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1000 migrants have been rescued by IOM in the Sahara Desert

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At least 1,000 migrants have been rescued by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in northern Niger through search and rescue operations of since April.

According to the agency from July 19 to July 25, it conducted an assessment mission of migratory routes in the Ténéré Desert and the area surrounding Niger’s border with Libya.

The aim of the mission was to improve migrant rescues by understanding better how to assist migrants in distress on that route and to strengthen the Government of Niger’s management migration capacity, it said.

The search and rescue operations are an integral part of the Migrants Rescue and Assistance in Agadez Region (MIRAA) project, it explained.

The project was funded by the Government of the Netherlands, and which is complementary to the larger initiative, Migrant Resource and Response Mechanism (MRRM), developed by IOM Niger and financed by the European Union.

“I was shocked when, not far from the border between Niger and Libya in Toummo we came across a large group of women mainly from Nigeria and Ghana sleeping in a dark hangar quite close to the border post, waiting for their next passage north.

“We need to better understand how trafficking and smuggling networks intersect, and to further increase our presence in these remote areas in order to provide information, assistance and alternatives to migrants in need,” Alberto Preato, MRRM Programme Manager at IOM Niger, said:.

During one of the latest search and rescue missions, conducted in cooperation with the Nigerien Civil Protection, IOM rescued 23 Gambian and Senegalese migrants who had been abandoned by their drivers, including one seven-year-old girl, Preato said.

While on the mission, the IOM officials encountered some migrants they had previously met in the ghettos around Agadez, he added.

According to him, in spite of being informed about the dangers and risks of irregular migration by the community mobilisers, the migrants nevertheless decided to try their luck and headed for Libya.

Preato said the rescued migrants were currently recovering at IOM’s transit centre for migrants in Agadez as they waited for assistance to voluntarily return to their countries of origin.

He said the initiative included a wide range of services such as direct assistance, assisted voluntary return and reintegration.

He said IOM with Niger’s Department of Civil Protection covered more than 1,400km at the end of July in the northern part of the country.

He said the effort was to identify the challenges and changes in flows and migratory routes, whilst also rescuing more than 150 migrants in distress.

“Since January, more than 60,000 individuals have been observed entering Niger, of which only half this number were counted leaving the country through the two flow monitoring points in Séguedine and Arlit; compared to the previous year, there are much fewer migrants reported as both incoming and outgoing.

“Following this latest assessment mission and seeing that more dangerous routes are being used by smugglers, IOM is looking at implementing new flow monitoring points in the country.

“IOM aims not only continue to provide vital assistance to migrants in distress, but also to enhance community stabilisation by supporting community initiatives along the migratory routes in northern Niger,” he said.

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Shehu Sani Reacts To Hisbah’s Call For Scrapping Of Black Friday

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Shehu Sani Reacts To Hisbah's Call For Scrapping Of Black Friday

Shehu Sani

Former lawmaker, Senator Shehu Sani has reacted to the call for the scrapping of the popular ‘Black Friday’sales by the Kano State Hisbah Board.

Recall that earlier on Friday, the board asked a radio station, demanding that it stops using the word “Black Friday” to refer to Friday.

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The board explained that since Friday is regarded as a holy day in Islam, tagging it “Black Friday” is derogatory and a thus, should not be condoned.

Reacting to the statement, the former lawmaker from Kaduna described the threat by the Hisbah board as ‘nonsensical.”

He wrote:

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Court Orders Release Of Sen. Ndume From Kuje Prison

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Court Orders Release Of Sen. Ndume From Kuje Prison

Ali Ndume

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has granted bail to Senator Ali Ndume who was detained in prison on Monday following the failure to produce Abdulrasheed Maina in court.

This was made known by the presiding judge, Justice Okon Abang in a ruling on Friday, November 27.

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He stated that he chose to grant the senator bail based on his record of good behaviour before the court, notwithstanding that the other grounds of his bail application failed.

Justice Abang granted bail to Senator Ndume pending the hearing and determination of the Borno South Senator’s appeal filed at the Court of Appeal to challenge Monday’s order.

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We Deliberately Shut Down Refineries – NNPC GMD

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We Deliberately Shut Down Refineries – NNPC GMD

NNPC boss, Mele Kyari

The Group Managing Director of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mele Kyari, has expressed that the corporation deliberately shut down the nation’s refineries because they became unsustainable.

The GMD disclosed this when he appeared before the House of Representatives Committee on Petroleum Upstream in Abuja.

He pointed out that the NNPC was unable to supply crude oil to the refineries, adding that the Excravos pipeline is the only one the NNPC managed to sustain through the contracting process.

He went on to express that it is practically impossible to run pipelines at their optimum capacity.

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“For instance, to run Kaduna and Warri refinery, you need to deliver 170,000 barrel of oil per day so that both will operate at 70 percent capacity,” he said.

Kyari said that at the moment, it only had over 5,000 kilometers of pipelines with 13 fuel depots, which according to him must be protected to forestall the activities of vandals.

“And I can tell you today that except the Atlas cove to Ibadan line and also the Portharcourt to Aba line, none of these pipelines is serviced.

“We cannot flow product into these lines, the cheap one is to say they are aged but the real reason is that the level of activities of vandals on these lines is gross, monumental, and profound.

“At every point within a month we fix 80 vandal points, the option is to shut them down and the result of having one depot is what we have seen in Lagos,” he said.

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