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Weekly Press Review : From Monday 29th May to Friday 2nd June, 2023

2 June 2023
Reading time: 7 minutes

Regional News

Top ISWAP Commanders Killed as MNJTF Troops Eliminates 55 Terrorists in Borno. Source: PRNigeria

According to the Niger Ministry of Defence, a 22 day aggressive  operation nicknamed Operation HARBIN ZUMA which began on  May 6 2023 and  ended on Sunday May 28, targeting ISWAP strongholds in the Tumbums were coordinated by the troops of Sector 3 and Sector  4 MultiNational Joint Task Force (MNJTF).

Insurgency: 247 Criminals Nabbed as Nigerian Military Kills 91 ISWAP Terrorists. Source: PRNigeria

The troops activities and operational successes being recorded in the various operational theaters within the 6 geo-political zones of the Country. In the past 2 weeks, both kinetic and non-kinetic operations were conducted in the various theatres of operations, with significant results recorded. The brief will therefore cover operational activities of the Armed Forces of Nigeria and other security agencies conducted in addressing the various security challenges across the Country between the period of 18 May – 1 June 2023.

Troops neutralise 51 terrorists, arrest 63 in 2 weeks. Source: Blueprint

The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) Thursday said troops of Operations Hadin Kai in the North East and Hadarin Daji in the North West have neutralised 51 Boko Haram terrorists and others in the Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP), as well as bandits.

Burkina Faso’s prime minister rules out any deal with jihadists, boosts civil militias. Source: rfi

Burkina Faso’s prime minister on Tuesday ruled out any negotiations with jihadist insurgents that have taken control of swathes of the West African country since 2015.

NIGERIA DAILY: The Bad Security Situation Tinubu Is Inheriting. Source: DailyTrust

As Nigerians look forward to May 29th 2023, when President Muhammadu Buhari will hand over power to president-elect, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, one question on the lip of many, is how the incoming government will address matters of security?

APC women leaders, others kidnapped on Kaduna highway. Source: Premium Time

The women were returning from the inauguration of the new governor of Kaduna State.

Survivors Reveal How Boko Haram Forced Women To Share ‘Period Pants’. Source: Humangle

Female survivors of Boko Haram captivity reveal how they were forced to share the same underwear during their menstrual period.

Imo: Kidnapped Catholic priest regains freedom. Source: Blueprint

A catholic priest, Rev. Fr. Matthias Opara, who was kidnapped last Friday on his way back from the burial of the father of one of his colleagues along Ogbaku/Ejemekwuru road in Imo state has regained his freedom.

Boko Haram Steps Up Attacks In Cameroon’s Far North. Source: Humangle

Boko Haram has increased its attacks on civilians in Cameroon in recent weeks, forcing thousands of people from their homes, according to reports. The Cameroonian military’s elite Rapid Intervention Battalion have been pushing back against attacks on civilians in the Far North region, although the militants have so far found ways to evade the military and attack unprotected villages.

Averaging 22 Deaths A Day: Buhari’s Legacy Of Fighting Insecurity, But Failing. Humangle

The number of violent incidents and abductions in Nigeria multiplied under former President Muhammadu Buhari. While death tolls were reduced in the Northeast, the rate of killing increased in other regions with the rise of new security challenges.

Vigilantes And Paramilitary Members In Nigeria’s Gwoza Quit Over Lack Of Pay. Source: Humangle

Members of the Civilian Joint Task Force, vigilantes and hunters protecting a dangerous border community in Gwoza, have quit the service and left town because their allowances have not been paid for over a year.

Terrorists On Kidnapping Spree To ‘Get New Zamfara Govt’s Attention’. Source: Humangle

Terrorists have intensified kidnappings in order to “get the attention” of the newly installed government in Zamfara, Northwest Nigeria, HumAngle can report. The gangs have resorted to attacking mostly rural dwellers who are local farmers and setting them free with a demand – that Governor Dauda Lawal negotiate with them for peace to reign. The terrorists said this on Sunday, after the conditional release of  seven abducted farmers out of the 13 kidnapped in Birnin-Magaji Local Government Area (LGA) of the state.

Women kidnapped by separatists in anglophone Cameroon released. Source: rfi

The women were released on Wednesday, having been captured days earlier in the country’s restive English-speaking region. The Cameroonian authorities said they had been abducted by “heavily armed terrorists” in the village of Kedjom Keku, in the North-West region, then “severely tortured”. The region has been racked for more than six years by a conflict between separatists from the English-speaking minority and the national security forces.


Peace and Security


UNICEF plans new model to tackle Nigeria’s out-of-school children challenge. Source: Punch

The United Nations Children Emergency Fund is expected to develop a model to tackle the out-of-school menace in Nigeria by 2027, The PUNCH reports. Though the number of out-of-school children as of May 2023 cannot officially be verified by our correspondent at the time of filing this report, a 2022 report by UNESCO estimated that Nigeria currently has approximately 20 million out-of-school children.

30,000 Nigerian smokers died in 2022 – WHO. Source: Blueprint

A report by the World Health Organisation (WHO) has revealed that Nigeria faces the devastating consequences of smoke-related diseases with about 30,000 lives lost in 2022. A Global State of Tobacco Harm Reduction document indicated that 4.1% of the adult populations in country are current smokers, representing approximately 4.5 million individuals with 7.9% being men while women made up of 0.3% of those engaged in smoking.

REPORT CARD: Nigerian Govt’s Response To Recurrent Floods Under Buhari-led Administration. Source: Humangle

Nigeria has been grappling with the devastating impact of recurrent floods. HumAngle, through analysis of media reports, examines the federal government’s response to flood disasters over the past eight years, highlighting the progress made, areas of weakness, and the need for more proactive measures from the incoming administration to mitigate future disasters.

With Reusable Pads, A Pharmacist Is Tackling Period Poverty And Protecting The Environment. Source: Humangle

During the COVID-19 pandemic, a Kano-based pharmacist began sewing reusable pads to donate to women and adolescent girls. This has grown into a fight against period poverty, and a cause towards zero-waste menstrual hygiene.

Borno IDPs Decry Lack Of Security In Resettlement Camps. Source: Humangle

Displaced persons who have been resettled by the government have been raising alarm about their safety as terrorists still intrude on their communities to rob them of their livestock and other valuables.

All Displaced People In Northeast Nigeria See Is Politicians’ Unfulfilled Promises. Source: Humangle

Internally displaced people in northeast Nigeria have expressed concerns over the numerous unfulfilled campaign promises made by politicians over the last few general elections. Will the new government neglect their promises too?

REPORT CARD: How Did Buhari’s Administration Do On Women’s and Gender Issues? Source: Humangle

HumAngle takes stock of the state of Sex and Gender Based Violence and Gender-related matters under the Buhari-led administration, from “the other room”, to the Gender Equality Bill, and looks ahead to a new administration.

Cholera death toll rises to over 420 in Cameroon. Source: news24

A health ministry official said a further 26 people have died in Cameroon’s ongoing cholera outbreak in the past two weeks, taking the overall death toll to 426.

Stabilization and economic development

REPORT CARD: How Much Development Did Nigeria See Under Ex-President Buhari? Source: Humangle

Through an analysis of online data and media reports, HumAngle takes a look at how the education, healthcare and other developmental aspects of the country have fared in the past eight years.

SCORECARD: Buhari’s eight-year fiscal, monetary performance left much to be desired. Source: Premium Times

The eight years of the Muhammadu Buhari administration were characterised by ups and downs as far as fiscal and monetary performance is concerned, even though the negatives seem to outweigh the positives. Apart from the oil price crashes in 2016 and 2022, which plunged the crude-dependent economy into a recession in both years, there were other factors that pressured Nigeria’s fiscal sustainability and also made monetary policy decisions particularly difficult.

Divided Nigeria, Bruised Economy, Insecurity: Biggest challenges ahead of Bola Tinubu. Source: Premium Times

Nigerians still face most of the challenges that his party promised to fix eight years ago but President Tinubu says no more excuses.

Tinubu inherits over N16tn uncompleted projects. Source: Punch

The new President of Nigeria, Bola Tinubu, has officially inherited over N16.29tn uncompleted projects from his predecessor, Muhammadu Buhari, according to findings by The PUNCH. The projects were identified through the national monitoring and evaluation platform, EYEMARK, which was launched by Buhari in December last year.

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