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Boko Haram: Over 3,000 Internally Displaced Persons storm Yobe from Borno
Yobe State Emergency Agency, (SEMA), said it has in the last three weeks received and profiled more than 3,000 Internally Displaced Persons, (IDPs), from its neighbouring State of Borno. The Agency in its official Facebook page disclosed that the new arrivals were from Magumeri, Kaga, Konduga and Damboa Local Government Areas of Borno State who were displaced as a result of insurgency. It posted that the agency alongside security operatives and Damaturu Local Government representatives profiled the new arrivals in an effort to integrate them into the host community to cushion their hardship until security improves in their ancestral homes. In line with Governor Mai Mala Buni’s directive, the agency also announced that elderly, pregnant women and households with under five-year children were immediately supported with food.…READ MORE
At least 19 people were killed when armed men raided two villages in northwest Nigeria’s Kaduna state, the government said. Late on Saturday, bandits riding on motorcycles killed 14 people and injured others when they invaded Kutemeshi where they looted shops, Internal Affairs Commissioner Samuel Aruwan said in a statement. On the same day, motorbike-riding gunmen also stormed Kujeni where they killed five people and burned “several” houses, warehouses and a church, according to the statement. Gunmen from kidnapping and cattle-rustling gangs – called bandits by locals – often raid villages in northwest Nigeria, stealing cattle, kidnapping for ransom and burning homes after looting them. “Kaduna State Government has received reports from security agencies of the killing of 19 citizens by armed bandits at Kutemeshi village in Birnin Gwari and Kujeni village in Kajuru, where several others were left with bullet wounds,” Aruwan said.…READ MORE
Gov. Babagana Zulum of Borno, on Sunday, supervised the distribution of N80 million and foodstuff to 16,000 female returnees in the Gwoza area of the state. A statement issued on Sunday by Mallam Isa Gusau, Special Adviser to the Governor on Public Relations and Strategy, said that Zulum, who is on a humanitarian visit to the area, also ordered the reconstruction of 33 teachers’ houses affected by insurgency in the town. “16,000 women were each given N5,000 cash to compliment the variety of food items given each of them. “The intervention is part of the continued support to vulnerable residents of the communities whose means of livelihood is affected by activities of Boko Haram. “Gwoza came under Boko Haram’s occupation between 2014 and 2015, with videos showing the insurgents’ deadly leader, Abubakar Shekau, using Gwoza town as the sect’s spiritual and territorial headquarters. “The military liberated the town in the latter part of 2015. “The insurgents had, during their stay, destroyed hundreds of private homes and public facilities, particularly the schools giving the sect’s ideological opposition to Western education,” Gusau said.…READ MORE
To mark the upcoming third anniversary of her abduction, the LEAH Foundation is launching a seven-day campaign to draw international attention to her story, and to the plight of Nigerian Christians. …READ MORE