19-Year-Old Apprehended For Possessing Firearms In Taraba

Firearms, TarabaThe Taraba State Police Command, has apprehended a 19-year-old suspect in possession of ammunition and dangerous weapons.

Police Commissioner in the state, Shaba Alkali, while briefing journalists in his office stated that a special squad involved in mopping up of firearms in the state arrested the suspect.

He said that suspects involved in several crimes ranging from armed robbery, kidnapping, cattle rustling as well as unlawful possession of firearms were also arrested.

The Police Commissioner, speaking on the command’s achievement in fighting crime explained that suspects currently in Police custody for various offences would be charged to court..

He said that the success rate of crime fighting in the state has increased following the introduction of the special squad in collaboration with the vigilante group and the public.

He went ahead to read the riot act to criminal elements still operating in the state.

He said further that maintaining the tempo in ridding the state of criminal elements requires the combined efforts of security agents and the public.

IDPs: Borno Government’s MoU With NEMA Begins To Yield Results

BornoThe National Emergency Management Agency is partnering with the Borno State Government in dealing with the humanitarian crisis that has devastated the state.

Director-General of the Emergency Agency, Mohammed Sidi, has been evaluating the extent of devastation with a view to intervening.

The Borno State Government had repeatedly groaned under the burden of housing and catering for the displaced unaided and this led to the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with NEMA for coordination and partnership.

It is in furtherance to the MoU previously signed that Mr Mohammed Sidi has been visiting camps, health facilities and stakeholders in the capital city to evaluate areas requiring the agency’s intervention.

The Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima, has now said that NEMA’s intervention has helped stabilize the dwindling fortunes of the state.

Some of the displaced persons have also confirmed that their basic needs are being catered for with food items expected to supply the Internally Displaced Persons for the next two months arriving the state.

Over 900,000 people displaced by the Boko Haram insurgency have been living in the 23 make shift camps spread across the capital city, Maiduguri.

Most families in the host community have also opened their doors to displaced friends and relatives sacked from their homes in less safer parts of the state.

The University of Maiduguri has also been officially identified as the 23rd make-shift camp as the management is now stuck with many students who have lost their hometowns to the insurgency.

Officials say Borno State is home to 70% of Internally Displaced Persons in Nigeria.

NEMA Close To Completing Evacuation Of Returnees From Niger Republic

NEMA -on Evacuation of Niger Republic ReturneesThe National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) in Nigeria says it has nearly completed the evacuation of over 6,000 returnees from Niger Republic.

Giving an update of the activities of the agency, official said some of them are unable to go home as they are still recuperating in the hospital.

The Agency also added that many of them were tired, hungry and sick, including women who gave birth in transit.

Speaking to Channels Television, the rescued persons recounted their ordeal in the hands of members of the Boko Haram sect and the Nigerian military.

The Zonal Co-ordinator of North-east NEMA, Mohammed Kanar, said the state of health of some of the children, who have only managed to escape being killed, drew emotions, as NEMA had evacuated over 4,500 people from the transit camps.

Halima Ali, a mother of two in an interview with Channels Television also narrated her experience in an encounter with the Islamist Group.

While some of the rescued persons remain in the hospital in Geidam, Yobe State, the locals around and their vigilante group said they were not unmindful of the strategies of the terrorist group and would face them head-on.