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Adamawa Hope Centre Attends to 224 Rape Survivors – Manager



Adamawa Hope Centre attends to 224 rape survivors – Manager

By Baba Yakubu Yola

The Yola Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) popularly known as “Hope Centre” has attended to 224 rape survivors since its establishment in March 2018 to date.

The Manager of the Centre, Dr Usha Saxena, made this known in Yola

Saxena said that the Centre established and equipped with the support of British Council under its Managing Conflict in Nigeria (MCN) programme has been providing free treatment, counseling and legal services among others to survivors of  Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) in the state.

Saxena however lamented that out of the 224 cases recorded by the centre only 11 were undergoing prosecution and that so far there was no conviction.

“Thats why we need a bigger centre or more offices so that we can have desk officers from the police and lawyers in the Centre to facilitate prosecution of suspects,”  Saxena said.

While lauding British Council and Pathfinder for their support in providing facilities to the centre, Saxena said that the EU-Spotlight Initiative, a global partnership between United Nations and European Union to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls has also shown interest to support the centre.

“The Spotlight Initiative had already conducted forensic training for doctors and nurses of the centre.

“Also trained by Spotlight are counsellors of the centre,” Saxena said.

She also explained that spotlight would also rehabilitate a hostel provided by Adamawa Ministry of Women Affairs to serve as “Safe Space” for survivors of rape who have no where to go or needed to stay briefly to complete their treatment.

Saxena lauded the recent launched of National Sexual Offenders Register (SOR) for the compilation of data of those convicted for  sexual violence pointing out that the development would contribute positively in addressing sexual violence.

She urged Adamawa to queue into it so as to give the fight against sexual violence more bite in the state.

The manager also endorsed the clamour for a special court for sexual offenders in the state to facilitate justice.

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16 passengers perished in Borno auto crash



16 passengers perished in Borno auto crash

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

Sixteen passengers including a family of 6 perished in an accident, involving a Sharon bus and a Golf car which had a head on collision around Jakana village along Maiduguri Damaturu, road.

A hospital source who does not want his name in print told our correspondent that ” the accident which occured yesterday involving a Sharon bus from Chibok local government and a Golf car coming out of Maiduguri had a head collision around Jakana leading to the dead of all occupants of the two vehicles”.

“11 corpses were brought to our hospital, State Specialists by personnel of police,NSCDC and CJTF in a pick up vehicle. Among the corpses were one of our staff Zara Chibok whom I was just coming from her funeral rights and corpses of a 6 members of a family with 5 and 7 old boy and a girl respectively”, he said.

He said ” all of us that were around boast in tears, as we cannot hold our emotions when we saw the father of the 5 children and their mother came to evacuate his 6 corpses.

Also confirming the incident, a driver from Kano motor park Isa Usman said ” I was there when they brought the luggage of the deceased occupants of the 2 vehicles that involved in the accident. The relatives, friends and associates of the deceased, as well as drivers at the park all boast in tears.

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Gunmen Suspected to be Kidnappers Abduct Community leader in Yobe



Gunmen Suspected to Be Kidnappers Abduct Community Leader In Yobe.

By Umar Aina Damaturu

The incident happened in Mashio village of Fune Local Government.

Sources have confirmed that the community leader was forcefully dragged away in to the surrounding bush.

Residence in the village have raised concerns and fear as to whether the abductors are Boko Haram sects or Kidnappers.

Families of the victim have confirmed the development but security agencies have not confirmed whether the abductors are Boko Haram insurgents or not.

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Yobe; Damagum Youths Making Sanitation Looks Easy



Yobe: Damagum Youths Making Sanitation Looks Easy

By Umar Aina – Damaturu

Damagum youths under the leadership of FUNE YOUTH DEVELOPMENT AND PROACTIVE ASSOCIATION continued with their unrelenting community works across Damagum.

The youths who have previously carried out some extraordinary and exemplary works have expanded their work across all community development related activities.

This time, the youths opened and sanitized an estimated 200 meters of drainage lines.

The event have witnessed the participation and presence of top Local Government officials from LGA DPM to Chairman Committee on Environmental and Sanitation.

The Chairman of the Association, Nasiru Usman depresses his delight while thanking the participants saying; “Words can’t describe my joys and delightfulness for this unprecedented job we are doing, I thank everybody for your hard work and commitment towards making our LGA great, thank you”.

Chairman LGA Environmental and Sanitation Committee, Sani Usman Awu in his speech; “I’m happy with you guys for this development which is rare and I want extend my profound gratitude to the participants, I also call on you to be committed in this historic development”

The Association will soon extend it’s activities to other parts of the local government area according to it’s Publicity Secretary.on

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