There is tension in Abuja following a clash which has broken out amongst Nigerian security agencies. It was gathered that the violence broke out after soldiers and policemen attached to The Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB) tried to serve the Road Safety office in Wuze Zone 7 a violation notice.
The policemen and soldiers with the AEBP officials allegedly assaulted a female Road Safety marshal in the process and confrontation ensued.
The AEPB task force members denied assaulting the Road Safety personnel, saying they were resisted from serving the Road Safety the notice they brought.
During the fight, a soldier was reportedly wounded and a civilian staff of the AEPB was “taken hostage” by the Road Safety marshals.
In turn, soldiers and policemen who were part of the AEPB team seized a Road Safety officer.
There is currently a stalemate over the release of the “hostages”, as neither party was willing to free the persons in their respective custodies first.
The Road Safety demanded that its personnel must be released first while soldiers stood their grounds that Road Safety should first release the seized civilian AEPB staff, whom they escorted to serve the notice.
There is currently serious traffic build up around the area.
More details coming soon.
The mission of Road Safety officers in Nigeria is to reduce road crash deaths and injuries by 50% by 2020. Safe Road in Nigeria is a response to United Nation’s Decade of Action for Road Safety. It is one of the initiatives of Federal Road Safety Commission of Nigeria to promote safety on our roads.
The functions of the Road Safety Commission generally relates to: Making the highway safe for motorists and other road users, advising the Federal and State Governments including the Federal Capital Territory Administration and relevant governmental agencies on the localities where such works and devices are required, and Educating motorists and members of the public on the importance of discipline on the highway.