Mr Yusuf Abdullahi, the Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Bauchi State, has urged for the use of Sharia Law to prosecute traffic offenders in order to reduce road accidents in Nigeria.
In an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Bauchi, the Commander made the statement.
He argues that the current laws governing traffic accidents are insufficiently strict, which is why the Sharia Law needs to be incorporated into traffic regulations.
According to Abdullahi, the legislation would improve discipline, respect for traffic laws, and safe driving practices among drivers.
He claimed that it will also reduce the number of horrifying incidents caused by careless driving.
Abdullahi said; “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.
“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.
“People don’t want to take a rest, they over speed because they want to make money.
“If the law is introduced, by the time you are involved in a crash, it would be investigated, and the guilty and his family would also be responsible for anything that happens in that vehicle.
“In a situation where the driver lost his life to a crash if found guilty, the owner of the vehicle would also be held responsible as it would be revealed that he didn’t do his homework before giving out the vehicle.
“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”.
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According to him, the Sharia Law equally includes the family members, thus the perpetrator is not left to pay the sentence alone.
“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.
He pointed out that conventional law merely considered the current event, but Sharia law probed more deeply into the ultimate event, neither of which was addressed by conventional law.
“The Sharia law will be better. If you look at the countries where it is being practised, it is everybody’s business because your relations and friends know that it cannot be compromised”, he maintained.
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