The Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Bauchi State, Mr Yusuf Abdullahi, has suggested for the application of Sharia Law to prosecute traffic offenders to stem road crashes in the country.
He made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Bauchi.
According to him, the extant laws guiding road crashes are not stiff enough, hence, the need for the introduction of the Sharia Law into traffic rules.
Abdullahi said the measure would instil discipline, encourage respect for traffic rules and promote safe road habits among motorists.
“If we don’t introduce Sharia Law, many road users, especially in this area, would not start thinking twice before doing whatever they want to do.
“The introduction of Sharia Law will curtail bad behaviour, as most of the crashes are due to negative attitudes by motorists and other road users.
“If the law is introduced, by the time you are involved in a crash, it would be investigated, the guilty and his family would also be responsible for anything that happens in that vehicle.
According to him, the offender is not left alone to bear the penalty, as the Sharia Law equally brings in the family members.
“If stiffer penalties are being attached to road traffic crash offenders, it will go a long way to help us stem all drivers and other road users and make them drive carefully to avoid crashes”.
He said, “that is why the Sharia law will be better. If you look at the countries where it is being practiced, it is everybody’s business because your relations and friends know that it can not be compromised”.