NUJ condemns abuse of kids in Niger
By Mohammed Usman, Minna
The Niger State Council of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) has raised the alarm over the rising number of kids being recruited as scavengers, cult members and spies in the state.
It stated that the kid scavengers, aged mostly between five and 13 with marks or incisions on their arms, were being sent to garbage heaps by their masters (mallams) to scavenge for items which they sale and to bring returns at the end of the day, stressing that a good number of them serve as spies and steal from compounds for their masters.
The NUJ congress, which met at the IBB Pen House, Minna, also appealed to security agencies to urgently find solution for
the rising abuse of minors roaming streets in the name of sourcing for scraps but with underground ploys to burgling people’s houses.
In a communique jointly signed by Aisha Wakaso, Mathew Jwantu and Onifade Abayomi, the Communique drafting Committee and, Usman Muhammad Chiji, the NUJ lamented: “This army of kids and their initiation into cult by invisible paymasters is another kind of crime and a challenge that needs urgent attention of security agencies”.
The NUJ also advised the state government to create security situation room for the prompt tracking and tackling of prevalent security situation and for the rescue of all abductees.
Besides, it expressed sympathy for the increasing number of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Niger State and appealed to humanitarian agencies/ wealthy Nigerians and foreign donors to assist them.
Recall that armed bandits have taken over eight out of 25 local government areas of Niger State.