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Borno State government to return 78,000 IDPs back to Nigeria

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The Borno State Government has said, it is ready to evacuate 78,000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) back home from Cameroon.

The affected IDPs fled to Cameroon at the peak of the Boko Haram insurgency in the state.

The IDPs had a week ago urged the state government to facilitate their return home or they will trek back to Nigeria.

Ahmad Satome, Chairman of the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) told newsmen in Maiduguri that government plans to shelter the returnees in four temporary satellite camps.

“The issue of the 78,000 Nigerian IDPs is purely a repatriation process, it is just to get them across the Cameroonian border back home.

“Once they are back we will get them transported to transit camps in Kumshe, Gulumba, Ngoshe and Kirawa where they will feed for a week or thereabout, so they can stabilize before asking them where they want to go,” he said.

Satome said that IDPs without any place to go would be kept in the camps while those who wanted to return home would be transported home.

”IDPs without homes or those whose communities are unsafe will be kept in the camps while those who want to return home will be transported home.

“But for those who wished to remain in Cameroon they will be allowed to stay in accordance with the Geneva Convention,” he said.

Satome said government was focused on ensuring early return of all IDPs back to their communities especially those in areas liberated by the military.

“It is true that government is resolute in ensuring all IDPs return home in a dignified manner in accordance to the Kampala convention.

“But sometimes a lots of uncertainties come in,” he said.

Satome said that the continued rescue of persons by the military from terrorists enclaves had created new IDPs requiring attention.

“The intensed pressure by the military on Boko Haram enclaves have led to rescue of new IDPs requiring care.

“This means that they have to be kept in camps for care and other humanitarian services,” he said.

Satome said however that government was resolute in moving IDPs who were interested in going back to camps close to their homes.

He said, ”I think it is unwise to keep 2,000 IDPs from Ngala in Maiduguri when you have about 200,000 others in Ngala town.

“I think that the best thing is to move those willing to camps in their respective areas from where they can gradually move home.”

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BREAKING: Court Fixes Date For Ndume’s Bail Application

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BREAKING: Court Fixes Date For Ndume’s Bail Application

Ali Ndume

A Federal High Court in Abuja will on Thursday hear the bail application of Borno South Senator, Ali Ndume.

Ndume has been in prison custody since Monday for standing as surety for a former Chairman of the defunct Pension Reformed Task Team, Abdulrasheed Maina, believed to have jumped bail.

Maina is facing charges of money laundering involving N2bn before he was granted bail.

On November 18, 2020, Justice Okon Abang, revoked the bail granted Maina, ordered his arrest, and directed his trial would proceed in absentia.

The judge also on Monday remanded Ndume in prison until he produced Maina or paid the sum of N500m bail bond to the Federation Account.

Also Read: Court Remands Nigerian Senator, Ali Ndume, In Prison

The judge, in the course of the trial in the absence of Maina, on Wednesday, acknowledged the bail application filed by Ndume’s lawyer.

He said the bail application was brought to his attention at about 8.58 am on Wednesday, disclosing that he had immediately directed that the matter be fixed for hearing on Thursday.

He also said he had directed that hearing notice for Thursday’s proceedings be issued and served on the parties.

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Low UTME Cut-off Mark Makes Northern Youth Lazy – El-Rufai

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Low UTME Cut-off Mark Makes Northern Youth Lazy – El-Rufai

Governor El-rufai

Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai has expressed that the low cut-off mark in the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME for Northern students admission into universities makes them lazy.

He expressed that the North has not taken advantage of the educational benefits the country has provided to the region.

El-Rufai made this remark during a plenary session on “Rethinking Sub-National Competitiveness” at the ongoing Nigerian Economic Summit.

Also Read: El-Rufai Drags Omokri, Others To Court, Demands N1.5bn For Defamation

“The northerners are at advantage. The low JAMB cut-off mark is making northern youth lazy rather than encouraging them. Despite the advantage of education in Nigeria, we have the highest number of children out of school,” he said.

According to the United Nations, the huge number of out-of-school children in northern Nigeria poses an enormous challenge.

“For example, Joint Admissions Matriculation Board, (JAMB), gives different cut-off marks for different states and you say you are building a nation, no you are dividing it.

“I am from the north but we have suffered educational disadvantage and the JAMB has given us a lower cut-off mark to catch up, have we caught up?

“It is making people lazy,” the governor said.

 

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Family Of Slain Vendor Demands N500m Compensation From Gbajabiamila, Threatens Legal Action

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Family Of Slain Vendor Demands N500m Compensation From Gbajabiamila, Threatens Legal Action

Femi Gbajabiamila

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has been asked to pay N500 million in compensation by the family of Ifeanyi Okereke, the newspaper vendor shot dead last week by a State Security Service (SSS) officer in the convoy of the Speaker.

This was contained in a letter written to Gbajabiamila by their lawyer, Mike Ozekhome (SAN).

The family gave the speaker seven days to fulfill their demand or face legal action.

In the letter dated November 23, Ozekhome, revealed that he has the mandate of the father of the deceased, Okorie Okereke, and his younger brother, Destiny Okereke, to make the demand.

The demand is coming a few days after Gbajabiamila visited the immediate family and pledged to support his children’s education until they become adults.

Also Read: Gbajabiamila’s Security Aide In Detention – DSS

“Our clients have instructed us to make from your good self, the following modest demands: That you use your good offices to ensure the immediate prosecution of your security aide (Abdullahi Hassan), who went on a frolic of his own, clearly acted outside the purview of his duty and responsibility by shooting to death an innocent, harmless and armless citizen.

“That you adequately compensate the Okereke family with a modest sum of N500m only.

“This monetary demand can never adequately replace or take the place of their son, husband, brother, and breadwinner’s life.

“But it will at least mitigate the obvious trauma and hardship the premature demise of their irreplaceable breadwinner has placed on them.

“Take note therefore that it is our clients’ firm instruction that in the event that you fail, refuse and/or neglect to accede to or proffer reasonable compensatory terms to our above modest demands within seven days from the date of this letter, we shall without any further correspondences from us, take appropriate legal steps to enforce our clients’ constitutional rights,” the letter read.

 

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