Regulation And Enforcement On Nigerian Roads

Nigeria is a country that is saturated with all kinds of laws, even those developed during colonial era that have become obsolete and irrelevant to current realities are still functional in the law books. It appears that the laws are created and allowed to remain to give latitude to law enforcement organs and personnel to make sure they find something to hang on everyone, so that nobody can completely be innocent.
And so, while in some advanced climes, one is innocent until proven guilty, in Nigeria, the mindset of the regulator or law enforcement agent is that everybody is guilty; onus is on everybody to prove their innocence once accosted.
Furthermore, in many civil climes, it is better for a criminal to go unpunished than for an innocent person to suffer imprisonment or any punishment in error. In Nigeria, innocent person can be deliberately punished to serve some perceived end. In other words, the mindset of regulators and law enforcement agents is that an innocent person can be joined with criminals to go to jail than for a criminal to go unpunished.
The aspect of the disposition of the regulators and law enforcement agents that is baffling is that they act for themselves and in their interest and not in the interest of the nation or for the common good of the citizens.
Therefore, anytime any new law is enacted or a new regulation is pronounced, it becomes opportunity for these elements to act to personal benefits through their monitoring and compliance enforcement.
Also, some regulations meant to be temporary are enacted and surprisingly appear to be forgotten to remain at the disposal of law enforcement officers to leverage on and further serve their personal interests. For instance, in some areas in Nigeria, the Police are still apprehending citizens on the basis of COVID-19 curfew anytime they want and decide to, at their whims.
In other words, the laws mostly serve the interest of the enforcing officers; and that is the primary incentive and motivation; not service to the nation and its citizens. Therefore, when officers of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) resume work by 6.00 hours on a Monday morning, it is neither patriotism nor commitment to duty; they are hunters targeting prey for take home purposes.
So it is when you see FRSC or officers of VIO on Sundays working very hard and arm-bushing road users in hidden corners; there is a reason. It is so too with the Police officers across the country, mostly hunting incentive rather than fight crime. The officers of Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) who permanently station at Otto Wharf, about 3km from the seaport, as well as other strategic points 24 hours daily are motivated by the same incentive of service to self.
Civil servants in various offices are not left out. They have become more business minded for self enrichment that Igbo boys in Alaba International and Idumota. The whole system has become about merchandise. The craving for service for which civil service was known has gone into oblivion.
It is as a result that the country is bleeding from all orifice and corners; and there is need to devise a careful scheme that would run over time to begin to recover the country. The return of disposition to service by those entrusted with positions of authority should be re-nurtured so that they start acting for common good, rather than the current aggression to milk the country dry.

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