It’s exactly 2.11am, I’m all jittery, nervous, restless and can’t contain myself all because I'm watching The Call (2013) with Halle Berry playing the lead role and Morris Chestnut’s love interest. At a point, I had to do a little laundry while watching just to dissipate some of the charged energy.
For those who haven't seen the movie, it's about a serial murderer who kidnaps young blond girls, torments and buries them out in a prairie but he sure met his waterloo when he kidnapped Casey who calls 911 from the trunk of the moving car she was stashed in and that's where the action and my misery started. First of all, She was using a disposable phone, you know those off the counter type they use outside the country which made it difficult to trace her exact location. Anyway, the movie made me think deeper and faster than I ordinarily would have done, like:
1. NCC and Telecoms have practically forced us to register our sims, so what next?
2. How will this collective information be used and for who's benefit?
3. Apart from the instant photos and thumbprints taken at the registration centers, how sure are they that the rest of the information given are correct? Like Address and Occupation.
4. Does Nigeria have the satellite coverage to track a call and exact location at every given time?
5 5. Can kidnap victims be able to call emergency numbers and get an immediate positive response? I'm not talking of a state owned facility but a national one.
6 6. Is there a way you can call up a car plate number and it shows details of the car and owner in Nigeria? Or even call up someone's name and it shows his personal and car details?
7. How smart are our emergency operators and how smart can you be if you found yourself in a hostage situation? can you think outside the box?
8. Do you realize if stashed in the trunk of a car that you can actually yank off the tail light wires from inside, kick off the tail light itself and wave out through the hole so other road users can see someone's locked in?
9. Lastly can Nigeria and Nigerians be smart enough to articulate these grey areas within our security system and do the needful?