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Ibrahim Alhaji Kado Goni Bukar Akawu Babakaka Alli Mohammed Shuaibu Mallam Bukari Kaji Umar Mohammed Mustafa Adam Goni Bukari.

SPACES FOR CHANGE learnt some of the detained persons have died in detention. For instance, Abba Maidogo allegedly died in detention on grounds of ill-health, igniting deep concerns regarding the conditions inmates are kept in the various detentions facilities. Homes and communities where large numbers of youth reside are clear targets of arson and violence by JTF soldiers. Such houses are instantly burnt down and their occupants visited with dreadful violence as was the case in Budum where the house of the son of chief Imam of Borno was set ablaze by JTF on the suspicion that he haboured too many young persons suspected to be Boko Haram members. Likewise, young persons sighted at the scene of bomb blasts or gun duels between the sect and military forces are at grave risk of losing their lives. On Sunday June 2, 2012, eight youths found at the scene of a major bomb blast that shattered the Living Faith Church and Harvest Field Church to smithereens were brutally murdered by soldiers. In a statement released by the Bauchi State chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria, they accused soldiers of killing local youth who came to assist with rescue efforts. “Out of 20 people that were confirmed dead, 12 died as a result of the bomb blast while eight were shot dead by the military. Forty five persons have been confirmed wounded out of which 25 were injured by bomb blast, while 20 sustained various degrees of injuries from the gun shots from the military. The security operatives had no moral and ethical justification to open fire on the women and youth, who came out to mourn their slain loved ones”, the statement concluded62 Businesses Owned or Dominated by Young People Outlawed, Destroyed In the same vein, businesses and trade dominated by young people continue to face severe restrictions, get burnt or are outlawed, stripping countless young persons of their sources of livelihood. Prior to the ban on okada (motorcycle) in Maiduguri metropolis, okada was the customary mode of transportation, and provided employment for the teeming youth population in the state. The state governor, Kashim Shettima ordered the ban in response to frequent attacks and bombings facilitated with the use of motorcycles. While it is true that the state governor procured and distributed tricycles as a substitute for the banned motorcycles, the proportion of young people who benefited from that scheme is quite unclear. In addition, the number of replacement tricycles procured is insignificant when paled against the job losses brought on by the okada ban. Constantly high unemployment and low literacy

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Press statement by CAN chairman, Bauchi, Reverend Lawi Pokti. Also reported in the PUNCH Newspapers: “Soldiers killed eight churchgoers after Bauchi bombing – CAN”, June 5, 2012 by Jude Owuamanam and Godwin Isenyo

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