The wireless-telephone technology’s commonest user-interface, the mobile phone, especially its contemporary “smartphone” version, is an addictive piece of electronic gadgetry.
An average user’s life seems to depend on it. It’s so operationally possessive that it has functionally made the diary, the wristwatch, the filofax, etc., lose the erstwhile relevance they once had in the life of a former dependant.
The problem with the addiction, like all addictive habits, is that it kills. And nowhere does the inability to totally abstain from using a phone (either orally or through text messaging) kill the addict and other members of the public (motorists and pedestrians), than when it’s used whilst driving.
The delusion of invincibility that an average behind-the-wheel mobile phone user holds, the nothing-can-happen-to-me mentality, is the harbinger of death that has wasted many lives.
I decided to write on this subject (for which I must honestly also confess occasional culpability) because on my recent journey through London, United Kingdom, about two weeks ago and presently in many US cities,
I’ve noticed increased enforcement of the ban on the use of mobile phone behind the wheel.
And when I put a call through to a friend who’s a chief of a county’s police in the State of Georgia, he made me realise the new stricter level of enforcement is as a result of new research-borne morbid facts available to policing entities.
Source: ( Premium Times )
Court Orders Reps Member To Produce Fleeing Maina’s Son Within Nine Days
Faisal is being prosecuted before the court on money laundering related offences and was granted bail in 2019.
Honorable Galadima who is representing Kaura Namoda Federal Constituency of Zamfara State is standing surety for Faisal after signing a N60 million bond.
Justice Okon Abang in a ruling on Wednesday ordered Dan Galadima, who was present in court, to show cause by December 4 why he should either not forfeit the N60 million he pledged while taking Faisal on bail, or be sent to prison until he is able to produce the defendant.
Recall that on Monday, Justice Abang sentenced Senator Ali Ndume who is a surety for the former Chairman of the defunct Pension Reform Task Team who has also jumped bail.
Lawyer Dumps Maina, Applies To Quit Case
Adeola Adedipe, a lawyer hired by Abulrasheed Maina, ex-Chairman of defunct Pension Reform Task Team (PRTT), in his ongoing trial for money laundering, has applied to quit the case.
Maina’s lawyer who is also representing the company of the former PRTT Chairman – Common Input Property and Investment Ltd, informed a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja at the resumption of proceedings in the case on Wednesday, that he has filed a notice, indicating his intention to withdraw from further representing his client.
Adedipe revealed that his brief has not been perfected due to the failure of his client to pay.
He apologised to the federal court presided over Justice Okon Abang for being absent from proceedings during some of the recent adjournments.
Those Against Restructuring Not Speaking For North, Says El-Rufai
Kaduna state governor, Nasir El-Rufai, has stated that northerners who are negating restructuring do not represent the interest of the region.
This he made known while speaking at a panel session at the 26th Nigerian Economic Summit (#NES 26) in Abuja.
The governor had earlier stated that the biggest beneficiaries of the restructuring, should it happen are the northerners.
According to him, all the governors in the region agree to restructure, adding that those who aren’t in support only speak for themselves.
“People think that northerners are against restructuring. There is a difference between some from Northern Elders Forum shouting against restructuring and northerners,” el-Rufai said.
“And whatever advantages that person is getting for himself does not accrue to the rest of the region. We have the highest number of out-of-school children and poverty rate.
“As the governor of Kaduna state, I am trying to see how I can get my people up on the ladder, but the current system of government puts a constraint on it. So I think we need to differentiate the noise of the few and the voice of the silent majority.
“We don’t have any advantage not to restructure the country. All my colleague governors in the 19 states agree on restructuring. So who are the northerners against restructuring? Who are they speaking for? They are speaking for themselves.”
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