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Tag: Internally Displaced Persons

No More Congratulatory Messages For Bawa – EFCC Warns
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No More Congratulatory Messages For Bawa – EFCC Warns

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has observed the increasing number of messages published in the print media by groups and individuals, congratulating Mr. Abdulrasheed Bawa on his well-deserved appointment as the Executive Chairman of the Commission. While the open exhibition of affection and solidarity may be salutary in our cultural milieu, and indeed appreciated, it is however inauspicious at this point in time and gradually turning into a distraction. Mr. Bawa is assuming the leadership of the EFCC at a time of great challenge and he desires to hit the ground running. What he needs from well-wishers and indeed all Nigerians, is support and prayers, and more importantly, credible information that will further the work of the Commission. He therefore appea...
Tonto Dikeh Tells Fatoyinbo What To Do With Busola Dakolo N1million Fine
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Tonto Dikeh Tells Fatoyinbo What To Do With Busola Dakolo N1million Fine

Actress Tonto Dikeh has advised COZA pastor, Biodun Fatoyinbo, to use the Busola Dakolo N1million fine to feed the Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs. A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja threw away the case against Fatoyinbo which was filed by Busola Dakolo. She had claimed in an explosive interview early this year that the clergyman raped her twice when she was 17. According to the court, the case was empty and full of sentiments which was a waste of its time. Busola Dakolo got fined N1million which will be given to Fatoyinbo, a sum which the court said should have been way more than that. Reacting to the court’s verdict, Tonto Dikeh who had shown support for Fatoyinbo right from the explosive interview advised that the N1million should be used to feed IDPs. See the screensh...
90 Million Nigerians Are Living In Poverty – Sadiya Umar Farouq
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90 Million Nigerians Are Living In Poverty – Sadiya Umar Farouq

Nearly 90 million Nigerians are living with extreme poverty, Minister of Humanitarian and Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq, has stated. The Minister, who spoke at a budget defense session of the Ministry before the House of Representatives Committee on IDPs, said the Buhari government was resolve to lift the 90 million Nigerians in extreme poverty across the country. She also said the new ministry was committed to strengthening coordination of humanitarian and disaster management efforts by multiple stakeholders, adding that the Ministry has enormous responsibility to address some of the underlying causes, drivers and consequences of humanitarian crises and underdevelopment including: relatively high poverty of nearly half (90 million) of the country...
Igbo Presidency Waste Of Time, Won’t End Biafra Agitation — Nnamdi Kanu
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Igbo Presidency Waste Of Time, Won’t End Biafra Agitation — Nnamdi Kanu

Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) Nnamdi Kanu, has said that those clamouring for Igbo Presidency in 2023 are wasting their time. Kanu said this in a live broadcast on Radio Biafra on Monday, October 7th, 2019. We recall that several Igbo groups including the Ohanaeze Youth Council, OYC, had called on other ethnic groups in Nigeria to support the Igbo presidency project, saying that it would end the agitation for a sovereign state of Biafra. Speaking in his latest broadcast, Kanu stated that “the idea that the Igbo presidency will end the agitation for Biafra is nonsense.” He said that presidency coming to the Southeast will not make the lives of those living in the region any better, arguing that the North has the presidency but still has beggars, banditry a...
Borno State Governor, Professor Zulum Uses Quran To Curse Those Diverting IDP’s Items
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Borno State Governor, Professor Zulum Uses Quran To Curse Those Diverting IDP’s Items

Borno Governor uses Qur’an to curse those diverting IDPs’ items Professor Babagana Zulum, the governor of Borno State, has invoked the wrath of God upon anyone who steals or diverts foods or reliefs meant for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the camps. . . Zulum, who personally supervised the distributions of food items to about 200, 000 IDPs in Monguno for two days, asked any official and collaborators among the displaced persons that engage in diversion of foodstuffs or theft to desist forthwith or receive the anger of God. . . “May the wrath of God come upon anyone who has collected allocation ticket but came here to collect what is meant for others,” the governor said through the camp administrator, Malam Babagana, who raised a copy of Qu’ran. . . He said the governo...
Senator Ndume Weeps As He Urges IDPs To Return To Their Home
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Senator Ndume Weeps As He Urges IDPs To Return To Their Home

Sen. Ali Ndume (APC-Borno) has urged all Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) from Gwazo taking refuge in Maiduguri, to return home, assuring them of their safety. Ndume made the call on Monday while addressing the IDPs in Bakassi and Gubio camps in Maiduguri. The lawmaker, who was intermittently wiping tears with handkerchief, expressed disappointment that the IDPs from Gwoza had yet to be resettled even when normalcy had returned to the town. He said that insurgency had reduced many people in Gwoza to almost beggars and they had to wait to be given handouts in the camp before they could feed. “The Palestinian IDPs camp has been existing for 60 years; in Kenya, it existed for about 30 years. “So, insecurity cannot be completely eliminated. We must therefore defy fears, summ...
IDP Children Now Feeding On Onion Leaves Over Hunger
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IDP Children Now Feeding On Onion Leaves Over Hunger

Internally Displaced Persons, IDP Children who live in a camp in the outskirts of Bauchi, are now feeding on onion leaves over hunger. News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) correspondents who visited the camp located about two km from Rindebin community in Bauchi Local Government Area, reported that the children between the ages of three and five, looked pitiful as they consume the leaves.Parents of the IDP children feeding on onion leaves over hunger, said they had to ‘ improvise’ ways of tackling hunger with onion leaves as it is nutritious and would also protect their children from hunger and diseases. “Both adults and children suffer from hunger; this has resulted in forcing us to eat raw onion leaves from sellers that come into the camp. Rainy season is about to set in and another fear ...
Bishop Oyedepo Distributes Relief Materials To IDPs In Maiduguri
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Bishop Oyedepo Distributes Relief Materials To IDPs In Maiduguri

Founder of Living Faith Church Worldwide (LFC) has donated relief materials worth millions of naira to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Maiduguri. Represented by State Pastor in-charge of Maiduguri, Pastor Victor Samaila, Oyedepo who last visited Maiduguri in May, 2018, said the gesture was part of the church’s effort to reach out to displaced persons across the country. He said it was incumbent on all well meaning citizens to make efforts to bring succour to the displaced persons and the church decided to evolve a programme that would cover all IDPs across the country. “Here in Maiduguri we had gone to four displaced camps and this is fifth one. So far we have reached out to 2,500 households which translates to about 15,000 individuals. We have distributed food and n...
Over 3.6m Nigerians in need of water, sanitation, hygiene services – UNICEF.
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Over 3.6m Nigerians in need of water, sanitation, hygiene services – UNICEF.

The United Nations International Children’s Education Fund (UNICEF) says over 3.6 million people lack access to potable water, sanitation and hygiene services in Nigeria. UNICEF’s representative in the country, Mohamed Fall, made this known on Friday in a statement to commemorate World Water Day scheduled for March 22 with the 2019 theme: “Living no one behind”. Mr. Fall identified 1.1 million as Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) as a result of violence and conflict, noting that many of them are out-of-reach in remote areas still impacted by conflict. “About 800,000 people are in hard-to-reach areas and 79 percent of these are children and women. “In Nigeria, the conflict has created huge challenges for people living in the Northeast of the country, where violence has aff...
APGA Governorship Candidate Sani Shinkafi Ejects IDPs Living In His Houses For Voting Buhari
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APGA Governorship Candidate Sani Shinkafi Ejects IDPs Living In His Houses For Voting Buhari

Alhaji Sani Shinkafi, the governorship candidate of APGA in Zamfara State, has ejected all internally displaced persons taking shelter in his houses in Shinkafi, for voting APC in Saturday’s elections. He confirmed the report on Wednesday and according to him: “I have asked all the IDPs residing in my houses to immediately pack out because they are not serious in life. These are people who had to leave their villages due to insecurity caused by a government that could not provide such basic necessity to them, yet they went and sold their votes at the last elections trying to bring back the same gang.” According to him, in spite of his earlier advice to them “to vote out those who failed them in the past years”, they still voted them in.
Over 5000 Bags Of Rice Rots Away In Nigerian Customs Warehouse
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Over 5000 Bags Of Rice Rots Away In Nigerian Customs Warehouse

The Western Marine Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) currently warehouse about 5,646 expired bags of 50kg foreign parboiled rice worth N124, 776, 600 in its warehouse . The command also nabbed 806 loaves of cannabis with Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N21,157,500 in August, 2018. The amphibian arm of the service said due to massive seizure in the command, the warehouse had been filled up leaving no space for new seizures The expired bags of rice are said to have been allocated to undisclosed Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) but are yet to be evacuated due to logistics problems. The Area Controller of the command, Comptroller Boyiliya Binga told journalists that some of the seized bags of smuggled rice which have been in the customs warehouse for close to two years a...
Fire Destroys IDPs Camp In Plateau
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Fire Destroys IDPs Camp In Plateau

The newly-constructed ultra-modern Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp in Shendam Local Government Area (LGA) of Plateau has been destroyed by fire. The IDPs camp was built by the Presidential Committee on Flood, Relief and Rehabilitation, which was established after the 2012 flood disaster that ravaged 24 states in the country. Mr. Bintan Wuyep, Director, Relief and Rehabilitation, Plateau Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) confirmed the incident to newsmen in Jos on Thursday. Wuyep, who is the Acting Executive Secretary of the agency, said, “the disaster occurred on Tuesday. “We don’t have funds even to fuel our vehicle to go to the camp to ascertain the cause of the inferno and assess the extent of damage. “We have gone everywhere even for a loan, but we have not suc...
2 Persons Confirmed Dead In Benue IDPs Camps
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2 Persons Confirmed Dead In Benue IDPs Camps

Two persons have reportedly died at Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, camp in Benue State. One of the victims, a two-year-old girl, died at the IDP camp run by Terkura Suswam, a politician and founder of Ashi Polytechnic in Anyiin, Logo Local Government Area. Mr. Suswam informed newsmen that the girl died at a hospital in Anyiin following complications last week. Suswam said he had been running the camp because the government was unable to take in all the victims of the January 1 attacks by suspected herdsmen. The second victim, 62-year-old Ortoho Tordwen, died last week at the IDP camp in Ugba, the seat of Logo LGA, according to Amande Tsea, a senior official at Benue State Emergency Management Agency. Tsea said he couldn’t immediately remember the date that the victi...
Cross River Houses 36,000 Camerounian Refugees – House Of Reps
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Cross River Houses 36,000 Camerounian Refugees – House Of Reps

The House of Representatives Committee on Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) and Refugees says no fewer than 36,000 Camerounian refugees are harboured in Cross River State. According to its chairman, Mohammed Sani Zorro, who made the disclosure yesterday at an interactive session with officials of the Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) in Abuja, no less than seven council areas had been flooded by the refugees. He named councils to include Boki, Obudu and Itu. Zorro, whose motion on the issue was defeated on the floor of the House earlier this month, also claimed that the refugees had also flooded adjoining villages in Taraba and Benue states. Listing their abode as “epicentre of suffering”, the lawmaker disclosed that over 70 per cent of the refugees were women an...
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Herdsmen After Our Land, Says Ortom

The last one week has been overwhelming for the people and government of Benue State, following the killing of 73 people by suspected herdsmen. Ahead of today’s meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari by Benue stakeholders, Governor Samuel Ortom speaks with MANAGING EDITOR (NORTHERN OPERATION) YUSUF ALLI in Makurdi. Excerpts:   Did you see the herdsmen attack coming?   Yes, I saw it coming. The bill was signed into law on the 22nd of May 2017, and in June, Miyyeti Allah Kautal Hore did a press conference and threatened that they will not accept the law and the law will not be implemented in Benue State.   The press conference was in the papers. It was on video and audio. In a normal situation, the security agencies would have picked them for threatening not ...
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Benue Killings: Ortom, Ogbeh, Others Meet Buhari Today

President Muhammadu Buhari will today meet with Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom and other stakeholders from the state – in a bid to resolve the crisis sparked by the herdsmen killings. No fewer than 73 victims of the herdsmen’s actions were buried at the weekend. Over 60,000 displaced persons are in five camps. Confirming the development to DAILY POST on Sunday, Ogbeh said he would join his kinsman in the Villa to proffer the way forward on the killings in the state. “Yes, they just called to inform me that the governor and his entourage would be coming to have a meeting with the president on the attacks on farmers in the state”, he said. Also speaking ahead of the meeting, the state governor, Ortom, said he had ordered the arrest of those instigating the Tiv-Hausa clash or a...
Displaced Persons Laud PCNI Free Medical Intervention In Borno
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Displaced Persons Laud PCNI Free Medical Intervention In Borno

Some Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Maiduguri have lauded the free medical programme initiated by the Presidential Committee for North-East Initiative (PCNI). PCNI had conducted a 7-day free medical treatment for 2, 000 persons displaced by Boko Haram insurgency in Maiduguri, the host community. A cross section of the beneficiaries who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Maiduguri, described the gesture as commendable, noting that it had improved their health status. Malam Kaka Ali, one of the beneficiaries, said that he was treated of cataract disease in the exercise held at the Moloi General Hospital, Maiduguri. “I could barely see before due to impaired vision. I regained my vision after the surgical operation. “They examined my eyes and treat...
Nigeria Customs Generates N1.03 Trillion Revenue In 2017
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Nigeria Customs Generates N1.03 Trillion Revenue In 2017

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) generated N1.03 trillion in 2017, surpassing its target of N770.5 billion for the year. Joseph Attah, National Public Relations Officer of NCS, made this known at a news conference in Lagos on Thursday. Five working days to the close of 2017, Attah had announced the generation of N1.01 trillion revenue which was above the service target of N770.5 billion for last year. He said that the service also surpassed the revenue of N898.6 billion generated in 2016. Attah said that some Nigerians had compared the 2017 revenue generated to that of 2014 which was N977 billion. He said that depreciation in naira value had led to the increase in revenue collected in 2017 compared to what was collected in 2014. Attah said that it was imperative to state...
Suicide Bomber Kills Own Father, Four Others In Borno Mosque
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Suicide Bomber Kills Own Father, Four Others In Borno Mosque

No fewer than five persons were killed in early morning suicide bomb attack at Gamboru town in Gamboru-Ngala Local Government Area of Borno State. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the incident occurred at about 5: 00 a.m., when a teenage male suicide bomber detonated an Improvised Explosive Device strapped to his body in a mosque at Yobe area of Gamboru. Rogers Nicholas, the Theatre Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, confirmed the attack to NAN in Maiduguri. Mr. Nicholas said that five persons were killed in the attack as against 11 earlier reported. He added that the troops had also neutralised a suicide bomber at Rann, headquarters of Kala-Balge Local Government Area. “Yes, but only five killed and another suicide bomber neutralised in Rann”. However, Lawan Abba, a ...
NGO To Carry Out Trauma Intervention For IDPs In Northeast In 2018
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NGO To Carry Out Trauma Intervention For IDPs In Northeast In 2018

The Mandate Health Empowerment Initiative (MHEI), an NGO said on Friday it would carry out trauma intervention for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the North East in 2018. Mr Ameh Zion, MHEI President, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja that the intervention organised in collaboration with the Presidential Initiative for North East would take place in the first quarter of 2018. Zion said that the intervention was aimed at providing the needed psycho-social support and rehabilitation to victims of the crisis in the region. He noted that although the crisis was presently minimal, its impact on citizens within the region was great hence the need to provide not just material and medical support but also trauma and psychological intervention. According to him, the ...
After 61 Deaths, Cholera Outbreak In Borno Finally Over
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After 61 Deaths, Cholera Outbreak In Borno Finally Over

The cholera outbreak which has plagued Internally Displaced Persons, IDP camps in Borno State for the past five months is finally over, the World Health Organisation, WHO, said. The outbreak began in August on the outskirts of Maiduguri, and quickly spread through several camps for internally displaced persons and host communities. By December 19, about 5,365 suspected cases had been reported, including 61 deaths. The World Health Organisation in a statement released on Friday said the country has successfully contained a five-month cholera outbreak in conflict-affected Borno state. This feat was achieved with support from the WHO and other health partners. According to the international health agency, the government had also announced the end of the outbreak on December 21 ...
Nigerian Army Replies To UN, Says No Civilians Were Killed In Ngala Attack
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Nigerian Army Replies To UN, Says No Civilians Were Killed In Ngala Attack

he Nigerian Army on Monday denied the killings of civilians in an attack coordinated by Boko Haram insurgents against the United Nations’ World Food Programme (WFP’s) trucks on Saturday. Maj.-Gen. Rogers Nicholas, the Theatre Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, gave the clarification in a Short Service Message (SMS) to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Maiduguri. Nicholas said contrary to reports credited to WFP, the troops escorting the trucks killed six insurgents and recovered weapons. He explained that there were no civilian casualties in the attack, adding that he was at Dikwa when the incident occurred. “There was an ambush but the soldiers killed six Boko Haram insurgents and recovered weapons. No civilian was killed. “I was in Dikwa that Saturday and this happened whil...
No Civilian Killed In Boko Haram Attack On WFP’s Convoy – Army
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No Civilian Killed In Boko Haram Attack On WFP’s Convoy – Army

The Nigerian Army on Monday denied the killings of civilians in an attack coordinated by the Boko Haram insurgents against the World Food Programme (WFP’s) trucks on Saturday. Maj.-Gen. Rogers Nicholas, the Theatre Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, gave the clarification in a Short Service Message (SMS) to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Maiduguri. Nicholas said that the troops escorting the trucks had killed six insurgents and recovered weapons. He explained that there were no civilian casualties in the attack, adding that he was at Dikwa when the incident occurred. “There was an ambush but the soldiers killed six Boko Haram insurgents and recovered weapons. No civilian was killed. “I was in Dikwa that Saturday and this happened while I was within,” Nicholas said. Ho...
President Buhari Congratulates Zannah Mustapha On UN Refugee Award
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President Buhari Congratulates Zannah Mustapha On UN Refugee Award

President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated Mr Zannah Mustapha on winning the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Nansen Refugee Award for 2017. President Buhari, in a congratulatory message, issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, in Abuja on Wednesday, felicitated with Mustapha on the international recognition. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Mustapha is a lawyer engaged in humanitarian activities among the Internally Displaced Persons in the Northeast. Buhari believed that Mustapha had inspired many Nigerians as well as national and international humanitarian organisations for his outstanding works on education, peace, reconciliation and stability in the North-East of the country. He noted that Mustapha earned t...
President Buhari Meets Governors Gaidam, Tambuwal, Badaru In Closed-Door
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President Buhari Meets Governors Gaidam, Tambuwal, Badaru In Closed-Door

President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday met three Northern governors in closed-door at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The three governors that met the President separately are Ibrahim Gaidam of Yobe State, Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto state and and Abubakar Badaru of Jigawa state. Governor Gaidam said he visited the President to felicitate with him on his recovery from medical trip and also make request of refund of N13 billion the state spent on security issues during the last administration and also to solicit assistance from the Federal Government for the resettlement of the Internally Displaced Persons, IDP. Governor Tambuwal of Sokoto State told State House Correspondents that he came to discus with the President on security situations in the country and the need for exploration of ...
Court Remands Ex-PDP Chairman, Others For Allegedly Diverting IDPs Food
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Court Remands Ex-PDP Chairman, Others For Allegedly Diverting IDPs Food

A Federal High Court in Yola has ordered the remand of former Adamawa PDP Chairman, Abdurrahman Bobboi, in prison for allegedly diverting food meant for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs). Also remanded were Sanda Lamurde, a former Commissioner for Finance, and Feredan George, a former Chief Store Officer of the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA). Justice Bilkisu Aliyu gave the order on Wednesday, at the hearing of a case of alleged forgery and stealing brought against the trio by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC). The accused are facing 16 charges bordering on forgery, theft and fraud. According to the EFCC Counsel, Abubakar Aliyu, the suspects were arraigned following a petition received from members of Agricultural Transformation Agro-Allied Farmers C...
Cholera Outbreak: 1m Borno Residents To Be Vaccinated
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Cholera Outbreak: 1m Borno Residents To Be Vaccinated

About one million people are expected to receive Oral Cholera Vaccine (OCV) in the 5-day vaccination campaigns against Cholera, in Borno State. The exercise, which started, on Monday, following the outbreak of Cholera in camps for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), would end on Friday. The state’s Commissioner for Health, Dr. Haruna Mshelia, disclosed this at the flag-off of the vaccination in Maiduguri, on Tuesday. He said any child above age one could receive the oral vaccine. The World Health Organisation (WHO) which is leading the campaign with other national and international partners, said 915, 005 doses of Oral Cholera Vaccine (OCV) had been delivered to Nigeria for use in Borno State. “The 915, 005 doses of Oral Cholera Vaccine (OCV) from the Gavi-funded global stockp...
Only Buhari Will Decide Fate Of Lawal, Oke – Osinbajo
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Only Buhari Will Decide Fate Of Lawal, Oke – Osinbajo

Only President Muhammadu Buhari will determine the fate of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir Lawal, and the Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ambassador Ayo Oke, suspended over sundry allegations leveled against them. Vice President Yemi Osinbajo who gave the indication yesterday after he submitted the report of the panel, which investigated the duo, was however silent on the recommendations in the two volume documents he made available to the President in the villa. This happened as the weekly meeting of the members of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) was put off yesterday. A terse statement signed by the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, and made available to newsmen did not give reasons for the dev...
Denmark, Nigeria To Tackle Irregular Migration
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Denmark, Nigeria To Tackle Irregular Migration

Danish Development Cooperation Minister Ulla Tornæs, on Wednesday, expressed her country’s determination to assist Nigeria tackle irregular migration from the country to Denmark and Europe. Tornaes stated this while addressing journalists at the end of a close-door meeting between a delegation from Denmark and Foreign Affairs Minister Geoffrey Onyeama in Abuja. Tornaes was accompanied by that country’s Minister for Immigration and Integration, Inger Stojberg, and the Ambassador of Denmark to Nigeria, Torbben Getterman, among others. Tornaes, who said that the delegation was also in Nigeria to strengthen the trade relations between the two countries, assured that more Danish investors would come to invest in Nigeria. Tornae said: “We are here in Nigeria to strengthen the trade r...
Yobe, World Bank Empower IDPs To Invest In Agriculture
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Yobe, World Bank Empower IDPs To Invest In Agriculture

Yobe state government in collaboration with the World Bank have supported returnee Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and those still in camps with farm inputs. The farm inputs will enable them to engage in agricultural activities toward economic recovery. Musa Jidawa, permanent secretary, Yobe state emergency management agency (SEMA), disclosed this in Damaturu, on Sunday. Jidawa said the state government had provided 300 IDPs with farmlands, tractors seeds and fertilisers. He also said the UNDP in collaboration with Japanese government, the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) and the Victims Support Fund (VSF) had also supported the IDPs with cash, improved seeds, fertilisers and livestock. The World Bank Fadama project on its part has supported vulnerable persons an...
UN Says Military Raid Won’t Affect Relations With Nigeria
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UN Says Military Raid Won’t Affect Relations With Nigeria

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) has resumed assistance to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Borno State, 24 hours after an army raid on its Maiduguri compound. The organisation had suspended its activities to protest the raid which the army said was in search of high profile elements of the terror sect, Boko Haram, which informants claimed had infiltrated the part of the city where the building is located. Governor Kashim Shettima, in a swift response to the suspension of activities by UNOCHA, convened an emergency Security Council meeting to review the development where he pledged government’s continued diplomatic protection for the UN personnel. In attendance were the General Officer Commanding the 7th Division of the Nigerian...
NAF Offers Free Medical Services To 4,000 Bakassi IDPs
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NAF Offers Free Medical Services To 4,000 Bakassi IDPs

The Nigerian Air Force, on Thursday, said it has provided free medical services for 4,000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps at the Bakassi Peninsula. The four-day medical outreach according to the NAF, is aimed at addressing the healthcare needs of the displaced Nigerians from the disputed Bakassi Peninsula, who are taking refuge at the Ikot-Effiom and Ekpri-Obutong IDP camps in Bakassi Local Government Area of Cross-River State. Aside providing free medical services to the displaced persons, the NAF, also attended to indigenes of the host community who trooped out in their thousands to benefit from the programme. A statement by NAF, director public relations and information, Air Commodore Adetokunbo Adesanya, listed the free medical services offered to include wide range ...
I No Longer Collect Pension In Kwara – Saraki
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I No Longer Collect Pension In Kwara – Saraki

The President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki, said he had stopped collecting pension in Kwara as a former governor of the state. He said that he wrote a letter to the state government to stop the payment of the pension. According to Saraki, the move was sequel to complaints from some quarters that former governors who are currently senators or ministers were receiving pension and salary in their new jobs, all from the government. A civil society organisation, Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, had accused the former governors of receiving double pay from government, and said it was illegal. “No, I’m not collecting pension; the moment I saw that allegation, I wrote to my state to stop my pension. “So, I speak for myself on that part; I’m not doing that, I am n...
Bad Weather Affecting Raids On Boko Haram — NAF
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Bad Weather Affecting Raids On Boko Haram — NAF

The Air Component Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, Air Commodore Tajudeen Oladele, made the announcement on Thursday in Yola, Adamawa State while briefing newsmen on the activities of the command from April to June. The Nigerian Air Force says bad weather is adversely affecting its operations in the ongoing fight against Boko Haram insurgents in the North-East. The Air Component Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, Air Commodore Tajudeen Oladele, made the announcement on Thursday in Yola, Adamawa State while briefing newsmen on the activities of the command from April to June. Oladele said: “The major challenge affecting air operations at this period is adverse weather. “Thunderstorm and rainfall impacted negatively on our operations. “This is however to be expected during the...
Boko Haram: 46,000 IDPs Return To Borno From Cameroon, Chad, Niger – NEMA
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Boko Haram: 46,000 IDPs Return To Borno From Cameroon, Chad, Niger – NEMA

Alhaji Mustapha Maihaja, the Director General of NEMA, made this known while distributing relief materials to the displaced persons in Banki, Bama Local Government Area of Borno State. The National Emergency Management Agency says 46,000 Internally Displaced Persons displaced by the Boko Haram insurgency have returned to Borno State. Alhaji Mustapha Maihaja, the Director General of NEMA, made this known while distributing relief materials to the displaced persons in Banki, Bama Local Government Area of Borno State. He said that the IDPs fled to Cameroon, Chad and Niger Republic at the peak of the insurgency. Maihaja said that thousands of Nigerians who fled their homes in Banki in the wake of insurgents attacks had returned, following the success recorded in the counter-insurgenc...
Relief Materials For Bakassi IDPs Not Diverted – SEMA Chief
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Relief Materials For Bakassi IDPs Not Diverted – SEMA Chief

The Director General of the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Mr John Inaku, has said that none of the relief materials meant for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) of Bakassi in Cross River State was diverted. Speaking on Tuesday, Mr Inaku said: “The truth is that nothing has been diverted; she (Senator Florence Ita-Giwa) just wanted to raise alarm to score cheap popularity because the materials were not given to her for distribution”. He explained that when the materials arrived, he handed them over to the Head of Local Government Administration in Bakassi, who is just like the Chairman of Council, adding that she in turn handed them to Chief Udeme Effiong Okon. According to him, Chief Okon’s compound had been the central place for keeping those materials. “Before th...
State Distributes Sets Of Animal Traction Equipment To IDPs
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State Distributes Sets Of Animal Traction Equipment To IDPs

Gov. Ibrahim Gaidam of Yobe on Friday distributed 130 sets of animal traction equipment to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Gujba and Gulani local government areas to revive their agricultural production The governor, who distributed the animals and traction equipment in Buni-Yadi, said that the project was aimed at boosting food production in the communities of returning IDPs. Gaidam, who was represented by the state Commissioner for Agriculture, Alhaji Mustapha Gajirima, said: “In an effort to ensure food security and fight poverty, government procured the animals and the traction packages for distribution to the displaced persons.’’ He said that the government procured 130 pairs of oxen carts and agricultural implements at the cost of N49.6 million. The governor urged ...
Cross River, Fed Govts Urged To Probe Bakassi Resettlement Programme
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Cross River, Fed Govts Urged To Probe Bakassi Resettlement Programme

The Coalition of Bakassi Indigenes has called on the Federal and Cross River Governments to probe the activities of Bakassi Resettlement Programme Committee set up in 2008. The group made the appeal on Tuesday in Bakassi, Bakassi Local Government Area, while briefing newsmen on the condition of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) at Ekpikan camp. Dr Ani Esin, the Coordinator of the coalition, said the committee set up by the Federal Government after the signing of Green Tree Agreement in 2008, had become obsolete and were no longer working for the interest of the Bakassi returnees. “We thank the Federal Government for its usual response to the plight of our displaced brothers and sisters through the National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons. “H...
VSF Provides Extra N20m For Treatment Of Terror Victims In Borno Hospitals
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VSF Provides Extra N20m For Treatment Of Terror Victims In Borno Hospitals

The Victims Support Fund on Sunday said it has provided additional N20 million to two main hospitals in Maiduguri, Borno State, to continue the free treatment of patients affected by Boko Haram violence. The N20 million donation was a second phase of such intervention being received by University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital (UMTH) and the Borno State Specialist Hospital where most of the victims of the Boko Haram attacks are being treated. Each of the two healthcare facilities got additional N10 million each. In 2015, the VSF made a donation of N20 million each to the two hospitals to enable them provide free medical care to injured victims of the on-going insurgency. The foundation said it has also provided an accountability-spread sheet to the benefitting hospitals to ensu...
Tuface Pledges To Donate Song’s Proceeds To UNHCR For IDPs, Refugees
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Tuface Pledges To Donate Song’s Proceeds To UNHCR For IDPs, Refugees

Music icon, Innocent Idibia, popularly known as Tuface, has pledged to donate the proceeds from his song to the UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), Nigeria, to assist Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs). Tuface, who is the Chairman of the Tuface Foundation, made the pledge on Thursday when he visited the UNHCR office in Abuja. He said that his foundation would donate 60 per cent of the proceeds from his music dedicated to Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs). Tuface said that the song, which would be launched in commemoration of the World Refugees Day on June 20, is part of his contribution to alleviating the plights of the IDPs. “I have decided to dedicate my time, resources and my voice to support the UNHCR in this massive endeavor of alleviating the sufferin...
Osinbajo Visits Maiduguri Despite Boko Haram Attack
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Osinbajo Visits Maiduguri Despite Boko Haram Attack

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has visited Maiduguri, less than 24 hours after Boko Haram attacked a community in the Borno State capital, killing many. Professor Osinbajo is in the state to inaugurate the distribution of grains to the Internally Displaced Persons in the North East. Over 30,000 tonnes are expected to be distributed to the IDPs as part of efforts to avert a humanitarian crisis in the insurgency-ravaged region. Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima, who welcomed the Acting President, said he was surprised that the visit took place despite the attacks by Boko Haram on Wednesday. Ahead of the visit, security was beefed up in Maiduguri and there were many Armored Personnel Carriers stationed in parts of the city, while military helicopters and fighter jets provided ...
MURIC Opposes Permission Granted Ex-Minister’s Son Standing Trial To Go For Hajj
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MURIC Opposes Permission Granted Ex-Minister’s Son Standing Trial To Go For Hajj

The Muslim Rights Concern has opposed the permission granted by a Federal High Court in Abuja on Wednesday to Shamsudeen, the son of a former Federal Capital Territory, Bala Mohammed, to travel for ‘Umrah (lesser hajj). Shamsudeen is standing trial on charges of money laundering to the tune of N1.2 billion. The Muslim Rights Concern denounces the permission granted the accused in a statement by its Director, Prof. Ishaq Akintola, saying the trial judge has been misled, adding: “It is a miscarriage of justice and undue indulgence. Permission to travel abroad is usually given to accused persons on medical grounds. Religion is not strong enough as reason for granting an accused person leave to travel outside the country. “This is a flimsy excuse. The accused is not even going for hajj (...
Buhari Sets Up Committee To End Faceoff With Senate
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Buhari Sets Up Committee To End Faceoff With Senate

President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday set up a committee to resolve the perennial rift between the executive and the legislature. The committee, chaired by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, has as members, all ministers who were at one time federal legislators as well as the Senior Special Assistants to the President on National Assembly Matters, Ita Enang (Senate) and Samaila Kawu (House of Representatives). The committee met behind closed doors after the federal executive council meeting amidst concern over the strained relationship between the executive and the Senate in particular. "The executive is also concerned that the relationship between the two arms of government is not as smooth as it is supposed to be,” information minister later said in his briefing. "In any democra...
2face Idibia Donates N3.5m To UNHCR
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2face Idibia Donates N3.5m To UNHCR

Nigerian Music icon, Innocent Idibia, popularly known as 2face, has donated N3.5 million to the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) to support humanitarian interventions. The commission disclosed this in a statement by Mr Hanson Tamfu, External Relations Officer, UNHCR, Nigeria, on Monday in Abuja. He said the donation from the 2face Foundation was to support the commission in providing life-saving support to families forcibly displaced in Nigeria and across the continent. Tamfu said that Tuface expressed joy and commitment to helping the victims of insurgency who have been forced to flee their homes as a result of the unrest in the North-East. He said the musician also pledged his continuous support to UNHCR in its humanitarian assistance to the Internally Disp...
NDLEA Arrests 19 IDPs For Illegal Drugs And Sales In Camps
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NDLEA Arrests 19 IDPs For Illegal Drugs And Sales In Camps

Maiduguri – The Borno command of the Nigeria Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) said it arrested 19 Internally Displaced Persons(IDPs) for alleged drug abuse and sale in camps. The Commandant of the NDLEA, Mr Ona Ogilegwu, a lawyer, stated this in an interview in Maiduguri. He said the suspects were arrested on 1 February this year during a raid by men of the command. Ogilegwu said the suspects were nabbed in Bakkasi and Mogolis IDPs camps in the Maiduguri metropolis. He said that illicit substances like cannabis sativa, rophenol, and diazepam, benylin with codeine, suck and Die solution and several other substances, were seized from them. “You will recall that the command had embarked a massive sensitisation campaign in almost all the IDPs camps here in Maiduguri in Decemb...
There Was Nothing Accidental About Borno IDP Settlement Bombing – Survivor
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There Was Nothing Accidental About Borno IDP Settlement Bombing – Survivor

One of the survivors of the accidental bombing of the Internally Displaced Persons settlement in Rann, Borno state has narrated his experience. Recall that the Nigerian Army fighter jet on Tuesday was reported to have accidentally bombed the IDP settlements. Speaking on the tragic situation which led to the death of several civilians, Abdulwahab Adam, in a chat with Punch revealed that the fighter jet dropped bomb on the area three times. The survivor who along with others is receiving treatment at the General Hospital in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital said: “The bombs were dropped on us thrice and there was no way a mistake could be made thrice.” speaking further on the attack, the survivor pointed that there was nothing accidental about the air strike. “There was nothing...