The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Ogun Command, has advised Nigerians to minimise travelling at night, especially as 2019 gets to an end, to curb road crashes.
Mr Clement Oladele, Ogun Sector Commander of FRSC, gave the advice in an interview with the Press in Ota, Ogun.
Oladele spoke while reacting to the two accidents that happened on Saturday, claiming nine lives and injuring 12 others on Sagamu-Ijebu Ode-Benin Expressway.
According to the Sector Commander, travelling during the day is much safer because visibility is brighter during the day.
“Thus, the night under the darkness is usually attractive to the criminals to operate and carry out their wicked act,” he said.
He said that the advice became necessary as the criminals always had the mindset to carry out their nefarious activities where their chances of not being recognised and escaping were very high.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that one of the accidents occurred when a gang of armed robbers that capitalise in robbing travellers, under the cover of the dark, stormed on unsuspecting victims on the road.
The sector commander urged motorists to be conscious of their environment and plan their journeys, adding that various activities such as “motorisation“ and crimes were heightened as the year is coming to an end.
”They should also get their vehicles routinely serviced, avoid offering ride to unknown persons or patronising roadside motor parks.
“Instead, the passengers should board only commercial vehicles at recognised motor parks and ensure they fill correctly, their details and those of their next of kin in the passengers’ manifest before embarking on any trip, “Oladele said.
The FRSC boss in the state further enjoined motorists to drive with alertness and observe any unusual scenario and report promptly to law enforcement agencies.
He also advised the motorists to call FRSC toll free number, 122 or the national emergency toll free number, 112 for prompt assistance.