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Weekly Press Review: From Monday 7th to Friday 11th August, 2023

11 August 2023
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Regional News

Niger: UN, AU, ECOWAS meet on next move, NSCIA warns FG. Source: Punch

Top diplomats from the United Nations, African Union and the Economic Community of West African States will Thursday (today) storm Abuja, the nation’s capital, to take major decisions at an Extraordinary Summit on the political development in the Niger Republic.

West African leaders hold summit on Niger as junta declares new government. Source: rfi

Leaders of the West African bloc Ecowas are meeting for an emergency summit in Nigeria on Thursday, after their ultimatum to soldiers who have seized power in Niger was ignored. Meanwhile the junta, which continues to detain the elected president, said it had formed a new government.

Niger Coup: Tinubu Welcomes Muslim Leaders’ Mediation in Conflict. Source: PRNigeria

President Bola Tinubu received a delegation of Nigerian Muslim leaders, led by Sheikh Dahiru Bauchi, and accepted their mediation in Niger conflict. The leaders were at the State House to consult with the President on the situation in the Republic of Niger.

Niger Coup: Junta leader ignores ECOWAS, forms new government. Source: Premium Times

The new government is made up of 21 ministers, including two ministers of state and a delegate minister.

Brutal insurgents force recently resettled internally displaced persons to flee from their hometown again. Source: RNI

Recently resettled residents in Gadayi in the Nganzai Local Government Area of Borno State are once again fleeing from their village because of frequent brutal attacks and kidnappings by insurgents.

11 more farmers killed, despite assurances of beefed up security. Source: RNI

Despite Borno State governor Babagana Umara Zulum’s commitment to collaborate with the Nigerian Army and other security operatives to increase safer access to their lands, 11 more farmers have been gunned down by suspected insurgents.

Don’t engage in war with Niger – Sheikh Bauchi tells Tinubu. Source: Crimechannels

As the deadline given by the Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS, to the military junta in Niger Republic expired, an Islamic scholar, Sheikh Dahiru Usman Bauchi has called on President Bola Ahmed Tinubu not to go to war with the Nigerian neighbouring country.

West African leaders to meet on Niger after junta defies deadline. Source: Reuters

West African leaders scheduled a summit for Thursday to discuss the Niger junta’s rejection of an ultimatum to reinstate the ousted president, as the United States sent a top official to Niamey to push for a return to democracy. The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) had told leaders of the July 26 coup to stand down by Sunday or face a possible military intervention.

The Facts on ECOWAS Resolutions on Niger Coupists. Source: PRNigeria

Bazoum of Niger Republic, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) held an emergency meeting whose outcome condemned the situation and announced measures to be taken by the regional bloc to restore democracy in the country.

As Germany Threatens Niger Coupists, Mali, Burkina Faso Send Delegation on Solidarity. Source: PRNigeria

As German government threatens Niger coup plotters with sanctions and prosecution, Mali and Burkina Faso decide to send a joint delegation to Niamey, the capital of Niger, on Monday in a show of solidarity amidst a coup crisis, the Malian army said.

Italy calls on ECOWAS to extend Niger ultimatum. Source: PRNigeria

Italy has urged the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to extend its deadline for the reinstatement of Niger’s ousted president.

West Africa bloc pins hopes on Niger coup mediation ahead of summit. Source: Reuters

West African countries and global powers hope there is still a window of opportunity for mediation with Niger’s coup leaders before a Thursday summit that could agree on military intervention to restore democracy.

Niger Coup Leaders Name Economist As New Prime Minister. Source: Sahara Reporters

Coup leaders in Niger have named former finance minister Ali Mahaman Lamine Zeine as the country’s new prime minister.

Niger ultimatum: ECOWAS leaders meet Thursday to ponder next steps. Source: Guardian

Leaders of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) have scheduled an emergency meeting on Thursday to discuss the crisis in Niger Republic. ECOWAS made the announcement yesterday, a day after its deadline to the military junta in Niger to reinstate the ousted President Mohamed Bazoum.

Niger coup leaders name new PM as US urges diplomatic resolution to crisis. Source: rfi

Coup leaders in Niger have named Ali Mahaman Lamine Zeine as the country’s new prime minister in a statement read out on national television. Meanwhile US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken told RFI that diplomacy was the “preferred way” to resolve the crisis as coup leaders held talks with a US envoy.

Ground Troops Ambush Sokoto Fleeing Bandits, Kill 10 Terrorists, Rescue 9 Civilians. Source: PRNigeria

Troops of the Nigerian military have killed 10 terrorists in Zamfara State, while also rescuing 9 civilians abducted by the armed bandits, PRNigeria has gathered.

Ground Troops Kill 10 Bandits, Rescue 9 Civilians in Zamfara. Source: PRNigeria

In a recent coordinated operation by troops of Sector 1 Operation Hadarin Daji in Zamfara state during the early hours of 8th August 2023. Troops of Forward Operating Base Danmarke acting on a credible information on armed Bandits movement with some kidnapped victims from Sokoto state through Gadazaima village in Zamfara state.

Brutal Slaying Marks Islamic State’s Entry Into Conflict Between Nigerian Farmers And Herders. Source: Humangle

Fleeing residents describe the recent massacre of 21 herders by ISWAP terrorists on the shores of Lake Chad as a calculated bid to maintain economic dominance over farming in the region.

Niger: ECOWAS plans fresh sanctions on Burkina Faso, Mali, UN talks fail. Source: Punch

The Economic Community of West African States has imposed heavier financial sanctions on the Niger junta and entities supporting them including the governments of Mali and Burkina Faso. The development came after a diplomatic mission by the African Union, ECOWAS, United Nations and the United States to resolve the political impasse in Niger hit a brick wall on Tuesday as the military junta refused to grant audience to the delegations.

Niger: Military option open as Tinubu orders more sanctions against individuals, entities. Source: Guardian

Ahead of tomorrow’s emergency meeting of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) seeking to restore the ousted President of Niger Republic, Mohamed Bazoum, President Bola Tinubu, serving as ECOWAS chairman, has ordered the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to initiate a slew of financial sanctions targeted at individuals and entities associated with the junta that recently sacked the democratic order in Niger.

Niger food prices soar after ECOWAS imposes sanctions. Source: Guardian

Food prices have been rising rapidly since the Economic Community of West African States began pressuring coup leaders to reinstate President Mohamed Bazoum. Ordinary Nigeriens say they are already starting to feel the sting of ECOWAS sanctions.

How Is Mediation Going In Niger Amid The Coup? The Crisis Room: Episode 75 Source: Humangle

Since the coup in Niger, a number of things have happened. In this episode of The Crisis Room, we hear from Hannah Rae Armstrong, a writer and policy adviser with over a decade of field-based experience.


Peace and Security

Hunters train 400 personnel on weapon handling, intelligence gathering. Source: PRNigeria

The Nigeria Hunters and Forest Security Service (NHFSS) has trained 400 personnel on weapon handling, security information and combat, to ensure their alertness to duty.

Niger Coup: Group Drags ECOWAS, Tinubu Before Regional Court, Warns Against Military Action. Source: PRNigeria

The Egalitarian Mission for Africa (EMA) in conjunction with foremost diplomat, Professor Biola Akinterinwa, and legal practitioner, Hamza Nuhu Dantani, on Monday dragged ECOWAS Chairman, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, and the member states before the ECOWAS court in Abuja to stop the defendants from declaring war on Niger Republic.

Nigerian Soldiers Lament Hunger, Neglect, Non-payment Of Allowances Amid War Against Terrorists, Other Non-State Actors. Source: Sahara Reporters

Theatre Commander and the General Commanding Officer of the 7 Division of the Nigerian Army, lamented acute hunger, saying they are not properly fed. They also lamented the non-payment of their allowances.



SPECIAL REPORT: As govt resettles IDPs in Borno, functional PHCs top residents’ priorities. Source: Premium Times

In Auno, a yet-to-be-opened PHC at the resettlement camp has put pressure on the community’s already overstretched health care centre.

Attacks On Nigerian Farmers Will Starve Children To ‘Brink Of Death’ Says Charity. Source: Humangle

Attacks on farmers in Nigeria are causing widespread disruption to food production, which aid group Save the Children says may cause severe malnutrition in the country this year. Children will be the worst affected.

Charcoal Briquettes Kindle Tiny Ember Of Hope For Women Who Lost Everything. Source: Humangle

Martha Adamu’s husband was killed and their house set ablaze on the evening of March 18, 2019. Some had left corpses of loved ones and ruins behind when they fled their homes. But now, they see a tiny glowing ember in an otherwise extinguished fireplace, as they discover a new lease of life-making charcoal in Adamawa State, North East Nigeria.

Nigerian Hospitals Send Patients Home As Doctors’ Strike Begins. Source: Humangle

Resident doctors, who make up the bulk of medical personnel in Nigeria’s specialist hospitals, embarked on indefinite strike on July 26. Since then, patients have been discharged and their treatment suspended.

Landowners Evict Unofficial Displaced People’s Camp In Nigeria’s Borno State. Source: Humangle

Five years after being forced from their homes by Boko Haram, a group of displaced herders in Nigeria’s northeastern state of Borno were given an eviction notice by the owner of the land they were staying. Their leaders say their future is uncertain.

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.


Stabilization and economic development

Cost Of Living Crisis: Sick Nigerians Face Borrowing To Pay For Healthcare. Source: Humangle

One implication of the government’s policies is that healthcare has become even less affordable for the average person.

Nigeria-Niger mega rail project threatened, over 1,000 trucks trapped. Source: Punch

The Nigeria-Niger Republic railway project may be at risk after the rupture of the diplomatic ties between Nigeria and Niger following the July 26 coup in which President Muhammed Bazoum was ousted from office by military officers led by Gen. Abdourahmane Tchiani.

Inflation, high interest rates spike sales, rents by 40% in major cities. Source: Guardian

Nigeria’s housing market has recorded a spike by about 40 per cent in cost of leases and sales in the first half of 2023, according to findings by The Guardian.

Cost Of Living Crisis: The Fire Risks Nigerians Face To Save Money On Fuel. Source: Humngle

With the increase in fuel price, many Nigerians are looking for alternatives. Business owners are taking to home-conversion kits to change generators from petrol-driven to gas amid rising cost of living.

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