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Northeast church: How we lost 8,370 to insurgency

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NO fewer than 8,370 members of the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria lost their lives to insurgency, the church said on Thursday.

With 1.5million worshippers, it is one of the largest indigenous Christian denominations in the Northeast and is known in Hausa as Ekklesiyya Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN).

Its President, Rev Joel Billi, said at a briefing that eight pastors of the church were killed by Boko Haram, with over 700,000 members displaced.

He added that 53 of the EYN 60 District Church Councils were directly affected by insurgency, with 300 of the church’s 586 branches either burnt or damaged by Boko Haram.

“An uncountable number of houses of our members was either burnt or looted,” he said.

The EYN President added that many members had been abducted and that 217 of the abducted 276 Chibok schoolgirls were members.

He urged President Buhari and Northeast governors to ensure the rescue of the remaining Chinook girls as well as Leah Sheribu, Alice Loksha and hundreds of others abducted by Boko Haram.

The military on Thursday said that it was not part of its responsibilities to unravel the sponsors of the Boko Haram and Islamic State of West African Province (ISWAP) terror groups.

The coordinator of Defence Media Operations, Major General John Enenche, told reporters that it is the duty of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) and the Department of State Services (DSS) to disclose the identities of those sponsoring the terrorists.

“The kind of weapons these terrorists are using, like the gun truck and other sophisticated weapons, are expensive. That’s to say that they are sponsored and heavily funded.

“But, it is not the duty of the military to uncover the sponsors. Our duty is to remain in the frontline and defeat terrorism and other criminality and that is what we are doing,” he said.

Also on Thursday, Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai reiterated the need for a responsive synergy among security agencies.

Speaking in Sokoto while commissioning projects at the Ginginya Barracks, 8 Division of the Nigerian Army, Buratai said the military will continue to remain resilient in its operations.

He said moving the 8 Division of the Nigerian Army from Maiduguri in Borno State was “strategic to tame and nip in the bud the activities of banditry and related criminal activities threatening the lives and peace of citizens.”

Buratai was represented by the Commandant, Nigerian Army Training Centre, Major General Muhammad Mahmud Mshellia.

 

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Flood displaces scores in Kano, Nasarawa, Kwara

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Heavy downpour which lasted for days has left many displaced in Kano, Kwara, and Nasarawa states forcing governors Abdulahi Ganduja, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, Abdullahi Sule to seek for a speedy supply of relief materials to victims from the Federal Government.

In Nasarawa,  Governor Abdullahi Sule, yesterday, raised the alarm that scores of people, including aged men, women, and children, were displaced and rendered homeless following a flood that ravaged Nasarawa town in Nasarawa Local Government Area.

Sule, who appealed to the Federal Government to quickly intervene in tackling flood and other ecological problems facing the state, said it was the second time flood would wreak havoc in Nasarawa in less than two weeks.

He said houses were submerged, just as animals were killed, with some persons reportedly missing.

The governor stated this, yesterday when he visited the affected LGA where he ordered the evacuation of the displaced persons.

He directed the state emergency management agency to provide relief materials such as food items and mattresses without delay to the victims.

In a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Ibrahim Addra, the governor “urged the people of the state to desist from building on waterways and stop indiscriminate dumping of refuse in drainages.”

In the same vein, the Executive Secretary, Kano State Emergency Relief Agency (SEMA), Dr. Saleh Jilli, in an interview with Daily Sun, lamented that this year’s flood was far more devastating than it had ever been in the state. He said an assessment showed that there was no local government council in the state that was spared by the flood, adding that in some cases, over 100 houses were destroyed by the flood in a single local government council.

While imploring the National Emergency Relief Agency(NEMA), Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Presidential Task Force on Relief and Rehabilitation and National Refugees Commission to deliver and assist victims, Jilli underlined the fact that most  of the victims had been displaced and were in urgent need of support

He equally appealed to well -to –do individuals in the state to assist the displaced, saying government alone  could not shoulder all the responsibilities of ameliorating the suffering of the flood victims.

Similarly, on Saturday night, torrential rains that lasted several hours  wreaked havoc in Ilorin, Kwara state capital.  One life was said to have been lost during the heavy rains, it was gathered.

Two persons whose corpses were  yet to be recovered were equally swept away at Taiwo Isale and Oko-Erin bridges in the metropolis, a source at the state Fire Service said.

The heavy downpour also destroyed several houses and property.

The rains started around 7pm and stopped in the wee hours of Sunday.

Kwara State Governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq commiserated with families whose houses  were affected.

The state government urged  the Federal Government to urgently consider Kwara for special support even as it is setting up a special disaster response team to collate data of areas affected and determine how the state government can offer support based on available resources.

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Nigeria records 97 new cases of COVID-19, total now 57,242

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Nigeria now has 57,145 confirmed COVID-19 cases, with 97 new cases recorded on Sunday night.

According to a tweet from the Nigeria Center for Disease Control, NCDC, 48,569 patients have now been discharged, with 1,098 deaths recorded.

The tweet revealed that Lagos State had the highest number of infections on Sunday night with 46 cases, with Kwara State following with 12 cases.

Other states read as follow:

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FCTA captures 300,000 households for social plan

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THE Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has commenced the second phase of registration of vulnerable persons in Abuja for its Social Investment Programme.

FCT Minister of State, Dr Ramatu Aliyu stated this at a 3-day training for community-based targeting team at the legislative chamber, Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC), Abuja.

Aliyu revealed that the second phase, which targets communities in AMAC, Bwari and Gwagwalada Area Councils, was coming after completion of the first phase which captured poor and vulnerable persons in Abaji, Kuje and Kwali Area councils.

Represented by her Special Assistant and FCT Focal Person on Social Safety Net Programmes, Chiwendu Eteyen Amba, Aliyu said that over 88,000 poor households were registered in more than 400 communities in the first phase of the programme.

”It is on record that as at August 2020, a total number of 88,464 poor and vulnerable households and 309,509 individuals from 408 communities across the three Area Councils were identified and registered into the National Social Register (NSR)”.

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