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Weekly Press Review: From Monday 17th to Friday 21st July, 2023

21 July 2023
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Regional News

Nigerian Defence Headquarters Claims Troops Arrested “High-Profile Terrorist Spy And Collaborator, Bulama Suri In Borno. Source: Sahara Reporters

The troops also neutralised nine bandits and arrested 10 suspects while rescuing nine kidnapped civilians.

Military Troops Kill 26 Terrorists, Destroy 22 Illegal Refining Sites. Source: PRNigeria

This brief will cover significant operational activities across the 6 geopolitical zones for the period 13 – 20 July 2023. The brief will begin with the North East and North Central zones. Then, the North West, South South and South East zones.

ECOWAS Leaders Reaffirm Commitment to Fight Insecurity in West Africa. Source: Humangle

The leaders conducted a comprehensive review of the political and security situations in the sub-region, with particular emphasis on the transitions occurring in Mali, Burkina Faso, and Guinea.

Farmers On The Run As Boko Haram Killings Return. Source: Daily Trust

In just over two weeks, Borno State has experienced four devastating attacks by Boko Haram insurgents that killed at least 36 lives in the state.

More Than 14 Persons Killed Over The Weekend In Cameroon. Source: Humangle

At least 14 persons have been killed and several others injured in a neighbourhood in Bamenda, Cameroon, following two separate shootings by military and suspected separatist fighters.

Nigerian army intercepts truckload of ammunition being smuggled into South-east. Source: Premium Times

Troops of the Nigerian Army, Saturday, intercepted an international smuggling syndicate while transporting a truckload of smuggled ammunition to Anambra State, Nigeria’s south-east. Army spokesperson, Onyema Nwachukwu, disclosed this in a statement on Monday.

Burkina Faso bans third broadcaster within eight months. Source: news24

Burkina Faso has banned a third media organisation within eight months, at a time when there’s also severe censorship of journalists in the face of the growing influence of jihadist movements. The latest television station to be banned by the Superior Council for Communication, a government media regulator, is the French news channel La Chaîne Info (LCI).

10 Civilians Killed in Burkina Faso; Locals Say ‘Terrorists Attacked’ Source: VOA/AFP

Burkina Faso’s junta leader on Tuesday lashed out at the “cowardice” of the country’s jihadist rebels after local and security sources reported at least 10 civilian deaths in two attacks. Residents of Nouna, local capital of Kossi province in the west, contacted by telephone, said shells hit the town late Monday.

Burkina Faso Bans Third Broadcaster within Eight Months: Source: news24

Burkina Faso has banned a third media organisation within eight months, at a time when there’s also severe censorship of journalists in the face of the growing influence of jihadist movements. The latest television station to be banned by the Superior Council for Communication, a government media regulator, is the French news channel La Chaîne Info (LCI)

Sudan: Conflict Displaces Nearly 200,000 in the Past Week Alone: Source: UN News

Nearly 200,000 people were displaced by fighting inside Sudan over the past week, the UN reported on Tuesday, citing new figures released by the International Organization for Migration (IOM). Overall, more than 2.6 million people have been internally displaced since the start of the conflict on 15 April.

NAF Airstrikes Eliminate 22 Terrorists In Katsina. Source: Daily Trust

At least 22 terrorists loyal to the deceased notorious terrorists’ kingpin, Alhaji Abdulkareen Lawal, aka Abdulkareen Boss, have been neutralised by air strikes on Monday. The strikes were executed by the air component of Operation Hadarin Daji (OPHD) at Batsari and Sola Poi II in Batsari and Jibia LGAs of Katsina State


Peace and Security

How Nigeria’ll fight insecurity — Service chiefs. Source: Punch

The Chief of Defence Staff, General Christopher Musa, has pledged to involve Nigerians in the fight against insecurity in the country. This is just as he said the armed forces would drive the onslaught against insecurity in line with the laws of the land. General Musa also identified the thematic focus of his leadership to include people-centric, troops welfare, and inter-agency collaboration.



Farmers In Borno Worry Over Prolonged Lack Of Rain. Source: Humangle

Local farmers in Borno, Northeast Nigeria, have begun to worry and agitate over the absence of rain for more than a month. The drought, in addition to the recent attacks farmers have been suffering from terror groups, will affect crop yields this year.

Farmers seek divine intervention for steady rainfall during this year’s dry wet season. Source: Ndarason

The low and erratic rain during the wet season this year has prompted religious leaders and traditional rulers in Borno State to enjoin thousands of farmers and others to pray earnestly to Almighty Allah to intervene to provide steady rainfall, without which is it likely that most crops will die.

Stakeholders Propose Guidelines To Counter Deforestation in Northeast Nigeria. Source: Humangle

The stakeholders unanimously agreed that safeguarding the environment and protecting citizens from harm is both a social obligation and a fundamental right.

Maiduguri a city overrun by large numbers of street children. Source: RNI

Children as young as four years old are among the more than 10 million kids living on the streets in Nigeria. There are many reasons for children living on the streets – particularly in the northeast of the country which has been under siege by insurgents for more than a decade.

Let’s Repent From Sin – Nigerian Monarch, Shehu Of Borno Leads Followers To Pray For Rain. Source; Sahara City

During the special prayers (Salatul Istisqa) at Ramat square, the faithful sought intervention from Allah for favour. In his short remarks, the Shehu of Borno called on the participants to repent of their sins.

Unwanted pregnancies and unsafe abortions the plight of many internally displaced women. Source: RNI

Before the closure of official, state-run internally displaced persons’ camps in Maiduguri, women had easy access to sexual and reproductive health services – now they have to deal with unwanted pregnancies and, often, unsafe abortions. Humanitarian organisations used to be on hand to provide advice and care for the women. They discussed unwanted pregnancies, back-street abortions and provided contraception, either pills or injection.

Children In Cameroon Transform Bottles Into Brooms To Save Environment. Source: Humangle

As many children are on a three-month holiday in Cameroon, one pair are helping their grandpa save the planet and raise income. Their effort is helping cocoa and coffee farmers dry their grains.

Stabilization and economic development

Fuel price hits N617 at NNPC outlets. Source: Premium Times

Petroleum pump price rose to N617 per litre at various outlets of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPCL) in Abuja on Tuesday. The development comes months after the oil company approved an upward review in the pump price of petroleum nationwide.

Tinubu Orders Review Of N8,000 Conditional Cash Transfer Programme For 12 Million Poor Nigerian Households. Source: Sahara reporters

Tinubu’s administration had proposed to disburse N8,000 monthly each to 12 million poor households for six months as part of measures to cushion the effects of fuel subsidy removal on Nigerians.

Subsidy removal: Govs plan cash transfers to poor households, dump Buhari’s list. Source: Punch

The National Economic Council comprising 36 state governors and Vice President Kashim Shettima has concluded a plan for state governments to implement cash transfer programmes using state-generated social registers. It said states-generated social registers would better reflect the number of vulnerable Nigerians to be reached with such cash transfer or palliative scheme.

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