The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) warned on Monday that it would not hesitate to arrest and prosecute any masqueraders who try to cause traffic gridlocks or hinder traffic flow on the roads during the upcoming Yuletide season.
Mr. Ayodele Kumapayi, the Zonal Commanding Officer (ZCO) for Zone 5, compromising: Edo, Delta, and Anambra stated this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) at his office in Benin.
Kumapayi warned that the corps in the zone would no longer tolerate any masqueraders who under the guise of cultural celebration obstruct the free flow of traffic as well as molest any road users.
“The corps will arrest and prosecute that masquerader.
“We have had in the past, instances where masqueraders assaulted FRSC personnel, the corps will not condone such again.
“We are not saying that they should not celebrate their cultures, but they should stay off the highways and the major roads.
“We are sounding this as a warning to those communities, especially in Anambra and parts of Delta where masqueraders come out to distort road safety activities,” he said.
The ZCO also harped on the need for parents and guardians to monitor their underage children and wards against driving their vehicles.
He stressed that if the FRSCofficials should catch any underage person behind the wheel of any vehicle, that vehicle would be impounded and the owner would be prosecuted.
He noted that this was because any person who indulges in such would be deemed to be criminally minded, and wanting to endanger other road users.