The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), says it recorded 57 road crashes with 20 deaths in Ogun and Lagos States in the four weeks of COVID-19 lockdown.
Mr. Samuel Obayemi, FRSC Zonal Commanding Officer in charge of the two states, made this known to the News Agency of Nigeria (Newzandar News) on Tuesday in Lagos.
Obayemi, an Assistant Corps Marshal, said that the crashes occurred within the four weeks of the lockdown in Lagos State and three weeks of lockdown in Ogun.
“The Lockdown directive, which was announced by His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, on March 29, was enforced by FRSC Operatives in Zone 2, which comprises Lagos and Ogun States.
“The enforcement started at different dates with Lagos starting first because there was an already existing lockdown directive by the State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, while lockdown in Ogun State commenced on April 4, 2020.
“The goal of the Operation was to enforce the directive on the restriction of movement in both states.
“An analysis of the data of the Enforcement Operation carried out so far in the zone showed that we have a total of 57 road traffic crashes with only ten fatal where 20 lives were lost,” Obayemi said.
Meanwhile, President Muhamadu Buhari had on Monday eased the lockdown in Abuja, Lagos and Ogun States, with effect from May 4.