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Names of some innocent youths murdered by SARS policemen in Nigeria

Just so you know why the youths are on the streets. This is part of it:

IFEOMA ABUGU, 20, a young lady who had just graduated and was in NYSC, was arrested in place of her fiancee at his residence in Lokogoma, Abuja. Ifeoma was sexually assaulted and later died in SARS custody a day after she was arrested. Justice has not prevailed.

GODGIFT FERGUSON EKERETE ,24 ,TONY ORUAMA ,21, HARRY ATARIA, 26, were arrested during a raid and then killed in detention that same day on 3 July 2008. They were falsely accused of being armed robbers and cultists. The police officers responsible are still freely roaming.

KOLADE JOHNSON, was killed on the 31st March 2019 by a SARS officer, for ‘looking like a fraudster’. He left his home to watch a Liverpool vs Tottenham Spurs match and never returned. The officer responsible still roams freely.

CHIBUIKE ANAMS, 23, had his life cut short on the 24th July 2009, when the Nigerian Police raided a guest house in Rivers State . After several searches at police station, his family later found out about his death. The police has refused to comment on his death and no investigation was ever made into it.

TINA EZEKWE, 16, on 26th May 2020, was hit by a bullet when a drunk police officer opened fire to disperse a crowd that had gathered after he shot a bus driver who refused to give him bribe. She was rushed to the hospital and died two days after. Justice has not been served even though it is one of the most popular police killings of recent times.

CHRISTIAN ONUIGBO, 28, A father of one was shot on the 19th March 2009 while parking his car in Jiwa, Abuja. He was then taken to the police station where he spent a night with his wounds before transferred to a hospital that could not treat him since he had no police report. He died on the 21st March.

AYOMIDE TAIWO, 20, On the 9th August 2020 was returning back home after the Eid-el-Kabir celebration in Osun state with his friend when their motorcycle was stopped by a drunk SARS .After paying the bribe they demanded, the police saw he had more money and then attacked him. He was in coma for six days before he lost his battle.

ANEKE OKORIE, 39, a father of four, was making an honest living for himself Okada riding. On 15th May 2009 he was stopped at a checkpoint in Emene, Enugu. Unable to pay the bribe, he was shot and later died on his way to the hospital. His murderer tried to frame him but was seen by a passerby, 2020 his case is still on “trial”.

TIYAMIU KAZEEM, 21, a footballer in Remo stars, on the 24th February 2020, was stopped by SARS officials and as they forcefully tried to take him into custody, fell out of the SARS vehicle and was ran over by a moving car. This sparked protests where 5 people were killed. Tiyamiu and the peaceful protesters have not gotten justice.

THOMAS MMABU NEElE, 20, in November 2011, was hit by a stray bullet while taking his bath at home. His family found his body at the mortuary which was apparently brought in by the police. Because of this, they were not allowed to retrieve his body and were unable to bury their child.

PETER CHIBUZOR OFURUM, was a UNIPORT student who was killed on the April 11, 2016 during a student protest organised to oppose the increase of school fees. His school denied him as a student even though he was the president of management science in the school at the time of his death. His killer is nowhere to be found.

DANIEL IKEAGUCHI, 20, and his friend were waiting outside a hotel for his taxi in Rivers State, when he saw SARS officers and ran away in fear of being arrested or extorted. The officers accused them of being thieves, they stopped running. As his friend was unpacking his bag for searching, the officers shot Daniel. They were then arrested and Daniel was given no medical attention, when his family finally heard, it was too late.

LINDA IGWETU, on July 4th 2018, had just finished her Youth Service in Abuja, barely a day before, when she was killed by a SARS officer, Benjamin Peters, while on her way home with friends. When rushed to the hospital, the doctor refused to treat her without a police report and she died.

CHUKWUEMEKA MATTHEW ONOVO, 22, left his father’s house on 4th July 2008. There was a shootout nearby and Chukwuemeka was hit by a stray bullet. When demanding to know where his son was, the police told his father he was an armed robber , which eyewitnesses refuted. The officer responsible was not brought to justice.

MUS’AB SAMMANI, a graduate of computer Science ,on December 4th 2019, was killed over a minor misunderstanding in Kano state. His killer is not brought to justice.

SO BEFORE YOU CALL NIGERIAN YOUTH LAZY, WEAK CRIMINALS. ASK YOURSELF WERE ANY OF THESE INNOCENT PEOPLE DESERVING OF THIS FATE?

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Intl Youth Day: The Way Forward for Nigerian Youths -Patrick Eholor

The world celebrated the 2020 edition of International Youth Day a few days ago, amidst the pandemic.

President of One Love Foundation, and civil rights defender, Comrade Patrick Eholor in this interview, enumerates ways through which Nigerian youths can positively move forward.

The International Youth Day (IYD) has been celebrated across the globe including Nigeria, what is the Day to you?

The day is a day of sober reflection. It’s a day the word ‘betrayed’ shows on my face, it’s a day that it dawned on me how much the so called political elites have robbed the youths so blindly.

What do you think is the missing link in youth development in Nigeria?

The missing link is that the politicians hasn’t shown any manner of patriotism to this our beloved country, so the youths now also believe in getting rich quick without showing any sense of patriotism to the country.

Nigerian youths over the years have been relegated to the back-bench in the scheme of things, and are only used and abandoned or dumped, what can One Love Foundation do to assist young people stop the trend?

One Love Foundation will help in the area of public awareness to reassure them that Nigeria belongs to us all, and they should stop making themselves available for election malpractices, and also reassure them that what isn’t worth living for isn’t worth dying for.

I have advised the youths to go out there and vote for a candidate that the believe in his agenda and manifestos and also discourage them not to take the part of violence and election rigging because this election war they didn’t start it and they won’t end it. If there’s any reason to cause any civil disturbance, the politicians’ children should be at the forefront because they are the beneficiaries.

What is your vision and aspiration for young people in Nigeria?

Young people in Nigeria are very smart and blessed. When they leave this country, they excel in all ramifications. We don’t suffer natural disasters like earthquake, but one thing is for sure we’ve always had leadership disaster.

What advice do you have for young people in Nigeria?

My advice is that a better Nigeria is possible. They should get involved in politics both the men and women, otherwise they will end up having these old brainless men and educated illiterates and thugs to govern them.

You have been in the vanguard to ensure Nigerians live a better life with the abundant resources God has blessed this country with, what is your message to parents, political and public office holders, traditional rulers, community leaders, religious leaders, academic leaders in giving a better future to young Nigerians?

My advise to them is to support my campaign for capital punishment, public execution for those who steal our common patrimony whether it’s the police, military or even civil servants so they can take a clue from the Chinese government whose exploiting the whole world today because if not for the capital punishment the Chinese government chose the whole world would have been in crisis.

Ohafia residents protest release of Church of Satan pastor in Abia

Some youths in Ohafia, Abia state have taken to the streets to protest the release of Ifegwu Udo aka Lucifer, founder and pastor of the Church of Satan, from prison.

According to reports, Udo was granted bail in the sum of N1 million each with two sureties in like sum. He was, however, released after meeting the bail conditions.

Speaking to reporters on the protest and banishment of the evil master, the president of Ohafia youths, Obasa Ohafia, described Udo as a persona non grata to the community.

His words, “After the incident in Ohafia in which the police station, high and magistrate courts were burnt, we discovered after investigation that the policeman who killed the trader apprentice that triggered the protest came out from Lucifer’s brothel where he got himself drunk before he shot dead the young man.

“Since he was arrested, calm returned to Ohafia, but on Monday we heard he (Lucifer) was released, the same day, an okada rider in Ohafia was killed and his motorcycle made away with. The youths then said if Lucifer could be released and the same day somebody was killed, it then means there will not be peace in Ohafia if he
returns”.

Obasi said since creation, nobody in Ohafia has been known by the name Lucifer, adding that since the name was strange to Ohafia, it means the person bearing it is a stranger and “this is why the youths are saying no to Lucifer, we don’t want him again”.

Obasi said Ndi Eze Ogo (ruling chiefs) in Ohafia were in support of the protests and have authorized them to deal decisively with Lucifer wherever he is seen in Ohafia.

“The Eze Ogos are in total support of our action, we embarked on the peaceful protest to tell Lucifer he has been banished from Ohafia. We are saying no to Lucifer, he is a bad influence to youths in Ohafia.

The youth leader foreclosed any brokering of peace between Ohafia youths and Lucifer, insisting that if the founder of the Church of Satan could be pardoned and allowed to return to Ohafia, it will be after 10 years according to the custom of the people.

“Ever since he was taken away, our people have been sleeping with their two eyes closed, so, there is no point wanting him back”, Obasi said.