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FG commensurate with victims of Borno IDP fire outburst, distributes relief materials to 9,678 survivors

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FG commensurate with victims of Borno IDP fire outbreak, distributes relief materials to 9,678 survivors

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Umar Faruq has distributed food and non food items to 1,613 households affected by fire outbreak at the Muna Albadawi Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Maiduguri.

While commesurating with the victims at the Muna Albadawi IDP camp Maiduguri on Tuesday, Hajiya Sadiya Umar Faruq distributed food and non food materials to 9,678 victims if the fire incident..

She said she was in Maiduguri at instance of President Muhammad Buhari to commensurate and sympathized with the people and government of Borno state, assuring that very soon Federal government will kick start the construction of 10,000 housing units in the state this year resettle the IDPs

In her welcome address, the Chairperson. Borno state Emergency Management Agency, Hajiya Yabawa Kolo said ” the camp has over 50,000 IDPs, where 1,613 households were affected by the fire incident with the total of 9,678 survivors.”

In his remarks, Governor Zulum said the relief materials is one of the largest interventions received from federal government and that the NEMA responded just 2 days after the incident occurred.

At Goverment House, Maiduguri, Hajiya Sadiya Faruk told Governor Babagana Zulum that she was in Maiduguri to commensurate with the people and Government of Borno state over the fire incident that occurred at the Muna Albadaei Internally Displayed Persons (IDPs) that led to the destruction of many houses and goods.

Hajiya Faruq while sympathizing with Governor Zulun, said ” I am here in Maiduguri to commensurate with the people and Government of Borno state over the fire incident that occurred at the Muna Albadawi IDP camp that led to the destruction of many houses and goods”.

” The Muna Albadawi incident occurred just few days after similar incident occurred at Ngala IDP camp.. President Buhari 2 send his condolences to the people and government of Borno state”, the minister added.

She said “We commend NEMA for the relief materials and technical support. We are monitoring the situation closely with a view to evolving new strategy to avert future fire outbreaks”.

Hajiya Faruq said ” I also want to commend the NEMA and SEMA for quick response to the victims of the fire incident. The ministry is working with other stakeholders to kick start the construction of 10,000 housing units this year to fasten the post insutgency resettlement and economic recovery”.

Responding, Governor Babagana Zulum said the only solution to the incident of fire incident is the construction of permanent houses for the IDPs to go back to their communities, as the fire incident were caused mostly as a result of the houses were made of corn stock and the windy nature of the state.

“I commend you for your support to the people and government Borno state. You have visited Borno state over 20 times. You have visited Banki Bama Gwoza among other places. The Borno state government will partner and collaborate with you to ensure that all items brought is judiciously distributed”, the governor said.

 

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Nigeria Army Mourns its Commander death as a result of Boko haram ambush

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Nigerian Army mourns its commander death as a result of Boko Haram ambush

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The Nigerian Army and the Operation Lafiya Dole have lost a gallant commander in a Boko Haram ambushed after he led a successful clearance operation again at Boko Haram insurgents along Sabon Gari Wajirako axis in Damboa local government area of Borno state.

The Operation Lafiya Dole in a statement issued by ihe Deputy Director Army Public Relations ( DDAPR), spokesman, Col. Ado Isa said. “Operation LAFIYA DOLE wishes to intimate the general public of the demise of one of our gallant and finest war heroes Col DC Bako.”.

” It could be recalled that the professional, gallant senior officer who always led from the front and a patriotic Nigerian, led a patrol to clear Boko Haram Terrorists from Sabon Gari-Wajiroko axis near Damboa when his patrol team entered an ambush at about 10 a.m Sunday 20 September 2020. Under his able leadership, the troops cleared the ambush resulting to the killing of scores of terrorists and recovery of weapons and equipment,” the statement added.

The Army said “Sadly however, he was wounded in action and immediately evacuated by the Air Task Force Operation LAFIYA DOLE to the 7 Division Hospital at Maimalari Cantonment. The late senior officer was recuperating well after successful operation at the hospital, in good spirit and also said his prayers in the early hours of this morning before his sad passing on at the hospital. May Almighty Allah grant his soul eternal rest. Ameen. “

While comesurating with the bereaved family, the troops of the Operation Lafiya dole,, the Chief of Army Staff Lt Gen TY Buratai on behalf of himself, gallant troops of Operation LAFIYA DOLE and indeed well meaning Nigerians expressed heartfelt condolences to his esteemed family..

“We are most grateful for his contributions and sacrifices to the mother land. May God grant eternal rest to the gentle soul of Col DC Bako and the souls of all Nigerian Army officers and soldiers who paid the supreme prize in the defence of our father land,” General Buratai quoted to have said.

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

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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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