CDHR Begs FG To Extend Anti-corruption Fight To FRSC

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    By; ONYEKACHUKWU MELUWA, Warri

    The Delta State Chapter of the Committee for the Defense of Human
    Rights, CDHR on Friday called on the Federal Government, the Department of
    State Security, Inspector General of Police, ICPC and other  national
    anti-crime agencies to extend the anti-corruption war on the chronic
    corruption in the Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC just as it proposed
    August 16, for a massive protest against alleged extortion by FRSC in
    the State.

    The CDHR made the call in a statement signed by its Chairman, Prince
    Kehinde Taiga and made available to Authentic News Daily in Warri.

    The statement is titled, “Committee for the Defense of Human Rights
    Delta State Chapter to Mobilize a Peaceful Protest Against Federal
    Road Safety Corps for illegal Extortion on National Drivers License.”

    Prince Taiga in the statement, alleged that FRSC Command in Delta
    State keeps extorting Deltans between  N18,000, N25,000 and other
    unstable prices on acquiring the National Drivers’ License.

    Taiga noted that investigation carried out in Warri, Effurun, Udu and
    Asaba axis confirmed this extortion as now the norm against the
    approved N6,350 by the Federal Government.

    “We are compelled by the collective reality of the Nigerian agenda to act
    at this point, seeking a corrupt free nation worth workable
    institutions. As a human right body, we can no longer sit in the
    comfortable chamber of disequilibrium while our state continues to
    burn under the gross and brutal extortion by the Federal Road Safety
    Corps (FRSC) on National License.”

    ” FRSC officers have vowed to frustrate anyone who will not key into
    the illegal extorting prices with a tactics to delay and deny data
    capture for the Delta Command to order and revert this obvious
    outrageous illegitimate extortion to normal as our eyes watch keenly.
    We also use this medium to notify the Delta State police hierarchy on
    our planned protest against the FRSC scheduled for Wednesday, 16th
    August, 2017.”

    Taiga added, “We call on the Presidency, the Department of State
    Security, Inspector General of Police, ICPC and other  national
    anti-crime agencies to extend the anti-corruption war on the chronic
    corruption in the FRSC. We also call on all Deltans to join us in the
    protest and intellectual battle against the FRSC. A stitch in time
    saves nine.”

    In a swift reaction, the Unit Commander, FRSC Warri Unit Command,
    Assistant Corps Commander,ACC Isah Seidu at his Office Steel Town
    Orhuworhun in Udu Local Government Area, described the allegation by
    CDHR as spurious, unacceptable, cheap blackmail and total falsehood,
    noting that FRSC is not involved in collection of money in the chain
    of agencies involved in issuance of National Drivers License.

    ACC Seidu charged CDHR to carry out thorough investigation on who and
    who is involved in collection of money and extortion rather than
    lebeling FRSC as the agency promoting corrupt practices.

    He noted that the responsibility of collection of funds lies with
    banks as FRSC only provides technical expertise for capturing.

    According to him, “FRSC is not aware of te allegation and we are not
    involved at all in collection of money from those who comes to process
    their licenses. It is after the process have been concluded that FRSC
    comes in. FRSC comes in at the last stage with the technical man
    power. I will advise CDHR to carry out proper investigation on this
    matter before they act in error.”

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