FRSC denies introducing Sharia law to enforce traffic rules

FRSC denies introducing Sharia law to enforce traffic rules

Buna Juliet

The Federal Road Safety Corps has said it is not seeking the introduction of Sharia Law to complement existing extant regulations on the enforcement of traffic rules and prosecution of offenders.

This was in reaction to the remarks of the sector commander, FRSC, in Bauchi State, Yusuf Abdullahi, that there was a need to create a Shari’a law to prosecute traffic offenders to curtail road crashes in the country.

Religion Nigeria reported that Abdullahi stated, “Let us introduce Sharia Law into road crashes, and people will wake up. Our people are too careless, and the vehicle owners don’t bother to check them.

“The extant law is working, however, the extent to which it works is very important because in countries where Sharia Law is being implemented, it guides attitudinal conduct to a level that even relatives and friends guide their relations in terms of what to do or not do,” he added.

The Corps Spokesperson, Bisi Kazeem in a release said Abdullahi’s statement does not in any way, reflect the position of FRSC.

According to the statement, the Corps Marshal, Dauda Biu, has recalled with immediate effect, the Sector Commander to the National Headquarters Abuja, for necessary administrative action for breaching the FRSC regulations and the Standard Operating Procedures.

The statement read in part “Without any reservation, it is key to inform the general public that the Federal Road Safety Corps is a Government Agency with statutory responsibilities for road safety administration in Nigeria and sensitive to the country’s multi-religious as well as heterogeneous ethnic composition.

“The Corps was founded through Decree No. 45, as amended by Decree 35 of 1992 referred to in the statute books as the FRSC Act cap 141 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria. The Act was passed by the National Assembly as Federal Road Safety Corps (establishment) Act 2007.