THE Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has dissociated itself from a publication by different media that it sought to introduce Sharia law to complement existing regulations on enforcing traffic rules and prosecuting offenders.
In a statement he issued on Saturday, May 13, the assistant corps marshal/corps public education officer, Bisi Kazeem, described the report as a “baseless and unfounded opinion.”
Kazeem stated, “The Federal Road Safety Corps wishes to dissociate itself from a baseless and unfounded opinion currently published on different news platforms, linking the Corps to seeking the introduction of Sharia Law to complement existing extant regulations on enforcement of traffic rules and prosecution of offenders.”
The news platforms had reported that the FRSC Sector Commander in Bauchi State, Yusuf Abdullahi, made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday, May 11, in Bauchi.
Abdullahi was reported to have said that the extant laws guiding road crashes needed to be stiffer, hence, the need to introduce Sharia law into traffic rules.
The FRSC sector commander was quoted to have said, “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 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.”
Kazeem, however, said the statement did not reflect the position of the FRSC.