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Unlawful Take Over Land: Gbagyi Indigenes Barricades FCT minister office




Unlawful Take Over Land: Gbagyi Indigenes Barricades FCT minister office

….Demands justice

Joel Ajayi

Office of the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory FCT Mallam Bello Mohammed on Monday was barricaded by the Coalition of FCT Indigenous Groups with a peaceful protest against the alleged forceful takeover of their land and killing of one them by the Nigerian Army last week.

The group staged protest at the gate office of the Minister accused the Military of taking their land in Giri, Kpakuru, Zuba, Ido Sariki and Tunga-Maje of the FCT in Abuja.

The protesters condemned the killing of one Hamza Haruna allegedly by security operatives in the capital city while 6 of the people shot by Army were still in the hospital for treatment.

Speaking to Aljazirah Nigeria, the leader of the group the chairman of FCT Koro youth Association Alhaji Adamu Ishaiku, lashed at minister over his failure to come to the help of the indigenes.

He said: “There has been a challenge for long between an original inhabitant of Abuja and the Nigerian Army who are forcefully trying to acquire our land by force without consultation or discussion.

“We have reacted by written to so many segments of the government over our land, the land cover from Airport to Giri Junction to Tungan Maje down to Zuba and Airport so many communities are there.

“Today, Nigerian Army said we should vacate the land, that, the land belongs to them, and even serving some communities with quit notice and we don’t know the reason. Because we know that there is land act even if it the federal government that need land he has to follow due process.

“They came by force and said we should quit, presently we have no right, we are the customary right owner of our land, this is our ancestral land and today Nigerian Army is saying we should quit.

“We don’t have right to go and even cutting firewood from our land, they have brought bulldozer to destroy our crop.

“As a result of bulldozing we reacted by blocked Gwagwalada-Tunga-Maje express road on that process we are not holding sticks, no stone it was a peaceful protest, Nigerian army just came up without asking, they started shooting they ended killing one of us while 6 people are in hospital.”

Alhaji Isiaku added: “And the following day the director of security came from FCTA and pleaded with us that we should suspend the protest that they will arrange the dialogue between Nigerian army, FCDA, Angora of Zuba and some youths who are part of affected areas, they said the meeting will take place on Thursday we waited till evening nobody they later call that the meeting has been suspended till the next day, and we waited they did not come.

“Does it mean that the Minister is too big to come and attend to our problem? What we want from Minister to address us and tell the Nigerian Army to leave our land for us, they should pack all their belonging.

“The presidential committee set-up four years ago is not doing anything about it, are we going to fold our hands and watch our people been killed? He asked.

However, the commissioner of Police FCT CP Bala Ciroma, who came to the scene, appealed to the protesters to allow peace to reign.

According to him, blocking of the rock has brought a lot of hardship to other Nigerian this is against the law of the land.

“We know your pain, but the matter is the government matter and I believed the government is not working hard to solve it.”

As at the time of filing the report, Aljazirah gathered that minister is attending the serious meeting and may not be available to address the aggrieved crowd.


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Group Commences Nationwide Campaign Against Organ Harvesting, Drug Abuse



The Scout Association of Nigeria has revealed plan to embark on a nationwide campaign to educate the youth about the dangers of organ harvesting, drugs abuse and their negative effects.

The Chief Scout Commissioner of Nigeria and Chief Executive Officer of the association, Mr Dave Padopads-Awunah, made the disclosure at a news conference on the forthcoming Nigeria Scout Parade and Presidential Award, on Thursday in Abuja.

Padopads-Awunah noted that with about 70 per cent of Nigerian population, the youth has enormous roles to play in contributing to the nation’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) on a sustainable basis.

“The Scout Association of Nigeria will take campaign to the nook and crannies of the country, recruiting the youngsters and grooming them to learn about the dangers of drug abuse and its negative effects on human capital development.

“We will also educate them on negative effects of drug abuse on the health of the nation at large as well as train them as peer influencers against drug abuse.

“Other areas on our strategic plan to the youths of Nigeria include campaign against human organ harvesting, trafficking, prostitution and child abuse, terrorism, fraud and criminality,”

He stressed the need for the Federal Government to make a policy for compulsory participation in scout activities in all public primary schools in the country.

The Scout Commissioner also urged the government to reinstate the policy of monthly subvention and grants to the 36 states Scout Councils and National Scout Organisation which was stopped almost three decades ago.

He lamented that scouting has over the years diminished to the disadvantage of young people and the nation.

According to him, the clear absence of the role of scouting in tailoring the minds of young people is clearly shown in the inexplicable crisis of youth mismanagement.

“Vices like secret cultism, terrorism, fraud, trafficking of vital human organs, drug abuse, trafficking of persons and prostitution have reduced Nigeria to a land of the unknown.”

On the forthcoming scout parade and presidential award, Padopads-Awunah explained that the event was the brainchild of the present scout administration to enhance cohesion among members.

According to him, the event will give the youth a window towards peace and capacity building, networking and synergy for the growth and overall development of the country.

“At the same occasion, we shall be launching two important projects of our administration.

“The Kit a Scout programme designed to attract our leaders in all areas of endeavor to provide uniforms for less privileged scouts in their respective communities.

“The Kit Scout programme is also designed create three million new young scouts across the length and breadth of Nigeria by 2025.

“Secondly, is the Nigeria Scout Smart City Abuja with a design to seat on 1,000 hectares of land along Abuja Airport-Kaduna road?”

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