There was mild drama at the federal secretariat in Abuja on Thursday afternoon as some some civil servants and policemen prevented personnel of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) from towing away impounded vehicles in the ministries of education and police affairs’ section of the secretariat.
Trouble started when the FRSC officials, who had impounded wrongly parked vehicles in the area were about to tow them away, prompting resistance from the angry workers.
The civil servants, who also prevailed on the policemen attached to the area to intervene on the issue, said there was no prior notice to relevant authorities in the ministries on such action, even as they locked the gate against the FRSC personnel.
“They came here with full force, trying to tow away people vehicles. Can you imagine they even impounded the Permanent Secretary’s vehicle? They did not even write to inform people in charge of this place that this type of operation will take place,” one of the civil servant, who failed to disclose his name said.
Normalcy was however, restored in the area when the visibly humiliated FRSC personnel removed the barriers placed on the affected vehicles’ tyres.
PlatinumPost reports that many motorists in the area have often complained of regular harassment from FRSC personnel on the issue of parking, saying it sometimes cost as much as N10,000 to release impounded vehicle.
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