Adamawa Government Urges Parental Involvement to Address Youth Insecurity

Adamawa State calls on parents to help tackle rise of armed youth gangs 'Shila boys', urging collaborative efforts to address security challenges and steer youths away from crime.

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Nasiru Eneji Abdulrasheed
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Adamawa Government Urges Parental Involvement to Address Youth Insecurity

Governor Ahmadu Fintiri.

The Adamawa State Government has called upon parents and guardians to support Governor Ahmadu Fintiri's administration in tackling the rise of armed youth gangs known as 'Shila boys' in the state. Deputy Governor Prof. Kaletapwa Farauta George said the government is working to address the security issues stemming from the criminal activities of these youths, who use dangerous weapons to rob residents of their valuables.

Recently, the police apprehended 19-year-old Usman Mohammed, believed to be responsible for many of the robbery attacks carried out by the Shila boys gang. Governor Fintiri has urged the youths to channel their energy into productive and positive pursuits, while appealing to parents to provide guidance and ensure their children are not engaging in unlawful activities. The government believes parental intervention is vital in addressing this security challenge and steering the youths away from crime.

Why this matters: The rise of armed youth gangs poses a significant threat to the safety and security of Adamawa State residents. Addressing this issue requires a collaborative effort between the government, law enforcement, and the community, particularly parents and guardians who can play a vital role in guiding and monitoring their children's activities.

The Human and Environmental Development Agenda (HEDA Resource Centre), a leading anti-corruption civil society organization, has urged the government to involve parents in addressing youth insecurity. Additionally, the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has called on the President to prioritize the safety and security of citizens.

The Adamawa State Government has initiated efforts to enforce laws and implement anti-crime measures to tackle the problem of youth insecurity. Deputy Governor George emphasized the administration's commitment to working with relevant parties, including parents and community leaders, to find lasting solutions to the security challenges posed by the Shila boys and other criminal elements in the state.

Key Takeaways

  • Adamawa govt calls on parents to help tackle 'Shila boys' youth gangs
  • Police apprehended 19-year-old Usman Mohammed, a suspected gang member
  • Govt urges youths to pursue positive activities, appeals to parents for guidance
  • HEDA, SERAP urge govt to involve parents in addressing youth insecurity
  • Adamawa govt committed to working with parents, community to find solutions