Badoo: Ikorodu MSSN training camp cancelled

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The order for the cancellation reportedly came after officials from its eight area councils in Ikorodu expressed fear over the ‘volatile’ security situation in the area.

The Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria, Lagos State Area Unit has reportedly cancelled the planned Holiday Training Course Camp for its branches in Ikorodu, Lagos state.

The HTC camp, themed, ‘The inheritors’, which was scheduled to hold between July 14 and 18 across the 44 Area Councils in Lagos State, was to train students on different skills.

Dr Saheed Ashafa, the Amir of MSSN in Lagos State, reportedly gave the order during the organisation’s Executive Council meeting at Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education, Ijaniki.

The order reportedly came after officials from its eight area councils in Ikorodu expressed fear over the ‘volatile’ security situation in the area.

The officials revealed that the residents of Ikorodu currently live in panic and can hardly afford to assemble together in large numbers as the training would require.

Although they also revealed that efforts to fight activities of the ‘badoo' cult group terrorising the area are a major priority, the officials explained that some residents are afraid that the group may launch reprisal attacks over the killings of some of their members.

Ashafa said, “We are so much concerned about the security situation in the area. We cannot afford to risk the lives of our members despite the importance of the training. The security report from our officials in the area is scary and not encouraging.

“The police and other security officials need to step up their intelligence and mobilise more officers to the area. It is worrisome that students who are the future and hope of the country are also suffering from condemnable acts and security lapses in the state.

"Lagos State deserves advanced intelligence, pre-emptive and sufficient policing to really combat criminal tendencies unfolding lately."

He also condemned the wave of criminality bedevilling the peace of the state in recent times, saying, "Although it could be understandable that some bad elements have been frustrating the efforts of government in recent time, we appeal the state government not to relent in its effort to maintain a crime-free Lagos.”

Ashafa went on to explain that the theme of the training camp, ‘The inheritors’, was chosen to challenge youths to be lucrative in a bid to avoid the mistakes of past leaders.

He also noted that Nigeria needed God-fearing youths to take over from the current leaders.



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