Wednesday 20 September 2017
(AFP (eng) 09/20/17)
Nigeria was warned on Tuesday that clashes between herders and farmers threatened the country's national security, after such conflict claimed more lives last year than the Boko Haram insurgency. The International Crisis Group said some 2,500 people were killed in 2016 and tens of thousands forced from their homes, as unrest spread southwards from central and northern states. "These clashes are becoming as potentially dangerous as the Boko Haram insurgency in the northeast," it said in "Herders Against Farmers: Nigeria's Expanding Deadly Conflict". The new report called for more cooperation and the adoption of a number of measures, including better rural security, designated grazing areas and conflict resolution programmes. The violence has been attributed to...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/20/17)
Nigeria’s air force on Tuesday said it was deploying aircraft to the southeast of the country where unrest related to a campaign for secession has escalated in an area formerly known as Biafra. The military presence in the southeast has increased in the last few weeks as part of an operation that the military said was part of efforts to crack down on crime, kidnapping and secessionist agitation. The air force deployment marks a further escalation of the operation, which began this month. “The essence of the deployment is to provide the necessary air cover to the ground troops to enhance overall operational cohesion and efficiency,” said Olatokunbo Adesanya, a Nigerian Air Force (NAF) spokesman. “The request by the Nigerian...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/20/17)
Health workers in northeast Nigeria said on Tuesday they were striving to contain a cholera outbreak which is sweeping through camps for those uprooted by Boko Haram, amid a drive to vaccinate hundreds of thousands of people against the disease. More than 2,600 people have been infected and at least 48 have died so far in Borno state, heart of an insurgency by the Islamist militants and the disease outbreak, which began last month in a camp for the displaced,...
(AFP (eng) 09/19/17)
Eighteen people drowned in boat accidents in Nigeria last weekend, the emergency services said Tuesday, nearly a week after more than 50 died when an overloaded craft capsized. Twelve people lost their lives on Saturday when their boat capsized during heavy rainfall on the River Kaduna, in the Shiroro district of central Niger state. The head of the Niger state emergency management agency, Ahmed Ibrahim Inga, said the passengers were heading to a local market in Kwata-Zuma village at the time. "So far, 12 bodies have been removed from the river...
(APA 09/19/17)
Nigeria is taking steps to block the sources of funds for the pro-secession group, which have been identified. The major pro-secession group, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), had been proscribed by the five governors of the South East, the region which the secessionists are declaring independent. Information and culture minister Lai Mohammed said on Tuesday that although the terrorists did not publish their funding sources, but ``we know the countries that are supporting IPOB’’. “We know the sources of...
(Bloomberg 09/19/17)
An outbreak of cholera in the troubled northeast of Nigeria has killed 44 people from 2,300 suspected cases since the waterborne disease appeared in mid-August, the United Nations said. Some 3.7 million people could be affected by the outbreak in Borno state, an area already hit by one of the world’s most severe relief crises, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said in an emailed statement Monday. Borno is the birthplace of the Boko Haram Islamist group...
(Bloomberg 09/19/17)
Kadi Bah saw people starving in the Sahara desert and drowning in the Mediterranean during her failed six-month odyssey to reach Europe. But as soon as the United Nations plane bringing her back home from Libya to Ivory Coast touched down, she was hatching plans to try again. “I’ll be so proud of myself if I can make it to Europe; I’ll tell everybody I managed to leave,” the 23-year-old hairdresser said. “That’s why I keep trying.” At first glance,...
(APA 09/19/17)
Four people are feared dead in an inferno that occurred at the petroleum jetty belonging to the state-run Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) in Apapa, Lagos on Monday. According to local media reports, the inferno started at about 3.00 am when a vessel laden with petroleum products was discharging at the jetty. The reports added that three of the affected persons were loading masters for the Major Oil Marketers Association of Nigeria (MOMAN), while the fourth was yet to be...
(AFP (eng) 09/18/17)
At least 44 people have now died in a cholera outbreak in northeast Nigeria, the United Nations said Monday, calling for nearly $10 million to keep the disease from spreading. "To date, the outbreak has claimed at least 44 lives, out of close to 2,300 confirmed and/or suspected cases," the world body said in a statement. About $9.9 million (8.3 million euros) is needed as part of the relief effort, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)...
(AFP (eng) 09/18/17)
A Nigerian lawyer who helped secure the release of more than 100 schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram was on Monday awarded one of the United Nations' top prizes. The UNHCR said Zannah Mustapha was given the annual Nansen award for his "crucial mediating" role as well as his work helping children affected by the long-running conflict. Last year's recipients of the award were more than 2,000 volunteers who saved the lives of thousands of migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean to Europe. Mustapha, who is in his late-50s, said the award was unexpected but he was "exceedingly happy" to have been chosen.
(Reuters (Eng) 09/18/17)
A Nigerian minister accused the government’s political opponents of sponsoring a campaign for secession in part of southeast Nigeria formerly known as Biafra, where unrest has been rising. Secessionist sentiment has simmered in the southeast since the Biafra separatist rebellion plunged Africa’s most populous country into a civil war in 1967-70 that killed an estimated one million people. Campaigners from the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) have intensified calls for secession since their leader, Nnamdi Kanu, was released on bail...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/18/17)
A Nigerian lawyer who helped to secure the release of dozens of the Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram in 2014 was on Monday announced the winner of a U.N. prize for providing an education to children uprooted by violence in northeast Nigeria. Zannah Mustapha is the founder of two schools which offer free education, meals and healthcare to its pupils, and even enroll children born to Boko Haram fighters to learn alongside those orphaned by the Islamist group’s eight-year...
(Leadership 09/18/17)
A group, the South-South Reawakening Group (SSRG) has applauded the Federal Government over the recent ban on the activities of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and it’s subsequent classification as a terrorist organisation. SSRG, in a statement issued in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital yesterday and signed by its President, Joseph Ambakaderimo, pledged to continue to support steps being taken by President Muhammadu Buhari, in curtailing activities of IPOB and other similar organizations. Noting that members of the group...
(AFP (eng) 09/16/17)
At least 33 people drowned after an overloaded boat carrying traders from Niger capsized in northwest Nigeria, the National Emergency Management (NEMA) said on Friday. They were travelling from Gaya in the Dosso region of southern Niger to Lolo, in the Baguda area of Kebbi state, when the accident happened on Wednesday morning. NEMA coordinator Suleiman Mohammed Karim said the boat had a capacity of 70 passengers but survivors said 150 people and their goods were on board. "Eighty-four passengers were rescued by Nigerian and Nigerien rescue officials and the assistance of local divers," he told AFP.
(AFP (eng) 09/16/17)
Nigeria's military on Friday branded a pro-Biafra group "a militant terrorist organisation", as state governors moved to calm fears of a wider outbreak of ethnic violence. In recent days, members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) movement have clashed with security services in the southern city of Port Harcourt and southeastern state of Abia. The military claims a build-up of troops in Abia around the home of IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu, in the state capital, Umuahia, is part of an operation against violent crime. But IPOB suspects it is designed to crack down on its activities. The group wants an independent state for the Igbo people who dominate the southeast.
(AFP (eng) 09/15/17)
Civilian militia helping the Nigerian military against Boko Haram have promised to stop using children as part of their security operations, the United Nations said on Friday. The Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF) agreed to the measure as part of a new action plan signed in the northeastern Borno state capital, Maiduguri, Unicef said in a statement. The UN's annual report on children and armed conflict, published in May, found that 228 children, some of them as young as nine,...
(APA 09/15/17)
The Nigerian Army is forging ahead to launch ``Operation Python Dance II (Egwu Eke 11)’’ on Friday in spite of violent opposition in the South East. The opposition to the deployment of troops had triggered conflict between the military and supporters of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB). The IPOB members suspect that the army was in Abia state, for instance, to arrest their controversial leader, Nnamdi Kanu. The soldiers were on Sunday confronted by the youths, who hauled stones...
(APA 09/15/17)
Nigeria’s Inspector- General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris, has told the country’s Vice President Yemi Osinbajo that police detachments have been deployed in Abia State following the outbreak of violence. IGP Idris said on Thursday that the police are adopting a three-pronged approach to resolving the security crisis in northeastern Nigeria sparked by resistance by members of pro-secessionist movements against the deployment of troops in Abia. “The strategy we are using is to ensure that we deploy policemen throughout the...
(Punch 09/15/17)
The Presidency has lambasted a former Minister of Education, Oby Ezekwesili, for accusing President Muhammadu Buhari of being a sectional leader. The Presidency further stated that the Indigenous People of Biafra was deliberately provoking soldiers to commit acts of violence in order to draw sympathy from the international community. The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said this in a statement on Thursday. Shehu said, “While the military are taking all precautions to observe...
(Leadership 09/15/17)
The Igbo and other traders have opened their shops for their normal daily businesses as Kaduna is peaceful without break down of law and order. Our correspondent who is monitoring the situation in Kaduna reports that the buying and selling is going on without hitches as security operatives were seen patrolling the major roads. Also, commercial banks and other offices were opened in Kaduna. Governor Nasir El-Rufai’s spokesman, Samuel Aruwan, who is updating the security situation live, had on Thursday...

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