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Civilian protection key in counter insurgency operations – Ojukwu

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Civilian protection key in counter insurgency operations – Ojukwu

By Yakubu Uba Yola 27/6/2019

Civilian protection has been described as key issue in the

ongoing counter insurgency operations in the

North East.

The Executive Secretary of the National Human Rights

Commission (NHRC),  Tony Ojukwu Esq made this known in Yola

during a two-day training on mainstreaming human rights and

humanitarian principles and civilian protection into counter

insurgency operations in the North East.

According to a press statement by the Assistant Director, Public

Affairs, Fatimah Agwai Muhammad, the training which is an

annual capacity building for the military, was put together by the

NHRC and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

(UNHCR).

Ojukwu who was represented by the Commission’s Director of

the Department of Women, Children and Vulnerable groups, Mr.

Harry Ogwuche Obe, said that contrary to the belief of most

people, the troops also need human rights protection as much

as the civilian population.

“The rights of the officers and men of the Nigerian military are

just as important as the that of the Civilian population and must

be respected,” he said.

The Rights Commission’s Boss said the successes recorded in

counter insurgency operations in the North East must be

sustained, adding that there was need for government to do

more in the area of providing the military with the necessary

resources that would motivate them to achieve more successes

in the fight against insurgency.

“The military need the best available equipment to protect them

while in the front lines because when the military fail, the

consequence is that people lose their lives and properties to

insurgents”.

The Human Rights CEO further stated that following series of

engagements with the military at different levels, and with the

establishment of human rights desks in military commands

across the country, “the military is desirous of

working within human rights laws as we record less cases of

human rights violations perpetrated by them presently, as

compared to when the insurgency started”.

He said the Commission’s way of supporting the fight against

insurgency is by organizing such training  to build

capacity so that the would be more confident and operate by the

highest standards required in the counter in their operations

The representative of the UNHCR Country Rep at the event, Mr.

Mohamed TejanCole, who doubles as the Head of UNHCR Field

Office in Yola, said the 2019UNHCR Global trend report

indicated  that Nigeria presently has 1.7million displaced IDPs in

the States of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe.

“This means more humanitarian problems but what is paramount

to us as humanitarian workers is the protection of this large

population of vulnerable groups”.

The representative of the military, Flight Lieutenant Abara Agbo,

said one of the objectives of the armed forces is to keep Nigeria

as one, therefore troops should not allow the attitude of the

enemy to cause disunity among them.

“The reason why we are called professionals is because we are

trained, we should strive to use this training and professionalism

in responding to crisis situations”.

While promising to further step down the training in their various

formations, the participants  expressed delight at the

opportunity to learn new ideas, saying it would positively impact

on their operations in the frontline.

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Gov. Buni Commiserates With Victims of Gujba Attack

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Gov. Buni commiserates with victims of Gujba attack

By Chullu Modu, Damaturu

Yobe state Governor, Hon. Mai Mala Buni, has commiserated with the families of the victims of the Gujba attack.

The Governor described the victims as heroes who laid their lives in defence of their country.

“The government and people of Yobe state commiserate with the families of the brave securitymen who lost their lives in the attack.

“The sacrifice made by these brave heroes shall never be in vain” assured.

” Government will not be deterred by such attacks from executing programmes and policies in the interest of the people of the state” he said.

The governor assured his administration’s commitment to always work together with security agencies to safeguard lives and property of the citizenry.

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Gov. Buni Commiserates With Emir Of Fika Over Fire Outburst

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Gov. Buni commiserates with Emir of Fika over Fire Outburst

His Excellency, Hon. Mai Mala Buni, The Executive Governor of Yobe state, has on Monday commiserated with the Emir of Fika and Chairman Yobe state Council of chiefs, Alh. Muhammadu Abbali ibn Muhammadu Idrisa, over unfortunate fire incident at the Palace.

Governor Buni described the fire inferno that consumed a chamber at the Palace as a great loss to the emir, the Emirate and the state.

“l am deeply saddened by the sad news of the fire incident today at the palace of His Highness, the Emir of Fika.

“However, we are all consoled and give thanks to Almighty Allah that no life was lost nor injuries recorded” he said.

The governor asked the Emir to have faith that this was destined to happen at this moment and prayed that it never happen again.

Governor Buni also prayed to God to replenish assets lost to the fire outburst

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Democracy Day: Borno NUJ Applaud Governor Zulum For Executing 556 Projects in 741 Days

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Democracy Day: Borno NUJ applauds Governor Zulum for executing 556 projects in 741 days

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The Borno state chapter of the Nigeria Union of Journalists NUJ had applauded the Borno State Government under the leadership of Governor Babagana Umara Zulum for executing 556 projects within 741 days in office.

The NUJ in a statement jointly signed by its chairman Bulama Talba and it’s Secretary, Mohammed Ibrahim said ‘”indeed this feat has no doubt justified the NUJ award in 2019 conferred on Governor Zulum as the Most Promising First Time Governor in the Country as well as other awards and recognitions within and outside Borno State due to the numerous peoples oriented projects on the ground.”

“As the Government and citizens celebrate democracy day the Union salutes their courage and resilience as well as never dying spirit which has gradually contributed to the restoration of peace in more communities with sustained programmes and prayers that should be further complemented with useful information to security operatives whom we expect to deal a final blow to end the insurgency bedevilling our dear state, the union stated.

The NUJ said “we appeal to the State Government to see reason to improve the processes of resettlement of IDPs to their original communities as well as the review the cases of local government civil servants affected by the ongoing verification by re-engaging them.”

The statement further said “We remind the public to be rest assured that all of the working journalists in Borno State remain ever dedicated to continuously push our pen to promote the interests and image of the State towards the full revival of its glory by the will of the Almighty Allah, Happy democracy day.’,

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