Over five thousand aggrieved youths dressed in black military uniforms under the aegis of Civil Liberties Organisation, CLO, and Paths of Peace Initiative yesterday protested to the National Assembly over the abandonment of over 51,000 Nigerians who were recruited from the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory by the immediate past administration of Dr. Goodluck Jonathan.
In a joint address, the group alleged violation of rights of the affected Nigerians by virtue of the fact that having been engaged by the presidency and were trained as paramilitary as Federal Task Force under the Sure-P and FERMA scheme, they had been abandoned without being paid their entitlement for the last three years.
“We are protesting violation and abuse of fundamental human rights of 51,000 Nigerians who were recruited from the 36 states of the federation, including Abuja,” the group said.
It lamented that top echelon in the Jonathan administration extorted the sum ofN4.29billion as logistics from unsuspecting applicants only to discover it was a scam three years after.
“These innocent Nigerians were tricked into this job without any feeling that it could be an organised fraud considering the high calibre of the people involved in the scam, they maintained, adding that “their names and positions have been uncovered and forwarded to the appropriate authorities, because these officials extorted the sum of N4,029,000,000 that was said to have been for employment form I. D. card, medical test and training kits.”
The commandant of the “task force,” Moss Garba appealed to the National Assembly to intervene by making sure that they were paid their entitlements and reinstated, having been trained as paramilitary officers.
“We were trained as task force officers with mandate to enforce and recover federal government properties, right of way, setbacks eradication traffic control, monitoring and evaluation; so we want Senate’s intervention for our payment and reinstatement,” he said.
Meanwhile, a security operative attached to the National Assembly who pleaded not to be mentioned was seen attending to the protesters, assuring them of the Senate president’s concern for their plight.

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