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Weekly Press Review: From Monday 31st July to Friday 4th August, 2023

4 August 2023
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Regional News

Military Troops Rescued 140 Civilians, Killed 36 Terrorists, Says DHQ. Source: PRNigeria

The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) on Thursday, said the military operations across the country have killed 36 terrorists, arrested 137 criminals, and rescued 140 within 2 weeks.

Gen Abdulsalami, Sultan of Sokoto Meet Niger Coup Leader as Tinubu’s Envoy. Source: PRNigeria

The Chairman of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has dispatched a delegation to Niger Republic with a mandate to expeditiously resolve the current political impasse in the country. The action was in line with the resolution reached at the end of the extraordinary summit of the ECOWAS held last weekend in Abuja.

W.African mediators leave Niger without meeting junta leader. Source: Guardian

A team from the West African regional bloc ECOWAS left Niger without meeting the leader of the junta which seized power in a coup, a delegation member said Friday.

Niger reopens borders with several neighbours a week after coup. Source: news24

Niger announced overnight that it was reopening its borders with several of its neighbours, a week after a coup that has sent shockwaves across West Africa’s Sahel region, one of the poorest and most unstable in the world.

The transition at ECOWAS and emerging issues. Source: Daily Trust

In the midst of raging reactions to last week’s coup in Niger Republic, the resilience of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is to be applauded in an era of new regionalism.

West African bloc Ecowas says military intervention in Niger is ‘last resort’. Source: rfi

A military intervention in Niger following last week’s coup is “the last option on the table”, the Economic Community of West African States (Ecowas) has said. Ecowas defence chiefs are meeting in the Nigerian capital Abuja between 2 and 4 August. The bloc confirmed it had sent a delegation to Niger to negotiate with the coup leaders who seized power last week.

More Conflict, Less Aid: Why Niger Coup Means Trouble For The Sahel. Source: Humangle

The ousting of Niger’s democratically elected president could lead to fatal hostilities, boost violent extremism, and worsen humanitarian crises in the region.

Niger: 5 Countries Shun ECOWAS Defence Chiefs Meeting. Source: PRNigeria

The Defence Chiefs from Guinea, Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger, and Guinea are conspicuously missing at Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS, meeting currently ongoing in Abuja.

Terrorists Force Villagers To Pay For Motorcycle Seized By Soldiers In Nigeria’s Zamfara. Source: Humangle

In the latest show of violent retribution by armed men against ordinary people, a terrorist group has forced people living in a small village in North West Nigeria to pay for a motorcycle that was taken from the raiders by the military.

NAF Jets Bomb Hideouts of Zamfara Bandits’ Warlord, Dankarami, Eliminate Scores of Terrorists. Source: PRNigeria

Nigerian Military airstrikes in Zamfara State have eliminated scores of terrorists believed to be footsoldiers of the notorious bandit kingpin, Dankarami. Another separate military air interdiction was also launched at the enclave of Ado Aliero, also a terrorist kingpin in Zamfara, near Asola Mountain in Tsafe local government, killing over a dozen armed bandits, PRNigeria gathered.

Niger: Russia, Burkina Faso, Mali oppose ECOWAS military intervention. Source: Punch

Burkina Faso and Mali have warned that any military intervention in Niger to restore deposed President Mohamed Bazoum will be considered a “declaration of war against their two countries”.

Niger junta says it will not back down despite ‘inhumane’ sanctions. Source: Reuters

The self-declared new leader of Niger on Wednesday said the junta would not bow to pressure to reinstate ousted President Mohamed Bazoum, intensifying a standoff with the West African bloc which has threatened to intervene after last week’s coup.

‘Nigeria turning the screw on Niger coup leaders’. Source: Punch

Nigeria, leader of a key West African bloc and a continental economic powerhouse, has intensified its efforts to reverse the coup gripping neighbouring Niger, presenting Abuja with opportunities as well as risks. The ECOWAS bloc, currently chaired by Nigeria’s President Bola Tinubu, said on Sunday that coup leaders had a week to restore Mohamed Bazoum to Niger’s presidency after he was toppled by his presidential guard.

Any Intervention In Niger Republic Will Amount To Declaration Of War – Military Junta In Burkina, Mali Warn ECOWAS, West. Source: Sahara Reporters

The warning from Niger’s military-ruled neighbours came a day after West African leaders, supported by their Western partners, threatened to use “force” to reinstate the democratically elected Bazoum and slapped financial sanctions on the putschists.

West Africa defence chiefs to meet Wednesday to discuss Niger coup. Source: Reuters

Defence chiefs from West Africa’s regional bloc ECOWAS will meet in Nigeria’s capital Abuja for two days starting Wednesday to discuss last week’s coup in Niger, the bloc said in a statement on Tuesday.

Junta-led Burkina and Mali warn against military intervention in Niger. Source: Punch

Junta-led Burkina Faso and Mali on Monday warned that any military intervention in Niger to restore deposed President Mohamed Bazoum would be considered a “declaration of war against their two countries. The warning from Niger’s military-ruled neighbours came a day after West African leaders, supported by their Western partners, threatened to use “force” to reinstate the democratically elected Bazoum and slapped financial sanctions on the putschists.

Niger Coup: Apologists attack French embassy, detained President Bazoum meets Chad leader Source: Premium Times
The coup in Niger has seen many Nigeriens hit the streets chanting “Down with France” as they wave Russia’s flag.

France suspends development, budget aid to Niger following military coup. Source: rfi

France has suspended all development aid and budgetary support to Niger following a military coup against President Mohamed Bazoum, the French foreign ministry said Saturday.

Terrorists Abduct 35 Residents During Attack In Zamfara. Source: Humangle

HumAngle gathered that terrorists launched an attack on Talata-Mafara town, Northwest Nigeria, around 2:45 a.m. on Thursday.

ECOWAS Imposes Sanctions on Niger Military Junta, Insists on Reinstatement of President Bazoum. Source: PRNigeria

Heads of State and Government of ECOWAS on Sunday in Abuja called for the immediate release and reinstatement of President Mohamed Bazoum as the legitimate Head of State and Government of the Republic of Niger.

Niger junta says toppled government authorised French strikes. Source: Reuters

The Niger military junta that seized power last week said on Monday that the toppled government had authorised France to carry out strikes at the presidency to try to free President Mohamed Bazoum.

Chadian leader volunteers to talk to Niger military leaders. Source: Reuters

Chadian President Mahamat Idriss Deby has volunteered to speak to the military leaders in Niger and report back to Nigerian President Bola Tinubu, the chairman of West African regional bloc ECOWAS, two Nigerian presidency sources said on Sunday.

Niger Coup: UN demands release of President Bazoum, EU suspends support. Source: Premium Times

The UN Security Council members have called for the immediate and unconditional release of Niger’s democratically elected President Mohammed Bazoum.

The Security Council members, in a statement, underscored the need to protect him, his family and members of his government.

Niger: Coupists Seek Russia’s Help As ECOWAS Mulls Military Action. Source: Daily Trust

A clash is imminent as the coupists in the Republic of Niger have sought Russia’s help in the face of military threats by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).

Niger Coup: AU issues ultimatum as coup plotters remain defiant, threaten ECOWAS. Source: Premium TimesThe AU said it will work in close coordination with other regional actors.

UPDATED: Niger Coup: ECOWAS gives ultimatum for return to normalcy, threatens force. Source: Premium Times

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), on Sunday, announced a one-week ultimatum for coup plotters in Niger to hand over power to the democratically elected government or risk the use of force. “… in the event the authorities demands are not met within one week, take all measures necessary to restore constitutional order in the Republic of Niger such measures may include the use of force,” the ECOWAS communique stated.

Niger arrests politicians after coup, other juntas voice support. Source: Reuters

The junta that seized power in Niger last week detained senior politicians on Monday, their party said, defying international calls to restore democratic rule, while fellow military rulers in West Africa expressed their support.

Boko Haram Terrorists Demand Smaller Ransoms, Victims Say It’s Because They’re Desperate. Source: Humangle

The abductors of a group of farmers claimed their reduced demands were out of “kindness”, but their victims say their captors were in a hard-pressed situation, with nothing to eat. Observers say the terrorists aren’t able to launch the same kinds of attacks as they had before

MNJTF Commander Hands over CIMIC Projects to Mora Communities. Source: PRNigeria

Ali has paid a maiden operational visit to Headquarters Sector 1 in Mora, Far North Region of Cameroon. The visit was held today 31 July 2023. During the visit the Force Commander handed over some MNJTF completed Quick Impact Projects in Amtchiale, Kagalerie and Tousky areas of Mora Municipality, Mayo Sava. The projects are a significant part of Civil-Military Cooperation (CIMIC) activities for MNJTF.

Niger coup makes the troubled Sahel region yet more fragile. Source: BBC

From Mali in the west to Sudan in the east, a whole swathe of Africa is now run by the military.

Niger coup: Simple guide to what’s happening. Source; BBC

Niger’s democratically elected President Mohamed Bazoum has been overthrown by the very people who were supposed to protect and uphold his office – the presidential guards who stood watch outside his palace.

Insecurity: Why we opted for dialogue with bandits, others – Stakeholders. Source: Justicenewswatch

A cross section of farmers, community leaders, security agents and other stakeholders in Jigawa, Gombe, Sokoto, Katsina and Zamfara have given reasons behind their decision to adopt dialogue in addressing peculiar security challenges in their areas. The stakeholders spoke in separate interviews while responding to a survey by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on the security challenges in the country.

Coup: We are yet to receive order for military intervention in Niger – DHQ. Source: Blue Print

The Nigerian military has debunked reports in some section of the media (not Blueprint) stating that “the Armed Forces of Nigeria (AFN) is assembling its forces for military action in Republic of Niger.” A statement by Acting Director Defence Information Brigadier General Tukur Gusau on Thursday, disclosed that AFN is yet to receive any order from the appropriate authority to commence military action, against the Military Junta in Niger.

Military Action Is Last Option In Niger Republic; We Have No Orders Yet – Nigeria’s Defence Headquarters. Source: Sahara Reporters

The Armed Forces of Nigeria on Thursday in a release obtained by SaharaReporters added that the military chiefs in the West African sub-region had met and submitted their plans to the committee of Heads of States and Government of ECOWAS for consideration.

Niger: Nigeria cuts power supply, ECOWAS vows to confront junta. Source: Punch

Power supply from Nigeria to the Republic of Niger was stopped on Wednesday, as sanctions against the neighbouring country by the Economic Community of West African States increases.

Insecurity On The Maiduguri-Damboa Road Is Affecting Socio-Economic Activities. Source: Humangle

The road linking Maiduguri to Damboa is still dominated by terrorists and the development has negatively affected the socio-economic activities of most towns in Southern Borno.

Peace and Security

Turning away from terrorism: Lessons from Lake Chad Basin. Source: Premium Times

Nearly a decade of experience managing Boko Haram defectors is invaluable for West Africa and the Sahel.

Police Establish Schools Protection Squad. Source: PRNigeria

The Acting Inspector-General of Police, IGP Kayode Adeolu Egbetokun, Ph.D., NPM, as part of his policy geared towards security of lives and property, most especially safety of schools and students, has announced the establishment of the Schools Protection Squad (SPS), a proactive initiative aimed at enhancing security and safety in educational institutions across Nigeria. In furtherance of the safety drives, the IGP has also concluded plans to launch a comprehensive Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) handbook for the Safe Schools Programme.

African Militant Islamist Group-Linked Fatalities at All-Time High. Source: Africa Center for Strategic Studies

A 50-percent spike in fatalities tied to militant Islamist groups in the Sahel and Somalia over the past year has eclipsed the previous high in 2015 when Boko Haram was at its most lethal phase.


The fate of refugees remains uncertain as tension between Niger and Nigeria escalates. Source: RNI

Nigerian refugees in the Republic of Niger are extremely worried about what will happen to them if the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) carries out its threat to bring in external military forces if the coup leaders in the country fail to restore democracy and reinstate ousted President Mohamed Bazoum before Saturday, August 5.

Settling into Penury (2): Informal settlements grow as Borno’s resettlement schemes fall short. Source: Premium Times

Informal settlements have sprung up across Borno State, and especially in Maiduguri, occupied by former IDPs who had fled resettlement centres.

The Cameroonian Journalist Raising Funds To Bring Dropouts Back To School. Source: Humangle

Disturbed by the rising number of school dropouts in his community due to a seven-year conflict, a radio host in Cameroon has launched a funding drive to get 200 school dropouts to return to school this upcoming academic year.

Thousands of ‘stateless’ internally displaced persons urgently need to get birth certificates. Source: RNI

Thousands of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Borno State in the northeast of Nigeria do not have a birth certificate, do not know how to get one and some do not even know why they need one.

Cost Of Living Crisis: Soldiers Fire On Hungry Grain Store Looters In Nigeria’s Adamawa. Source: Humangle

A 24-hour curfew is in place after soldiers opened fire on a group of young people as they raided food stores and markets in Adamawa State, North East Nigeria.

Cost Of Living Crisis: Fuel Subsidy Removal Deepens Poverty For Nigeria’s Urban Poor. Source: Humangle

The removal of the fuel subsidy was supposed to aid the economy, after a short period of pain. But for the urban poor who live balanced on thin margins, it is having a deep effect, turning life into a battle for survival that could lead to poverty for millions.

In the last 10 years, the prevalence of exclusive breastfeeding has increased by 10 per cent, to 48 per cent globally, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).

Settling into Penury: Resettlement schemes leave former Borno IDPs distraught. Source: Premium Times

More than a dozen former IDPs interviewed across resettlement areas in the state said they felt dejected and hopeless. Former IDPs in the Auno resettlement area in Konduga LGA, Shuwari in Jere LGA and some living outside formal resettlement areas in Maiduguri and Konduga, share similar stories of neglect and hardship.

Experts Warn Cameroon Faces Heavier Downpours After Deadly Flooding. Source: Humangle

Heavy rains across some cities in Cameroon have led to the deaths of at least 45 people through floods and landslides. Experts say there could be more damage in August and September.

Two Dead, Scores Arrested After Warehouse Looting In Nigeria’s North East. Source: Humangle

At least two people were killed when soldiers opened fire on a group of young people as they looted a warehouse filled with emergency food supplies in Yola, the Adamawa state capital. Scores of people have been arrested, police say.

Peace Institute, Partners Convene Workshop on Conflict Early Warning Response. Source: PRNigeria

Addressing the urgent need for proactive conflict resolution and peacebuilding in Nigeria, a significant event named the “Conflict Early Warning, Early Response Systems Strategic Stakeholders Engagement Workshop” is scheduled to take place. Organised by the Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR) in conjunction with Mercy Corps Nigeria and West African Network for Peacebuilding (WANEP), the event is scheduled for 9am on Tuesday August 1, 2023 at the IPCR Conference Hall.

Darfur refugees in Chad scramble for shelter as rainy season starts. Source: Reuters

Thousands of refugees fleeing Darfur to neighbouring Chad to escape fighting and ethnically targeted attacks in Sudan’s western region are struggling to secure basic shelter and supplies as heavy rains and winds batter makeshift camps. The United Nations estimates over 300,000 fled from Darfur to Chad since April 15 when fighting between the army and paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) broke out in the capital of Khartoum.

A torrential downpour that hit Dogon Ruwa, a peaceful town in the Kaltungo Local Government Area of Gombe State, on Friday, plunged the area into an unprecedented disaster. 500 people had their lives drastically affected by the constant, intense rain that fell from 11 am to 3 pm, overflowing water channels, causing many homes to collapse, and primarily harming women and children.

Cost Of Living Crisis: Prices Rise In Cameroon As Fuel Smuggling Profits Disappear. Source: Humangle

Transport fares and food costs are increasing in Garoua North Cameroon, as the removal of oil subsidies by the Nigerian government wipes out the difference in price of smuggled petrol, brought in by canoe from Nigeria.

Stabilization and economic development

Tinubu Suppports Google to Create 1million Digital Jobs in Nigeria. Source: PRNigeria

President Bola Tinubu has expressed the willingness of the Federal Government of Nigeria to support global tech giant, Google Incorporated, to create one million digital jobs in Nigeria. The President gave the assurance at the State House, Friday evening during the visit of Google Global Vice President, Mr. Richard Gingras, to his office.

UK Announces £10m Facility To Support Food Security In Nigeria. Source: Daily Trust

Foreign Secretary, James Cleverly, speaking in Lagos Tuesday, announced a £10 million UK-backed facility in Nigeria, in partnership with finance company InfraCredit that will unlock funding for sustainable and climate-friendly infrastructure development projects – such as providing renewable energy services to homes in urban areas, as well as green housing. | Widely Read Magazinet

Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno has approved additional shopping malls, animal stands and abattoir for the International Cattle Market in border town of Gamboru. Zulum gave the directive while inspecting ongoing projects at the market during his one-day visit to Gamboru/Ngala Local Government Area.

High food prices loom, USAID warns Nigeria, others. Source: Punch

The United States Agency for International Development has warned Nigeria and other African countries to brace up for higher food prices, following recent developments that have temporarily halted Ukraine’s food exports to African countries. USAID’s Deputy Administrator for Policy and Programming, Isobel Coleman, said this on Thursday at a virtual press conference.


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