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    NDLEA chairman: Tramadol abuse fuelling insurgency in north-east

NDLEA chairman: Tramadol abuse fuelling insurgency in north-east

Muhammad Abdallah, chairman and chief executive officer of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), says the abuse of tramadol, a prohibited drug, is fuelling insurgency in the north-east. Abdallah spoke on Thursday ahead of the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking scheduled for June 26 with the theme "Better Knowledge for Better Care". Describing drug abuse as "the real [...]

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    N’assembly leadership to meet with Buhari over Boko Haram killings

N’assembly leadership to meet with Buhari over Boko Haram killings

The senate has passed a resolution asking the leadership of the national assembly to meet with President Muhammadu Buhari over the recent killings by Boko Haram in the north-east. The resolution of the upper legislative chamber was sequel to a motion sponsored by Abubakar Kyari, senator representing Borno north. Kyari called the attention of the senate to the killings by the insurgents [...]

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    Buratai: Troops killed 1,429 Boko Haram insurgents in two months

Buratai: Troops killed 1,429 Boko Haram insurgents in two months

Tukur Buratai, chief of army staff, says troops in the north-east killed 1,429 Boko Haram insurgents and arrested 166 informants of the group in two months. Speaking with journalists after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday, Buratai said there have been "tremendous" achievements in the fight against the insurgents. The army chief expressed the hope that the security situation in the [...]

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    NEMA zonal coordinator dies in Borno

NEMA zonal coordinator dies in Borno

The management of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) on Tuesday confirmed the death of Saidu Ahmed, its north-east zonal coordinator. Abdulkadir Ibrahim, NEMA north-east principal information officer, made the confirmation in an interview with NAN in Maiduguri, the Borno state capital. Ibrahim said the coordinator died at the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital (UMTH) after battling diabetes. "We are still at the [...]

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    Stay away from north-east conflict zones, Buratai tells aid organisations

Stay away from north-east conflict zones, Buratai tells aid organisations

The Nigerian army has advised international aid organisations to stay away from conflict zones in the north-east so as not to be victims of the crisis. Tukur Buratai, chief of army staff, said this on Friday when he received officials of the Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) better known as Doctors Without Borders, at the army headquarters in Abuja. Buratai said the security [...]

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    Sylva: One billion barrels of crude oil discovered in north-east

Sylva: One billion barrels of crude oil discovered in north-east

Timipre Sylva, minister of state for petroleum resources, says about one billion barrels of crude oil have been discovered in the north-east. NAN quoted Sylva as saying this on Wednesday at a press conference to mark the end of the 2020 Nigeria International Petroleum Summit in Abuja. The minister said large quantities of oil deposits are yet to be found in the [...]

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    Can’t Buhari stop waffling on Boko Haram?

Can’t Buhari stop waffling on Boko Haram?

Even when its blood-sucking soldiers slash the throats of captured Nigerians in audacious video recordings that periodically go viral on the social media, the truth is that Boko Haram, that deadly terrorist group, has left the consciousness of many Nigerians, especially the political elite. For example, as that eight year-old boy insurgent horrendously gorged out the last pint of blood [...]

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    Otedola’s N5bn lifeline for children

Otedola’s N5bn lifeline for children

How about this? By 2030 — that’s a little over 10 years from now — no Nigerian child will die from preventable diseases such as malaria, pneumonia and malnutrition; all children will receive quality basic education, and their parents will not have to be politicians or bankers; and discrimination against the girl-child will end. These are the big dreams of [...]

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    UN: 1.2m residents stranded, deprived of aid in north-east

UN: 1.2m residents stranded, deprived of aid in north-east

The United Nations says at least 1.2 million people are currently stranded in the north-east where Boko Haram insurgency has been on for 10 years. Edward Kallon, UN humanitarian coordinator in Nigeria, said this on Friday while speaking at the international civil-security summit in Maiduguri, Borno state capital. Kallon said there is a "continuously shrinking humanitarian space" in the north-eastern states of [...]

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    Report: Boko Haram crisis returning to pre-2015 levels with new strategy

Report: Boko Haram crisis returning to pre-2015 levels with new strategy

The Boko Haram crisis is worsening and returning to pre-2015 levels when the insurgents held territories in the north-east, a report by SB Morgen says. The insurgency was at its peak in 2014 with the capture of a strip of territories and the harvest of mass casualties in the north-east. About 21 local government areas out of 27 in Borno state were under [...]

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    UNICEF: 440,000 children suffering from acute malnutrition in north-east

UNICEF: 440,000 children suffering from acute malnutrition in north-east

The United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) says at least 400,000 children below five years are suffering from severe acute malnutrition in the north-eastern states of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa. Speaking at a meeting in Maiduguri on Thursday, Aminu Usman, UNICEF nutrition specialist, said at least N4.4 billion is needed to cater to the food needs of the children. Every year, an estimated [...]

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    ICRC president: Insecurity making it difficult to provide humanitarian services in north-east

ICRC president: Insecurity making it difficult to provide humanitarian services in north-east

Peter Maurer, president of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), says insecurity in the north-east is making it difficult to provide humanitarian services in the region.  Speaking with journalists in Lagos, Maurer said the north-east is prone to different epidemic owing to the danger of the bad health situation being witnessed in the area. He said the huge gap in health [...]

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    ‘2.2m children and teachers’ in north-east need emergency education support

‘2.2m children and teachers’ in north-east need emergency education support

Save the Children, an international humanitarian agency, says at least 2.2 million children in the north-east are in need of immediate education in emergency support. Addressing a press conference in Abuja on Wednesday, Florence Otedola (better known as DJ Cuppy), the agency’s global ambassador, said at least 800 schools in the region are not functional. Children are among the worst hit in [...]

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    Buhari not sleeping on duty, Garba Shehu replies Catholic bishop

Buhari not sleeping on duty, Garba Shehu replies Catholic bishop

Garba Shehu, senior special assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on media, says the north-eastern region of the country is better off under his principal. Shehu said this in reaction to comment by Stephen Mamza, Catholic bishop of Yola diocese. Mamza had said the unabated killings across the country is an indication that Buhari is "sleeping on duty." But Shehu said the remark [...]

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    UNICEF: Armed groups recruited over 3,500 children in north-east

UNICEF: Armed groups recruited over 3,500 children in north-east

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) says between 2013 and 2017, more than 3,500 children were recruited and used by non-state armed groups in the north-east. The agency said most of children have been used in the ongoing armed conflict in north-east. It noted that "these numbers are only those that have been verified, while the true figures are likely to be [...]

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    Borno elders: Ndume qualified to succeed Saraki

Borno elders: Ndume qualified to succeed Saraki

Borno state elders under the platform of Concerned Citizens of Borno have recommended Ali Ndume, lawmaker representing the state's south senatorial district, for the position of the next senate president. Speaking on behalf of the elders at a press briefing, Dauda Danladi, leader of the group and Nigeria's former ambassador to Pakistan, said Ndume should be considered for the position being a [...]

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