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Zamfara considers death penalty for reckless driving

Zamfara State Governor, Bello Mohammed  Matawalle has promised to reintroduce serious punitive measures of death on reckless drivers in the state.

The Governor who revealed this when he led members of his Executive Council and the Management of BUA Group on a condolence visit to the Emir of Gusau, Alhaji Ibrahim Bello over the road mishap in the Emirate said reckless drivers will be compelled by law to pay compensation on every life lost.

Gov. Matawalle who expressed sadness over the death of 15 people by a reckless truck driver who rammed into, killing the victims along Gusau/Funtua Road announced a donation of ₦2 million to families of each of the deceased who was married and ₦1.5 million to families of the unmarried victims. While next of kins of each victim will be on a monthly allowance of ₦50,000 each till the end of his tenure.

He urged the management of BUA company to call their drivers to order and caution them on acceptable speed limit noting that, his administration will introduce speed limit gauge on highways as well as weight measurement on trucks and drug tests on drivers in order to guard against rough and reckless driving which usually is fatal.

The team leader from BUA Group, Engr. Aminu Suleiman said they were in the state to condole with the government, Gusau Emirate, people of the state and the immediate families of those who were killed as a result of the accident involving the company’s driver.

In his response, the Emir of Gusau, Alhaji Ibrahim Bello thanked Gov. Matawalle and BUA company over their concern noting that every life must taste death and that as Muslims, such happenings are usually seen as an act of Allah who knows best on why such occurrences happened.

Shehu Sani

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