Banditry: Over 1,000 Women, Children Displaced In Niger State


Not less than one thousand persons, mostly children and women have been displaced following attacks by bandits on several communities in Shiroro local government area of Niger State.

The recent attacks, which began on January 14, have also left a village head and one other person dead.

According to the locals, the attackers stormed Masuku, Zongoro, Maguga, Magami, and Kwaki and started opening fire in the air.

They also say the attackers abducted some thirty persons.

Channels Television crew visited the IDP camp at Kuta on Saturday, where members of the affected communities are taking shelter at the Dr. Idris Ibrahim Primary School.

At the time of our visit, more people were still arriving the camp.

Some of the displaced women and children at the Niger camp

The Director-General, Niger State Emergency Management Agency, Ahmed Inga who led officials of the agency to take food items and other relief materials to the camp said the state government has put in place a strategy to tackle the challenge, but that it will not disclose such strategy to the public.

Chairman of Shiroro local government council, Shuaibu Suleiman Chukuba, however, raised concern over increasing hunger and poverty in the area due to the activities of bandits.

Channels Television came across two women who were said to have been delivered of a baby boy and girl each.

One of the women, Zarawu gave birth on Friday evening.

Agency Prepares For Evacuation In Anambra’s Flood-prone Areas

ANAMBRA, SEMA, Flood sensitisation, FloodingThe State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) in Anambra has begun preparation for evacuation of persons in flood-prone area just as the rains intensify. 

The agency said it would ensure that that residents in the area who may be displaced in the area get adequate help.

Officials of the agency are currently touring Local Government Areas to interact with communities expected to be affected by flooding.

Anambra is one of the 11 predicted flood-prone states and majority of the residents living around flood-prone areas of the state have started making serious efforts to ensure they are not caught unawares by the disaster.

Some residents of some states have been displaced by flood, as predicted by the Nigerian Meteorological Agency, due to their refusal to heed the warnings.

This is a situation the agency is making efforts to guard against in Anambra State.

According to the executive secretary of the agency in the state, Anambra has 28 camps ready for those that might be displaced.



Akwa-Ibom Floods: Local Govt. To Build Emergency Camps

Akwa-Ibom, Flood, Emergency camps, 15 local government areasThe Chairmen of 15 Local Government Areas in Akwa Ibom state have been directed by the state Government to build rescue and emergency camps in anticipation of flooding.

The directive followed an earlier warning by the Nigerian Meteorological Agency, on impending floods expected to occur in 11 states including Akwa Ibom.

The State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), and Ministry of Environment, have suggested that building emergency camps would be necessary in order to accommodate victims, should a flood disaster occur.

In to a statement made by the Agency, the 15 Local councils which were prone to flooding include Oron, Udung-Uko, Mbo, Urue, Offong, Uruko, Ibeno, Eket, Esit, Ikot-Abasi, Mkpat, Enin, among others.

The flooding which has recently been a recurring incident in the 11 flood-prone states across Nigeria, has ravaged a lot of houses, led to some deaths and rendered many homeless in the last couple of months as the rainy season takes over.

The ministry has assured that the State Government is working towards providing relief materials in case of any flood disaster.

Kaduna Floods Ravage Over 300 Houses, Displace Over 10,000

Kaduna, Flood, Nema, 300 houses destroyed, 10000 people displacedNo fewer than 300 houses in some parts of Kaduna State, North-west Nigeria, have been submerged by flood, as a result of a heavy rainfall.

Following the Incident, more than 10, 000 people have been forced out of their homes.

The incident which started on Friday morning, after long hours of heavy downpour, lasted till later in the evening.

In July, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), issued an alert that eight Local Government Areas in the state were likely to experience flooding, and therefore warned residents of the affected areas to vacate to safer places.

Ever since the flood incident in 2012, that killed about seven people, destroyed several houses and farmlands in Kaduna, the State Emergency Management Agency has set up an early warning system to monitor the situation.

The agency said Friday’s flooding incident was as a result of drainages being blocked with refuse, and people building structures along water channels.

Some of the affected areas include: Zaria, Hayi Gada, in Jemaa Local Government Area , Abubakar Kigo road new extension, Barnawa, Narayi, Romi among others.

Reports say that most of the affected houses are those located near the bank of River Kaduna without proper drainage systems.

Flooding has become an annual occurrence in most parts of Kaduna State, as well as some other states around Nigeria, during the rainy season.

NEMA Warnings 

In spite of several warnings by the NEMA to vacate the areas, some residents had however, refused to comply with the directive, due to claims such as lack of adequate funds to secure new homes.

While Others insisted that their houses were not built on water ways, and rather requested that the Government should construct drainages along the water fronts, in order to avert any further disaster.

Due to the incident, many roads have been blocked, thereby making it difficult for residents to evacuate their properties, most of which have been submerged by flood.

Flood Predictions Trigger Residents Relocation In Anambra

flood, residents of Anambra, NEMA, Predictions by the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), have forced the government and people of Anambra State in flood prone areas to commence preparations to relocate.

According to the nation’s meteorologists, 11 states, including Anambra will be affected.

The State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) has embarked on a sensitisation tour of the 10 Local Government areas of Anambra State that are flood prone.

Relevant stakeholders and organisations that will assist in disseminating the flood alert information to the grassroots are also involved.

River Size Increase

Life in Otuocha, a community in Anambra East local Government area of the state still appears to be flourishing and there is yet to be any signs of flooding, as the river is not surging towards the land.

Residents, who stay close to the riverine areas, say business and transportation activities are fully on-going at the marine market despite noticeable increase in the size of the river.

They said that  in spite of the August break, which signals that the prediction, as against that of 2014, may be true, they were prepared for the eventuality, should it come.

During the 5th general seminar of the Anambra State Traditional Rulers Council, the Executive Secretary of SEMA, Mr Paul Odenigbo, urged traditional institutions, especially those in the flood prone areas, to help sensitise the community members to begin gathering their valuables ahead of time.

In an interview, the Executive Secretary of SEMA told reporters that the government was fumigating and preparing the 21 IDP camps across the state and urged the people to heed the flood warning.

The people, however, appealed to the government to provide speed boats which would facilitate easy and quick evacuation of their belongings when the time comes.

Swept Away

Meanwhile, few days after the flood alert was issued, one of the states mentioned – Kano – experienced flood that swept away at least 5,300 houses.

It occurred in  six local government areas of Kano State.

According to the Executive Secretary of the Agency, Mr Aliyu Bashir, the affected local government areas include, Bebeji, Dawakin Kudu, Kiru Shanono, Bagwai and Garun Mallam.

On Tuesday, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said it believed the Federal and State governments were better prepared to avert a humanitarian crisis after recent flood alerts.

The Director General of NEMA, Sani Sidi, expressed hopes of government’s readiness, stressing that early warning provided must be matched with early action.

Osinbajo In Lagos, Says Economy Diversification Is A Priority

Osinbajo on Nigeria economyIn the face of uncertainties in the oil and gas industry, the Federal Government of Nigeria has reiterated its commitment to diversifying the economy through agriculture and industrialisation.

The government’s position was conveyed by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo who is currently on a two-day working visit to Nigeria’s commercial capital, Lagos.

Shortly after his arrival at the presidential wing of the Murtala Mohammed Airport, at about 9.56 a.m. local time, Professor Osinbajo went straight to commission some projects built by the state government.

The projects include the Ago Palace Road in the Okota area of the state, a clinic in Oshodi for the State Emergency Management Agency, as well as some security equipment, including 335 power bikes for the state police command.

Professor Osinbajo is representing President Muhammadu Buhari on the visit.

He is expected to meet with the business community in Lagos and the state civil service.

President Buhari had put off his visit on Sunday, saying he would visit Lagos State on a date which was not disclosed.

Nigeria’s economy depends largely on sales of crude, but the volatile nature of crude oil price has forced the nation to look back at agriculture which was the mainstay of the nation’s economy before the discovery of crude oil.

The current administration like previous ones is harping on developing the agribusiness sector to boost its contribution to the nation’s GDP which has been on a decline in the last few months.


Kaduna Government To Relocate Burnt Food Market

Kaduna fireKaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, has announced plans by the state government to relocate the Station food stuff market that was gutted by fire on Tuesday.

He said this is in order to ensure their security and comfort.

The Governor made the statement during his visit to the burnt market to commiserate with the traders and also access the level of destruction.

Governor El-Rufai accompanied by his Deputy and other top government functionaries, expressed shock by the level of destruction by the fire outbreak at the market.

He also promised to build a modern neighbourhood market in the state capital.

Addressing  reporters after inspecting the burnt market, Governor El-Rufai blamed the incident on the nature of the market design that prevented fire-fighters from gaining access into the scene to put out the fire.

He also directed the State Emergency Management Agency to liaise with the leadership of the market to assess the level of damage and see how the government could assist the victims.

Two people were said to have died and about 700 shops destroyed during the fire outbreak claimed to have been caused by an electrical fault.

The fire incident, which was attributed to a power surge, occurred at about 12 midnight when the traders had retired from the day’s business.

The market is known for selling cheap food items such as rice, Yams, beans, life birds, fruits among other consumables. It also inhabits cold room operators and artisans.

One of the traders, whose shop was affected, told Channels Television’s correspondent that the fire incident could have been averted if the previous government had listened to their demand for permanent blocks of shops to be constructed in the market, instead of the make-shift shops.


Flood Alert: Anambra Government Maps Out 28 Camps For IDPs

Obiano on anambra floodThe Anambra State Government has mapped out 28 camps where Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) will take refuge in the event of the impending flood announced by the Federal Government.

This was disclosed by the Executive Secretary of the Anambra State Emergency Management Agency, Mr Paul Odenigbo, in a joint meeting of the Executive Council, Security Council, Local Government Administrators and the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), in Awka, the state capital, on Wednesday.

The meeting, which was presided over by Governor Willie Obiano, focused on how to ensure the safety of lives and property of the citizenry, who may be affected by the floods.

The State Government, according to Mr Odenigbo, would also embark on more enlightenment campaigns to all the nooks and crannies of the state.

Damaturu Specialist Hospital Gets Equipment, Drugs From NEMA

nemaThe National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has donated some hospital equipment and drugs worth millions of Naira to the General Sani Abacha Specialist Hospital in Damaturu, Yobe State in north-east Nigeria.

Presenting the materials to the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) in Damaturu, the north-east NEMA coordinator, Mohammed Kanar, said the medical equipment and drugs for the Damaturu hospital became necessary because of the growing health needs of the inhabitants, who are mostly Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs). According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, over 1.5 million persons have been displaced in the north-east, as a result of the Boko Haram insurgency that has engulf the zone for over five years.

MR Kanar said that the growing population of the town, as a result of the IDPs posed great health hazards, and expressed hopes that the equipment presented would serve the purpose intended.

The north-east NEMA boss, who regreted the unfortunate development in the zone, stressed that a visit to the trauma centre of Damaturu hospital revealed that much assistance was required, as a palliative to health issues in the state.

He also expressed hopes that the materials and the equipment would be judiciously used.

Receiving the materials for onward presentation to the hospital, the Executive Secretary of SEMA, Mr Musa Idi Jidawa appreciated the gift, saying “it will go a long way in complementing the relentless efforts of the state government”.

Mr Jidawa disclosed that since the commencement of the insurgency, the state government has done a lot in coping with the growing health needs of the people and calls on other well-meaning donor agencies and spirited individuals to contribute to the noble course.

“I want to commend NEMA for this great gesture which will go a long way in complementing the efforts of the Yobe State Government for its prompt response to the health needs of the IDPs and those that have experienced several cases of attacks since the commencement of the insurgency,” he stressed.

The Executive Secretary of the Yobe State Hospital Management Board, Dr Babagana Waru, who received the materials for the Specialists Hospital, commended NEMA for the gift, saying it will greatly help the increasing population and also solve the persistent problems of the referral cases.

He also informed NEMA of the Gaidam’s administration resolve to continuously offer free medical care to children below the ages of five, pregnant mothers and accident victims in the state.

“I want to inform you that your gesture is very timely and together with the state government’s efforts of free medical services to children below the ages of five, pregnant mothers and accident victims, it will greatly assist in coping with the growing population of the IDPs and those who often suffer injury during various attacks in and around the state,” he said.

Heavy Rainfall Renders People Homeless In Yobe

yobeA Torrential rainfall has rendered several people homeless in Jajere and Ngelzarma communities of Fune Local Government Area of Yobe State, Northeast Nigeria.

Narrating their ordeals, victims of the flood disaster attributed the flood to poor drainage systems in both communities and called on the government at all levels to come to their immediate rescue.

The two communities according to them, also lack the necessary drainage system that could withstand any heavy downpour.

They said several houses, food stuff, livestock and valuables were destroyed by the flood and cried for assistance from Government and spirited individuals.

The State Deputy Governor, Abubakar Aliyu who visited the communities to commiserate with the victims over the losses, said the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) had been directed to take stock of the destruction and urgently recommend palliative for immediate approval and distribution to the victims.

While attributing the cause of the flood to blockage of the waterways, Mr Aliyu revealed that the state Governor had also directed the State’s Ministry of Works to carryout urgent measures that would prevent future occurrence.

The displaced persons are currently taking refuge either with some of their friends or relations whose houses were not affected by the flood and at the primary schools in the communities.

Some of them are victims of the Boko Haram insurgency who had long been subjected to being Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in their fatherland.

Anambra Governor Inaugurates State Emergency Management Agency Board

AnambraThe Anambra State Governor has inaugurated a seven-man board to superintend over activities of the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) in the state.

This development is sequel to the various emergency situation in the state in areas of health, agriculture and commerce.

Flood disaster hit several states of the country but particularly shook Anambra State in 2012, where eight Local Government Areas (LGA) were hugely affected, sweeping away both livestock and farmlands and leaving thousands homeless with poverty index hitting the sky.

On May 1, 2014, an emergency situation erupted in Anambra West LGA where Fulani herdsmen swooped on a community with machete and dealt deadly blows on them, leaving one person dead and several others wounded.

In another health disaster, there was a cholera outbreak in Innoma community also in Anambra West LGA in 2015, which claimed over eight lives due to lack of portable water.

In a bid to contain any further emergency situation, Governor Willie Obiano leads the team and has the former Secretary to Anambra State Government, Mr Paul Odenigbo, as the board Secretary.

He urged the board members to be proactive in the discharge of their duties.

Governor Obiano also charged them to be anticipatory of emergencies and set up preventive plans, instead of being taken unawares and tolerating loss of lives and property.

Boko Haram: Yobe Governor Asks Police To Be Extra Vigilant

Niger RepublicThe Yobe State Governor, Mr Ibrahim Gaidam, has reminded security forces in Yobe State of the need to be extra vigilant, as the dreaded Boko Haram sect members also have an intelligence unit.

The Governor was speaking on Wednesday after inspecting places destroyed recently by the terrorists group in Damaturu, the state capital.

The Governor said the tracing of strategic places burnt by the insurgents’ shows that they have been moving in and out of the formation with a view to strategising the attack carried out in Damaturu.

While praising the security forces for their gallantry, he advised them to be extra vigilant and take note of who goes in and out of the command to avoid surveillance by the sect members.

The Governor thanked Damaturu residents for their consistent prayers and urged them not to leave the town as the insurgency would soon become a thing of the past. He assured them that more troops would be deployed to the north-east to counter the terrorist activities.

He promised that all the burnt structures would be rebuilt and assured the affected persons of the government support, after it had received and reviewed the assessment report from the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA).

Places destroyed during the attack were; the ‘A’ division, the Area command, the police officers mess, the Izala mosque and some shopping centres located at the Damaturu motor park.

Official vehicles of the Nigeria Police Force and some cars belonging to the officers and men of the command were also burnt by the terrorists.

The Damaturu attack was carried out by suspected members of the Boko Haram insurgents on Friday, January 9.

State Government Expends N669m On Scholarships

Meanwhile, the Yobe State Government has expended N669 million in sponsoring 15, 745 students in various institutions of learning within and outside the country for the 2014 academic session.

A statement issued by the Special Adviser to the Yobe State Governor on Press Affairs and Information, Abdullahi Bego said “Governor Ibrahim Gaidam gave the approval for the release of the funds to the State Scholarship Board for the payment of the student bursaries as part of his drive to ensure that Yobe students get the best possible education, skills and training as they need to play a part in moving the state forward”

Of the 15, 745 beneficiaries of the government’s scholarship payments in 2014 according to the statement, 15, 649 students enrolled in institutions of learning in Maiduguri, Kano, Kaduna and the Nigerian Law School, among others and were paid a total of N309.13 million.

The statement also said other beneficiaries include 17 PhD, 39 MSc and 40 medical students enrolled in overseas universities who received a total of N360 million.

It revealed that the Gaidam administration is committed to supporting Yobe students in every way possible to make it easier for them to enrol in and graduate from universities and other institutions of higher learning which will help the state in the near future.

“The Yobe State Government will also continue to pursue an all-hands-on-deck approach to revitalising and retrofitting its primary and secondary schools to enable them provide quality education to Yobe pupils and students” the statement concluded.