Written by Austine ELEMUE

AEPB, FRSC clash over environmental contravention

Serious pandemonium broke out in the Zone 7 area of the FCT last week following a fracas between security personnel and officers of the Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, in Abuja over environmental contravention. 

It was learnt that the FRSC officers engaged in fisticuffs with soldiers and police personnel attached to the Abuja Environmental Protection Board, AEPB, taskforce for attempting to enforce a court order on the Corps premises in Wuse Zone 7. 

Our correspondent gathered that, trouble started when the security agencies insisted on carrying out the court notice on Road Safety, for alleged environmental contravention. 

Consequently, the fracas caused serious traffic gridlock around the area, as the situation swiftly attracted mob to the place. 

Eyewitness accounts revealed that during the fracas, a soldier was allegedly injured while a staff of the AEPB was taken hostage by the Road Safety officers, just as soldiers and policemen who were part of the AEPB team took custody of an FRSC officer. 

Confirming the fracas, AEPB's spokesman, Muktar Ibrahim, described it as an unfortunate incident, saying FRSC has apologized for the wrong steps they took. 

He said: "Just to clear the air, AEPB staff were there just to carry out a court order over environmental contravention by the FRSC. But I think that they were not happy that as government organization they should be made to comply with any environmental issue As I speak with you now, they have apologized, and promised to do the right thing." 

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