The Ogun State Command of the Federal Road Safety Corps advises motorists to minimize nighttime driving so as not to fall prey to armed robbery and reduce street carts
Commander of the FRSC Ogun sector, Mr Clement Oladele, gave advice in an interview with the Nigerian news agency (NAN) on Monday in Ota, Ogun.
Oladele was reacting to two accidents in the early hours of Saturday that claimed nine lives and 12 injured on Sagamu-Ijebu Ode-Benin Expressway.
NAN reports that one of the accidents occurred when a gang of armed robbers operating at night was robbing travellers.
The commander said that the driver rammed his truck into a car while trying to escape from the robbers.
He said that the advice had become necessary as criminals always operated under the cover of darkness on the highways where the chances of escape from them were minimal.
He said,“ The night and under the cover of darkness is usually attractive to the criminals to operate and carry out their wicked acts.”
The sector commander implored motorists to be conscious of their environment and plan their journeys as various activities such as motorisation and crimes were heightened as the year was coming to an end.
“They should also get their vehicles routinely serviced and avoid offering rides to unknown persons or patronising roadside motor parks.
“Instead, passengers can only ride on commercial vehicles in known motor parks and ensure that they fill in their data and their closest relatives on passengers manifest properly before starting the trip, “Oladele warned.