Hundreds of youths under the aegis of the National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) have protested against the criminality in the Niger Delta region.
The Rivers State chapter of the group took to the streets of Port Harcourt to drum up support for the fight against all forms of wrongdoing in the Niger Delta.
They carried placards with various inscriptions as they embarked on a long walk from first artillery through the busy Aba road in the state capital.
The Rivers State Chairman of NYCN, Sokubo Sara-Igbe, told journalists on Wednesday that the move became necessary following reports of kidnapping, killings, pipeline vandalism and other vices.
The National Youth Council of Nigeria have protested the continued detention of its President, Mr Ikenga Ugochinyere by the Department of State Services (DSS).
The acting Secretary of the council, Mr Bassey Henshaw, led a delegation of members of the council on Monday to Channels Television’s headquarters in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.
He said that the council had made efforts to secure the release of its President through legal means, but the DSS has made it difficult for them.
The council appealed to the security agency to charge Mr Ugochinyere to court if he has breached any of the nation’s laws or release him unconditionally.
A group of supporters has picked up an Expression of Interest and Nomination Form from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for former Minister of Information, Labaran Maku, to contest the Nasarawa State governorship elections.
The group, made up of youths from the state, said that the former Minister is the most credible aspirant that the party has for the Nasarawa governorship elections.
The President of the National Youth Council of Nigeria, Nasarawa chapter, Usman Abdulakim, disclosed that the group was determined to play a pivotal role in making sure that Maku unseats the incumbent governor, who is from a rival party.
However, current Governor of the state, Tanko Al-makura, had earlier said that he was set to announce his bid for re-election, following calls by various groups for him to re-contest in 2015.
Mr Al-makura made this known in Lafia while receiving a register containing hundreds of signatures collected by the people of Nasarawa North senatorial district in his support.
After the register and the Expression of Interest form for the Nasarawa Governorship race, which was bought for him, were presented to him by his campaign coordinator, the Governor said that he would heed their call in the affirmative.
Over 16 pressure groups have, in the last six weeks, endorsed Mr Al-makura for a second term, citing inclusive infrastructural and human capital development they have seen across the state.