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Weekly Press Review from 6 to 12 April 2024

12 April 2024
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Sudan’s ex-PM Hamdok faces accusations of ‘inciting war’: state TV /

Sudan’s prosecution has accused former prime minister Abdalla Hamdok of “inciting war against the state” and other charges that could carry the death penalty, according to state television.

The prosecutor’s office is loyal to military chief Abdel Fattah al Burhan, whose regular armed forces have been at war since April 2023 with paramilitary leader Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo.

The US will make a push for more than a hundred million in additional funding to respond to the conflict in Sudan as Washington seeks to spur international response at a donor conference on the humanitarian crisis this month, the US Special Envoy to the North African country has said.

‘Sudan war must stop’: UN calls for immediate ceasefire /

The Sudanese people have had enough of the devastating conflict raging inside the country, UN investigators have said as the fighting rolls on into a second year.

Sudan’s warring parties must commit to an immediate ceasefire, end attacks on civilians and ensure unimpeded access to humanitarian aid, the United Nations Independent International Fact-Finding Mission for the Sudan insisted.

“It’s beyond time for this devastating war to stop,” Mohammed Chande Othman, the mission’s chair said on Thursday.

First UN food supplies arrive in Sudan’s Darfur after months, millions still face acute hunger /

First UN food supplies arrive in Sudan’s Darfur after months, millions still face acute hunger

The United Nations said Friday it has begun distributing food in Sudan’s restive western Darfur region for the first time in months, following two successful cross-border deliveries in March, but the population still faces widespread hunger unless more help arrives.

Sudan conflict: Burhan says no return to pre-war era /


As Sudan approaches the first anniversary of its brutal civil war, army chief Abdel Fattah al-Burhan has dashed any hopes of a return to civilian rule, announcing there is “no turning back” to the pre-war era.

Parties and NGOs demand elections in Mali /

Mali junta bans political activities amid tensions.

The ban comes days after political parties called for immediate elections and an end to military rule

Food security: WFP plans to suspend assistance to Cameroon for lack of funds /

The World Food Programme (WFP) is warning of a drop in its resources that could lead the UN agency to halt food distributions to refugees in Cameroon.

« We find ourselves in a particularly deficit situation, which is such that we have recently had to make cuts in rations. Initially, 70%, then 50% and now, after the end of April, we have no visibility as to the possible financing.

The incident occurred at a raw cotton storage warehouse in the Far North region. In Cameroon, the Société de développement du Québec…

The Ministry of Mines, Industry and Technological Development recently inaugurated the world’s first closed-loop gold ore processing unit in the U.S.

What Does War Do To A Boy? /

Ten years ago, Amir’s parents were arrested at the peak of the Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria’s northeastern region. He was three. Now, he is 13, out of the orphanage, and living with his grandmother. What has been the consequence of war for him?

RSF paramilitary attack in Sudan  kills at least 25: local activists /

Sudanese paramilitary forces have killed at least 25 people in an attack on a village south of the capital Khartoum, a local activists’ committee said.

The Rapid Support Forces (RSF) “attacked the village of Um Adam” 150 kilometres (93 miles) south of the city on Saturday, said a Sunday statement from the local resistance committee, one of many pro-democracy groups that coordinate aid.

Sudan’s war between the military, under army chief Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, and the RSF, commanded by his former deputy Mohamed Hamdan Daglo, began last April 15.

Charity: More than 10 million Sudanese children have been in warzone / africanews-com

More than 10 million children in Sudan have been in an active warzone and less than five kilometres away from gunfire, shelling, and other deadly violence over the past year of war, said Save the Children.

Analysis by the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project on behalf of the charity found that one in two children in Sudan are currently or have been within five kilometres of the frontlines of the conflict.

Sudan’s civil war enters its first year: Famine looms large /

As the conflict in Sudan nears its one-year mark, the UN Refugee Agency is warning that over 25 million people are facing a humanitarian crisis with no end in sight.

Ahead of the anniversary of the conflict on April 15, UNHCR said that Sudan and its neighbours are experiencing one of the largest and most challenging humanitarian and displacement crises in the world.

Thousands of refugees have continued to cross borders daily as they flee the war, with most arriving in South Sudan.

Nigeria: 10 years on from Chibok, kidnappings still frequent /

A decade on from the Chibok school kidnapping, abductions in northwest Nigeria are still an all too frequent occurrence.

The gunmen who kidnapped Jennifer Peter and dozens of her peers from a school in March 2021 returned months later to attack another school in her state in northwestern Nigeria.

Sudan: over 25 million people facing humanitarian crisis, says UNHCR /

As the conflict in Sudan nears its one-year mark, the UN Refugee Agency is warning that over 25 million people are facing a humanitarian crisis with no end in sight.

Ahead of the anniversary of the conflict on April 15, UNHCR said that Sudan and its neighbours are experiencing one of the largest and most challenging humanitarian and displacement crises in the world.

Jihadists’ Rivalry In The Sahel Is Good News For Counterinsurgency Efforts /

Members of two prominent jihadist groups in Africa’s Sahel region, the Jama’atu Nusratil Islam Wal Muslimin (JNIM) and the Islamic State Greater Sahara (ISGS), have recently been engaged in a fight for dominance, exposing them to the danger of successful attacks from the governments of Niger, Mali, and Burkina Faso.

‘I Just Drink Water And Endure’: Ramadan In A Nigerian Displacement Camp /

It was a little after 12 p.m. on a Thursday in late March. The scorching sun scalded through the thatched roofs of the makeshift huts occupied by internally displaced persons (IDPs) at the Rabah displacement camp in Sokoto state as men gathered under the shade of a dogoyaro tree along one of the camp’s fallen fence, looking to escape the sweltering heat.


Surviving Dyslexia: The Struggles Of Nigerians Living With Learning Disabilities /

Sometime in 2019,  a boy was brought to the Amina Dyslexia Center by his mother for possible dyslexia because he kept failing his exams at school.

Anita Nchat Kelvin, a dyslexia therapist who runs the centre in Kaduna, North West Nigeria, suggested that they pull him out of regular school for a year so he could get enough neurodivergent-conscious tutoring to catch up with his peers. She further suggested that the boy’s father come along to discuss it.

However, when the father came, he got upset and threatened the mother with a divorce if she dared to bring their child to a school ‘for disabled children’.

When the situation started to escalate, Anita suggested they go back home. Only with the input of other family members did the father reluctantly allow it later on.

COAS celebrates sallah with Troops, commends sacrifice in fight against terrorism /

Maiduguri, Borno State – Lieutenant General Taoreed Lagbaja Chief of Army Staff, has commended Nigerian Army frontline troops for their unwavering commitment in the fight against terrorism. The commendation was delivered on Wednesday during a Sallah Luncheon celebration held at Maimalari Cantonment with troops of Operation Hadin Kai.

The event, spearheaded by Major General W Shaibu, Theatre Commander, Joint Task Force Operation Hadin Kai, and Brigadier General AGL Haruna, Acting General Officer Commanding and Commander Sector One Operation Hadin Kai, highlighted the successes achieved in the fight against terrorism.

Strikes Kill Many Terrorists In Zamfara

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has bombed three terrorists camps in Zamfara on Wednesday, eliminating several of them and their structures. The operation was conducted…

91 Chibok Girls’ Parents Seek Audience With Tinubu’s Wife /

Parents of the 91 remaining girls of the 2014 school abduction in Chibok, Borno State, have called for the intervention of the first lady, Mrs Oluremi Tinubu, lamenting the 10 years of horror and trauma over the abduction of their children.

They expressed deep so rrow over the 10 years of horror and trauma since their children were abducted.

Okuama killings: Military board of inquiry commences sitting in Warri /

The Military Board of Inquiry constituted by the Defence Headquarters to investigate the 17 soldiers killed in Okuama Community, Ughelli South Local Government Area of Delta, has commenced sitting.

He panel convened on Wednesday at the Governor’s Office Annexe in Warri South Local Government Area of the state. The meeting, which was scheduled for 2.00 p.m., however, started at about 3.45 p.m. with six stakeholders from the Okoloba Community, Bomadi Local Government Area, in attendance.

The Okuama Community was, however, not represented.

The Director-General, Political and Security Services in Delta, David Tonwe, who ushered the Okoloba stakeholders into the meeting room, however, told newsmen they were not permitted to be part of the meeting.

electricity consumers in the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, have appealed to the Federal Government to review the new tariff downwards to avoid electricity theft.

Some of the consumers who are mainly business owners told the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday that if the cost of electricity remained high some of them consumers might bye-passing their meters.

The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, NERC, had announced an increase in electricity tariff paid by Band A customers from N68/KWh to N225/KWh.

Eid El Fitr: CAN felicitates with Muslims, urges support for less fortunate /

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Borno State Chapter, has extended warm wishes to Muslims as they celebrate Eid al-Fitr.

Most Rev. Dr. John Bogna Bakeni, CAN Chairman, issued a press statement today in Maiduguri, conveying greetings to the ‘Muslim ummah’ in Borno and across Nigeria.

Dr. Bakeni prayed for Allah’s acceptance of their prayers and sacrifices during Ramadan. He further emphasized the importance of fostering peace and justice within Borno State.

‘Let us continue to preach and work for justice and peaceful harmony in our dear State of Borno,’ Dr. Bakeni’s statement urged.

The CAN Chairman also highlighted the significance of remembering those less fortunate during this joyous occasion.

Officer Gunned Down As Hoodlums Attack Police Checkpoint In Ebonyi /

Gunmen attacked a police checkpoint at Abakaliki, Ebonyi State on Thursday and killed a policeman.

The police spokesman in Ebonyi, DSP Joshua Ukandu, confirmed the attack and said the gunmen also set the police van on the spot ablaze.

Rape: Stakeholders Demand Justice For Keren, Ochanya, Others /

Rape: Stakeholders Demand Justice For Keren, Ochanya, Others

Stakeholders have called on the authorities to ensure justice for the victims of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) in the country, Keren-Happuch Akpagher and Ochanya…

House Burnt By Hoodlums Belongs To Aper Aku’s Relative – Benue Gov’t /

House Burnt By Hoodlums Belongs To Aper Aku’s Relative – Benue Gov’t

The Benue State government on Wednesday said the residence burnt down by hoodlums in Gboko belongs to a relative of the former governor of the…

Kwara Emir Sues For Peace, Unity /

Kwara Emir Sues For Peace, Unity. Thousands of Muslim faithful trouped out to the various Eid centres across Kwara State to mark this year’s Eid-ul-Fitr celebration. At the Central Eid prayer…

Security Improved, Our Prayers Answered – Katsina Gov /

The Katsina State governor, Mallam Dikko Umaru Radda has appreciated the fervent prayers offered by the citizens for the peace and progress of the state.

He said the state had witnessed tremendous improvement in the area of security of lives and property in recent days. “That proved that our prayers during the month of Ramadan were answered,” he said.

Bauchi, Taraba Govs Preach Tolerance, Forgiveness /

Bauchi State Governor Bala Mohammed has appealed to residents of the state to imbibe the spirit of forgiveness, love, and respect for one another.

In his Sallah message, the governor expressed the belief that the lessons learnt during the month of Ramadan would continue to guide actions and utterances after the holy month.

The Anambra State Joint Security Force, has extended its manhunt for criminals attacking security formations in the state to Ogbaru forest.

SP Tochukwu Ikenga, the Police Public Relations Officer in Anambra, made the disclosure in a statement made available to journalists on Wednesday in Onitsha.

The Bauchi State Police Command has dropped the wanted notice on Dr Idris Abdulaziz, an Islamic cleric, for “contempt of court” following the intervention of the National Security Adviser (NSA), Nuhu Ribadu.

The Inspector General of Police had ordered Bauchi police to recall the cleric, who is also the Chief Imam of Dutsen Tanshi Jumaat mosque, and to issue a Special Gazette Bulletin, urging anybody with knowledge about the cleric’s whereabouts to report to the state police command or the closest police station.

A drunk truck driver on Wednesday crashed into a bus around Ota-Idiroko expressway in Ado-Odo/Ota Local Government Area of Ogun State, killing the bus driver…

Borno, Adamawa, Yobe Observe Peaceful Eid-El-Fitr

Thousands of Muslim faithful trooped out in Maiduguri, Yola and Damaturu the capitals of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states respectively to observe prayers for the…

Governor Hyacinth Alia of Benue State expressed deep sorrow and mourning for the victims of the armed invaders’ attack on the Mbakyor community in Mbalom Council Ward of Gwer East Local Government Area. The attack, which occurred on March 7, 2024, resulted in the tragic deaths of 17 people, with many others sustaining injuries and houses burnt.

A rainstorm has wreaked havoc in the Iyara community, headquarters of Ijumu Local Government Area of Kogi State, destroying hundreds of houses and rendering 1000 persons homeless.

A notorious bandit who had been terrorising some parts of Katsina and Zamfara states, popularly known as Dangote, has reportedly been killed by a rival gang.

The incident occurred during a gun battle in the early hours of Sunday, where Dangote and his two brothers were killed by a gang led by Kachalla Dankarami, also known as Goska.

Three persons have died after reportedly consuming expired drugs in the Kabala Doki community, Kaduna North Local Government Area of Kaduna State on Monday.

It was gathered that two other youths are currently hospitalised.

Hoodlums have reportedly set ablaze the residence of a former Governor of Benúe State, late Aper Aku, in the Gboko area of the state.

The incident was said to have happened on Monday after the occupants were safely evacuated from the building.

A daughter of the late governor, Deborah Aku, told journalists in Makurdi that the Police rescued six of them early enough before the hoodlums burnt the house.

She explained that trouble began in March after a man came to the house with a cutlassand threatened to deal with them if his goat died again, claiming that he was told that his goat died after drinking water from their house.

An aide to the council chairman told Daily Trust that the armed gang returned to the community at about 11:33 pm, on Sunday,.

He said the bandits who invaded Tokulo community through Kaduna forest wielded AK-47 rifles and engaged the vigilantes guarding the chairman’s private residence in a fierce gun battle.

He said during the gunfire exchange, the police team from Bwari division was alerted and they stormed the community immediately.

The Department of State Services (DSS), on Tuesday, counselled Muslim faithful across the country to be security conscious at all the prayer grounds during the Eid-el-ftri billed to hold nationwide on Wednesday.

The secret police also advised them to report any suspicious movement to security agents when noticed, adding that it is working closely with the Nigeria Police Force and other sisters agencies to ensure hitch-free Sallah celebration.

The Chairperson of the House of Representatives Press Corps and Vice Chairman of Correspondents Chapel of NUJ FCT, Comrade Grace Ike, has advocated for improved working conditions for journalists.

Ike spoke as she joined the Muslim community to celebrate the end of Ramadan and the Eid al-Fitr celebration.

A housewife has been killed by floodwater and a girl gone missing following a downpour in Nguroge town in Taraba State.

Ibrahim Nguroge, a resident, explained that on Saturday the flood was exacerbated by blocked drains filled with refuse, and that collapsed many houses.

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has offered N200 million in financial support to Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in Bayelsa State.

Joyce Oboro, Leader of the UNDP team, handed over a cheque to Governor Douye Diri at the Government House in Yenagoa Monday.

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC)’s Commandant General, Dr Ahmed Audi, has ordered the strategic deployment of over 40,000 personnel across the country.

The spokesman of the Corps, Babawale Afolabi, said in a statement on Monday, that the deployment was to ensure the protection of lives and property and safeguard the nation’s Critical National Assets and Infrastructure amongst others.

Operatives of the FCT Police Command have raided black spots and arrested 85 suspects in Abuja. The Commissioner of Police (CP), Benneth Igweh, while speaking with newsmen at the weekend, said the operation was carried out from March 31, to April 4, 2024

The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced significant changes to the duration of work permits for non-citizens, including Nigerians, through a temporary and final rule (TFR).

Under this new rule, the automatic extension period for some Employment Authorisation Documents (EADs) has been extended from 180 days to a maximum of 540 days. This move aims to streamline access to work permits for eligible non-citizens and reduce disruptions in employment authorisation while awaiting renewal application decisions.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has enjoined member states to uphold the progress towards fulfilling the right to health, agreed by all nations of the world in 1948 and enshrined in the WHO Constitution.

WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti made the call Sunday in her statement to mark this year’s World Health Day.

The Coalition of Fulani Organisations in Plateau State has appealed to security agencies, particularly Operation Safe Haven (OPSH), to assist in recovering their rustled cattle from Mangu, Bokkos, and Bassa LGAs.

The coalition lamented that over 300 cattle valued at N169m belonging to its members were rustled between March 11, and March 30, 2024, and that two herders, Isa Abubakar in Kwamuru and Naziri Muhammad in Tangur were killed during the period.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has handed over assorted medical consumables to the Yobe State Government to further contain the outbreak of the diseases that killed over 20 vulnerable persons.

Handing over the items at the Yobe State University Teaching Hospital, Damaturu, on behalf of Dr. Kumshida Yakubu Balami, the WHO Interim Northeast Emergency Manager, Pharmacist Katugwa Emmanuel, said the items will not only provide care for the healthcare workers but patients as well as their relatives.

Tinubu Calls For Peace In Africa, Global Trouble Spots

President Bola Tinubu has appealed for global peace and stability in Africa and other trouble spots around the world, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN)…

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