North-East Governors urge military to sustain fight against insurgency

Governors of the North-East geo-political zone have asked the military to sustain its momentum in the fight against insurgency in the region by taking advantage of the current division among the insurgents. The governors made the call on Tuesday, at the 5th edition of the North-East Governors’ Forum, which was held at the Government House in Jalingo, Taraba State. The meeting came 24 hours after southern governors met in Lagos State and reached some decisions on insecurity, PIB, 2023 presidency, among other issues. In a communique issued at the end…

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Insecurity: Boko Haram war has led to 350,000 deaths – UN

…Says more than 90% are children…170 dying every day A new United Nations (UN) report estimates that the 12-year conflict in north-eastern Nigeria has contributed to the deaths of nearly 350,000 people – more than 90% of whom are children. The death toll, given by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) in a new study on the war and its effect on livelihoods published yesterday, is 10 times higher than previous estimates of about 35,000 based only on those killed in fighting in Nigeria since violence broke out. The UNDP stated that…

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2.6 million Nigerians face food crisis in North-East – UN Report

Over 2.6 million people are at risk of facing a food crisis in the North-East, a report by the United Nations, Borno State government and other partners have shown. The Managing Director, North East Development Commission, (NEDC), Mohammed Akali, made this known during a roundtable meeting with stakeholders on the humanitarian situation in the region.  He said the NEDC was mobilising resources to stockpile food to intervene in an event of an emergency and stressed the need for a coordinated approach by all actors in the humanitarian and development cycle…

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North-East: Boko Haram/ISWAP free UN staff, nine others

Several humanitarian workers and civilians abducted during attacks on the North-East have been released by Boko Haram/Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) insurgents. After more than five months, Abubakar Garba Idris, a senior Protection Assistant with the United Nation High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), who was abducted by the Islamic State of West African Province(ISWAP) on Maiduguri/Damaturu highway, has regained freedom. According to authentic humanitarian sources, Idris , who is popularly known as Alooma, is undergoing medical and military checks with troops of ‘Operation Hadin-Kai‘ in Maiduguri before he was reunited…

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Orphanages in North East seek support as cultural, religious factors hamper domestication of Child Rights Act

Operators of orphanage homes in some states of the North East say support from individuals and organisations is inadequate, just as the geo-political zone battles with security challenges. Respondents to a survey in Bauchi, Gombe, Adamawa, Borno, Yobe and neighbouring Jigawa states, say although the state governments have been doing their best, the enormity of the challenge calls for the contributions of all and sundry. The survey also indicated that the Child Rights Act is yet to be domesticated in almost all the states in the zone due largely to cultural…

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North East Commission pledges to remove 500,000 idle youths from streets

The North East Development Commission-Education Endowment Fund (NEDC-EEF), has expressed determination to remove over 500,000 idle youths from the streets in the next five years in the region. Mr Macauley Hunohashi, Head of Media and Publicity of the fund, in a statement on Saturday in Abuja, said the Chairman of NEDC-EEF, Chief David Kente, made the pledge at an interactive session with Sen. Abdulazeez Nyako. He applauded the visionary and patriotic effort of Sen. Nyako, which saw to the establishment of the commission, saying “we will sustain that vision to…

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