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A joint security operation led by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has arrested 15 officials of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) for allegedly extorting monies from motorists on highways across the country.
The officials were arrested on August 12, 2021, simultaneously in Adamawa, Gombe, Ondo and Osun States, respectively, during the enforcement of the sixth phase of ‘Operation Tranquility’ by officers of ICPC, FRSC and the Department of State Services (DSS).
The operation, whose aim is to bring an end to extortion of motorists and other unwholesome practices by some FRSC officials, resulted in the arrest of seven officials along the Jimeta Township Routes and Yola Expressway in Adamawa State.
According to a joint statement by spokespersons of both organisations on Thursday, some money was recovered from the officials as they were raided while extorting motorists.
Also, the members of Operation Tranquility arrested four FRSC officials in Gombe State, along Gombe Township routes. While four others were arrested within Ikare Township routes in Ondo State.
On how the illicit act were perpetrated, the statement explained that the officials would sometimes enter vehicles belonging to motorists to negotiate and collect the bribes to avoid being seen by passers-by as well as employ the services of local government revenue collectors as agents to cover their illicit acts.
“It was also found in the course of the operation that two patrol teams in Adamawa and Gombe States respectively, were not involved in any corrupt act as they were caught under surveillance checking documentation and ensuring roadworthiness of vehicles.
“All those arrested have been granted administrative bail by the commission, however further investigation activities are still ongoing to ensure that those culpable are appropriately punished”, the statement added.