The Public Relations Officer for NEMA, Sani Datti said in a statement that “Eight persons lost their lives, while 15 others who sustained injuries have been taken to specialist and teaching hospitals”.
The suicide bomber reportedly joined a cab before detonating the IED killing herself and other occupants.
According to the Police Public Relations Officer in Borno State, Victor Isuku, the ill-fated cab was about joining the convoy of hundreds of vehicles to be escorted by security operatives to the border town of Gamboru Ngala when the explosion occurred.
A witness at the Muna garage area, Adamu Garba said the vehicle had already made moves to join the convoy when the explosion occurred.
“The car appeared to be coming from custom area towards the garage,” he said
Describing the scene, he said he was trying to park his vehicle when he heard a loud bang.
“We all went flat on the ground. When we got up, we just saw pieces of human parts everywhere and a newborn baby whose mother had obviously died so we picked the child and sought help for the injured”.
Gamboru is an economically strategic town as it borders Central and North Africa from the northeast region of the country.
In 2015, the Islamist terrorist group, Boko Haram, had killed at least 10 people in a town in northeast Nigeria, two security sources confirmed to Reuters.
The Ogun State government has told survivors of flood ravaged communities along the Ogun river bank to relocate in order to avoid being caught unawares by another incident.
The State Commissioner for Environment, Mr Bolaji Oyeleye, issued the warning in a statement.
The statement read: “the Ogun State Government wishes to draw the attention of the public to the recent river flooding that has affected some areas in Ifo and Obafemi-Owode Local Government Areas, namely Kara, Isheri, Denro, Akute, Wawa and Warewa”.
Mr Oyeleye, explained that adequate preparations had been made in case of further emergency.
This is after residents complained that the government had not done enough to stem the recurring problem and cried out for their intervention as the flood lingers.
Ogun State is one of the 14 flood-prone areas named in a warning issued by the National Emergency Management Agency, (NEMA). Some of the States have experienced recurrent flooding.
The flooding incident has also affected various states and communities across Nigeria and as a result, lives and huge amount of property have been lost.
NEMA and various state governments assert that adequate warnings had been sent through various sensitisation avenues. However, some residents of affected areas adamantly refused relocating ahead of the flood incidents, the agency says.
Several affected states have begun counting their losses and forging ahead in attempts to avoid a recurrence.
Osun is one of those states and the government has taken active steps such as dredging waterways to improve the drainage systems.
With NEMA recently opening three new offices in Kano, Adamawa and Edo State, the agency hopes to enhance disaster management operations within Nigeria.
The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has opened three new operation offices in Kano, Adamawa and Edo State.
The development is aimed at bringing disaster management operations closer to communities, reducing the response time to disasters in those states.
A statement issued by the Head Media and Public Relations of NEMA, Sani Datti said “NEMA is making conscious efforts to build stakeholders’ capacity and devise an appropriate mechanism to address the various facets of disaster risk reduction, namely- prevention, mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery”.
He said to achieve all this, “there is the need for cooperation and collaboration of all stakeholders at the Federal, State, Local Government and Community levels.”
The statement however expressed satisfaction over the fact that members of the public call on the agency for minor incidents.
It said “it is a testimony to the level of confidence placed on the agency by members of the public”.
Speaking on the functionalities of the new offices, the agency said “the offices will be responsible for taking disaster risk reduction to grassroots, capacity building programmes for stakeholders and coordinating government agencies and non- governmental organisations involved in the disaster management in the states”.
The agency commended the efforts of the Kano and Adamawa State governments for donating office spaces and warehouses to facilitate the opening up of the operation offices in both states.
With the creation of Adamawa, Kano and Edo operation offices, the agency now has a total of nine offices and six zonal offices across the country.
The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has established a hospital in Bama, a town in Borno State, formerly occupied by Boko Haram insurgents, as part of its medical outreach.
Bama is home to 25, 000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), consisting mostly women and kids.
The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadiq Abubakar, gave the state governor, Mr Kashim Shettima, a tour of the hospital, equipped to meet the health needs of the residents.
The Zonal Coordinator of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), the coordinating agency for humanitarian services in the state, believe that collaboration between sister agencies and support from the Nigerian Air Force medical team is responsible for the seamless defeat of malnutrition in the camp.
“The government of Borno State in conjunction with NEMA and the 31 NGOS working together were able to work together. So many tents have been built, water supply has improved and we now have two health facilities and food system has improved to meet the needs of this IDP camp.”
The health facility, initiated by the Nigerian Air Force in Bama, is an extension of the Dalori IDP camp in Maiduguri, which has been conducting surgeries for sick IDPS, at no cost, where necessary.
Explaining the vision behind the Air Force Medical Outreach, Air Chief Abubakar, said he believes that gaining the confidence of locals in the area of operations is key to winning the counter insurgency war.
Bama and Gwoza local councils of Borno State have the highest number of IDPS living in camps and the host communities.
Governor Kashim Shettima has assured that the state government is engaging in fruitful partnerships with the Presidential Initiative for rebuilding North East (PINE) and others, to facilitate the quick return of IDPS and closure of camps.
The Nigerian Air Force is a beneficiary of a N20 million grant from PINE, in support of its medical outreach.
Malnutrition among IDPs in Borno State was first reported in the unofficial camp in Bama Local Council Area.
A large part of the population of the IDPs in the Bama camp are former captives of the insurgents, who regained their freedom following intensive military operations.
At least 3, 000 malnourished persons, mostly kids, had to be evacuated to Maiduguri, the capital city for treatment and proper nutrition.
Nine weeks on, the narrative of the IDPS has changed, as they speak of changes in their diets and improved medicare.
Gohna Alkali, an IDP in the Bama camp said “we are no longer hungry, we now have food. We have doctors here taking care of us, and food and clothes we do not have any problems. They give us spaghetti for breakfast, rice and beans for lunch and semovita for dinner we are grateful to God”, he said.
The North West zone of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has issued a warning that about eight local government areas in Kaduna State are likely to be affected by flood.
The Zonal Coordinator of the agency, Musa Ilalah, gave the warning on Tuesday during an interview with Channels Television.
He explained that the agency has alerted communities living very close to river banks to leave the areas before the floods come.
He also asked the State government to, as a matter of urgency, embark on a massive sensitization to residents of the affected Communities to see the need of moving away from the flood prone areas.
He further disclosed that the agency has taken all proactive measures to mitigate any flood disaster that may likely occur, warning residents to stop the indiscriminate dumping of refuse inside gutters or buildings along water ways .
The House of Representatives has resolved to constitute an adhoc Committee to investigate the recent attack on the Oke – Ako Community in Ekiti State by alleged Fulani herdsmen.
In a motion sponsored by Rep Emmanuel Agboola, he expressed concern on the number of lives lost as a result of these frequent attacks adding that it might lead to reprisal attacks if it is not curtailed.
The lawmakers have directed the Inspector – General of Police, Solomon Arase to deploy the police to affected areas and urged the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to send relief materials to the affected community.
The Committee is to report back to the House within six weeks for further legislative work.
The attack occurred at about 8:00pm local time on Friday, May 21.
An eyewitness alleged that the herdsmen in their numbers invaded the community in the night with guns, bow, arrows, sword, machetes and shot sporadically, leaving Mr Lekan Arossayin dead and five others seriously injured.
Six people have died following a boat accident in Lagos on Saturday morning.
It was gathered that the incident occurred after the boat which was conveying 17 people from Badore in the Ajah area of Lagos to Ijedeh in Ikorodu, Lagos State capsized.
The Spokesman of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), in the Southwest region, Mr Ibrahim Farinloye, told Channels Television through a telephone call that, 13 of the occupants of the boat were rescued while one reportedly died in a hospital in Ajah.
The remaining 12 are said to be receiving treatment in the hospital.
As at the time of the phone call, Mr Farinloye explained how the incident happened.
“We received a distress call at about 10:25am about a boat mishap with 17 passengers on board, immediately we mobilized the Marine Police, National Island Waterways and Lagos State Waterways Agency to search and rescue the victims.”
He explained that the cause of the accident was a pile up of sand along their route which the boat did not see and ran into it.
He added that two more people are yet to be found although there are conflicting reports from the different rescue agencies but he added that “some people are dead while 11 people have been rescued”.
President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday in Abuja declared that the return of persons displaced by the Boko Haram insurgency to their home communities will begin in earnest next year.
Speaking at an audience with a delegation from the International Rescue Committee (IRC) led by former British Foreign Minister, Mr. David Miliband, President Buhari said that his administration will do all within its powers to facilitate the quick return and resettlement of over two million IDPs in their towns and villages.
The President told Mr. Miliband and his delegation that the Federal Government will welcome the support of the IRC and other local and international non-governmental organizations for the rehabilitation of IDPs.
“In 2016, the return of the IDPs will start in earnest. They will return to their communities to meet destroyed schools and other infrastructure which we have to be rebuild.
“With agriculture being moribund in the region in the last two years without cropping, hunger is already manifest. We will welcome all the help we can get to assist the returnees,” President Buhari said.
Responding to a request by Mr. Miliband for the Federal Government’s priorities as to the nature of assistance required for the IDPs, the President said that there was an urgent need for support in the areas of agricultural inputs, health, nutrition, water and sanitation.
President Buhari urged the IRC and other international agencies to work with the Presidential Committee on the North-East and the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) which, he said, were already doing a lot to cater for the IDPs and restore some basic infrastructure in communities affected by terrorism and insurgency.
Mr. Miliband assured President Buhari that the IRC will intensify its ongoing work in Nigeria which has assisted over 350,000 displaced persons, mainly in Adamawa and Borno states.
He called for an increased security presence in recovered towns and territories, saying that most prospective returnees still feared for their safety on their return home.
President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday decorated brave war heroes with a Purple Heart medal, an award given to troops who fought for six months under ‘Operation Lafiya Dole’.
The decoration of the soldiers took place in Yola, during President Buhari’s visit to the State.
President Buhari, on arrival, was received at the Yola International Airport by the Governor of Adamawa State, Senator Mohammad Umaru Jibrilla, the Speaker of the House of Representatives Yakubu Dogara and other dignitaries including a former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar.
The President inspected a guard of honour by the 23rd Armoured Brigade of the Nigeria Army after which he was invited by the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Tukur Buratai, to present the medals to the wounded soldiers.
After decorating the soldiers with the medals, President Buhari expressed his confidence on their ability to end the activities of Boko Haram terrorists in the oil-rich nation’s north-east.
Visit To IDPs Camp In Yola
After the medal presentation, the President visited the Malkohi Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp in Yola in the southern part of Adamawa State.
He told the IDPs that the Boko Haram terrorists do not represent any religion, stressing that the terror group is set to disintegrate Nigeria.
President Buhari described the condition of the IDPs as unfortunate and called on them to remain calm, as the government was working towards returning them to their homes.
The President said: “The government is proactive about rebuilding your Schools, hospitals and homes”.
The chairman of IDPs in Malkohi IDPs camp, Mr Nicholas Samuel, thanked the Federal and State governments for coming to their aid and appealed to the President to facilitate their return to their homes.
Governor Jibrilla had earlier told the President that one of the major concerns of the State government was the welfare and wellbeing of the displaced persons.
The Director General of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Mr Sani Sidi, told the President that at present, the camp had 80 pregnant women and 175 unaccompanied children.