Weekly Nigerian News – 2.1.21

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Boko Haram attacks

Boko Haram Kills Two Policemen, Abducts Two Others in Borno
Suspected armed members of the dreaded Boko Haram sect invaded Chabal and other communities of Magumeri Local Government Area of Borno State yesterday, killing two policemen before abducting two others, Channels TV reported. The terrorists also in an ambush seized two patrol vehicles and set ablaze another one along Maiduguri-Chabal- Magumeri 35km Road north of the state capital. Chabal is less than 22km drive from Maimalari Cantonment, 7 Division of the Nigerian Army, Maiduguri. The unfortunate incident is coming on the day all the newly appointed Service Chiefs paid their first on-the-spot assessment of the security situation in Maiduguri. The Service Chiefs currently in Maiduguri for their first operational visit to Theatre Command Operation Lafiya Dole, since their appointment by President Muhammadu Buhari. “Also during the Chabal and Magumeri communities’ onslaught, the insurgents went away with two patrol vehicles after setting ablaze one of the vehicle, while the dead bodies of the policemen were conveyed to Maiduguri with one injured police officer now receiving treatment at an undisclosed hospital in Maiduguri,” a source was quoted as saying.…READ MORE

Boko Haram Victims Adopt Begging, Early Marriage For Survival, Says Report
Victims of Boko Haram activities in the North East have adopted street begging, early marriage and drugs as means of survival, a new report has revealed. The report released at the weekend by Nextier Security, Peace and Development (SPD), an international development consulting firm based in Nigeria, was entitled ‘Entrenching Peace: Assessing Community Resilience and Peace Building Initiatives in North East Nigeria’. The European Union (EU) and British Council sponsored it. At the presentation of the report to journalists and civil society organisations in Abuja, Professor Haruna Dlakwa of the University of Maiduguri, who was part of the research team, observed that challenges around the outbreak of insurgency in the North had made life difficult for the people, which led to adoption of some coping mechanism for survival. According to him, the protracted insurgency significantly disrupted social and economic lives, with many residents now living in abject poverty away from their homes. His words: “Street begging is one of the major coping strategies the people developed. This is not to say that government’s assistance was not there, but it was not going round.…READ MORE

Insecurity: Buhari Not Meeting Expectations – Obasanjo

Former president Olusegun Obasanjo has, again, criticised President Muhammadu Buhari over his handling of the security challenges rocking the country. Mr Obasanjo said it is pathetic that despite being the commander-in-chief of armed forces, banditry still occurs at Mr Buhari’s backyard’. The former president reportedly made the comments on Sunday while speaking in a virtual interview with academic and historian, Toyin Falola, where he urged the incumbent president to wake up from his slumber. He explained that although he did not subscribe to the claims by some individuals that Mr Buhari is not in charge of the country, as ex-president worried that “he (Buhari) has changed from the Buhari that I used to know.…READ MORE

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