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Thousands Of IDPs Are left Stranded in Borno camp, due to heavy downpour

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THOUSANDS OF IDPs ARE LEFT STRANDED IN BORNO CAMP, DUE TO HEAVY DOWNPOUR

BY NDAHI MARAMA, MAIDUGURI

Thousands of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) from Nganzai, Gwoza, Damboa, Monguno and other Local Government Areas taking refuge at Bakassi Camp situated in Maiduguri Metropolis have been displaced following a heavy down pour in last three days.

Although, the former Governor, Kashim Shettima’s first tenure in office, precisely in 2011, constructed over 500 3bedroom uncompleted flats as housing units which hosted several IDPs with erection of tents, the magnanimity of the IDPs in Bakassi leave much to be desired, as many houses and the tents have been submerged yesterday, posing serious fear of Cholera outbreak in the camp.

Our Correspondent who visited the IDP camp today (Monday) discovered that the entire tents erected by UNICEF, UNDPA and other Humanitarian Organizations with thousands of occupants have been taken over by the flood.

One of the IDPs whose entire tents and family displaced, Mallam Ali Isa Gwoza appealed to Government and other well meaning Organizations to assist in providing befitting place of abode to IDPs in the state, and as well act appropriately on managing all the IDP camps in the state.

Gwoza specifically faulted the inability of the the government for its concern of healthy condition of IDPs which have resulted into malaria casualties amongst IDPs in Camps.

His words: “We in IDP camps have been left in the mercy of God Almighty, although, we have been well fed up and taken care health wise by government and other humanitarian agencies, the issue of prevention against malaria is zero, as there has been no presence of government in fumigation against Mosquitoes as being witnessed in the past in IDP camps.” He said. End

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Fuel, Electric hike, don’t take Nigerians for Granted, NANS tells FG

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Fuel, Electricity hike, don’t take Nigerians for granted, NANS tells FG

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has called in the federal government not to take Nigerians for granted as they protest the recent hike in the pump price of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) popularity known as petrol and electricity tariff.

The NANs in a protests led by the zonal Coordinator of NANS Zone “C” Comrade Suleiman Muhammad Sarki in Maiduguri on Monday were at the NUJ Press Centre, holding placards with several inscriptions such as, ‘Government should not be sadistic and thinks less of its citizens”, The dead is dying again, ” Increase of fuel price is too daring,”among others and singing all kind of solidarity songs against what they described the hike as the highly erroneous action of government against citizens at the time the world is recovering from COVID 19.

Comrade Sarki said ” We call on government to stop pushing Nigerians to wall. This is too daring; stop killing the dead. The country and indeed the whole world are facing serious problem right now due to covid19 pandemic, such mistaken decision is just as adding salt to injury.”

“Instead of dealing with insecurity, we are taking actions that will further heighten insecurity. The hike in petrol pump price will lead to hikes in price of goods and services.”, The NANS added.

The Association therefore condemn the increase in petrol price and electricity tarrif by federal government and call for the immediate reversal.

” We are not out of COVID 19, a lot of citizens are loosing their jobs, people are getting poorer and more responsibility, school closure, young people are roaming the streets unemployed, therefore fuel hike at this time is shocking”, the NANs further stressed

Comrade Sarki said Nigerians have gave this administration under President Bihari so many excuses than any other government in the history of Nigeria and therefore, called on the Federal government not to take Nigerians for granted.

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Set up Independent Panel to investigate Alleged Commercialization Counter Insurgency War – Group Tells FG

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Panel to investigate alleged comeilaluzation counter insurgency war – group tells FG

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

A group called Borno Emirate Concerned Citizens Forum (BECCF) has appealed to the Federal Government to constitute an independent investigation panel to investigate the alleged commercialization of war against insurgency in the Northeast.

The group at a press briefing held at the NUJ Press Centre, Maiduguri yesterday and led by it’s Chairman, Zannah Hassan Boguma the group called on the Federal Government to constitute an independent investigative panel to investigate the commercialization of the war against insurgency in the Northeast.

The group said ” regarding the commercialization of the war against the terrirists, the Forum holds similar view with the Borno state Governor, Prof. Babagana Zulum. Because, once the fundermentals behind the formation of this Forum is a report by the district head of Baga that some miscreant among the security forces are engaged in all sort of bussiness, including farming and fishing business in the fringes of Lake Chad’.

“We strongly condemn and urge the Nigerian government to bring those responsible for the horrific crime to justice,” Boguma stressed.

“The recent developments in the state including abduction of innocent people, attacked on Governor’s Motorrcade, terrorising innocent people and shedding blood, constitutes a form of Injustice can never be tolerated by all well meaning individuals in the state , which viewed them as gross crime and sinful acts which undermining the peaceful circumstance of the people of Borno state”, Boguma added.

The group urged the people of Borno state to unite against those terrorising them and those who.permits the killing of non.contants without justification stressing that Islam has declared the spilling of blood and the destruction of.property as obsolute prohibition until the Day of Judgement.

” We urge all well meaning individuals and groups to desists from the culture of silence to denounce the terrorists act and their sponsors by revealing thieir secrets and exposing their lies. We believed that the conservative nature of our people has seriously made enemies within and outside to take chance to create havoc on our society, the group stressed.

The group further said ” the Armed Forces should take cue their counterparts in Tchad Republic. If the President of Tchad, Idriss Debby Itno and his soldiers cleared and annihilated Boko Haram Terrorists in 8 days in their territory Why is it taking Over 10 years (not ten days ) for the Nigerian Armed Forces?, Therefore, we suggest that the Chief of Army Staff Lt General Tukur Buratai should lead the war and fish out the terrorists”.

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We are going to work with you to defeat our common enemy – Diffa Governor Assures Borno Governor

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We are going to work with you to defeat our common enemy – Diffa Governor assures Borno Governor

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The Niger authorities have assured Nigerian government that their  country is going to work together with the Nigerian government to defeat Boko.Haram insurgents.

About 50 members of delegation of the government of Niger Republic were in Maiduguri, the Borno state capital to strengthen the diplomatic ties between the government and people of Borno state and their country and discuss security issues.

The delegation which was led by the Governor of Diffa province, Alhaji Isa Lamin has two deputy governors, prefes and traditional rulers discussed on security, security and humanitarian issues.

The Governor of Diffa, Alhaji Isa Lamin who led the delagation on a courtesy call to Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno state at the Government House, Maiduguri on Friday aassured that ” we are going to work together to defeat our common enemy, Boko Haram. Insurgency through collaboration and intelligence sharing. We hope and pray very soon we will defeat.our enemies and enjoy peace.”

The Governor of Diffa said ” we have been following what you have been doing with keen interest and we are happy with what you are doing. We are here to support and encourage you to do more”.

” This visit it a brotherhy visit, as people of Borno and Diffa shares common culture and religion. We were just seperated by artificial border. Your Excellency was in Diffa the other time that was why we say we must reciprocate the visit and strengthen our diplomatic ties”, Gov. Lamin said .

Responding, Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno state, said ” I want to appreciate the people and Government of Niger Republic despite your meagre resources you have catering for our Refugees taking Refuge in Diffa we are most greatful . The government of Borno state will do everything possible to support you”

” I want to assure you that the Borno state delegation will attend the festival you are organizing this year in December. I also want to assure you that we will complete the building we are constructing in Diffa before the occasion, he added.

He said ” Borno state and Diffa province are the same because we share both culture and religion and we had inter marriages. I am happy for the visit and assure you we will continue to strengthen our relationships”.

The Governor said the Borno state government is going to interface and discuss with the Nigerian Government on how best to relocate the state refugees from Diffa to Mallam fatori.

 

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