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  •  Group hails military over recent operational successes
    Group hails military over recent operational successes
     Group hails military over recent operational successes
    Group hails military over recent operational successes
    Defence/Security1 day ago

    Group hails military over recent operational successes

    Group hails military over recent operational suRenaissance Initiative, a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), has commended Armed Forces of Nigeria for the recent and decisive onslaught against terrorists, bandits and economic vandals across the country.

    The group in a statement by its General Secretary, Abdullahi Gombe, on Sunday described the onslaught as timely, proactive and prayers answered.

    Gombe said it was an assurance that normalcy would soon return to all parts of the country.

    He attributed the ongoing successful military operations to the enhanced synergy being promoted by the Defence Headquarters, adding that Nigerians were united behind the military in the fight against those bent on instilling fear in the populace.

    According to him, the evil plot is to instill fear in Nigerians and make us take abnormality as a way of life.

    “Indeed, the Armed Forces of Nigeria has continued to let the enemies of the country know that their evil desire for the country is unacceptable.

    “On Sunday we heard that Nigerian Air-force aircraft struck at their gathering at Kurebe in Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger State and eliminated several terrorists during an important meeting hosted by Aminu Duniya, a Boko Haram terrorist commander.

    “In same week, Nigerian Air Force (NAF) killed a terrorist kingpin, Alhaji Shanono, and 17 of his foot soldiers in Kaduna State.

    “Similarly, eight suspected terrorists including their gang leader, Abdulkarim Faca-faca, were killed in a raid by the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) in Safana Local Government Area of Katsina State on Saturday.

    “We are also relieved that the bombers of Owo Catholic Church have been captured,” he said.

    He said the renewed vigor against economic saboteurs under the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Lucky Irabor and the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Adm. Awwal Gambo, had been yielding fruits.

    He hailed the recent court martial of 13 officers and ratings by the authorities of the Nigerian Navy at the Western Naval Command in Lagos for offences ranging from conniving with crude oil thieves and pipeline vandalism and other Maritime infractions.

    According to him, it is important to know that naval forces fighting to rid the nation’s maritime domain of criminality have successfully foiled oil theft, illegal oil bunkering, and pipeline vandalisation and stealing of crude oil.

    He said that products worth more than N25 million since April.

    “In the Northeast, Theatre Commander, Joint Task Force Operation Hadin kai”, Maj.-Gen. Christopher Musa, confirmed that the kinetic and non-kinetic adopted by the Nigerian military made 14,609 active out of the 70,593 insurgents to surrender to troops.

    “Indeed, it is reassuring that our armed forces are making this huge sacrifice for the peace of the country.

    “We, the Renaissance Initiative urge Nigerians to support them,” he added.

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  •  Customs intercepts 234 tonnes of fertiliser along Nigeria Cameroon border
    Customs intercepts 234 tonnes of fertiliser along Nigeria-Cameroon border
     Customs intercepts 234 tonnes of fertiliser along Nigeria Cameroon border
    Customs intercepts 234 tonnes of fertiliser along Nigeria-Cameroon border
    Economy2 days ago

    Customs intercepts 234 tonnes of fertiliser along Nigeria-Cameroon border

    The Nigeria Customs service (NCS), Area Command says it has seized 234.5 tonnes of fertiliser and other contraband about to be smuggled into Cameroon Republic.

    The Service said it had recorded 69 seizures along Nigeria – Cameroun boarder with the Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N232.11 million between January and June, 2022. The Comptroller of Customs, Mr Adeboyega Ganiyu, in charge of the Command, stated this while responding to a survey by the News Agency of Nigeria on smuggling of government’s subsidised products.

    He said the Service had scaled up patrol and campaign activities to tackle smuggling in the country.

    He said personnel of the Service seized 4,649 bags of fertiliser weighing 234.5 tonnes and other items at the entry and exit points of Nigerian border with Cameron.

    The Comptroller listed other items to include 22 vehicles; 1,500 sachets of Tramadol tablet, 392 bags of foreign rice and 70 bags of unpeelled foreign rice.

    Ganiyu attributed the feat achieved to the snergy with sister security agencies and support of members of the general public.

    The NCS, he said had declared zero tolerance to any act capable of undermining the economic strength of the country.

    According to him, the Service will not allow unscrupulous elements bent on sabotaging the economy of the country to take advantage of the proximity to the border by engaging in illicit trans-border activities.

    In Borno which shared common border with Cameroon, Chad and Niger Republics, smuggling had been slowed due to closure of the border occassioned by the decade-long Boko Haram insurgency.

    Borno border Cameroon in the east, Chad to the northeastern part, and Niger Republic to the north.

    However, some elements have been engaged in smuggling of petrol and fertiliser along the border in spite of the ban imposed by the military on circulation of Urea brand of fertiliser in Borno and Yobe. Shettima Ali, an oil marketer, said the lucrative nature of smuggling attracted many people in the border communities in spite of the risks.

    He said that petrol was being sold above N600 per litre while a bag of fertiliser sold above N40,000 in neighbouring countries.

    “The smugglers usually pass through Michika, Madagali or Mubi in Adamawa to smuggle contraband into the neighbouring countries.

    “Sometimes petrol conceled in five-litre keg is transported on trucks and motorcycles through Gaidam in Yobe. “Fertiliser is in high demand here and across the border.

    It is banned by the military because the insurgents used it to make Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs).

    “Smuggling is highly dangerous because when you get caught you will be level as Boko Haram supplier or collaborator,” he said Also, Mr Bukar Babagana, a member of the Depot and Petroleum Products Marketers Association (DAPPMA), in Borno, who corroborated earlier opinion, alleged that many fraudulent marketers amassed wealth through petrol smuggling along the borders.

    He alleged that some fuel servicing stations in border communities engaged in illicit trade.

    To address the menace, Babagana advocated for establishment of retail outlets on the entry and exit points across the country.

    For his part, Bashir Abdulkareem, an economists, called for total reform of the oil sector to end petroleum subsidy regime to encourage competition and enhance availability of the products.

    “Petrol smuggling thrive when there is scarcity of the product.

    The border posts in Borno are closed and manned by the military but still smuggling continue unabated,” he said.

    According to him, practical measures are imperative to end smuggling and protect the nation’s economy.

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  •  NEMA distributes food items to 1 241 IDPs in Adamawa
    NEMA distributes food items to 1,241 IDPs in Adamawa
     NEMA distributes food items to 1 241 IDPs in Adamawa
    NEMA distributes food items to 1,241 IDPs in Adamawa
    General news4 days ago

    NEMA distributes food items to 1,241 IDPs in Adamawa

    The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has distributed food items to 1,241 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Yola North Local Government Area of Adamawa.

    The Spokesman of the agency, Malam Hafizu Bello, stated this during the inauguration of food distribution exercise at the Malkoni IDPs camp, on Friday in Yola. He said that about 202 households displaced by the Boko Haram insurgents had took refuge in the camp since September 2014. He listed the food items to include bags of rice; beans, maize grits, cooking oil, seasoning and tomato paste.

    Malam Lawal Maida, a displaced person, lauded the Federal Government for ensure regular supply of food and drugs to them.

    “W are victims of the Boko Haram insurgency, and we hailed from Gwoza LGA of Borno,” he said.

    He advocated for skills acquisition programme to empower the IDPs to enable them to achieve self sufficiency, adding that, “we remain grateful to the government and the host community for their hospitality”.

    Also speaking, Rakiya Mohammed, commended the agency for the gesture and pledged to ensure effective utilisation of the commodities to fend for her family members.

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  •  Nigeria insecurity grips the nation s capital
    Nigeria: insecurity grips the nation’s capital
     Nigeria insecurity grips the nation s capital
    Nigeria: insecurity grips the nation’s capital
    Africa7 days ago

    Nigeria: insecurity grips the nation’s capital

    A series of attacks and threats in the vicinity of the Nigerian government headquarters in Abuja by Islamist and other armed groups are causing fear and apprehension among citizens in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and across the country, Human Rights Watch said today.

    Nigerian Police have assured citizens that security has increased in the federal region, which includes Abuja, but these attacks and threats, including to kidnap the president, indicate an alarming deterioration in the nation's security situation.

    The authorities must ensure adequate security for all civilians while respecting human rights.

    “Recent events unfolding in the capital confirm the fears of many Nigerians that the threat from Islamist insurgents and other armed groups are now national threats that have reached critical levels,” said Anietie Ewang, Nigeria researcher at Human Rights Watch.


    "The groups' ability to expand outside their base, including into the nation's capital, means authorities must greatly expand their efforts to protect people."

    For more than a decade, Nigeria has been locked in conflict in the northeastern region with Boko Haram, an Islamist insurgent group, and its dissident factions, including the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP).

    These groups kill and kidnap people in their quest to overthrow the government and establish an Islamic state.

    In the Northwest, years of conflict between mainly Fulani nomadic herders and Hausa farming communities have given rise to a proliferation of powerful criminal gangs with sophisticated weapons terrorizing communities and killing, looting and kidnapping people, including schoolchildren, for ransom On July 5, armed men attacked a minimum-security prison in Kuje, a community within the federal district, some 40 kilometers from Abuja.

    During the attack, for which the Islamic State West Africa Province claimed responsibility, some 900 inmates escaped, including more than 60 Boko Haram suspects.

    Security analysts have also highlighted the involvement of Ansaru, an al Qaeda-backed splinter faction of Boko Haram, in the attack, although the extent of their involvement is unclear.

    On July 25, unidentified assailants killed six officers from the presidential guard brigade, an elite army force responsible for protecting the president and the federal area, in Bwari, a community in the federal region where a campus is located.

    from the Nigerian Law School.


    The officers were deployed to provide security after the law school leadership received a letter from unidentified sources threatening an imminent attack on the school.

    In response, the Federal Ministry of Education announced the immediate closure of all federal government universities in the federal region to ensure student safety, affecting thousands of students.

    On July 29, media reported that gunmen attacked a military checkpoint in the federal region along the Abuja-Kaduna highway, which has become notorious in recent years for kidnappings and other attacks on citizens.

    On July 24, a video surfaced on social media showing kidnapped victims of a March attack by suspected ISWAP members on a train leaving Abuja, bound for Kaduna state, being beaten by their captors.


    In the video, members of the armed group threatened to kill or sell the victims as captives to others if the government did not meet their demands, including the release of some ISWAP members and the payment of a ransom.

    They also threatened to kidnap President Muhammadu Buhari and other government officials.

    These events, as well as other reports of kidnappings in the federal region, have sown fear, panic and apprehension among citizens.

    A local taxi driver, who transports passengers from Abuja to Mararaba and Nyanya in the neighboring state of Nasarawa, told Human Rights Watch: “The kind of fear I am experiencing is overwhelming, as I move down the road.

    I don't know where or how [an attack] it can happen, so I'm always on high alert.

    I panic at every checkpoint because I don't know if there are bandits or police there.

    Even the passengers are suspicious because there is no way of knowing if I am carrying a bandit or a terrorist who could harm me.” Another taxi driver traveling the same route said: “The reports are very alarming and have made everyone very safety conscious.

    Before, we could be on the road with passengers beyond 10 pm, but now we try to finish and get home by 8 pm and this causes us to lose up to 30 percent of our daily earnings.” The taxi driver said that he and many of his colleagues have also observed that after 8 p.m. there are not many passengers on the road anymore, possibly because everyone is afraid.

    A 45-year-old official from Borno state, the center of the Boko Haram conflict, who moved his family out of the state in 2008 during the early stages of the crisis, said he is concerned about insecurity in the federal region because looks a lot like the beginning of the crisis in Borno state, with worrying waves of attacks and threats: “If the government does not take the necessary measures, the FCT will overflow and everyone will run away as we ran away from Borno state to find security elsewhere.” Confidence MacHarry, senior security analyst at SBM Intelligence, an organization that tracks Nigerian security problems, said the security situation in the federal region is worse than ever, even compared to the early days of the Boko Haram conflict when places like the United Nations office in Abuja were attacked.

    She said this is because there are now more groups besides Boko Haram posing threats and the security forces are going to great lengths to try to respond.

    MacHarry also said authorities use words like "bandits" or "terrorists" to sweep multiple groups under the same umbrella, rather than specifically identifying them so they can formulate appropriate responses.

    In response to attacks and threats, the Nigerian police chief has deployed more officers to the area, and the Federal Executive Council has approved 2.6 billion naira (US$6.2 million) for vehicles and equipment for security agencies.

    who operate there.

    Despite huge budget allocations to the country's security sector in recent years, the security forces remain ill-equipped and corruption scandals continue to surface.

    Security forces have also been implicated in serious human rights abuses, including arbitrary arrests and extrajudicial executions, while responding to security crises across the country, and have repeatedly failed to hold officers accountable for abuses before the justice system.

    "The Nigerian authorities must ensure that adequate security measures are put in place to keep citizens safe, prosecute attackers and hold those responsible accountable in accordance with human rights laws," Ewang said.

    "Anything less than this will lead to more complaints against the government, which can worsen an already tense situation and fuel additional cycles of violence."

  •  Gov Okowa urges Christians to pray for unity nation s recovery
    Gov. Okowa urges Christians to pray for unity, nation’s recovery
     Gov Okowa urges Christians to pray for unity nation s recovery
    Gov. Okowa urges Christians to pray for unity, nation’s recovery
    General news2 weeks ago

    Gov. Okowa urges Christians to pray for unity, nation’s recovery

    Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta and Vice-Presidential Candidate of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has urged Christians to pray for unity and recovery of the country.

    Okowa made the call when he received leaders of South-South Zone of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) led by Archbishop Israel Ege in Asaba on FridayHe advised Christians not to allow political intrigues to pollute the Church and divide it.

    He said that the time had come for Christians to go on their kneels and seek divine direction in the choice of the nation’s leaders that would emerge in 2023 rather than succumb to distraction by politicians.

    ”It is my prayer that the Church will continue to lead us in prayers and we need to be a little cautious as a Church.

    “I am saying this because from the conversations I am beginning to hear, I want to be sure that the Church will not because of politics divide itself.

    “The Church in itself must be very prayerful that the will of God be done in 2023. We may have our individual preferences but we must be cautious about the unity of the Church.

    “Although, we are traumatised as Christians but we must be careful not to, because of that trauma, take decisions that may not actually be the will of God,” he said.

    The governor attributed the successes of his administration to grace of God and pledged to continue to synergise with the Church in piloting the affairs of the state and in his future endeavours.

    He called for constitutional review to pave the way for devolution of powers, especially giving more authority to states to establish their own police outfit as a way to tackle insecurity, noting that the nation was in perilous times.

    The governor stressed that it was time for the re-building of the nation by giving all segment of the society a sense of belonging in the scheme of things.

    He frowned at the continuous stay of tertiary institutions’ students at home due to strike by teachers and other workers.

    He said that drastic steps should be taken to pull the nation out of economic quagmire, worsening insecurity and other heinous crimes taking place in all geopolitical zones.

    “There is no doubt that we are very challenged as a nation and it appears that all hope is lost, particularly to the younger ones.

    But I am one person that believes that all hope is not lost.

    “Whatever thing that we have seen in the last seven years, I believe that God has allowed it for a purpose.

    I believe that there are lessons to be learnt.

    “As at today, there is so much insecurity;  Most Nigerians don’t even know how huge these challenges are.

    “With the things going on now in the education sector, it’s not what anyone will wish for.

    We need to be very prayerful.

    “The Church must stay very prayerful and it’s a time for us as a nation to unite and find peace,” he said.

    Okowa further said there was need to expand constitution of the security agencies.

    “My principal, the Presidential Candidate of the PDP, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has always said that it’s not possible to police this nation with the Federal Government police only.

    “It is not because of the situation of today but because of the peculiarities of this nation.

    We need to devolve power and resources to the states to ensure that they can run their own police force,” he said.

    Earlier, the Archbishop said that they were in Asaba to thank the governor for his support for Christians in the state and the South South and assured him of their support at all times.

    Ege congratulated Okowa on his emergence as PDP’s vice presidential candidate and for his transformation agenda in Delta.

    He urged the governor to remain a good ambassador of the church in his political career.

    The cleric said that Satan was at war with the Church, using Boko Haram to kidnap and kill Christians as well as persecute believers.

    He called on Christians to redouble prayers for the nation.

    Highpoint of the event was the special prayer for Okowa, his family, state and the nation.

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  •  FG seeks collective efforts to prevent violence extremism
    FG seeks collective efforts to prevent violence, extremism
     FG seeks collective efforts to prevent violence extremism
    FG seeks collective efforts to prevent violence, extremism
    Foreign2 weeks ago

    FG seeks collective efforts to prevent violence, extremism

    The Federal Government on Tuesday called for collective efforts in preventing violence and extremism to bring peace to  the citizens.

    The Minister of Women Affairs, Dame Pauline Tallen, made the call at the National Stakeholders Forum on Parenting for Peace in Abuja.

    The forum was organised by the ministry in collaboration with Mercy Corps and United State Agency for International Development (USAID).

    Tallen, represented by the Acting Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Mr Idris Mohammed, said that the stakeholders forum was apt at this time when the country was experiencing insurgency and terrorism, threatening its peaceful existence.

    According to her, for the past few years, government has been battling with different insecurity threats ranging from Boko Haram in the North-East to farmers-herders clash in the North-Central.

    “ The Niger Delta militant in the South-South, the IPOB and ESN in the South-East of the county and banditry, kidnapping as well as nline social media and other forms of violent.

    “It is disheartening to note that we keep loosing lives and properties, many people are being taken as hostages for ransom, and the displacement of millions of people all over Nigeria.

    “ These result to loss of livelihood and consequently billions of naira; resources continuously wasted leading to depletion of national resources which ultimately may contribute to the nation’s depleting economy.

    “All hands must be on deck to prevent violent and extremism in all ramifications to bring peace to our people, which is the essence of our gathering today to discuss the way forward,’’ she said.

    The Country Director of Mercy Corps, Mr Ndubisi Anyanwu, said that the corps sole responsibility was to advance peace and stability by addressing and mitigating gender dynamics that perpetuate and exacerbate conflict.

    Anyanwu, represented by Mrs Adesola Asogi, Acting Country Director, said that Mercy Corps was a Non-Governmental Organisation, which had been existing globally for over 40 years.

    He said that the organisation had been in Nigeria for over 10 years, with a passion and mission to reach the most vulnerable people in the hardest to reach places and  make their lives better.

    “That is where we are in Mercy Corps, that is who we are as Mercy Corps.

    Our focus areas include interventions in development, the humanitarian space, and peace building.

    “Which is where the Community Initiatives to Promote Peace (CIPP) programme sits to promote and under which the initial correction for peace initiatives sits as well.

    “Over the last 10 years, and incidentally, will be 10 years this year in Nigeria, we have worked around humanitarian interventions, Wash, nutrition, food aid and agriculture.

    “Also, around peace building, which is why we are here today.

    And we are happy to share that over the last 10 years, we have impacted the lives of over two million beneficiaries, over 50 per cent of which are women,’’ he said.

    Also, Dr. Garba Abari, the Director-General, National Orientation Agency (NOA), said that the agency was created to educate citizens on government policies to be better understood.

    “The National Orientation Agency is an agency of the government establish to educate and sensitise the citizens and in creating awareness on multiple programmes of government.

    “We realise that peace building is very critical for any developmental policy of government to take place.

    So, we have constantly been engaging Nigerians through a programme tagged, ”building a people of peace”, he said.

    He noted that the programme was done` through community engagements, town-hall meetings and community feedback.

    He noted that NOA cut across the six geo-political zones of the federation, including the FCT.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that CIPP is a five-year peace building programme funded by USAID to prevent violent conflict in the most at-risk communities in six states in Northwest and North Central regions.

    The forum has in attendant relevant MDAs, CSOs that will discuss pathways to strengthened the capacity of women, parent, and youths to address radicalisation and vulnerability to violent extremism.

    The forum will also serve as a means of gathering information to develop content for a comprehensive guide on parenting for peace and preventing violent extremism.

    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Insecurity Tackle challenge of out of school children ex NIS boss urges FG
    Insecurity: Tackle challenge of out-of-school children, ex-NIS boss urges FG
     Insecurity Tackle challenge of out of school children ex NIS boss urges FG
    Insecurity: Tackle challenge of out-of-school children, ex-NIS boss urges FG
    General news2 weeks ago

    Insecurity: Tackle challenge of out-of-school children, ex-NIS boss urges FG

    Muhammad Babandede, the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Sure 4U Rescue and Resettlement Initiative, has urged the Federal Government to tackle the challenge of out-of-school children.

    Babandede, a former Comptroller-General Nigeria of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), who made the call at the unveiling of the NGO in Abuja on Tuesday, said this would help in eliminating the current security challenges in the country.

    He said he established the NGO in order to “give back to society.

    ” “After my 36 years of sevice to the country, I still believe I can give something to the society.

    “A lot of crisis come because of vulnerability of out-of-school children.

    A lot of people are in a very dire situation not by their making, but society made them so.

    “Nigeria has the highest number of out-of-school children.

    This is not because of the making of government but because of the crisis Nigeria is facing in banditry and uprising from different sectors,” he said.

    Babandede further said that stakeholders could not continue to close their eyes on the number of children on the streets.

    “The Almajiri is a shameful system in the north.

    We cannot allow children to roam the streets begging for food with dirty plates.

    “These are the people who have no mercy on us because they have no parental love,” he said.

    Babandede further said that Nigeria was facing a “dangerous security situation” as a result of out-of-school children.

    “We are threatened by criminality, banditry, Boko Haram, kidnappings.

    These threats come from negligence mostly.

    “Resources in the country are not evenly distributed and when resources are not adequately distributed, the chances of people to look for money by all means is possible,” he said Babandede, who noted that law enforcement agencies could not fight crime alone, solicited the support of civil society organisations.

    “We need to soften their hearts by the use of persuasion and training to help the children before they become criminals.

    “This organisation was formed to ensure that we remove them from the risk of being recruited by criminals and to enroll them in schools,” he said.

    The Chief of Naval Staff, Vice-Adm. Awwal Gambo, on his part, said advocacy was needed to bring up children that one could afford to train.

    “The whole world is in crisis.

    While countries like Canada are looking for youths to run their system, we are having the crisis of population growth.

    “In essence, we have the population but no jobs for them,” he said.

    He called on political leaders to create the environment for the youths to be self-employed.

    “If the youths are employed, they won’t rush into the urban communities to flood it,” he said.

    Gambo also said that the navy would support Sure 4U in combating human trafficking.

    “We will ensure that we support any cause that will take care of the youths so that they can be better citizens,” he added.

    Earlier, the Capacity Building Officer of the NGO, Ms Annan Temiloluwa, said that the vision of Sure 4U was to create a safe and caring world for vulnerable children and migrants.

    She said that other objectives included working in collaboration with relevant stakeholders in discouraging trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants.

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  •  Post Insurgency NHRC calls for true reconciliation
    Post Insurgency: NHRC calls for true reconciliation
     Post Insurgency NHRC calls for true reconciliation
    Post Insurgency: NHRC calls for true reconciliation
    General news2 weeks ago

    Post Insurgency: NHRC calls for true reconciliation

    The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has urged for true reconciliation for a lasting solution to the insurgency crisis in north east.

    The Executive Secretary of the commission, Chief Tony Ojukwu, made the call on Tuesday in Maiduguri at the second meeting of the Borno State Project Advisory Committee (SPAC) on promoting reconciliation, reintegration, and transitional justice.

    Ojukwu said a lot of damage had been done in communities of affected states in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe where the commission was engaged in promoting reconciliation, reintegration and transitional justice funded by European Union (EU) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

    He said the project had begun to lay foundation for a sustainable, peaceful and developed society where consideration would be given to the victims and the communities, not undermining the necessity for justice with regards to the perpetrators.

    He noted that the road to reconciliation was long tough and rough, adding  that it was only through true reconciliation that progress could be made.

    “Therefore, we need to have a sense of justice and restitution, this may not come in terms of cash, but our readiness to put the wounds and pains behind us, in the interest of the nation and a great future is very important for our society.

    “The Commission welcomes the acceptance of members of the SPAC to work on this project, the committee is an important mechanism through which the commission intends to accelerate the achievement of the Transitional Justice Project and promote accountability to the Project’s objectives and outcomes.

    ” The Borno Chairman of SPAC who is also the state Solicitor General and Permanent Secretary Ministry of Justice, Mr Hussaini Izge, assured the citizens of the commitment of the government to the project.

    “There are indications that we are exiting the horrific situation, the closure of some camps in Maiduguri is a signal that the peace that we are praying for is gradually returning.

    “With the composition of the SPAC, we will cooperate and use our individual and collective expertise to assist the commission to ensure that this project is implemented to the later,” Izge said.

    The UNDP Security Analyst, Usman Usman, observed that transitional justice remained key to peacebuilding, particularly now that  government was recording maximum exit of persons from the Boko Haram Sect. Project Coordinator Hillary Ogbonna gave a rundown of the achievements of the project, including Capacity building for Media on Reconciliation and Transitional Justice, Development of a framework for Transitional Justice and Reconciliation.

    Other achievements were in Harnessing Community Information and Data for Transitional Justice, Communication and Advocacy to Promote Transitional Justice and Reconciliation.

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  •  Motorcycle ban 80 000 riders to lose job in Gombe Jigawa Unions
    Motorcycle ban: 80,000 riders to lose job in Gombe, Jigawa – Unions
     Motorcycle ban 80 000 riders to lose job in Gombe Jigawa Unions
    Motorcycle ban: 80,000 riders to lose job in Gombe, Jigawa – Unions
    General news2 weeks ago

    Motorcycle ban: 80,000 riders to lose job in Gombe, Jigawa – Unions

    The National Commercial Tricycle and Motorcycle Owners and Riders Association of Nigeria (NATCOMORAN), has said that the Federal Government’s proposed ban on motorcycle would rendered about 80,000 commercial riders jobless in Gombe and Jigawa.

    Mr Suleiman Sani, Vice Chairman of the association in Gombe State, said the ban would made its members jobless, increase unemployment and poverty in the country.

    According to him, the ban will create unimaginable hardships to over 66,000 registered members in the state.

    “Proscribing commercial motorcycle operators without giving them alternative means of livelihood will create more problems than what we have now.

    “They will engage in other activities that might not be beneficial to the society.

    ”He said those that repair motorcycles and sell spare parts would also be affected, adding that some of the riders hire motorcycles to earn money to fend for their families.

    “If the government effected the ban, the riders and their families will not have food to eat.

    “For now, there is no sector that can accommodate millions of riders by implications it might worsen the security situation in the country.

    “We have no where else to turn to if that happens as government cannot employ everyone.

    ”In the same vein; Ya’u Muhammad, NATCOMORAN Secretary in Jigawa, disclosed that about 13,000 members of the association would be affected by the proposed motorcyle ban.

    He said that thousands of unemployed youths including graduates engaged in commercial motorcycle trade to fend for themselves and their families.

    He argued that the ban on motorcycle without alternative measures in place would disrupt transportation services, increase unemployment and social vices.

    “In Jigawa; we have over 13,000 members, what about the states across the country,” he said, and urged the Federal Government to rescind on its decision.

    He said the security challenges bedeviling the country needed collective approach to tackle, and expressed their readiness to partner with the government to address the problem.

    Also, Dalhatu Idris, a motorcycle dealer at Muda Lawal Market in Bauchi, said that the issue of insecurity was beyond motorcycle riding for either personal or commercial purposes.

    He said the ban would exposed Nigerians to more hardship and escalate security situation in the country.

    A commercial motorcyclist in Gombe, Saidu Yakubu said he had been into the business for nearly 15 years fending for his wife and two children.

    “I am having sleepless night since the government announced the proposed motorcycle ban.

    I have no alternative job.

    “I dropped out of secondary school, I am saving to go back to school to further my education,” he said.

    Another rider, Joshua Bitrus said the ban would make him and vulnerable to poverty.

    “During the lockdown, we had a taste of what idleness could lead to, rape, robbery and other crimes increased because the youths are at home and they need to eat.

    “We are appealing to the government to have a change of mind and save us the implications of having idle youths in our communities at a time like this,” he said.

    Mubarak Dankani, a resident of Damaturu noted that some of the commercial motorcycle riders were literate and educated.

    He said that government lack the capacity to employ them all, hence the need for the state to encourage and empower them.

    This, he said would enable them to engage in meaningful activities and contribute to the social and economic development of the countrySimilarly, Aminu Bukar, a resident of Bauchi, said motorcycle ban would affect poor people in view of the large scale disruption of transportation services.

    He said that traders, farmers, artisans, students and workers would be forced to trek to their offices, markets, farms and other places.

    Furthermore, Alhaji Baba Isa, said many rural dwellers relied on motorcycle as major means of transportation.

    He said the ban would have negative impact on their life style, productivity as well as militate against growth of small scale businesses.

    “Farmers used motorcycles to source for inputs and transport their agricultural produce to the market, the ban will affect agricultural productivity,” he said.

    For his part, Buba Gadzama, a resident of Maiduguri said the ban would exposed rural dwellers to more hardship and worsen security situation.

    He said security agencies should take the fight to the criminals hideouts to end Boko Haram insurgency and banditry in the country.

    Mr Caleb Godfrey, a worker in Yola urged the Federal Government not to implement the policy because it would promote crime as many people would be jobless.

    “An ideal mind is a devils workshop,” he said.

    He advocated for alternative means of transportation and job opportunities for the youth, to enhance transportation services rather than imposing ban on motorcycle.

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  •  Borno Govt closes 4 IDP camps resettles 11 000 households
    Borno Govt closes 4 IDP camps, resettles 11,000 households 
     Borno Govt closes 4 IDP camps resettles 11 000 households
    Borno Govt closes 4 IDP camps, resettles 11,000 households 
    Defence/Security3 weeks ago

    Borno Govt closes 4 IDP camps, resettles 11,000 households 

    The Borno government says it has closed down four Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps and resettled 11,000 households in six communities across the state.

    Gov. Babagana Zulum who spoke at the official closing of the four IDP camps on Thursday in Maiduguri, said the feat was achieved following the returned of peace in the state.

    He listed the IDP camps to include Dalori 1, Dalori 2, Gubio Road and Muna El-Badawi.

    He said the households were displaced in 2015 by the Boko Haram insurgents at Marte, Baga, Banki, Warabe, Kerenoa, Wulgo and Ngurosoye.

    The governor attributed the closure of camps to paucity of fund, adding that arrangements had reached advance stage to close four more camps to facilitate the voluntary return of displaced persons in six communities by 2023.

    He said the only way to end insurgency was for the government to address the root causes of terrorism in the North-East region.

    “The insurgency causes are increasing poverty, infrastructural deficit and climate change,” he said.

    According to him, the return of the IDPs is in accordance with the Kampala Convention without force, stressing that it was a dignified return.

    Also speakong, Prof. Nana Tanko, Executive Director, Victim Support Fund (VSF), a non governmental organisation,  said that about N1.

    6 billion has been earmarked to support resettlement of more than 60,000 IDPs to their ascentral homes.

    She said the organisation would monitor the safe and successful resettlement of displaced persons who indicated willingness to return to their homes following improved security.

    She said the organisation had initiated viable livelihood support programmes to fast track sustainable and dignify resettlement of the affected population.

    “We have not only supported the IDPs with resources to move back to their local bovernment beadquarters, but with some money to be use in starting something that will bring income to them .

    “The N1.

    6 Billion is in two components and 50 per cent equal.

    The grant to the returnees is about N800 million while the balance will be use to purchase food and non-food items.

    “In line with VSF support for local economy, all the food we bought were done by contractors based in Borno,” she said.

    Tanko said that IDPs were not forced to move back to their local government beadquarters, adding that each of the displaced household in Maiduguri received their packages including N100,000.

    She said that If the IDPs choose not to go back to their villages, they could rent a house and live in Maiduguri, while housing accomidation and transportation had been provided for those willing to resettle.

    According to Tanko, the organisation has committed about N10 billion on various interventions since inception in Borno.

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