22 Arrested Over Street-lights Vandalism In Kaduna

Security agencies in Kaduna have arrested 22 suspects for vandalizing and stealing solar street lights installed by the Kaduna State Government.  Spokesman to governor Nasir Ahmed el-Rufai Samuel Aruwan, disclosed on Wednesday that 19 out of the 22 suspects have been charged to court.

Aruwan, further reiterated the state government’s commitment to prosecute anyone found vandalizing or stealing public properties.

He stated that “security operatives have arrested 22 suspects for vandalizing and stealing of solar streetlights fixed by the state government. Others in the net are buyers of the stolen properties within the metropolis.

“After careful combing of the crime scene, solar batteries and their covers and one iron saw were recovered inside the cemetery along Bashama road, Tudun-Wada area of the metropolis.

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22% Of Rights Violations By Police – Survey

An opinion poll has found police actively violated the rights of people to dignity but more than a third of the violations were never reported.

In a survey by NOIpolls, 22% of respondents said their “right to dignity of human person” had been violated, followed by 21% who had their “right to freedom of movement” violated.

A combined 23% said their right to fair hearing and compensation for property compulsorily acquired was violated.

Police was responsible for a third of all violations, according to respondents.

Security officials other than police, government officials, employers and family were responsible for most other violations.

Three out of 10 respondents said “insurgents” violated their rights.

But nearly 8 in 10 of all respondents did not report the violations to anyone. Less than three percent report violations to police, lawyers, friends or community leaders.

Only 5% reported to the police.

Meanwhile, 77% of all respondents said they were aware of their human rights, citing freedom of movement, right to life, peaceful assembly and the press.

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22% Of Children Under Five In South West Suffer Stunted Growth- UNICEF

The United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) raised fresh concerns in Monday over the prevalence and effect of malnutrition in the South-West geo-political zone of the country, stating that 22 per cent of children under five years in the zone have stunted growth.

The UNICEF Communication Specialist, Mr. Geoffrey Njoku, gave the figure in an opening remark at a media dialogue organised by the UNICEF for select journalists in some states of the South- West.

He added that it was erroneous to believe that malnutrition is prevalent only in the Northern states.

Quoting a 2013 survey, Njoku said survey had shown that malnutrition is prevalent among children of the rich people of the South West under the age of five, saying malnutrition is a national problem and harped on the need to share responsibilities in investing in simple cost interventions.

Njoku, who narrated his Owerri hometown experience in the South Eastern part, Imo State, revealed that 13% of children born to rich families also suffer malnutrition in the geo-political zone.

A resource person from the Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH), Mrs Ogunbumi Omotayo, noted: “Nigeria has the highest number of stunted children under age five in sub-Saharan Africa and second highest in the world with 37% of all children stunted, 18% wasting and 29% underweight.”

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Troops Kill 22, Arrest 3 Boko Haram Commanders

The Nigerian Army yesterday warned members of the public to be extra vigilant as Boko Haram members are now fleeing from their enclave in the Sambisa forest to disperse into other parts of the country.
A statement yesterday by army spokesman Colonel Sani Usman said due to aerial bombardment and concerted efforts of ground troops, Boko Haram members had been deserting the forest in droves.

“Consequently it becomes necessary to inform the public, especially well meaning Nigerians, to be more vigilant and security conscious,” he said.
Usman said 22 Boko Haram members were killed and three commanders were arrested by Nigerian and Cameroonian troops in a joint clearance operation along the Nigeria-Cameroon border on Monday.
He said troops of the 152 and 155 Task Force Battalions at Operation Lafiya Dole in conjunction with troops of the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) from Cameroon conducted a joint clearance operation which swept through 10 suspected Boko Haram hideouts along the border where they killed 22 terrorists, arrested three ameers and rescued abducted persons.
Usman said during the operation, the troops cleared Nbaga, Bula, Dabube, Ybiri, Greya and Suduwa towns and other adjoining settlements.
He said: “The apprehended terrorists’ commanders include; Lawal Abba, Mallam Hisna and Mallam Gana in Shatte, Bulla Jaja and Bula Burra towns.”
Usman said the troops also rescued 1,275 persons held hostage by the terrorists, adding that they were being screened by the 152 Taskforce Battalion pending onward movement to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp.
Meanwhile, the Nigerian Air Force yesterday said its fighter jets struck a Boko Haram logistics base at Kangarawa, Borno State.
A statement from Air Force spokesman Group Captain Ayodele Famuyiwa said the strike had taken off another logistics base of Boko Haram, thereby decimating their capabilities.
Famuyiwa said the scale of the accompanying inferno and multi explosions suggested that the location possibly housed a fuel or ammunition dump.

Credit: dailytrust

Why ISIS Released 22 Assyrian Christians

The Islamic State has freed 22 Assyrian Christians abducted from villages in northeastern Syria. Their release marks a largely unnoticed trend in IS (also known as ISIS) – comparative safety for Christians.

Why would IS, a group known for its gruesome beheadings of civilians and its vision of a purely Islamic world, allow Christians to go free?

Graeme Wood, a political scientist at Yale University, suggests that Islamic law protects them. In The Atlantic, Mr. Wood writes it appears that Christians who don’t resist the new IS government are permitted to live as long as theypay a special tax known as “jizya.”

“The tax on Christians finds clear endorsement in the Surah Al-Tawba, the Koran’s ninth chapter, which instructs Muslims to fight Christians and Jews ‘until they pay the jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued,’ ” writes Wood.

Other scholars point out that Jews and Christians are known to many Muslims as “People of the Book,” who Mohammed instructed his followers to treat with respect.

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FG Rehabilitates 22 Female Bombers, 47 Dump Boko Haram

The Head of the Countering Violent Extremism Department in the Office of the National Security Adviser, Dr. Fatima Akilu, told President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday that no fewer than 22 women and girls recruited as suicide bombers by members of the Boko Haram sect are now undergoing rehabilitation under the programme.

She said the female trained as suicide bombers by the sect were being rehabilitated after voluntarily embracing the agency’s de-radicalisation programme.

A statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, quoted Akilu as speaking during a meeting she had with Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, to brief him of the department’s activities.

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22 LG Chairmen Threaten To Drag Wike To EFCC

The 22 council chairmen in Rivers State have threatened to petition the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission over an alleged plan by the state Governor, Nyesom Wike, to order the diversion of the June 2015 federal allocation meant for local governments.

The council chairmen, who are all members of the All Progressives Congress, accused Wike of instructing the state Accountant General to divert the federal allocation meant for the councils for this month.

The state Public Relations Officer of the All Local Government of Nigeria, Mr. Samuel Eyiba, who spoke on behalf of his colleagues, said the reason for the alleged directive from the governor remained unknown to them (council chairmen).

Eyiba warned that apart from the EFCC, council chairmen in the state had resolved to take the matter to other relevant bodies.

“We are also aware that the Rivers State Government under Nyesom Wike has given instruction, though not written, to the Accountant-General of the state to divert the FAAC allocation meant for the 23 local government councils for this month.

 “The reason for this instruction is yet unknown to us. We have resolved to take this unpopular instruction to the appropriate quarters should they go on with their plans, including petitioning the EFCC and related agencies,” Eyiba said.
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