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Boko Haram: Baga Returnees Clamour for Naval Base to secure lake chad

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Boko Haram: Baga returnees clamour for Naval Base to Secure Lake Chad

By Musa Askira Borno

As Borno Government commenced resettlement of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) back to their ancestral land, returnees in commercial town of Baga in Kukawa Local Government have urged for functional Naval base to ensure security on Lake Chad.

Some of the returnees who spoke to newsmen said there was need for heavy naval presence in ensuring security on the water and fertile shores of the lake for full resumption of fishing and farming activities.

“We want a full functional Naval base with adequate deployment of personnel and gun boats to secure the water just the way we have Army formations in various locations securing the land for us to resume our normal farming activities.

“Borno government has provided land for a base and we want the new Chief of Naval to take the opportunity and act accordingly because securing the lake and its shores known as hideout for the insurgents is very vital,” Abatcha Mustafa, a fisherman said.

A farmer, Modu Kanembu and Abubakar Baba also said that a functional naval base would be effective in checking the insurgents in some settlements along the lake.

“There presence will give thousands of returnee farmers and fishermen as well as other businesses in Baga and its environs the needed relief at this critical to resume activities in full,” Kanembu said.

Joseph Adamu, Buba Gidado and Mustafa Kundiri who are in Baga for fishing and farming activities also urged for heavy naval deployment on the lake for effective security.

Speaking on his just concluded tour of the area, the Chairman of the committee for the resettlement of IDPs in Baga and its environs who is also Borno Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice, Barrister Kaka Shehu, said the committee conducted a tour of the area to assess situations.

Shehu said the committee had met with stakeholders including military commanders of formations in the area on measures to ensure safe resettlement of returnees.

“We have interfaces with Commanders of various sectors in the area and it has been fruitful deliberations.

“Borno government is making all efforts to create enabling environment for the people to return to their ancestral land and begin a new lease of life,” Shehu said.

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Yobe MCRP Partner NGO on GBV Mapping

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Yobe MCRP partner NGO on GBV Mapping.

By Baba Saleh, Damaturu 

The Multi-Sectoral Crisis Recovery Project (MCRP), a world Bank, federal and state government supported programme in collaboration with Jhpiego consultant firm have sensitized stakeholders on Gender Based Violence mapping in Yobe State.

Speaking on the objectives of the meeting, MCRP state Project Coordinator Musa Idi Jidawa said it was aimed at incorporating MCRP in support of gender based violence prevention.

Jidawa noted that it was also part of the World Bank mandates to ensure safety and improvement on lives of the benefitting communities wherever project is carried out.

He said the stakeholders were selected from legal, medical, psyco-social support sectors, community leaders among other concerned organisations. 

“We are here today to do what we call a social safety net, safety net in the sense that as a result of project implementation the organisation anticipated influx of labour, and as you all know when a lot of people gather in one area the tendency is that either people or the environment they live may be affected positively or largely negatively .

” One of the issues World Bank envisaged was GBV as a result of the interaction between human beings and they feel if it happens where does the victim goes and seek for support interms of legal, medical among others”

” MCRP will facilitate together with Jhpiego consultants an NGO engaged by the state office of the project to see and map those grey areas of GBV for MCRP support”

In her remarks,  Jphiego maternal and child health technical lead, Hannatu Abdullahi said the organisation is non governmental, non profit organisation that work in the area of health and gender based violence prevention and mitigation. 

She said the firm was contracted by North East Development Commission through the MCRP to conduct gender based violence assessment in three states of the north east of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe with a view to sensitise stakeholders and introduce the project to them. 

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NSCDC Mark’s International Civil Defense Day in Borno

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NSCDC Mark’s International Civil Defense Day In Borno

By Musa Askira, Maiduguri

The Borno State Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has marked this year’s International Civil Defence Day in Borno.

Speaking at the occassion on Monday, the State Commandant of the NSCDC, Mr Abdullahi Ibrahim, said the event was a grand finale of the weeklong event which had featured among others to mark the day.

He noted that the theme of this year’s event “Civil Defence as First Aider in Every Home” was inline with the objectives of NSCDC.

Ibrahim said that as first responders during crisis, NSCDC personnel would continue to be trained and equipped to administer various degree of first aid and other medical services to the public.

The commandant lauded UNMAS for the training, which he said was timely as the state government embarked on resettlement of displaced persons back to their ancestral homes with possibility of coming into contact with mines and explosives littered within such ancestral homes planted by insurgents.

The Commandant said NSCDC would extend the training to personnel of private security firms in the state inview of their vital role to security in the state.

In his remarks as Guest Speaker, Mr Derek Somers of UNMAS, assured NSCDC and other security agencies of more training opportunities which he said was being funded by German Government.

Somers lauded the commitment and professionalism shown by personnel of NSCDC during the training and urged them to sustain the tempo.

“I hope we continue the training and go a little further in the next couple of months as we will be looking at training the trainers as part of the programme,” Somers said.

In his goodwill message, a representative of United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Borno, Mr John Anderson, lauded the vital role of NSCDC in protecting public infrastructure and facilitating conflict resolution and dialogue in the society.

“All of these are significant contributions to comprehensive approach for civil defence and protection which is the cornerstone of community security and stability,” Anderson said.

He urged them to extend their first aid skill to others in the public.

In his remarks, the Chairman of Lincenced Private Security Organisations in Borno, Amb. Usman Danjuma, said as grassroots security organisations in Borno, they would continue to collaborate with NSCDC and other security agencies in securing the state.

Danjuma urged NSCDC for more training of private security personnel, particularly on first aid and other related areas to enhance their services.

Highlight of the occasion was a mock rescue of a blast victims by trained personnel of NSCDC.

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Military recaptured Marte from Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists, Scores killed

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Military recaptured Marte from Boko Haram /ISWAP terrorists, scores killed

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The troops of the Operation Lafiya Dole of the Nigerian Army have recovered Marte and adjoining communities from Boko Haram terrorists. barely less than 48 hours ultimatum given to them by the Chief of Army staff, (COAS), Major General Ibrahim Attahiru

The spokesman of the Nigerian Army, Brigadier General Mohammed Yerima in a statement issued to newsmen said “the troops of Nigerian Army this afternoon around 3pm, recovered New Marte and adjoining communities from the develish Boko Haram terrorists.”.

This is coming less than the 48 hours directive earlier given to the troops to recover the town by the Chief of Army Staff, Major General Ibrahim Attahiru.

“The troops backed by air cover from the Nigerian Air force , successfully charged through Marte town, destroying several Improvised Explosive Device (IEDs) and landmines laced across their routes and killing scores of Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists and successfully recovered the town.”, General Yerima stated.

The Army further said the gallant troops are currently in total control of the general area. and that details will be made to newsmen very soon.

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