.
“They should also get their vehicles routinely serviced and avoid offering rides to unknown persons or patronising roadside motor parks.
“Instead, the passengers should board only commercial vehicles at recognised motor parks and ensure they fill correctly their details and those of their next of kin in the passengers’ manifest before embarking on any trip,” Oladele warned.
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