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By Daniel Daniel ABUJA FCT - At least 27 women and 4 boys have been kidnapped in Southern Kaduna by bandits. POLITICS NIGERIA reports that this was disclosed by the women’s wing of the Southern Kaduna Peoples Union (SOKAPU) in a statement on Monday. SOKAPU National Women Coordinator Mrs Jemutu Katarma said hundreds of villages in Southern Kaduna have been sacked and some taken over by bandits, while many people have been rendered homeless. Katarma also said that the bandits have been targeting women and children and that one of the kidnapped women, Kauna Ali, had died in captivity. “Of particular note, we want to bring to the attention of His Excellency, Gov Uba Sani about a terrible development that happened to his citizens on 2nd October, 2023 in Kachuwe, close to Sarkin Pawa in Niger State. After their villages suffered several invasions from bandits in Chikun, they decided to move to Kachuwe, which they thought was safer to start life all over again by farming,” Katarma said. “Unfortunately, armed bandits stormed the village on 2nd October, 2021 and killed 13 male adults and a young girl. Among those killed is a grandfather (1) Baba Barda Kariya. The names of the rest are: (2) Ali Nariya, (3) Zakariya Nariya (4) Markus Nariya, (5) John Nariya and (6) Haruna Nariya. Others are: (7) Iko Ali, (8) Vincent Ali, (9) Amos Zakariya, (10) Habila Zakariya, (11) Smalis Markus, (12) Timothy John (13) Victor Markus and (14) Godiya Markus, the only female killed.” “After committing the crime, they looted the village of foodstuffs and animals. They then burnt down the village. They spared the lives of the old women and sick old men. Then they took away the following females and boys" ......... READ MORE Nigeria’s Inflation Hits 26.72% as Food Prices Rise By Mary Izuaka LAGOS - Nigeria’s annual inflation rate rose to 26.72 per cent in September from 25.80 per cent in the previous month, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) said Monday. The statistics office said the September 2023 headline inflation rate showed an increase of 0.92 per cent points when compared to the August 2023 headline inflation rate. The NBS said on a year-on-year basis, the headline inflation rate was 5.94 per cent points higher compared to the rate recorded in September 2022, which was 20.77 per cent. “This shows that the headline inflation rate (year-on-year basis) increased in September 2023 when compared to the same month in the preceding year (i.e., September 2022),” it said. According to the report, the food inflation rate in September quickened to 30.64 per cent on a year-on-year basis, which was 7.30 per cent points higher compared to the rate recorded in September 2022 (23.34 per cent). Food prices have been on the rise across Nigeria in recent years. The situation deteriorated due to the impact of government policies such as the removal of subsidies on petrol, among others. President Bola Tinubu on 29 May during his inauguration, announced the removal of subsidy on petrol. This development has caused hardship for many Nigerians with its attendant increase in the prices of goods and services. Over the past four months, the naira has depreciated by over 50 per cent at both the authorised and unauthorised market segments, after the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) announced in June that it had collapsed all forex windows into the Investors and exporters (I&E) window. .............. READ MORE Gov Kefas Seeks Army, Navy Support to Tackle Insecurity in Taraba State By Great Ozozoyi JALINGO - Governor Agbu Kefas of Taraba State has reiterated his administration’s commitment to join forces with the Nigerian Armed Forces (NAF) in order to ensure that the state remains peaceful and calm. He made the commitment on Monday when he stormed the Defence Headquarters in Abuja to solicit a helping hand from the Chief of Defense Staff, General Chris Musa. The governor, who made the pledge via a press statement made available to journalists in Jalingo by his Chief Press Secretary, Yusuf Sanda, expressed dissatisfaction over the activities of the Cameroonian Ambazonians in the state. He urged the CDS to, as a matter of urgency, increase troops to make the state safer. He assured that his administration is going to assist the military in whatever capacity to succeed in addressing the security challenges presently bedevilling the state. On his part, the CDS was said to have assured the governor that the armed forces are going to put in all that is required for Taraba to be peaceful. He noted that measures to address Ambazonian threats in some parts of the state, are already in the pipeline. In the same vein, the governor was also said to have reached out to the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Emmanuel Ogalla, to demand the establishment of a naval base in the state to combat security challenges. The governor, who also stressed his administration’s readiness to collaborate with the navy to safeguard the lives of the people of the state, said navy is key in providing desired security to the state considering the presence of tributaries of rivers across the state, and involving the navy became imperative. “Taraba State shared borders with six states and the Republic of Cameroon, hence, the need for adequate security strategies,” he said. ........... READ MORE Over 2 Million Nigerians are Displaced by Farmer-Herder Conflict in Benue State By Stephen Khan For the past decade many residents in north and central Nigeria have lived in a perpetual state of fear. Conflicts between pastoralists and farmers, land disputes, cattle rustling and mass violence have driven millions of people from their homes. In total, more than 3.6 million people in Nigeria have been displaced. Many have sought refuge with relatives in neighbouring communities and in internally displaced persons camps. Benue State in north central Nigeria (its major local government areas include Guma and Gwer-west) has borne the brunt of this crisis. The United Nations says there are 2.1 million internally displaced people in Benue State alone; the majority live in internally displaced people camp facilities within host communities such as Abagana and Daudu. A great deal of attention is focused on the conflict and on people’s displacement. But that isn’t the end of the story. Both state and non-state actors offer ongoing support for people who have been displaced by herder-farmer conflict. As a researcher investigating people’s experiences of victimisation, I wanted to find out what form this support took, what displaced people thought of the interventions and whether this support was helping them to reintegrate into their original communities. The resulting study revealed a complex relationship between reintegration decisions and experiences with displacement support and return settings. In Benue State, displaced victims have four primary support systems: individual, government, faith-based groups and NGOs...……. READ MORE
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