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Weekly Press Review : From monday the 07th to friday 11th  november, 2022

11 November 2022
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Regional News

ISWAP Destroys Humanitarian Vehicles in Monguno. Source: PRNigeria

ISWAP terrorists have attacked premises of humanitarian organisation and destroy vehicles in Monguno. Zagazola reports that when the terrorists could not meet any personnel during the attack around 1.00am Thursday, they burnt 18 vehicles mostly SUVs. The terrorists also attempted to cart away three 4X4 hilux vehicles but met a stiff resistance by the troops of Sector 3 Operation Hadin Kai who engaged them in a heavy gunbattle.

Sustain Fight Against Terrorism – CAS Amao Charges Operational Commanders. Source: PRNigeria

Barely a week after brainstorming with past and present Nigerian Air Force (NAF) operational commanders at the 2022 NAF Operations Seminar in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State on the most effective strategies to adopt in the employment of air power against terrorists and insurgents, the Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Oladayo Amao was in Katsina earlier today, 10 November 2022, to review the progress made so far. At the meeting with the operational commanders operating in the Northeast and Northwest, Air Marshal Amao urged them to remain resolute and be steadfast as they sustain the current onslaught against remnants of terrorists and insurgents causing mayhem, especially in the Northern part of Nigeria.

Breaking: In Borno, Gunmen attack Atiku’s convoy. Source: Blue Print

The convoy of Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), was attacked in Maiduguri, Borno State, on Wednesday. In a video seen on social media, a group of people were seen running in different directions as gunshots rend the air. Several vehicles in the convoy of Atiku at Ramat Square in Maiduguri, the state capital were vandalized.

France to unveil shift in West Africa anti-jihadist fight. Source: Guardian

French President Emmanuel Macron will announce Wednesday a strategic shift for its military forces deployed in the Sahel region of Western Africa which are helping several countries contain jihadist insurgencies, his office said Tuesday. Macron will travel to a naval base at Toulon to officially mark the end of the Barkhane operation, following the pull-out of French forces from Mali earlier this year. Around 3,000 French soldiers remain in Niger, Chad and Burkina Faso, and while those numbers are not expected to change soon, there will be “a significant adjustment for our bases in Africa”, an official in Macron’s office told AFP. The goal is “to reduce the exposure and visibility of our military forces in Africa and to focus on cooperation and support… mainly in terms of equipment, training, intelligence and operational partnerships for countries that want it,” the official said.

ISWAP Fighters Kill Two Nigerian Police Officers, Set Operational Vehicle Ablaze In Borno. Source: Sahara Reporters

The Islamic State-backed faction of Boko Haram, the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), formerly known as Jamā’at Ahl as-Sunnah lid-Da’wah wa’l-Jihād, has claimed that its fighters killed two policemen during an attack on a checkpoint in Magumeri Local Government Area of Borno State. Gunmen had last week invaded the town, shooting sporadically.

Gunmen Attack Police Checkpoint In Anambra, Officers Feared Killed, Injured. Source: Sahara Reporters

Some gunmen attacked a police checkpoint along Ihiala-Uli road in Ihiala Local Government Area of Anambra State on Tuesday morning. The attack, SaharaReporters gathered, happened around 10:30am. Some policemen were reported to have been killed during the attack while some sustained varies degrees of injury.

New Security Approaches Yielding Positive Results, Says NSA Monguno. Source: PRNigeria

The National Security Adviser (NSA), retired Maj.-Gen. Babagana Monguno says smart approaches adopted in tackling security challenges by the military and other security agencies are yielding positive outcomes. Monguno said this at the opening of the Defence Advisers and Attachés Annual Conference, organised by the Defence Intelligence Agency, on Monday in Abuja. The week long conference has the theme, “Sustaining Nigeria’s Defence and Security: Role of the Defence Attaché System”.

BREAKING: Bandit-Terrorists Free Ex-Zamfara Accountant General’s Remaining Abducted Children. Source: PRNigeria

Five children of a former Accountant General of Zamfara State, Abubakar Bello Furfuri, have regained their freedom from the hands of armed bandits, PRNigeria can authoritatively report. They were released on Monday, exactly five months and a day after terrorists had abducted them.

Jama’at Nusratul Islam Wal Muslimin (JNIM), an Al-Qaeda affiliate in the Sahel, has called for an increase in offensives against its rival Islamic State affiliate, Islamic State in Greater Sahara (ISGS), following an ISGS attack that killed approximately 40 JNIM members and injured many more. On Thursday, November 3, 2022, the Islamic State’s official weekly Al-Naba claimed the killing of about 40 Al-Qaeda fighters in the Menaka region of northeast Mali, an attack that provoked JNIM into issuing two different statements calling for more attacks against the ISGS. Previously working together, the two jihadi groups have since 2019 followed the trend of internal struggle for dominance among Jihadists in the Middle East and West Africa, fighting each other, escalating their tensions about three years after their relationship deteriorated.

The Web Of Displacement For Victims Of Boko Haram. Source: Humangle

Thousands of displaced people, victims of the Boko Haram insurgency have been caught in counter-insurgency operations — some detained for seven years or more before they are cleared and released. Bintu Muhammad is one of them.

A War That Takes Everything. Source: Humangle, estiges of Violence: Episode 84

Yagana Mamanaye’s story is one of great loss. Like millions of people in northeastern Nigeria, her life can easily be divided into two parts. Before the Boko Haram armed uprising of 2009. And after. But unlike a lot of people, for her, the war did not just take this loved one or that loved one – it took all she had.

The Web Of Displacement For Victims Of Boko Haram. Source: Humangle

Thousands of displaced people, victims of the Boko Haram insurgency have been caught in counter-insurgency operations — some detained for seven years or more before they are cleared and released. Bintu Muhammad is one of them.

France Sends Experts As Chad Grapples With Devastating Floods. Source: Humangle

Crisis relief experts are flying in to help communities displaced by the floods secure clean drinking water and help suppress communicable diseases, the French Embassy said.

Over A Million Displaced In Nigeria’s Northwest, Northcentral. Source: Humangle

Over a million people have been displaced from their homes in northwest and northcentral zones of Nigeria, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) has revealed. The Internally Displaced Persons’ (IDPs) population in camps and camp-like settings including those in host communities added up to 1,087,875, the organisation says through its Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM), adding that it  signifies a 12.2 per cent increase compared to the population in December 2021. These figures exclude displaced persons in the Northeast, where over 2 million were displaced. However, the latest DTM report for the region which was released in June shows that more than half of them have been returned to their hometowns or resettlement sites.

Peace and Security

UN: Terrorism intensifying across Africa, exploiting instability, conflict. Source: The Guardian

The growth of terrorism across Africa is a major threat to international peace and security, the United Nations (UN) said yesterday. Deputy UN chief, Amina Mohammed, speaking on behalf of Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, at the Security Council said: “Terrorists and violent extremists, including Da’esh, al-Qaida and their affiliates, have exploited instability and conflict to increase their activities and intensify attacks across the continent. She noted that with misogyny at the core of many terrorist groups’ ideology, women and girls in particular, are bearing the brunt of insecurity and inequality, adding that the spread of terrorism in Africa is “not a concern for African Member States alone, but for the whole world.”

Reinvigorate Chad Basin, Shehu Of Borno Tells Atiku. Source: Daily Trust

The Shehu of Borno, Alhaji Abubakar Ibn Umar Garba, has lamented the neglect of the Lake Chad Basin for so long by the government. The Shehu of Borno said this while speaking when he hosted the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and former Vice President of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar on Wednesday. He urged the PDP presidential candidate to prioritise the project if given the opportunity to be President in the 2023 general elections. He also called on Atiku to do all within his power “to reinvigorate the Chad Basin,” which he said is “connected to the overall well-being of the people of Borno and its environs.”

Terror Alert: We’ve restored confidence, hope in Abuja, environs – IGP. Source: Premium Times

The Inspector General of Police, Usman Baba, says security agencies have successfully restored confidence and hope among residents of Abuja and its environs following earlier notice of terror threats issued by some embassies in the country. Mr Baba stated this when he addressed State House correspondents during the weekly ministerial briefing organised by the Presidential Communications Team on Thursday in Abuja.

Aid Vehicles Destroyed By Islamic State In Northeast Nigeria. Source: Humangle

The Nigerian Military interrupted a midnight attempt by fighters from the Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP) to steal a number of vehicles from a humanitarian transport hub in Borno. The theft was unsuccessful but during the attack at least 19 vehicles used to transport aid were burned. The attack was on the depot of local logistics contractor Damuli in Monguno. The gunmen arrived on foot, eyewitnesses said.


Halt All Relocation Of Displaced People In Borno Say Human Rights Watch. Source: Humangle

The closure of Internally Displaced People’s Camps in Borno should be brought to an immediate halt until people can be relocated safely and in line with international law, a leading human rights group says. The government-ordered closure of Internally Displaced People’s camps in Borno has violated people’s human rights, and breaks an international treaty, Human Rights Watch has said in a new report. In the 59-page report published on November 2, the international rights group said that more than 200,000 IDPs in the Northeastern state have been plunged into dire conditions following the camp closures authorised by the state government. Halting relocations was part of a 30-item list of recommendations contained in the report.

Over 86,000 Cameroon Refugees Flee To Nigeria. Source: Humangle

According to a United Nations Refugee organisation report 86,268 Cameroonian refugees were registered in Nigeria.

The Poor Are Prevented From Getting New Tuberculosis Drugs, MSF Warns. Source: Humangle

People in poor countries cannot get the best drugs because they cost too much. Patents give drug companies monopolies on new and improved medication for adults and children affected by Tuberculosis. In a survey titled ‘DR-TB Drugs Under the Microscope’ MSF say the high pricing is as a result of the patents on the medication for adults and children affected by the disease. In Nigeria, the Ministry of Health said the country recorded “no fewer than 207,000 cases of TB in 2021, and 12,977 of them were children.” In a report published by Vanguard, the ministry noted that there was a 50 per cent increase in TB notification, from 138,591 confirmed cases in 2020 to 207,785 in 2021. In another report, Adeyemi Babatunde told Centres for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) how he was diagnosed with the disease and eventually developed a drug-resistant TB due to incomplete treatment. Medications for Drug-resistant TB are said to cost 10 to 30 times more than the non-resistant type.

Lost Homes And Herds: The Anguish Of Nigeria’s Arab Community. Source: Humangle

The Boko Haram insurgency in the Lake Chad region has displaced many rural Shuwa Arabs and led to the loss of their ancestral livelihood of herding cattle. The Shuwa Arabs, also referred to as Baggara, are of Arab descent and speak a dialect of the Arabic language. They are mostly-nomadic cattle herders found in parts of the Lake Chad region ravaged by the ongoing Boko Haram insurgency.

Stabilization and economic development

Nigeria launches new tree-planting initiative against climate change. Source: Premium Times

The Nigerian government on Thursday launched a new tree-planting project tagged: “Project 250k”. The new initiative which was disclosed by the Minister of Youth and Sports, Sunday Dare, said it targets the youth as part of efforts to get them involved in the country’s fight against the devastating impacts of climate change in Nigeria. Mr Dare said this while making his remarks at an event titled: “Youth and Climate Change,” at the Nigerian pavilion in Egypt. The event is part of the activities marking the ongoing Conference of Parties in the North African country.

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