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CAN Lauds FG’s Insurgency Victims Support Fund

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The President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, has commended the federal government for constituting a special fund for victims of insurgency in parts of the north.

In a statement issued in Abuja on Friday, the CAN president described the decision to set up a fund for the insurgency victims as “courageous and bold”.

“CAN received the news of the institution of a special fund to cater for the needs of victims of insurgency in parts of the country with gratitude,” the CAN president said.

“On behalf of the association and the entire Christian community in Nigeria, I want to specially thank Mr President for taking such a bold and courageous step to care for the victims of insurgency in the northern part of the country.

“The action is a further demonstration that President Goodluck Jonathan is indeed the father of the nation and a father to all Nigerians, irrespective of the background of the victims of the crisis.

“The decision is also a demonstration of the present administration’s response to the plight of the people,” Oritsejafor said.

The CAN president noted that the association had been on the forefront for palliatives to ameliorate the hardships caused by the insurgency in parts of the north.

He expressed optimism that the fund would address issues associated with the welfare of victims of the crisis.

“For long, it has been the conviction of CAN that victims of the senseless killings and wanton destruction of property should be given some `life line’ in whatever name it could be called and we are glad that the President heard our cry and responded appropriately.

“I believe that the fund will address a wide range of issues facing persons displaced by the crisis, as well as provide the basis for a more comprehensive programme of rehabilitation and reintegration of the victims at the end of the insurgency.”

He also expressed hope that funds realised from the various donations and contributions would be judiciously used for the good of those affected in the crisis.

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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

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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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