FRSC Denies Introducing Sharia Law To Enforce Traffic Rules

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has categorically denied any involvement in the alleged push for the implementation of Sharia Law as an additional measure to enforce traffic regulations and punish offenders.

In an official statement released on Saturday, the Corps Spokesperson, Bisi Kazeem, emphasized the FRSC’s dissociation from the rumors surrounding this matter. The statement clarified that the remarks attributed to the sector commander, Yusuf Abdullahi, in Bauchi State, regarding the necessity of introducing Sharia Law to combat road accidents, are not representative of the FRSC’s stance.

Kazeem further elaborated that the Corps Marshal, Dauda Biu, has promptly taken action by recalling the Sector Commander to the FRSC National Headquarters in Abuja. This immediate recall is intended to initiate the appropriate administrative measures in response to the breach of FRSC regulations and Standard Operating Procedures committed by Abdullahi.

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.

“By this very fact, it is important to posit that the Corps is neither a religious nor sectional organisation, but a Federal Government Agency established with a mandate that is guided by the provisions of an establishment Act; and not a Sharia, Mosaic, customary, canon or any other law whatsoever that contradicts the provisions of its establishment Act, or the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“Our lead agency role is shielded in our strict compliance with established regulations duly passed by the National Assembly. As such, the public is humbly called to disregard the entire content of the opinion as published because it is outrightly baseless, unfounded and does not apply to our operations and service to the Nigerian people.”

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