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Weekly Press Review: From Monday 3rd to Friday 7th July, 2023

7 July 2023
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Regional News

ISWAP Fighters Clash With Boko Haram Members, Kill Rival Terrorists’ Wives, Children, Others In Nigeria’s Sambisa Forest. Source: Sahara Reporters

This was disclosed by a popular counter-insurgency expert and security analyst in Lake Chad, Zagazola Makama in a Twitter post, where he claimed that the two terrorist groups clashed against each other on Wednesday, July 5, 2023.

Military Troops Kill ‘Wanted’ ISWAP Commander, 40 Others in N/East. Source: PRNigeria

The troops activities on operational successes being recorded in the various operational theaters within the 6 geo-political zones of the Country. In the past 3 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 15 June – 6 July 2023.

Troops neutralise 43 terrorists, nab 39 collaborators, 967  surrender. Source: Blue Print

The Defence Headquarters (DHQ), Thursday, said troops of Operations Hadin Kai and Operation Hadarin Daji in the North-west have neutralised 43 terrorists, apprehended 39 collaborators and logistics suppliers in the North-east and North-west in the last two weeks. The military high command also said 967 terrorists comprising of 82 males, 354 females and 531 children surrendered to troops at different locations within the joint area of operations in the last two weeks.

Soldiers Gun Down Terrorists Crossing Into Nigeria From Cameroon. Source: Daily Trust

Troops of the Nigerian Military attached to Operation HADIN KAI in the North East have neutralised members of Boko Haram and Islamic State of West.

Troops Kill 5 Terrorists Trying To Enter Nigeria From Cameroon. Source: Sahara Reporters

A joint military task force has neutralised at least five members of Boko Haram and the Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) while trying to enter Nigeria from Cameroon. The troop made this known in a press briefing released on Thursday by Brig. Gen. Abdullahi Haruna Ibrahim, for the Director of Defence Media Operations, detailing the troops’ operations in tackling the terrorist groups in the six geopolitical zones in the country.

Amnesty says ‘atrocities’ committed by both sides in anglophone Cameroon’s conflict. Source: rfi

Amnesty International has reported that security forces, separatist rebels and ethnic militiamen – from both sides of the country’s linguistic divide – have committed “atrocities” in the English-speaking regions of western Cameroon, including executions, torture and rape.

Civilians killed in suspected Burkina jihadist attack. Source: news24

Around 15 civilians were killed Wednesday by suspected jihadists in Burkina Faso, security and local sources told AFP, sparking an exodus of people fearing further bloodshed. Burkina, one of the world’s poorest nations, is struggling with a jihadist insurgency that swept in from Mali in 2015, and has seen more than 10 000 civilians, troops and police killed, according to an NGO count.

People’s Expectations of Security. Source: RNI

On the occasion of the 4th Lake Chad Basin Governors’ Forum, Radio Ndarason listeners had the opportunity to express their hopes in terms of security during the Kanembu language “thematic call” programme on July 4.

UK assures MNJTF of sustainable support. Source: PRNigeria

The United Kingdom has expressed its commitment to support the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) in achieving its mandate. This was revealed during a visit to the Headquarters MNJTF by British Defence Advisor for Nigeria, Brigadier General Matt Munro, on Monday 3 July 2023.

How Irabor Panel Secured Cessation of Hostility on Abuja-Kaduna Highway. Source: PRNigeria

The cessation of abduction incidents and other violence perpetrated by terrorist groups on the Abuja-Kaduna highway is due to the efforts of a security panel raised by the immediate-past Chief of Defence Staff, CDS, General Leo Irabor, PRNigeria can authoritatively report.

Highway Extortion By Security Agents In Borno Gulping Millions Yearly, Affecting Lives. Source: Humangle

Driving from one town to another in the northeastern Nigerian state comes at a price. Asides risking their lives, road users are also frequently levied by security agents on the highways — and because of the Boko Haram insurgency, there are so many of them.

Human Rights Abuses Shake Burkina Faso Amidst Insurgency. Humangle

As Burkina Faso battles armed violence, a report by the Human Rights Watch exposes the army’s abuse of power, including summary executions and forceful disappearances.

UN ends peacekeeping mission in Mali, US blames Russia’s Wagner. Source: Reuters

The United Nations Security Council on Friday unanimously voted to end a decade-long peacekeeping mission in Mali after the West African country’s military junta abruptly asked the 13,000-strong force to leave – a move the United States said was engineered by Russia’s Wagner mercenary group.

Report Accuses Burkina Faso’s Military of Killings, Torture. Source: VOA

A slew of extrajudicial killings, forced disappearances, and instances of torture by Burkina Faso’s military has terrorized communities in the country’s northeast this year, according to a Human Rights Watch report released Thursday.

2,500 Christians slaughtered by Fulani jihadists & allied others in first 6 months of 2023. Source: Newsband

2,500 Christians slaughtered by Fulani Jihadists and allied others in the first six months of 2023; 350 deaths shockingly recorded in 18 days (June 12-30): 120 in Plateau, 100 (by military, ors) in Imo and 130 across Nigeria; security forces killed 1000 in Imo State in 30 months (Jan. 2021-June 2023), burned down 1,400 houses and arrested 3,700.

The UN votes for MINUSMA peacekeepers to leave Mali. Source: rfi

The UN Security Council has voted not to maintain MINUSMA, the UN peacekeeping force in Mali, as the mission ends on this day.

Rampant atrocities committed in Cameroon – Amnesty. Source: BBC

Rights group Amnesty International has accused security forces, separatists and ethnic militia of committing “rampant atrocities” in Cameroon’s English-speaking heartland.

Cameroon Separatists Kidnap Students For Sitting For Public Exams. Source: Humangle

With a school boycott call persisting for six years in the two English-speaking regions of Cameroon, students and pupils who braved odds to write the Cameroon General Certificate of Education (GCE) and the First School Leaving Certificate(FSCL) are under attack.

Understanding insecurity and instability in the Lake Chad Basin. Source: RNI

Dr. ABDERAMANE MBODOU CHOUKOU of CNARR, the National Commission for the Reintegration of Refugees and Repatriated Women (CNARR) made a well-documented presentation on the very complex and multidimensional crisis affecting the Lake Chad Basin region.

Gunmen kill worshippers returning from church in Taraba. Source: Premium Times

Three people were killed and several others injured on Sunday when gunmen attacked Jenuwa Nyifiye community in Takum Local Government Area of Taraba State. Confirming the report to PREMIUM TIMES on Tuesday, the spokesperson of the state’s police command, Abdullahi Usman, said the gunmen were suspected to be members of a Fulani militia.

Kidnappers, Bandits, Boko Haram Terrorists, ‘Yahoo Boys’ May Occupy Government Offices In Nigeria One Day, Says Coalition. Source: Sahara Reporters

The coalition made this known on Tuesday while addressing the media in Lagos, where it criticised the CCB for always disregarding the Freedom of Information Act sent to it seeking to get the details of assets declared by political officeholders in the country.

Reps move to halt plan to cede Nigerian communities to Cameroon. Source: Premium Times

The House of Representatives has resolved to stop ongoing plans to cede the Danare and Biajua communities in the Boki Local Government Area of Cross River of Nigeria to the Republic of Cameroon.  The lawmakers also resolved to invite the Director General of the National Boundary Commission and the Surveyor General of the Federation to discuss the matter with them.

Six Villages Burnt, Two Killed In Fresh Communal Crisis In Taraba State. Source: Sahara Reporters

No fewer than two persons have been killed while six villages were burned down on Saturday night in a clash at Karim Lamido local government area of Taraba State. The Taraba Police Public Relations Officer, Abdullahi Usman, made this known on Wednesday, while commending Governor Agbu Kefas for a prompt action of imposing 24-hour curfew in the troubled zone.

Boko Haram Exploited Pre-existing Socio-Economic Deficits In Lake Chad Region, Says LCBC Boss. Source: Humangle

The Lake Chad Basin Commission’s Executive Secretary attributed the terror group’s spread to vulnerabilities already present in the region. He stressed the importance of non-kinetic interventions in further tackling the challenge.

Borno State Governor Demands Fair Security Progress From UN. Source: Humangle

In a dramatic development, Borno State Governor Babagana Zulum has challenged the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) to provide accurate information on the improving security situation in Borno state and the Lake Chad region or face the state’s withdrawal from future engagements.

What Goes On In The Mind Of A Terrorist Woman? Source: Humangle

Women have so often been seen as victims in conflict areas. But there are many other faces to their experience of war: such as women as vigilantes and, in this case, women as insurgents.

‘Negotiate With Us Now’: Terrorists Launch Attacks To Seek Govt’s Patronage In Nigeria’s Northwest. Source: Humangle

In Gwaram, Zamfara, terrorists have abducted residents as negotiating pawns to force the government into negotiating with them. Locals told HumAngle the armed group attacked them on their farms in broad daylight.

Lagbaja Assures Peace, Stability in Nigeria. Source: PRNigeria

Chief of Army Staff, Major General Taoreed Lagbaja, has restated the Nigerian Army’s readiness at ensuring peace and stability across the nation.

I Was Hired By Former President, Buhari To Protect Terrorists-Infested Abuja-Kaduna Road —Militants Leader, Asari Dokubo. Source: Sahara Reporters

A Niger Delta militants’ leader, Asari Dokubo has narrated that the immediate past government of Muhammadu Buhari engaged him to protect the Abuja-Kaduna highway. The highway was reputed to be one of the most dangerous and risky for travellers during the whole two terms of Buhari as Nigerian president because of incessant kidnappings and murders.


Peace and Security

Burkina Faso’s military accused of killings, torture in latest Human Rights Watch report. Source: Associated Press

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — A slew of extrajudicial killings, forced disappearances, and instances of torture by Burkina Faso’s military has terrorized communities in the country’s northeast this year, according to a Human Rights Watch report released Thursday.

EXCLUSIVE | ‘They just shoot and burn’: Civilians targeted in Nigeria’s war on Boko Haram. Source: The Humanitarian

Living trapped between Boko Haram and Nigeria’s military. Source: The New Humanitarian

The Nigerian military has been accused of destroying villages in its counter-insurgency campaign in the northeast, and forcing people into government-held towns.

Governors’ Forum: The people of the Lake seek their involvement for a lasting solution in the Lake Basin. Source: RNI

As a prelude to the Forum of Governors of the Lake Chad Basin scheduled for July 3 to 7 in N’Djamena, Radio Ndarason International gave the floor to its listeners on June 30 through its weekly program “Appel Thématique”.


Displaced People In Nigeria’s Borno State Are Being ‘Re-Displaced’. Source: Humangle

Hundreds of IDPs who resettled at the 1000 Housing Units in Maiduguri, Nigeria, were given a five-day notice to vacate the houses they have been occupying since their camps were shut down last year.

Eid-El-Kabir: Amid tight security, celebrations in Nigeria’s northeast go peacefully and harmoniously. Source: RNI

Even with the high price of livestock and the threat of insecurity, faithful Muslims in Nigeria’s northeast were able to celebrate the Eid-El-Kabir festival peacefully and harmoniously in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states – though there was tight security at venues and people were searched before being allowed to enter the prayer grounds.

Nigeria’s Displaced People Wasting Away Outside The Fold Of Humanitarian Support. Source: Humangle

A great many IDPs living in makeshift camps in Maiduguri, Borno state, have no access to aid. This makes surviving difficult since they lost most of their belongings to the Boko Haram crisis and have no well-paying jobs in the new environments.

The IDPs Who Stayed Back. Source: Humangle

For many years, people displaced by the Boko Haram crisis in northeastern Nigeria have found refuge in camps at the heart of Borno. While the government has now shut down most of these camps, many of their former inhabitants remain in the communities. They are not doing too well.

Group commends military over sustained onslaught against criminals. Source: PRNigeria

Unity Advocacy Group (UAG), a Civil Society group has called for sustained efforts by the Armed Forces of Nigeria in dealing with security threats and economic saboteurs in the country.

UNICEF trains Police officers on Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs). Source: Crimechannels

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), has trained Police Officers in Kaduna on standard operating procedures (SOPs) for handling children who come in conflict with the law.

Amnesty International Accuses Cameroon Military Of Rape During Operations. Source: Humangle

The human rights group released a report that exposes a series of rape cases carried out by Cameroonian soldiers and separatist fighters in the war-torn English speaking regions of the country.

MSF Warns Of Growing Hunger Epidemic In Northwest Nigeria. Source: Humangle

The international medical aid organisation said in order to avert the impending malnutrition crisis, humanitarian intervention must be reinforced in the region where the food crisis has been worsened by armed violence, climate change, and poverty.


Stabilization and economic development

President Bola Tinubu tackles Nigeria’s economy. Source: Premium Times

While Tinubu’s reforms are a positive step forward, these shouldn’t plunge citizens further into poverty or violate the rule of law.

Fuel Subsidy: Zulum Releases 80 Vehicles. Source: NorthEastLive

Governor Babagana  Zulum of Borno on Tuesday released 80 vehicles to ease high cost of transportation for farmers caused by withdrawal of subsidy. A statement in Maiduguri by Special Adviser on Media and Strategy,  Mallam Isa Gusau, said the vehicle compressed 50 buses and 30 pick-up vans to convey farmers to their farms for free.

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