The Federal Road Safety Corps has declared that no individual is above traffic laws in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
The FCT Sector Commander of the Corps, Mr Gora Wobin, stated this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Tuesday while speaking against the backdrop of the wanton disregard for traffic laws by highly placed personalities and government motorcades in the nation’s capital.
Wobin noted that contrary to popular thinking, influential figures often referred to as `big men’ in Nigerian parlance, were not above the law as far as FRSC was concerned.
“We do not leave any stone unturned. If you go out, you will see some big vehicles impounded inside our yard. A Mallam Audu (commoner) like me cannot drive such vehicles.
“They are also arrested and booked. In most cases, we impound their vehicles too especially when they don’t have drivers licence or anything to be confiscated.
“We are not bothered (by) that position you are occupying.’’
The FRSC officer called on very important persons in the society to use their influence to ensure road safety.
Wobin said that ideally such personalities were supposed to be advocates of good conduct. He urged them to join the Corps as Special Marshals.
“By virtue of the position you are holding, you should be a propagandist of good road use, not a good violator.”
“That will not give you a good name, it would rather bring down your dignity as a person; people will no more respect you.
“The big shots come and be special marshals. If we can have quite a number of them, I can assure you that when people see them out there doing patrols with our men; people will enter their shells.
“That is the kind of thing we want to see.’’
NAN reports that respected public figures, including top brass of security agencies of government are often seen in Abuja, either disobeying speed limits, driving on pavements or against vehicular traffic, among other infringements.