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15-Year-Old Aisha Cries Out Over Father’s Detention At IGP’s Special Tactical Squad Abuja

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A 15-year- old Aisha Sanusi has appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to use his good offices to order the Inspector General of Police to release her father Malam Sanusi Mohammed Inuwa who has been in the police custody under a dehumanizing condition for no just cause.

Miss Aisha wrote an open letter addressed to President Muhammadu Buhari on her Facebook page and this attracted so many comments, our reporter contacted her and heard her story.

On arrival at NICON quarters, House No:10, Sokoto State. Our reporter sought audience with the brave and devastated young girl in her early 15 and the mother who was laying down sick and could barely notice our stay. According to Aisha, trouble started on Sunday,16th of May 2021 ; able body men came looking for her father, Mal.Sanusi who happens to be a journalist ( Publisher) and business man, who publishes Daily Focus Newspaper. My father received them but they said my father was under arrest, he asked them for what offence and they said until he gets to Abuja.

They took him to Abuja by road and detained him at STS Abuja, the IGP Special Tactical Squad that specializes in catching kidnappers, armed rubbers, bandits from May 16th till 18th on the orders of DSP Hamza Galadima, who the police claimed as complainant, who had business deals with my father.

In fact, my father told me that DSP Hamza Galadima purchased 10 plots of land from his company Cowries Alliance but made a staggered payment of 8 plots beginning around October or November 2020 totaling 10 million Naira, but wants to take full possession of 10 plots instead of 8 plots he paid for.

It was at this juncture they had serious disagreement leading to DSP Hamza Galadima CSO to the IGP threatening and my father also petitioned the IGP to caution and investigate him which was published on his newspaper Daily Focus. This publication angered DSP who ordered his arrest and perpetual detention using the IGP STS division, Abuja. 

My father didn’t commit any crime to warrant his detention at STS former SARS police division. As am speaking to you, he has spent more than 34 days in the cell with suspected hardened criminals because he was arrested again by the same man who led the others on Saturday, May 29 in the night. Initially, they came like kidnappers and bandits without proper identity. They men beat up my father, my uncle, my mother and myself. I was  slapped more than twice, my mother pushed down on the floor, our doors shattered, properties destroyed, my uncle bundled into the car along side my father but they later released my uncle. 

This has brought shame to my family, because people in the estate and around the vicinity now see my father as a criminal. My  mother’s health has worsened. 

I want President Buhari and other well meaning Nigerians to come to my father’s rescue. Because DSP Hamza Galadima will never be the IGP’s CSO forever, and he is using his office to dehumanize and maltreat my father. He forgot that Allah owns him and placed him in that position. 

We have done everything humanly possible to secure his release but DSP Hamza Galadima refused, some of his colleagues have talked to him but he refused.

That was why I wrote to President Buhari in tears, using my Facebook page so that he will help me release my father and carry out investigation to know what really happened.

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Niger Delta Youth Council Facilitates with Nigerians on the Occasion of World Youth Day

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…reflects on the state of the nation

…calls for youth friendly policies

The Niger Delta Youth Council (NDYC), a pressure group devoted to youth empowerment and development in the Niger Delta has facilitated with the federal government and Nigerian youths as the world marks International Youth Day, a day set aside to celebrate youths all over the world and reflect on the challenges they face and ways to surmount them.

In a press release made available to journalists in Abuja by the National Coordinator, Engr. Jator Abido, the group expressed optimism that this year’s World Youth Day will avail Nigerian youths and government and avenue to brainstorm and find lasting solutions bedeviling the Nigerian youth especially in the area of unemployment and perennial insecurity that has hindered economic activities in many parts of the country.

“Today is an important date sets aside to celebrate International Youth Day. The importance of this annual celebration according to the United Nation (UN) is to among other things raise voices against any injustice or discrimination and deprivation around the globe against the youth. We as a pressure group want to use this opportunity to call attention to the alarming rate of unemployment which has risen to 35% in the third quarter of 2022 as well as insecurity which has brought to a halt economic activities in most parts of the country. It is our hope that government will act fast to end insecurity and reverse the ugly trend of unemployment in the country”, the statement noted.

The lingering strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), the group noted has far reaching implications on the future of Nigerian youths and if nothing is done about it, will endanger the mental and social capacity of youth, predisposing them to social crimes and agents of destabilization in the forth coming general elections

“The implication of this unwarranted strike is that for the past six months and counting, Nigerian youths have been idling away at home and the federal government has not considered the damage such failures portend. Not just that future leaders of Nigeria are idle but an idle mind is the devil’s workshop. Criminal elements within the ruling class will quickly recruit and turn them to agents of destruction and crime as the 2023 general elections draw near. This must not be allowed to happen. The federal government must act fast to reverse this ticking time bomb from exploding” the statement urged.

The CSO equally charged the federal government to come out with policies that will encourage the participation of Nigerian youths in the downstream oil sector especially by actively using local artisans in line with local content policy of the federal government insisting that Nigerian youths especially those in the Niger Delta region have what it takes to actively transform the oil sector and end the sad phenomenon of exporting crude and importing refined products which is almost crumbling the economy.

“We are once again calling on the federal government on this occasion of International Youth Day to as a matter of national importance formulate policies which will make the local content law a more practical reality. Our youths are well skilled in oil exploration and even refining. Granting licenses to local artisans and modifying their technology will end the uneconomical policy of importing refined petroleum products at exorbitant rates at the expense of the naira. Such steps will also put an end to youth restiveness in the country and stimulate economic growth”, the statement added.

On the need to inaugurate the Niger Delta Development Commission’s (NDDC) Board, the CSO noted, it is long overdue and the federal government must use this occasion of the International Youth Day to respond to the yearnings of youths in the Niger Delta who are the first beneficiaries and sufferers of both good and bad policy choices in the region, arguing that, NDDC can not continue to run without a substantive Board.

“Mr. President Sir, we are calling on you to use your good office and cause the inauguration of the NDDC Board which was duly constituted but has since not being inaugurated because of the activities of saboteurs. This is not only unconstitutional but a slap on the faces of law abiding Niger Deltans who are looking forward to development massive in the region. Without a Board, corruption is rife in the Commission and the people who are supposed to be served are suffering because of the greed of a few politicians. If nothing is done to bring an end to this impunity, we’ll have no choice but to take up arms and fight for our rights”, the statement concluded.

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