A cousin of Gabriel Olonisakin, the chief of defence staff, was one of the soldiers killed in a Boko Haram attack on the army in Kangarwa, Borno state, on July 12, it has been revealed. On 25 Jun 16 at about 1700hrs, own troops at ZABARMARI in conjunction with CJTF conducted clearing operation at MASU YIWA, LADIN BUTA, FAZAKA, KESA GALA, TABLA, FAHINDE, SHIRORI, GIZINA, MASKA ARIBE and MASKA LAWANTI in MAFA LGA.
Speaking at a joint press conference organised by the Federal Ministry of Health and Borno State Ministry of Health, Prof. Abdulsalami Nasidi, the National Coordinator/CEO of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control who is the leader of the team, said the assessment of the situation on ground showed that the case was worse than earlier reported.
Borno State governor Kashim Shettima, on Friday, announced that 250 ex-Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF) members have been recruited into the Nigerian Army. Mr. Shettima, who said that he has been liaising with the Ministry of Interior to ensure that no single volunteer will be left out, as long as they have sacrificed their life defending the State and the nation.
The Nigerian Army says a number of its troops are missing after they ran into an ambush by Boko Haram terrorists in Borno state. In a statement, the Army explains that the attack occurred while the troops were returning to their defensive locations after operations to clear remnants of the insurgents at Guro Gongon village and its environs.
Despite a relative improvement in terms of access to population of concern and critical life threatening needs experienced by the populace, it is however worthy to outline that many localities in Borno state still remain inaccessible owing to the ongoing violence and insecurity. UNHCR joined the humanitarian team to conduct protection assessment in Bama on 21 and 30 June 2016, conducted assessment in Konduga on 30 June 2016 and in Monguno on 4 July 2016.
Several Nigerian soldiers are yet to be accounted for after an ambush by Boko Haram insurgents in a community in the troubled Borno State, multiple sources have confirmed. Usman, a colonel and acting director of army public relations, said: "Today morning, troops on clearance patrol at Guro Gongon village and environs to rout out remnants of Boko Haram terrorists hibernating therein, destroyed the terrorists' makeshift camps and recovered quite a number of weapons, equipment and foodstuff in the process.
The spate of malnutrition in the northeast, particularly Borno state, has continued to eat deeper even as nearly a quarter of a million children are severely malnourished and face high risk of death,as the scale of the humanitarian crisis caused by the Boko Haram emergency continues to unfold. A statement released by UNICEF states that out of the 244,000 children suffering from severe acute malnutrition in Borno, an estimated 49,000 children - almost 1 in 5 - will die if they are not reached with treatment.
Over a year ago when Boko Haram insurgents swept through the fishing community of Baga in northern Borno State, horrified residents had limited options. One woman, Jummai Ibrahim, who braved all odds to stay alive, told PREMIUM TIMES chilling details of how she lost everything, including a 21-year-old son, and how Boko Haram insurgents forced her to watch him decapitated.
"It is sad that in Kenya today, the Government favours foreign investors whereas a Kenyan investor in Nairobi prefers to register a company in a place like Mauritius before registering one in Kenya as a foreigner," Dr Kituyi said. The United Nation Children's Fund (UNICEF) on Wednesday said Kaduna State has the highest number of malnourished children with over 1.6 million children.
United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has warned that if urgent measures are not put in place by the Federal Government to scale up response, on the average, 134 children will die every day from causes associated with acute malnutrition in the north east. A statement by UNICEF's Chief of Communication, Doune Porter, further disclosed that out of the 244,000 children suffering from severe acute malnutrition in Borno, an estimated 49,000 children - almost 1 in 5 - will die if they are not reached with treatment.
At least 500,000 people who are either displaced or cut off in enclaves outside the State capital of Maiduguri are in urgent need of food, medical care, drinking water and shelter. Assessments by United Nations agencies and the Nigerian authorities have shown how very serious the situation is and teams from SEMA (Borno State Emergency Management Agency), Red Cross and UNICEF have distributed food and provided medical and nutritional treatment at several locations.
Borno State Commissioner for Reconstruction, Rehabilitation and Resettlement, Dr Babagana Umara Zulum; Governor Kashim Shettima; and General T.Y. Danjuma at the commissioning of 40 public buildings reconstructed through a partnership between the state government and the Victims Support Fund (VSF )chaired by Danjuma, in Dikwa Town, Borno State yesterday.