Borno state Government has said that Thursday's protest by Internally Displaced People in Maiduguri was as a result of the breakdown of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) it signed with the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) for the supply of food to the IDPs in the state. In his wisdom, he advised the Caretaker Chairmen of Marte, Mafa, Dikwa, Bama, Mobbar, Abadam, Monguno, Gwoza council areas on the need to relocate the displaced persons in Maiduguri camps to liberated communities, while those inaccessible council areas like Abadam, Mobbar, Gwoza and Marte should ensure that they have their offices at camps in Maiduguri so as to address issues of hunger and food shortages.
"Those council chairmen that are maintaining IDPs' camps here in Maiduguri while your areas are inaccessible are to immediately relocate to camps in your council areas and listen to displaced persons' problems. Consequently, he said government and other donor agencies decided to feed IDPs on the family or household basis, instead of central cooking in camps, a system he said has worked well.
The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has again warned of the worsening condition of children around the Lake Chad who face acute malnutrition. Unicef's Regional Director for West and Central Africa, Manuel Fontaine, said: "The Lake Chad crisis is a children's crisis that should rank high on the global migration and displacement agenda. "Humanitarian needs are outpacing the response, especially now that new areas previously unreachable in north-east Nigeria become accessible.
As part of the overall 2016 Humanitarian Response Plan under review by the World Health Organisation (WHO), $25 million or N8.2 billion is required to address funding gaps in Nigeria's health sector. The global watchdog, yesterday, raised fresh alarm on the humanitarian crisis in the country, decrying appalling health situations in 15 Borno State Local Government Areas (LGAs) formerly held by insurgents.
The Nigerian Army this morning released a statement warning the general public particularly Borno state residents from boarding commercial vehicles at undesignated garages. Read the statement below Headquarters 7 Division Nigeria Army Maimalari Cantonment Maiduguri wishes to caution the general public particularly the good people of Borno State to always ensure that they board commercial vehicles at designated garages/places only.
"Nigerian military officials said the air force struck while Shekau was praying Friday at Taye village in the extremists" Sambisa Forest stronghold in northeastern Nigeria. The Nigerian Air Force on Tuesday said it has recorded another major success in the ongoing counter-insurgency and counter terrorism operations against the Boko Haram Terrorist sect in the North East.
The directive was contained in a statement released by Major Acting Deputy Director, Army Public Relations, Salisu Ibrahim Mustapha on Friday, August 26, 2016. "Headquarters 7 Division Nigeria Army Maimalari Cantonment Maiduguri wishes to caution the general public particularly the good people of Borno State to always ensure that they board commercial vehicles at designated garages/places only."
Factional national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, on Thursday, urged the Federal Government to investigate anybody who may have links with the notorious Islamic sect, Boko Haram, Tribune reports. Sheriff, who was reacting to the statement credited with the Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice of Borno State, Kaka Shehu, during the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) conference in Port Harcourt, said he should be arrested for allegedly sponsoring the terrorist group, giving the state government seven days to withdraw the statement or face legal action.
As part of the activities to mark the 2016 World Humanitarian Day, the Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has sent a technical team to Maiduguri, Borno State, to conduct interviews with domestic and international stakeholders working in the IDP camps in the Maiduguri area. Saraki's team, according to a statement by his Special Adviser on Media, Mr. Yusuf Olaniyonu was directed to review the coordination between the government of Nigeria and NGO/INGOS, the capacity of service delivery programmes and receive feedback from the IDP's themselves.
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) has quoted the United Nations (UN) as saying that the devastation and sufferings in the north-eastern state of Borno is now at the same level of that of war-torn regions across the world. According to the BBC, UN's regional humanitarian co-ordinator, Toby Lanzer gave the sad rating during a visit to Bama, the largest Borno town to come under the siege of the Islamist militant sect, Boko Haram.
The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in Borno on Thursday said that it had arrested a 40-year-old man for allegedly raping an Internally Displaced Person (IDP). Alhaji Abdullahi Ibrahim, NSCDC Commandant in the state, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Maiduguri that the 13-year-old victim from Chibok was staying with her aunt at the Colori Camp.
Bwalla said: "The national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Senator Ali Modu Sheriff has demanded for the immediate retraction of and apology from the attorney general and commissioner of justice in Borno state, Kaka Shehu, over statements credited to him during the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) conference in Port Harcourt, to the effect that he accused Sheriff of being the mastermind of the Boko Haram sect."