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Group demands relocation of IDPs to Bama

The Bama Initiative for Human Development, an NGO, on Sunday in Maiduguri staged a peaceful demonstration demanding the return of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) to their respective communities in Bama.

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The group’s Chairman, Alhaji Muhammad Hassan, said that the IDPs would want to return and continue their normal activities in view of the prevailing peace in the state.

Hassan noted that about 70 per cent of the reconstruction and rehabilitation projects had been completed in the area, saying that they were tired of living as displaced persons.

“We are in Maiduguri for more than three years without meaningful means of livelihoods. The condition of our people is pathetic.

“The elongation in the process of returning displaced persons to their homes is moving at a snail pace and exposed them to unbearable conditions.

“We could no longer send our children to school; many have died of hunger and starvation. Most of us live in host communities and no one is supporting us,” Hassan stated.

He said that most of them were traumatised, coupled with serious neglect and poor living condition, adding that they are ready to trek back to Bama.

The Police, however, stopped the demonstrators from embarking on the trek and urged them to drop the idea because of safety.

Mr Damian Chukwu, the Police Commissioner in the state, said that the group had not notified the command over their planned return to Bama.

He advised the IDPs to dialogue with the state government and other stakeholders over their demand so that adequate preparations would be made.

“The police have a duty to protect you and we will not allow you to gather people and expose them to danger in the name of home return.

“Also, there is massive reconstruction and rehabilitation works going on in the town, executed by the Federal and State Government under the Bama Initiative.

“We will not allow you to go because of your safety, you better go back and wait for the time when government will permit your return to the town,” he said.

In his reaction, Gov. Kashim Shettima urged the IDPs to cooperate with government to fast-track the completion of rehabilitation projects in the town.

Malam Isa Gusau, the Special Adviser to the governor, Communication and Media Strategy made this known in a statement issued in Maiduguri.

“It is to the government’s advantage if IDPs return home because their return will lessen economic burden of supporting them as displaced persons.

“The greatest wish of the governor is the safe and dignified return of all IDPs to their communities. Much as he wants the IDPs to return, he is also concerned about their safety.

“Gov. Shettima is consistently committed to the ongoing rebuilding of private homes, police stations, hospitals, schools, water facilities, markets, council secretariats and other essential services in communities across 15 local government areas of the state,’’ he said.

Gusau explained that government had constructed 20,000 housing units in Bama and provided modern health facilities, schools and police stations in the area.

He added that the Federal Government was currently training a special Anti-Terrorism Squad and Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF) to be deployed to the town under the Bama Initiative.

The spokesman added that the special squad and the agro-rangers, specifically trained to secure farmers in their farmlands would replace the military.

“We have to ensure that there is full return of civil security before IDPs can return.

“The governor encourages safe and dignified return only after putting the right things in place,” Gusau said.

According to him, the state government had re-built houses and re-settled displaced persons in parts of Kaga, Konduga and Gwoza Local Government Areas of the state.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that thousands of persons were forced to flee their homes when the Boko Haram insurgents sacked Bama town in 2014.

Hundreds of people were killed, maimed or abducted while the entire structures in the town were razed by the insurgents.

 

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Protest as IDPs intercept truck-load of “stolen” relief materials

Thousands of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) being accommodated at the International Market Camp, Makurdi on Tuesday protested alleged diversion of relief materials by camp officials.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the protest started when a truck, 2 Hilux vans, a bus and a saloon car loaded with relief materials from the camp warehouse, were about to drive out of the camp.

A NAN correspondent, who was at the camp, reports that the protesters overpowered the security guards at the camp, and blocked the camp entrance to prevent the vehicles from moving out with the materials.

The visibly angry protesters sang songs which accused camp officials of diverting relief materials and abandoning them to die of hunger.

Efforts to confirm where the items were being taken did not, however, yield fruits as the drivers of the vehicles and their team members, refused to speak with NAN.

A cross section of the IDPs, who spoke with NAN, said that they were not given any food items “for the past three days”.

Mr James Tarkende, an IDP, told NAN that the IDPs had been left while the materials were being loaded to unknown destinations.

“When Gov Samuel Ortom and the Tor Tiv, Prof. James Ayatse, visited us, they told us that nobody should divert materials out of the camp that is why we are protesting.

“In this camp, only few people sleep on mattresses, but we are not complaining. We are suffering, but because of the situation at hand, we understand with the government. But the camp officials have gone too far this time.

“This is not the first time they are doing this; most times, they do it in the night.”

Another IDP, Mrs. Judith Audu, said that the officials were treating them like slaves.

She urged those in charge to closely monitor what was being given to the to IDPs so that government officials would not take advantage of others’ misfortune to enrich themselves.

When contacted, Commissioner for Water Resources and Environment, Dr. Joseph Utsev, who is a member of the committee on flood, said that government would investigate the incident.

Utsev, who was also at the scene of the first protest few days ago, expressed shock that such diversions could take place.

NAN reports that the Benue Government had, on Monday, removed the camp manager over allegations of irregularities.

 

 

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On National Peace Committee’s Intended Visit To Southern Kaduna By Dr. John Danfulani

Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai and President Muhammadu Buhari have woefully failed to secure the people of Southern Kaduna in what is obviously appearing to be a genocidal scheme locally hatched, and commissioned to foreign barbarians to execute it.


by Dr. John Danfulani


On 13 January 2017 Gen. Abdulsalami Alhaji Abubakar and members of his National Peace Committee were in Sir Kashim Ibrahim House Kaduna. His team comprised eminent Nigerians like Cardinal John Onaiyekan, Bishop Mathew Hassan Kukah, Commodore Ebitu Ikiwe, and the Sultan of Sokoto. The peacemakers had a three-hour closed door interface with Governor Nasir El-Rufai, Deputy Governor Barnabas Yusuf Bala and other top government functionaries.

The former Head of Nigeria junta stated their mission to Sir Kashim Ibrahim House thus: “We are here due to the recent happenings in Southern Kaduna. And from here within the week, we are going to meet with other stakeholders, religious leaders, the Chiefs in the area and also visit the site where these problems are and discuss with the people. After which we will now sit  down and see what we think should be done”.

After their almost late visitation to Southern Kaduna, and after listening to tribulations of victims, and tour of the genocide spots, the head of the self-appointed National Peace Committee informed the world of their next line of action in this fashion: “…after which we will now sit down and see what we think should be done. Then we come back to the governor and if necessary to the Federal Government”.

From their mission statement, it’s clear that they are going to Southern Kaduna to see political, spiritual and feudal lords of victims. Except they are telling us that they are living in some far off planets, they know what has happened and is still happening in Southern Kaduna. Sequel to that, why go to Southern Kaduna? The committee knows who has failed in protecting lives and property of indigenous people of Southern Kaduna via their actions, inactions, and pronouncements. Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai and President Muhammadu Buhari have woefully failed to secure the people of Southern Kaduna in what is obviously appearing to be a genocidal scheme locally hatched, and commissioned to foreign barbarians to execute it.

Wait a minute, are they going to Southern Kaduna to make peace or just see the scale of inhumanity and barbarism perpetrated by some hell-bound territorial expansionists?  Let’s yield to the temptation that they are going to talk and promote peace. Now, let me ask: is Southern Kaduna at war within itself or other communities in Nigeria? No. If it’s incontrovertible and irrefutable that Southern Kaduna people are not at war with any local or external community, why waste time visiting them and seeing Nigeria version of Sabibo?

Gen. Abdulsalami’s team are mere attention seekers whose interest is not to see to the end of the genocide in Southern Kaduna but instead to gain national prominence. Come on, is this mixed grill team ignorant of Governor El-Rufai’s statement of 2nd December 2016 and his chat claims of 21st December 2016?  Governor El-Rufai claimed he knows the barbarians and vandals killing people, burning houses and running over farmlands in Southern Kaduna. He said they are foreigners living in Niger, Cameroon, Mali, Chad and Senegal. The chief occupant of Sir Kashim Ibrahim House went further by telling us that he has paid some of them compensation to cease the killings in Southern Kaduna.

With Mr. El-Rufai’s shameful and felonious revelation, are the National Peace Committee not to head to the countries Mr. El-Rufai enumerated and sue for peace? Heading to the direction of victims of the mindless killings and arsons amounts to wobbling effort and charting a wrong directions. Let them get the contact of the killers from Mr. El-Rufai and head to their foreign climes and import them from their countries for a peace conference. It will be easy for them to achieve that because the compensator of killers, Mr. El-Rufai, knows their whereabouts.

If the gerontocratic clustered in the National Peace Committee are serious, let them head to Aso Rock and report Mr. El-Rufai’s foreign policy action of linking and negotiating with terrorists. If they want us to take them seriously, let them openly condemned Mr. El-Rufai’s action of compensating foreign killers of Southern Kaduna people because there is no local and global tradition that purified compensation of terrorists. Terrorists are killed and in milder cases arrested and prosecuted. But Mr. El-Rufai has introduced a boomeranging angle into the way terrorists are handled.

Do Gen. Abdulsalami and his team members desire we take them serious? Let them insist that victims of known foreign killers be compensated. Let them insist that Mr. El-Rufai should explain why the village of Goska in Kaninkon Chiefdom of Jema’a Local Government that was under 24-hour curfew was attacked on 24th December 2016 with impunity. Let them, if they are sincere, inquire reasons why Governor El-Rufai and President Muhammadu Buhari have not created an Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp in Southern Kaduna. Or direct them to set-go the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) moving with relief materials to Southern Kaduna.

Are members of the National Peace Committee saying they are unaware of Governor El-Rufai’s tweet in 2012 that told people that whosoever kills a Fulani man takes a repayable loan? On 2nd and 21st December 2016 he told us that he is Fulani. A simple linking of the dots and reading the thin blue lines in between his 2012 tweet and what is happening today will revile that when he used the word “We put it to whosoever…” he told us the resolve of his genocidal and barbaric groups. This is logic. No special wisdom is needed to connect the dots.

Gen. Abdulsalami must have heard of the imperial decree of an aspiring maximum leader Governor El-Rufai that anybody that counsels victims of genocide in Southern Kaduna to defend themselves is hate speech. And, that he would arrest and prosecute such people or person. His tantrum and megalomaniac resolve contracted provisos of the country’s 1999 constitution and Geneva convention of peoples’ rights that clearly stated that self-defense is a human right to a person or people under assaults, specially in a situation where government has vividly demonstrated its incapability in safeguarding them from reckless terminators. From this, it’s clear that Mr. El-Rufai is telling the people of Southern Kaduna to hold their hands while janjaweeds he knows and have been communing with commit dastardly acts.

Some of us are outrageously elated that patriotic citizens like Governors Ishaku Darius of Taraba, Ayo Fayose of Ekiti, Nyeson Wike of Rivers, Bishop Oyedepo of Winners Chapel, Sen. Danjuma Tella Laah, Chief Femi Fani Kayode and the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) advanced the position of self-defense. We live to see how Mr. El-Rufai will walk his threats by arresting and prosecuting these people that directly challenged his wicked and satanic philosophy. Let him demonstrate to Nigerians his awesome power by arresting these men of timber and caliber and men he can’t even stand in their front and talk. Preying on people like Dr. John Danfulani of Centrum Initiative for Development and Fundamental Rights Advocacy (CEDRA) and Jacob Dickson of Authentic News Daily is not the best way of showcasing his executive recklessness and dictatorial disposition. History has it that bullies are cowards.

I counsel that Southern Kaduna groups this National Peace Committee intends to see should distance themselves from this time wasting and energy consuming scheme of elites that are malnourished of the capacity to call a spade by its name; people who hardly look the powers that be in the eye and tell them some quinine taste truth. Should the targeted groups ignore this divine advice of steering clear and rejecting the invitation, they will sooner or later be confronted with the repercussions of their intransigence because nothing good will come from their interface. Let them invest the time they will waste meeting these people who don’t share their aspirations or feel their pains in prayers and designing of strategy of how to defend their lands from unabashed land grabbers and 21st century inquisitors. Going will be like singing the lord’s song by the river of Babylon.
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UN strikes back at Governor Shettima

Following his attack on UN organizations, the UN Resident Humanitarian Coordinator to Nigeria, Edward Kallon, has refuted Borno Gov. Kashim Shettima’s allegations of under-performance and misuse of funds.

Kallon said during a courtesy visit to the Executive Director of Victims Support Fund (VSF), Sunday Ochoche, on Wednesday in Abuja, that UN agencies had scaled up their presence and assistance in the area.

Boko Haram scandal: UN strikes back at Governor Shettima

Boko Haram scandal: UN strikes back at Governor Shettima

According to him, UN agencies have currently reached over 2 million people with humanitarian assistance as against barely 100,000 people as at October 2016.

“The challenges are enormous but there has been a lot of progress on humanitarian response since October 2016 when I assumed duty as the UN Resident Humanitarian Coordinator and UNDP resident Representative to Nigeria.

“Before I came, the international community was barely reaching 100,000; however, in December, humanitarian assistance was reaching over 1 million families,” he said.

“Presently, humanitarian assistance is reaching about two million people in the North-East; there has been a huge progress so far.

 “The UN system is an accountable system and if we receive a request from the Governor of Borno on what we are bringing in and what is being spent we would give that information.

“Such information is not hidden.’’

Governor Kashim Shettima accuses UNICEF, 126 NGO’s of failing to provide services to IDPs establishments in the north-east, accusing them of misusing funds meant for people displaced by Boko Haram crisis.

He singled out UNICEF for rebuke, but also praised eight organisations for their efforts.

On allegations of misuse of funds, the UNDP representative described it as unfair as the operations in the North-East were being executed at a cost which must be met.

He explained that respective UN agencies had the moral obligation of ensuring the security and safety of its staff in the country.

The UNDP Chief therefore advised the Federal Government and relevant authorities at all levels no to politicise the role and response of the UN and international communities in the North-East.

Kallon advised government agencies to ensure the accountability of government funds being contributed to the efforts in the North-East.

According to him, his principal goal is to ensure coordination among stakeholders in the field through effective synergy.

He applauded VSF for its role in the reconstruction efforts in the North-East towards rebuilding public and personal structures as well as rebuilding lives and livelihoods.

Mr. Kallon said the UN had launched a humanitarian response plan, where it is requesting a million dollars to provide humanitarian assistance to over 5.6 million people affected by the conflict in North-East.

Responding, Mr Ochoche thanked the UNDP chief for his efforts so far since he assumed duty.

He said the challenges in the North-East were beyond one agency or government to manage, adding that partnership and collaboration were inevitable moving forward.

Mr. Ochoche said the fund was focusing on addressing the crises around health, social services, education and economic empowerment of women.

According to him, VSF has been supporting the safe return of IDPs and rehabilitating those trapped in Boko Haram enclaves back to their communities.

Mr. Ochehe urged Kallon to collaborate with the state government as Shettima’s allegations could be due to a mild miscommunication.(NAN)

Governor Kashim Shettima accuses UNICEF, 126 NGO’s of failing to provide services to IDPs

– Governor Kashim Shettima accuses UNICEF and 126 other NGO’s of failing to justify the funds they claim to be expending on persons displaced by Boko Haram insurgency

– Shettima says most of the NGOs are using funds released to them for servicing only their overheads and personnel costs

– The governor says of the 126 NGOs that have mobilised to the state, only about eight are actually providing humanitarian services to the displaced persons

Boko Haram: Borno governor 'sacks' UNICEF, 126 other NGOs

Governor Kashim Shettima has said only about eight NGOs were actually providing humanitarian services to the displaced persons in Borno state.

Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno state has told all United Nations agencies, including UNICEF, and 126 other nongovernmental organisations to leave the state for allegedly failing to provide service to victims of Boko Haram.

Governor Shettima accused the NGO’s of failing to justify the funds they claim to be expending on persons displaced by Boko Haram insurgency.

The governor said most of the NGOs were using funds released to them for servicing only their overheads and personnel costs, Premium Times reports.

“We have the list of all NGOs operating in this state; apart from the officially functioning NGOs,”

“Some of the United Nations agencies are doing their best in their own way of doing things; but to me I am not satisfied.”

He accused the UN agencies of being in the habit of using large portion of the money meant for providing for IDPs to fund their logistic needs.

He said the UN system would announce millions of dollars as intervention for victims of Boko Haram, but more than half of what was released would end up being used for recurrent spending of the humanitarian agencies.

“The huge chunk of what they are budgeting for Borno goes to service their overheads. I, as a governor don’t ride in bullet proof cars; but they spend more than $50, 000 buying bullet proof cars for themselves.

“They will construct five toilets in Gwoza and fly in helicopters more than seven times to inspect the toilets,” he said.

Mr. Shettima said he was fed-up hearing the UN’s rhetoric and had decided to take tackle his problems on his own.

He noted that of the 126 NGOs that have mobilised to the state, only about eight were actually providing humanitarian services to the displaced persons.

“The World Food Programme is doing a very good job,” he said.

“The ICRC is doing a very good job. We also appreciate the efforts of the Norwegian Refugee Council and the Danish Refugee council. The International Organisation for Migration is doing a good job. The UNHCR is also doing a good job.

“Apart from these eight NGOs, the rest of them are merely existing. I have a list of 126 NGOs in Borno state.

“But we hardly know what the UN agencies are doing. We only see them in some white flashy bullet proof jeeps; apart from that, we hardly see their visible impacts. But particularly the UNICEF, considering the huge quantum of funds at their disposal, they are not really trying.”

In another development, the Department of State Services (DSS) says it has recorded major successes against criminal gangs, kidnap syndicates and terrorist elements across the country.

The agency says the successes have further degraded the capability of these elements to operate in the county.

A statement issued by Tony Opuiyo on behalf of the agency, made available to Naij.com, noted that on 1st January, 2017, at Mutum Biyu in Gassol LGA, Taraba State, suspects identified as Bale Kolomi Grema and Kolomi Adba-Aji were arrested in a mosque after they had fled Marte, Borno State, where they were involved in Boko Haram terrorist activities.