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  •  UN humanitarian staff issued an alert on Tuesday about the deteriorating situation for millions of people mainly women and children in northeast Nigeria who continue to be affected by protracted armed conflict just as the country enters the hunting season shortage Well over eight million people are in need of assistance in Borno Adamawa and hellip
    Nigeria: crisis in northeast will worsen without urgent help, says OCHA
     UN humanitarian staff issued an alert on Tuesday about the deteriorating situation for millions of people mainly women and children in northeast Nigeria who continue to be affected by protracted armed conflict just as the country enters the hunting season shortage Well over eight million people are in need of assistance in Borno Adamawa and hellip
    Nigeria: crisis in northeast will worsen without urgent help, says OCHA
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    Nigeria: crisis in northeast will worsen without urgent help, says OCHA

    UN humanitarian staff issued an alert on Tuesday about the deteriorating situation for millions of people, mainly women and children, in northeast Nigeria who continue to be affected by protracted armed conflict, just as the country enters the hunting season. shortage.

    Well over eight million people are in need of assistance in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe (BAY) states, with an estimated 600,000 facing emergency levels of food insecurity due to extremist violence centered in the Lake Chad region, which is now meeting 12 years.

    Boko Haram remains a threat

    Although the once-dominant Boko Haram militia has been significantly weakened since the group's leader was killed more than a year ago, it continues to carry out indiscriminate attacks, said Matthias Schmale, the UN's top relief officialOpens in new window in Nigeria. Another extremist offshoot, ISWAP, is also dangerous, though it too has suffered setbacks, he noted.

    As in previous years, the staggering one million people are also beyond the reach of international aid teams, said Mr. Schmale, who is the acting UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Nigeria.

    More than 80 percent of those in need are women and children, who also face "kidnapping, rape and abuse", while indiscriminate attacks in Borno state make it the "most unstable place to be", it added.

    He told reporters in Geneva that the UN was aiming to support at least 5.5 million, out of the 8.4 million in need overall. “The conflict has currently left 2.2 million people displaced… We have just entered what is called the lean season which normally lasts until September; last year it lasted until November, so we are also seeing the impact of climate change.”

    No oil dividend

    Mr. Schmale pointed out that although Nigeria is a major oil producer, it lacks refineries, meaning it has not benefited from the global rise in energy prices linked to the war in Ukraine.

    “It is still early days in terms of understanding the full impact, as you may know, in Nigeria from the beginning there was speculation about whether Nigeria would benefit as an oil producing country.

    In fact, we're not seeing that at all, because Nigeria, as counterintuitive as it sounds, relies heavily on imports of refined oil, so the price increases that we've seen are not benefiting Nigeria, that's a concern." .

    Over time, the huge country could feed itself and avoid increasingly expensive food imports, the UN official insisted, though for the moment it lacks the infrastructure and agricultural investment needed to be globally competitive.

    acute malnutrition

    Of particular concern are the 1.74 million children under the age of five who are expected to become acutely malnourished in the Northeast in the coming months.

    "A key message is sounding the alarm," Schmale said. "If we don't get immediate funding soon for an initial $350 million multi-sector response plan, we will have a crisis that will be much worse in a couple of months."

    He added: “We hope that the international community realizes that it ignores a situation like the one in northeast Nigeria at its peril; It could have far-reaching consequences beyond Nigeria's borders if we are not able to keep it stable."

  •  Vice President Yemi Osinbajo says there is need for concerted efforts to effectively tackle the spread of terrorism especially in the Sahel region Osinbajo s spokesman Laolu Akande stated in Abuja on Friday that the vice president made the assertion when he received the visiting Under Secretary for Political Affairs U S State Department Victoria Nuland and a U S hellip
    Osinbajo seeks more Nigeria, U.S. collaboration to tackle terrorism
     Vice President Yemi Osinbajo says there is need for concerted efforts to effectively tackle the spread of terrorism especially in the Sahel region Osinbajo s spokesman Laolu Akande stated in Abuja on Friday that the vice president made the assertion when he received the visiting Under Secretary for Political Affairs U S State Department Victoria Nuland and a U S hellip
    Osinbajo seeks more Nigeria, U.S. collaboration to tackle terrorism
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    Osinbajo seeks more Nigeria, U.S. collaboration to tackle terrorism

    Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo says there is need for concerted efforts to effectively tackle the spread of terrorism, especially in the Sahel region.

    Osinbajo’s spokesman, Laolu Akande, stated in Abuja on Friday that the vice-president made the assertion when he received the visiting Under Secretary for Political Affairs, U.S. State Department, Victoria Nuland and a U.S. delegation.

    The vice-president stressed the need for more collaboration between Nigeria and the U.S.A in combating terrorism generally.

    He noted that the spread of terrorist organisations such as ISWAP, and Boko Haram should be tackled firmly and permanently.

    Osinbajo said that Federal Government was committed to tackling the country’s security challenges and ensuring free, fair and peaceful elections.

    He commended the U.S. government for providing support to Nigeria in its fight against Boko Haram and terrorism with the delivery of the first batch of Super Tucano jets.

    He said the proposed purchase of 12 AH-1Z Cobra attack helicopters by Nigeria was also worthy of note.

    “The cooperation between the two countries has been extremely fruitful and rewarding, especially for us.

    “So far, we have seen peaceful elections at the primaries… and as we go along, we will get a firmer grip of the security issues; we must thank you for the cooperation of the American government, that we see so far,’’ he said.

    The vice president restated the need to designate gas as a transition fuel in the global net-zero emissions target by 2060.

    Osinbajo emphasised the importance of climate financing in helping African countries to tackle the effects of climate change and poverty.

    “We cannot afford at this point, to defund gas projects in developing countries, especially countries such as ours where we have huge hydrocarbon and gas deposits and made a way for us to transit, and at the same time address poverty and other challenges.

    “This is an area I think we can also work jointly and collaboratively in seeking solutions,’’ Osinbajo said.

    In her remarks earlier, Nuland acknowledged Nigeria’s advocacy for the use of gas as a transition fuel.

    “You are absolutely right about gas.

    “I have worked a lot on the response to Russia’s war in Ukraine and the Europeans now understand, as they try to cut their dependence on Moscow that they need alternative democratic sources of gas.

    “They are waking up to the fact that Nigeria and other countries can fill that gap needed,’’ she said.

    Nuland also commended the vice-president for his role in the country’s economic development and the green transition.

    She underscored the important bilateral relations between the U.S. and Nigeria, and said that it was crucial that Nigeria’s democracy continues to prosper and grow.

    “I also want to underscore your role in the economic development of the country and the green transition.

    “I hope you will give us a sense of the work that you are undertaking now as you strengthen Nigeria’s future obviously through a gas transition to solar and other green superpowers on this continent and beyond.

    “We have been talking a lot about the upcoming elections and President Muhammadu Buhari’s very important and courageous decision to facilitate a peaceful transfer of power.

    “We have to commend the fact that the government and the president have been sending the message that this needs to be a free and fair election; one that heals and binds the country and one that is safe and secure,” she said.

    Nuland added that the U.S. was also very proud of its work with Nigeria in tackling the COVID-19 pandemic.

    The U.S. delegation included its Ambassador to Nigeria, Mary Leonard, and the Deputy Assistant Secretary for West African Affairs, Mike Gonzales and Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defence, Archie Barrett.

    Issues discussed during the visit included the significance of free, fair and peaceful elections; improvement on security in the Sahel region, and the adoption of gas as transition fuel in developing countries.

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  •  The Federal Executive Council has approved N964 million for the provision of a satellite based education system equipment in three primary schools in each of the 36 States of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory Abuja Information and Culture Minister Alhaji Lai Mohammed revealed this at the end of the Council s meeting chaired by President hellip
    FG approves 109 e-Learning Centres for Primary education in Nigeria
     The Federal Executive Council has approved N964 million for the provision of a satellite based education system equipment in three primary schools in each of the 36 States of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory Abuja Information and Culture Minister Alhaji Lai Mohammed revealed this at the end of the Council s meeting chaired by President hellip
    FG approves 109 e-Learning Centres for Primary education in Nigeria
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    FG approves 109 e-Learning Centres for Primary education in Nigeria

    The Federal Executive Council has approved N964 million for the provision of a satellite-based education system equipment in three primary schools in each of the 36 States of the Federation, and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

    Information and Culture Minister, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, revealed this at the end of the Council’s meeting, chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari, on Wednesday in Abuja.

    He said: “The Minister of Education obtained council’s approval for the award of contract for the provision of a satellite-based education system for 109 e-Learning centres across the 36 States of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory.

    “The contract is for the sum of N964 million. The purpose of the memo is to provide each senatorial district in the country with e-Learning provision. Each State has three senatorial districts and the FCT has one, making it 109.”

    According to the minister, the scope of the project is the provision of a satellite-based education system for 4,360 users in the senatorial districts, including installation of 109 receiver satellite unit modems, servers and antenna in three schools in each State.

    He also said 4,360 android tablets and 109 solar units would be deployed to the benefitting schools.

    While commenting on the ongoing strike by university lecturers, the minister noted that contrary to insinuations in some quarters, “the Federal Government is taking the necessary steps to ensure that the lecturers call off the strike, to enable students return to their classes’’.

    On the comment by some Governors that the Islamic State West-African Province, ISWAP, was hurriedly linked to the terrorists attack on a church in Owo, Mohammed said ISWAP was fingered based on intelligence report at government’s disposal.

    He said: “Whether it’s ISWAP or not, I don’t think that is the issue really. The issue is that it ought not to have happened and the security is doing its best to ensure there is no repeat.

    “The Nigerian government has access to a lot of information and intelligence reports and I want to say that saying it was ISWAP must have been based on their intelligence report and the government will ensure that the perpetrators are caught and prosecuted, accordingly.’’ (

    Source: NAN

  •  The Nigerian Army said it rescued one Mrs Mary Ngoshe who is believed to be one of the abducted girls from Government Girls Secondary School Chibok in Borno The military disclosed o this on Wednesday through the verified twitter handle of the Nigerian army HQNigerianArmy on Wednesday It said that the troops of 26 Task hellip
    Army rescues abducted Chibok girl, son, in Borno
     The Nigerian Army said it rescued one Mrs Mary Ngoshe who is believed to be one of the abducted girls from Government Girls Secondary School Chibok in Borno The military disclosed o this on Wednesday through the verified twitter handle of the Nigerian army HQNigerianArmy on Wednesday It said that the troops of 26 Task hellip
    Army rescues abducted Chibok girl, son, in Borno
    Defence/Security3 weeks ago

    Army rescues abducted Chibok girl, son, in Borno

    The Nigerian Army said it rescued one Mrs Mary Ngoshe, who is believed to be one of the abducted girls from Government Girls Secondary School Chibok, in Borno.

    The military disclosed o this on Wednesday through the verified twitter handle of the Nigerian army, ‘@HQNigerianArmy,’ on Wednesday.

    It said that the troops of 26 Task Force Brigade on patrol, around Ngoshe, in Borno  on Tuesday, intercepted one Mrs Mary Ngoshe and her son.

    “She is believed to be one of the abducted girls from GGSS Chibok, in 2014. Further exploitation is ongoing,” the tweet read.

    The Armay added: “The ongoing offensive by troops of Operation Desert Sanity, in conjunction with CJTF, recorded another feat on Tuesday.

    ”This was as ISWAP terrorists were neutralised around Gurzum, in Borno.

    “Terrorists’ market and camps were destroyed. Weapons, among others, were recovered,” the tweet said.

    Source: NAN

  •  The Federal Government says the imprint of the Islamic State of West African Province ISWAP has been found at the scene of the Sunday s attack on St Francis Catholic Church Owo Ondo State Minister of Interior Rauf Aregbesola disclosed this when he briefed State House correspondents at the end of Thursday s National Security Council meeting hellip
    ISWAP linked to Sunday’s Owo terrorist attack – FG
     The Federal Government says the imprint of the Islamic State of West African Province ISWAP has been found at the scene of the Sunday s attack on St Francis Catholic Church Owo Ondo State Minister of Interior Rauf Aregbesola disclosed this when he briefed State House correspondents at the end of Thursday s National Security Council meeting hellip
    ISWAP linked to Sunday’s Owo terrorist attack – FG
    Defence/Security3 weeks ago

    ISWAP linked to Sunday’s Owo terrorist attack – FG

    The Federal Government says the imprint of the Islamic State of West African Province (ISWAP) has been found at the scene of the Sunday’s attack on St. Francis Catholic Church, Owo, Ondo State.

    Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola disclosed this when he briefed State House correspondents at the end of Thursday’s National Security Council meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari, in Abuja on Thursday.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that about 40 worshippers were confirmed dead, while 127 injured when terrorists believed to be members of ISWAP attacked the Church.

    The Catholic Bishop of Ondo Diocese, Jude Arogundade, had earlier said the church recorded 38 deaths.

    The minister, who briefed newsmen alongside Inspector-General of Police, Usman Alkali; said the Police had been ordered to go after the perpetrators of the act and bring them to justice.

    According to him, the imprint of ISWAP has been found on the scene of the attack, vowing that they will be brought to Justice.

    Aregbesola said that ISWAP’s brutal attack on innocent worshippers was meant to cause social discontent and ethno-religious conflict among Nigerians.

    “The Council is quite concerned about the violent attack in Owo, Ondo State. We have been able to locate the imprints of the perpetrators of that attack and from all indications, we are zeroing in on the Islamic State of West African Province (ISWAP).

    “It is not an ethno-religious thing. The ISWAP members wanting attention and recognition are suspected to have carried out that attack and we have directed all the agencies concerned to go after them and bring them to justice.”     

    The minister further revealed that the council was worried over recent cases of blasphemy in Sokoto State and the Federal Capital Territory, where two people were killed.

    “We are equally concerned about the spate of attacks in the name of blasphemy.

    “The Police have been directed to mobilize, identify and apprehend all those involved in the blasphemy attacks in Sokoto and Abuja of recent,” he added.

    According to the minister, the Federal Government will not relent in its effort to provide adequate security to citizens across the country.

    “The assurance is that we are committed to maintaining law and order and providing adequate security for Nigerian citizens.

    “Appropriate preparation is put in place for the elections coming up in Ekiti State this month and Osun next month by principally Nigeria Police and other security agencies with the military at the background,” he said.

    On his part, the police boss, Usman Alkali also hinted that 10,000 additional police officers would be graduating next month, to be added to the security architecture and enhance efficiency.

    He added that the police would be leading other security agencies to monitor the June 18,  elections in Ekiti and over 17, 000 police officers and men had been mobilized to maintain law and order during the election.

    He also disclosed that over 500 arrests had been made in the last two months for crimes bordering on kidnapping

    “In particular, my briefing to the Security Council covers a period from April 21, when we had our last meeting to yesterday, June 8.

    “The security profile of the country was analyzed and brought out.

    “In that we had achievements and there are cases that are still undetected. I informed the council that we have made arrest of over 584 suspects involved in high profile crimes; ranging from banditry, IPOB, Boko Haram and terrorism in general,” he said.

    Alkali revealed that efforts had been intensified to rescue the remaining victims of the Abuja-Kaduna train attack.

    The meeting was attended by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, Secretary to Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, as well as the Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola.

    Others were, the National Security Adviser (NSA) to the President, retired Maj.-Gen. Babagana Monguno; Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Lucky Irabor, Service Chiefs and heads of other security agencies. (

    (NAN)