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One Stop Youth Talk: 7 Recommendations to Curb Youth Criminality and Social Vices – NYCC-19

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Curbing Youth Criminality and Social Vices Amidst Covid-19

The Nigerian Youth Compact on Covid-19 (NYCC-19) had there Zoom webinar “One Stop Youth Talk” on Thursday, 2nd July, 2020.

It was a very successful and interactive session with some guest speakers such as; the Executive director, Youth Advancement Initiative, Akure ‘Mr. Ado Mario Emmanuel’, President and Executive Director of Nigeria Female Youth Organization/ Michelle Youth Initiative for Sustainable Development ‘Princess Mimi’ and the immediate General Secretary for the Association of Resident Doctors, FCT Branch ‘Dr, Jumoke Olajumoke’.

The webinar centered on “Curbing Youth Criminality and Social Vices Amidst Covid-19”. The chairman of NYCC-19 giving his opening remark during the 4th Edition of this webinar said that criminality is interwoven with unemployment which is the major causal factor.

According to him, the youths are being deprived of basic necessities of life and hardly does anyone see it as much of a problem. However, the government is at fault by failing to fulfil the basic responsibilities towards a very significant percentage of the population but those who are in a position reprimand the government are also at fault for not considering that failure as a serious issue.

Still on remark, the Vice chairman ‘Prince Echem’ said “An Idle man is the devil’s workshop which is why the NYCC-19 is out to help to assist in curbing these criminalities.” He urged the Nigerians to live within the confirms of the law.

 Princess Michelle speaking on social vices defined it as negative action against the norms in the society. She listed the various social vices like raping, pick-pocketing, drug abuse, exam malpractices, prostitution etc. and condemned it.

She heads an NGO campaign against Rape. In her speech, She said “most people who indulge in the act of rape do that to take away the dignity of the victim.”

However, she stated that a bill has been passed against rapist which means a rapist gets the same punishment as a murderer. Her campaign has gotten to the ministry of women affairs and the presidency. She also stated the dangers of drug abuse and urge youth to use their talents wisely and abstain from social vices.

Doctor Jumoke Olajumoke speaking on the Medical implications of rape to its victim said;

 “it may be a 5 mins for the rapist but a lifetime for the victim”.

 She spoke about the genital laceration, internal injury, STDs and STI.

However, she stated that some victims find themselves doing drugs as a result of depression. Therefore, she suggested that victims should talk to someone like a psychologist instead of venturing into drugs.

The Executive director, Youth Advancement Initiative ‘Ado Mario’ speaking on insecurity stated that 90% of police cases these days are home breaking while 60% of the culprits are as a result of hunger and joblessness due to unemployment.

He pointed out the effect of lockdown on the Nigerian youths and suggested that the government should liaise with NYCC-19 since they have the data of unemployed youths across the 774 L.G.A. in the 36 states and address the lacuna in the security structure in Nigeria.

Speaking further, He also suggested that government should provide more welfare for the security personnel who have turned beggars on the road. According to him, survey has shown that 60% of security personnel are culprits in supplying vital information to these criminals due to lack of proper welfare structure.

According to him “there is no thief in the community that the community members do not know but they have the fear of voicing out or getting someone arrested is their actual concern.”

“Most of these criminals have genuine pressing challenges which led them into these social vices.” He said.

However, he is advocating for a welfare package restructuring for the Nigerian youth and as well engage them jobwise as this will help curb these criminalities. 

Amb. Ikenna Nwaizu, a youth leader commended the NYCC-19 for organizing the “One Stop Youth Talk” Webinar. He suggested that youths should wake up and take responsibilities for their future. He urged youths to be strategic in the rightful application for the fight of the youth integration in politics and national leadership.

Pointing out the lapses in some government initiatives for the youths such as N-power, Engr. Matthew Oche suggested that the government should provide youths with a permanent job engagement so that the youths will not go back to the streets again as this will also help curb the issues of criminality.

Mr. Uzoh Ifeanyi, member of the Commonwealth Youth Alliance Association and Head of Advisory NYCC-19 urges the Nigerian youths to look inward to discover their inborn talents that will announce them in future.

In closing, the moderator gave some recommendation to the government which will go a long way to curb these social vices;

  1.  Inclusion and collaboration between the government and youths
  2. Youth engagement in local and public affairs including programs
  3. Giving youths the opportunity to design the youth centric programs for the citizenry
  4. Redesign new and affordable learning curriculum to accommodate the current realities.
  5. Allow youths interact in open forum with their counterparts across the society
  6. Relaxation of Government rules on youths’ access to opportunities
  7. Set up Mentoring programs for youths headed by average age achievers

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Arms Procurement Investigation: “Issues of arms procurement were done by specific individuals, call these individuals to explain to you ” – COAS Ibrahim Attahiru tells House of Reps members

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A dramatic scene was recorded today April 13 after the Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant General Ibrahim Attahiru appeared before House of Representatives ad-hoc committee on arms and ammunition as part of the investigation into arms purchase by the military.


Attahiru refused to speak on arms procurement after presenting a document to the committee.


According to the COAS, he just resumed office and the issues surrounding the procurement of arms should be answered by the “specific individuals” who initiated the purchase.


He said;


“The submission before you speaks to the report before you. It is an executive summary. It is very self-explanatory to the extent that it has been pluralised. When you demanded this report, you stated a specific period for which you wanted it.

“You may wish to recall that the Chief of Army Staff took over the mantle of leadership barely two months ago.

“The period for which you want this report having been summarised in the executive summary explained whatever details you require.

“Issues of arms procurement that you so demand to know were done by specific individuals, I will rather you call these individuals to explain to you very specific issues the general explanation is contained in this report.”


A member of the committee, Ejiro Ogene had also faulted the COAS explanation for not appearing before the committee earlier.


Ogene said;


“When we ask you to come, the people are the ones speaking, sovereignty lies in the people; if we see it like this, things will be different.

“I expect that the COAS tenders an apology, not an explanation; you are serving the people and they are as your employer.”


Firing back at him, Attahiru insisted that his explanation serves as an apology. He said;


“When you say I offered an explanation, it is as good as an apology. It only tells you the reasons why I wasn’t here and the reasons are pungent enough.”


Following the rising tension at the proceeding, Chairman of the Committee Olaide Akinremi ruled that the hearing goes into a closed-door meeting and the media were asked to leave the hearing.

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25-year-old Nigerian man arrested for Scamming woman of N16million in India

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A 25-year-old Nigerian has been arrested in India for allegedly scamming a 62-year-old woman from Indore, Madhya Pradesh, of Rs 31.64 lakh (N16,048,923.81)

“The accused, Wisdom Obinna, from Imo State, was part of a gang that befriended women on social media and then scam them with lottery and gift frauds,” said Indore Cyber Cell Superintendent of Police, Jitendra Singh, on Friday, April 9.

“Obinna was arrest25-year-old Nigerian man arrested in India for duping woman of N16m ed from Delhi, where he was staying even after his business visa expired. Efforts are on to nab other members of the gang,” he added.

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During the interrogation, the accused said that he came to India on Business Visa in 2014 and 2017. After the visa expired, he became active in cheating and used to operate from Delhi.

The gang members befriend Indian girls and women on Facebook by creating accounts with different foreign fake IDs.

After Wisdom has made friends with the women, he lured his victims by claiming he sent them some expensive gifts.

Later, other members of the gang pose as custom officers and demand money in the name of Tax and Penalty to get the parcel, send a message through bank account WhatsApp and get the money transfer. They would also threaten the victim with legal action.

Police recovered eight passbooks of various banks, three ATM cards, two laptops, three pen drives, 9 mobile phones, eight SIM cards, two dongles, passports and Rs 11000 in cash from the accused.

 

25-year-old Nigerian man arrested in India for duping woman of N16m

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CBN gets order to freeze 194 accounts in 17 banks

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CBN gets order to freeze 194 accounts in 17 banks

The Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN has secured three separate interim orders from a Federal High Court in Abuja to freeze bank accounts linked to 194 business entities and individuals in 17 banks.

This was contained in a post by the apex bank on its website yesterday pursuant to the court order. The freeze orders were sequel to three exparte applications filed by the apex bank seeking a mandatory order of the court to ask the 17 banks to freeze the account of the business organizations and individual pending the outcome of an ongoing investigation the apex bank had initiated.

In one of the suits against Nuru Abubakar and 24 others, the court granted the request by CBN to freeze the account of the defendants in the banks for 45 days. Justice A.R Muhammed who made the order in his ruling on March 30, 2021, said: “An interim order is hereby made empowering the applicant to direct the head office of the listed banks to freeze forthwith all transactions on the bank account of the defendants for a period of 45 days pending the outcome of investigation and inquiry currently being conducted by CBN.”

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In another suit filed by CBN against Sethwealth Ventures and two others, the court granted an exparte application by the apex bank to freeze 50 accounts linked to the three defendants in 13 banks. A similar order was also made in the suit by CBN against Bluebeam Capital Ltd freezing 60 accounts of the company in 13 banks.

The 17 banks affected are Access Bank, First City Monument Bank, Fidelity Bank, Sterling Bank, Keystone Bank, Providus Bank, United Bank for Africa (UBA), Wema Bank and First Bank. Others are Guaranty Trust Bank, Ecobank Bank, Heritage Bank, Polaris Bank, Zenith Bank, Stanbic IBTC Bank, Standard Chartered Bank and Union Bank.

The companies affected include Bluebeam Capital Limited, Sethwealth Ventures, Seasons Bureau De Change, Lat-Ade Logistics, Sani Polo Global Investment Ltd, Saneo Global Resources Limited and Romvic Ventures Nigeria Limited.

 

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