Nigeria: Youth in FESTAC vent their anger on crime wave

By Correspondent Chinyere Ogbonna – Youths in FESTAC town in Amuwo-Odofi Local Government Area of Lagos, south-west Nigeria have decried the increasing wave of crime in the area.

Youth Leader, Akinbinu, DPO FESTAC, Mu'azu Mohd at the news briefing

Youth Leader, Akinbinu, DPO FESTAC, Mu’azu Mohd at the news briefing

They made their feelings known at a news conference in FESTAC town. One of the Leaders of youth groups in the area and conveners of news briefing solution, Mr. Gbenga Akinbinu expressed concern over negative reports in the social media on FESTAC describing it as a misrepresentation of the good people of the area.

Mr. Akinbinu said the briefing became necessary to redeem image of the good people of FESTAC town.

He revealed that youths in the area are working in collaboration with the Nigerian police in the council to fish out the bad eggs among them giving FESTAC residents the bad name.

The youth leader enjoined youths in the area to come up with useful information that would help Police in the neighbourhood rid the area of criminally minded youths.

Mr. Akinbinu noted that the youth groups are organizing skills acquisition programme for youths in the area to enable them to be gainfully employed.

Contributing, another resident, a legal practitioner, Barrister Chidozie Okoro called for adequate provision of modern equipment for the police to enhance their efficiency.

He argued that provision of sophisticated gadgets would help the police track criminals irrespective of where they are located.

Barrister Okoro commended police for a job well done in tracking the killers of Cynthia Osokogu murdered some young men recently in a hotel around FESTAC.

Also addressing the conference, the Divisional Police Officer in-charge of the FESTAC town Police Division, Mr. Muazu Mohd warned criminals in the neighbourhood that it is no longer business as usual as there will not be any hiding place for them in the area anymore.

The briefing followed recent ritual killings at a residential building in first avenue FESTAC town by two brothers who killed their own biological brother and subsequent killing of a young lady Cynthia Osokogu, the daughter of a retired Nigerian Army General.