Science Student: Will Olamide Ever Be Arrested? By Adekoya Boladale

When Shanawole, the 11-year-old vicious cultist was unveiled to the world in his full regalia, deck with fire blazing arm-size Indian hemp few months ago before his eventual rehabilitation by a Pastor of This Present House Church, most Nigerians who watched his confession which was often interrupted by a puff of the hemp in his hand interpreted his predicament to the breakdown of our societal values and decaying parental responsibility.

While this is true, his revelation also points to the drooping sanity across Nigeria today. Our society is in trouble and more than ever, our youth, male and female alike, are the most endangered species. Not only have we lost the war on drug abuse effortlessly, we have further created a yard for eventual neuropsychiatric disorder.

The soaring rate of drug abuse in our society is so shocking, the effects will be borne by generations yet unborn if not nip in the bud immediately.

Already, over three million bottles of codeine syrup are consumed daily in Kano and Jigawa States alone according to the Nigerian Senate. In an interview with This Day newspaper, a former Director General of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, Otunba Ipinmisho, pegged the percentage of youths involved in drug abuse in Nigeria at 40 per cent. An estimated figure of forty million Nigerian youths!

At the heart of this escalating epidemic is a rave making Nigerian artiste, Olamide Adedeji, known by many as Badoo.

Ever since he started his musical career, the self-crowned ‘King of the street’ has more than often continue to promote vulgar lyrics capable of destroying the foundation of our morality and socio-cultural values. His beats, though danceable and rhythmical are often backed by a blend of social rascality. Mr. Adedeji seems fixated on maintaining a street creed that he consciously promotes violence, hooliganism and drug abuse.

From the days of ‘eni duro’ – a street lingual which he created and often associated with destruction and delinquency, followed by ‘Young Erikina’ where he openly eulogise the criminal activities of internet fraudsters, Mr. Adedeji’s promotion of immorality has been a hit back-to-back.

His most recent song ‘Science Student’, produced by his famous partner in crime, Young John, is the final nail to whatever coffin the sanity of our society is buried in. The lyrics are not only intoxicating but a multiplication of unfathomable glorification of hard drugs and encouragement of intake of same.

From the array of vulgarity the song portrays, his vigorous encouragement of youths to mix illicit substances like ‘skushi’‘monkey tail’ – a corrosive distillation of Indian hemp soaked in ethanol for days to derive hyper combustion, amongst other substances betray any decency left in the Nigerian music industry.

Already drug addicts have started wearing the toga like a badge with pride, many, who do not understand basic terminologies such as chromatography, transpiration or algebra now answer to the appellation ‘Science Student’.

It is high time the Nigerian Police Force and the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency lived up their responsibilities for once and call Mr. Adedeji for questioning. He must explain his role in the promotion of indecency, public unrest and drug abuse. It is hardly unexpected that Mr. Adedeji may have more than a cordial relationship with merchants of this industry, perhaps, even a stake in the underworld market.

But if these acts of his are merely the display of youthful exuberance, Mr. Adedeji must realise that even if our society has failed and our political system continues to leave us all with no glimpse of hope, applying fuel to an inferno is never a way to quell it.

Mr. Adedeji wields enormous influence and the sooner he realise that he is no longer the teenager struggling for relevance few years ago, the better for this nation. If not for anything but for his fan base of young and malleable Nigerians open to musical influence, he should grow up.

Influence such as his, if used rightly can earn him global recognition and perhaps, a page in history. With his great power, he must take up greater responsibilities. He should focus his attention more on social causes and issues that affect the lives of his fans. Mr. Adedeji should be admonished to value humanity than rave or sustaining popularity.

Finally, the National Broadcasting Commission which should act as the clearing house for songs even before they hit the airwaves seems to have gone to sleep. I hope it is not too late to act now.

As a matter of national security and preserving whatever is left of our sanity, the President should direct the Minister for Health to order an immediate ban on all pharmaceutical drugs that are prone to abuse and make Mr. Adedeji the face of the campaign against drug abuse.

Boladale is on social media as @adekoyabee

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NBC Bans Olamide, Davido, 9ice’s Songs

The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has banned five songs by major Nigerian musicians — Olamide, Davido and 9ice — having considered them offensive for broadcast.

The banned songs are Olamide’s “Wo” and “Wavy Level”, Davido’s “Fall” and “If (Remix)”, and 9ice’s “Living Things”.

The corporation released the list Tuesday, saying it banned the five songs from being aired across the Nigerian airwaves, reported online news medium, Premium Times.

The Federal Ministry of Health had in a tweet on Friday, said the video to Olamide’s “Wo” violated the Tobacco Control Act.

The 28-year-old rapper, who is signed to his own record label, YBNL, had returned to Ladi Lak in Bariga where he was raised to shoot the video of his latest single.
“This is our position: the video contravenes the Act. Innocently or otherwise, Tobacco promotion advertising sponsorship is banned in all forms,” the NBC said.

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Preliminary Objections (Contesting Jurisdiction Of A Court And Substantive Suits), A Battle Of Priority By Olamide Owolegbon

At the commencement of a suit and upon the service of the writ, a defendant’s counsel should first consider the crucial question of competence (likelihood of raising a preliminary objection contesting the jurisdiction of the court) , if upon careful perusal of the originating processes and statement of claim, it is clear that the objection would be granted. This is pertinent, as it prevents a situation where parties embark on an exercise in futility.

The supreme court in the case of “Abubakar & ors V. Nasamu and ors [2012] 5 SCM, 1” held that jurisdiction is crucial and radical issue and it is mandatory to first resolve it before proceeding with the suit, the reason behind this being that issue one in the briefs of all the parties in the four consolidated appeals is jurisdictional in nature, it is mandatory to first and foremost resolve it one way or the other before proceeding to considering other issue in the appeals on the merit. The reason being that jurisdiction is a radical and crucial question of competence. Once there is a defect in competence, it is fatal and the proceedings are a nullity.

In A.-G, Adamawa State v. A.-G., Fed. [2014] 14 NWLR (Pt.1428) 570 per OGUNBIYI J.S.C. rightly alluded to Order 29 Rule 1 of the Federal High Court Rules, 2009 which provides thus:

  1. where a defendant wishes to –

(a) dispute the Court’s jurisdiction to try the claim; or

(b) argue that the Court should not exercise its jurisdiction, he may apply to the Court for an order declaring that it has no such jurisdiction or should not exercise any jurisdiction which it may have, and the Court may take such application together with the Plaintiff’s substantive suit in so far as the substantive suit does not involve the taking of oral evidence.

The position aforementioned leaves the consideration of the hearing of the application for preliminary objection solely or jointly with substantive suit at the mercy of the court.

Then in Lafia L.G. V. Exec. Govt. Nasarawa State [2013] ALL FWLR (pt 668) 956 S.C. @982 para H per Rhode- Vivour JSC pointed out that  jurisdiction is fundamental in every suit. It is a threshold matter, so once raised,  must be decided quickly before anything else. This is so because if a court lacks jurisdiction to hear a case, but goes ahead to hear the case, no matter how well the case is decided, the entire proceedings would amount to a nullity. It is the life and soul of a case. It is so important that it can be raised at anytime in the court of first instance, on appeal, and even in the Supreme Court for the first time. It can also be raised suo motu provided counsels are given the opportunity to address the court on it before a decision is taken.

Also in Ajayi V. Adebiyi [2012] ALL FWLR (pt 634) 1 S.C. @30 para C per Adekeye JSC mentioned inter alia, it is noteworthy that an application or preliminary objection seeking an order to strike out a suit for being incompetent on the ground of absence of jurisdiction is not a demurer and therefore can be filed and taken even before the defendant files his statement of defence or without the defendant filing a statement of defence. The reason being that the issue of jurisdiction can be raised at anytime. In addition, the relevant things to be considered by the court in determining the issue of jurisdiction are the facts as deposed to in affidavits, writ of summons and the statement of claim where one had to be filed and served. The statement of defence is not one of the relevant materials for that purpose.

In the case of National Deposit Insurance Corporation V. Central Bank of Nigeria (2002) FWLR (pt 99) 1021, the court identified the difference between demurrer and objection to jurisdiction by holding that “there is distinction between objection to jurisdiction and demurrer. It is misleading to equate demurrer with objection to jurisdiction. It is a standing principle that in demurrer, the plaintiff must plead and it is upon the pleading that the defendant will contend that accepting all facts pleaded to be true, the plaintiff has no cause of action, or where appropriate, no locus standi. The issue of jurisdiction is not a matter for demurrer proceedings. It is much more fundamental than that and does not entirely depend as such on what a plaintiff may plead as facts to prove the relief he seeks. What it involves is what will enable the plaintiff to seek a hearing in court over his grievance and get it resolved because he is able to show that the court is empowered to entertain the subject matter. It does not always follow that he must plead first in order to raise the issue of jurisdiction”

It is true that once an issue of jurisdiction is raised in any suit, the court must not give an order in the suit affecting the defendant until the issue of jurisdiction is settled. The trial court obviously made a wrong order in dismissing the application of the appellant based on issues of jurisdiction, locus standi of the plaintiff / respondent and limitation law.

In the case of  Petrojessica Enterprises Ltd v. Leventis Technical co ltd (1992) 5 NWLR (pt.244) 675 at 693, it was held that jurisdiction is the very basis on which any tribunal tries a case. It is the lifeline of all trials. A trial without jurisdiction is a nullity. This importance of jurisdiction is the reason why it can be raised at any stage of a case be it at trial.

Wrapping up, I submit that where preliminary objection touches upon the competence of the action or on the jurisdiction of the court to entertain same, it would be impulsive and reckless for any court to proceed with a suit which is deficient in that respect, as any proceedings or decision taken without jurisdiction, no matter how brilliantly or fussily conducted, would amount to nullity. As you cannot place something on nothing and expect it to stand. It will simply crumple like a pack of cards.

 

Olamide Owolegbon Esq.

@olamide_kaka

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Youth As Vanguard Of Road Traffic Safety In Nigeria By Olagbemi Olamide Mobolaji

“A dad was driving his children to school and was stopped by the officers on the road. A question was raised about the age of the child sitting in the passenger’s seat beside the driver and he said he’s age 14 and that’s why he can seat in the front but his younger brother who is 9 is at the back seat with the seat belt”. The answer of the young man portray he has been taught at home or in school and this is where development starts from. It is important that children receive road safety education as part of the school curriculum which will enable even development.

About 1000 youths die daily as a result of road crashes. This is because of their ignorance of various road use rules and regulations and it would have been of great importance if they had known and taken good care of their vehicles.70% of commercial drivers in Nigeria for instance are youths and might be due to the rate of unemployment which has lead them to get involve in different social vices like drinking, drug usage, kidnapping, stealing etc that is not good for the development of the nation as a whole. A Road crash is the highest killer of young people. Youths within age 15-29 die more as a result of road crashes than hiv/aids, malaria, or homicide.

It is an accepted phenomenon that the Youths of today are Nation Builders and tomorrow future leaders. This youth boils out from different ethnic background, languages, colour of skin or cultures and they unite themselves to make the nation a safer place to live.

The Federal Road Safety Commission been established in 1988 by the Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida era has created an organs that paved way for the participation of the youths which is actually through the FRSC clubs in schools.

Youths as vanguard of road traffic safety in Nigeria has been a campaign for ages and an adage says “charity begins at home”. Road accidents has affected the lives of many youths and it has left many on the wheel chairs because of their low level of Drive and road safety education.

There have been numerous campaigns on the use of safety seat belts by drivers but many of these drivers always bend the rules and become traffic offenders. With the introduction of FRSC clubs in schools and NYSC/FRSC clubs, it has now brought the people closer to the government. No parent will want to lay a bad example for their wards and when these children give opinions to their parents, both parties are safe on the road and it bring about reduction in crashes in the road.

The youths are the first point of contact by the government to bring about safer environment for living because they are they segment that comprises much in the society and their activities is needed more.They are in prime age and they also youths tends to take advice from each other especially on safety matters. Therefore there is a need for road safety awareness been carried out by themselves which can be assisted by the government. They have the capabilities to assimilate and learn fast and if they are been taught at the tender age, it sticks with them even when they start driving their own vehicles. More so, there are cases of youths who are victims of road accidents due to there carelessness. Instances of prominent individuals like Dagrin, a popular Nigerian musicians, Paul Walker, a prominent American movie actor etc have lost their lives because simple road use negligence.If dagrin has talked about road safety maybe the tanker before him won’t drive roughly or will have a traffication light and there won’t have been a crash or Paul Walker had not over speed. The situation at hand in present world has digressed to the stage that, 15years old child can now drive when the law stipulated that it should be 18years and above. This is causes difficulties in creating a safer road. the law enforcers need to curtail these activities to prevent further road crashes.

Another cause for road crashes among the youth is due to inexperience. Most of the young drivers don’t really have knowledge about the various driving techniques and this tends to cause difficulties for other road users. Parents should not just get there wards vehicles because they think they are tall or influential in the society because it will definitely tell on the child in the nearest future. Through this medium, the various sign rules, traffic regulations etc will be passed down to the ward and later shared among friends and their parents. Furthermore, it will bring about behavioral changes among their peers and their parents.

Young children are not yet aware of the concept of dangers and must learn to realize the danger in heart in the road environment. A clear improvement in the recognition of how to cope with the danger of crossing the road occurs around age 7and 8 and this is a good development.

As said earlier, majority of commercial drivers are youths are they are the other focal point for championing a safer road for fuller lives. They tend to behave on the laid down principles of their associations and even what other people are doing. They can obey all the safety precautions but a lot still need to be put in place.

firstly, sensitization exercise needs to be conducted regularly in-order to educate the drivers. Through this exercise, they can check there vehicles regularly and obey all road use signs and regulations. Public enlightenments should cut across all the various areas ranging from the schools, churches, mosques, companies etc so that everyone will be aware of the consequences backing up the breaking of road rules and regulations.

The second medium needed to be used to achieve this objective is that, the curriculum should also be encouraged in the tertiary institutions. As the case maybe in order to prevent another issue rising up, it should be developed more in National Youth Corp members who serve their fatherland for a year. These set of people can help preach the gospel according of safer road, fuller lives and it will greatly reduce road crashes. They will be in good positions to tutor the young ones well and build up a great nation with less road crashes.

in the light of the above, it will be established that, information is easily spread among youths through the social medias, internets etc and gradually, the objectives of the Federal Road Safety Commission will be achieved and there will be reduction in road crashes.

Olagbemi Olamide Mobolaji

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