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Governors of the Northeastern States arriving at the State House, Abuja for a meeting President Muhammadu Buhari.

Northeast governors demand new security strategies from service chiefs

Speaking at the opening ceremony of the fourth meeting of the Northeast Governors’ Forum in Bauchi, the Chairman of the Forum and Borno State Governor, Prof. Babagana Zulum, said: “In our previous meetings, we have been able to identify most of the daunting challenges facing us, individually and collectively, and the possible courses of action which we would pursue through shared responsibility and commonality of purpose, in order to arrive at the desired outcomes.”
The wife of the Ondo State Governor, Betty Akeredolu, has unveiled an initiative ”Yellow Card” to identify early warning signs of Gender-Based Violence (GBV) in schools.

Betty Akeredolu unveils ”Yellow Card” initiative

The wife of the Ondo State Governor, Betty Akeredolu, has unveiled an initiative ”Yellow Card” to identify early warning signs of Gender-Based Violence (GBV) in schools.
Governor David Nweze Umahi

NHRC threatens sanctions against Ebonyi communities over ‘ostracisation’

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has threatened to mete out penalties against ostracization of Persons in Ebonyi communities and other parts of the country.
Zambia's President Edgar Lungu has ordered a reshuffle of the southern African country's top police brass to facilitate a probe into the killing of two protesters last week, his spokesperson said on Tuesday.

Zambian president: Strategy to end child marriages bearing fruits

Zambian President Edgar Lungu said on Friday that a strategy developed to end child marriages in the country had begun bearing fruits.

Muslim group vows to end gender violence in Yobe

The Yobe chapter of Muslim Sisters Organisation of Nigeria (MSO), an NGO, in collaboration with UN Women, have embarked on advocacy and sensitisation to end Gender Based Violence (GBV) in the state.
A statement from the office of the Ekiti State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Olawale Fapohunda, released a Public Notice on the status of Akintewe, who is from Ondo town.

Ekiti drags police chief to court over dismissal of pregnant policewoman

The Ekiti State Government through the Attorney-General (AG) and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Wale Fapohunda, has dragged the Inspector General of Police (IG), Mohammed Adamu, to court over the dismissal of a police constable, Omolola Olajide, for getting pregnant without serving the required number of years.
An Ethiopian refugee, who fled the Tigray conflict, walks in the Tenedba camp in Mafaza, eastern Sudan on January 8, 2021. (Ashraf Shazly, AFP)

UN warns Tigray conflict could spark broader destabilisation in Ethiopia

A conflict in Ethiopia's Tigray region could trigger broader destabilisation in the country, UN aid chief Mark Lowcock told the Security Council on Wednesday as he warned that a dire humanitarian situation in the north was set to worsen.

UNFPA distributes protective equipments to Enugu health facilities

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has distributed Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to 32 health facilities in Enugu State.

NUJ suspends journalist accused of rape

Addressing an emergency meeting of the union in Damaturu on Saturday, the Yobe State chairperson of the NUJ, Rajab Mohammed, said Mr Uche is suspended from the union until he is cleared by the courts of the allegation.

CSO: Governors frustrating fight against gender-based violence

A Civil Society Organisation, Women Advocates Research and Documentation Centre (WARDC), has accused state governors of frustrating the fight against gender-based violence in the country.
Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi state has said that certain politicians are frustrating the war against insecurity by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Kogi governor restates commitment to gender equity

Governor Yahaya Bello said his administration is committed to the elimination of gender inequality in governance, discrimination, and violence against women and girls.
Gombe state Governor, Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya has declared that the challenging experience the state went through in the 2020 fiscal year will be used to sharpen the vision of the government for the 2021 fiscal year and beyond.

Official: Gombe records 200 rape, 37 sodomy cases in 2020

Gombe State Commissioner for internal security and Ethical Orientation, Dauda Zambuk, on Saturday said the state recorded 200 rape, 37 sodomy and 10 kidnap cases in 2020 with five recorded in January of the new year 2021 alone.
Founder of WARIF, Dr. Kemi DaSilva-Ibru stated that WARIF is proud to partner with the UN and the EU on the Spotlight Initiative to reduce the prevalence of gender based violence in tertiary institutions by working directly with the student based organizations and the school authorities in adopting strategies and facilitating mechanisms that will provide the much needed support and safety to all students on campuses across the Country.

Groups train 3000 students on prevention of sexual violence on campus

Organized by The Women at Risk International Foundation (WARIF) in collaboration with the joint EU-UN Spotlight Initiative, the programme aims to eliminate all forms of sexual and gender-based violence against women through various implementation programs and partners all over the world.
NDLEA

NDLEA develops programmes to reduce drug abuse in Anambra

Mr Mohammed Idris, the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) Commander in Anambra, says the Command has developed functional programmes to reduce drug abuse and its associated crimes in the state.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has commiserated with Nigeria’s civil society community on the death of Mrs Esther Uzoma, a gender rights advocate.

Minister: Esther Uzoma’s demise a big loss to GBV activism

Minister of Women Affairs, Mrs Pauline Tallen, says the demise of renowned civil rights activist, Esther Uzoma, has left a big vacuum in the crusade to end Gender-Based Violence globally (GBV).
The Nigeria Police Force says its investigation shows that Boko Haram, Ansaru and other terror groups are getting support from some Nigerians.

Police complain about frequent rape of children in Gombe

The Gombe State Commissioner of Police, Shehu Maikudi, says there's an urgent need to battle the prevalence of rape, especially of minors, in the state.
The executive governor of Ogun State, Dapo Abiodun has urged Nigerian students, irrespective of religious affiliation, to continue working for the unity, peace, and progress of the country.

Ogun suspends commissioner over ‘sexual harassment’

Ogun State government has suspended the Honourable Commissioner for Environment, Hon Abiodun Abudu-Balogun, from office pending the conclusion of an independent investigation into an allegation of sexual harassment of a 16-year old, Barakat Mayowa Melojuekun.
The Nigeria Police Force says its investigation shows that Boko Haram, Ansaru and other terror groups are getting support from some Nigerians.

Police to engage youths in fight against cultism, substance abuse

The Nigeria Police Force says it will roll out massive engagement and enlightenment of stakeholders to check cultism, substance abuse, sexual and gender-based violence in 2021.
Mrs. Olubukola Olaboopo, the Osun Commissioner for Women, Children and Social Affairs, on Wednesday, says the ministry has created a women clinic where depressed, abused women can get help, physically and psychologically.

Osun government sets up clinic for depressed, abused women

Mrs. Olubukola Olaboopo, the Osun Commissioner for Women , Children and Social Affairs, on Wednesday, says the ministry has created a women clinic where depressed, abused women can get help, physically and psychologically.
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Osun government sets up clinic for depressed, abused women

Mrs Olubukoka Olaboopo, the Osun Commissioner for Women , Children and Social Affairs, on Wednesday, says the ministry has created a women clinic where depressed, abused women can get help, physically and psychologically.
UNHCR staff unload aid from an aircraft in Mogadishu for distribution to families affected by flooding in central Somalia’s Hiran region, November 2019. UNHCR-William Ejalu

UN steps up aid for Somalis displaced by Cyclone Gati

U.N. agencies are rushing emergency aid to thousands of victims of Cyclone Gati, the most powerful tropical storm ever to hit Somalia.

Women forum discusses strategies to stop gender-based violence

Amid reported increase in sexual violence against women in Nigeria, former National President of the Nigerian Association of Women Journalists – NAWOJ, Ms. Kande Daniel says “advocacy and communication by civil society groups must engage in shaming by naming” as a deliberate step to reduce gender-based violence in the country.

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‘Pretty Mike’ arrested over Cubana Club’s coronavirus violation

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President Muhammadu Buhari has decorated the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Lucky Irabor, with his new rank of four-star General, and the three service chiefs as three-star Generals. Others decorated on Friday by President Buhari at the Council Chambers of the Presidential Villa, Abuja were Lieutenant-General Ibrahim Attahiru, Chief of Army Staff; Vice Admiral Awwal Zubairu, Chief of Naval Staff; and Air Marshal Ishiaka Oladayo Amoo, Chief of Air Staff.

CDS Irabor: Nigeria will have peace again

Chief of Defense Staff General Lucky Irabor has said that the Nigerian Armed Forces will never in any way leave the peace and security of the nation in the hands of the terrorists.
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Convention: APC sets up constitution review committee

Four years after a failed attempt to review its constitution, the ruling All Progressives Congress APC has set up an eight-member committee headed by Prof. Tahir Mamman SAN, to review its laws ahead of its National Convention slated for later this year.
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UN condemns Boko Haram attack on Dikwa

The United Nations (UN) has condemned the attacks by Boko Haram against civilians and aid facilities in Dikwa, Borno State.
Gombe state Governor, Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya has declared that the challenging experience the state went through in the 2020 fiscal year will be used to sharpen the vision of the government for the 2021 fiscal year and beyond.

Gombe: Driver dies in accident involving governor’s convoy

The convoy of Governor Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe State was involved in an accident on Thursday.
At least 317 schoolgirls were abducted by bandits in the Friday morning raid on Government Girls Secondary School, Jangebe, in Zamfara State, the police have said.

Abductors free Zamfara schoolgirls

Respite may have come the way of the 317 kidnapped schoolgirls of Government Secondary School, Jangebe in Zamfara State following the news filtering in this afternoon that they have been released by the bandits.
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President Buhari declares Zamfara no fly-zone, bans mining activities

The National Security Adviser (NSA), Major General Babagana Monguno (rtd), disclosed this on Tuesday while briefing State House correspondents after a meeting of National Security Council at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.