Niger signs N300m contract to digitise Radio

The acting General Manager, Radio Niger, Mr Andrew Achanya, has said that the state government had signed N300 million contract to ensure the digitilisation of the station.

Achanya disclosed this on Monday, in commemoration of ?World Radio Day with the theme for 2017 edition, “Radio is You”?.

He also said that the state government had sent two staff of the station to Italy for two-week training on the job, to enable them manage the digitisation when in operation.

According to him, the effort is also due to the premium government places government on broadcasting and the need to transit from analogue to dititilisation of the radio.

“The state government has, however, promised to train more of our staff to enable us manage the machines on ground.

“The training will virtually go round, those we cannot train abroad we would train them at the National Broadcasting Academy,(NBA), Lagos”, he said.
?He said that the AM and FM station would continue to operate together until March ?when the station would have been completely digitised.

“Between now and April, when we are digitised completely, ?we are going to be global, and Radio Niger will be heard everywhere around the world”.

Achanya identified fluctuation in power supply as one of the challenges affecting the operations of the station.

“We are usually on plant, we use diesel throughout the 18 hours that we transmit.

“We buy diesel for N270 per litre and we use almost 200 litres daily and that brings it to N54, 000 on a typical day.?”

The World Radio Day is an annual event usually marked on Feb. 13 to celebrate radio as a medium to improve international cooperation amongst broadcasters and to spur other networks.

Radio broadcasting started in Nigeria in 1933 by the British colonial government, named the Radio Diffusion Service (RDS) which gave birth to the Nigerian Broadcasting Service with radio stations in Lagos, Kaduna, Enugu, Ibadan, and Kano, April 1950.

The development allowed the public to hear British Broadcasting Corporation’s foreign radio service broadcasts in certain public locations over loudspeakers.

The service was later reorganized into the Nigerian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) on April 1, 1957, by act of parliament, to “provide, as a public service, independent and impartial broadcasting services”.

There are at least, 315 radio stations, both public and private, in the country as at 2017 across the 36 states of the federation and Abuja, nation’s capital.

I’ll Sign Death Warrant for Murder Convicts – Niger Gov. Bello

Governor Abubakar Bello of Niger State says he would append his signature for death warrant for anyone convicted of murder in the state.

This is coming on the heels of incessant killings and cases of insecueiry in the Power State.

The governor, who spoke after he returned to Minna from Kaduna State where he attended a security meeting along with other northern governors, said his administration would do everything within its power to secure the lives and property of peace loving people of the state.

His words, “I will sign the death warrant for anyone convicted of murder, I will not even blink an eye as I will sign the death warrant and sleep well.”

The governor also warned that anyone caught promoting crisis in the state “would be made an example.”

The governor also alleged that some influential people including religious leaders and politicians were behind a series of disturbances in the state, saying that the last crisis at Sabon-daga led to the destruction 30 Gbagyi houses and 20 Fulani huts.

He continued, “We pray for this people to repent, if they don’t, we pray God to destroy them because they are our enemy, our collective interest is greater than their individual and selfish interests,” he said.



Governor sues for peace as 4 die in Gbagyi, Fulani clash

Governor Abubakar Bello of Niger has warned that the state government will no longer condone any act of lawlessness exhibited by individuals or group of persons to cause disunity in the state.

He gave the warning when he condoled with victims of Gbagyi/Fulani clash on Thursday in Yadna village of Bosso Local Government Area of the state.

No fewer than four people lost their lives on January 12, in a clash between farmers and herdsmen in Sabon Daga community.

Mr. Bello described the incident as unfortunate, and warned that investigation would be carried out to determine the cause of the clash.

He urged the people of the area to shun violence and report every incident to the appropriate authority.

“It is unfortunate that people take laws into their hands without involving the appropriate authority. This community in the last two days has been misled by rumour and speculations.

“I came here personally to see the true situations of things. We are on top of the situation and we are collaborating with security agencies to ensure that such incident does not occur again,” he said.

According to him, the state government will not tolerate any act of lawlessness by individual or group of person.

“I have directed that appropriate steps should be taken to investigate and fish out the perpetrators who will be punished according to the law.

The governor, however, called for synergy between traditional rulers, community leaders and security agencies to enforce law and order in their communities.

Thousands of Nigerian refugees return from Niger, Cameroon.

Thousands of Nigerians forced by Boko Haram fighters to flee abroad from their homes in the North-east have began to return home, the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, has said.

A report by the agency said at least 29,581 of the documented 240,000Nigerian refugees who had fled into Cameroon, Chad and Niger are back in the country.

The report came months after the news that Cameroon planned to repatriate at least 56,000 Nigerian refugees.

The Nigerian government debunked an allegation that it had endorsed the plan for the repatriation.

In 2015, Cameroon, a non-member country of the ECOWAS, was accused of dehumanizing Nigerian refugees by chasing about 2,600 of them out of their territory without informing Nigerian officials.

In gross violation of the international etiquettes on refugees management, Cameroonian officials reportedly piled the Nigerian refugees into trucks and dumped them in border communities in Adamawa state.

Most of the returnees had lamented the unfriendly environment they endured in Cameroon before its government finally hauled them out.

They claimed that the Cameroonian gendarmes evacuated about 12,000 Nigerians in just four days by cramping about 40 refugees, including women and children, into vehicles designed for 12 to 15 passengers.

In June, the Nigerian government signed a tripartite agreement with the United Nations High Commission for Refugee, UNHCR, and Cameroon for the return of the refugees. About 80,000 Nigerian refugees were expected to return following the agreement.

According to the latest NEMA report on ‘humanitarian relief intervention,’ “about 29, 581 Nigerians who fled communities in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa as result of insurgent activities to Republic of Niger and Cameroon voluntarily returned last year”.

The report, which was issued by the spokesman of NEMA, Sani Datti, said “13,046 Nigerians returned from Niger Republic in May 2015 and were received in Geidam, Yobe State”.

This group were those forcefully repatriated by Cameroon.

Between April and December, 2015 “NEMA received about 16,595 Nigerians that had voluntarily returned from Cameroon through the Sahuda border crossing area near Mubi, Adamawa State”, the report further stated.

The report indicated that most of the refugees were being received back in IDP camps where officials of the concerned north-east states joined other aid agencies to provide them with humanitarian relief supports.

“Some of the Nigerians that fled to neighbouring countries (Niger, Chad and Cameroon) were provided with humanitarian relief support by Nigeria through NEMA to alleviate their suffering”, the report said.

“The displaced Nigerians have also received humanitarian supports from the host governments, the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), the host communities and Nigerian citizens living in the three host countries.

“There are presently 20,804 displaced Nigerians living in Chad, 80,709 in Cameroon and 138,321 in Niger”, the report stated.

NEMA said it hopes to get over the issue of humanitarian conflict, with the improving “successes recorded by the Nigerian Military with the support of Multi-National Joint Military Task Force (JTF) in the fight against Boko Haram insurgents”.

The agency said its focus was “gradually shifting towards Reconstruction, Rehabilitation, Resettlement, Recovery and dignified return of IDPs back home while process for the return of Nigerian refugees from neighbouring countries is equally on-going”.

The relief agency also said it would sustain the humanitarian response through enhanced collaboration with the affected states and relevant stakeholders in order to overcome the challenges in the north-east of Nigeria.

Meanwhile, about 240,000 documented Nigerians remained trapped in Cameroon, Chad and Niger Republic, waiting for help to return home.

239,834 Nigerian Refugees In Chad, Cameroon, Niger– NEMA

A total of 239,834 Nigerians who were displaced by the activities of insurgents in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states are still living as refugees in neighbouring countries of Cameroon, Republic of Chad and Niger Republic.

According to the National Emergency Management Agency, over 100,000 displaced Nigerians reside in Niger, while the second largest number of refugees were in Cameroon.

Quoting from a recently released humanitarian intervention report by NEMA, the agency’s Head for Media and Public Relations, Mr. Sani Datti, in a statement issued on Monday said, “There are presently 20,804 displaced Nigerians living in the Republic of Chad; 80,709 in the Republic of Cameroon; and 138,321 in the Republic of Niger.”

He noted that about 29,581 displaced Nigerians who fled their communities in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states to Republic of Niger and Cameroon voluntarily returned last year.

Datti stated that 13,046 Nigerian returnees came from Niger Republic in May 2015 and were received in Geidam, Yobe State.

According to him, between April and December 2015, NEMA received about 16,595 Nigerians who voluntarily returned from Cameroon through the Sahuda border crossing area near Mubi, Adamawa State.

Datti said, “Some of the Nigerians that fled to neighbouring countries of Niger, Chad and Cameroon were provided with humanitarian relief support by the Federal Government of Nigeria through NEMA, to alleviate their suffering.

“The displaced Nigerians have also received humanitarian support from the host governments, the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, the host communities and Nigerian citizens living in the three host countries.”

Datti noted that the agency adopted a monthly Humanitarian Coordination Meeting, a forum which consists of relevant Federal Government agencies, UN systems and international non-governmental organisations.

The forum, he said, undertakes analysis on causes of humanitarian situations, conducts need assessments, identifies and provides humanitarian interventions based on its respective mandates.

“The report added that due to the successes recorded by the Nigerian military with the support of Multi-National Joint Military Task Force in the fight against Boko Haram insurgents, the humanitarian dashboard is fast changing,” Datti said in the statement.

He noted that focus was gradually shifting towards reconstruction, rehabilitation, resettlement, recovery and dignified return of IDPs back home, while the process for the return of Nigerian refugees from neighbouring countries were equally on-going.

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NNPC to Refine Crude in Niger Republic

A technical team to see the possibility of refining crude oil in Niger Republic by the Kaduna Refining and Petrochemical Company (KRPC) may be underway by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), it was learnt yesterday.

NNPC’s Group Managing Director Dr. Maikanti Baru stated this after a bilateral discussion with Republic of Niger’s Minister of Energy and Oil Foumakoye Gado in Abuja.

A statement by the corporation quoted the NNPC helmsman as saying: “We plan to set up the technical team to review the possibilities of how crude oil will be supplied to the Kaduna Refinery. Being bilateral, there are going to be two teams as discussed by the Minister of State, Petroleum Resources and the Minister of Energy and Oil of Niger.

“There will be steering committee comprising some Ministers and a technical committee which will involve the NNPC and the Nigerien Ministry of Energy and Oil and their operators.”

According to the statement, Nigeria is to collaborate with its Republic of Niger neighbour in the area of sharing of geological data to further boost the ongoing exploratory activities in the Chad Basin and Benue Trough.

He noted that there is an understanding between the NNPC and the Republic of Niger to share data on the exploratory activities in the Chad Basin and the Benue Trough and to tap into that country’s experience.

The NNPC chief has described the Amnesty Programme as critical towards a lasting peace in the Niger Delta region.

Baru made this known while hosting the Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta and Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, Brig.-Gen. Paul Boroh in his office at the NNPC Towers, Abuja, yesterday.

The GMD told Boroh: “The Amnesty Programme is key in restoring peace to the Niger Delta.”

He restated the Corporation’s commitment to collaboration with relevant stakeholders towards developing the Niger Delta region.

Baru, who observed that insecurity has affected NNPC’s operations especially in the region, stressed further that with relative peace now coming back to the region, the NNPC will ramp up its oil and gas production to be able to deliver on its mandate to the nation.

Responding, the Nigerien Energy Minister said his mission in Nigeria was to discuss issues of interest especially in the area of the oil sector with the NNPC, adding that the procurement of crude oil for Kaduna refinery and its practicability is being worked out.

Gado said: “One of the aims of this visit is to share geological information for us to draw the best profit out of the exploratory efforts.

Speaking earlier, Boroh said they were in NNPC to share some of the success stories of the programme especially in terms of human capital development of the various beneficiaries of the Amnesty Programme.

According to Boroh, the Programme has trained over fifteen thousand ex-agitators in various skills and trades, adding that about 14 of them graduated with First Class from various universities both in Nigeria and abroad.

Niger: Dozens Of Soldiers Killed In Refugee Camp Attack

At least 22 soldiers have been killed in Niger after unknown assailants attacked security forces guarding a camp for Malian refugees, according to Prime Minister Brigi Rafini.

The attack on Thursday targeted a camp in the village of Tassalit in Niger’s Tahoua region, around 525km northeast of the capital, Niamey.

“We received information of an attack on the camp in Tassalit. For the moment we are told there are 22 dead, but that is not a total death toll,” Rafini said in comments broadcast on state-run television TeleSahel.

“The death toll could increase.”

The prime minister gave no further information concerning the identities of the attackers, or whether any civilians had been killed or wounded.

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Recession: In Niger State, Hungry Youths Snatch Food Packs from Nursery and Primary School Children

Hunger-induced crimes in Minna, Niger State capital have taken a worrying dimension as hungry youths now go about snatching food packs from nursery and primary school children on their way to school, The Guardian reports.
The latest victim, one Fati Sanusi, a four-year-old nursery two pupil of Mega Stars Academy, located in Kpakungu, Minna, alleged that her food pack, prepared by her mother was snatched from her by a youth.
Headmistress of the school, Mrs. Cecilia Bunmi Koseemani, who confirmed the incident exclusively to The Guardian, said that it was difficult to get the little girl to stop crying.
“We had to send for her mother who prevailed on the four-year-old girl before she stopped crying. The mother later rushed back home to prepare Indomie for her instead of the rice meal that was initially snatched from her.” said Mrs Koseemani.
The Headmistress appealed to parents to try and put their little school children in the care of grown up schoolmates, so as to avoid such things in the future, describing the incident as a reflection of the prevailing hardship in the country.
Other cases of hunger-induced crimes includes reports of people stealing food still on fire, as well as women collecting food items from sellers in the market and deliberately taking to their heels instead of paying. It was also reported that a housewife stabbed her rival to death over the modalities for sharing a measure of Gaari (Cassava flour) brought home by their husband.

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FG Moves To Prevent Entry Of Locusts, Quelea From Niger Republic

The Federal Government on Monday in Abuja warned farmers against locusts and quelea birds coming into the country from Niger Republic, calling for vigilance and urgent action.

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh gave the warning during an emergency meeting with Commissioners for Agriculture from 24 states.

Ogbeh expressed fear that the current hunger in the country would further be exacerbated if the alert from Niger was not taken seriously and measure put in place their entry.

He also warned that if the quelea birds and locusts as well as grasshoppers are allowed into Nigeria, they would do terrible damage to farmer’s crops.

According to him, Nigeria is already facing food crisis and if the pests should gain entry to the country, it will cause a serious problem.

“We have called you here for two major reasons. There is a warning we received that locusts and quelea birds are messing up in Niger Republic from where they normally attack us in Nigeria.?

“We know how dangerous quelea birds can be and locusts. If they arrive within hours or days, they will ?have wiped out everything the farmers would have put in the field.

“We already have maize crisis. We may have food problems if we are attacked. This country would be in turmoil. We can’t allow that.

“Prices of food today is very high and Nigerians are troubled. People are angry and they want this high cost of food items to be resolved in no time.

“I believed with the effort you are making in the states we are approaching promised land. With the high yield we are recording in some states now, ” he said.

The Minister added that there was a disease attacking maize in the country known as army worm, calling for an emergency team to address the problem

He said that the country was experiencing a severe shortages of maize, adding that the price has risen to N15,000 per bag as a result of the army worm.
“We must have an emergency team put in place between you and we at the Federal Ministry to tackle these issues very swiftly.

“Now we know they will come. We have to design a strategy where chemicals are available in all the states and contingency steps can be taken quickly,” Ogbeh said.

The Minister, however, ordered the commissioners to watch out and ensure that any outbreak of the pesticide be reported for urgent action.

He added that President Muhammadu Buhari has written that the ministry should move quickly to check the menace and liason with state governors.

Niger State To Establish Special Schools To Train Teachers

Niger State government has taken bold steps towards boosting education and also making the teaching profession more attractive by endorsing the establishment of three Special secondary schools to train students who have passion for teaching and ready to be professional Teachers.

The Special Secondary schools will be located in each of the three Senatorial Zones of the state and they will be mainly for graduates of junior secondary schools who really want to take teaching as a profession and ready to pursue such ambition.

Governor Abubakar Sani Bello who disclosed this in Minna during an interactive session with the committee on Revival of Teachers Education in Niger state yesterday noted that most people in the teaching profession now see it as a last resort and not really as a Profession hence the poor educational standard in the country.

“Teaching is a career you must be passionate about. The profession should not be seen as last resort for jobless people. This special school will be built basically for those that have passion for teaching. Our aim is to catch them young and motivate them, prepare them and make them proud professionals.

“Like the Nigeria Military School, Zaria where all students except very few are prepared for career in the military, the students of this special schools will be psychologically prepared for teaching profession while they also prepare for their WAEC and NECO examinations.

“To this end, competitive entrance will be conducted for JSS III pupils who have passion foe teaching. The best two from each of the 274 wards will be admitted to the schools in the three Zones of the state

The Governor said at the completion of their studies, such successful students will now go back and teach in their communities thereby gradually bringing back the past glories and standard of education back to the doorstep of the people.

Earlier, the chairperson of the committee, Hajiya Dije Bala said the committee recommended the establishment of a Teachers Development Institute to conduct regular training and re-training of teachers as well as those in other profession but want to take teaching as a career.

The Institute she explained further will provide a platform for qualified teachers to have refresher course that will update them in modern teaching methodology and practice.

She lamented public perception of teaching profession and urged all levels of government to give more priority to the Profession and make it more attractive by way of packaging special welfare for them.

Death Toll Of Military Personnel Killed In Niger By Bandits Rises

The death toll of military personnel killed by suspected gunrunners and bandits in Kopa, Dagma and Gagaw villages of Bosso Local Government Area of Niger State, has risen to 12 following the recovery of the dead body of a soldier earlier declared missing.

This came as the General Officer Commanding 1 Division of the Nigerian Army, Major General Adeniyi Oyebade vowed that the military would not rest until all those involved in the killings were arrested and brought to justice. It will be recalled that one officer, eight soldiers and two Airmen were killed by gun runners and bandits after they were ambushed when troops of 31 Artillery Brigade, under 1 Division Nigerian Army, in conjunction with Nigeria Air Force detachment on Internal Security Operation, MESA went on quick cordon and search in the affected areas to recover suspected arms and ammunition .

In a statement, General Officer Commanding, GOC, 1 Division of the Nigerian Army, Major General Adeniyi Oyebade who noted that the situation had been brought under control, insisted on the need to contain the nefarious activities of the gun runners and the armed bandits in the area as “it has direct bearing with the influx of weapons and general insecurity in some parts of the Federal Capital Territory and the North West geo-political zone of the country.

“The same gun runners have been confirmed to be the suppliers of arms to armed robbery gangs that were involved in series of armed robbery attacks along Minna-Bida road and the general environment. The military will continue to deal with any violent threat to our national security. All law abiding citizens are enjoined to go about their lawful duties as the cordon and search operation continues in the general area and if necessary expand to other identified areas to keep our people safe.”

Justifying the invasion of the villages, the GOC said: “If the weapons recovered in the communities had found its way outside the state, a lot of lives would have been lost. Those who are busy criticising and condemning us unjustly don’t even realise how we have saved millions of lives.”


5 Killed As Villagers Mistook Soldiers For Herdsmen In Niger

Five people were feared killed in a clash between soldiers and villagers at Kpaidna village near Beji of Bosso local government area of Niger state.
The number of people injured could not be ascertained, but it was learnt that four vehicles were destroyed while the crisis lasted.

Sources said the incident occurred about 1 am yesterday when the villagers, mistaking the soldiers in an operation for armed Fulani herders, opened fire on them, leading to violent exchanges that led to the death of the five people. An officer and two soldiers are reportedly missing.
It was learnt that a clash between herders and villagers in Barkuta, a community close to where the current incident happened resulted in the death of villagers recently, while a reprisal led to the demise of three herders.
Both the deputy governor, Ahmed Mohammed Ketso and the commissioner of information, culture and tourism, Jonathan Vatsa, who were on hand to access the situation, were prevented from entering the community.
Vatsa said on phone that he could not get into the village because of strong presence of the military.
The Niger State Police Public Relation Officer Bala Elkana confirmed the incident, saying,  “About 1 am we received a report that armed men were attacking Kpaidna village but when we arrived we discovered that they were soldiers in operation.”
He said they gathered that the villagers mistook the soldiers for Fulani herders camouflaging in military uniform to attack the village.
The Assistant Director, Army Public Relations, Major Njideka Agwu, said, “We heard there were arms and ammunition in that village and we went for cordon and search after soldiers were briefed yesterday. Unfortunately, villagers opened fire on us and we don’t know the number of casualty for now because the information is sketchy, but investigation is still on.”
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FG Opens Talks With Chad, Niger On Return Of Boko Haram Refugees

The Federal Government has opened discussion with Chad and Niger authorities on the date Boko Haram refuges residing in the two countries would return to Nigeria.
This comes as the government  deployed 3000 policemen and 2,000 civil defence personnel in towns and villages reclaimed from the Boko Haram sect in Borno and Yobo states.
“We have made some deployments of police and civil defence; 3,000 policemen and 2,000 civil defence men are in towns and communities in the North East”, a source at the presidency and Ministry of Defence.
He lamented that the deployment of security personnel followed what he called some negative developments in the freed areas.
According to him, it was discovered that Boko Haram members were returning to communities liberated by the military, explaining that the government had to act swiftly to check the ugly development.
“We have met with Chad and Niger on the return of refugees that reside there,” the source said.
Meanwhile, major reforms are underway for police and other paramilitary agencies to help refocus and reenergise the parastatals, Daily Sun   gathered.  The reforms, currently  being worked out by a government committee centre mainly on the mode of appointment and selection of new  Inspector General of Police, Comptroller General of Immigration and Prisons.
According to sources,  when the new reforms are concluded, no police, immigration or prisons services officers would be considered for the position of IGP or Comptroller General if he or her has less than a year and six months left to retire from service.
“The new recommendation is that a new IG or Comptroller General of Immigration or Prisons must have up to 18 months before his or her retirement,” one of the sources disclosed.
“The reason for this reform is to ensure that somebody who is being appointed would have enough time to carry out policies and impact on the agency he is heading.
“It is not good that somebody who has less than a year is appointed to the position of IG or Comptroller and thenyou hear the person is pulling out or retiring. His impact would not be felt by his Organisation.”
The source disclosed that a high powered committee set up by the leadership of the Ministry of Interior is working on the new arrangement.
“A committee was set up to work out other details and the committee is doing its job”, he said.
As part of the reform , another source revealed that a bill that that will seek the operation of police academy under a law will be sent to the National Assembly in the next few weeks.
He explained that the move was informed by the realization that there is no law backing the operation of  police academy at the moment.
“Government wants to legalize the operation of police academy. As at today Police Academy is not operating under any law . And that is shameful”, he said.
He said the reforming of the Police, Immigration and Prisons would place emphasis on training of staff and provision of facilities that would help the staff to discharge their duties.
He said “We will have to develop career pattern in our ministry. We have to train Prisons and Immigration staff . There are some staff who have spent 15 to 25 years without undergoing any training. That is absurd.”
On the issue of herdsmen and what the federal government is doing to end the controversies that have trailed their activities in different parts of the country, the source said the  government will soon hold a town-hall meeting on the matter.
According to him, he said that everything effort must be made to ensure that herdsmen do not bear arms and do not engage in fatal confrontation with other Nigerians.

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Violence Claims 4 In Niger As Security Agencies Restore Peace

The 31 Artillery Brigade of the Nigeria Army, Minna, on Tuesday said the religious violence, which claimed four lives in Rafi Local Government Area of Niger on Sunday, had been brought under control.

Major Njideka Agwu, the Assistant Director, Army Public Relations Officer (APRO), who made this known to newsmen in Minna, said the army, police and the NSCDC had restored peace in the area.

She said one Methodus Emmanuel, a 24-year-old trader based in Padongari, was killed on Sunday by a mob over allegations of blasphemy.

“Three other persons, including personnel of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps also lost their lives.

“Troops of the 31 Artillery Brigade of One Division, Nigeria Army, quickly intervened and restored law and order while a dusk-to-dawn curfew was imposed in the town,’’ she said.

Agwu also said that a religious house, a house and a shop were burnt while 25 other shops were looted following the violence.

She said that the hoodlums embarked on further violence on Monday morning, looting shops and blocking the Lagos – Kaduna road, a major highway connecting the northern and southern parts of the country.

The spokesperson said that the army had made some arrests in connection with the incident, adding that the suspects had been handed over to the police.

“The army and other security agencies have commenced confidence building patrols in all the nooks and crannies of the area toward restoring peace.

“As part of measures to de-escalate tension and ensure lasting peace in the town, the military is working with the local government council authorities and community leaders, including the Kagara Emirate Council, to pacify all aggrieved parties and build on the peace so far established,’’ she said.

Agwu said that the army would continue with its non-violent approach to maintaining peace in the area.

She, however, warned that the army would deal with any person attempting to promote violence in the community.

Agwu enjoined members of the public to abide by the conditions of the curfew put in place in order to maintain peace.



Niger To Hand Over Scores Of Boko Haram Militants To ICC- President Issoufou

The Niger Government has arrested scores of Boko Haram militants and will hand them over to the International Criminal Court (ICC) for trial, President Mahamadou Issoufou, has said.

This is contained in a document from the World Humanitarian Summit, ongoing in Istanbul, Turkey, made available to reporters in New York.

The document said Mr. Issoufou made this known on Tuesday during a high-level leaders’ round table titled “Uphold the Norms that Safeguard Humanity”.

He said the Nigerien government would ensure the militants are tried by the ICC.

“This is something that all countries should do,” he said.

The best way to protect civilians, he added, was to ratify humanitarian conventions.

“Political, military and administrative authorities must be aware of pledges made by Governments and of the sanctions provided for under those conventions,” he said.

Mr. Issoufou added that all countries must take on commitments to respect international humanitarian law and human rights instruments, as well as guarantee that populations in need received humanitarian aid.

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Five Die In Clash Between PDP, APC Supporters In Niger

Barely 24 hours to the local government elections in Niger State, five supporters of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have been killed in a clash with members of the All Progressives Congress (APC).  The incident occurred at about 8p.m. on Thursday.

It was learnt that two of the deceased were from an accident involving an APC vehicle which ran into a crowd of PDP supporters. The situation degenerated to a free for all, leading to the attacks on members of both parties.

The aggrieved members of the PDP burnt brooms and threw them at APC supporters, leading to attack and deaths on the other side. The remains of the deceased were deposited at the Federal Medical Centre, Bida.

Police spokesman, Bala Elikanah, confirmed the incident, saying it was a case of an accident that turned sour. Elikana said the crisis happened after both parties held their campaigns in the ancient city.

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Boko Haram Kills 4, Burns Down 50 Homes In Niger

Boko Haram activists raided a border village in Niger, killing four people and torching some 50 homes, a local official said on Monday. Two other people were wounded in the assault on Saturday evening, said Fougou Boukar, an official from the restive Diffa region, adding that the attackers then fled to Nigeria.

“There has been enormous damage with about 50 houses burnt,” he told state television, putting the number of assailants at about 10. “The Boko Haram members were armed with Kalashnikovs and came across the Komadougou Yobe” river that divides Niger and Nigeria, Boukar said.

State television showed hundreds of distressed villagers, praying in memory of the victims. Some of them showed scores of empty cartridges they had gathered after the attack. Boko Haram, the radical Sunni jihadists who want to create a hardline Islamic state in northeast Nigeria, have spread their attacks to neighbouring Niger, Chad and Cameroon.

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Gunmen Kill 4 In Niger State

No fewer than four persons have been confirmed dead in an attack by Fulani herdsmen in Kwanan Mariga, Rafi local government area, Niger State .

The State Police Command’s police public relations officer, Bala Elkana (ASP), who confirmed killing in Minna yesterday, stated that the attack was a revenge for the alleged killing of a herdsman by three youths who accused him of being part of those who killed three vigilante members two months ago.

The spokesman said it was alleged that three youths of the village had accosted the herder in front of a shop at the weekend during Sallah celebration and killed him in the process, leading to some of his colleagues retreating to mobilize for a reprisal attack which led to the killing of four of the villagers.

He also stated that four persons also sustained injuries in the attack, three persons were arrested by the police, adding that the police were on the trail of other herdsmen who carried out the attack .

Elkana disclosed that those injured were admitted at the Kalgara General Hospital and were receiving treatment, and vowed that all those involved in all the attacks would be arrested.

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Boko Haram Attacks Niger, Kills Village Head, 14 Others

Boko Haram, has attacked N’gourtoi, a Nigerien village, sharing borders with Yobe State, killing a village head and 14 people.
Hassan Ardo, an official with the Diffa State Governor’s Office, told newsmen that the attackers burnt down 22 houses and wounded many other residents.

The region is said to have suffered deadly attacks from Boko Haram. Niger is a part of a military coalition with Chad, Benin Republic, Cameroon and Nigeria, called the Multinational Join Task Force (MNJTF) to combat Boko
Haram, which has waged war against Nigeria since 2009.

In a related development, a gang of gunmen suspected to be fleeing Boko Haram terrorists, have attacked three villages, ravaging over 50 houses in Madagali Local Government Area of Adamawa State.

Sources in Michika- Madagali axis of the state disclosed that the fleeing insurgents were around the bushes and mountainous areas of Madagali area which is situated few metres away from Borno State.

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8,000 Nigerian Refugees In Cameroon, Chad, Niger

The Director General of the National Emergency Management Agency, Muhammed Sidi, at the African Union Regional Consultative Meeting for West Africa in Abuja, disclosed that about 58,000 Nigerians displaced by the Boko Haram insurgency in North-East Nigeria are taking refuge in neighbouring Cameroon, Niger and Chad.

The consultative panel was slated for the development of a common African position for the World Humanitarian Summit.

Mr. Sidi said there were about 57,743 Nigerian refugees in Cameroun, Chad and Niger. Of the number, Mr. Sidi said, Cameroon hosts 40,366 Nigerians who are taking refuge in Minawayo, Mora, Fotocol, Limani, Amchide, Douala, Kentzou and Garoua Bouali.

In Niger Republic, there are 15,000 Nigerian refugees in Diffa, Bosso, Maine and Kablewa, said Mr. Sidi. He added that Ngouboua and Lake Chad region provide shelter for 2,377 Nigerian refugees.

He lamented the expulsion of 12,000 Nigerian refugees by Cameroonian authorities. The expelled refugees “were dumped at the border while UNHCR was watching,” Mr. Sidi said.

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5 Died, 11 Injured In Communal Clash In Niger

A clash between Mazza and Tswachiko villages over a piece of farm land in Agaie local government area of Niger State has left Five people dead and 11 other persons injured.

It was gathered that before the bloody clash occasioned by attack and reprisal attack, the two warring villages have been in dispute over same piece of farm land for over four years.

It was learnt that three of the villagers died at the spot while the first died earlier and the last among the twelve critically injured earlier died at a government hospital in the early hours of yesterday in the area.

An eye account stated that apart from the death and injury recorded, several houses, two vehicles (a Sharon and Golf Volkswagen), 18 motorcycles and domestic animals were set ablaze as a result of the clash.

The clash it was gathered started when the people of Tswachiko allegedly went to the disputed land to farm despite the resolution from the mediation that both side should stay out of the land till the issues at stake. were resolved.

Peeved by the development it was learnt that instead of reporting to the appropriate authority the people of Mazza village allegedly reacted violently leading to the death of a youth.


Boko Haram: Buhari Hosts Chad, Cameroon, Niger, Benin Presidents

As part of the strategy to fight the Boko Haram insurgency, President Muhammadu Buhari will today  host a meeting of Heads of State and Presidents of the Lake Chad Basin Commission in Abuja.

In a bid to perfect Nigerian position for today’s meeting, President Buhari yesterday held a closed door meeting with the Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshall Alex Badeh and the Chief of Naval Staff, Usman Jubrin, at  Defence House.

Briefing State House correspondents at the end of the meeting, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Defence, Mr Ismali Aliyu, said they came to brief the president on preparations for a scheduled meeting of Heads of State and Presidents today in Abuja to discuss on the Lake Chad Basin Commission.

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Nigeria’s Defence Chief, Badeh, To Meet Colleagues From Chad, Niger, Others

Nigeria’s Chief of Defence Staff, Alex Badeh, will be meeting with his colleagues from other member countries of the Lake Chad Basin Commission to discuss operational process in the fight against Boko Haram.

The meeting, which will take place in Abuja on Tuesday is to enable the defence chiefs work out the processes for strategic combined operations, Chris Olukolade, Nigeria’s defence spokesperson has said.

Mr. Olukolade said this strategy will be a modified version of the Multi-National Joint Task Force in the campaign against terror in the region.

He said the meeting is also preparatory to the Extra-Ordinary Summit of Heads of State and Governments of the LCBC member countries to advance multilateral discussion on counter terrorism operations in the sub region.

He said, “Military delegation led by the Chiefs of Defence Staff as well as intelligence and security of Nigeria, Niger, Cameroon and Chad are to participate in the meeting along with Benin Republic”.

Mr. Olukolade added that the meeting will later brief the Ministers of Defence of the LCBC countries towards subsequent decisions on the immediate take off of the mission.

He noted that the development is sequel to the recent parleys and contacts between President Muhammadu Buhari and presidents of neighbouring countries in the move to step up the fight against insurgency.


Gaidam, Shetimma, Masari, Tambuwal Accompany Buhari To Niger, Chad (PHOTO)

Governors Ibrahim Gaidam of Yobe State, Kashim Shettima of Borno, Aminu Masari of Katsina and Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto yesterday left for Niger Republic at the beginning of a two-day visit to Niger and Chad Republics.

President Muhammadu Buhari and the governors are to meet with Presidents Muhammadu Yuosufu of Niger Republic and Idriss Deby of Chad respectively to discuss urgent security issues affecting the three countries.

Top on the agenda of the meeting, according to sources, is the nagging issue of Boko Haram militants  who have been carrying out attacks across the three countries. President Buhari had indicated in his inauguration speech that defeating Boko Haram was one of the key security issues that his administration would seek to address early.

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Inauguration: Police Deploy 7,000 In Niger

The Niger Police Command on Sunday said that it deployed 7,000 personnel in Minna to ensure a hitch-free inauguration of the state Governor elect, Alhaji Sani Bello, on May 29.

This is contained in a statement in Minna by Olusola Amore, the Commissioner of Police. “We have deployed no fewer than 7,000 personnel in strategic areas of the venue of the ceremony and Minna to ensure adequate security coverage of the event,” Amore said.

He enjoined the good people of the state to continue to be law abiding and to support the Police in protecting lives and property.

Amore commended the media for its balanced reportage before, during and after the 2015 general elections in the state. “Your professional conduct contributed immensely toward the peaceful conduct of the elections.

“The elections are over and we are looking forward to a peaceful transition of government, come Friday, 29 May.

“The command has made adequate arrangements to ensure a hitch-free exercise,” he said.

The People’s Democratic Party-led government of Dr Babangida Aliyu will hand over government to the incoming APC-led administration of Bello.

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Shekau Reportedly Captured In North Borno- Report

According to newsrescue, Boko Haram’s elusive leader, Abubakar Shekau has been captured. He was reportedly caught by Nigerien troops at Abadam, north Borno and taken across the border to Bosso, Niger republic.

The president of Niger republic, Mahamadou Issoufou paid a sudden visit to “congratulate” Nigeria’s president-elect today at Defense house Abuja; this ten days after his counterpart in Chad, Idriss Deby, accused of being a sponsor of Boko Haram also went to pay respect to the incoming no-nonsense former General.

While we are unable to verify the capture of Abubakar Shekau, experts do not rule out this event in connection to the Nigerien president’s sudden visit to the incoming president.

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A Quick Appeal to the Governor-Elect of Niger State By Gimba Kakanda

Dear Malam Abubakar Sani Bello,

I don’t know how you want to be addressed now, either as “Your Excellency” or, in the fashion of the confused visionary you’re elected to replace, as “Chief Servant.” Whichever it is, pardon this first mistake. I’ll take note of any correction that may follow.

This is neither a proposal, nor a prophecyaround the tasks that await you. It’s also not a cataloguing of the problems you’re about to officially inherit. Yet another “celebratory note would be a nuisance you may not appreciate. Malam Bello, you are about to embark on your life’s biggest test shepherding a state that is always ready to pride itself as the largest, in landmass, but never willing to highlight its position on the index of social development where it’s listed at the bottom. I congratulate you, nonetheless, on the historic victory.

Third-world democracy requires a huge investment. It takes a fortune to even have the inspiration to vie for an elective office, and where an aspirant ends up in office, the personal debts are a mountain walling him off from fulfilling electoral promises. Its so in every state of the federation, which is why democracy may be the most expensive of all the systems of government I know. But while it’s predictable that the debts we owe Caesar have to be paid, permit me to say that nothing should make you lose your focus, as had your soon-to-be predecessor, Governor Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu, the political showman we all prefer to call “Talba”.

If I were you, I would have a photograph of Talba somewhere in my office. No, that’s not in reverence, nor tribute to his achievements. The aim is to serve as a reminder of the consequences of squandering one’s goodwill. Talba was colourful and eloquent. And that is all there is to say about his eight years in power, expressed through billions of naira used in commissioning projects that exist on the faces of billboardsonly

On May 29, 2007, Talba was praised as the redeemer of Niger, and widely considered so even by the intellectual community. He had the experience, we agreed. He had the brains as well. He was a seasoned bureaucrat, with a PhD in Policy and Strategic Studies from Pittsburgh. These things dazzle Nigerians, and so we celebrated him as a messiah in essays and poetry and songs. Until reality stared us in the face barely two years into his administration. 

On May 29, 2015, Talba will be handing over power to you as a sad man. To this I testify. There was a promise to transform Niger State into an economically developed hub, the third in Nigeria, and here we are without common potable water for the past eight years in my neighbourhood in Minna. He promised to achieve this economic illusion, presented in his Vision 3:2020 development plan, in 20 years, and with 8 years gone without even a foundation for his “vision” in place, you don’t need any more proof to realise that the people of Niger State have been scammed. That supporters of Talba present streetlights as achievements tell you the level of underdevelopment you’re coming to supervise. 

Today, Talba has become a partisan infection, like President Goodluck Jonathan. Both were jeopardies who sabotaged the political aspirations of their party members. Your major contender in the April 11 election, Malam Umar Nasko, was one of the victims of Talba’s squandered goodwill. Nasko was liked for his “humility and good heart” – in the words of a friend. He was praised for his youth. I also celebrated as symbolic victory that implication that age wasn’t a political hindrance after all. I’ve met a lot of people who confessed to liking Nasko but still admitted they wouldn’t support him for fear that he lived too long in the shadow of Talba. Even the ladies, but for the Talba factor, were charmed by Nasko.

Perhaps the highpoint of the hatred of Talba by the people of Niger State was a whisper from the rumour-mill that he was responsible for Senator Dahiru Awaisu’s death. The rumour had it that Talba sought the service of Alhaji Isah Kantigi, a man believed to be a marabout, to eliminate Awaisu, who was likely to be Talba’s main setback in the Niger East Senatorial District which Talba aspired to represent at the Senate. And, as the rumour continued, Kantigi was chosen as Nasko’s running mate in the Guber race as a reward for his spiritual service.

As silly as this is, it was believed even by supposedly enlightened people. This aggregation of sentiments against the man that was once celebrated as an elephant–riding advocate of populism by poets, singers, intellectuals and artisans should serve as your first lesson as you step into that office on May 29.

So, your election wasn’t really against Nasko, it was against Talba. The people are unpacifiably bitter in their accounts of his failings and deceit over these torturous years of eloquent speeches, misidentifications of expectations and misapplications of policies. Not even his valedictory apologies, when he realised that Awaisu wasn’t his main challenger in his bid to represent the people of Niger East at the Senate, have been acknowledged by the disappointed “servants” for whom he declared  himself a Chief.

There are many doubters who still hold that your coming is to turn this unfortunate State into a political enterprise, citing your affluent background to confirm their suspicion of you and yours as being on a mere economic conquest. Your challenge is to prove them wrong, that you are not an entrepreneurial mafioso, and that your ambition was informed by a will to serve. 

The past 16 years in Niger State is a justification that you don’t need just a higher education or long experience in a known profession to manage the affairs of a state. We may be contradicting ourselves now, having experienced Governor Aliyu, and his similarly unimpressive predecessor, Governor Abdulkhadir Abdullahi Kure, who all presented certain credentials of excellence in public service, that a life as bureaucrat or technocrat is a guarantee of responsible political leadership. Governing a people as ours, I’ve learned, only requires a painstaking application of common sense. And for this, all the incoming Sheriff needs to stay politically afloat is a conscience, a conscience that responds to the ruin that is Niger State. Any decision against this appeal from a concerned Nigerlite, but may God intervene, is a step towards the shadows of Governor Aliyu and Kure. May God save us from us! 

By Gimba Kakanda

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Views expressed are solely that of author and does not represent views of nor its associates

Niger Urges Evacuation Of Lake Chad Over Boko Haram Attacks

Niger authorities have urged people living on islands in Lake Chad to leave to avoid new attacks by Boko Haram, after an assault by the Islamists last weekend left at least 74 dead. The weekend attack was the country’s heaviest loss since it joined a regional offensive against the militants, and saw authorities declare three days of mourning from Wednesday. “The governor of Diffa invites people living on the islands in Lake Chad to rejoin the mainland,” a statement on Thursday said, citing security reasons.

“Measures will be taken to ensure their safety and resettlement,” the statement added.

Diffa is the provincial capital of south-eastern Niger, which borders north-eastern Nigeria, considered the jihadists’ stronghold. Niger has several islands in Lake Chad, a vast body of water between it, Nigeria, Cameroon and Chad, the regular site of deadly Boko Haram raids. Niger lost at least 46 soldiers and 28 civilians in the Boko Haram attack on the island of Karamga on Saturday.

Interior Minister Hassoumi Massaoudou said on Wednesday that “156 terrorists” were also killed in the assault on an army base on the island, and that 32 troops were missing. He said Niger had since retaken control of Karamga.

Niger, along with Chad, Cameroon and Nigeria, has recently launched a joint offensive to end Boko Haram’s six-year insurgency, which has claimed 13 000 lives and caused about 1.5 million people to flee their homes.


On David Umaru’s Purported Remark on Niger State Transition Committee By Garba Aliyu

A matter of devastating consequence which needs urgent clarification has just been reportedly raised by Barrister David Umaru, the Senator-elect of Niger East Senatorial District. In his unfortunate statement that sought to discredit the composition of the transition committee set up to ensure smooth handing over of power by the outgoing Governor Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu to Mallam Abubakar Sani Bello of the All Progressive Party, winner of the April 11 Gubernatorial Election in Niger State, the senator-elect made several accusations without justifying any. For those in know of what exactly transpired in setting up the committee, and also aware of the antecedents of the members and their contributions to the political causes and struggles in Niger State, Umaru’s criticism of the committee may be understood as, at best, unnecessary and, at worst, hypocritical.

As a witness to the events that led to composition of the committee, I’ve every right to dismiss Umaru’s reaction as unnecessary. This is because David Umaru, contrary to his claim in the said statement, was actually consulted and even contributed to the selection of members of the committee. There was no way, whatsoever, that David Umaru was kept in the dark of any decision taken before the membership of committee was officially made public.

The most amusing irony in Umaru’s claim that “proper consultation must be done to recruit credible and capable people” is the fact he was not only consulted, as prescribed, but he even nominated a member who, out of respect for his view by the APC officials in Niger State, was chosen and is now a part of the committee he now makes a U-turn to dismiss as incompetent. So, if consultation is meant to ensure selection of credible people and Umaru is known to have been among those consulted, obviously his decision to go public over what he had contributed to wasn’t statesmanlike or carefully considered.

The man who David Umaru nominated to be a part of the committee may be just as stunned as me to read that a committee of which he is a part, and to which he was recommended by the critic, is being questioned and dismissed as a wholly incompetent. This is the most unfortunate thing to say about a committee led by the Deputy-Elect of Niger State. Or is it that the Senator-elect has no regard for the person and imminent Office of Niger’s Deputy Governor-Elect, HE Mohammed Ahmed Ketso? This is a believable inference because David’s accusation is an obvious doubting of Mallam Ketso’s competence, and a charge as that, against a democratically elected leader that hasn’t even been sworn in portends a clearly shaky relationship.

What also makes Umaru’s dismissal of the committee as mischievous is the calibre of highflying technocrats, bureaucrats and professionals invited to serve on it. The committee not only has on it Umaru’s professional senior, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Barrister Ibrahim Isyaku (SAN), a renowned Minna-based legal luminary but also well-celebrated academic, Professor Musa Galadima. Another incomparable asset on the committee is the accomplished technocrat, Mohammed Nda, whose name has been on Nigeria’s currency as the Director of Currency Operations at the Central Bank of Nigeria. This is to mention just a few on the 36-member committee. All of these people are internationally acknowledged experts who have excelled in their professions.

Since Umaru refused to mention any particular member or members he considers undeserving, we are now to beg him to mention names, because even in propagating political mischief, he cannot question the feats of the likes of Barrister Isyaku in Law, Professor Galadima at the Ivory Towers and Mohammed Nda at Nigeria’s highest financial institution, the Central Bank. Is it membership of some politicians that Umaru finds undesirable? Is there a way that a transition can be achieved without those who know the terrains or had once been there to guide or advise the political novices who joined from professions unrelated to the political? I think Umaru needs to be realistic.

What I also don’t get is, a transition committee is a government cabinet and none of the people on the committee is promised appointment. They are only there to serve this interest of handing over power to a new government. And so long as the Deputy Governor-Elect remains the Chairman of the committee, the fear of their activities being jeopardised is an obvious paranoia.

David mentioned General Muhammadu Buhari as an exemplar in the choice of members of APC’s presidential transition committee unaware that the same committee is the butt of all jokes and being furiously criticised in the media. The media is even awash with appointment of an octogenarian, Alhaji Ahmed Joda, as the head of a committee that seeks to represent the interest of an incoming government that promises to promote the ideals of a new Nigeria. Critics say that a man of Joda’s age, far older than Buhari, should be at home taking care of his great grandchildren and not be laboured with tasks this challenging. While I don’t seek to hold a view over this Joda controversy, mine is to point out that it’s impossible to please everyone and David really needs to start reading newspapers to be in tune with our political reality. Even a member of a Civil Society Organisation, Hadiza Bala Usman, is being criticized as member of the committee, partly for her civic associations and also because some see her as a product of sheer privilege and not professionally qualified. Is Hadiza a match of Mohammed Nda? No! Is she a match of Professor Galadima? No! Is she a match of Barrister Isyaku? No. So, what’s David talking about in advising the people of Niger State to imbibe the ways of the presidential committee?

If David holds a grudge against any politician as a result of past political discords, let him say it. It will, however, be unfortunate if Umaru is unable to get rid of past grudges for a united struggle to take Niger State to a greater height. The national officials of the APC really need to call David to order now that he wants to divide the house.

By Garba Aliyu

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Boko Haram Attacks Army Base In Niger

Suspected Boko Haram militants attacked a Niger army base on an island in Lake Chad, leaving many soldiers dead.

Niger military sources told Reuters news agency that hundreds of armed militants riding on motorised canoes attacked the island of Karamga, Southeastern region of Bosso of the country.

“This was the second attempt to capture the town since February by the terrorists,” army sources said, adding that counter-attack to clear the island of militants was ongoing.

The number of casualties was not released, but unnamed officials told the agency that the military might have suffered “heavy losses”.

The country’s defence ministry said in a statement that operations are ongoing with the aid of allies aimed at clearing the island of militants.

Niger along with Chad, Cameroon and Nigeria, all border Lake Chad and are part of a multinational force fighting Boko Haram in and along the borders of northeast.

The United Nations Children Fund said that 800,000 children have been displaced by Boko Haram violence, nearly half the 1.5 million people uprooted by the militants’ campaign.

Lake Chad’s islands, which lie in dense swampland, are an ideal base for mounting surprise attacks on the countries bordering the lake: Chad, Cameroon, Niger and Nigeria, Reuters reported.

APC Wins Niger, Kano, Adamawa, Nasarawa, Kebbi

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has declared Alhaji Abubakar Bello of the All Progressive Congress (APC) as the winner of the Niger State governorship election.

The Returning Officer, Prof. Abdulganiyu Hambali of the University of Ilorin, announced on Monday in Minna that Bello scored 593, 702 votes, to defeat other contestants.

“Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello of the APC, having certified the requirements of the law and scoring the highest votes cast, is hereby declared the winner of the governorship election held April 11, 2015,” Hambali said.

He said that the candidate next to him in number of votes, was PDP’s Umar Nasko, who garnered 239, 772 votes, while Alhaji Yakubu Umar of the ADC scored 2, 144 votes.

In Kano, Dr Abdullahi Ganduje, the Deputy Governor of the state and APC gubernatorial candidate, emerged winner in the governorship race .

The Returning Officer for the state governorship election, Prof. Mohammed Hamis, announced the election results in Kano on Sunday night.

He said Ganduje scored 1.5 million votes, to defeat Takai of the PDP, who got 509, 726 votes, and 19 other contestants.

“Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of APC, having satisfied the requirement of the law and scored the highest number of votes, is hereby declared the winner and returned elected,” he said.

The Returning Officer said a total of 5 million voters were registered, while 4.3 voters were accredited during the exercise.

Also in Adamawa,Sen. Bindo Jibrilla of APC triumphed over 11 other contestants, amongst them, Malam Nuhu Ribadu, to emerge winner of Adamawa Governorship election.

Declaring the result in the early hours of Monday, the Returning Officer of the election, Prof Geofrey Okogbaa, said Jibrilla scored 362, 329 votes out of the 684, 050 total valid votes cast.

He said Engr Marcus Gundiri of Social Democratic Party (SDP) came second with 181, 806 votes while Mallam Nuhu Ribadu of PDP came third with 98,917 votes, among other contestants

He said a total of 22, 042 votes, were rejected.

Meanwhile, the result of 24 out of 25 House of Assembly seats so far released, showed that APC won 22 seats while SDP and PDP got one seat each.

In Nasarawa State, incumbent Gov Umaru Al-makura of the APC retained his seat, scoring 309,746 votes, to defeat his closet opponent, former Information Minister, Mr Labaran Maku of APGA, who polled 178,983 votes,, and three other contestants.

Announcing the result in Lafia in the early hours of Monday, the Returning Officer, Prof Hassan Abdulmuminin-Rafindadi, said that the governor won in all the 13 local government areas of the state.

According to him, a total of 623,279 votes were cast, out of which 613,508 were valid.

The All Progressive Congress(APC), also won the Governorship seat in Kebbi State, with its candidate, Sen.Atiku Bagudu, garnering 477,376 votes, to defeat 16 other candidates.

The Returning Officer, ,Prof.Muhammad Lawal, who announced the result, said that of the 1,454,369 total registered voters, 873,542 were accredited and participated in the election.

Chad, Niger Troops Retake Nigeria Border Town From Boko Haram

Soldiers from Chad and Niger on Tuesday drove Boko Haram Islamist militants from a northern Nigeria border town they have occupied since late last year, Chad’s government spokesman said.

Chad’s Communications Minister Hassan Sylla Bakari said this time there was no doubt who controlled the town. “We took Malam Fatori this evening. It’s an important victory in the fight against Boko Haram,” he told Reuters.

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201 Illegal Immigrants Deported From Niger

The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) said on Sunday in Minna, that it repatriated 201 illegal immigrants in Niger from February to March. Ezekiel Kaura, the Comptroller of Immigration in the state, stated this when he addressed newsmen. According to him, the repatriation will assist the government to flush out potential trouble makers in the state. “We are doing some mop up of illegal immigrants in the state because of the elections that is about to take place.

“There is need to get rid of these illegal ones in our midst so that they do not become ready for some persons who may use them to cause havoc during and after the elections.

He said the command deported 107 illegal immigrants in February, adding that another batch of 65 non-Nigerians were apprehended in March, bringing the number to 172. “We are expecting another 29 illegal immigrants from Kotangora area of the state. So, at the end of the day, we have 201.”

Kaura said that NIS would continue to get rid of illegal immigrants in the country in line with the policy of the Federal Government.

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Troops From Chad, Niger Retake Town From Boko Haram

Waving a captured black and white militant flag, soldiers from Niger and Chad on Wednesday celebrated their liberation of a Nigerian town from Boko Haram extremists. It is another victory in a regional campaign to wrest back swaths of northeast Nigeria from the Islamist militants.

Damasak, just a few miles over the border from Niger, was liberated over the weekend, Col. Michel Ledru, a spokesman for Niger’s army, said Wednesday.

In heavy fighting, 228 militants were killed and one soldier from Niger died, Ledru said. Vehicles and motor cycles riddled with bullets littered the streets. An Associated Press photographer in the northeastern town said it was largely deserted of civilians on Wednesday. Four people, including an old man, came onto the street to wave at a convoy among 2,000 troops from Niger and Chad in the town.

There were still signs of the town’s occupation by the militants. Their writings were scrawled on every wall and the extremists’ black and white flag still flew above some buildings.

As two Chadian helicopters landed with supplies, soldiers on the ground started chanting and displaying their catch: A Boko Haram flag torn down from a nearby building.

On the outskirts of town, hundreds of troops have set up camp. Some soldiers hid from the 45-degree (113-degree Fahrenheit) heat in the shade to their tanks. Some used their helmets to grind grain for a meal. A few did laundry while others cooked food.

It was all work for a group of Chadian troops who transferred weapons captured from Boko Haram to a pickup truck that drove it to the helicopters for transport back to Niger: AK47 assault rifles and 50-caliber guns, rocket-propelled grenades and mortar shells. “Boko Haram is far now, very far,” said one soldier.

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South African Troops, Others Join Fight Against Boko Haram

South African troops as well as other foreign soldiers have joined in Nigeria’s offensive against Boko Haram insurgents in the nation’s north east region, engaging in ground combat and flying combat air sorties.

According to VOA, the Federal Government explained that the foreign military personnel were only advisers accompanying military equipment purchased from South Africa, Russia and Ukraine.

However, it appears the soldiers are also actively combating the insurgents as Nigerian soldiers disputed the government’s claim and disclosed that many of the soldiers were participating in actual combat, VOA reported on Thursday.

Activities of the extremist group seeking to impose Islamic rule in the region have caused the death of several thousands and displaced over 1 million people in northern Nigeria.

“One soldier, who is living alongside the foreign personnel in a barracks in the city of Maiduguri, identified the foreigners as South Africans, Ukrainians and others. He said they were flying aircraft from the Maiduguri airport.”

“The South Africans don’t want to deploy with any Nigerian military units, they want to go on their own,” the sergeant, who was not authorized to speak to the media, told VOA.

“The white soldiers, they were the only ones who knew how to operate the mobile rocket launchers,” the corporal said.

The corporal, who was also based in the barracks in Maiduguri, said South African pilots had been flying combat missions using Nigerian jets, surveillance planes and helicopters, along with jets he said appeared to be South African.

“All the aerial attacks are being done by the white soldiers using Nigerian and hired military aircraft,” he said.

Another officer, who served as a top aide to the commander of a brigade in Borno state, told VOA there were between 100 and 150 foreign soldiers, mainly South African, working out of Maiduguri and they were flying fighter jets daily out of the Maiduguri airport.

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Chad, Niger Soldiers Killed as Boko Haram Loses Nigerian Towns

About 15 soldiers from Chad and Niger died in fighting to take control of two towns in northern Nigeria from Boko Haram, the first gains against the militants in a joint offensive launched at the weekend, military sources said on Monday.

About 30 Nigerien and Chadian soldiers were wounded in the clashes over Malam Fatouri and Damasak, a day after thousands of troops crossed the border to seize areas held by the Sunni Islamist group, whose insurgency has forced Nigeria to delay an election and neighbors to mobilize their armies.

A Chadian officer, who asked not to be named, said about 10 Chadian soldiers were killed and 20 wounded in fighting for the towns. Two sources with Niger’s military told Reuters five of its soldiers were killed in the clashes.

There was no official comment from the armies of either Chad or Niger. “We have kicked the enemy out of these areas and they are now under our control,” a Niger military officer said.

The advancing troops had seized large quantities of arms and ammunition as well as vehicles, he said, and were undertaking a clean-up operation in the area. “The troops have taken dozens of Boko Haram elements prisoner,” he added.

Damasak, the town furthest into Nigeria, is 10 km (6 miles) south of the Niger border, where Nigerien and Chadian troops had been massing in recent weeks before the offensive.

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Boko Haram Employs Remote Control Bombs, Kills 2 Niger Soldiers

A bomb planted and remotely detonated by Boko Haram militants near the southeastern Niger town of Diffa has killed two soldiers and wounded a third, Niger military sources said on Wednesday.

“We had two soldiers killed on Wednesday in a remote controlled explosion. We took up the chase and killed the two militants responsible for the attack,” near a bridge over the Kamadougou river, an officer said.

It is the first time the army has said it was attacked using a remotely detonated bomb since it launched a campaign in conjunction with Chad, Cameroon and Nigeria this year against the Islamist militant group.

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Canadian Forces Withdraw To Avoid Clash With Boko Haram In Niger

Canadian special forces participating in military training in southeast Niger, near the border with Nigeria, were ordered to withdraw recently to avoid battling with Boko Haram Islamists, the military said Thursday.

The troops had been posted to the town of Diffa, where the government of Niger declared a state of emergency on February 11 following attacks in the region that borders Boko Haram’s stronghold in northeast Nigeria.

The Canadians are participating in US-sponsored counterterrorism training that started on February 16 and is due to wrap up on March 9.

The annual program has 1,300 troops from 19 countries training militaries in five African countries in shooting, movement, communications, and mission planning.


Meet the Coalition Responsible for Crippling Boko Haram

Military chiefs from Nigeria, Chad, Cameroon, Benin and Niger are finalizing their strategy for a 8,750-strong regional force to tackle the militant Islamist group Boko Haram.

In the last few weeks, the Multinational Joint Task Force has retaken several towns captured by the militants in north-eastern Nigeria. Now, the regional chiefs are preparing for a major ground and air offensive due to start next month – and are meeting in Chad this week to set out the command structure.

The force will be led by a Nigerian commander, after which the position will rotate among the members.

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Chadian Troops Kill 100 Boko Haram Fighters

Soldiers from Chad killed 207 Boko Haram fighters in clashes near a Nigerian town close to the border with Cameroon, Chad’s army announced in a statement.

One Chadian soldier was killed and another nine were wounded in Gambaru, the scene of regular attacks by the group in recent months. There was no immediate independent verification of the Chadian army’s announcement, reports a news agency.

Chad’s military also claimed to have seized large quantities of small arms and ammunition and two pick-up trucks on Tuesday.

Niger, Cameroon and Chad have launched a regional military campaign to help Nigeria defeat the Boko Haram insurgency, which aims to carve an Islamic emirate out of northeastern Nigeria.

Chad deployed troops last month in support of Cameroonian efforts to stop repeated cross-border raids by the fighters, whose operations increasingly threaten Nigeria’s neighbours.

The African Union last month authorised the creation of the regional force, which will also include Benin, and is pushing for a United Nations Security Council mandate for the operation.

Air Strike on Niger Village Kills 36

At least 36 mourners at a funeral ceremony were killed and 27 wounded when an unidentified plane bombarded a village in Niger near the Nigerian border, the army said Wednesday.

The strike on Tuesday came as Niger takes part in a regional offensive against Nigeria-based Boko Haram fighters, who have extended their brutal six-year insurgency to Niger, Chad and Cameroon.

A Niger army report obtained by AFP that gave the death toll said the plane’s “origins remained undetermined.” The victims were residents attending a mourning ceremony for a prefecture official,” said a humanitarian source, who added that the attack was near the mosque in Abadam.

Nigeria denied all responsibility for the air strike despite a claim it was involved. Meanwhile seven villagers in far north Cameroon were killed Tuesday when battling Boko Haram fighters who stole 70 cows and torched houses in Gaboua. Nine Islamist militants also died in the clashes against the locals, armed with clubs, machetes and bows and arrows.

A spokesman for Nigeria’s air force, Air Commodore Dele Alonge, denied all responsibilty for the 36 deaths in Abadam. “It’s not to my knowledge and there has not been any report from our people of such an incident,” he said.

However, at least one local leader blamed Nigeria. At first we thought it was a blunder by Chad or Niger’s army, but now we suspect the Nigerian army is responsible,” said an elected leader from Bosso in Niger, which is about 10 kilometres (six miles) from Abadam. The leader said a similar air strike several days ago on the nearby village of Gamgara killed one person.

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Local Head of Boko Haram Arrested in Niger

A suspected local leader of Boko Haram Islamist group was arrested and several weapons including rocket launchers seized from his home in the town of Diffa in southern Niger on Thursday, security sources said.

The town on the Nigerian border has come under attack from the militants this past week, since Chad deployed hundreds of troops to the area as part of a regional effort to tackle Boko Haram.

The man was identified as Kaka Bonou, a trader known to authorities for suspected involvement in trafficking stolen goods, the security source said.

“Different type of weapons of all caliber including rocket launchers, were found in his house,” one of the Niger military sources told Reuters, requesting to remain anonymous.

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Thousands Dump APC For PDP in Niger, Kebbi…

Thousands of members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kebbi and Niger States have dumped the party to join the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). While 2 000 members dumped the party for the PDP in Niger, 2 750 members joined the PDP in Kebbi .

Speaking on behalf of the defectors in Niger on Monday, Abdullahi Suleiman, who was a three-time Suleja Council chairman, ?said they had to leave the APC because the party had no direction. He said they were made to swear by the Qur’an to abide by rules and directives of the party.

Maikano Koko, spokesperson for the defectors in kebbi, said they decided to join the PDP following the numerous development projects sited in the area by the current administration.

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Heads of States Beefs up Fight Against Boko Haram with Troops & Command Centre

Leaders of Niger, Nigeria, Chad and Benin on Tuesday announced plans to step up the fight against Boko Haram with an additional battalion and a command center to tackle the militants whose insurgency has spread beyond Nigeria, a statement said.

In the past two months, it has progressed from bombings, raids and kidnappings to trying to seize territory in remote areas near the Cameroon border. The militants have also carried out incursions into Niger and Chad, and authorities fear the attacks will continue to spread if left unchecked.

The four heads of states and a representative of Cameroon’s president said after meeting in Niger’s capital Niamey that a command center for an already agreed-upon multinational force, led by a chief of staff will be in place by Nov. 20.

“The heads of state regrets the persistence of Boko Haram Islamic sect’s atrocious acts of terror on people and security forces in Nigeria and other neighboring countries,” the statement said.

The leaders agreed to finalize the deployment of troops promised by member states to form the multinational force within their national borders by Nov. 1.

Benin, Nigeria’s western neighbor, whose border stretches from the Atlantic to the Sahel north, was also asked to deploy a military battalion to its border with Nigeria.

The Niamey meeting is a follow-up to a May summit in Paris where the leaders promised to improve cooperation in the fight against Boko Haram after the group kidnapped more than 200 schoolgirls and threatened to destabilize the wider region.

At Least Nine UN Peacekeepers killed in Mali Ambush

Suspected Islamists killed at least nine United Nations peacekeepers from Niger on Friday in northeastern Mali, in the deadliest ever attack on the mission, military sources said.

MINUSMA did not immediately hold any armed group responsible, but a Nigerien officer from the mission told AFP the attack had been carried out by the Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa (MUJAO), an Al-Qaeda-linked militia behind numerous attacks in recent years.

“This morning, a convoy of MINUSMA peacekeepers from the Nigerien contingent was the target of a direct attack while travelling to Indelimane, in the Menaka-Asongo corridor. A provisional toll indicated nine deaths,” a statement from the UN mission said.

“This is to date the deadliest attack against the UN mission in Mali,” the statement said, adding that aircraft had been deployed to secure the area.

Arnauld Akodjenou, the deputy head of the mission, said he was “horrified” by the “cowardly” attack.

“Once again, lives have now been lost in the name of peace in Mali. These crimes must not go unpunished,” he said in the statement.

“This violence must stop immediately and MINUSMA again challenges all those involved in finding solutions for sustainable peace to take responsibility for a rapid resolution of the crisis that has lasted too long.”

The Nigerien MINUSMA source said MUJAO had formed an alliance with militants from the Fulani ethnic group in the Gao region where the attack took place.

“The terrorists had threatened to carry out attacks, attacks in the run-up to the feast of Tabaski. They’ve just carried them out,” added a Malian military source, using the west African name for the Islamic festival of Eid al-Adha taking place on Sunday.

 Menaka, an isolated Sahara desert town in eastern Mali crisscrossed by seasonally dry riverbeds, is used mainly as a temporary home by nomadic Tuareg tribes.