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Safety fears maintain support employees out of city in Nigeria’s north east

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A suspension of humanitarian operations has been prolonged in a distant city in northeast Nigeria the place three support employees have been killed in a Boko Haram assault, medical charity Medical doctors With out Borders (MSF) stated on Saturday.

MSF and the UN pulled out their employees from Rann, on the border with Cameroon in Borno state, after the assault on March 1.

The UN suspended its actions for one week till Friday.

IGP Ibrahim Kpotun-Idris, Governors, traditional rulers and guests during the Northern states stakeholders security summit held in Kaduna on Wednesday
IGP Ibrahim Kpotun-Idris, Governors, conventional rulers and visitors throughout the Northern states stakeholders safety summit held in Kaduna on Wednesday

However the suspension has now been prolonged till Tuesday subsequent week on the earliest, the UN in Abuja stated, whereas MSF stated it had no timeline for a return.

“We predict that the whole space shouldn’t be protected,” the charity’s emergency coordinator for Borno, Kerri Ann Kelly, advised AFP.

“Till there’s extra safety it will likely be very arduous to function. It’s a reasonably uncovered space… I had 19 folks up there that day, mendacity on the bottom happening for 90 minutes, so safety drives the mission.”

MSF, the UN kids’s company Unicef and the Worldwide Committee of the Crimson Cross have been amongst these offering emergency meals, medical care and different programmes to some 80,000 folks in Rann.

Of these, about 55,000 have been dwelling in a camp for folks displaced by the Islamist insurgency, which started in 2009 and has ravaged the northeast, killing a minimum of 20,000.

Kelly stated the suspension leaves these folks with out healthcare and no entry to meals distribution — and time was urgent to renew actions earlier than the arrival of annual rains from mid-Might.

Final 12 months, Rann was minimize off resulting from flooding throughout the rains, whereas throughout the northeast meals shortages turn out to be extra acute and ailments akin to malaria enhance.

“If we will’t rise up there, the wet season goes to be an issue… We’re actually involved about having the ability to be ready for this wet season,” stated Kelly.

However even earlier than then, there are fears in regards to the impact of a protracted suspension on clear water and sanitation programmes for these within the camp, after earlier outbreaks of water-borne ailments akin to typhoid and cholera linked to poor hygiene.

The UN has appealed this 12 months for $1.05 billion to fund its operations in northeast Nigeria, the place the insurgency has left thousands and thousands homeless and depending on support.

The Rann assault — which additionally noticed eight Nigerian safety personnel killed — additionally prompted contemporary doubts about authorities claims the jihadists are nearly defeated.

The encompassing countryside has witnessed a collection of assaults, highlighting the continued problem for the navy to safe hard-to-reach areas outdoors city centres.




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APC Calls For Omo-Agege’s Prosecution Over Mace snatching

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) has condemned in totality, Wednesday’s attack on the Senate and the snatching on the Mace of the senate.

This is even as it has called on all security agencies to take all necessary actions to recover the stolen mace and ensure that the perpetrators and their sponsors are brought to justice.

In a statemnet issued by Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, National Publicity Secretary of the APC, the party said that the attack ammounted to an attack on the nation’s democracy.

“The attention of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has been drawn to the invasion of the Nigerian Senate by suspected thugs who disrupted Wednesday’s plenary and made away with the mace.

“The APC hereby condemns this action and views it as an attack on our democracy and a desecration of the hallowed institution of the National Assembly.

“We therefore call on security agencies to take all necessary actions to recover the stolen mace and ensure that the perpetrators and their sponsors are brought to justice.

Meanwhile, the Nigerian Police has arrested Senator Ovie Omo Agege for leading the hoodlums into the Senate chamber during plenary to snatch the Mace which is the symbol of authority of the upper legislative chamber.

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Mace Theft: Police Arrest Senator Omo-Agege

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The lawmaker was suspended by the Senate for 90 days last week. He, however, attended the plenary today.

The Senate had accused him of leading the armed men who stormed the chamber and snatched the mace while plenary was on.

After the plenary, policemen ushered Omo-Agege from the door of the chamber into a waiting pickup van.

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Thugs Disrupt Senate Plenary, Steals Mace

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The Senate plenary was today disrupted after suspected thugs invaded the chamber and made away with the mace.

The incident happened few seconds after a suspended Senator, Ovie Omo-Agege entered the chamber.

About 10 suspected thugs who came to the venue with the senator forced their entrance into the chamber.

Seconds later, the thugs ran out of the chamber with the mace causing pandemonium in the Senate.

They left the National Assembly with the mace in a black SUV.

The mace is the symbol of authority of the parliament.

One of the security personnel at the entrance of the National Assembly said the thugs told him and other officers they were with the senator.

“We tried to stop them but they told us they were with him (Omo-Agege),” he said.

The Senate has accused a lawmaker, Ovie Omo-Agege, of leading hoodlums to seize the mace, which serves as the chamber’s symbol of authority.

In a statement after the incident on Wednesday, Senate spokesperson, Sabi Abdullahi, said the incident is an act of treason.

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