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Lagos Lawmaker Under Attack for Saying Youths Always High on Drugs

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The lawmaker representing Amuwo Odofin Constituency I at the Lagos State House of Assembly, Mrs Mojisola Alli-Macaulay, has received backlash over her comments alleging that most Nigerian youths on social media are always high on drugs.

Alli-Macaulay, in a video of her address at an October 26 plenary of the House on the looting and violence that trailed the #EndSARS protests, had said, “We need to begin to orientate our young people. They are high on drugs all the time, most of them.

“They go to social media and do all sorts of things. I’m even scared to give my young children phones because I am scared of what they may see on social media. It is that bad.”

The lawmaker argued that unemployed graduates could get a job in the informal sector instead of complaining about joblessness.

Following the viral video, photos emerged on Thursday evening of COVID-19 palliatives, including several cartons of noodles and sacks of other food items, allegedly repackaged for redistribution as the lawmaker’s birthday souvenirs.

Some of the souvenir bags, which read, ‘Happy birthday, Hon. Mojisolaoluwa Omokehinde Alli-Macaulay,’ also bore the lawmaker’s moniker ‘Mama Amuwo’ and what appeared to be a photo of her.

Efforts to reach Alli-Macaulay for comments proved abortive as she did not respond to calls or a text message to her number.

In reaction to her address, Nigerians took to Twitter to express their outrage.

Super Eagles midfielder, John Ogu, said, “I saw Mojisola Alli-Macaulay’s video and I wept. (I am) disappointed but relieved. How dare you? God forgive and help us.”

Similarly, @Warepamorsammy said, “So, according to Mojisola Alli-Macaulay, because there is unemployment in America, there should be unemployment in Nigeria. It’s a shame the woman said, ‘After graduating, why can’t you become a tiler?’ We need to hold conference talks with our (lawmakers) to understand one another.”

@AkiMarlin said, “Mrs Mojisola Alli-Macaulay schooled in the UK and would send her kids to the UK for tertiary education for them to be gainfully employed abroad but would want ‘high Nigerian youths’ who are graduates to be professional tilers. I don’t blame her one bit. Na see finish.”

Mac Paul Chuks, who tweeted under the handle @paulmcd61, said, “@mamaamuwo Mojisola Alli-Macaulay, the people you alleged to be poor actually live better than you. They don’t live off what belongs to others; they don’t steal palliatives.”

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Police Arrest Six Cultists While Fighting over Gun Deal

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Four Lagos-based suspected cultists and two others have been arrested by men of the Ogun State Police Command in Odogbolu.

The suspects were arrested while allegedly making arrangements to purchase a locally-made pistol for an operation.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, disclosed this on Wednesday in a statement.

Oyeyemi said Oluwadamilare Aboyeji, Matthew Adebiyi, Jacob Solomon and Iliasu Jubril were based in Ikorodu, Lagos State, while Segun Olubanjo and Samuel Olaniyan were based in Odogbolu.

According to the PPRO, the suspects were arrested on November 27, 2020 in Odogbolu when the four Lagos-based alleged cultists came to meet Olubanjo and Olaniyan to foment trouble as a result of a gun transaction between the two groups.

Oyeyemi said, “Investigation revealed that the Ikorodu-based suspects contracted Samuel Olaniyan to purchase a locally-made pistol for them, and when the gun was delivered, they discovered that the pistol was not serviceable; hence they came with full force to deal with the Odogbolu-based cultists for betraying their trust.

“While the pandemonium was going on, a distress call was made to the Odogbolu Division, consequence upon which the DPO, SP Awoniyi Adekunle, quickly led his men to the scene, where the six suspects were apprehended.

“Recovered from them were one locally-made pistol and two live cartridges.”

The PPRO added that the Commissioner of Police, Edward Ajogun, had directed that the suspects and exhibits be transferred to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for further investigation with a view to charging them.

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Nigeria’s Problem is Not Restructuring, But Hunger, Poverty, Says Amaechi

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The Minister of Transportation, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, says the problem of Nigeria is not restructuring but hunger and poverty, which have led to insecurity in the country.

Speaking on Channels Television programme, Sunday Politics, Amaechi said he does not see anything wrong with calls for the restructuring of the country but insists that the Federal government is more concerned about tackling hunger and poverty.

“If to you, what is important is restructuring, I don’t see anything wrong with restructuring but I am saying it is not the most critical problem we have.

“The most critical problem we have is that hunger and poverty are breeding insecurity,” Amaechi said when asked his take on restructuring.

The former governor of Rivers State added that the President Muhammadu Buhari-administration is more concerned about reducing poverty in the country, and believes that creating jobs for the people will keep them away from crime.

“If you are able to create employment, you create security. If you like, hire as many men as you want to hire that are policemen, you would do nothing until you put food in the hands of people.

“When you do not create a legitimate economy, the people will create for themselves an illegitimate economy and be able to feed themselves.”

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No More Drivers License without NIN, FRSC Tells Nigerians

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Boboye Oyeyemi, Corps Marshal, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), said the corps will introduce the National Identity Number (NIN) information for vehicle registration by the first quarter of 2021.

Mr Oyeyemi revealed this when he featured on the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) Forum in Abuja on Friday.

The corps marshall said the essence of the NIN was to enhance road safety through the use of technology.

The FRSC boss also said that from December, driver’s licence would no longer be issued without the NIN information.

“I must commend the government. With the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), now we have one national database, one identity. You cannot use double identity now and with the biometrics, you cannot be funny.

“You know before some people have about five different identities but now you are forced to pick one. Once you pick one with NIMC that is what you will be using because it is now going to be as from next month (December). It is going to be compulsory.

“Now if you want to renew your driver’s licence or you want to obtain a fresh driver licence, you must provide your NIN. NIN is the first thing and with that, no biometrics will be done again they will import it from NIMC.

“So I am talking about using technology now to enhance security so with this I think we make progress we are really on course.”

The FRSC boss, Mr Oyeyemi,  explained that only the Vehicles Inspection Office (VIO) was authorised to test applicants before prescribed fees could be paid to the state government through their internal revenue service.

He added that the VIO would, in turn, refer applicants for capturing which would be transferred to the database of the country.

“Now a lot of things have been occurring, you cannot get a licence by proxy, anybody that does not go for the physical capture for the first issuance of a licence is not a genuine licence, it is fake.

“I am happy when I came on board, I came on board in 2014, the first thing we did was to establish a verification portal. Where the portal is now done, all those with fake licences disappeared, they now had to go and do a new one.

“A fake licence is N25,000 to N30,000, an original licence is N6,350 but I won’t blame them, it is the ‘bigmanism.’ People are not ready to follow the process and along the line too this NIN information for drivers licence the same thing will come on board before the end of the first quarter next year for vehicle registration.

“If you want to register your vehicle, it is going to be compulsory for you to provide your NIN. These are parts of the security checks. So once you provide your NIN, it makes the matter to be simpler,” the FRSC official said.

He urged the country to take a cue from China and other developed countries that made use of technology to fight crime.

He commended the security agencies for making use of their unrestricted access to the database in checking corrupt practices in the system.

“I must commend all of them from EFCC, NFIU, ICPC, the military intelligence unit of the Army, Navy, Air force and DSS. This is what they are now using, the paperwork is no more because they have access to the database and they are utilizing it effectively.

“The country is growing even though I need to let people know the efforts of Mr President, the country is developing as par 21st technology innovation and we must just catch up with best practices.

“The best practice is for you to have the database that you can use to fight crime,’’ he said.

(NAN)

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