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Weekly Press Review : From monday the 24th to friday 30th  september, 2022

30 September 2022
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Regional News

Five Nigerian Soldiers Killed As Gunmen Attack Anambra Community. Source: Sahara Reporters

Gunmen have reportedly killed five soldiers in Anambra while one of the assailants reportedly lost his life. The incident occurred around 1 pm on Wednesday in Umunze, Orumba South Local Government Area of the state. SaharaReporters gathered that the incident caused fear and apprehension in the affected communities. The attack comes barely 24 hours after a similar attack in Enugu, an adjoining state. A local medium TheRazor News reports that the soldiers killed in Anambra were moving in a minibus when they were attacked by the hoodlums. A security source, who confirmed the incident, described the attack as terrible, saying five soldiers lost their lives.

Ecowas leaders to slap gradual sanctions on Guinea’s junta. Source: rfi

West African leaders have agreed to impose gradual sanctions on Guinea-Conakry’s military junta over its inflexibility on setting a date to return to civilian rule. At an emergency summit on the sidelines of the annual UN meeting in New York, leaders from the Economic Community of West African States (Ecowas) said it would “take sanctions against Guinea”. Ecowas commission president Omar Alieu Touray revealed that “gradual sanctions” would be imposed on a list of people linked to the Guinean junta who would be identified “very soon” by the bloc’s leadership. Guinea has been ruled by the military since a coup in September 2021 that ousted president Alpha Condé, who held power since 2010.

Survival Sex, Seasonal Migration, How Climate Change Is Driving Mali’s Conflict. Source: Humangle

As the climate crisis heightens, Mali’s conflict is getting worse. While critics insist that climate and (in)security is an issue of correlation, not causation, new research shows that the lasting presence of both means that neither can be solved while ignoring the other. Now well into its tenth year, Mali’s conflict has been scrutinized with almost every lens available. Numerous angles can help explain the conflict, including jihadism, democratic fragility, colonial legacies, and Cold War-styled proxies, all of which have intersected to drive the war into its second decade. Despite numerous local and international initiatives to bring lasting peace, Mali’s conflict is worsening. Hundreds of civilians have been killed this year alone while France and, more recently, Germany have suspended their operations to support the government. So far, analyses of the conflict have missed one crucial point – climate.

Nigerian Troops Rescue More Kidnapped Victims in Kaduna. Source: PRNigeria

Troops of Operation Forest Sanity have rescued seven kidnapped persons during a fighting patrol spanning Birnin Gwari and Chikun LGAs. According to an operational feedback, the troops came under fire from bandits while on patrol along the Birnin Gwari-Gayam-Kuriga-Manini axis. The troops returned fire and promptly subdued the bandits, who fled into the forests, leaving behind the captives in their custody.

Two Shot, One Fatally In Kano Attack. Source: Humangle

Armed assailants shot two people on Saturday evening along Niger road in the Sabon Gari area of Nigeria’s northwestern state of Kano.  The attackers were said to have targeted two shop owners in the street, killing one of them on the spot, while the other injured victim was moved to the hospital.

Controversy trails air raid targeting “repentant” terrorist, Bello Turji. Source: Premium Times

The Nigerian Air Force’s bombing of the country home of a notorious terrorist, Bello Turji, in Fakai, Zamfara State, may have opened a new chapter in the fight against terror and kidnapping in Nigeria’s Northwest region. At least 12 people were killed in the attack, which was carried out by the air component of Operation Hadarin Daji, the Nigerian military’s operation against terrorists, who have been nicknamed bandits by the Nigerian media, in the area.

INVESTIGATION: Why terror attack on Nigeria’s Kuje prison was successful. Source: Premium Times

In the security circle, the prison is described as a “self-sustained defended” facility with some resources to thwart attacks. But the vigil of armed personnel there had slipped into a groove in which they usually lowered their guard. So, with a chill in the air one night in July, they were relaxed, unprepared for the coming danger despite the intelligence available to their office-based superiors warning of an attack. Suddenly, they heard a loud bang, then sounds of gunfire, pitching them into turmoil and panic. Disoriented, having not prepared, they fled, making the attackers advance and ultimately deliver a successful operation barely challenged. Terrorists attacked the Kuje Medium Security Correctional Centre in Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory on 5 July with a cocktail of Improvised Explosive Devices and high-calibre weapons to free imprisoned fighters.

Gunmen attack army checkpoint, two feared killed. Source: Premium Times

Two persons were feared killed on Tuesday when gunmen attacked an army checkpoint in Amodu Awkunanaw, a community in Nkanu West Local Government Area of Enugu State, Nigeria’s South-east. Some soldiers, together with some police officers, were at the checkpoint for a joint operation when the gunmen attacked them. The incident occurred at about 7 a.m. The gunmen, who reportedly stormed the checkpoint in two Lexus SUVs and one Toyota Sienna vehicle, opened fire on the soldiers and police officers. There was a shootout, PREMIUM TIMES learnt.

Despite Buhari’s Assurances, 23 Kaduna Train Passengers Spend 6 Months In Captivity. Source: Daily Trust

Six months into the abduction of train passengers along the Abuja-Kaduna road by terrorists, 23 of the victims are still held captive, Daily Trust reports. This is in spite of a strong assurance of securing their release from President Muhammadu Buhari when he played host to relatives of the victims at the Presidential Villa in August.

Military Offensives and the ISWAP-Boko Haram Rivalry. Source: PRNigeria

Recently, sustained Military onslaught against non-state actors across the country is yielding the much-anticipated results that citizens have been craving. As a result, Boko Haram and Islamic State of West African Province (ISWAP) fighters, operating in North east, are being killed in aggressive combat operations by ground troops and air component of the Nigerian military.

The Struggles Of Maiduguri’s ‘Unknown’ IDPs. Source: Humangle

While the focus has been on formal and informal camps, resultingin their closure by the Borno State Government, host communities in Maiduguri, the northeastern state’s capital, continue to cater to thousands of displaced people that may never return to their ancestral homes.

Bandits Invade Zamfara Mosque, Kill 11 Muslim Worshippers During Friday Prayer. Source: PRNigeria

Terrorists suspected to be armed bandits have killed 11 Mislim worshippers in Zamfara State, PRNigeria reports. The deceased were said to be members of Ruwan Jema village in the State. PRNigeria learnt from credible local sources in Zamfara that a group of terrorists in a convoy of motorcycles invaded Ruwan Jema, on Friday. According to one of the sources, Aliyu Nanarki, who is a resident of Ruwan Jema, the bandits stormed their community during Friday Prayer in the mosque.

Islamic State Franchise Attacks Security Personnel In Southern Nigeria. Source: Humangle

The Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) has attacked security personnel along a highway in Nigeria’s southern State of Edo. The attack comes a few days after it claimed responsibility for a similar attack on a police vehicle in the southwest of the country.  The group says it targeted police personnel and showed the burning of a vehicle with the inscription of operation wabaizigan, a security outfit created in the state to curb violent crime.

Bandits threaten to kill new baby, mother, others, demand N50m. Source: Blue Print

Bandits who kidnapped three sisters in Kaduna state, including a pregnant housewife that eventually gave birth in captivity, have threatened to kill the three sisters and the new baby, if the family fails to pay N50 million ransom within 48 hours. Family of the captives told journalists in Kaduna on Monday that they have only been able to raise N6.5million, which was outrightly rejected by the bandits, while crying out to the Federal, Kaduna state government, philanthropists and good spirited Nigerians to help them rescue the four people in captivity.

Govt Teacher And NGO Leader Sentenced To 15 Years In Prison For Aiding And Abetting Terrorism. Source: Humangle

A government teacher and leader of the non-governmental organisation (NGO) Menchum Cartel Association, as well as the president of the Menchum Cattle Breeders Association in the Northwest region of Cameroon, has been found guilty of acts of terrorism and financing acts of terrorism. Adamou Wakiri was found guilty by the Yaounde Military Tribunal on Sept. 21, 2022 and sentenced to 15 years imprisonment. According to the prosecution, Wakiri, a teacher at the Government Primary School, Wum, had on several occasions been seen in the company of Anglophone separatist fighters in the area. 

Peace and Security

Air Marshal Amao Inaugurates NAF Air Warfare Centre. Source: PRNigeria

The Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Oladayo Amao, has stated that lessons learnt by the Armed Forces of Nigeria from recent and ongoing operations across the country has further confirmed the dynamism of air power employment as critical to operational successes as well as meeting the safety and security aspirations of all Nigerians. He stated this earlier today, 27 September 2022, when he officially commissioned the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Air Warfare Centre and inaugurated its first course on basic air power for young officers.

JUST IN: Defence Ministry Broker Peace with Protesting Military Veterans. Source: PRNigeria

The Permanent Secretary Ministry of Defence Dr Ibrahim Abubakar Kana, mni has brokered peace with veterans protesting over issues on the Security Debarment Allowance. The Permanent Secretary debunked the allegation that the money has been released and payment denied the Veterans by the authorities of the Ministry.

Security Agencies and Re-echoing the Need for Collaboration. Source: PRNigerial

One thing is certain: security agencies in the country, presently, are battling to stem the tide of pervasive insecurity, claiming precious lives on a level that is so staggering. From the Boko Haram and the Islamic State of West African Province, ISWAP, insurgency, to violent armed banditry in the North West and Central parts of the country, together with kidnapping for ransom, and crude oil theft by sea pirates and vandals, among other heinous crimes, Nigerian security forces, have never had it so gruelling waging war against unscrupulous elements, holding the country to ransom.

Retired military protest non-payment of N134bn allowance. Source: PRNigeria

Military veterans have continued their protest on Tuesday over delay in the payment of N134 billion Security Debarment Allowance approved by President Muhammadu Buhari in April. The veterans began the protest on Monday in front of the Ministry of Defence in Abuja.


Resettlement or Second Displacement? Vestiges of Violence: Episode 78. Source: Humangle

In 2021, the Borno state government announced that it would close down all camps for displaced persons in Maiduguri and begin resettling occupants back to their hometowns or other towns. This was to reduce the number of IDPs in the capital city and build resilience among the people who have had to rely on aid materials for years.

Women Facing Acute Food Insecurity Than Men Globally– UN. Source: Humangle

The lack of steady access to food is affecting more women than men, the United Nations reveals, stating that the Ukraine-Russian Crisis has pushed more women, who are often limited in their capacity to contribute, to face severe hunger. A report published by UN Women titled ‘Global Gendered Impacts of the Ukraine Crisis’ stated that the crisis has impacted the production of food items, soared food prices, lessened availability and access, pushing more women than men into acute food insecurity and malnutrition, while intensifying gender inequality, and sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV).

Flood Erodes Kano Farmlands As Reports Show Bleaker Future Across States. Source: Humangle

Flooding has destroyed over 14,000 farms in five LGAs in the northwestern Nigeria state, but the situation is even worse in Burji of Madobi, where water turbulence from a broken dam has caused erosion of many farmlands. The main issue, however, is the food insecurity that the flooding is likely to cause. This has continued to threaten Nigeria, with insecurity ravaging many parts of Northern Nigeria and flooding destroying farmlands, especially since the Southern part of the country has relied on the North for agricultural produce. The Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency (NIHSA) recently warned that flooding will continue until the fourth quarter of 2022, and reports of flooding on a small or large scale have come from many states in Nigeria, but the Northwest and Northeast have been particularly hard hit.

Cameroon Borrows 30 Million US Dollars To Fight Floods In National Capital. Source: Humangle

The government of Cameroon this week signed two loan agreements with the African Development Bank (AfDB) to the tune of 15.8 billion FCFA (about 30 million US dollars) to finance two projects, including the fight against floods in the national capital, Yaounde. One of the projects to be undertaken with the money is the Complementary Project for Rainwater Drainage of Yaounde, popularly known by the French acronym PCADY, which is intended to fight against devastating floods in the country’s national capital.

Some Nigerians Abroad Are Moving Back For Economic Reasons. Is This Reverse Migration? Source: Humangle

If given the opportunity, more than 7 out of 10 Nigerians would leave the country, according to a survey by the Africa Polling Institute. Many Nigerians are leaving because of few employment opportunities and rising insecurity in the hopes of more viable prospects abroad. The latest report from the National Bureau of Statistics (2020) reported that youth unemployment for those aged 15-34 is at 42.5 per cent, with youth underemployment at 21.6 per cent. Yet, some Nigerians who have schooled and lived in the US are returning to the country, largely citing economic factors as the reason.

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