Raymond Ozoji, Awka
The Federal Road Safety Commission has debunked a report it described as malignant and malicious intended to bring the commission to disrepute as well as tarnish its public image.
The sector commander of the commission in Anambra state Mr.Andrew Ayodele Kumapayi stated that the said report titled “FRSC Officials Beg In Anambra As Angry Mob Beats Them After Motor Accident” currently trending on the social media is completely false and not a true representation of the fatal crash that occurred on 15th February this year at Amansea Awka-North local government area of Anambra state.
Kumapayi who explained that officers and men of the commission have been in the forefront of traffic management, crash rescue operations as well as recovery of lost items at accident spots and subsequent return of recovered items to the rightful owners in Anambra state, wondered why some misguided elements would fabricate falsehoods just to destroy the reputation of the Federal Road Safety Commission.
The sector commander whose position on the said fictitious report was contained in a press release made available to our correspondent, maintained that the commission responded rapidly and carried out rescue operations when the accident being referred to occurred.
He said that the commission would not be demoralized by such report instead it would add more impetus and vigour to their operations in Anambra state.
The press release by the Sector Public Education Officer in Anambra, Mr.Paschal Anigbo reads, “A report trending on social media, credited to operanewsapp.com titled, ‘FRSC Officials Beg In Anambra As Angry Mob Beats Them After Motor Accident’, has come to the notice of the Federal Road Safety Corps, Anambra State.
“The Sector Commander Federal Road Safety Corps Anambra State, CC Andrew A. Kumapayi wishes to state that the report is not only false but misleading. The general public are therefore advised to disregard it as there is no truth in the report. The pictures of the FRSC personnel on the ground are not of any FRSC Staff in Anambra State.
“For the benefit of doubt, the fatal road traffic crash which was recorded on Saturday 15 February, 2020 at Amansea, just after the cow market, along Awka-Enugu Old road, where three (3) adult males lost their lives and Eight (8) others sustained injuries, occurred around 6.00am, when a Toyota Hummer Bus with registration number BAL266XA rammed into a stationary DAF Truck with registration number BAL266XA.
“It was reported that the Hausa Community in that area barricaded the road, calling on the his excellency, the Executive Governor of Anambra State, Dr. Willie Obiano, to see how officials inspecting farm produce causes accidents in that area. The rescue was effectively and efficiently carried out by Officers and Men of the Federal Road Safety Corps, Awka after receiving a distress call on the crash.
“The Hausa Community in the area were persuaded to remove the barricades, by the Commissioner of Police Anambra State, CP John Abang. The incident was reported by: https://newsprobeng.com/sad-
“Once more, the public is strongly advised to disregard the report. It is so unfortunate how people go around deceiving the public by propagating fake and forged news, with the aim of gaining cheap popularity.”