No fewer than 44 persons have died from the recorded 76 road crashes in Sokoto, Kebbi and Zamfara within the last three months, ACM Ayobami Omiyale confirmed.
Omiyale, who is the Zonal Command Officer of Sokoto, Kebbi and Zamfara noted that, a good number of the road crashes were as a result of over speeding, over loading and dangerous over takings.
While urging motorists to kindly observe all traffic laws to help in reducing accidents, Omiyale said the Command had impounded about 700 vehicles.
Omiyale, who decried that some road users are deliberately refusing to do the right thing, added that, they have over 1000 unclaimed drivers’ licenses in the region.
Speaking when leadership of the State Correspondent Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) paid him a courtesy call in his office, Omiyale divulged that, the Command has commenced 24 hours patrol to ensure accident-free Easter break in the zone.
“Your coming here is timely because we need you to reach out to the public with our sensitisation activities.
“We also want you to be monitoring our men and report any act of wrongdoing by them. We have sensitised all the sector commands in this zone and we have mobilised all our staff and special marshals as well as engaging other security agencies to forestall any loss of life as a result of accidents in the states of the zone”
Omiyale stressed further that, they are all on the road, looking out at critical offences such as over-loading, over-speeding and wrong overtaking among others,”
“The line between security and safety is very thin. Nobody on the road has planned to die or take somebody’s life on the road. We are empowered by the law to enforce traffic laws and ensure safety of road users,” Omiyale noted.