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Distorting Queues to Attract 6 Months Jail Term as New Bill Scales 2nd Reading in House of Reps



A Bill proposing six months imprisonment for persons who shunt or distort queues in public places on Thursday scaled second reading at the House of Representatives.

The Sponsor of the bill, Rep. Abubakar Amuda-Kannike (Kwara-APC), while leading debate on it, said that it sought to ensure that Nigerians conducted themselves orderly in public places.

Amuda-Kannike said that it was normal practice for some Nigerians to shunt or distort queues and go unpunished.

He expressed worry that recent events had shown that Nigeria was on the verge of losing its cherished sense of nationalism, cultural identity and hospitality.

“The bill underscores the need to re-awaken a derailed national culture by proposing disciplinary measures to guide Nigerians in their daily behaviours. In our society today, out of total disregard for other persons, who strive to do the right thing by conducting themselves orderly in public places, a large number of Nigerians distort queues and go unpunished. The bill if passed shall provide a starting point of value and cultural re-orientation in Nigeria,” the lawmaker said.

He expressed optimism that the bill if passed, future generations will have a more sane society that would help to shape morals, principles and respect for each other in addition to adequate awareness on what constitute nationhood.

He decried the prevailing level of corruption, indiscipline, disrespect to elders and the rule of law in the country.


Contributing, Rep. Sam Onuigbo (Abia-PDP) said that the bill will also ensure orderliness, equity, fairness and justice in the distribution of services in the country.

“It will be nice for us to be seen as orderly people from the point of entry into the country,” Onuigbo said.

Rep. Ayo Omidiran (Osun-APC) said “by being orderly in all our activities, we will be transmitting good behavioural pattern to generations and this will promote a better society”.

After the debate, the bill was passed for third reading through a unanimous voice vote.


  1. A Real Nigerian

    June 2, 2017 at 2:11 am


    • Authentic Sunshine

      June 2, 2017 at 8:04 am

      Don’t call it stupid. No don’t. Mundane maybe but it is right. We take things trivial and for granted. Maybe when we start being respectful to each other and paying attention to things like this, other important things will follow. No doubt in my mind that anybody will be jailed for line shunting but the conscious awareness that it is frowned upon will go a long way.

    • keke driver

      June 2, 2017 at 9:07 am

      Authentic Sunshine Shut up abeg, you don’t know what you’re saying abeg… This bill is stupid AF.

  2. Keeping it real

    June 2, 2017 at 2:33 am

    What about cows and Fulani herdsmen?
    What about Nepotism?
    What about exploitation by telecommunication companies?
    What about Fake anti-corruption with Rotimi Amaechi on the loose?

  3. MEATLOAF!!!

    June 2, 2017 at 2:44 am

    1 word…….GUCCI

  4. Abz

    June 2, 2017 at 2:56 am

    This is just dumb AF! We truly have morons for leaders…. are there no bigger issues to even resolve? There’s lack of constant electricity, health care issues, lack of jobs and many more and they’re worried about people jumping queues, which I’m totally against, btw, and their best resolution is to imprison them? SMH! Half of them will gladly jump this same queue using their positions to justify their actions, that I’m certain of

  5. Wale Vintage

    June 2, 2017 at 3:38 am

    Mis-placed priorities?

  6. Smackdown

    June 2, 2017 at 4:01 am

    They need to check our leaders for mental illness

  7. Careful observer

    June 2, 2017 at 9:12 am

    Does this include politicians at the airports? On the roads? They are the chief priests of queue jumping. On another note, what about child marriages? What happened to that bill? What about child sexual abuse? What about a national database of child sex offenders so that schools can check before they hire predators? What about violence against domestic workers? What about a minimum living wage that people can actually live on? What about paying government workers? Don’t ministers jump to the head of the queue for EVERYTHING both private and public? What about their jail term? This is just a way to villaníze the poor and powerless. Amadioha is watching you.

  8. Nnomsie

    June 2, 2017 at 9:44 am

    Ehen what about when they push people/cars off the road especially in traffic with their sirens and long entourage, that should also apply

  9. Sweetness

    June 2, 2017 at 10:14 am

    I weep for this experiment called Nigeria…

  10. Mz Socially Awkward....

    June 2, 2017 at 10:47 am

    Yet, more proof that our lawmakers have far too much time on their hands….. since they just sit there on their fat, overfed and obtuse behinds to cherry pick the most useless “problems” to legislate against.

  11. Sisi

    June 2, 2017 at 11:28 am

    I can’t laugh o, these politicians won’t kill me I.m swear. Jobless Clowns

  12. No Headaches Please

    June 2, 2017 at 11:45 am

    I honestly still think this is a joke.

    Your lawmakers are being paid millions to sit and deliberate on this??

    So the next bill will be on what?
    Ensuring people’s fingernails are cut to less than 3 centimeters to prevent the spread of germs or face 3 months in jail?
    Can you see how stupidity breeds stupidity?

    Helloooo, people who ‘distort’ queues are simply MANNERLESS.

    And that includes all your government officials with their whip wielding escorts.

    But they are not criminals, only criminals belong in jail.

    How these legislators intend to (coughs) ‘reawaken national values and cultural reorientation’ (did I just read that) through this bill is simply beyond me.

    You already have jails overflowing with homicide cases that haven’t been addressed in the last 14 years. How about you seek to reduce that overflow not increase it?

    It’s COMMON SENSE. To prevent ‘crime’ or at least reduce it, offer incentives to act better, to do better. Not a ready punishment to exacerbate an already horrid situation.

    Things are so critical in Nigeria today, that even if you don’t believe in God, you’ll be forced to think maybe there really is someone up there.

    There’s no steady water supply, No steady electricity. Your Naira is basically useless as any form of tender. Prisons overflowing. Hospitals like morgues. Educational institutions bereft. Your roads are death traps. Economy in recession (DOA) Oil reserves all but empty. Agriculture??? Oh God.

    And in 2017, this is what your lawmakers proudly offer. To you.

    There must be a disconnect somewhere.

    Otherwise, to shamelessly proffer this as the result of their deliberations, when there are literally thousands of daunting issues to be addressed, is like someone said up there: stupid.

    Very very very steewpid.

  13. Carolina

    June 2, 2017 at 11:54 am

    All the commentators saying this bill is stupid are an truly ignorant bunch, so do we wait until Nigeria is functioning at 100% before we deliberate on things like decency and national pride?

    • June

      June 2, 2017 at 1:00 pm

      You are the IGNORANT one! Imagine!!! The very people who are bringing out this bill are the CUlPRITS!!!!!!! Have you ever been in a queue and a government official shows up!!!!! Longggg hisss!!!!! 6 months !!! Do we even have prison infrastructure in this country ??? Misplaced priorites!! Lazy lot!!!!!!!!

    • No Headaches Please

      June 2, 2017 at 1:56 pm

      Wake up. Okay? Just wake up.

      First, there are NO countries ‘functioning at 100%’.


      Forget what you’ve seen in the cartoons you’ve watched. ALL countries have issues.


      But there is something called PRIORITIES.

      To prioritize means that for example, you won’t buy a car when you haven’t figured out how to pay your next rent.
      It means you won’t spend all your money on a Dubai holiday when there’s no grain of garri in your pantry.
      It means you won’t focus on Tourism potential as a country, when there are mounting security challenges and incredibly poor infrastructure.

      There are no bills to prosecute those who jump queues for instance in Dubai. But guess what, when your people go there they obey like farm snails.


      Priorities. .

  14. Toluwalope

    June 2, 2017 at 12:03 pm

    House of comedy

  15. Anonymous

    June 2, 2017 at 12:03 pm

    Did I just read correctly or this is some form of joke!!!!! How does this bill move the nation forward, solve the prevailing issues or improve basic infrastructures?
    Is this the next most important issue on the agenda of a nation that is under some sort of ghost governance?!
    I strongly advice, come 2019 we all must arise and do right by ourselves and flush out these miscreants and vote WISELY.

  16. June

    June 2, 2017 at 12:55 pm

    no words!!!??????????????

  17. nunulicious

    June 2, 2017 at 4:03 pm

    BNers. we have a problem biko! we have a big problem.

    Justice is not only ensuring that people get what they deserve, it also means people don’t get what they don’t deserve.

    A few days ago, people went ballistic that a professional got only 3 months of suspension and 3 months of supervised work without pay for physically abusing a special needs child. They felt that the punishment was too light and the call for her blood is still ringing.
    Now your lawmakers pass a law which puts people in JAIL for 6 months because you skipped a queue. And we all know that this law applies to the people on the street. JAIL OH. not civil disobedience. not community work as punishment. JAIL TERM!!! criminal record.
    ah, mogbe!

    And all BNers want to do is call them retards?! No, No No.

    It is things like this that deserve a reversal and an outcry by the youths. an online petition. And a trolling of the senators who sponsored the bill. it is these lawmakers that give light punishment for things that have to do with advancement of our nation. They stall the signing of our budget. they have not protected our young girls. The punishment for corrupt practices is like a kiss on the cheek. the value for human life is zero. yet they want to punish you for jumping queue with IMPRISONMENT?!! HABA!!

    Chai, chai chai. wake up Na. wake up Nigerian youths. Wake up. I wish I could start the petition. I really wish I could. deep sigh.

    • No Headaches Please

      June 2, 2017 at 5:36 pm

      Why can’t you?

      It doesn’t matter what part of the world you are in, you can.

      Again I ask, why can’t you?

      I’ve always said that the problem of this nation is not our leaders.
      It’s our followers, weak, timid, ignorant folk who will prefer to proudly be ‘tenants in their own country.’

      Me? I gave up a looooong time again.

  18. nnenne

    June 3, 2017 at 1:40 am

    Am done!

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