Cholera in Borno spreads to 8 LGAs, 14 deaths recorded – UN

The Borno State Ministry of Health has reported 380 cases of suspected cholera in eight local government areas (LGAS) in the state, including 14 deaths, as of September 5, 2018. According to the details released yesterday in the Cholera outbreak bulletin issued by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) , the deaths recorded are: Magumeri four, MMC three, Konduga three, Chibok three and Kaga one. Since the outbreak started on August 19, 2018 the following cases have been recorded: Magumeri 139, Chibok 78, Maiduguri Metropolitan…

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Displaced persons in southern Syria rises to 270,000 – UN

The United Nation on Monday said the number of people forced to flee their homes in southwestern Syria as a result of the two week escalation in fighting has climbed to 270,000. The UN said recently that 160,000 had been displaced as they fled heavy bombardment and mostly took shelter in villages and areas near the Israeli and Jordanian borders. “Our latest update shows the figure of displaced across southern Syria has exceeded 270,000 people,” Mohammad Hawari, UNHCR’s Jordan spokesman said. The UN has warned of a humanitarian catastrophe in…

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UN tasks FG on security, condemns attacks in Damboa

The UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, Myrta Kaulard has urged the Federal Government to step security activities aimed at protecting its people. The call came in its latest message condemning the twin suicide attacks on June 16, in the town of Damboa, Borno State, that left dozens of people dead and scores injured in one of the deadliest attacks the town has witnessed. “Our deepest condolences go to the families of the victims in Damboa and to the Government and people of Nigeria. We wish the injured a speedy recovery,”…

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UN to honour 3 fallen Nigerian peacekeepers


The UN will honour three Nigerian peacekeepers, as the world marks the 2018 International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers to be commemorated on June 1, at the UN headquarters in New York. The fallen Nigerian peacekeepers to be honoured includes Lt. Col. Ali Suleiman, who served with the UN Organisation Stabilisation Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Others are Warrant Officer Remmy Amakwe, who was deployed with the African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur; and Mr Kolawole Shogaolu, who served in a civilian capacity in the UN Multidimensional…

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Buhari’s comments promoting violence in Nigeria, PDP tells UN, ICC


The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has attributed the spate of violence in the country to inflammatory and anti-democratic comments by President Muhammadu Buhari. The party told the United Nations and the International Criminal Court (ICC) at The Hague to condemn the statement attributed to President Buhari allegedly boasting of his human rights violation of Nigerians when he was military head of state. In a statement yesterday by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, the main opposition party ‎said Nigerians were shocked when the president boasted: “when I was in uniform,…

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Secondus writes UN, accuses Buhari of threatening democracy


National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Prince Uche Secondus has written to the United Nations (UN), accusing President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress (APC) of threatening the nation’s democracy. In the letter, dated April 30 and addressed to the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, the PDP National Chairman said the APC-led Federal Government was frustrating legitimate opposition, intimidating and persecuting their leaders and destroying the fragile fabrics of the nation’s burgeoning democracy.   “Our nation has become heavily polarized along dangerous fault lines where citizens now live…

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PDP to UN: APC, INEC plan to rig 2019 elections


The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has told the United Nations that the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) are planning to rig the 2019 general elections.   The party alleged that the rigging would start from Borno State where there are number of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps and where many others have left the state.   PDP National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, told a delegation of the United Nations led by Dr. Mohammed Ibn Chambas yesterday that the party has no confidence in INEC…

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‘Declare herdsmen attacks as terrorist acts,’ SERAP urges UN Security Council


Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has sent an open letter to the UN Security Council and its members urging them to: “Urgently hold a special session on Nigeria and to visit the country to press the authorities to end continuing killings and destruction of property by suspected herdsmen across Nigeria, particularly in the North-Central of the country.” The organization also asked the Council to: “treat the atrocities by herdsmen as terrorist acts, in line with the UN Security Council resolution 2349 (2017), which addresses Boko Haram’s presence in the…

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UN Women seeks nation’s commitment on gender equality

As report lists lack of data, poor funding as gaps for women’s empowerment The UN Women recently called the world community to hold accountable for gender equality commitments those in power across different countries of the world. To this end, the international organisation, has therefore called for the institution of a vibrant civil society with space to express itself, as part of measures to achieve hold world leaders accountable over gender equality issues. UN Women made these calls during the launch on February 14  of its flagship report, “Turning promises…

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2019: We don’t have confidence in INEC, PDP tells UN

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has expressed the fear over the ability of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct free and fair elections in 2019. The PDP chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, told the United Nations (UN) delegation on assessment visit to his office yesterday that the political climate in the country is serious cause for concern. Secondus told the team, led by Mr. Serge G Kubwimana, that only free and fair elections could guarantee unity of the country. According to him, the 2019 election will make and break…

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