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FRSC deploys 250 officers for Achebe’s burial

22 May 2013, 16:46

Onitsha- The Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) said on Wednesday that it had deployed 250 officers and men to ensure free flow of traffic at tomorrow's burial of Prof Chinua Achebe.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the remains of Achebe would be buried at his country home, Ogidi, headquarters of Idemili North Local Government Area of Anambra.

Uchenna Omeje, FRSC Sector Commander in Anambra, told NAN in Onitsha that the command had also mobilised 20 vehicles and a heavy duty tow truck for the burial.

Omeje also said that the commission would also station an ambulance in Ogidi to respond to any health emergency.

"So far, we have been able to go to Ogidi to map out the routes regarding where we need to close.

"There are some areas we need to close, there are areas we need to divert traffic and all those things.

"Then, of course, we are going to mobilise all our personnel even those in administrative section out tomorrow and of course on Friday to ensure that we have adequate presence on the road for ease of traffic flow.

"There is no cause for alarm; all the adjoining roads to Ogidi will be well manned by FRSC personnel.

"We are deploring about 20 patrol vehicles, one tow truck and of course an ambulance.’’

Omeje, however, urged motorists and visitors to co-operate with the road safety officials for the benefit of everybody attending the funeral.

He also appealed that people should co-operate with the security agencies and park within authorise parking spaces provided.

"Yes, all I want to appeal to the good people of Anambra State is to co-operate with all the security agencies, not just FRSC but all the security agencies.

"Parking might be an issue, so when we say here is where we have mapped out for parking people should obey us and allow their drivers to go to that place and park while the occupants of the vehicle could come down.

"Everybody will not drive until he gets to Achebe’s house.’’

Achebe, the author of "Things Fall Apart", died on March 21, 2013 in Boston, United States, after a brief illness.



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