Founder, Citizen United for Peace and Stability (CUPS) and Convener of National Assembly Protest, Idris Ahmed popularly known as “Idi Burgu” is currently embroiled with accusations of collecting kickbacks from politicians to do their bidding.
Ahmad is alleged to have opened a bank account in his name dedicated to receiving funds from unsuspecting Nigerians at home and abroad with the claim of using such funds to fight injustice and correct other anomalies within the society.
However, research has shown that Mr. Ahmed, who was reported to have collected over 10Million Naira personally into his account at a New Generation Bank in Nigeria from a North West Governor, cannot even come to Nigeria due to pending charges against him by Economic Financial Crime Commission (EFCC).
In the report, Ahmed, a staff of the Federal Capital Development Authority, had between 2003 and 2007 illegally registered an independent land office which he used to syphon funds from unsuspecting members of the public by issuing fake certificate of occupancy to the tune of millions of Naira.
Similarly, Early this month, Ahmed, who claims to be spearheading a protest tagged the mother of all protests against National Assembly, has been soliciting funds from unsuspecting Nigerians to justify his appetite to swindle members of the public for their personal funds.
Out of desperation, CUPS has gone to the extent of claiming to be in partnership with reputable organisations to give its fraudulent rally a degree of credibility. BudgIT, a noteable Civil Society Organization in Nigeria, which has been credited with developing easily digestable infographics on developments all over Nigeria, was quoted to have dissociated itself from the organization after it claimed BudgIT was one of its partners for fundraising purposes.
Additionally, members of the public have been cautioned by the Department of State Services (DSS) and the Nigerian Police Force (NPF), to be careful when sending funds to individuals and groups soliciting for money, as this has been a primary mechanism for fraudsters to extort unsuspecting Nigerians.
With the multiple crisis situations and in the country, other groups have also began to call for protests against the fuel scarcity that has lasted more than six months, the killings by Fulani herdsmen, and the power distribution crisis in the country that has millions of homes receiving between 3 to 5 hours of light daily.