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Boko Haram: Borno Now Experiencing More Cases Of Hypertension — Commissioner

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SUSPECTED BOKO HARAM INSURGENTS

SUSPECTED BOKO HARAM INSURGENTS

The Borno government on Sunday said the state had witnessed an increase in cases of hypertension and heart-related diseases following the prevailing Boko Haram crisis.Dr. Salma Kolo, the state Commissioner for Health, said this while briefing newsmen on the activities of his ministry in Maiduguri.

Mr. Kolo said that the diseases were caused by the `psychological’ trauma created by the crisis.

“We have witnessed a new trend in diseases outbreak in the state, especially in the last two years, due to the current security challenges.

“We have recorded increase in hypertension cases and other heart-related diseases partly due to the psychological effects of the crisis on the people,” she said.

Mr. Kolo did not give the statistics of the new cases but said that the state had also witnessed rising number of mental disorder among the people.

“Women have been badly affected as the crisis has resulted in high rate of rape and sexual abuse leading to sexually-transmitted diseases.

“Some women were forced into marriages with people they do not know leading to trauma and even mental illness,” she said.

Mr. Kolo said that children were also affected as the routine immunisation against polio and other child-killer diseases could not hold on regular basis as Boko Haram insurgents kept attacking the city.

“We would have been able to wipe out polio from the state early this year as proposed.

“But the crisis led to setbacks as the exercise could not be carried out effectively due to the crisis,” she said.

Mr. Kolo, however, said that the state had recorded remarkable successes in health care delivery in spite of the challenges. (NAN)

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Nigeria Ranks Third On Global Terrorism Index Despite Drop In Deaths – Report

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Nigeria Ranks Third On Global Terrorism Index Despite Drop In Deaths – Report

Boko Haram

Nigeria has been ranked as the third most terrorized country in the world according to a 2020 report by the Global Terrorism Index (GTI).

The report which was released on Wednesday, ranked Nigeria third only behind war-torn countries of Afghanistan and Iraq.

According to the GTI report, Nigeria witnessed an increase in Boko Haram attacks in the period under review, witnessing her worst terrorist attack in 2019 in northeastern Borno State, where at least 70 people were killed and 10 others wounded when insurgents attacked at a funeral.

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“Over the past year, Boko Haram increased attacks on military targets, with deaths rising from 26 in 2018 to 148 in 2019,” the report said.

However, the report recognized that terror-related incidents in the country fell by 27% in the same period due to a significant reduction in violence attributed to killer herdsmen.

“This reduction occurred despite a small increase in deaths attributed to Boko Haram, which has been the most active terrorist group in the country over the past decade. Deaths from terrorism in Nigeria are now 83 percent lower than at
their peak in 2014.”

 

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Nigeria’s Communications Minister, Isa Pantami, Loses 13-year-old Daughter

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Nigeria's Communications Minister, Isa Pantami, Loses 13-year-old Daughter

Communications minister, Isa Pantami

Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Ali Pantami, has announced the loss of his 13-year-old daughter, Aishah Isa Ali.

The Minister took to his Twitter account on Monday night to announce this sad news.

Pantami stated that the funeral prayer for the deceased will be conducted in Abuja on Tuesday at Annur Masjeed, Wuse 2.

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The post by the minister announcing the incident reads; “Inna lil Laahi wa inna ilaiHi Rajiun! My 13-year old daughter, Aishah Isa Ali (Amal) passed away just a moment ago.

“Due to some necessities, funeral prayer tomorrow at Annur Masjeed, Wuse 2, immediately after Zuhr prayer In sha Allah. May Allah forgive and be merciful to her.”

 

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Cult Violence: Wike Imposes Two-Week Curfew Around Okoro-Nu-Odu

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Cult Violence: Wike Imposes Two-Week Curfew Around Okoro-Nu-Odu

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Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has imposed a 24-hour total curfew for two weeks on some parts of Port-Harcourt, the state capital.

The Governor made this known during a broadcast on Sunday where he noted that the curfew begins from Monday 23rd November 2020.

The statement noted that the upsurge noticed by the state government in cases of cult activities, other forms of violence, and killings is responsible for the curfew.

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Wike in the statement declared that the entire area along and around the Okoro-nodu flyover up to a one-kilometre radius from Saint Emmanuel Anglican Church, Rumuokoro, extending to the Rumuodomaya Slaughter and Local Government daily market will be affected.

He added that no form of trading, human or vehicular movement is allowed in the affected areas until further notice.

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