NEWS UPDATE 23RD FEB, 2018

NEWS UPDATE 23RD FEB, 2018

Dapchi attack: President Muhammadu Buhari sends surveillance aircraft to Yobe.

Open Grazing: 3 herders jailed in Benue

On foreign scene, Deadly unrest hits Zimbabwe's capital

In sports, FIFA president Infantino praises Nigerian Football Federation

 

President Muhammadu Buhari, has assured Nigerians that the missing girls from Government Girls Technical College, Dapchi, Yobe State will be rescued.
Buhari in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media, Shehu Garba said more troops and surveillance aircraft will be dispatched to secure the environment and rescue the missing girls.
The President said he has instructed the security agencies not to spare any effort to ensure that all the girls are returned safely, the attackers arrested and made to face justice.
Buhari who described the incidence as a national disaster noted that the troops and surveillance aircraft will keep an eye on all movements in the entire territory on a 24-hour basis, in the hope that all the missing girls will be found.

 

ABDUCTED SCHOOL GIRLS
Meanwhile Nigerians have continued to react to the attack and kidnapp of some students  of Government Girls Secondary School, Dapchi, in yobe state saying it has again raised serious concerns about the safety of children in Nigerian schools.

 

The European Union EU has described the  reported abduction of school girls in Dapchi, Yobe state, as an attack on humanity.

EU Spokesperson for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Catherine Ray said Targeting children and abducting young girls as they seek to attend school is an attack on common humanity.
She the EU remains committed to supporting the Government of Nigeria in its fight against terrorism and all forms of criminality.
The EU further said that it stand resolute to continue it’s humanitarian and development work, including the rights and protection of girls.

 

The Permanent Secretary, State House, Jalal Arabi, has said that the over 15 billion Naira 2018 budget proposals of the State House will focus on the completion of all on-going projects.
Arabi, who stated this when he appeared before the House of Representatives Committee on Special Duties to defend the 2018 budget proposals and the utilization of the 2017 budget releases, said several ongoing projects have been stalled or delayed due to funding
According to him, the budget will maximize scarce resources in a manner that will ensure  that security of the State House is not compromised.
Chairman, House Committee on Special Duties, Nasir Zangon-Daura, described the State House as the nerve-centre of the nation, noting the need to be fair in the allocation of resources so that it can effectively service the strategic offices located there-in.

The Federal Capital Territory Administration has issued a three-week ultimatum to some personnel of the Nigeria Police Force, occupying one of its resettlement sites at Galuwyi Shere in Bwari to vacate the place to allow contractors complete renovation of the work on schedule.
The project has about 2, 276 units of a two-bed room each and one unit of four-bedroom for the Chief’s residence.
The Police personnel were said to have taken possession of the uncompleted project without permission years ago.
Director, Resettlement and Compensation of FCTA, Baba Umar, noted that the quit notice earlier issued by the FCT administration expired since February 14.

LASSA FEVER IN FCT

FCT residents have reacted to the reported death of one person due to Lassa fever disease in the territory.
Those who spoke with us in an interview said sensitization of the people on the dangers and preventive measures can not be overemphasized especially in the rural areas.

The Director of Public Health in Health and Human Services Secretariat, FCT, Dr Humphrey Okoro-ukwu, said the death was  recorded at Bwari Area Council of the FCT.
He  urged residents of FCT not to panic over the development but rather take their personal and environmental hygiene seriously.
Okoroukw charged them to imbibe regular washing of hands, keep their environment clean and dispose their domestic waste to avoid invasion of rodents.

A Makurdi Magistrates’ Court has sentenced three herders, Iliya Garba, Hassan Abdullahi, and Lanshak Lonfalk, to one year imprison each, for violating the the Anti-Open Grazing Law in Benue state.

The convicts were charged with criminal conspiracy and open nomadic livestock rearing and grazing.
The prosecutor, Michael Iorundu, told the court that the joint patrol team of Operation Zenda, arrested the herders on February 18.
When the case came up for mention, the herders pleaded guilty to the charge against them, saying that they were not aware that open grazing had been prohibited in Benue.
The Magistrate, Lillian Tsumba said the herders were first offenders who were also illiterates and not even aware that open grazing has been prohibited in Benue.
She said a law such as open grazing prohibition required massive exposure and education of persons at the grassroots.

A South Africa's top court has reinstated a 24 year prison sentence for an oil militant convicted of a series of terror attacks in Nigeria eight years ago.
Henry Okah was jailed in 2013 for masterminding a number of attacks, including twin bombings which killed 12 people in the Abuja during independence day celebrations in 2010.
Okah had repeatedly denied any involvement in the blasts.
Lawyers for Okah, had argued it was outside the country's legal jurisdiction to put him on trial.
Okah was the presumed leader of the militant group, Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta MEND.
A high court in Abuja is expected to hand down a ruling on March 7 in the trial of Okah's brother Charles for his alleged involvement in the 2010 independence day bombings.

Meanwhile President Muhammadu Buhari has assured people of Niger Delta that his administration would work towards rapid development of the region.
Buhari said his administration will ensure development in the region by consolidating on all ongoing projects and initiating new ones to create more economic opportunities and jobs for the people.
Speaking when he received the Olu of Warri, on Friday in Abuja, Buhari also reiterated his  commitment to maintaining peace and security in the Niger Delta which will allow economic and social activities to thrive.
The President appealed to the people of Niger Delta to complement ongoing efforts by the Federal government to bring more development in the region by maintaining peace, security and harmony.

Two people are confirmed dead and seven others injured following overnight clashes in Zimbabwe's capital, Harare, between police and members of the public.
While clashes between police, illegal vendors and transport operators are common in the city, this is said to be the deadliest so far.
The economic crisis in Zimbabwe, including high unemployment, has led to many people setting up stalls illegally in Harare, and it has also led to the growth of private transport operators.
Police and the city council have struggled to reduce congestion and restore order in the city, amid strong public resistance.
Police say they are still investigating the violence, and described it as regrettable.

In sports

International Federation of Football Association FIFA President Gianni Infantino has praised the Nigerian Federation NFF for showing excellent vision and focus.

The Swiss-Italian football administrator also condoled with the NFF and the family of Kano Pillars’ player Chinedu Udoji who died in a car accident on Sunday night.

Infantino was speaking at the post – FIFA Executive Football Summit press conference in Lagos, Nigeria.

He said Nigeria, having won the FIFA U17 World Cup an unparalleled five times and been at every youth tournament for the girls, is one of the foremost countries in world football with regards to youth competitions.

RECAP
Dapchi attack: President Muhammadu Buhari sends surveillance aircraft to Yobe.

Open Grazing: 3 herders jailed in Benue

On foreign scene, Deadly unrest hits Zimbabwe's capital

In sports, FIFA president Infantino praises Nigerian Football Federation

 

Two people are confirmed dead and seven others injured following overnight clashes in Zimbabwe's capital, Harare, between police and members of the public.
While clashes between police, illegal vendors and transport operators are common in the city, this is said to be the deadliest so far.
The economic crisis in Zimbabwe, including high unemployment, has led to many people setting up stalls illegally in Harare, and it has also led to the growth of private transport operators.
Police and the city council have struggled to reduce congestion and restore order in the city, amid strong public resistance.
Police say they are still investigating the violence, and described it as regrettable.