FRSC can only operate on Federal roads, A’Court rules

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The Court of Appeal in Asaba, Delta State, has upheld the judgment of the Federal High Court in Warri, which stated that the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) can only operate on federal roads. The appeal filed by the FRSC challenging the Federal High Court’s judgment was dismissed by the appellate court in the case of FRSC vs Darlington Ehikim. The Federal High Court had previously ruled in favor of the plaintiff, a member of the NBA Warri, declaring that the FRSC has no authority to operate on state and local government roads. The trial court also issued restraining orders against the FRSC from operating on non-federal highways and awarded costs of N10 million against the FRSC. The plaintiff’s lawyer commended both the trial and appellate courts for correctly interpreting the law. According to the judgment, FRSC personnel have no right to be on roads inside cities and towns, except for federal highways, as their operations on such roads are considered illegal. The judgment reiterates the federal structure of the country, emphasizing that the FRSC, being a federal agency, should focus solely on federal roads.

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