The Federal Road Safety Corps, Badagry-Seme Command, says its officers are not aiding and abetting rice smugglers as being speculated in some quarters.
The Unit Commander, Mr Fatai Bakare, made the clarification on Thursday in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Badagry, Lagos State.
According to Bakare, the operations of FRSC commences by 6am and ends by 6pm, except when are on special patrol which extends to 10pm.
“This special operation is restricted to the metropolis and not outside the metropolis because we are not armed.
“You don’t expect us to be in a secluded point when we are not armed.
“You don’t expect our staffers to be in a secluded point around 1am, when bad boys, armed to the teeth move around,” he said.
Bakare said that FRSC officials were not trained to arrest smugglers, who usually move at night at high speed,and armed with sophisticated weapons.
“If you look at the operations of smugglers, you will notice that they move in the night and in a convoy.
“They are very reckless when they move, ready to kill. They are armed with assorted weapons like swords, cutlasses, charms and at times gun.
“How can you expect a non-armed organisation to arrest such vehicles and people?
“There have been several attacks by the smugglers and other agencies which led to death.
“Have we not been seeing obituaries in the dailies of some people from different agencies that were killed by the smugglers despite the fact that they are armed?
“So, what do you think will happen if our staffers make attempts to arrest them?
“We only restricted our programme to enlightenment; we go to Churches, Mosques, marketplaces, palaces and motor parks.
“We use these media to pass our information across since we do not have the wherewithal to confront them on the road,” he said.