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Sanwo-Olu’s proposed amnesty for criminals

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The Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, was in the news recently over his plan to grant amnesty to criminals operating in the state as a strategy to combat crime in the economic nerve centre of the nation.

This plan is in bad taste as it purports to pass on a surreptitious message that crime indeed pays in the state. Lagos State with its robustly funded security trust fund should be a no-go area for criminals who should be constantly watching their back when they are on the streets. This asinine move by the governor has effectively made the state surrender to these urchins.

Amnesty for bandits in Nigeria has its origin in the move by the Federal Government under the Major General Muhammadu Buhari regime to give such to the Boko Haram insurgents. The irony was that the latter declined the offer opining that it was they who should give the Federal Government amnesty. What an irony!

Sanwo-Olu should be more concerned with crime prevention through the massive building of skill acquisition centres which will see a free and compulsory enrolment of young people across the state irrespective of tribe as the state is the country’s cultural melting pot. After their training, they should be either given take-off grants or soft loans at humane and flexible interest-repayment rates. The idea is to keep them sufficiently busy so that their minds won’t wander to partaking in acts of criminality as an idle mind, the saying goes, is the devil’s workshop.

There should also be the more effective tackling of crime as the state has the resources to tackle the scourge. It was the first state in the country to conceptualise the idea of a public-private partnership in crime control through the establishment of the security trust fund sometime in 2007. It shouldn’t have any excuse for Lagos residents not to be able to sleep like babies with their two eyes closed.

The wants of man are insatiable. Even if the amnesty is implemented, it wouldn’t stand the test of time as the beneficiaries would go back to the streets since they reckon that they will make much more money from acts of violence there.

These violent non-state actors will perpetually hold the state by the jugular to extort more money from them as they may not either hand over all their weapons or they will easily procure more to cause further damage with some of the money that will be paid to them therefrom.

Lagos cannot hope to become one of the world’s megacities if it tacitly encourages criminal actions through this ill-fated scheme. Reduction in crime is a sine qua non for the conferment of such a status on a particular state. The state should adopt a zero tolerance for crime instead.

There is also the menace of the ‘area boy’ or ‘agbero’ syndrome that is the most brazen of daylight criminality under the cloak of the National Union of Road Transport Workers in the state. The establishment has obviously long endorsed it as these boys are used as political thugs during elections and run errands for politicians from time to time. These idle hands have become role models for the youth since they make easy money without any form of brain work. It’s just brawn as they endlessly chase after vehicles like bees do to honey. The government should gradually take these boys off the streets through these skill acquisition centres which will give both hard and soft skills to them so that they can lead a more productive life.

Taxpayers’ money shouldn’t be used to fund the whims and caprices of criminals who in most cases have a recidivist tendency. A similar scheme was experimented with in Ondo, Taraba, Zamfara, Katsina, Kaduna, Imo, Rivers and Benue states which ended in colossal failures. Sanwo-Olu should learn from the examples of these states so as not to repeat the same error in Lagos.

should be made attractive to foreign investors and tourists and this strange form of amnesty will be a red flag as no sane mind will situate their hard earned investment in a clime that honours criminals rather than reprimands them. There is no point in building various hubs like the Eko Atlantic City and the Lekki Free Trade Zone if the security of lives and property isn’t of paramount interest to the government.

Despite the billions of naira pumped into the Lagos State Security Trust Fund, it is saddening that it cannot boast a downloadable App or even a number that can be used to call the police who will promptly respond in going to a crime scene. What a tragedy!

Sanwo-Olu should hearken to the voice of reason in not going ahead with his planned amnesty scheme as billions of naira will be wasted in the process. He should, instead, look inwards and think of sustainable ways of tackling crime in the state.

It is high time we enjoyed good governance in the most populous albeit smallest state in the country.

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PDP Reacts To Dethronement of Sanusi As Emir of Kano

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has called the dethronement of Emir Muhammad Sanusi II, by the Kano state government a huge political blunder.

The PDP in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, stated that the timing of the action is worrisome.

The statement read: “The PDP however calls for calm and circumspection from all quarters, especially, given the security and political stability concerns in our nation.”

Recall that the State Government dethroned Muhammad Sanusi II over what it described as disrespect of lawful instructions from Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano State and other lawful authorities.

Just few hours after he was removed, a new Emir, Aminu Ado Bayero, was immediately appointed by the state government as the 15th Emir of Kano to replace Sanusi.

The Peoples Democratic Party further noted the deposition of Emir Muhammad Sanusi II by the Kano state government at a time that the nation is battling worsening insecurity challenges shows the insensitivity and poor appraisal of core national stability issues by the All Progressives Congress (APC) administration.

The PDP, however called for calm and circumspection from all quarters, especially, given the security and political stability concerns in the nation

 

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Women Exchange Blows Over Toilet Roll As Coronavirus Causes Shortage

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A video has surfaced online showing the moment three women physically assaulted each other over a pack of toilet rolls as Coronavirus causes shortage.

The incident, according to reports, happened in Australia as citizens of the country are stocking up on supplies just in case the worst happens and it is leading to altercations.

The video shows one of the women with a trolley stacked with packs of toilet rolls in a shopping centre and the other woman wanted only one pack but she wouldn’t agree.

As she also desperately needed some of the scarce product, she insisted to get one at all cost, resulting in an altercation and physical attacks.

The Australian police have charged the women over the fight.

More than 102 000 people have been infected and the death toll keeps increasing by the day.

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Former President Obasanjo Speaks On Removal Of Sanusi As Emir of Kano

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A former President, Olusegun Obasanjo has broken his silence following the dethronement of Sanusi as the Emir of Kano. Recall that Governor Abdullahi Ganduje-led governement on Monday dethroned Sanusi as Emir of Kano for being disrespectful to lawful authorities.

Reacting, Obasanjo in a statement he personally signed on Monday, said Sanusi’s dethronment was good and bad. According to him, the dethronment is good because Sanusi has paid the price.

The statement, which was shared by Senator Dino Melaye on Twitter reads, “I woke up this morning and after my morning exercise and meeting with my staff, I heard the sad and good news of your removal by the Executive Counicl of the Kano State Government.

“It is sad because it is underserved, it is good because you have paid the price. My prayer is that God should give you the fortitude and the courage to continue in the path that you have chosen for yourself in the best interest of our country and humanity.

“Please accept, Your Royal Highness the assurance of my highest consideration.”

Meanwhile, one of the sons of late Emir of Kano, Ado Bayero, Aminu Ado Bayero was immediatemy named as the 15th Fulani Emir of the state.

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