Scores of youths on Tuesday stormed the streets of Osogbo in Osun to protest arrest of some suspected internet fraudsters in the early hours of the day by officials of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
The youths, comprising sympathisers, families and friends of the suspects set bonfire at Lameco Area of Osogbo, before later taking their protest to the Mandela Freedom Park at New Garage.
They displayed placards with various inscriptions like: “End EFCC”, “EFCC free our brothers”, “We don’t scam, give us jobs”, and “EFCC stop the extortion and harassment”.
The youths also demanded immediate release of those arrested.
One of the protesters who spoke anonymously with newsmen alleged the EFCC officials broke into the houses of the suspects around 2am, shooting and creating fear in the minds of residents (who thought they were being attacked by armed robbers).
He said the EFCC officers raided several houses in Omobolanle and Halleluyah Estates in Osogbo, arresting unspecified number of suspects and carting away their cars too.
He said based on the news of the raid, some youths, family and friends of those arrested stormed the streets since 3am trying to stop the EFCC officials from taking their people away.
Mr Yemi Lawal, Osun State Commissioner for Youth and Sports, who came to address the protesters assured them that government would work towards securing the release of those arrested.
Lawal, however, asked the protesters not to fight or cause inconveniences for anybody, promising to go EFCC office in Ibadan to secure the release of those arrested.
When contacted, the Police Spokesperson in Osun, SP Yemisi Opalola said the police was aware of the development and were monitoring it to prevent escalation .
Opalola, however, condemned the protest saying the EFCC officials that effected the arrest were from Ibadan and the protesters should have taken their protest to Ibadan instead of creating unnecessary tension in the state.
Russia Expelled From Council Of Europe Amid War With Ukraine
The Council of Europe says it has expelled Russia with immediate effect after 26 years of membership because of the Ukraine war.
The Committee of Ministers took the decision in a special session, the rights body announced in the French city of Strasbourg on Wednesday.
Earlier, Russia had already declared its withdrawal from the Council of Europe after it had taken steps to exclude it.
On Tuesday evening, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe voted unanimously in favour of Russia’s exclusion.
Russia joined the Council of Europe on Feb. 28, 1996.
Together with the formal notification of the withdrawal, the Secretary-General of the Council of Europe also received information from the Russian Federation on Tuesday about its intention to denounce the European Convention on Human Rights.
In a statement on Tuesday evening, the leaders of the Council of Europe once again condemned the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
They expressed their solidarity with the Russian people, who continue to belong to the European family and share its values.
The body said it would continue to stand by Ukraine in the fight against the aggressor.
The Council of Europe monitors the observance of human rights in its 46 member states and is not part of the European Union.
The body reacted to the Russian invasion of Ukraine two weeks ago by suspending Russia’s membership, this decision was considered historic.
National Grid Collapse: Pastor Tunde Bakare, Wike, Obaseki Under ‘Attack’
Deji Adeyanju, an Abuja-based rights activist, on Tuesday, criticized Pastor Tunde Bakare, Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State and Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State over the collapse of the national grid.
Adeyanju said Bakare, Wike, and Obaseki should be calling out the President Muhammdu Buhari-led Federal Government over the collapse of the national grid and not be silent or fighting themselves.
He lamented that Buhari and his wife Aisha are out of the country while everything in the country is collapsing.
In a chat with DAILY POST, Adeyanju lamented that Nigeria is currently battling with fuel scarcity, electricity, lack of diesel, while the president and his wife are both out of the country.
According to Adeyanju: “National grid has collapsed. All 19 power plants built by corrupt PDP are now generating zero power.
“Fuel & diesel have become gold. The CHANGE Govt 7yrs later has nothing to offer except more corruption and failure. Everything has collapsed including the economy and governance.
“Just imagine despite all that Nigerians are currently going through -no fuel, diesel, no light, insecurity everywhere; that GEJ is in a London hospital chilling and Dame is in Dubai like Aisha Buhari living her best life.
“By now, Pastor Tunde Bakare & the then opposition would have shutdown Nigeria but useless PDP is sleeping. Wike and Obaseki are only interested in fighting.”
NYSC Trust Fund To Lift Nigerians Out Of Poverty – DG
The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), says the proposed trust fund would help actualise President Muhammadu Buhari administration’s vision to lift millions of Nigerians out of poverty.
NYSC’s Director-General, Maj.-Gen. Shuaibu Ibrahim, stated this at the closing ceremony of the 2022 Batch “A” Stream 1 Orientation Course, on Tuesday in Ganjuwa Local Government Area of Bauchi State.
Ibrahim, represented by Alhaji Namadi Abubakar, NYSC Coordinator in the state, said this would be made possible as soon as the trust fund become operational.
The NYSC boss added that as soon as the Trust Fund became operational, the quality of the scheme’s Skills Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development (SAED) programme would further be enhanced.
This, he said, would be achieved through the provision of adequate training materials and engagement of more specialist trainers.
“It may interest you to know that the desire to make the SAED programme more impactful, partly informed our advocacy for the establishment of the National Youth Service Corps Trust Fund.
“All trainees with bankable business proposals will be supported with start-up grants.
“You will in turn, be expected to step down vocational training or employ a good number of youths of your host community.
“That way, we will be pulling millions of Nigerians out of poverty, thereby stemming the tide of youth restiveness and tendency for criminality,” he said.
Ibrahim lauded the National Assembly for the progress made on the legislative processes on the bill for the establishment of the trust fund.
“I wish to passionately appeal to the appropriate authorities to facilitate the success of the remaining processes that will bring the trust fund to fruition.”
The NYSC boss urged the corps members to integrate into their host communities, through learning of their languages and cultures.
He also advised them to devote time to identify the needs of their host communities as well as initiate personal and group community development projects that would uplift their standard of living.
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