Killings: Benue Youths Accuse Police Of Bias

A photo showing the map of Benue, a state in North-Central Nigeria.
An image showing the map of Benue, a state in North-Central Nigeria.

 

The youths in Benue State have accused the Nigeria Police of bias over the killing of seven persons in Logo Local Government Area of the state.

This comes a week after the Defence headquarters in a statement confirmed the attack, renewing calls for the designation of armed herdsmen as a terrorist group.

Addressing journalists in Makurdi on Monday, President of the Benue Youth Forum, Terrence Kuanum, expressed the forum’s concerns over attempts to change the narrative and blame victims of the attack for killing themselves.

Kuanam noted that the reaction of the police authorities is in support of the herdsmen who have allegedly threatened to destabilise the state in the wake of the law banning open grazing of animals.

But reacting to the allegation, spokesman of the State Police Command, Sewuese Anene, said that hired gunmen were responsible for the killing.

Anene said the development is related to a mining field dispute between two brothers, leading to the attack after one of them was paid compensation by a mining company in Cheme village in Logo LGA.

Border Closure: Police Intercept Truckload Of Youths In Lagos

 

The police have intercepted a truckload of youths said to be from different parts of the north at the border between Lagos and Ogun states.

According to the police, the arrest was made following an intelligence report that the truck laden with tomatoes which was Lagos-bound, was also carrying a large number of young men.

The youths who appeared to be in their 20s and 30s were ordered to disembark from the truck, as the police said they would be taken to the task force office for further investigation.

There had been several cases of security personnel intercepting trucks carrying young men headed for the south mostly from the northern part of the country.

As a result of the development, many have raised concerns about the continued violation of the order restricting inter-state travel, as part of the measures to contain the spread of the COVID-19.

We Will Defend Our Youths Against Rape, Domestic Violence – Minister

A file photo of the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr Sunday Dare.

 

 

The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr Sunday Dare, has condemned the rise in the incidents of rape and gender-based violence in the country.

He also voiced his support for victims and survivors of such crimes, describing rape as “a brutal crime that attacks the mind, body, and soul.”

“The youth are the greatest victims of rape and we condemn this inhumane act in the strongest terms. We will join the vanguard against rape and ask for the stiffest penalty possible,” he said in a statement from his media office.

According to the minister, such acts must not be allowed to continue to take root in the Nigerian society and the ministry will champion the fight against the dastardly act as prescribed in the National Youth Policy.

“No Nigerian, whether male or female, should be discriminated against or made a victim anywhere in this country; we must unite to fight against rape in all forms,” he said.

Dare added, “All Nigerian youth must take the responsibility to be on the lookout for their female counterparts and offer them protection. Stigmatising victims must be stopped and completely outlawed.

“I am totally against a mindset that first, makes women victims, and then moves on to compound their suffering by blaming the survivor for the evil that has been inflicted upon her.”

He believes when people blame an individual for being raped, it discourages others from speaking out because each survivor and their families are afraid that they will be blamed and labelled for what happened to them.

The minister thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for his resolute stand against rape, and the Minister for Women Affairs, Pauline Tallen, for leading the charge.

“We shall stand shoulder to shoulder with you in this struggle, ” he said.

Dare, therefore, called on the Nigeria Police to review their methods of investigating cases of gender-based violence and rape with the objective of solving them with minimal pain to the survivors.

He also challenged civil organisations to deploy the use of technology to support their work against the social menace, adding that policymakers should be fearless and make laws that would deter future offenders.

Cross River Youths Protest Alleged Killing Of Colleague

 

Cross River youths have protested the alleged killing of their colleague, Archibong Effiong-Archibong in Bakassi Local Government Area of the state.

The youths who stormed Calabar, the state capital on Friday accused a personnel of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC).

Speaking to Channels Television, an eye witness said the incident happened at Ekprikang community in Bakassi while some people were trying to struggle over a gallon of fuel.

According to him, the NSCDC officials demanded money from the youths in other to allow them to operate their fuel business in the area but the youths refused.

“The NSCDC personnel demanded money from us to allow us operate on our fuel business and we said we don’t have.

“When we said we don’t have money to give them, they now opened fire on us and in the process, one of our colleague who is also an electrician was shot dead,” he said.

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One of the protesters and a Youth Leader of Bakassi, Mr Eyo Asuquo-Etim, said they want the state and Federal Government to take care of the family of the deceased who left behind four children.

Reacting to the allegation, the State Commandant of NSCDC, Mr Danjuma Elisha, said the youths were trying to smuggle fuel to Cameroon through the Bakassi border post when the incident happened.

Elisha noted that he had to dispatch a team of NSCDC personnel to stop them in order not enter Cameroon and in the process be infected with COVID-19.

“We had a tip off that they the youths were taking fuel to Cameroon and we had to move in to stop them.

“We parked the gallons of fuel into our vehicle and the youths were resisting because they said we have come to distract their source of income.

“In the process, they starting calling out their boys in their numbers to come out. I’m not sure if the person that was reported dead was shot by our men because all the personnel that were there said they never shot a single bullet,” he said.

The NSCDC boss also accused the youths of burning down the operational vehicle of the corps as well as the office command in Bakassi.

He however noted that investigation has commenced into the incident, stressing that the riffles and ammunition of his men were intact upon check.

PHOTOS: Youths Protest In Abuja, Condemn Sexual Violence

Protesters hold placards and banners in Abuja to raise awareness about sexual violence in Nigeria on June 5, 2020. Photo: Channels TV/ Sodiq Adelakun.

 

 

A group of youths under the aegis of Coalition for the fight against Sexual and Gender-based Violence (SGBV) launched a campaign on Friday against rape and other forms of sexual violence.

The youths, during a protest in Abuja, called for a systemic action against the recent rise in cases of sexual and gender-based violence in parts of the country.

The protesters who were also at the Force Headquarters in the nation’s capital asked citizens to challenge their legislators on what was being done to protect women and girls.

They, however, said they were working with some lawmakers for urgent legislative action.

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Youths protest in Abuja to raise awareness about sexual violence in Nigeria on June 5, 2020. Photos: Channels TV/ Sodiq Adelakun.

 

PHOTOS: South West Youths, Local Hunters, Others Rally In Support Of Amotekun

Youths, local hunters, community leaders and other concerned groups in the South-West region on Tuesday trooped out in support of the establishment of the security task force code-named Amotekun.

The security task force was recently launched by the six South-West governors with the aim of tackling kidnapping, banditry and other crimes in the region.

The peaceful rally by the youths follows Federal Government’s declaration that the operation is illegal and “the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended) has established the Army, Navy, and Airforce, including the Police and other numerous paramilitary organisations for the purpose of the defence of Nigeria”

 

ONDO

In reaction to this pronouncement and in support of the security outfit, youths in Akure, Ondo State state capital held a peaceful rally. They insisted that the security outfit has come to stay.

 

 

OGUN

In Abeokuta, Ogun State capital, youths under the auspices of the Yoruba World Congress (YWC) held a peaceful rally at the popular Panseke market.

The group expressed support for the southwest governors, saying that the security outfit is to complement the effort of security agencies and not to rival it.

 

 

OYO

In Ibadan, the Oyo State Capital, the Yoruba World Congress staged a peaceful rally at the Government House Arcade in Agodi.

Members of the civil society and vigilante groups at the rally chanted solidarity songs and slogans in support of the security outfit.

 

 

EKITI

Also in Ekiti State, a coalition of groups comprising socio-cultural organisations, Ekiti State Council of Elders, vigilante groups and youths held a rally.

They insisted that Amotekun is complementary to the existing conventional security outfits and urged the Federal government to support it.

The representative of the Ekiti State government at the rally also justified the creation of the security outfit by the south-west governors noting that they have simply danced to the tune of the people.

SGF Visits Adamawa, Asks Youths To Shun Crime

A file photo of Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha.

 

 

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr Boss Mustafa, has called on youths in Adamawa State to be more committed to education, hard work, patriotism, and discipline to facilitate their success in life.

Mustafa made the call over the weekend in Yola while commissioning a computer centre, borehole, and empowerment scheme in Nasarawo Primary School located in Yola North Local Government Area of the state.

He appealed to the youths to shun all forms of vices and embrace the several opportunities available in the country to excel in any endeavour of their choice, instead of turning into a life of crime and social miscreants.

The SGF believes with education, the right attitude, and commitment to hard work, the youths can achieve their dreams in life.

Education has been described as the foundation for development in every society – a reason why it is being prioritised.

However, government schools that have produced most of the leaders in Nigeria have been abandoned as most people prefer to take their children to private schools.

This is because the schools are better equipped with modern educational facilities and well-paid teachers, at the instance of the government-owned schools.

As part of his efforts at giving back to the community and impacting on the less privileged, the SGF visited Adamawa for the inauguration function which he sponsored.

Mr Mustapha is a former student of Nasarawo Primary School while his father, Late Baba Wesley Mustafa, was the longest-serving headmaster of the school.

He commissioned the facilities in company with his old schoolmates, traditional leaders, and members of the Nassarawo communities among others.

The SGF assured the people of Nassarawo Ward and citizens of the state of his commitment to continue to contribute his quota in giving back to the society.

He also urged them to sustain the support to the Federal Government in its effort at transforming the country.

‘Underage’ Motorcycle Riders Threaten Nasarawa Traffic

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Some youths in Nasarawa State have been engaging in commercial motorcycling to fend for themselves and augment family finances.

The greater part of these youngsters who are mostly viewed as inexperienced are viewed as the reason for accidents on the roads.

According to the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), the rate of unemployment in Nasarawa is 27.4 per cent while underemployment rate is 24.3 per cent.

Despite the employment rate of 48.3 per cent, a number of young persons have been forced into embracing vocations considered not suitable for their ages.

The most noticeable is commercial motorcycling as the two-wheeled vehicle fills in as the commonest method for transportation.

This is often seen as most preferred by residents as it goes down the nooks and crannies with rates as low as N30.

Residents who are not car owners are left with two choices, the motorcycle or the tricycle with their destination determining their choice.

 

Threat Of Underage Riders

A cross-section of people who want to access a hard-to-reach area – in haste or desire to resist gridlock – simply hop on a motorcycle while those whose movements are within the city prefer to ride on tricycle.

Regardless of the worthiness and acceptability of the two-wheeled vehicle in the state, there are growing concerns over the expanding number of underage riders out and about.

In spite of this, motorcyclists have advanced a resistance over the menace, although they want the menace checked.

One of the commercial motorcyclists in the state, Ahmadu Ahmadu, shared his opinion in an interview with Channels Television.

He said, “Before a rider is registered, he should be assessed if he is suitable to ride or not. This shouldn’t be a difficult task for the concerned authorities.”

Some of the underage riders who spoke to Channels Television attributed their choice of livelihood to the absence of better options.

They, however, said they were willing to quit if provided a better means of bringing food to the table.

An underage rider, Muhammad Nura, said, “If we don’t do this business, we have a challenge because it is what we use to cater for ourselves and parents.”

Aliyu Musa also said, “it is my business; I grew up to it and If I don’t do it, I don’t have anything to do,” while another rider Aliyu Yusuf promised to quit the job if the government would cater for him.

This caught the attention of the government as the Secretary to the Government of the State, Tijjani Aliyu, gave assurance that there were plans to get young persons out of the streets.

“Very soon our incubation plant will be ready and we will use it for training our youth on various trades. We are making an effort to get them out of the streets,” he said.

The use of motorcycles for commercial transportation in the state was borne out of the necessity to fill the gap of inadequate transportation.

Yet, the attitude of these riders remains a source of worry to residents who believe the young persons are undermining such efforts.

Some of them believe the actualisation of the government’s youth empowerment plans will turn the attention of the underage riders to suitable opportunities and in turn minimise road accidents in the state.

Youths Shut Down Minna-Suleja Road, Protest Neglect By FG

 

Some youths in Niger State have shut down the Minna-Suleja Road to stage a protest.

The demonstrators stormed the road in large a number on Monday morning to protest what they called neglect by the Federal Government.

They accused the Federal Government of neglecting federal roads in Niger State and called on the President to come to their aid.

During the protest, some of the protesters dance to a song by hip hop singer Eedris Abdulkareem, in which he called the attention of the government to the plights of Nigerians.

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The protesters in one of their placards and banners called on President Muhammadu Buhari to save them.

According to them, people die every day in the state and Niger is part of Nigeria.

Some travellers on the Minna-Suleja Road were left stranded as a result of the protest.

However, officials of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) arrived at the scene to calm the protesters.

The Minna-Suleja Road connects Niger State to Abuja and generally links the north-west region of the country to the Federal Capital Territory.

International Youth Day: Gbajabiamila Seeks Transformation Of Educational System

 

The Speaker of the House of Representatives Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila has urged governments at all levels to fashion out ways of transforming the Nigerian educational system to strengthen the capacity of the youth.

In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Lanre Lasisi, in which he was commemorating the International Youth Day, the Speaker noted that the government has the primary responsibility of ensuring that every Nigerian is given access to basic and qualitative education.

According to him, the essence of education is to proffer solutions to challenges confronting humanity.

The Speaker further stated that democracy and good governance would thrive in an atmosphere where a sizeable proportion of the populace is educated and well enlightened about their civic responsibilities.

While assuring that the 9th House of Representatives under his leadership would prioritise issues concerning the education sector, Rt. Hon. Gbajabiamila emphasized that revamping the sector has become imperative.

The Speaker had in 2016 during his tenure as the House Majority Leader sponsored a bill to provide access to higher education for Nigerians through interest-free loans.

The Bill, which has been reintroduced in this Assembly and has gone through its first reading, proposes a Nigeria Education Bank, which will be established by law to provide education for all Nigerians without any discrimination.

He said: “As we celebrate the International Youth Day, I intend to use the office of the Speaker and the instrumentality of the law to fast-track the passage of this and others Bills that are capable of restoring hope to our youth to reposition them for the tasks of nation-building and global competitiveness.

“It is indisputable that the global economy is knowledge-driven, while the private sector has continued to play a leading and pivotal role in the economic development of states and nations.

“This is why we need to transform the Nigerian Educational System and why the youth should be encouraged to broaden their skills,” the Speaker said.
Rt. Hon. Gbajabiamila added, “I wish all Nigerian youths a happy International Youth Day”.

Police Disrupt Protest By Jigawa Youths Over National Security

Police Disrupt Protest By Jigawa Youths Over National Security

 

The police have disrupted a peaceful protest organised by a group of youths in Jigawa State over the security situation in the country.

Chairman of the group – Concern Youth of Jigawa, Mr Umar Danjani, told reporters on Monday in Dutse that they had informed the Jigawa State Police Command before embarking on the demonstration.

He explained that the youths were disturbed by the rate of killings and kidnappings among other crimes in parts of the country.

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According to Danjani, the level of insecurity in the country is in a sorry state and it is gradually flowing to Jigawa, hence the need to alert the state government before banditry overwhelms it.

Although the Commissioner of Police in the state confirmed the development, he defended the action of his men.

Mr Bala Zama explained that the letter submitted by the group was wrongly addressed to him in person and not the police.

He added that despite the error, he called the group for dialogue but ended in a deadlock.

The police commissioner said after proper investigation, the command realised that the group has not secured the venue they intended to use for the gathering.

He stressed that this prompted the police to deem it necessary to stop the youths from embarking on the demonstration.

”We have come to understand that the protest is politically motivated. One politician recently did a press conference in Kano and all that he said has similar content with the letter they sent to me,” Zama said.

“The protest ought to be in states where the insecurity is prevalent, not in Jigawa where it is relatively peaceful.”

Some armed men had attacked Garin Maidawa, a village in Dutse, the state capital on April 18.

The attack left one person killed and nine others hospitalised while the police said the assailants were armed robbers.

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2019 Elections: Youths Are The Biggest Disappointment, Says Moghalu

The presidential candidate of the Young Progressive Party (YPP), Professor Kingsley Moghalu, has taken a swipe at Nigerian youths for the role they played during the recently held general elections.

Moghalu, who was a guest on Channels Television’s Politics Today, regretted that the young populations did not make their presence felt during the polls.

“The biggest disappointment was with the youths. The youth vote was absent. They make a lot of noise, they rant and rail but you will not see them on the voting day. And when they vote, they don’t vote in line with their rhetoric,” he said.

When asked if the polls witnessed improvement when compared to 2015, Moghalu noted that chaos marred some polling centres coupled with an alleged organisational efficiency and effectiveness shortly before the commencement of voting.

YPP presidential candidate, Professor Kingsley Moghalu speaks on the outcome of the 2019 general elections on Channels Television’s Politics Today on April 12, 2019.

“The organisational efficiency and effectiveness of the election was generally weak. We saw it. First, it was postponed at the last minute and in many parts of the country, there was chaos at the polling booths especially in rural areas.”

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Reacting to President Muhammadu Buhari’s victory at the polls, he advised the current administration to justify the votes and work hard to restore Nigerians have reposed on the President.

In doing that, he wants the Federal Government to focus on three cores areas bordering on national unity, building a vibrant economy and the nation’s security.

Speaking on security, he decried the poor funding of the police, calling on the government to properly equip its personnel with the modern tools to properly secure lives and properties.

Moghalu, who is also an economist and former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) however wants the complete removal of subsidy.

He also wants the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to be privatised because it “is not a very profitable corporation, it is not a transparent corporation.”

Asked if he would still throw in the hat for the 2023 presidential race, his response was “it’s too early to make that kind of decision.”

Ahead of the 2023 general elections, the YPP candidate wants the presidency to be zoned to the south-east.