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Sexual assault referral centres record 681 assault cases in Adamawa, Borno, Yobe

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Sexual Assault Referral Centres record 681 assault cases in Adamawa, Borno, Yobe

By Baba Yakubu Yola

No fewer than 681 sexual assaults cases has been recorded by the Sexual Assault Referral Centres (SARCs) in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states.

This was made known Wednesday in Abuja at the meeting of members of steering committees for the centres.

The centres funded by European Union were established by British Council under its programme of Managing Conflict in Nigeria (MCN) to among others provide free medical treatment, counseling and legal services to victims of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) in the affected states recovering from insurgency.

Giving the statistics of Adamawa at the meeting, the Centre Manager, Dr Usha Saxena, said the centre known as Hope Centre was established in 2017 and had at July 2018 recorded 155 cases.

Saxena said 95 per cent of the victims were minors, adding that 18 of the victims were male while the rest were female.

Saxena said out of the 155 cases only 27 cases were so far in court for prosecution.

She lauded the support of Adamawa Government to the centre, particularly the supply of two DNA machines, adding that the Federal Government through the PCNI now North East Development Commission also provided the centre with an Ambulance.

In his presentation, the Centre Manager for Borno, Mr Kimba Goni, said the Borno Centre known as Nelewa Centre was established in February 2018 and had within the period under review recorded 197 cases with many of the cases in court where six convictions were recorded.

Goni also acknowledged the presentation of an ambulance to the Centre by PCNI.

In her presentation, the Centre Manager of Yobe known as Shifa Centre, Mrs Zainab Mohammed who was represented by Musa Mohammed said the Centre established in 2016 had so far recorded 329 cases involving 309 females and 20 males.

Mohammed said many of the cases were in court and so far 46 convictions were recorded.

Mohammed also confirmed receipt of an ambulance from PCNI.

In his message to the meeting, the Managing Director of North East Development Commission (NEDC), Alhaji Mohammed Alkali represented by Mallam Musa Zarami, lauded the role of the centres in addressing critical issues in the insurgency affected states and assured them of the commission’s support.

In their respective remarks at the meeting, the National Programme Manager of MCN, Prof Mohammed Tabiu, and the MCN Technical Lead, Mr Ukoha Ukiwo, said the two-day meeting was to assess progress made and the challenges being face by the centres with a view to come up with solutions or ways for improvement.

They also stressed the need for popular participation in running the centres to ensure sustainability whenever the British Council exit.

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#EndSARS: Buhari Gives Matching Orders to Cabinet Ministers to Call For Peace

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#EndSARS: Buhari gives matching orders to cabinet ministers to call for peace.

By Baba Saleh, Damaturu

President Muhammadu Buhari has asked all cabinet ministers to call for peaceful coexistence in homes state.

The state minister of works and housing, Engr Abubakar D. Aliyu disclosed this at on day stakeholders dialogue on security held Sunday in Damaturu.

He said the objective of the meeting was to bring hope, encourage and sensitize the youth and other citizens to continue to surge for peace, unity and harmonious coexistence.

“Our youth should know the importance of peace and should continue to conduct themselves with decorum and should not allow themselves to be used by some individuals or groups to advance their atrocities”

In his opening remarks at the occasion Yobe State governor Mai Mala Buni has said Yobe state, had suffered so much from the protracted insurgency that bedevilled the state and the North east in general.

“We cannot contemplate having additional crises and hardships from the violent protests as we are now battling to resettle, rehabilitate and reclaim means of livelihood for our people” He added

The Governor appreciate youth in the state for their sense of reasoning and resilience to the challenges of the EndSARS protests.

” i salute you for your ingenuity in organizing prayer sessions where you prayed for an end to the protests and for peace to reign in Nigeria”

He maintained that his administration will continue to build tolerance, dialogue and strategic engagements to resolve all differences to promote peace and unity in the state, believing that progress and development can only be achieved in a secured and peaceful environment.

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International NGO Partners Government, Traditional, Religious, Community Leaders to promote Girl Child Education, End Early Marriage

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International NGO partners governments, traditional, religious, community leaders to promote girl child education, End early marriage

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

A nongovernmental Organisations (NGO) Plan International has solicited for the partnership of governments at all levels, traditional, religious to put more efforts in ensuring enrolment of girl child into school and out-of-school girls get back to school with a view to end early marriages in Borno state.

Speaking during an event to mark this years “International Day of the Girl Child, with a theme: “My Voice, Our Equal Future”, which held at Gubio IDP camp in Maiduguri recently emphasised that there must be a collective and broader effort to discourage early marriage and promote enrollment of girl child into school.

She said education should be made accessible, qualitative, safe and girl-friendly, to discourage early marriage and called on ommunity leaders to promote global education goals, stressing hat the reality is that when girls are married young, their education and other opportunities to live a safe, healthy and empowered life, come to an end.

Mrs Chinelo said education alone is not enough to end child marriage.abd solicited for cooperation government ministries and civil society organisations to key in, in the campaign to end the practice.

“In the community where we worked we understand that a lot of young girls are already married and with children, we give education to adequately take care of themselves and the young ones. .We know that in all over the world they have a different definition for a girl or child, here where we worked the UN define a child as somebody below the age of 18, we understand that this definition doesn’t stand because you see that at the age of ten or eleven someones is already married,” she added.

“So this society see those married girls as an adult, so we do a lot of education and awareness to sensitized them that even though those girls are productive, but they are still a child and cannot take care of another child that is the essence of canvassing against early marriage and the rest of them,” Mrs Chinelo .

She said “Girls enrollment into school is very very low here, but with the intervention of Plan International and others development agency that is working in Borno State, now a lot of families are realizing the need of girls education and they are supporting it”.

“We are breaking that barrier we are not there yet but we are making effort to ensure that by the year 2023 or thereabout we are going to have a considerable number of girls who are in school and who are clamouring to continue their education from primary to the tertiary institution and later to become somebody in their communities,” Chinelo explained.

In her remarks, the State Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Hajiya Zuwaira Gambo who was represented by Hajiya Aishatu Shani told the gathering that the current administration is working hard to ensure that more school-age girls are enrolled in schools.

She stressed that education initiatives that help girls to avoid child marriage must include awareness-raising campaigns for parents and community leaders on the benefits of girls’ education, scholarship programmes for girls, equipping schools and providing training for teachers on how to ensure a safe environment for all students.

“Changing cultural practices and attitudes that allow child marriage to continue takes years, and requires a deep and lasting commitment to work with families and communities to make change happen.” Hajiya Gambo said

“By reaching out to communities and empowering the girls who are vulnerable to child marriage, we can begin to change the narratives that girls are somehow of lesser value. It will take time but we must address the root causes of child, early and forced marriage, including poverty and gender inequality,” further stressed.

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Nigerian Army Flags Off Operation Crocodile Smile VI to Commence 20th October to December 31st Nationwide

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Nigerian Army flags off Operation Crocodile Smile VI to commence 20th October to December 31st Nationwide

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The Nigerian Army has on Saturday flagged off ” Operation Crocodile Smile VI in it’s flush out Boko Haram insurgents,, kidnapping, Banditry, cyber crime and other crime and criminality.

The Chief of Army Staff, ( COAS), Lt General Tukur Buratai while addressing a Press Conference at the Army Social Super Camp 1 Ngamdu said the Operation which is to commence on 20th, October 2020 will last till December 31st, 2020 across all Nigerian Army formations in the country.

The COAS who represented at the briefing by the Chief Training and Operations (CTOP), Major General Nuhu Ambazo said ” the Nigerian Army is set to start its annual Exercise CROCODILE SMILE which is traditionally conducted in the last quarter of the year. This year’s Exercise CROCODILE SMILE V1 is scheduled to commence from the 20th of October to the 31st of December 2020.”

“The Exercise is deliberately intended to be all encompassing to include cyber warfare exercises designed to identify, track and counter negative propaganda in the social media and across the cyberspace. This is the first ever Cyberwarfare exercise to be conducted in the history of the African Armed Forces. Accordingly, the exercise will also include positive identification component aimed at identifying Boko Haram terrorists fleeing from the North East and other parts of the country as a result of the ongoing operations in the various theatres of operations especially in the Northeast, North Central and North Western parts of Nigeria, the COAS stated.

General Buratai said “this years exercise will as well have civil military component which consist of environmental sanitation, roads rehabilitation and repairs, humanitarian aids, medical outreach, assistance to physically challenged and assistance to widows of our fallen heroes”.

He said Operation Harbin Kunama 4 Operation Crocodile smile 5 have been successful completed, while Operation, Fire Ball, Operation Hadarin Daji, Operation Auem A Kpayem, Operation safe Heaven among others are still on going.

He therefore commended other sister security agencies for their support and synergy and the press for finding time to grace the briefing.

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