There is a recent ruling precisely on Wednesday 15th May, 2020 by the Federal High Court in Abuja affirming the powers of the Federal Road Safety Corps to enforce road traffic laws on all public roads in Nigeria and impound violators vehicle. The ruling was delivered by Justice Anulika Chikere of the said court. She delivered the judgement in a suite filled by one Pius Abu, who accused the FRSC and its men of wrongfully impounding his car for using phone(use of phone while driving) in Abuja on 6th May, 2019
Mr Abu said he was apprehended by the FRSC operatives at ECWA junction, Wuse II, Abuja and impounded his Peugeot 306 car on the said day. He however, alleged that FRSC lacked the power to enforce traffic law on the road not stipulated in the FRSC (Establishment) Act.
This type of case involving FRSC is not new to the public and to the court. There are similar cases in that regards. That brings to mind that it seems like the name Federal Road Safety Corps, to the ordinary Nigerian is for the Federal Roads only. That’s why the publics always look for way to justify their understanding about the corps duty not minding the various laws that empowers FRSC to operate on any road. However, to avoid this continuous court cases the name should be considered changing to something like “Nigerian Road Safety Corps”. It may go a long way in changing the previous misconceptions about the corps. Secondly, there may be need to amend the FRSC (Establishment) Act to specifically mention all public roads instead of highways to be in line with other laws concerning the corps responsibilities.