A set of 26 officials of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) have been arrested for allegedly extorting money from road users on highways in the country.
The spokesperson for the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), Mrs Rasheedat Okoduwa, disclosed this in a statement where she explained that ICPC officials made the arrests in collaboration with some agencies of the Federal Government.
Other agencies involved in the operation tagged “Operation Tranquillity” included the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) and the Department of State Services (DSS).
The arrest was made two months after the operation nabbed 37 officials of the agency for allegedly committing similar offence.
Okoduwa revealed that part of the operation conducted in Owerri, the Imo State capital also led to the arrest of a man who was alleged to be the custodian of the proceeds of extortion.
Various sums of money were reportedly found on the arrested corps officials and the civilian during the operation before they were taken into ICPC custody. All the officials and the civilian arrested have been granted administrative bail pending their prosecution by the Commission at the conclusion of investigations.
A breakdown of the figure revealed that the civilian and nine FRSC officials in Imo, eight officials in Kaura-Namoda – Zamfara State, five in Ore – Ondo State, and four in Potiskum – Yobe State, were arrested respectively on roads across the states.