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Weekly Press Review : From Monday the 28th November to Friday 2nd  December, 2022

2 December 2022
Reading time: 13 minutes

Regional News

Troops recover 2 corpses, rescue 3 kidnap victims. Source: Blueprint

Troops have discovered the corpses of two female kidnap victims and rescued three others alive, while destroying bandits’ camps during fighting patrols in Chikun, Kachia and Kajuru local government areas of Kaduna state. Kaduna state government in a statement signed by the state Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Mr Samuel Aruwan, Wednesday, said the troops of Operation Forest Sanity continued it’s fighting patrols in the three local governments, with several bandit camps destroyed.

Nigerian military kills over 44 terrorists, arrest 47 others. Source: Premium Times

The Defence Headquarters says the troops of Operation Hadin Kai have in two weeks eliminated more than 44 terrorists, apprehended 47 and their collaborators and rescued 10 kidnap victims in the North-east region. The Defence Headquarters says the terrorists were killed during ambushes, raids and clearance operations at different locations in the North-east region in the last two weeks.

Nigerian Army Divisions Looked Away As Herdsmen Massacred Defenceless Residents In Enugu; They Are Now Partisan – Intersociety. Source: Sahara Reporters

Human rights organisation, the International Society for Civil Liberties and Rule of Law (Intersociety) has slammed the Nigerian Army over its “partisanship and crude soldiering” which are worsening insecurity in the South-East region. Intersociety stated that beyond the Nigerian Army’s watery and diversionary reaction including deliberate misrepresentation, the military failed to address specific issues of human rights violations raised by the civil society.

Nigerian boy trafficked to Cameroon, sold into slavery – Official. Source: Premium Times

A 13-year-old Nigerian boy has been rescued in Cameroon after he was trafficked from home and allegedly sold into slavery. Cameroon, a French-speaking country in west-central Africa, shares a border in the west with Nigeria. Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps said in a statement on Tuesday that the victim, who had been reported missing by his father in their local community in Uruan Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State, South-south Nigeria, was allegedly trafficked by John Akadi to Cameroon. Mr Akadi, according to the civil defence, sold the victim to Asuquo Ikpang, in Cameroon, where he worked as a labourer for an undisclosed fee.

NIGERIA DAILY: How Bandits Are Exploiting Northern Residents Under Guise Of Protection. Source: Daily Trust

Russia-Ukraine arms ‘filtering’ to Lake Chad region. Source: BBC

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has said that the Russia-Ukraine conflict and the Sahel insurgency have caused a proliferation of arms in the Lake Chad Basin countries. He said weapons being used in Ukraine and Russia were “beginning to filter to the region” and arms used in the Libya war “continues to find [their] way” there. He said this was a major threat to the security of the regional countries of Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria.

The Missing Schoolgirls in Northwestern Nigeria. The Crisis Room: Episode 59. Source: Humangle

11 Birnin Yauri School girls remain in captivity over a year after their abduction, despite the constant information flow and little attempt by the terror group to mask their location. Today on The Crisis Room,  we speak with Umar Yandaki about the conditions of the girls and their families, as well as his discovery.

Terrorists Threaten To Attack Miners If They Refuse To Pay Enforced Dues in Zamfara. Source: Humangle

Terrorists have threatened to attack a gold mine in Bukuyum Local Government Area (LGA) of Zamfara State, Northwest Nigeria, because miners have not been paying them an enforced 10 per cent levy. The threat comes after at least four gold dealers and a number of miners were abducted by the armed group on Nov 8. They were released on Nov. 28 and were told to go to the mine site at Kwali to tell the other miners the terrorists would be coming soon. Miner Dansani Mohammed, released by the group after paying a N4.5 million ransom, told HumAngle about the threat. “The armed terrorist gang told us that they will come to our mining site to attack us if their 10 per cent share is not paid to them,” he said.

Chad to try 400 people over deadly anti-government protests ahead of international inquiry. Source: rfi

The trial of over 400 people who joined last month’s anti-government protests is to open in a desert prison in Chad on Tuesday. Meanwhile, the military authorities are insisting that a Chadian oversee an international inquiry into the deaths of civilians on Thursday 20 October. On 20 October 2022, demonstrations were held in N’Djamena and elsewhere in the country to protest against the extension of the transition period for a further two years and to demand the transfer of power to civilians. Hundreds of people answered the call of several opposition parties and civil society organisations. Local NGOs and rights groups claim that nearly 200 civilians were killed by security forces firing live ammunition. The World Organisation against Torture accused the Chadian authorities of summary executions and torture.

Scores Killed As Nigerian Military Jet Bombs Vehicles Conveying Terrorists In Borno. Source: Humangle

The insurgents were said to have been killed by the Super Tucano light attack aircraft recently acquired by the Nigerian Air Force (NAF).

Nigerian Military Set To Prosecute 886 Boko Haram Fighters As 323 Others Undergo De-radicalisation. Source: Sahara Reporters

No fewer than 886 suspects linked to the terrorists’ group, Boko Haram, have been prepared for prosecution, the Nigerian government has said. This was made known by the Theatre Commander, North East Joint Operation, Hadin Kai, Major General Christopher Musa, adding that over 323 terrorists and ex-combatants who willingly gave up their arms to embrace peace are currently undergoing the Federal government program on DDR in Gombr State.

Three Cameroonian-Americans risk 38 years jail term for sponsoring violence in Cameroon. Source: Premium Times

Three American citizens of Cameroonian origin risk a 38-year jail term having been indicted for supporting violence in Cameroon. The US Department of Justice (DOJ) on Monday announced the arrest and initial court appearance of Messrs Claude Chi, 40; Francis Chenyi, 49; Lah Langmi, 46. “Three defendants were arrested today and made their initial court appearances in connection with an indictment, unsealed today,” the statement said. It noted that they are being charged for their roles in a conspiracy to provide material support or resources to a conspiracy to kidnap persons and use weapons of mass destruction in a foreign country.

From Farm To Detention. Vestiges of Violence: Episode 87. Source: Humangle

Yeri Kambari, 40, disappeared in 2014 after he was arrested by members of the Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF) in Nigeria’s wartorn northeastern region. He had not joined the terror group, Boko Haram. There’s nothing indicating he had harmed anyone. He had simply gone to farm and had been a victim of circumstances. Ya Kodo Alli, his elder sister, remembers the events as if they happened more recently.

Losing A Toe To Military Brutality And A Family To Insurgents. Source: Humangle

For 50-year-old Aja, everything changed one morning seven years ago. He’d just had breakfast with his family and was preparing to go to the farm in Jinaba. Jinaba is a tiny village in the Dikwa Local Government Area of Borno. The people spoke one language and had the same culture. Everyone knew each other. They used to stay in one location, but as they continued to farm, some cleared bushes in the area and relocated closer to their farmlands. There had been a military operation in July 2015 to wrestle Dikwa town from Boko Haram’s tight grip. Afterwards, soldiers stayed back to ensure the place was rid of insurgents. But in carrying out their duty, the military personnel treated civilians with great suspicion, indiscriminately arresting locals, especially male residents.

An ‘Innocent’ Detainee’s Journey Through Deradicalisation. Source: Humangle

The road to deradicalisation for Bukar Bulama began after he fled Budumri in the Bama area of central Borno in Northeast Nigeria because of the Boko Haram conflict. The terror group had occupied the area and stopped women from going to the farm as part of the laws imposed. Its members also preached and tried to recruit him. The 25-year-old fled when Nigerian soldiers advanced close to the town. While returning, the Boko Haram insurgents flogged his wife for not wearing a jilbaab (full-length outer garment). So, he confronted them, arguing that women could not have waited to wear jilbaab while everyone panicked and fled. Because of that response, the insurgents accused him of violating religious rules and punished him with 20 strokes of a cane. They continued to pay attention to him after that incident. So, in Sept. 2015, Bukar and his wife grabbed their children and escaped.

Reviewing Military Operations as Panacea for Insecurity. Source: PRNigeria

In a bid to ensure that insecurity is addressed squarely, the Nigerian military, at several times in the past, launched military exercises and combat operations against Boko Haram and the Islamic State of West African Province, ISWAP, terrorists and armed bandits, among other criminals. At the moment, operations Delta Safe, Hadarin Daji, Awatse, Whirl Punch, Hadin Kai, and Swift Response, are diligently and gallantly being prosecuted by troops of the Nigerian military, across the entire geo-political zones.

Peace and Security

Efforts To End Violence Against Women Severely Underfunded – Analysis. Source: Humangle

Despite the steep rise of sexual and gender based violence (SGBV) cases, and child marriages, funding to put a stop to the crisis has faltered, a analysis revealed. A 163 per cent increase in child marriages was recorded globally since the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the World Vision analysis, adding that there was a 50 per cent increase in other forms of SGBV including attempted rape in the past 18 months. Most funding to end child marriage is allocated to the countries with the highest prevalence of child marriage, the analysis noted. However, the implementation of policies and projects is met with limitations due to specific vulnerability of women and girls in conflict areas facing humanitarian crises. In Nigeria, an estimate of 5,623 SGBV cases were recorded between 2018 and 2022 in Borno Adamawa and Yobe states of the northeast where insurgent groups still attack communities, displacing many.

ANALYSIS: UN peacekeeping in Africa needs tighter parameters. Source: Premium Times

Peacekeeping is one of the United Nations (UN) most important conflict management tools, but policymakers, host countries and experts agree that it is in crisis. This year has seen a rise in contentious, if not hostile, relationships with African host governments and, to some extent, with urban populations. Attacks against facilities of the UN peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) due to its perceived ineffectiveness against armed groups led to the death of three peacekeepers and several Congolese civilians. Tensions between Mali’s military authorities and the UN mission there worsened to the point that the UN couldn’t monitor the human rights situation in areas where the Russian Wagner group was deployed.



Inclusion of peace education in schools panacea to insecurity – AAN. Source: Blueprint

ActionAid Nigeria and Global Peace Development (GPD) Thursday identified the inclusion of peace education in Nigerian school curriculum as a way of tackling security challenges in the country arising from violent extremism. This explained why they commenced training of Peace Club Facilitators for Secondary Schools in Select States of Nigeria. The training, which started in Kaduna Thursday and funded by Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund (GCERF), is designed to contribute to peace education activities, where students will be taught the importance of peace and human rights, psychosocial and emotional healing from pains that dehumanises students to withdraw and or avoid societal engagement and cultural impunity.

14 people die in Cameroon landslide. Source: Premium Times

At least 14 people Sunday died from a landslide that occurred during a funeral ceremony in Yaoundé, Cameroon. Al Jazeera reported that the number of confirmed death was given by the regional governor, Naseri Bea, as rescuers continue to search for dozens of others who remain missing. Mr Bea described the area where the landslide occurred as a “very dangerous spot.” He encouraged people to stay away from the Damas district in Yaounde’s eastern outskirts. According to Al Jazeera, the disaster occurred as people gathered on a football pitch at the base of a 20-metre-high soil embankment.

2022 Rainy Season Has Increased The Volume Of Lake Chad – Report. Source: Humangle

Higher than usual rainfall is filling up Lake Chad as a result of significant flows into the Chari-Logone and the Komadougou Yobe tributaries of the Lake, according to a recent hydrological report. The Lake Chad Basin Commission 2022 hydrological report disclosed that the rainfall helped farming in several localities. However, the resulting overflow of major rivers caused flooding and significant material losses and internally displaced persons in the region.

Setbacks For Measles Vaccination Puts Millions Of Children At Risk, WHO Warns. Source: Humangle

Nearly 40 million children around the world are at risk of measles disease as vaccination coverage has steadily suffered setbacks since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the World Health Organisation (WHO) says. The organisation, in a news release, explains that the decline in vaccines coupled with the diminishing surveillance of the disease, and delays in immunisation activities means that “measles is an imminent threat in every region of the world.” Nigeria has been fighting a series of outbreaks of measles that have been springing up since at least 2016. Most recently in Borno in the northeast of the country, where flooding and poor sanitation in displaced people’s camps have provided ideal conditions for disease to spread.

Stabilization and economic development

Zulum signs 775 CofO in 3 years, Shettima, others signed 1,722 in 20 years – Official. Source: Premium Times

Governor Babagana Zulum signed 775 Certificates of Occupancy on land ownership between 2020 and 2022, the Executive Secretary of Borno Geographic Information Service (BOGIS), Adam Bababe, said on Saturday in Maiduguri. Mr Bababe told journalists that before the establishment of BOGIS in 2020, successive governments in the state signed only 1,722 Certificates of Occupancy in 20 years – from 1999 to 2019. The governors of Borno since 1999 have been Mala Kachalla (1999 – 2003), Ali Sheriff (2003 to 2011), Kashim Shettima (2011 to 2019) and Mr Zulum (2019 till date).

Cameroon Earmarks $23.6 Million For Reconstruction Of 3 Regions Destroyed By War And Insurrection. Source: Humangle

The Cameroonian government has earmarked the sum of 15 billion FCFA (about 23.6 million US dollars) in its 2023 budget to be used in the initial financing of reconstruction works in three regions. These regions were devastated by the war against Boko Haram, which has been going on since 2013, and the Anglophone separatist insurrection that has been going on since 2016. The three regions involved are the Far North, which has been hard hit by terrorism and the Northwest and Southwest, where there has been an Anglophone separatist insurrection. In the 2023 finance law currently being examined in the National Assembly, the government has announced the creation of a Special Fund for the Financing and Reconstruction of Zones Economically Damaged in the Far North, Northwest, and Southwest Regions.

By ‘short-changing’ female voices, newsrooms lose billions of dollars in revenue – Report. Source: Premium Times

A new report by authored by the Co-founder and Director of Addy Kassova Audience Strategy Ltd (AKAS), an international consultancy firm, Luba Kassova, suggests that journalism is short-changing women audiences and losing billions as a result of what the report described as “severe marginalisation of women,” especially those of colour. Titled: “From Outrage to Opportunity: How to Include the Missing Perspective of Women of all Colours in News Leadership and Coverage,” the report says that women are on the periphery of the news media, “but could be key to revitalising the industry and unlocking billions of dollars of additional revenues.” According to a statement announcing the public presentation of the report, it is the third in the series that focuses on missing perspectives, which were independently produced but commissioned by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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Mamman Mahmood