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Insurgency ; NHRC, UNHCR to ensure compliance with human right in detention centres



Insurgency: NHRC, UNHCR to ensure compliance with Human Rights in detention centres

By Baba Yakubu Yola

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) is to ensure regular visits to detention centres in North East to ensure their compliance with human rights standards.

The Executive Secretary of the commission, Mr Tony Ojukwu, made this known in Yola, at a three-day training workshop of Human Right Monitors on Effective Monitoring and Documentation.

The workshop is organised by NHRC in collaboration with United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

Ojukwu said renewed attacks in North East has made it more imperative than ever before to deal with emerging human rights concerns emanating from continuous attacks by the insurgents/terrorists and counter insurgency operations in the sub-region.

Ojukwu said the focus of this year’s project would among other things center on regular visits to detention centers to ensure their compliance with human rights standards.

While urging monitors to ensure that violations that are hitherto unnoticed and underreported were brought to fore for possible redress, Ojukwu stressed the need on sensitization of stakeholders on decriminalization of petty offences, with a view to promote the rights to access to justice of the Population of Concern.

In her remarks, the Head of Field Office UNHCR, Yola, Ms Eliane Amoussou, said human rights being one of the pillars of the United Nations made it vital to have human rights monitors on the front line of combating abuses and promoting respect for human rights.

Amoussou, called on relevant stakeholders to partner with the monitors in addressing human rights violations, adding that report documented from field work is important in seeking accountability for human abuses and justice for victims.

According to her, the report would serve as a foundation for advocating for policies and programmes that promote and protect human rights.

Many participants who spoke at the training lauded the NHRC and UNHCR for providing the opportunity for capacity building which they said would empower them to deliver on their schedules effectively.

Participants are human rights monitors from Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States.

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Covid-19; Adamawa Government announces lockdown



Covid-19: Adamawa Government announces lockdown

By Baba Yakubu Yola

Gov. Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri of Adamawa has announced two weeks lockdown of the state starting Tuesday midnight as part of measures to contain the spread of Convid-19 pandemic.

Fintiri made this known in a statement through his Press Secretary, Humwashi Wonosikou.

Fintiri said the painful decision became necessary to save lives

“The Adamawa State Government has imposed a lockdown throughout the State in an effort to avoid the spread of Corona Virus disease for a period of 14 Days with effect from midnight Tuesday March 31st 2020.

“Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri says though painful, the decision is necessary to save lives.

“Inter State travel restriction is also imposed as inter State and international borders with Cameroon are to remain shut during this period.

“The ban also affects tricycle, taxis and bus operators throughout the State.”

Fintiri lamented that the directive to workers on grade levels 1-14 to stay at home issued last was not adhered to in the first instance and therefore Government is left with no option than to impose the lockdown in the overall interest of the people as Covid-19 continues to spread with 111 reported cases in Nigeria so far.

“Social Activities such as Clubbing and Joints are banned, Markets are also hereby restricted, except for those selling food items, Pharmaceuticals, Filling Stations, while Banks are to provide skeletal services”.

The Government however emphasises on the need to ensure basic hygiene practices of hand washing, social distancing and avoiding crowded places.

Fintiri said that the measures were aimed at stemming the spread of a Corona Virus outbreak that has affected the economy, threatened public health care and killed more people than any other disease.

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Covid-19; Gov. Buni inspect Isolation centre



Covid-19; Gov. Buni inspects Isolation center

By Daily Hint Damaturu

His Excellency, Hon. Mai Mala Buni,  the executive Governor of Yobe state, today went on inspection tour of one of the Isolation Centres for the COVID-19 emergency treatment unit in the state.

The isolation center is designated and located at the State Special Hospital, also referred to as Sani Abatcha Specialists Hospital Damaturu.

His Excellency, Gov. Buni was taken round the facility by the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Mohammed Lawan Gana who is also the Co-Chair of the State Task Force Team on Corona virus covid-19


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Borno Government to ban passengers, vehicular movement into the state from Tuesday 31st 2020



Borno Government to bans passengers, vehicular movenent into the state from Tuesday 31st March 2020

By Madu Mohammed, . Maiduguri

The Borno state government has announced the banned on passengers and vehicular movement into the state from all entry points of the state from Tuesday, March 31st 2020

Governor Babagana Zulum made the closure of the state in a statement signed by himself said ” all passengers and vehicular movement into the state are banned with effect from Tuesday 31st March. 2020. Except those bringing in food items, medications, fuel and other humanitarian goods”.

Governot Zulum.said the closure will last for two weeks in the first instance,

The verification exercise of the local government staff is hereby suspended for the next two weeks. All shops and organised business areas to provide hand washing stations and temperature monitoring and promote social distance
advises financial institutions and shops to provide hand sanitizers and temperature checking equipment at all operational points and maintain social distancing in crowded areas.,” the governor added.

The statement further directs civil servants from grade levels one to twelve to work from home, except those on essential services.and also suspends the ongoing verification exercise of pensioners in the state.

Prof. Zulum said ” all civil servants from.grade level 1 to 12 to work ftom home, except those on essential services such as health workers, water and borehole operators. Fire service. Security etc”

As from Tuesday 31st March, 2020 all banks operating in Maiduguri and organisation using biometric attendance equipment must provide hand washing stations and hand sanitizers at all operation point. Furthermore, banks to limit  numbers of customers in banking hall not more than 15 at a time and to activate all ATM points to function, the statement added

Zulum.while calling for calm.and intensified prayer’s assured thst Government has put in place, palliatives to cushion the hardship of vulnerable people.


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