Residents of Abule Taylor, Lagos have appealed to the National Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), Abuja, to intervene in the five months power blackout in the area.
The residents under the Alhaji Onokhua DT Substation in Akowonjo Business Unit accused the management of Ikeja Electric Distribution Company of refusing to restore the refurbished transformer at Abule Taylor.
The Chairman, Community Development Area (CDA) of Abule Taylor, Dr. Victor Omodara, said in a statement that the management of Ikeja Electric Distribution Company had intentionally kept the residents of the area in darkness for five months.
This, according to Omodara, is against the rules and regulations guiding the operations of the Distribution Companies (DISCOs) in the country.
The chairman explained that the community had been without electricity supply since May, owing to faulty transformer.
According to him, the refurbished Alhaji Onokhua distribution transformer was taken away by Ikeja Electric on May 26 with the intention of fixing it back, only for them to receive a notice of list of debtors from the management of electric company.
He said the residents were told to pay two months’ cumulative bills each (called 1+1 policy) before a new transformer would be given to them.
Omodara added that because of the list of debtors, the firm held several meetings with residents and an agreement was reached on how to collect the debt.
But instead of the Ikeja Electric Distribution Company to return the repaired transformer, it refused all appeals from the CDA.
This, according to Omodara, has resulted to innocent customers to remain in perpetual darkness.
He said: “We appeal to the regulatory body, NERC, to please intervene in this matter and give us the protection we duly deserve because Ikeja Electric has a service agreement with all its customers and they cannot be the accuser and the judge in their own case.
“Our refurbished Alhaji Onokhua distribution transformer under Abule Taylor in Akowonjo Business Unit got faulty and it was taken away by Ikeja Electric on May 26, 2019…
“Five months down the line, the response has not been encouraging because of distrust. But the CDA has not relented in encouraging them to settle their electricity bills.”
“The crux of the matter is those of us who are using prepaid meters (about half the population of Ikeja Electric customers) are being punished unnecessarily even in spite of the various appeals made to Ikeja Electric top management.
“Ikeja Electric management has told us, the prepaid meter users, that if takes the debtors one or two years to pay the stated two months bills, the entire community will remain in darkness. This is the dilemma. How can those of us who do not owe are made to suffer such injustice?”
Three soldiers arrested for robbery
The Lagos State Police Command has arrested three soldiers at the Obanikoro area of the metropolis for armed robbery.
The three suspects, who were alleged to have been arrested in full military uniform and were armed with a dagger. The three men, who were arrested on 3rd of December, were further alleged to specialise in targeting and robbing drivers with broken trucks and containers.
A source said: “They were arrested as early as 5:a.m. by the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in charge of Somolu Police Station. Before the arrest of the soldiers, the DPO had been receiving a series of complaints from commuters and motorists that military men used to rob them. There had also been complaints of passers -bye being attacked and robbed and owners of broken down vehicles robbed at night, also by military men.”
On the fateful day of the suspects’ arrest, a distressed woman was said to have dashed into the office of the DPO, screaming that robbers in uniform were operating at Obanikoro.
The woman insisted that she was robbed and that she saw the soldiers robbing a driver. The DPO quickly gathered his men and they raced to the scene.
“On getting to the scene, the DPO and his men saw three men in full military uniform. They were actually robbing a driver of a broken down truck. The truck had developed fault, thus the driver had to park at Obanikoro to seek solution. The DPO and his men tried to arrest the soldiers, but they put up a struggle until they were overpowered by the policemen,” said the source.
The three suspects were taken to the station and a dagger was recovered from them. The driver told police that the soldiers took N40, 000 from a woman that was passing by and were forcing him to submit N100, 000 before the arrival of the DPO and his men.
The source said: “They asked the driver to give them N100,000, he said he didn’t have such an amount of money with him. They were searching him when the DPO and his men got there. The soldiers operate using a motorcycle. Police have recovered the motorcycle from them. Police also recovered their identity cards from them.”
Preliminary investigation showed that one of the suspects, Corporal Kaduru Sani, is attached to Air force Base in Lagos State, while his colleagues are from military base in Ilorin, Kwara State.
The two suspects from Ilorin said that they came to visit Sani. They denied being robbers, insisting that they were just looking for means to raise money to feed.
“They further explained that they only used the dagger to threaten people, not that they wanted to hurt anyone,” said the source.
Woman killed during robbers’ confrontation with police
The Abia State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Ene Okon, yesterday, debunked allegation that his officer killed a woman trader while attempting to extort commercial cyclists in the state.
The victim, identified as Kasarachi, was a fruit seller at the Apumiri Market. Okon, while narrating how the incident happened, said that he got the information through a phone call moments after he returned from Abuja.
He had immediately called the Officer in Charge of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), in Ubakala.
Okon said: “I received the brief to the effect that there was a distress call at the dustbin area of Ubakala and then SARS operatives attached to Ubakala, responded to the distress call and discovered that robbers, numbering about five, using a Toyota RAV4 and in army camouflage, were operating. On sighting the SARS men, the gang opened fire and the SARS operatives retaliated. During the exchange of gunfire, a stray bullet hit the victim, who was rushed to the hospital and was confirmed dead.”
Okon said the Toyota Sienna van used by the SARS operatives was riddled with bullets. According to him: “There was nothing like an accidental discharge or direct firing at the victim.”
The CP disclosed that he has constituted a panel to investigate the circumstances that led to the death of the victim. This was even as he disclosed that the matter happened the previous night.
However, an eyewitness alleged that the deceased was killed by SARS men, who were attempting to extort cyclists. The eyewitness explained that some of the cyclists would be arrested and detained, then asked by the SARS men to bail themselves with N30,000 or N50,000.
The eyewitness noted that it was in the process of extorting the commercial motorcycle operators that one of the policemen fired the bullet that killed Kasarachi.
The eyewitness noted: “She was returning from a nearby filling station where she had gone to pack her wares at the end of the day’s business when she was hit by the bullet. There was no robbery at all. We saw what happened and we can identify the policeman that pulled the trigger.”
Osun Govt rescues destitute couple, four children
The State Government, yesterday, vowed to do everything possible to see to the welfare of women, children and the vulnerable in the state.
The Commissioner for Women, Children and Social Affairs, Barrister Olubukola Olaboopo, stated this while assisting a family of six wandering around Aregbe bus stop in Osogbo, the state capital.
She explained that the family consists of a father, his pregnant wife and four children, out of which one is a disabled.
Olaboopo said that the people residing in the area informed the Ministry of Women, Children and Social Affairs of the destitute family, after which she swung into action and took necessary steps to rescue them.
According to the Commissioner, the state government would do everything within her reach to ensure that the state alleviates the hardships of the vulnerable.
She urged members of the public to always be their brother’s keeper.
In another development, the Deputy President of Osun Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (OSUCCIMA), Mr Bisi Makanjuola, has declared that the gains of the recent economic summit in Osun was so robust that the government of Governor Adegboyega Oyetola could leverage on it for a resounding success.
Makanjuola stated this during the December meeting of the association held in Osogbo. Describing the summit as peculiar and not just a talk shop, Makanjuola noted that the resource persons engaged were highly knowledgeable in local and international experiences.
He explained that the Summit had showcased the potentials of Osun in critical areas which could encourage local investors as well as attract foreign ones, emphasising that Osun was not a poor state.
Rights group charges IGP to end sexual violence
The Network on Police Reform in Nigeria (NOPRIN) has called on the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, to take appropriate steps to curb acts of sexual violence allegedly being perpetrated by his men.
This was stated by the National Coordinator of NOPRIN, Mr Emmanuel Ikule in Lagos recently, at this year’s International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, and the beginning of the 16 Days of Activism, which has as its theme, “Orange the World: Generation Equality Stands Against Rape.”
Ikule, who said that the law enforcement officers were not above the law, added: “They are supposed to protect, not abuse women and girls. Thus, if they commit acts of sexual abuse, they should be dismissed from the force and made to face the civil court on criminal charges.”
Ikule also bemoaned the fact that those acts of sexual violence were either ignored or allowed to continue with impunity. “It happens every day. It has come to the level whereby people that are supposed to be defending us are the ones defiling us,” said Ikule.
He cited the case of Akungba Akoko in Ondo State, where some policemen at a checkpoint close to the state university were harassing two female students of the school.
He said: “I think it is high time we made that change and ensure that change is affected! And it has to start with us. It is not only acts of sexual violence perpetrated by law enforcement agents that are not reported by the media.The media should assist us in the dissemination of information about the scourged.”
The Programme Officer, Project Alert. Mrs Nsini Udonta, also raised the alarm on the rising spate of sexual violence against women and children. She stated categorically that “No day passes without a reported case of sexual violence against women and children.”
She added: “It was for this reason that the 16 Days of Activism has come to stay as a global activism, whereby individuals, governments and non-governmental organisations are expected to engage in various advocacies, including against sexual abuse.”
Udonta, however, drew attention to the fact that a research carried out by her organisation some time ago, and published, showed that 77 per cent of victims of sexual violence in Nigeria were children.
Explaining the reality of sexual violence against children in Nigeria, Udonta said: “You’ll agree with me that there is no day that cases of sexual violence against children are not reported in the media. We have a case whereby a two year old child was defiled. We also have a case whereby a six months old baby was defiled. We have recorded several cases which we need to draw the world’s attention to.”
Representing the Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA), Mrs Philomena Nneji, said her organisation was passionate about women and children, particularly with respect to the prevalence of sexual violence in Nigeria.
Man to die by hanging for killing father
The Bauchi State High Court 5, Presided over by Justice Aliyu Baba Usman, has sentenced Umaru Muhammadu Jauro Ori, to death by hanging for killing his father inside a mosque in Mai’aduwa Village of Misau Local Government Area.
Delivering judgement yesterday, Usman said he had listened to the prosecutor, Hussein Ishaq Magaji and the defense counsel led by Barrister Chukwumeka Ikwazu carefully.
He said: “The death of the victim was as a result of the act of the accused and the prosecution counsels has proved their case beyond reasonable doubt. I found the accused culpable of homicide punishable with death under Section 221 of the Bauchi State Laws. I hereby sentenced him to die by hanging.”
Magaji told the court that the covict went into a mosque in Mai’aduwa Village and stabbed his father on the head with a machete. The man sustained severe injuries. He was rushed to the Misau General Hospital, where he died the following day.
The convit pleaded not guilty to the offence during trial. The prosecution counsel brought 10 witnesses in separate statements recorded by the Police during investigation.
Before the court, younger brother of the deceased, Umar Mohammed Jatau, 70, and Junior brother of the Ibrahim Muhammadu Jauro Ori, 26, stated that the convict had problem with their father and siblings.
The witnesses said the deceased gave each of them farm and after that, Umaru left the village for over 10 months. Nobody knew his whereabouts until the day he returned, stormed the mosque during prayers and stabbed his father on the head with a machete.
It was further gathered that youths in the community chased and caught him. He was taken to the nearest police station, while his father was taken to the nearest hospital, where he died. The old man was later buried according to Islamic rites.
The convict in his statement said he had a wife and three children. He said that he killed his father for separating him and his wife. He said that he stayed in the city for so long, that his father divorced his wife on his behalf. He said that right now, he had no wife. He further stated that his father also separated him from his two brothers.
Umaru admitted that when he returned, he took a machete and entered the mosque and stabbed his father on the head. He said that when his father fell, he ran away and was pursued and caught by youths in the community.
He said: “The youths beat me mercilessly and injured my right fingers. We took our father to hospital and he died while receiving treatment. I have never killed a human being before. I’m not an armed robber. This is my first time of killing a human being. I ask for pardon.”
Killers of DSS official still unknown as cultist murders another
The Ebonyi State Police Command, yesterday, confirmed the murder of an official of the Department of State Security (DSS) in the state.
The DSS official was said to have been murdered by gunmen at Onwe road, Abakaliki.
Also, yesterday, a 30-year-old man, Boniface Nwogha, was murdered by suspected cultists in Abakaliki.
Nwogha was a plumber, living with his family at Michael Nwogha Onuba Street Amike- Aba in Ebonyi Local Government Area. He was killed at about 8:pm.
A source from the Neighborhood Watch, who did
not want his name mentioned, said there was a misunderstanding in the compound, which left someone with injury, leading to a reprisal in the night. The cultists were alleged to have stormed the plumber’s shooting sporadically, forcing everyone to scamper for safety.
The source further said: “We got the information that there was gunshot in the area and we immediately rushed to the place. When we got there, everybody has
ran for safety. We did not see anyone, but we saw a body in a pool of blood. It was then we started knocking on doors of the residents of the compound. On introducing ourselves, people came out of their houses, including the wife of the deceased. We then called the Divisional Police Officer (DPO), who also came with his men to the scene. The incident was suspected to be a cult attack according to the eldest brother of the deceased.”
There has been massive arrest around the area by the police following the killing of Nwogha.
The Ebonyi State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Loveth Odah, confirmed the murder of Nwhogha and that of the DSS official
Odah said: “The DPO said some people came to report in his office that the deceased was found in a pool of blood in Amike-Aba. He rushed him to the hospital where he was confirmed dead by doctors. Because the case is a murder case, it was transferred to the state
headquarters for onward investigation.”
She confirmed that there has been massive arrest of people in the area as a result of the incident.
Odah added: “We actually wanted to ensure that the perpetrators were arrested and the people of the area are not doing us any good. They are not coming up with any useful information that will help the police to arrest the perpetrators. You will recall that sometime before the end of last month, there was someone in Onwe road Abakaliki who was later identified as DSS officer because an ID card was found in him. He was found in a pool of his blood. At the end of the day, the DPO took him to
hospital where he was confirmed dead and till today, the killers have remained unknown.”
Accident claims four in Asaba-Onitsha crash
Four passengers were killed and several others injured in a multiple auto crash involving a truck and a luxury bus along the Agbor-Asaba-Onitsha Expressway.
The ill-fated bus was negotiating a U-turn at the popular Emuhu Junction in Agbor, Ika South Local Government Area of Delta State, before it ram into the truck, which compressed a section of the bus, killing people.
The survivors were immediately rushed to the Emergency Unit of the Agbor Central Hospital where they were placed on life-support gadgets.
An eyewitness, who simply identified herself as Madam Chinwe, blamed the truck driver for not applying his brake immediately he sighted the bus from afar.
She said: “Truck drivers are too daring. They hardly step on their brakes for smaller vehicles. In this circumstance, lives would have been saved if the truck driver had applied caution. Two wrongs cannot make a right. He did not take to precautions.”
The Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps in the state, Mr Ahmad Ocheja, who confirmed the accident, said it was a multiple accident, involving a luxury bus, a truck and other vehicles. He added that the impact was much on the bus.
Father of five dumped in hospital after being knocked down by police van
A father of five, Mr Shedrack Ogbonna has been abandoned in a hospital by personnel of the Nigeria Police after they knocked him down.
Ogbonna, who is presently in a hospital battling to stay alive, was knocked down by policemen driving against traffic.
The accident left the victim brain damaged. He now needs N5million for surgery, which has to be done overseas, if he ever hopes to live a normal life again.
Ogbonna has spent at least seven months in the hospital, and still his wife and children continue to pray for a miracle.
Within those seven months, his wife and children had been kicked out of their apartment because of rent and are now living under the staircase of the hospital where Ogbonna is on admission. The rent was due in June 2019, a month after the accident.
Doctors, who are taking care of him at the Federal Medical Center in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, told family members that Ogbonna, who is currently on life support machine, suffered severe brain damage.
The predicament of Ogbonna, who hails from Okposi Community in Ebonyi State, began on 6th of May 2019, after he was knocked down by a policeman, in a police van, driving against traffic near Ekeki Motor Park, where Ogbonna repairs mobile phones to eke out a living.
According to eyewitnesses, Ogbonna was crossing over to the other side of the road to buy items he needed to repair a mobile phone belonging to one of his clients, when the speeding police van knocked him down.
Preliminary assessment by doctors revealed that the accident fractured his skull and damaged his left leg and arm.
It was further learnt that the team of policemen in the van, rushed him to the emergency unit of the FMC where it was confirmed that he suffered severe brain damage. He was later transferred to the Intensive Care Unit of the hospital, where he was then abandoned.
According to his wife, Asu Ogbonna, the Nigeria Police, Bayelsa State Command, initially agreed to take care of the medical bills of her husband but reneged after they learnt that the injured man needed N5million to travel oversea and for the brain surgery.
Asu said: “The Police withdrew their promise to support us on the grounds that the policemen in the van that knocked down my husband were carrying an assignment for the state government and therefore, should not be expected to pay the hospital bills. When we made further attempts to make the police reconsider their decision, we were asked to go to court. Police said they were ready for legal battle.”
Asu mournfully recollected the fateful day of the accident, which left their lives broken.
She said: “On that fateful morning, I left him in the house to Swali Market, where I trade. Before I left, we talked about plans to raise money for our rent, which would expired in June. I was in the market when I got a call that my husband was involved in a car accident. When I got to the hospital, I met him in a bad condition. I thought he was dead. I was told that he was hit by a police van driving against traffic. The police promised to take care of his medical bills but they later said they wouldn’t give us a dime because it was the state government that sent them on an errand when the incident occurred.
“Since then, they have abandoned my husband at the hospital. According to the doctors, my husband’s brain is so damaged that he needs to be flown abroad for surgery, which would cost N5million. How do I raise that kind of money? As I speak with you, I now sleep under a staircase in the hospital with my five children because our landlord drove us out when we could not pay rent. All along, it is only my brother that supported me with money to buy drugs to keep my husband alive. As we speak, my brother has also run out of money. It is not easy for me and my children. Paying for the life support machine and buying his drugs daily requires a lot of money.”
Asu said that she has prayed fervently to God, asking for his intervention, but their condition seems to be worsening. She recounted: “I have prayed fervently for God’s intervention but it appears my prayer does not get to heaven because our condition gets worse by the day. I don’t even have money to feed myself and my children, let alone to pay hospital bills. I have gone to the police several times to plead with them to help us, but they continued to turn us down. They keep telling me to take them to court. Where would I get money to pay lawyers if I go to court? Our bill at the hospital right now is about a million naira, and we are expected to raise another N5million for surgery. Meanwhile the hospital management is on our neck to either pay or move my husband away. I am confused.”
Asu’s brother, Joseph Ngene, said: “My sister’s husband condition is pathetic, that I am short of words to describe it. He was going about his business when a police van driving against traffic knocked him down. If it were a vehicle owned by a private individual, I am sure the police would have arrested the person. But in this case, they are the ones involved and they have refused to take responsibilities. According to the doctors, Ogbonna broke his left leg, left arm and his skull was fractured during the accident. When we contacted the police, they said the driver of the van, Mr. Ifeanyi Ikechukwu, was running errand for the state government when the accident occurred, and for that reason, we should approach the state government for financial support.
“Initially, they were concerned because they came to the hospital once or twice to pay for drugs doctors prescribed, but then they stopped visiting. I then called the leader of the team that was in the van when it knocked Ogbonna down, Oscar Jaja, he yelled at me, saying I had no right to contact him. He said that if we thought they did wrong, we should go to court. He said that they were ready for us. We have written a petition to the Commissioner of Police, and copy of that petition is before him.”
Ngene further narrated: “I have made efforts to meet with him one-on-one, and he said the police cannot help us. And because we could not buy drugs that would help keep him strong until we get money to fly him abroad for the surgery, my brother-in-law’s condition is worsening day by day. To feed him, doctors have to pass food through a pipe to feed him. He has not been able to move any part his body since they brought him to the hospital. As it is now, it is clear that my brother-in-law would never live a normal life again, yet the police are asking us to go to court because they know that we don’t have the power and finance to challenge them. I want to plead with well-meaning Bayelsans and Nigerians to come to our aide.”
The Bayelsa State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Asinim Butswat, while reacting to the incident, said that the police were doing their best to support the victim. He added: “The Command has assisted the victim with funds for treatment and it’s not relenting to ensure that the plight of the patient is ameliorated.”
YLMN: Stemming the tide of cultism among youths
The need to curb the menace of cultism among youths was the thrust of a one-day seminar organised by the YouthsLens Movement of Nigeria (YLMN) and its partners. GODSTIME SIMON reports
According to census projections, half of Nigeria’s population will be under 25- years-old by 2030 and those under this age bracket are youths.
Currently, about 30 per cent of the country’s populations are youths. Among vices attributed to youths, cultism has been the most pronounced and unfortunately, it has unleashed its weight through irreparable loss and pain to many families and society at large.
Before now, the existence of cult groups was predominant in higher institutions with as much as over 50 cult groups in subsistence. However, the trend has dangerously changed now as there is the existence of cult groups in secondary and primary schools. They are also in neighbourhoods’ of different communities.
Curiously, membership of the cult groups has no gender specification as status and sex are no longer major considerations.
Currently, there are female-specific cult groups and they promote the ‘interest’ of their members.
For all, the hydra-headed monster called cultism, is in geometric progression in the society, especially among the teeming youths, and they, more often than not, waste their lives, get rusticated or expelled, and have their bright future truncated.
To avert these grave consequences involvement in cultism portend, a non-governmental organization, YouthsLens Movement of Nigeria (YLMN) in conjunction with the Lagos State Police Command and the United Bank for Africa (UBA) recently organised a programme aimed at enlightening youths on crime and cultism.
The seminar, which was organised by Juliana Francis, Crime Editor of the New Telegraph under the umbrella of YLMN, had in attendance secondary students from Fly High Secondary School, Ketu Mile 12 and Covet the Redeemer Secondary School, Akesan, Lasu/Isheri.
Other schools in attendance are Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Abia State University, Yaba College of Education, University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN), Lagos State University, Ojo (LASU), amongst others.
The seminar was supported by Lagos State Police Command, United Bank African (UBA) and Nigerian Bottling Company. The Sango-Ota Area Commander, an Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), Mr Monday Agbonika, stated that cultism and cultists continue to thrive in higher institution campuses because policemen are never allowed to enter campuses.
Speaking on the theme of the seminar, ‘The Nigerian Youth and Cultism Today’, the Sango-Ota Area Commander of the Nigerian Police, Mr Monday Agbonika, who is an Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), said cultism and cultists continue to thrive in higher institution campuses because policemen are never allowed to enter campuses.
Agbonika, who was the keynote speaker at the seminar which held at the Police Officers’ Mess, GRA Ikeja, said cultists use different tricks to initiate young people and that cultists always have ways of identifying themselves, especially through their dresses, hairstyles and sign languages.
His words: “One of the reasons cultism continues to thrive in campuses is because policemen are not allowed to enter university for operation, except they are called. We commend the convener of the seminar, Mrs. Juliana Francis. This is the only way to catch them young and check cultism. We must talk about parents. Parents should do their best. In Lagos Island, it is difficult to separate cultists from area boys. There is a connection between crime and people living where crime is being perpetrated.”
Enumerating how youths could be initiated, the ACP mentioned peer pressure. He noted others to include, “revenge over issues can cause youths to join, and emotional instability, family and political thuggery are ways a young person can get involved in cultism.”
According to Agbonika, cultism could affect a youth’s academic performance, causes him or her to drop out of school, make them take to robbery, prostitution and other vices. He urged parents to play important roles in the lives of their children and ensure they prevent them from joining bad gangs.
On his part, the Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), a Deputy Superintendent of Police Bala Elkana, who was one of the panelists at the seminar, stated that cultism was a serious issue in the Nigerian society. He stressed that the fact that many young Nigerians were involved in it, makes it a serious issue of concern.
His words: “Parents should live an exemplary life for their kids to emulate. Whatever the kids wish to become in life can only be by themselves. The most painful thing to me as PPRO is to parade young persons, who are supposed to be leaders of tomorrow as cultists or criminal. It is not about taking cultists to court, but addressing the root causes of cultism and what is attracting young people into it.”
A former Prison Chaplain, who is also an activist, Pastor Darlington Ajitemisan said: “Crime doesn’t pay! I have been into crime since I was very young and selling drugs on the streets of Lagos. I cannot talk about prison without talking about what took me to prison. I was trained as an assassin, a professional killer. I was a small boy in prison and I was doing all these things because of how I grew up and how I used to see my parents fight.”
He continued: “There are all kinds of things going on in the prison and these are reasons youths should avoid it. There is homosexuality and lesbianism. If you think you can go to prison and come out to be a better person, you are lying! The prison will change your thinking, no matter your religion. I have served in four different prisons in the world. I have also been to Kirikiri Prison. I have also been to all different police stations. Whoever enters prison, will come out as a hardened criminal and other crime you don’t think you will find yourself in.”
Ajitemisan noted that crimes such as robbery, assassination and other violent crimes were often organised in prison.
He said: “Prison is supposed to be for reformation and a correctional center, but it’s not. Nigerian Prisons need proper funding to make it a real correctional center.”
The convener of the programme, Francis, said the number of young people in cultism gave birth to the idea of the programme. “The idea behind the programme is for the young ones that had been taught about the danger of cultism to forward the same message to their friends and relatives. They have no reason to join any crime, even when there is no food at home and they don’t have parents.”
She further noted: “No reason is acceptable for any young person to join cultism or crime. Youths should know that there are consequences for the choices we make, and in life, we must always meet and confront challenges. Youths should look for excuses to take to crime. Excuses likes my parents are poor, parents are dead, my friend asked me to join, among others. Any negative action they are involved will affect their family members and their future. They should know there is no competition in life.”
Mrs Evelyn Usman, Assistant Crime Editor, Vanguard Newspaper, who was also among the panelists, expressed worry over increasing influx of minors into cultism. She also expressed dismay that most parents didn’t know what their children were up to. She urged parents to pay attention to their children.
On her part, a student of the Nigerian Institute of Journalism (NIJ), Miss Joan Yakubu, shared experiences on how alongside her colleagues she organised programme to educate youths on the negative effects of crime, cultism, and drugs.
Clearly, the involvement of youths in cultism is becoming alarming by the day, but the approach adopted by YLMN, to catch them young through enlightenment, is the way to go.
Kwara is open to business, says AbdulRazaq
• As Gov, Industry Minister, Dangote visit BUA Factory in Lafiagi
Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq and Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment Adeniyi Adebayo on Thursday toured the BUA sugar refinery and plantation in Lafiagi, Kwara State, amid assurances by AbdulRazaq that the state is open to business.
They were joined on the tour of the facility by Africa’s richest man Aliko Dangote; Chairman of the BUA conglomerate Abdulsamad Rabiu; and other top players in the corporate business community in Nigeria.
“I welcome you all to Kwara. We are open to business. Ours is to assist you and ease the business environment for you so that you can invest more in Kwara. Our doors are open. We will make sure to keep you in Kwara,” AbdulRazaq said at the Lafiagi site of the multimillion dollar sugar refinery under construction by the BUA Group.
That comes a day after the governor said the state would scale up its security arrangements as part of its overall strategy to attract more investments.
Adebayo said the factory aptly keys into the Muhammadu Buhari administration’s campaign for local content, food security and less reliance on importation of goods.
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