On July 19, 2023, the Court of Appeal in Asaba, Delta State, affirmed the judgment of the Federal High Court, which prohibited the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) from conducting operations on state and local roads within Nigeria.
In 2019, a Federal High Court in Warri had already ruled that the FRSC’s operations were limited to only Federal roads, emphasizing that the Corps had no legal authority to carry out activities on state and local government roads.
Unsatisfied with the verdict, the FRSC contested the high court’s decision at the Court of Appeal. However, on Monday, Justice E. Nwite dismissed the FRSC’s appeal, confirming that the Corps’ operations should be restricted to Federal roads across the country.
In response to the judgment on Tuesday, the FRSC released a statement via the Nigeria Television Authority (NTA) Twitter account, expressing their intention to appeal the Court of Appeal’s ruling.
Dauda Biu, the Corps Marshal of the FRSC, highlighted that the Appeal Court’s decision meant that FRSC officials would no longer be allowed to rescue crash victims on roads other than Federal roads.
He said, “As soon as we obtain the copy of the judgment, we would take time to look at it and make an informed decision on it. Until then, we urge the public to remain calm.”