The Federal Road Safety Corps has said it stopped 791 vehicles from entering Ogun and Lagos states within five days, while enforcing the Federal Government’s restrictions on interstate movements.
The FRSC Zonal Commanding Officer in charge of the two states, Mr Samuel Obayemi, disclosed this in Lagos to the News Agency of Nigeria on Saturday.
Obayemi, an Assistant Corps Marshal, said officers of the corps, turned back 149 vehicles at the Lagos boundaries and 642 vehicles at Ogun boundaries between Monday, the first day of the lockdown ease, and Friday.
The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd) had announced the gradual easing of the lockdown order on Lagos, Ogun and Abuja, from Monday, May 4.
The President, however, placed a ban on interstate movements, except for essential services, to checkmate further spread of the virus in the country.
Obayemi added that the corps recorded nine road traffic crashes that claimed three lives and injured 26 persons during the period.
“In the last five days when the Federal Government eased the lockdown, but placed a ban of interstate movements, the FRSC operatives turned back a total of 791 vehicles to their originating places at both the Ogun and Lagos boundaries.
“It is unfortunate that we also recorded nine crashes where three persons were killed and 26 injured. We will continue to do our jobs of enforcing of the Federal Government ban on interstate movement except for essential services or commodities,” Obayemi said.
The zonal commander urged motorists and commuters to take responsibility for their safety on the road.
He also urged Nigerians to adhere strictly to the restriction on interstate movement and other precautionary measures against the spread of COVID-19, assuring that the FRSC would continue to create road safety awareness.