FROM: PAUL ORUDE, BAUCHI
No fewer than 135 people were killed in various road accidents in
Bauchi State between January and October, 2017.
Statistics from the state command of the Federal Road Safety
Commission (FRSC) indicated that 1,118 persons were injured during the period.
The state recorded a total of 244 road traffic accidents within the
period which involved 2,148 people and 273 vehicles.
The report also indicated that 39 of the accidents were fatal, 145
serious while 53 were minor.
The report further indicated that the highest numbers of accidents
were recorded in the month of April, with 35 accidents while the least
number of accidents were recorded in the month of June with 12
According to the report, the highest number of deaths were recorded in
the months of May and March with 33 and 31 deaths respectively, while
the least number of deaths were recorded in June and January with
three and five deaths respectively.
The Sector Commander, Abubakar Najume, disclosed that most of the
road traffic accidents that occurred on the highways were as a result
He said that another major cause of accidents was the lack of
adherence of road traffic signs and rules by drivers while driving.
On the speed limiter device, Najume said the enforcement of the
installation of the device was yielding results.
He said drivers were beginning to embrace the policy adding that most
of the drivers have started installing the speed limit device on their
“The drivers are now complying with us on the policy. In fact, they
are the ones now coming to ask us where they can buy the device.
“You see, this is so because when most of them who have refused to
install the speed limit device on their vehicles travel to other
states, they will be sanctioned and be forced to pay the fines.
“In Bauchi, we’ve been enforcing the use of the speed limit device on
commercial vehicles and I am glad to inform you that it is yielding
positive results unlike when it started,” he said.
The FRSC sector commander called on all commercial drivers who are yet
to install the device on their vehicles to immediately do so warning
that anyone found without the device will be made to face the full
wrath of the law.
He also called on motorists to avoid over-speeding while driving and
other acts that will endanger Their lives and that of other road
Najume warned drivers to adhere to road traffic signs as anyone caught
defaulting will not be spared no matter how highly placed he or she
may be in the society.