Court of Appeal Upholds Restriction: FRSC’s Operations Limited to Federal Roads Only

The Court of Appeal in Asaba, Delta State, has affirmed the judgment of the Federal High Court, which limits the jurisdiction of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) to operate solely on federal roads in Nigeria, excluding state and local roads.

In 2019, the Federal High Court in Warri ruled that the FRSC lacked the legal authority to conduct activities on state and local government roads, emphasizing their jurisdiction to be limited to federal roads.

Unsatisfied with the ruling, the FRSC appealed the decision at the Court of Appeal.

However, on Monday, Justice E. Nwite delivered the judgment dismissing the FRSC’s appeal and maintaining the restriction of the Corps’ operations to federal roads across the country.

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In response to the verdict, the FRSC released a statement via the Nigeria Television Authority (NTA) Twitter account, expressing their intention to challenge the judgment of the Appeal Court.

Dauda Biu, the Corps Marshal of the FRSC, stated that the implications of the Appeal Court’s judgment mean that FRSC officials will no longer be able to provide assistance to crash victims on roads other than federal roads.

Biu further stated, “Once we obtain a copy of the judgment, we will carefully review it and make an informed decision. Until then, we urge the public to remain calm.”

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