Borno Governor Babagana Zulum said his administration would close the internally displaced persons (IDP) camps within Maiduguri metropolis on or before December 31, 2021.
Zulum disclosed this to State House Correspondents after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
According to him, he had visited the President to brief him as well as request for the Federal Government’s input in the refugees’ resettlement efforts of his administration, adding that plans were also on to repatriate Nigerian refugees, currently living in IDP camps in parts of Niger Republic.
He said those taking refuge in Diffa Province of Niger Republic would be relocated to their homes in Malam Fatori, Borno State, on November 27.
“I came to brief Mr. President on efforts made by Borno State Government in ensuring the return of internally displaced persons to their ancestral homes.
“So far, so good, the Borno state government has started well and arrangements have been concluded to ensure closure of all internally displaced persons camps that are inside Maiduguri Metropolitan on or before 31st of December, 2021.
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“In addition to this, Borno state government is also making efforts, in collaboration with the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs to continue with the repatriation of Nigerians that are living in Minao camp.
“Furthermore, on 27th of November, Borno state government will ensure the resettlement of IDPs that are living in Diffa Province of Niger to Malam Fatori.
“Malam Fatori is a local government headquarters in Borno State, but somehow, we don’t have human population in this local government areas because of the insurgency.
“Now that we have achieved a reasonable degree of peace, Borno state government has intended to resettle Malam Fatori communities on 27th of this month.
“To this effect, the Nigerian military are providing all the needed support to the government of Borno State. I’m pleased to inform you also that the Chief of Naval Staff has ensured the return of naval base to Baga last month.
“These are some of the reasons why I came to brief Mr. President and I also requested Mr. President to continue to provide more support in ensuring that the growing number of ISWAP that are operating especially in the southern part and northern part of Borno State, are being handled appropriately.
“So, these are some of the reasons why I came here, but most importantly, Mr. President has given me the assurance that he will do everything possible to support the effort by Borno State government of returning internally displaced persons to their ancestral home.
“He has done before and I hope this time around, he will also support the noble cause.
“The people of Borno State and indeed the government are mostly grateful to Mr. President for all the efforts that he has been making, with a view to bringing succor to the internally displaced persons in the State,” he said.
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Tragedy: Eight Children Found Dead In Abandoned Car In Lagos
Tragedy struck in Badagry area of Lagos on Sunday as the bodies of eight children were evacuated from an abandoned car.
The tragic incident occurred at Adelayo Street, Jah-Micheal along Badagry Expressway.
The children were said to be playing in the abandoned car when they mistakenly locked themselves inside.
Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Lagos Police Command, Adekunle Ajisebutu confirmed the incident.
He said the eight children were said to have mistakenly locked themselves in an abandoned car while playing.
“Their bodies have been recovered and deposited at the Badagry General Hospital’s morgue for autopsy so as to determine the actual cause of death.
Notwithstanding the report made to the Police, the Commissioner of Police, CP Hakeem Odumosu, has ordered a thorough and speedy investigation into the circumstances surrounding their death.
“The CP also commiserates with the families of the victims,” he said.
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We Have Willpower To Tackle Illicit Drugs – Marwa
Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Buba Marwa says the agency is determined to tackle illicit drugs in the country despite the myriads of challenges its operatives encounter occasionally.
In an excerpt from a piece published in the agency’s magazine, the NDLEA boss said he is confident that NDLEA now holds all the aces and stands a good chance of curbing the drug menace in the country.
Marwa who reeled out some of the recent feats attained by the agency, was optimistic that the NDLEA is going to bring drug prevalence figures down, even though at the moment they still remain at a worrisome number.
According to the NDLEA chief, June was a month of strategic development and significant developments for the agency included the launch of the War Against Drug Abuse (WADA) initiative, the unveiling of the National Drug Control Master Plan (NDCMP 2021-2025) and the release of the Standard Policy and Practice Guidelines (SPPG) for the Agency’s counselling centres.
These he noted were in addition to the agency’s continuing blistering performance in terms of record arrest and conviction of drug traffickers and unprecedented seizures of consignments of assorted illicit substances.
Notwithstanding, Mr Marwa stressed that it is not yet ‘Uhuru’. He insisted that “the drug prevalence in Nigeria is worrisome, especially when compared with the global average”.
He said, “from the last UNODC/Ministry of Health survey in 2018, we now know that 14.3 million Nigerians, between the ages of 15 and 64, abuse drugs. The World Drug Report ranked Nigeria as the leading country in the abuse of cannabis. These statistics should worry Nigerians.”
The NDLEA CEO, however, assured that the statistics will change for the better, explaining that his optimism is founded on solid premises.
“We are now an intelligence-based organization, and the purpose of our strategies is to exterminate illicit drug supply or, at least, control it; while at the same time, we are ramping up our drug demand reduction efforts. With UNODC, we have launched a standard policy guideline for counselling for NDLEA counsellors. So, our strategies encapsulate prevention, treatment, and aftercare,” he declared.
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Lagos Govt Uploads CTC Of #EndSARS Panel Reports Online
The Lagos State Government has announced the release of the Judicial Panel of Inquiry on police brutality and related matters on its website.
The online version of the reports of the panel which probed the shooting incident of #EndSARS protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate were uploaded to the state’s justice ministry website.
“Members of the public can view and download the Certified True Copy (CTC) of the documents on the website of the Lagos State Ministry of Justice – https://lagosstatemoj.org/official-documents/,” Attorney General Moyosore Onigbanjo Sunday said in a statement.
The Lagos #EndSARS panel submitted its reports to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on November 15.
Mr Onigbanjo, who is also the state’s Commissioner for Justice, said that the reports are entitled ”Report of Lekki Incident Investigation on 20th October 2021” and ”Consolidated Report on General Police Brutality”.
He advised the public to write to his office for further enquiries.
“’Further inquiries should be directed to the Office of the Hon. Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice through [email protected],” Mr Onigbanjo said.
Since the submission of the panel report, controversies have arisen due to the government’s refusal to accept the panel’s stance that unarmed protesters were killed by soldiers it called in to quell demonstrations.
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