Nigeria Is Still Stuck In The Dark, Primitive And Uncivilised Age – Dogara

 

 

Speaker of the House Of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara has said that the manner in which the elections were conducted in most parts of the country, is an affirmation that the nation is still stuck in the dark ages. 

Dogara spoke in reaction to the news of the death of Mr. Temitope Olatoye, a colleague who was shot to death in Oyo state.

The Speaker noted that the do or die nature of Nigerian polity is primitive and uncivilized.

He said, “Nigeria is still stuck in the dark, primitive and uncivilized age where elections are seen as war and a do-or-die affair. The killers of Hon Sugar and all those who lost their lives in election-related violence must be brought to book”.

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Dogara, in a series of tweets also called on President Muhammadu Buhari to set up a commission to look into killing and bring the perpetrators to justice.

The lawmaker said the news of Temitope’s death came to him as a shock. He condemned the killing, stating that it was barbaric.

Dogara defined the deceased as a gentleman who was committed and patriotic. He noted that elections are no wars and as such must be conducted in a very civil manner.

House Of Reps Member Shot Dead In Oyo

Temitope Olatoye was shot by armed men at Lalupon area of Lagelu Local Government Area of Oyo state.

 

 

The lawmaker representing Lagelu /Akinyele Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Temitope Olatoye, has been shot dead by a yet to be identified group of armed men.

The spokesman for the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan, Mr Toye Akinrinola, confirmed this to Channels Television on Saturday.

Akinrinola explained that Olatoye was rushed to the hospital at about 6:20 pm after sustaining critical gunshot wounds to the eye.

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According to him, the incident happened at Lalupon area of Lagelu Local Government Area of the state.

The UCH spokesman added that the lawmaker was too weak to be revived by the time he was brought to the medical facility for treatment.

He also disclosed that Olatoye’s family had been informed about his death.

Meanwhile, there are reports that two other persons were killed at different locations in Ibadan, as a result of electoral violence.

House Of Reps Demands End To Customs’ Roadblocks

customsThe House of Representatives has asked the Nigerian Customs Service to stop the practice of mounting road blocks in search of goods that have already been brought into the country.

After considering a motion of public importance raised by Temitope Olatoye, the House urged the Comptroller General of Customs to deploy more personnel to the borders to curtail the activities of smugglers.

The Nigerian Customs Service has also been encouraged to engage in continuous training and development programmes for its officers for optimal performance.

According to the lawmaker, there has been low generation of revenue by the Customs due to corruption and other factors, which he listed.

“Allowing contraband goods to be smuggled into Nigeria, failure to enforce the payment of requisite duties, poor accountability of the revenue generated and preferential treatment of high net-worth individuals are responsible for the low revenue generation of the service,” Honourable Olatoye said.

He then urged the Customs to focus more on preventing contraband goods from coming into Nigeria.