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An NGO Care International takes campaign against Gender Based Violence to Yobe

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An NGO CARE International takes campaign against Gender Based Violence to Yobe

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

An International Non Governmental Organisation (INGO), CARE INTERNATIONAL in Nigeria on Wednesday said, Gender Based Violence (GBV) remains a critical rights violation committed against people based on their gender identity, gender expression or sexual orientation.

While speaking during the Launch of a16 days of activism in Damaturu, the Yobe state capital, the Manager, Department of state, CARE Nigeria, Nubwa Chama said, GBV is often used as a tool to dominate and intimidate, to reinforce gendered inequalities among and across groups through family and peer pressures; policies and programs that criminalize certain sexualities, or powerful social norms that perpetuate child marriage.

“I am pleased to share with you the heartbeat of CARE in Nigeria, on this great occasion of the launch of 16 days of activism and leading the campaign on Gender Based Violence (GBV) here in Yobe state.. CARE in Nigeria has long stood for its code of conduct, describing our value of Transformation, Integrity, Diversity, Excellence and Equality, and the undertakings that unite CARE staff around the world and keep our programs firmly directed towards fighting poverty especially amongst women and girls”, Mrs Chama said

She further explained that “at CARE, we work to address multiple forms of GBV through Intimate partner relationships and violence, Child and early forced marriage and other harmful traditional practices, Social norms related to toxic masculinities, homophobia and transphobia, and Gendered economic exploitation and exclusion.”

Mrs Chama stated, that in CARE’s experiences, GBV has been used to control and stop people from entering the work force or making choices about their lives-including decisions related to sexual and reproductive health, their food and nutrition.

“Gender Based Violence is a driver and a consequence of social and political exclusion, conflict, gender inequality and poverty..Affirming the right of women and girls to live a life free from violence is a vital and necessary step toward advancing CARE’s vision of a world of hope, tolerance and social justice, where poverty has been overcome and all people live in dignity and security, she added.

“In CARE’s experience, GBV can undermine the effectiveness of health, education, agriculture and other programs; for instance, when the threat of violence keeps certain people from participating or accessing services based on their gender status or sexuality. ” She added.

While Sighting some cases, she said “development interventions can also trigger violence. When women income, public participation or mobility are perceived as threatening and cause backlash in households. Given how interventions across sectors interact with people of different genders, monitoring, mitigating and responding to GBV is important for ethical and effective programming in all development and humanitarian work.”

“We must constantly be alert to close the gaps between policies and practice and work to close them.” She further stressed.

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Military kills scores of Boko Haram insurgents, destroyed 7 gun trucks in Borno

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Military kills scores of Boko Haram insurgents,, destroyed 7 gun trucks in Borno

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The troops of Operation Tura Ta kai Bango of the Operation Lafiya Dole have killed scores if insurgents, destroyed 7 Gun trucks, as they repelled Boko Haram insurgents attack their location in Marte, the headquarters of Marte local government area of Borno.

The Army in a statement issued by the Acting Director, Defence Media Operations Defence Headquarters,
Brigadier General BERNARD ONYEUKO said ” toops of Operation TURA TAKAIBANGO in conjunction with the Air Task Force Operation LAFIYA DOLE have effectively destroyed 7 Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists’ gun trucks and decimated several unconfirmed number of the terrorists when they attempted to attack their location at the outskirts of Marte in Marte Local Government Area of Borno State.”

The statement said ” the gallant troops, based on reliable information about the attack, had positioned themselves in an ambush site where they tactically withdrew to, and awaited the arrival of the terrorists before they opened fire which led to fierce battle that resulted in the successes recorded as indicated above.”

General ONYEUKO said ” the troops are still engaged in pursuit of the fleeing terrorists for further exploitation. Further details of interest to members of the public will be communicated later.”

It could be recalled that even recently the troops repelled Boko Haram attack on Gujba, town of Gujba local government area of Yobe state.

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Borno Governor releases N10M to save UNIMAID student who needs kidney transplant.

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Borno Governor releases N10m to save UNIMAID student who needs Kidney transplant

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The life of a 29-year old 300 level student of geography at the University of Maiduguri, Mbahi Sarki Suleiman has been saved courtesy of the Borno State Governor, Professor Babagana Zulum who on Tuesday approved the release of N10m to Settle the medical bill of his kidney transplant.

It Could be recalled that the student hails from Yara village in Hawul local government area of Borno. State was critical need of kidney transplant and seek for assistance to undergo transplant at Abuja based hospital

The support came after the student and his mother featured on multiple times on Brekete family, a morning programme in Human Rights Radio in Abuja, hosted by Ahmed Isa, popularly called ‘ordinary President’, with direct appeal to Governor Zulum to save Bitrus. The family sought for N9m being the cost of the transplant as they had a donor in waiting.

On Tuesday, January 12, the family’s appeal was brought to Zulum’s attention by his media team, following which the Governor directed the immediate release of N10m to fund Bitrus’ transplant. Whereas the family needed N9m, Zulum added N1m in case of unforeseen circumstance.

The following day, Wednesday, Saratu Sarki Bitrus, mother of the student, returned to Brekete family programme with her son, and confirmed on air, that she had received bank alert of N10m as directed by governor Zulum and she had already made payments to a hospital in Abuja, which is to undertake the transplant scheduled to hold this week.

Speaking with tears of joy, the patient, Mbahi told audience that it was he who saw the deposit alert of N10m in his mother’s phone.

“Yesterday (Tuesday) my mother gave me her phone to show me a deposit of five thousand naira that someone had made to her account and while I was going through that, I suddenly saw an incoming deposit and it was N10m, I became shocked and showed my mum, we all knelt down in disbelieve and started crying. Later on, an aid to the governor called to ask if we had received the alert and we confirmed it. I do not know what to say to my Governor. professor Babagana Umara Zulum, I can only wish that God blesses him and make him greater than he is, nothing I say can show the extent of what I feel about that intervention to save my life. I currently survive on dialysis until I undergo a transplant Mbahi Sarki Suleiman said.

After the family outing on Brekete family, a media aid of governor Zulum met Mbahi, his mother and management of Brekete family at human rights radio in Abuja, to convey Zulum’s well wishes for successful transplant and speedy recovery.

Our correspondent recalled that in December 2019, Governor Zulum had directed the Borno State Specialist Hospital in Maiduguri to be offering free dialysis to all patients in the state who were paying so much for weekly dialysis on which citizens with kidney failures survived on.

Governor Zulum had also directed the state ministry of higher education, science and technology to in collaboration with the state ministry of health fund a research to find the causes of rampant cases of kidney failures in some parts of Borno. The ministry has placed adverts inviting scientists for the research, with investigations still ongoing.

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28 Boko Haram insurgents killed, as military repelled attack on Gujba

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28 Boko Haram insurgents killed, as military repelled attack on Gujba

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

No fewer than 28 members of Boko Haram terrorists were killed while several others escaped with bullet wounds when the troops of newly launched Operation Tura Takai Bango successfully repelled Boko Haram attack on Gujba town of Yobe state.

The Army in a statement issued by the
Acting Director Defence Media Operations, Brigadier General
BENARD ONYEUKO said “troops of the newly launched Operation TURA TAKAIBANGO a subsidiary Operation of Operation LAFIYA DOLE in the North East continue to obliterate elements of Boko Haram/Islamic State’s West Africa Province (ISWAP) criminals with uncommon ferocity”.

General ONYEUKO said “In the aftermath of the decisive encounter, 28 Boko Haram Terrorists were neutralized while few others are believed to have escaped with gunshot wounds. In the same vein, one Boko Haram Gun Truck was destroyed with its occupants while another Gun Truck was captured from the fleeing criminals. Other equipment captured from the criminals include; 2 Anti Aircraft Guns, 13 AK 47 Rifles, 4 extra magazines and a Vulcanizing Machine.”

” Latest encounter with the marauding Boko Haram criminals occurred on 9 January 2021 at Gujba LGA of Yobe State where the Gallant troops identified and encycled a Boko Haram criminals Ambush site. The troops from HQ Sector 2 who were led by the Commander Sector 2 and later reinforced by troops from 27 TF Bde Buni Gari and Special Forces Training School Buni Yadi tactically outmanoeuvred the criminals and engaged them with superior fire power resulting in high casualty on the terrorists.”, The statement said.

The Army however regrettably, said one gallant soldier paid the supreme price while one other soldier was wounded during the encounter, adding that wounded soldier have been evacuated to a military medical facility and is responding positively to treatment.

“The renewed onslaught against the remnants of Boko Haram/Islamic State’s West Africa Province criminals by the dogged troops of Operation TURA TAKAIBANGO is indicative of the end of all criminal elements within the North East. The troops of Operation TURA TAKAIBANGO are highly commended for their dedication and determination in flushing out remnants of the terrorists from their hideouts. They are also encouraged not to relent but build on the successes recorded.”, the further stated.

The statement therefore, assured the entire populace of the North East
region of the Nigerian Army’s renewed vigour and determination to crush the remnants of Boko Haram/Islamic State’s West Africa Province criminals from their enclaves in this zone.

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