Revue de presse

Revue de Presse du 26 Novembre 2021

Actualités regionales / Regional News

Zulum in Southern Borno to Commission 23 Projects. Source: prnigeria 

To Strengthen Security Formations Governor Babagana Umara Zulum is in southern Borno senatorial zone to commission 22 government projects, mostly schools and healthcare centres in towns and villages. Zulum arrived Biryel, headquarters of Bayo Local Government Area on Tuesday evening and passed the night there.

In this, Wednesday, the Governor kick starts his commissioning of projects from Bayo.

Nigeria : L’armée de l’air largue des bombes sur deux camps de bandits et élimine plusieurs chefs. Source : KOACI 

L’armée de l’air nigériane a mené des frappes aériennes contres des camps occupés par des bandits, dans l’Etat de Sokoto dans le nord-ouest du Nigeria. L’aviation nigériane a bombardé deux camps établis par des groupes criminels entraînant la mort des principaux chefs de gangs et leurs fantassins.

Les enfants soldats victimes de violences sexuelles, selon l’UNICEF. Source fr.africanews.com 

Prisonniers des conflits, les enfants d’Afrique de l’Ouest et d’Afrique centrale sont les plus recrutés par les groupes armés et comptent également le plus grand nombre de victimes de violences sexuelles, indique un rapport publié mardi par le Fonds des Nations unies pour l’enfance (UNICEF).

Niger : plusieurs combattants de Boko Haram tués et des matériels militaires saisis. Source beninwebtv.com 

La force multinationale mixte en mission de sécurisation dans la région de Diffa, a annoncé ce mercredi, avoir neutralisé plusieurs combattants de Boko Haram et saisi divers matériels militaires. L’opération « BOUNI MA » (Pécher le poisson en Kanouri), menée du 21 au 23 novembre 2021 aux alentours de la ville de Diffa, au sud-est du Niger, par le Secteur 4 de la Force Multinationale Mixte, a été un coup de succès. Selon le bilan annoncé par la force multinationale mixte, un soldat a été tué lors de l’offensive.

Plus de 40% d’humains mangent mal (rapport). Source : Tchadinfo 

Le rapport sur la nutrition mondiale 2021 alerte notamment sur la malbouffe qui concerne plus de 40% de personnes. Selon ce rapport, dans le monde, 192 millions d’enfants de moins de 5 ans souffrent d’un retard de croissance, 45,4 millions sont émaciés et 38,9% millions sont en surpoids. Plus de 40% d’humains ( 2,2 milliards de personnes) sont maintenant en surpoids ou obèses.

Présence militaire au Sahel : La France indésirable. Source

Décidemment rien ne va plus pour la France dans le continent africain, tant le sentiment anti-Français va chaque jour grandissant. Cela est particulièrement le cas en Afrique subsaharienne appelée communément la région du Sahel.

Le Nigéria planifie de verser 5,8 milliards de dollars par an en espèces aux pauvres. Source : Agence Anadulu 

Le Nigéria planifie de fournir des aides en espèces aux pauvres, ce qui coûterait au gouvernement 2 400 milliards de nairas par an (5,8 milliards de dollars) dans le but de remplacer les subventions aux carburants. Selon les déclarations faites, mercredi, par Zainab Ahmed, ministre nigériane des Finances, du Budget et de la Planification nationale.

Déploiement du G5 Sahel : le Tchad au cœur de la stratégie régionale. Source : atlantico.fr 

La fin de Barkhane oblige la France à un repositionnement stratégique dans la bande sahélienne, avec le soutien de ses partenaires européens et africains. La mise sur pied du G5 Sahel est une étape indispensable de cette transition. Avec ce groupe, le Tchad devient un pilier central de la bande-sahélienne et de la stratégie française.

Ouest du Niger : de récents massacres ont entraîné la naissance de milices d’autodéfense. Source : TV5 monde 

Jusqu’alors absentes du Niger, des milices d’autodéfense sont apparues dans l’ouest du pays à l’occasion de récents massacres perpétrés par des jihadistes présumés : composées de jeunes sans formation et mal équipés, elles sont juste tolérées par le pouvoir.

Le Niger contre la création des milices d’auto défense. Source : Studio Kalangu 

Le Niger fait face ces dernières années à des défis sécuritaires, dans plusieurs parties du pays. Une recrudescence des attaques sur les civils et les militaires.

Le 2 novembre 2021, 69 civils ont été tués dans le département de Banibangou, selon un article du Studio kalangou en date du 5 novembre. Ces personnes font partie d’un groupe d’autodéfense locale composé d’au moins 80 personnes toutes armées.

Le 16 novembre 2021, 25 autres jeunes membres d’une milice d’autodéfense de la région de Tahoua ont été tués à Bakorat dans le département de Tillia.

La création de ces groupes d’autodéfense est favorisée par la croissance du banditisme et la présence des groupes armés non étatiques qui sèment la terreur.

Cameroun : regain d’insécurité à Mokolo dans l’Extrême-Nord. Source cateaunews.com 

L’épreuve de maintien de l’ordre s’est déroulée dans la périphérie de la ville. Les responsables sécuritaires n’ont pas donné plus de détails sur l’identité de la victime. Au cours de l’opération, les éléments des Forces de Sécurité ont retrouvé une arme de guerre de type AK-47 avec deux chargeurs et des balles de gros calibre.

Paix et sécurité / Peace & Security

L’Afrique de l’ouest et du centre constituent un grand réservoir d’enfant soldats, ONU. Source : beninweb 

Dans un rapport publié mardi, l’UNICEF a indiqué que les parties ouest et centre du continent africain sont celles qui constituent le plus grand réservoir d’enfants soldats recrutés et utilisés par les forces armées et les groupes armés.

Niger : des individus armés brûlent des fournitures scolaires à Tillabéry. Source : aniamey 

Le 18 novembre 2021, des membres d’un groupe armé non étatique (GAN) s’étaient rendus dans le village de Gamkala, département de Torodi (région de Tillabéry), où ils ont brûlé des fournitures scolaires après avoir prêché dans la grande mosquée du Village.

Dans une correspondance adressée au Directeur de l’éducation nationale du département de Torodi, l’inspecteur de l’éducation dudit département a informé que des individus membres d’un GAN s’étaient rendus dans le village de Gamkala. « Après avoir prêché dans la grande mosquée du village, ils s’en étaient pris à l’école où ils brûlèrent des cahiers d’élèves avant de se retirer de l’école et du Village », a indiqué l’inspecteur de l’éducation, chef de service, du département de Torodi.

Le Nigeria va livrer une vingtaine de combattants ambazoniens aux autorités Camerounaises. Source actucameroun.com

Le Nigeria va rapatrier vers le Cameroun, une vingtaine de commandos ambazoniens dans le cadre d’une coopération entre les deux pays pour lutter contre les groupes armés.

La FAO appelle les pays à préparer leurs systèmes alimentaires à de nouveaux «chocs». Source : RFI 

L’organisation des Nations unies pour l’alimentation et l’agriculture (FAO) a publié mardi 23 novembre son rapport annuel. La pandémie de Covid-19, le changement climatique et les conflits ont, cette année encore, eu des impacts importants sur la sécurité alimentaire notamment sur le continent africain.

Sahel : La présidente en exercice du Conseil des ministres en charge du genre plaide pour le renforcement de résilience en monde rural. Source : RNI 

La ministre tchadienne de la Femme, de la Famille et de la Protection de la petite enfance, Amina Priscille Longoh, par ailleurs présidente en exercice du Conseil des ministres en charge du genre du G5 Sahel, a pris part  en Guinée-Bissau, à la journée portes ouvertes sur la mise en œuvre, en Afrique de l’Ouest et au Sahel, des résolutions 1325 qui concernent la question de genre, jeunes, paix et sécurité.

 

Humanitaire/ Humanitarian

Région de Tillabéri : La Directrice Exécutive Adjointe de l’UNFPA visite le Centre de prise en charge des femmes victimes des VBG de Daibéri. Source : Agence Nigérienne de Presse 

Tillabéri, 24 Nov (ANP)- La Directrice Exécutive Adjointe du Fonds des Nations Unies pour la Population (UNFPA), Mme Diene Keita a visité, ce mercredi 24 novembre 2021, le Centre multifonctionnel de prise en charge holistique des survivantes des violences basées sur le genre (VBG) de Daibéri dans la région de Tillabéri.

Choléra : l’épidémie fait plus de 3.300 morts au Nigéria et 156 décès au Niger. Source : ONU info 

Une épidémie de choléra a fait 3.300 morts au Nigéria parmi quelques 94.000 malades recensés majoritairement dans l’état du « Niger » à l’ouest du pays, a indiqué mercredi le Bureau de coordination des affaires humanitaires de l’ONU (OCHA).

Afrique : le CICR déplore l’accès limité à l’aide humanitaire pour 26 millions de personnes. Source aa.com.tr

Le Comité International de la Croix-Rouge (CICR) a déploré mardi, les difficultés énormes qui entravent l’accès à l’aide humanitaire pour quelque 26 millions de personnes dans certaines zones africaines.

« Dans ces zones, l’accès aux services essentiels, comme les soins de santé, est extrêmement limité en raison des conflits armés et de la violence en général » a estimé le Comité international de la Croix-Rouge (CICR).

 

Stabilisation & Développement économique / Stabilization & Economic Recovery

Cameroun – Collectivités territoriales : Les comptes administratifs 2020 de la Communauté Urbaine de Garoua (Nord) contestés. Source : Cemeroun-info-net 

En dépit des protestations soulevées par certains grands conseillers, qui dénoncent des parfums de détournements de fonds, lesdits comptes ont été adoptés, par 25 parmi les 35. La gestion de la Communauté Urbaine de Garoua (Nord) par le maire de la ville, le Dr Ousmaïla Mahamadou, au cours de l’exercice 2020, ne fait pas l’unanimité au sein du conseil municipal, renseigne un article publié dans le trihebdomadaire « l’œil du Sahel » de ce lundi 22 novembre 2021. La 5e session ordinaire de la Communauté Urbaine de Garoua s’est en effet tenue le 18 novembre dernier dans la ville de Garoua, et était consacrée pour l’essentiel à l’adoption des comptes administratifs de la mairie de la ville pour le compte de l’exercice 2020.

VERS UN AVENIR VERT, RÉSILIENT ET INCLUSIF : FOCUS SAHEL & CLIMAT LORS DES ASSEMBLÉES ANNUELLES DE LA BANQUE MONDIALE. Source : Alliance Sahel

Le rendez-vous est devenu incontournable depuis plusieurs années : la région du G5 Sahel fait l’objet d’importantes réunions lors des assemblées annuelles et de printemps du groupe de la Banque Mondiale. Ce 26 octobre, la rencontre s’est centrée sur l’enjeu du changement climatique, un enjeu de taille au Sahel, où les températures augmentent 1,5 fois plus vite que la moyenne mondiale…  Rassemblant virtuellement plus de 110 participants, la session était co-présidée par M. Ousmane Diagana, Vice-Président de la Banque mondiale pour l’Afrique de l’Ouest et Centrale, S.E. Ousmane Mamoudou KANE, Ministre mauritanien des Affaires économiques et de la Promotion des secteurs productifs, et M. Christoph Rauh, Président du Comité de Pilotage opérationnel de l’Alliance Sahel et Directeur Afrique du Ministère fédéral allemand de la coopération économique et du développement (BMZ).

CAMEROUN : LES PAYS DU BASSIN DU LAC TCHAD EN CONCLAVE À DOUALA .Source camer.be 

Ils réfléchissent sur les mécanismes de renforcement des instruments de coopération transfrontalières pour la gestion des conflits liés à l’exploitation des ressources dans le sous bassin du Logone

Extrême-Nord : 1,3 milliard de FCFA pour la construction d’un centre DDR à Meme. Source actucameroun.com

Le nouveau centre de désarmement, de démobilisation et de réintégration (DDR) des ex-combattants et associés du groupe terroriste Boko Haram sera bâtit sur une superficie de 15.000 ha à Meme, un des cantons de l’arrondissement de Mora dans le Mayo Sava, région de l’Extrême-Nord.

Tchad : le CEDPE installe un point focal pour la réintégration dans le bassin du Lac.Source alwihdainfo.com 

La cérémonie d’installation du point focal du réseau pour la réintégration inclusive dans le bassin du Lac Tchad, a eu lieu ce mardi 23 novembre 2021 au CEDPE à N’djamena. Le représentant du Centre d’études pour le développement et la prévention de l’extrémisme (CEDPE), Ibrahim Moussa Youssouf, souligne que les quatre pays riverains du Lac Tchad connaissent des niveaux de crises sans précédent, exacerbés par des actes de violence répétés, perpétrés par des groupes extrémistes.

Vacciner les enfants pour les immuniser contre les maladies. Source : Studio Kalangu 

Vacciner l’enfant, c’est le protéger contre les maladies évitables grâce à la vaccination.  Le Niger, pays d’Afrique subsaharien, a introduit très tôt la vaccination dans son agenda de développement et de politique sanitaire. C’est en 1987 que le programme élargi de vaccination (PEV) a été lancé. Plus tard, le pays se dote d’un plan pluri annuel de vaccination. Cette année, la semaine Africaine de la vaccination aspire à promouvoir l’utilisation des vaccins pour protéger tous les Africains de la maladie. Le thème retenu pour la célébration de cette semaine est « Les vaccins nous rapprochent ».

Une organisation de femmes du Nigeria distinguée en Allemagne // Au Mexique, un centre pour « reconstruire » les migrants traumatisés. Source :Deutsch Welle 

L’organisation de femmes Women’s Interfaith Council est lauréate du prix de la Paix d’Aix-la-Chapelle 2021. Elle s’engage au Nigeria pour la co-existence pacifique entre musulmans et chrétiens. // Dans la deuxième partie de ce magazine, reportage au Mexique dans un centre qui vient en aide aux migrants qui ont subi des tortures et des mauvais traitements.

G5 Sahel : L’alliance Sahel soutien les pays membres face au changement climatique. Source : RNI 

Dans le cadre de la lutte contre le réchauffement climatique, l’Alliance Sahel s’est engagée pour soutenir les efforts des pays du G5 Sahel. L’Alliance Sahel, officiellement créée en juillet 2019 a un groupe de travail dédié au climat, co-présidé par la Banque Africaine de Développement et le Ministère néerlandais des Affaires étrangères.

Weekly Press Review

Regional News

Again, 996 Boko Haram Fighters Surrender as Troops Kill 90 Terrorists. Source: PRNigeria

Troops of Operation HADIN KAI within the period under review carried out extensive land and air operations across the theatre. Notably, on 12 November 2021, the Air Component of Operation HADIN KAI decimated BHT/ISWAP terrorist elements in offensive air strikes in a location within Baga near the Lake Chad. This was achieved on the heels of credible intelligence and after careful aerial surveillance revealed the gathering of some key members and fighters of the terrorists who arrived the location aboard several boats. Consequently, the theatre commander dispatched a force package of NAF’s platforms to strike the location in successive turns, which led to the neutralization of scores of their key members and fighters of the insurgents. Similarly, on 13 November 2021, own troops in a coordinated ground and air attacks, repelled terrorists’ attack on troops at Askira Uba in Borno State. During the counter-offensive operation, over 50 of the terrorists were neutralized and several of their combat equipment, including gun trucks and other weapons were destroyed. Also, their fighting vehicles as well as large caches of arms and ammunition were recovered during the encounter. However, some of our gallant officers and soldiers paid the supreme prize.

Boko Haram Fighters Surrender Weapons at Gwoza as Troops fight ISWAP in Malam Fatori. Source: PRNigeria

More Boko Haram fighters have surrendered on Wednesday morning at Gwoza as Nigerian troops battle ISWAP terrorists in Malam Fatori this evening. Despite ISWAP move to stop the move, Commanders of Boko Haram and their members have surrendered with their weapons to the troops in Gwoza axis. A military intelligence operative told PRNigeria that more former Boko Haram members are expected to surrender before the end of the year. “Some former Boko Haram Commanders and their members escaped from Jaje area of Sambisa forest and voluntarily surrendered to Operation Hadin Kai troops of 192 Battalion deployed at Gwoza-Limankara road in Borno State. “Most of them were forcefully conscripted into the terror group against their will while they were very young. “So far more than 17,000 members of Boko Haram have surrendered despite all efforts of ISWAP to stop the process,” the officer said.

Boko Haram Forcing Parents To Withdraw Children From Schools, Niger Raises Alarm. Source: Daily Trust

Insurgents in Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger State have been forcing parents to withdraw their children from schools and flouting government’s orders. On the other hand, bandits have resorted to burning of farm produce in the communities because farmers reportedly refused to pay the tax imposed on them. The Secretary to the State Government, Ahmed Ibrahim Matane, disclosed this on Tuesday while giving a security update in Minna, the state capital. He said these things were happening in Kwaki, Kusaso, Kawure, Chikuba, Kurebe, Madaka, Farin-Dutse, Falali and Ibbru communities. Matane said, “They are the areas we believe the operations seem to resemble those of Boko Haram and ISWAP because these people came and tried to align with communities telling them that they need to cooperate with them, so that they would be free; they would not touch them.

Boko Haram establishing camps in Niger State – Official. Source: Premium Times

A breakaway group of the Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) and Boko Haram terrorists are establishing camps in Niger State, the state government has said. The Secretary to the state government, Ahmed Matane, raised the alarn at a press conference in Minna on Tuesday. Mr Matane said armed bandits were aligning with insurgents to indoctrinate residents in some communities in Shiroro Local Government Area. The group has been preaching a strict Islamic ideology and banning women from going to conventional schools. The official identified some of the communities visited by the armed groups as Shukuba, Koki, Kusare, and Madaka.

Mr Matane said the group was assuring residents of protection but asked them to reject western education as well as government directives. “These people often go to communities to communicate with them and assure them that they will not harm them, and join them during Friday congregational prayer to preach to them on the need to forsake western education and embark on civil disobedience,”

Boko Haram, ISWAP setting up camps in Niger, says SSG. Source: the Cable

Sir Ahmed Matane, secretary to Niger state government, says Boko Haram and a faction of the Islamic State in West African Province (ISWAP) are setting up camps in the state.peaking at a press conference in Minna, Niger capital city, on Tuesday, Matane said these groups have been telling communities that they are “God-send” and want to establish a caliphate. The SSG said the insurgents have been asking the people to forsake western education and embark on “civil disobedience”. “These people often go to communities to communicate with them and assure them that they will not harm them, and join them during Friday congregational prayer to preach to them on the need to forsake western education and embark on civil disobedience,” he said

Insurgents Target Marte Town In Northeast Nigeria. Source: HumAngle Media

Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) on Saturday, Nov. 20, evening launched an attack on the northeastern town of Marte, located near the shores of Lake Chad. HumAngle understands that the security situation in the remote town is still fluid, with details remaining sketchy as of the time of filing this report. However, sources said the terrorists entered the besieged town around 5:30 pm on Saturday and stayed there till 2 am Sunday. They also looted hospital supplies and loaded them in a confiscated pick up van, burnt down a house occupied by members of the Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF). There are also unconfirmed reports that the fighters have abducted some individuals linked to the state while they assured the rest of the residents of their safety. Marte is one of the high-risk areas of Borno State inaccessible to humanitarian actors. The Nigerian military contingent in the area is stationed at the Lake Chad Basin quarters in New Marte.

Boko Haram releases videos of four abducted victims. Source: Premium Times

Boko Haram has released videos in which they paraded four men abducted by the terrorists from different locations in the Northeast region of Nigeria. In the short video clips obtained by PREMIUM TIMES, the victims stated their names, where they work, the date they were abducted and the location. One of the victims, who introduced himself as Zakaria Azirkime, said he is a staff of UNICEF and was abducted on the Maiduguri-Damboa road. Two others said they were abducted between Buratai and Buni Yadi, while the fourth, a staff of Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), said he was travelling from Kano to Maiduguri when he was abducted. PREMIUM TIMES observed that the terrorists did not ask the victims to appeal to family members, government or their employers as usually do in previous videos where victims were given such opportunities.

Nigerian Military Beat Back ISWAP Incursion In Damboa. Source: HumAngle Media

The Nigerian military in the early hours of Friday, Nov. 19, pushed back an Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) incursion into Damboa area in Nigeria’s northeastern  State of Borno.

Damboa is located in Southern Borno and about 86 km from Maiduguri, the state capital. The town is also situated close to the dreaded Alagarno and Sambisa forest general areas where insurgents operate. HumAngle has learned that around 6 a.m. ISWAP insurgents attacked the military facility in Damboa but met stiff resistance that led to killing several attackers and withdrawal of the assault. In October, ISWAP insurgents in gun trucks and improvised armoured vehicles burnt the outposts of the Nigerian Mobile Police and Civilian Joint Task Force. On Saturday, ISWAP conducted a raid in Askira about 63 km from Damboa, destroying a telecommunication mast, buildings and vehicles, and looting food supplies. The terror group also targeted the reinforcements contingent from Chibok resulting in the death of an Army Brigadier General, Dzarma Zirkusu and three soldiers.

Fighter Jets Bombard ISWAP Tax Collectors Assaulting Commuters in Kukawa. Source: PRNigeria

The Air Task Force of Operation Hadin Kai has eliminated tax collectors of the Islamic State of West Africa Province, ISWAP, in Kukawa Local Government Area of Borno State, PRNigeria reports. It also gathered that the tax collectors, who always moved in groups, were sighted and targeted at different locations while mounting roadblocks to collect taxes and levies from commuters and merchants in the town. A security operative told PRNigeria that, “The airstrike was conducted at Tumbum Kanta and Mangari, close to Baga in Kukawa local government Area of Borno State. “We couldn’t ascertain the exact figure of the terrorists killed, but they are more than a dozen.”

MNJTF Hosts Military Intelligence Chiefs from America and France. Source: PRNigeria

The Force Commander (FC), Multinational Joint Taskforce (MNJTF), Major General Abdul Khalifah Ibrahim played host to a joint delegation from the French Military Intelligence led by Vice Admiral Denis Bertrand and another from United States Africa Command (AFRICOM) led by Brigadier General Rose Keravuori. While receiving the delegations on 20 November 2021 at the HQ MNJTF, N’Djamena Chad, the FC expressed gratitude and appreciation for the privilege of hosting the two delegations from strategic partners. He commended the stabilization roles of the US and France forces, most especially in African affairs. During his remarks, General Ibrahim traced the immediate and remote causes of the Boko Haram terrorism in the Lake Chad region, which eventually necessitated the re-operationalisation of the Force in 2015. He said, the MNJTF serves as a regional unifying force to tackle the menace of BHT/ISWAP insurgents, hence it is a unique military outfit. Speaking further, he urged the strategic partners to explore more ways of supporting the MNJTF to surmount some difficulties in its efforts to achieve its mandates.

Killings: All The Governors In Nigeria Are Helpless, Says Darius Ishaku. Source: Daily Trust

Governor Darius Ishaku of Taraba State has said all the governors in Nigeria are helpless in terms of protecting the lives and property of citizens. Speaking after Ambazonia fighters from Cameroon invaded a village in Taraba and killed 11 persons, including the monarch, the governor said there is nothing his administration could have done to prevent the attack since he does not control security agencies. The governor said before the incident, he had complained to the federal government and the military about the threat posed by the group. Adding that if had powers to control the police, he would have deployed the police in the community, he also added that there is need for state police. Ishaku spoke in an interview with Channels Television.

Peace and Security

ANALYSIS: What makes women resist violent extremism in Mali, Niger? Source: Premium Times

Research has shown why women join violent extremist groups in Africa, but much less attention is given to those who leave or do not enlist at all. What makes some women resist recruitment? And why do those who join sometimes disengage? The Institute for Security Studies (ISS) has recently explored the circumstances that allowed women to reject or cut ties with Boko Haram in Niger’s Diffa region and Katiba Macina in Mali’s Mopti and Ségou regions. Understanding these factors is key to women’s safety. It will prevent their association with armed groups and reduce their exposure to extremist violence. In Mali and Niger, women have mostly escaped recruitment by fleeing areas where the groups are active. Some end up in camps for internally displaced persons, while others take refuge with relatives who live far away or send their children to family members in safer parts of the country. Women interviewed in Niger took refuge there after escaping areas occupied or under attack by Boko Haram in Nigeria. Those who did not flee avoided places where the groups were active and refrained from publicly criticising them. Interviewees said terror groups often targeted people who openly opposed them. Others said they knew of the group’s activities in their area but did not encounter them. Some women in Niger said their knowledge of Islam and the Qur’an stopped them from joining Boko Haram. In Mali too, women said they were not convinced by Katiba Macina’s religious discourse and could deconstruct and identify inconsistencies in recruiters’ rhetoric. This means that governments should invest in girls’ education from an early age – including religious education – and remove the many socio-cultural, religious and security barriers that obstruct their access.

Insecurity: Successes by military justify Irabor’s emphasis on synergy – Group. Source: Blue Print

A non- political advocacy group, the Security Assessment Group (SAG) has commended the leadership of the Armed Forces of Nigeria (AFN) under the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Lucky Irabor, for continuously re-emphasing the imperatives of joint operations among in the military. The group said its assessment revealed that the enhanced synergy has proved successful in counter-insurgency, anti-banditry and other security operations embarked by the military across the country. The group in a press release on Wednesday signed by the Convener, Bryan Moses, said that recent successes recorded by the Armed Forces of Nigeria in the war against insurgency justified Gen. Irabor’s emphasis on synergy. Gen. Irabor had on Tuesday while delivering the graduation lecture for participants of Army War College Nigeria (AWCN) Course 5-2021, titled, “Enhancing Jointness in Operations in the Armed Forces of Nigeria; My Perspective”, stated that no single arm of the military had been able to single handedly and successfully prosecuted wars and win anywhere in the world, hence the need for operational ‘jointness’ among the services.

Insecurity: TRCN wants NSCDC officers deployed to protect schools. Source: Premium Times

The registrar of the Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN), Olusegun Ajiboye, has suggested the deployment of officials of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) to schools against the rising wave of insecurity in the country and the violent attacks on schools.

Mr Ajiboye suggested this on Wednesday while taking part as a guest at the third edition of “The Dialogue,” a virtual interactive stakeholders’ engagement initiative of PREMIUM TIMES in partnership with Strictly Speaking, a media and English Language training organisation led by a veteran broadcaster, Bimbo Oloyede. The first series episodes of the initiative, which focuses on basic education, is sponsored by the Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism (WSCIJ) as part of its Regulatory Monitoring Project (REMOP) on basic education in Nigeria. Mr Ajiboye, who informed the audience of the ongoing efforts of the Nigerian Educational Research and Development Council (NERDC) to develop a curriculum for schools on security studies, also emphasised the need for martial arts training for teachers and students across Nigeria for personal safety and defense.

 

 

 

Humanitarian

Borno IDPs Bemoan Food Diversion Cases By Local Camp Officials. Source: HumAngle

Hunger remains a major plight facing most IDPs in Borno State. And they are blaming it on corrupt camp leaders whom they allege usually divert the food and other palliative donations to them by NGOs. Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Borno State, Northeast Nigeria, recently bemoaned how the conduct of local officials has exacerbated food scarcity and hunger in their camps. The IDPs insisted that the prime suspects in the illicit diversion of food and related relief items are the local camp officials. They, however, suggested that strict regulations and monitoring by the government can effectively mitigate such low-level theft. The IDPs listed issues like “godfatherism, nepotism, and ghost IDP” syndrome as some of the reasons there has been insufficient food for them in the camps. Mukhtari Abubakar, a 29-year-old IDP from Mafa Local Government Area (LGA), told HumAngle that “there is wild corruption going on in this camp, Muna Albadawi, and you would be shocked to know that it is being perpetrated by our fellow camp members.” “We don’t have enough support for food here because the monthly supply by SEMA has ceased and what the NGO people normally bring here are grossly inadequate and unstable. And whenever the little support comes, the local officials appointed as Bulamas [village heads] would hijack it while pretending to help in the distribution.” The IDPs said their local chiefs have become so powerful that they could frustrate any NGO that brings palliative to the camp from distributing the same to the IDPs unless they go through them.

Borno IDPs vacate camps, ahead of Govt. deadline. Source: The Guardian

Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Maiduguri, have vacated their camps, ahead of the Nov.30, dateline for the closure of all Displaced Persons camps by the Borno Government. A News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) correspondent who visited some camps on Wednesday, reports that most of them have been deserted by the displaced persons. NAN gathered that the state government had on Saturday provided cash and food items to the IDPs ahead of the planned closure of the camps, to enable them move to their respective homes. Some of the IDPs from Gwoza, Monguno and Guzamala Local Government Areas (NAN) who spoke with NAN in Maiduguri said that household heads were given N100, 000 each, while housewives were given NGN50,000 each to facilitate their home return. Mr Mustafa Gubio, the state’s Commissioner for Reconstruction, Rehabilitation and Resettlement, said the development was part of government commitment to close all IDP camps in Maiduguri in line with its resettlement programme. Gubio said that the IDPs from Bakassi camp numbering about 7000 were expected to return to their LGAs headquarters from where they would proceed to their villages after necessary clearance. “The resettlement is being done in a dignified way in line with Kampala Convention,” he said.

ActionAid: Nigeria needs women’s participation in peace process for national security. Source: The Cable

Ene Obi, country director of the organisation, said this on Wednesday at the 2nd annual national women’s conference by women’s voice and leadership (WVL) Nigeria Project Partners in Abuja.

Speaking at the conference with the theme ‘Women Peace and Security, Perspectives on Inclusion, issues and Progress’, Obi said the WVL-Nigeria project which is implemented by ActionAid, seeks to support the empowerment of women and girls. She said women are continuously used as weapons and targets of violence, adding that the disproportionate impact of insecurity on women, girls and children cannot be ignored.

The Resettlement Dilemma In Nigeria’s NorthEastern State Of Borno. The Crisis Room: Episode 15. Source: HumAngle media.

Modu Sulum Kayamla is a displaced resident of Borno State with 3 wives and 13 children. He wonders how he is going to fend for his family, especially now that the aid would be stopped. Like many other displaced residents, the resettlement dilemma adds to the long list of challenges they must face in Borno State. Hosted by Mariam Mustapha and Murtala Abdullahi.

Stabilization and economic development

Zulum in Southern Borno to Commission 23 Projects. Source: PRNigeria

Governor Babagana Umara Zulum is in southern Borno senatorial zone to commission 22 government projects, mostly schools and healthcare centres in towns and villages. Zulum arrived Biryel, headquarters of Bayo Local Government Area on Tuesday evening and passed the night there. Today, Wednesday, the Governor kick starts his commissioning of projects from Bayo. The Governor’s Spokesman, Malam Isa Gusau, said Zulum will be commissioning 22 out of many other projects executed by the administration across southern Borno. Gusau explained that the 22 projects include 13 newly established and rehabilitated secondary and primary schools; six primary healthcare centres and three municipal buildings comprising two police stations and a government lodge as well as a shopping complex. The statement explained that the 22 projects are sigted in villages and towns of Hawul, Shani, Bayo and Kwaya Kusar Local Government Areas in Southern Borno.

 

 

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