Taraba: Returning IDPs Are Not Bandits – Cultural Group Cautions

By Callistus Agwaza, Jalingo The Tiv Cultural and Social Association (TCSA) Taraba state, have asked the security agencies and local authorities in the southern senatorial district of Taraba state to desist from tagging Tiv people, especially the IDPs in Wukari local government as bandits. Chief James Baka, president general of the association who made the caution in a press release on Friday, expressed dismay over the unfortunate continued tagging and branding of the Tiv people in Taraba, especially the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the Southern part of the state as bandits by some security agencies and local authorities. “We wish to inform the general public that the Tiv people in the Southern part of Taraba, especially in Wukari local government area have been displaced from their ancestral homes for over four years now, and are only seeking the state government intervention to return. “We want to inform the general public that the Nigerian Army and local authorities in Wukari local government have deliberately tagged the Tiv IDPs in the area, and some parts of Donga LGA as bandits. They …

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Muslim woman donates Christmas gifts to Pastors, widows, IDPs in Kaduna

KADUNA- Amidst the challenges of rising food prices across the country, Hajiya Ramatu Tijjani, a Muslim woman, has distributed Christmas trees, wrappers and cash gifts to Christian widows and Pastors in Kaduna as part of this year’s Christmas celebration. Tijjani ,who is  an international interfaith specialist  highlighted that during Ramadan, Pastor  Yohanna Buru, the General Overseer of the Church, usually shared 50 bags of foodstuffs with many poor Muslims at the Mosque, enabling them to participate fully in the 30 days of the holy month. She said that her  initiative was aimed at supporting over 200 widows, IDPs and orphanages during this Christmas to foster peaceful coexistence, love, and tolerance among the people of different faiths.  Tijjani expressed her desire to bring joy and happiness to widows, allowing them to celebrate the season with the same spirit as Christians worldwide. The donations were made at the Church of Christ Evangelical and Life Intervention Ministry in Gwagwi Villa, Kaduna, emphasizing Tijjani’s passion for impacting the lives of underprivileged widows who have faced pain and discrimination. Tijjani said, “Christmas provides the golden …

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Minister Flags Off Counseling, Empowerment Of IDPs In Taraba

By Sylvanus Viashima, Jalingo The Minister, Federal ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development Hajia Sadiya Umar Farouq on Monday flagged off the Psycho-Social support and empowerment training for a section of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Taraba. Farouq who was represented by Mr Peter Audu, Deputy Director in the ministry said that Nigeria as of January 2020 had a total of 2,583,000 Internally Displaced Persons due to violence and conflict out of the worlds over 40.0 million displaced persons. She said that the displacement comes with a lot of incidents and experiences that leave the victims or affected persons traumatized, families separated, communities destroyed, and basic infrastructure damaged. “As you may also be aware, the basic social and economic activities in the various communities have been disrupted making the need for humanitarian action inevitable. In the last few years, displacements have occurred in various parts of the country, coming along with its trademark of trauma and other social issues that also has a lot of impact on the mental health of the affected persons. “The aim of …

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We’ll Never Forgive Akume, APC For Insulting Us – Benue IDPs

By Jerome Ukaa, in Daudu Internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Benue State have vowed that they will never forgive the Minister of Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Affairs, Senator George Akume and his aides for lying that he sent trucks loaded with relief materials to them. The displaced people who are victims of Fulani herdsmen attacks in Benue State were reacting to the news report by the State Publicity Secretary of All Progressives Congress, APC, Dan-Morgan Ihomun who claimed that Akume had sent some of his personal aides, Richard Agwa, Tyona Iortyom and Samson Tyotom to distribute food items and other relief materials the IDP camps. The visibly angry IDPs told Akume and APC to desist from showing hatred towards them and mocking them with stories of relief materials which he has never donated to any of the camps. The internally displaced persons who spoke to journalists yesterday expressed anger at the minister whom they accused of abandoning them since 2018 only to ask his aides to originate a fake media report about relief materials now that elections are approaching. The …

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Ortom Doles Out Rice, Cash To IDPs, Kinsmen At Sallah

By Chris Udochukwu Abuja (Precise Post) – Governor Samuel Ortom, Saturday, April 30th, 2022 doled out over 5 million to his kinsmen of Nzorov, Guma Local Government Area to enable them join the Muslim community in celebrating Sallah. The kinsmen, who gathered at the Governor’s residence in Gbajimba, also received 18,000 tubers of yam and 1200 bags of rice and pigs to go with them. The announcement was contained in a statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Benue state, Nathaniel Ikyur made available to Precise Post on Sunday. Addressing the mammoth crowd of the kindmen, some who have been displaced by the Fulani herdsmen, Governor Ortom said the gesture was his own little way of expressing gratitude for the blessing they had given him years ago which has continued to be with him. He noted that if not for the blessings and support he has been enjoying from his kinsmen, he would not have been able to survive the plethora of challenges he has encountered in his political journey. While assuring of his assistance to …

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Crisis: Senator Gyang, NEMA Donate Relief To IDPs

By Simon Akwu Abuja (Precise Post) – Federal lawmaker representing Plateau North at the National Assembly, Sen. Istifanus Gyang and the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), has donated relief materials to displaced Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), in Plateau North. Sen. Gyang who is also the Deputy Chairman, Senate Committee on Defense, said the materials were supplied by NEMA through his constant reminder of the sufferings of the IDPs who have been displaced from their villages. The Senator and NEMA presented the materials to the IDPs at the weekend in Jos. Miango Community in Bassa Local Government Area of the State which has come under sever attacks in the last one year, and are now refugees in IDP camps, are one of the beneficiaries, the Senator said. “My constituency has been visited by devastating acts of terror attacks that have caused the displacement of communities, most of whom have been uprooted from their ancestral homes and are in displacement camps. “The Nation is grappling with the quest to overcome the challenges of insecurity, terrorism, banditry and kidnapping, if not for God …

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BREAKING: NSA names groups backing terrorist organisations

The National Security Adviser (NSA), Major General Babagana Monguno (rtd), has identified Jama’at Nasr al-Islam Wal Muslimin (JNIM), the Islamic and Muslim Support Group (GSIM) and ISGS as groups bolstering terror activities in Nigeria and other Sahel countries. The NSA urged Islamic preachers and Imams to deploy their vantage positions to canvas support for ongoing counter-terrorism operations. He observed that alliances between the clerics and security forces “should be the backbone to rebuilding our terrorism infested communities”. The NSA spoke at the 14th Workshop of the League of Ulamas, Preachers and Imams of Sahel countries in Abuja. He said: “Terrorism and the rapid escalation of violent activities by militant Islamist groups in the Sahel since 2016 have been primarily driven by the Islamic State in Greater Sahara (ISGS), which mainly operates in Mali and extends to Niger Republic and Burkina Faso. “It is bolstered by activities of groups such as Jama’at Nasr al-Islam Wal Muslimin (JNIM), the Islamic and Muslim Support Group (GSIM) and ISGS, which have continued to pose an imminent threat to the stability of the region. “In …

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Provide Accommodation For IDPs – Engineer Sule Urges National Refugee Commission

….flags off distribution of relief materials for 250 households By Chris Udochukwu Lafia (Precise Post) – Nasarawa State governor, Engineer Abdullahi Sule, has appealed to the National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons, to provide accommodation for Internally Displaced Persons in the state. Engineer Sule made the appeal while flagging off the symbolic distribution of assorted relief materials donated by the ministry to IDPs affected from recent communal crisis in the state, which took place at the Government House, on Monday. According to the governor, even though the state is presently enjoying relative peace, there is every need to prepare for the unforseen, by making contingencies plans towards taking care of IDPs in the state. While flagging off the symbolic distribution of assorted relief materials to victims of the recent crisis, Engineer Sule commended the national commission for refugeesministry for the gesture, which he said will strengthen the efforts of his administration to cater for the plight of the displaced persons. He recalled that the state witnessed skirmishes that resulted in humanitarian crisis, leading to the displacement of …

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Senate Moves To Protect, Resettle IDPs

By Ogechi Okorie Abuja (Precise Post) – The Senate has moved to ensure that Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the country are protected, rehabilitated, reintegrated and resettled. The Upper Chamber of the National Assembly on Tuesday also sought to ensure the reconstruction of damaged infrastructure, provision of foundational education and environmental remediation for survivors of conflicts in the country. The Senate by a Bill on the African Union Convention for the Protection and Assistance of Internally Displaced Persons In Africa (Domestication And Enforcement) Bill, 2021, which passed second reading noted that domesticating the Kampalla Convention “will pave way for a paradigm shift from relief and humanitarian assistance to IDPs which appears to be the focus of most IDP intervention in Nigeria, to other germane issues pertaining to IDPs nationwide.” In his lead argument, Sponsor of the Bill, Senator Ibezim Chukwuma (Imo North), regretted that “the latter aspects of IDP management are not adequately addressed under existing legal and institutional framework as a result of overlap of statutory responsibilities or poor delineation of mandates. As a result of this, most victims …

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IDP’s Condition: Presidency Working In Tandem With NASS For Improved welfare – Hon Jega

By Chris Udochukwu Abuja (Precise Post) – The Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and the Refugee Commission and House of Reps members are working together to enhance the welfare condition of Internally Displaced Persons and refugees in the country, the Chairman, House Committee on IDPs and Humanitarian Matters, Rep Muhammad Jega has said. Rep. Jega who is representing Aliero/Gwandu/Jega federal constituency at the National Assembly disclosed this on Monday during his interactive session with selected journalists in Abuja. According to him, the National Assembly and the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and IDPs are working in a harmonious relationship that is why they have recorded successes in their respective operations. He said, if the ministry and the commission were not attending to the IDPs and refugees accordingly, through their oversight function they would have sanctioned them, but insisted that they will continue to work harmoniously so that it will benefit the target audiences. “We are actually working hand in hand with the ministry and the commission because we have to be sure that what they are …

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Over 1.5m IDPs In Benue Beg UNDP For Assistance

By Our Reporter Abuja (Precise Post) – The Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), in Benue State have wondered why the United Nation Development Programme, (UNDP), is not paying attention to it’s plight of abject suffering and deprivation of basic necessities of life due to the incessant Fulani herdsmen attack. The IDPs four years ago, were displaced from their villages and are now scattered in different IDPs camps in the State. Each camp has tents for over 10,000 IDPs scared around Benue, a situation that is worrisome but has attracted no attention from the Federal Government, Mr Godwin Gang, a Leader of the Middle-belt Group said. The IDPs want to return to the homes they were forced to flee and need the help of the government to rebuild, resettle and plan for a better future, the National Youth Leader, Congress of Northern Nigeria Christians (CNNC), Engr. Daniel Kadzai also said. However, speaking to our correspondent, Gang said the UNDP is only focusing in the Northeast neglecting the North-central especially Benue State where an alarming rate of IDPs has hit 1,597,000. Just recently …

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“Even When I’m On Top Of My Wife And I Remember The People In The IDP Camp, It Goes Flat” – Gov Ortom

Governor Samuel Ortom has lamented about the worsening insecurity in Benue state, stating that the rise in the population of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), due to insecurity in the North worries him. The worried governor revealed he finds it hard getting down with his wife due to the crisis. Governor Ortom while addressing a group of people at an event shared that he is deprived of sleep when he remembers the people in IDP camps who have been forced to flee their homes because of insurgency. He went on to share that even when he’s getting down with his wife, he still thinks about the IDPs. In his words; “Even when I’m on top of my wife and I remember the people in the IDP camp…” Those in the crowd then added, “It goes flat” with Ortom smiling in agreement. Source

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Banditry: Senator raises alarm over growing number of IDPs in Niger

By Chris Udochukwu Abuja (Precise Post) – Senator Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi representing Niger North in the National Assembly, on Tuesday, raised alarm over the growing number of persons displaced by the activities of bandits in Niger North Senatorial District.  The lawmaker disclosed that no fewer than 50,000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) are in Kontagora and Rigali towns.  Senator Sabi made the revelation while coming under order 43 of the Senate Rules during plenary.  He bemoaned the spate of attacks by armed bandits in Niger State, especially in Rafi Local Government Area in Niger East, Kontagora, Manga Rijau, Magama, Mashagu and Wushishi Local Government Areas.  He said: “Mr. President, as we speak, I have confirmed reports that the bandits have attacked Kamnani Bobbi and are in and around Mai goge village, all on Tagira – Kontagora road. “Earlier, yesterday, they attacked Beri town where they killed over eight persons with many seriously injured. “Asides these attacks, there are many over 50,000 IDPs in Kontagora and Rijau towns.” The lawmaker, therefore, urged the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to provide relief materials …

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IDPs Block Makurdi-Lafia Highway, Protest Killing Of 7 By Herdsmen

Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) from the Abagana camp have blocked the Markurdi-Lafia Federal Highway protesting the recent killings by herdsmen and laying the corpses of the victims on the road. Benue State Governor addresses the protesting IDPs The suspected herdsmen on Tuesday morning invaded Abagana IDP camp killing seven persons and injuring about 15 of them. According to an eyewitness account present at the protest, the armed herdsmen stormed the IDP camp and started shooting at the people killing seven and leaving many others injured. The eyewitness warned that they will resort to arms to defend themselves if the Federal Government does not intervene. The Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom during a visit to the scene of the protest challenged President Muhammadu Buhari to rise up to the defence of vulnerable rural farming communities and Internally Displace Persons. The governor also asked the President to allow them to acquire weapons to fight armed Fulani herdsmen following the attack on the camp. He further asked the President to convene a National Security Summit to get the true picture of the killings …

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Ramadan: Tinubu’s Campaign Rice Flood Maiduguri As Lagos Speaker Shares 10,000 Bags To IDPs

Daily Post reports that the Borno State House of Assembly led by the Speaker, Rt Hon Abdulkarim Lawan and thousands of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) taking refuge at various camps on Thursday commended the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt Hon Mudasiru Osaba for donating and transporting 10,000 bags 15kg rice to be distributed to all IDPs across the state. The bags, however, carry stickers and pictures of the National Leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu. Flagging off the distribution with officials of the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), the Speaker, Hon Lawan said, this intervention is first of its kind since Boko Haram crisis, calling on other individuals to emulate the lawmaker. He said the donation came at the right time, considering the economic hardship faced by traumatized IDPs in the State. Lawan said, governor Babagana Umara Zulum, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and other humanitarian agencies have been doing a lot in managing the plights of IDPs in the state, but unfortunately, due to devastating effects of the Boko Haram crisis, …

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Zulum Reiterates Commitment to Returning his People to Their Ancestral Homes

By Francis Etuko Abuja (Precise Post) – Professor Babagana Zulum of Borno state has promised to be careful in the way he traverses his state but vowed that that does not mean that he will be forced to chicken out of pursuing his goals of returning his people to their ancestral homes. Governor Zulum made this proclamation when the chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum and governor of Ekiti State, Dr John Kayode Fayemi visited him in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, to demonstrate solidarity and commiserate with him on the recent attacks on his convoy. According to a statement by the head media affairs of the NGF, Abdulrazaque Bello- Barkindo, the Fo-rum also donated N100million to the government and people of Borno State. Governor Fayemi was accompanied on the trip by the governor of Sokoto State and chairman of the PDP Governors’ Forum, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, the chairman of the Progressive Governors’ Forum, Senator Abubakar Atiku Bagudu and the governor of Plateau State and chairman of Northern Gover-nors’ Forum, Simon Bako Lalong. Addressing the embattled governor, Dr Fayemi admonished …

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