371 IDPs Rendered Homeless As Fire Razes Houses In Borno Camps

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Over 140 homes have been razed by fire at two Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp in Monguno Local Government Area of Borno State.

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) confirmed that the fire incidents were recorded on Saturday night at the Flatari and Ngurno IDP camps with a total of 371 residents rendered homeless by the blaze.

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According to a statement by NEMA’s Northeast Information Officer, Abdulkezo Ibrahim, 28 shelters were destroyed at Flatari camp, displacing 20 households, while at Ngurno 120 shelters were razed and 77 households were rendered homeless.

NEMA says it is liaising with the Borno State Emergency Management Agency and other humanitarian partners to provide an update and mobilize resources for response.

This is the second fire incident recorded in an IDP camp in Monguno Local Government, the first being in February this year at the stadium camp.

Over 30,000 People Need Food, Shelter In Monguno – MSF

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Global humanitarian organisation, Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF), has raised an alarm that over 30,000 people are in acute need of shelter, water, food, and medical care, among others in Monguno Local Government Area of Bono State.

The organisation said this in a statement on Tuesday by its Field Communication Officer in Borno, Abdulkareem Yakubu.

According to it, the affected people were forced to flee to the town following renewed clashes that erupted in parts of the state in December 2018.

It added that the immediate humanitarian needs of the people were not being addressed adequately.

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MSF said there was an urgent need for better coordination between the Nigerian government, United Nations and non-governmental organisations in scaling up the aid response in Monguno, so as to avoid a catastrophic situation with the onset of the rainy season expected in May.

It stated that the residents have been caught up in a cycle of violence, displacement, and insecurity, in the last 10 years.

It, however, warned that people’s health was at risk due to the dire living conditions as the latest clashes have forced tens of thousands from their homes, fields, and livelihoods, and left them struggling to survive.

“People who recently arrived in Monguno fled their homelands leaving everything behind,” says MSF humanitarian affairs officer, Musa Baba.

He added, “They come from areas where they could farm. Now, they are sleeping on the streets or wherever they can find space, hungry, thirsty and exposed to very high temperatures during the day and low temperatures at night.”

The group identified the lack of land to build shelters for new arrivals as a major problem in Monguno.

Thousands of recently displaced people, according to it, have no space to settle and are living and sleeping in the middle of the town’s streets for weeks, even months.

MSF said it has built shelters in different camps along with some other humanitarian organisations, noting that the camps have the capacity to accommodate more displaced people.

It added that its teams have set up 100 tents and were ready to put up 700 additional shelters for the displaced persons.

“The current situation, with very vulnerable people – women, children and the elderly – living out of doors, rather than in a camp or with the host community, increases the risk of abuses and the need for protection,” Musa said.

The organisation revealed that a 35-year-old woman, Hajja Bukar, recently arrived in Monguno having been displaced a number of times over recent years due to the Boko Haram insurgency.

It said the woman and her four children have since settled in one of the town’s camps for displaced people, in a rudimentary shelter made of sticks and cloth.

“We are surviving by doing menial jobs like washing dishes and getting paid for it, while our men sometimes go into the bush to fetch firewood to sell,” Hajja was quoted as saying.

MSF was worried that poor living conditions with little sanitation and a lack of safe drinking water were putting displaced people in Monguno at risk of pneumonia, diarrhoea, and malaria, among other preventable diseases.

it said it was running a 10-bed emergency room for adults at a Ministry of Health facility in Monguno, as well as providing people with mental health support.

Three Killed As Fire Guts IDP Camp In Borno

 

Three persons have been killed in a fire outbreak that occurred at an internally displaced persons (IDP) camp in Monguno, Borno State.

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) confirmed this in a statement on Friday by its Head of Media and Public Relations, Mr Sani Datti.

According to him, the incident occurred on Thursday at the camp which houses nearly 8,000 IDPs.

The United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, Mr Edward Kallon, while sympathising with the victims said the fire started in a family cooking area in front of a shelter made of straw, bamboo and plastic sheeting, sweeping through the Stadium Camp.


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Remains of the blaze in a camp in Monguno, Borno State, Nigeria. 7 February 2019. Photo: Barka Joseph/IOM

 

The United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, Mr Edward Kallon, has expressed his sympathy to those affected by a fire outbreak in an internally displaced persons (IDP) camp in Monguno town, Borno State.

In a statement issued on Friday, Kallon said nearly 8,000 IDPs who are residents of the camp were affected by the incident.

According to him, the fire started in a family cooking area in front of a shelter made of straw, bamboo and plastic sheeting, and swept through the Stadium Camp.

It was said to have razed over 900 temporary shelters and claimed the lives of at least three people, including two children and one elderly woman.

“The impact of the fire outbreak on the already fragile lives of thousands of vulnerable women, children and men is tragic. The United Nations and our partners extend our condolences to the families of the people who died and our deepest sympathies to the victims of the fire,” said Mr. Kallon.

“The humanitarian community stands in solidarity with those affected. It is imperative to immediately identify additional land to build new shelters for the displaced people and decongest the existing camps.”

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Many of the internally displaced people in Stadium Camp had fled Baga town, on the shores of Lake Chad, at the end of December 2018, following clashes between the military and non-state armed groups.

According to Kallon, this massive influx of people, all in need of shelter, food and other humanitarian assistance, has stretched the capacity of camps in Monguno, leading to congestion.

This congestion heightens the risk of fire outbreaks with makeshift and temporary shelters built too closely together in the confined spaces.

He, however, noted that humanitarian actors, in support of the Federal Government, are working to identify additional land for the construction of shelters to accommodate the displaced people and mitigate fire hazards.

According to him, awareness campaigns are also being done to inform people living in the camps on ways to prevent fire outbreaks.

Borno Govt. Enrolls 250 Displaced Students For 2017 WAEC Exams

Borno Govt. Enroll 250 Displaced Students For 2017 WAEC ExamsThe Borno State Government, has enrolled 250 internally displaced boys and girls to sit for the 2017 West African Examination Council’s (WAEC), graduation exams for secondary school students.

94 girls and 156 boys from different Local Governments in the state whose schools and communities were attacked ‎by Boko Haram, resulting in their displacement are the beneficiaries of the government’s benefits.

It was the first time Internally Displaced Persons (IDP’S) are writing the WAEC since they were forced out of their homes by Boko Haram insurgents at different times in 2014.

The students are mostly from Kukawa, Gwoza, Ngala, Bama, Monguno, Guzamala and Nganzai Local Government Areas.

The students wrote practicals on Wednesday at three WAEC centres; Government College, Government Girls College and ‎Mustapha Umar Elkanemi Arabic Teachers College all in Maiduguri.

The 250 IDPs were those who passed a special mock exam conducted for about 1,000 IDPs who were in final year at secondary schools before they were displaced.

The mock exams were meant to evaluate the IDPs that were able to catch up after undergoing classes and comprehensive tutorials organized for them in camps on the orders of the state governor, Kashim Shettima.

“Governor Kashim Shettima released funds to the Borno State Emergency Management Agency which was used to pay the WAEC fees of all the students.

“Mock exam was organized for over 1,000 IDPs but out of them, 250 did well and were believed to be emotionally and academically set for the 2017 WAEC”, the Government House statement said.

Governor Shettima had authorized the purchase of Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) forms for the 250 students while some of the 1,000 IDPs who showed some good signs after the mock exams will receive further coaching.

“They will undergo more tutorials to prepare them for the next WAEC examinations in their communities, since the government doesn’t hope that they remain IDP’S by 2018”, the statement concluded.

Boko Haram: 75 NSCDC Personnel Killed In Borno In 2016 – Officials

Boko Haram: 75 NSCDC Personnel Killed In Borno In 2016 – Civil Defence OfficialsThe Borno Command of the Nigeria Civil Defence Corps says 75 personnel of the command were killed while 15 were declared missing in action in the year 2016.

The Commandant of the Corps, Ibrahim Abdullahi, told journalists in a news conference that the officers were killed in separate attacks in Gwoza and Gamboru Ngala in the Boko Haram insurgency.

“We have alerted our sister agencies on the issues while the NSCDC national headquarters have assisted the families of the bereaved.” he said.

Abdullah noted that about 19 area offices belonging to the NSCDC across the state were completely destroyed by Boko Haram.

His words: “We will deploy additional 500 personnel in liberated LGA’s. We have already deployed 100 to Dikwa; we are preparing 30 for Monguno, while 20 of our men were drafted for Nganzai local government area.”

“Some of them are already in Chibok and Askira Uba local government areas.” Abdullahi stated.

Abdullahi said those deployed include the Anti-riot Squad, Bomb Detection and Disposal Unit as well as Intelligence and Detective Unit of the command.

Female Suicide Bomber Kills Self In Foiled Attack

Suicide bomber kills self in BornoA suspected female suicide bomber has died in a failed attack in Dikwa Local government Area of Borno State.

The suspect’s planned attack was thwarted on Sunday evening by troops at a check point located at Kara Cattle market axis, Dikwa, towards Antul and Mukdala.

A statement by a spokesman for the Army, Colonel Sani Usman said she was challenged from afar by the vigilant duty sentry.

“She refused to stop claiming to be coming from Monguno to see her parents in Dikwa.

“Troops sensing that the direction of approach was suspicious and abnormal, fired a shot at her and the gallant sentry was proven right as she was carrying a Person Borne Improvised Explosive Device (PBIED) which exploded with a loud bang, killing her instantly and causing minor injury on two soldiers and a Civilian JTF assisting them,” the statement read.

The injured soldiers and the civilian have been treated and have continued with their duties, Colonel Usman said.

Remnants Of Boko Haram Terrorists

The incident showed that there are a few remnants of Boko Haram terrorists determined to carry out attacks to create panic and insecurity in some areas in the northeast that have seen relative peace in the last few months.

Counter-insurgency efforts had heightened since early 2015, with the military sacking the terrorists from communities they had seized in the heat of the over six years insurgency.

In the statement, the army further highlighted that there was a reliable information that remnants of the Boko Haram terrorists now disguise or pretend to be mad men or women in order to gain access to some locations especially in Maiduguri.

It warned all citizens to be very wary of any seemingly mentally unstable or mad men or women found wandering and report same.

“Therefore, it is imperative for all to be more security conscious and vigilant especially during the Eid festivities and public holidays,” the statement by the army further read.

It also urged Nigerians to report any suspicious persons or movement to the security agencies.

The failed suicide attack came days after the police and the Department of State Service asked the Independent National Electoral Commission to shift a governorship election scheduled to hold in Edo State on September 10, citing security threats.

They had warned that insurgents were planning attacks at different locations during the celebration of the Eid.

Troops Avert Bomb Attack On IDPs In Monguno

Troops, IDPs, Army, Monguno, BornoTroops of the Nigerian Army have thwarted a suicide bomb attack on some Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Borno State, northeast Nigeria.

A statement by the Army spokesman, Colonel Sani Usman, said the incident occurred at about 6:15am on Monday.

Colonel Usman explained that three female Boko Haram terrorists attempted to attack the IDPs while they were fetching water at a borehole located about three kilometres in the outskirt of Monguno town along Marte Road.

He said that the vigilant troops detected and killed the two terrorists instantly, but the explosive they were strapped with exploded and injured two civilians nearby.

The Army spokesman added that the third suicide bomber, who followed a different route, detonated hers some distance before troops’ deployment situated along the same road at about 7:10 am.

He further stated that the injured civilians have been evacuated and were receiving medical attention at the 8th Task Force Division’s medical facility.

Troops have cordoned off the general area and imposed restriction of movement into Monguno to make the area safe.

Gwoza IDPs Protest Evacuation From Schools

IDPsInternally Displaced Persons (IDPs) from Gwoza Council Area of Borno State are protesting their evacuation from public schools within the capital city where they have found temporary shelter for more than a year.

The State Government had shut down public schools within Maiduguri to accommodate the displaced persons sacked from 20 local government areas in the heat of Boko Haram insurgents attacks.

Evacuation of the displaced persons to alternative makeshift camps is part of government’s plans to reopen public schools.

Eight thousand school age children were forced out of their classes.

The Chairman of the State Emergency Management Agency, Ahmed Satomi, said that 700 tents had already been constructed at the Bakassi camp to house the IDPS from Monguno and Gwoza Local Government Areas.

Mr Satomi said that the Yerwa Secondary School and Women Teachers’ College among others, had already been evacuated. Some IDPs from Gwoza Local Council had been occupying the Government College Maiduguri.

A Borno Senator, Shehu Garbai, recently said that most local government areas in the state were partially occupied by the terrorists.

Mr Garbai claimed that out of the 12 local wards in Gwoza, six were still under the control of Boko Haram. This is contrary to claims by the Minister of Information, Mr Lai Mohammed, in December that Boko Haram insurgents had been sufficiently decimated and could no longer take away any territory from Nigerians.

The outlawed Boko Haram had overran Gwoza late 2014 in a bloody attack.

In March 2015, the Nigerian military announced the liberation of Gwoza.

Boko Haram: Military Gives Progress Report

Brig. Gen. RogersThe Chief of Civil/Military Affairs, Army HQ, Brig. Gen. Nicholas Rogers says territories held by the insurgents have been liberated as the people are returning back to their communities gradually.

Rogers was the guest of Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily on Thursday, December 10, where he gave an update on the progress made by the Nigerian military in its fight against terrorism in the Northeast.

“What is left are some villages between the boundaries of Nigeria, Chad and Cameroun particularly along the Lake Chad region,” he said.

Brig. Gen. Rogers said that stability and calm have returned in Maiduguri, Damaturu, Gwoza, Bama, Baga, Monguno and other towns, adding that some buildings like schools, churches that were burnt down are being rebuilt by the military.

He, however, noted that there are some challenges along the line.

According to the Brig. Gen, in continuing the fight against the insurgents and protecting the towns that have been liberated, other security agencies are yet to get fully involved and this situation has been preventing the military from carrying out their full operations.

Brig. Gen. Rogers also disclosed that several meetings have been held and is still ongoing to discuss the challenges in the force but noted that the responses have been slow.

16 Killed In Monguno Blast, Borno Governor Reveals

BornoSixteen people have been killed in a bomb attack in Monguno council area of Borno State.

This is according to the State Governor, Kashim Shettima.

Shettima is dismayed by recent bomb attacks in the state in which more than 60 people have died.

He said that those injured in Monguno would be evacuated to the capital city.

Apple Music Changes Policy After Taylor Swift Stand

swiftIn reaction to a statement by Taylor Swift saying she was refusing to allow the company to stream her album 1989, Apple Music has reversed its payment policy.

In an open letter to Apple, Swift said she was withholding the record as she was unhappy with the three-month free trial offered to subscribers.

On Twitter, Apple’s Senior Vice President of Internet Software and Services, Eddy Cue, said Apple Music will pay artist for streaming, even during customer’s free trial period.

Swift had said the plan was “unfair”, arguing Apple had the money to cover the cost.

”I find it to be shocking, disappointing, and completely unlike this historically progressive and generous company,” the 25-year-old said, describing Apple as one of her “best partners in selling music”.

”Three months is a long time to go unpaid, and it is unfair to ask anyone to work for nothing.

”We don’t ask you for free iPhones. Please don’t ask us to provide you with our music for no compensation.”

Apple Music launches on 30 June. It will cost $9.99 (£6.30) per month in the US for one person or $14.99 for families.

After hearing news of the company’s decision on Sunday night, Swift tweeted:SWIFT

Meanwhile, Mr Cue said he did not know if the ‘Shake It Off’ singer would now make her album available on Apple Music, but he praised her for taking a stand.

“When I woke up this morning and I saw Taylor’s note that she had written, it really solidified that we needed to make a change,” he said.