Human Rights lawyer, Femi Falana, SAN, on Thursday urged the Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, to report any lawyer who committed traffic offence to disciplinary committee of Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, in their jurisdictions.
Mr Falana said this at the sideline of the FRSC 4th Quarter 2019 Retreat themed, ‘FRSC Operations in Public Perspective’ at Magodo, Lagos.
“There is no lawyer who has immunity on the road; if any lawyer misbehave on highways, report him to disciplinary committee of NBA in that zone for necessary action.
“Whoever goes outside the provisions of the law can easily be dealt with, nobody can challenge you for that,” Mr Falana said.
According to him, a former Governor of Lagos State once arrested a Nigerian Army colonel who violated traffic rule.
“The arrest of the serving colonel by a former governor of Lagos State sent a signal to everybody that nobody is above the law.
“There were so many vehicles now with lawyer’s logo because they believe that they are above the law,” he said.
Mr Falana said that only about 74 people have immunity in the entire country, the President, vice president 36 governors and their deputies.
“Anybody outside the list can be brought to book, the person can be challenged for breaching the law.
“For lawyers, if any lawyer misbehaves on the highway, if you don’t want to charge him, report him in writing to the disciplinary committee of the bar association.
“In Lagos, we have five branches of NBA Ikeja, Lagos, Epe, Badagry, and Ikorodu. Please, if any lawyer misbehaves on the road report him, no lawyer want to be charged and convicted for any offence whatsoever,” Mr Falana said.
The human rights lawyer also advised the corps to always keep the records of convictions of any erring motorists charged to court nationwide.
“So that when they want to contest for elections, you will know that they have been convicted somewhere, that will be used against such offender, then everybody will be cautious,” he said.
According to him, “when the former Governor of Lagos State, Babatunde Fashola, once said that anybody caught driving against the traffic must be taken to psychiatric hospital, many people were cautious in driving.
“If they have that in their record, that such person was once treated for insanity, nobody would employ them anywhere, then everybody would sit up, that is also one of the criteria for disqualification for elective positions.
“We must go back to the rule now, of course, the enforcement is relaxed, but we must go back to maintain sanity on the road,” he said.