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Weekly Press Review : From monday the 31st october to friday 04th  november, 2022

7 November 2022
Reading time: 12 minutes

Régional News

Nigerian Military Kill 27 ISWAP Terrorists, Arrest 42 Others. Source: PRNigeria

Troops of operation HADIN KAI in the North East Zone have sustained operational activities in villages, mountains, town and cities within their area of responsibility. Between 20 October to 2 November 2022, troops conducted ambushes, clearance operations, fighting patrols and cordon and search operations at different locations in Bama, Kukawa, Kaga, and Biu Local Government Areas in Borno State as well as Damaturu, Gujba and Geidam Local Government Areas in Yobe States.

Rising insecurity is no longer an issue in Nigeria, Femi Adesina insists. Source: Guardian

Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina has said that rising insecurity is no longer an issue in Nigeria as the situation has since been controlled irrespective of what western nations say. Adesina made the assertion at a Three-Day strategic communication conference for Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, (NSCDC) state commandants of the provosts of training institutes and public relations officers tagged ‘Managing Sensitive Conflict Communication Amidst Rising Insecurity for Organisational Development, yesterday in Abuja.

Nigerians displaced by insurgency struggling for food, shelter – Human Rights Watch. Source: news24

More than 200 000 Nigerians displaced by a long-running Islamist insurgency are struggling for food and shelter after authorities in the northeast shut some of the camps they were living in and stopped aid, Human Rights Watch said in a report on Wednesday. Borno state, the epicentre of the insurgency, announced in October 2021 that it was shutting all camps holding thousands of internally displaced persons (IDPs) and returning some of them to their communities, citing improved security and a need to wean them from humanitarian aid.

Bishop Confronts Chadian Government, Condemns Protest Reconciliation Attempt. Source: Humangle

A Catholic Bishop in Chad has confronted government officials and accused the government of culpability in killing protesters during recent violent demonstrations against the extension of military rule. Scores were killed and hundreds wounded in violent protests that rocked several cities across the country on Oct 20. The Bishop of Moundou Joachim Kouraleyo Tarounga told a government delegation on Oct 30: “I must tell you without mincing words that you are accountable for what happened.”

Terrorists who abducted 39 children in Katsina, demand N30 million ransom. Source: Premium Times

Three days after abducting over 40 workers, including 39 children, at a farm in Mai Ruwa community, their abductors are now demanding N30 million as ransom. They also stated that they want to have a dialogue with the owner of the farm where the victims were abducted. They vowed not to release the captives until either of the demands are met. The victims are from different villages in Faskari and Funtua local government areas of Katsina State.

Chadian And French Forces Release Franco-Australian Held Hostage By Gunmen In Chad-Niger Border. Source: Humangle

French special forces, supported by elements of the Chadian armed forces, rescued a Franco-Australian national held hostage by yet to be identified gunmen for forty-eight hours near the Chad-Niger border. Conservationist Jerome Hugonot arrived the Adji Kossey military base in N’Djamena October 30 and was welcomed by the Chadian Minister of Public Security, Idriss Dokony Adiker, the Minister of Defense, Daoud Yaya Brahim, the Minister of Territorial Administration, Limane Mahamat and the French ambassador to Chad, Bertrand Cochery. The Franco-Australian veterinarian was abducted on October 28, 2022 in Wadi Fira and on his release said he had bad memories of his time in captivity.

Wedding Party, 11 Others Abducted In Nigeria’s Northwest. Source: Humangle

Terrorists struck twice in a matter of hours in the same part of Zamfara Northewest Nigeria, kidnapping a bridal party and a group of farmers. The group of women escorting a bride to her wedding were seized on the road between Zugu and Gadarzaima in Bukuyum Local Government Area at about 6 a.m. on Oct 30.  On the same day at least 11 farmers were taken as they went to work their fields, approximately 15 kms away in the Village of Tajaye. It is not yet known where the victims were taken and it is possible they have been seized by totally different groups, despite the proximity of the attacks.

Abduction Trends In Nigeria’s South. The Crisis Room: Episode 57. Source: Humangle

Students in Nigeria returning to school after the prolonged ASUU strike are vulnerable to abductions. Today on The Crisis Room, we have a conversation with Muhammed Ashraf, who had to pay a ransom to secure the release of his younger sister.

President Biya Gives $250,000 For Repatriation Of 630 Cameroonians Expelled From Equatorial Guinea. Source: Humangle

President Paul Biya of Cameroon has authorised the release of 125 million FCFA (about US$250,000) to be used for the repatriation of an estimated 630 Cameroonians who are being forcefully expelled from Equatorial Guinea. The presidential intervention follows forceful and sometimes brutal expulsion of Cameroonians by the Equato-Guinean authorities which began on Oct 20. The government of Equatorial Guinea says most of those being expelled are living illegally in the country.

545 Days (3). Source: Humangle

The story of how Jummai Inuwa led five other women from ISWAP captivity concludes. She has spent 18 months in a camp on Lake Chad, and has been at the point of death many times. But their most dangerous moment is still ahead. Will they all make it out alive? Part one and two can be read here.

Merchants Of Terror (3): A reporter’s journey into enclaves of Nigeria’s terrorists. Source: Premium Times

I had been reliably informed that my biggest enemies on this journey were not even the terrorists but some unscrupulous citizens making a living from being informants to armed groups.

Tales From The Resettled. Vestiges of Violence: Episode 83. Source: Humangle

A 40-year-old woman describes the daily struggles of getting relief materials at the resettlement camp, how they have not been fed for a year, and are having to take loans to fend for themselves.

Terrorists Kidnap Zamfara District Head, Party Chieftain After Row Over Motorcycles. Source: Humangle

A terrorist group has abducted a District Head and a member of his close circle, in a dramatic double kidnapping in Zurmi, Zamfara state. In the early hours of Friday Oct. 28 armed men stormed the official residence of District Head Alhaji Hashimu, and simultaneously a short distance away, the home of Alhaji Danbalange, an All Progressives Congress party chieftain.

Adopting Sports as Weapon for Tackling Nigeria’s Insecurity. Source: PRNigeria

It has several benefits. Playing sports helps one stay in shape, teaches you how to organize your time, boosts friendships, and builds relationships with peers and adults. Playing sports enables one to create friendships one otherwise might not have formed. Many times, the friendships one create on the field remain intact even when one is not playing sports. Participating in sports helps build leadership skills. Sports teams give one an opportunity to surround himself/herself with competitive people and role models, and learn from them both. One can demonstrate his/her own leadership through team captainships and individual actions to improve one team’s success.

More On Attack On Military Base In Niger, Military Kill Terrorists, Recover Explosives, RPG. Source: Humangle

Amidst warning of a major terror attack around Abuja, the federal capital of Nigeria, troops of the Nigeria Army had on Saturday staved off an attack on a military base in neighbouring Niger state, in the North-central region, sources said. HumAngle had earlier reported the attack on Wawa Cantonment of the  Nigerian Army in Kainji, New Bussa local government area, Niger State. Wawa Cantonment is a holding facility where about 1669  Boko Haram suspects awaiting trial were being held and tried by the Nigerian government.  The attacked location is about 338km northwest of Abuja, the federal capital territory.

Nigerian Army Base Holding Terrorism Suspects Suffers Attack In Night Raid. Source: HUmangle

A Nigerian Army base serving as a holding facility for hundreds of terrorism suspects undergoing a special trial process has been targeted in an audacious night raid. The attack took place on the night of Oct. 29th.  The strategic base is located in the town of Wawa in the New Bussa area of Niger state, Northcentral Nigeria, not far from the border with Benin Republic. It’s still unclear the full extent of the attack due to the remoteness of the area.

Gunmen Set Couple Ablaze In Nigeria’s Zamfara. Source: Humangle

The arson engulfed Masa’uda Sani, aged 25 and her 35-year-old husband, Surajo Mu’azu, a farmer.

Parents Cry Out As Bandits Abduct 39 Children From Katsina Farm. Source: Daily Trust

Parents in rural communities of Faskari Local Government Area of Katsina State, where bandits abducted 39 children working on a farm, have pleaded with the government to rescue their children from their captors. Daily Trust gathered that bandits in their numbers surrounded a farm on Sunday, where a number of people including boys and girls were working and abducted over 40 of them.

Up To 20 Percent Of Captured Insurgents Are Women – Cameroon. Source: Humangle

As many as 20 percent of anti-government fighters captured and held by Cameroon are women, according to the body trying to reintegrate them into society. Cameroon has announced it has a five-year project aimed at reintegrating former fighters from the Boko Haram and Anglophone insurgencies back into society. It will be based on strategies that have been employed in conflicts all over the world that try to return people who have been armed and told to go and kill, back into a society that might view them with suspicion.  The National Committee on Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration (NCDDR) said they would be “taking into account the needs and specific interests of women and girls associated with armed groups” in their efforts.

Peace and Security

Include Women in Conflict Resolution, UN Says. Source: Humangle

Increasing Women’s participation in the peacekeeping processes worldwide could improve the chances of effective conflict resolution, according to the agency of the United Nations dedicated to championing women. According to a report from UN Women, there has been very little attention given to the ways women challenge and influence conflict dynamics. A peacekeeping process that includes women can help governments manage and resolve conflict, they say. Women and girls often bear the brunt of conflict and violence. During war, they are targeted by armed groups and state actors who sexually violate them. In his message for the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict, Antonio Guterres, the UN Secretary General, noted that perpetrators rarely face the consequences of these actions.

#COP27: Research identifies capacities of Nigeria, Ghana, Gambia to meet climate change pledges. Source: Premium Times

A research work commissioned by the Centre for Journalism Innovation and Development (CJID) has revealed the capacities or otherwise of three West African countries to meet their climate change pledges. The findings, a product of intensive survey and deep-dive research by climate experts, has been released by CJID ahead of the Conference of Parties (COP) scheduled to hold in Egypt in November. Authored by Gideon Ofosu-Peasah, Obasanjo Oyedele, Onu Kingsley, and Fatou Jeng, the research was funded by the Ford Foundation, as part of the CJID’s climate change project. A snippet into the report suggests that the African continent is currently between the rock and a hard place over the challenges posed by climate change.


How Closure Of IDPs Camps In North-East Pushed 200,000 Nigerians Into Severe Hunger, Homelessness – Human Rights Watch. Source: Sahara Reporters

No fewer than 200,000 people have been driven to abject poverty after the closure of internally displaced people (IDPs) camps, according to a report published by Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Wednesday. The international non-governmental organisation said the IDPs are currently facing extreme starvation, a lack of shelter, and instability because of the camps closures which have denied them access to humanitarian aids. Borno is one of Nigeria’s north-eastern states most hit by the Boko Haram conflict. Babagana Zulum, governor of Borno, said in October 2021 that all government-run IDP camps in Maiduguri would be closed by December 31, 2021.

Drowned Victims, Farm Losses: The Aftermath Of Nigeria’s Giant Floods. Source: Humangle

Over 600 lives have been lost to this year’s floods in Nigeria. We spoke to some of their families in northeastern and north-central Nigeria. Aisha Mallam Baida, 57, was deep in mourning, her face swollen and submerged in sadness. She wept. It was the only way she knew to deal with the tragedy that had befallen her, she said. No one is ever prepared for grief like this, grief of this proportion. Her voice broke when she spoke as her heart did after she received the news that she had lost five children in one day. The incident happened on Sept. 26 at the heart of the flood-prone Tabawa community of Gashua, Yobe State, where she used to live with her children and her sick husband.

Boko Haram Insurgency: Zulum Awards N300m Scholarship To 300 Orphans. Source: Daily Trust

Borno State Governor, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum, on Tuesday flagged-off a scholarship scheme worth N300 million in support of 300 orphans whose parents died as volunteers under the ‘Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF)’ vigilantes and hunters. The volunteers were involved in fighting Boko Haram and ISWAP alongside the Nigerian military and other armed forces in Borno State.

Life For The Displaced Woman When Her Husband Goes Missing. Source: Humangle

Hajja Hawwah faces discrimination and hardship as a single mother displaced by Nigeria’s war with Boko Haram.

Radio Ndarason Website Experiences ‘Sustained, Massive’ Attack. Source: Humangle

The website of Radio Ndarason International (RNI), which broadcasts across the Lake Chad basin in local languages, has had to shut down after it was targeted by a DDOS attack, which started on Friday, Oct. 28. In a statement shared with HumAngle on Thursday, the broadcaster described the attack as sustained and massive, noting that no one has claimed responsibility yet.

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