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WFP to provide emergency food, nutrition to 2.1m people affected by conflict

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WFP to provide emergency food, nutrition to 2.1m people affected by conflict

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) says it will provide emergency food and nutrition to 2.1 million people affected by conflict and in dire need of humanitarian assistance.

This is contained in a statement released on Saturday in Abuja by Chi Lael, Head of Communications, Advicacy and Marketing of the programme in Nigeria.

Chi expressed the programme’s concern that years of armed conflict in northeast Nigeria had contributed to hunger and malnutrition among people with millions in need of life-saving assistance and so much at risk of famine.

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“The March Cadre Harmonise projects that 4.3 million people in Borno, Adamawa, and Yobe states face severe hunger during the peak of the lean season between June and August 2023.

“Almost 600,000 are on the brink of catastrophe. These people will face emergency levels of food insecurity with extremely high rates of acute malnutrition and mortality in the absence of sustained scale-up of humanitarian assistance.

“Ongoing conflict has affected the nutrition status of children on several fronts.

“Two million children in the region are projected to suffer from acute malnutrition, and cases of severe acute malnutrition among children have quadrupled to 700,000.

“More than 4.3 million people also in need of food assistance in northwest Nigeria, resources for the northeast, have been increasingly squeezed.

“A total of 24.8 million people or 1 out of 8 individuals are experiencing acute hunger this year in Nigeria’s 26 states and the capital, Abuja,” he said.

Chi explained that the more people in need of urgent food assistance go unassisted, the greater risk of starvation and death among the most vulnerable, and that the more people would be forced to resort to coping mechanisms such as survival sex, selling possessions and child labour.

He added that lack of assistance increased the risk of youth recruitment into armed groups and displaced populations that returned to inaccessible areas, where they were beyond reach of humanitarian assistance and other social services.

“Chronic insecurity is preventing many people in the north-east from growing the food they need or earning an income.

“In the last year, conflict left households unable to leave their homes due to an increase in movement restrictions, killings and abduction of civilians, particularly in Borno, where the violence is concentrated.

“Thousands of people are left with only one month’s food supply as households in conflict-affected areas rely on minimal income to purchase food.

“The hunger crisis worsens already bad situation for many families struggling with economic hardship, surging inflation, impacts of Russia-Ukraine war, the currency redesign policy, slow post-COVID-19 recovery and unprecedented floods in 2022, which limited agricultural production and overall food availability.

“WFP requires U.S. 190 dollars million over the next six months to provide life-saving food and nutrition assistance to the most vulnerable people,” he said.

He, however, advised that If urgent action was not taken, funding gaps could mean that approximately four million people in the northeast would be without food assistance at the peak of the lean season.

WFP is the world’s largest humanitarian organisation, saving lives in emergencies and using food assistance to build pathway to peace, stability and prosperity for people recovering from conflict, disasters and the impact of climate change.

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Federal Government Lodges Complaint Against Daily Trust with NMCC Over Samoa Agreement Report

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Federal Government Lodges Complaint Against Daily Trust with NMCC Over Samoa Agreement Report

The Federal Government has filed a complaint against Daily Trust Newspapers with the National Media Complaints Commission (NMCC), also known as the Ombudsman, regarding a story on the Samoa agreement.

On Sunday, the NMCC confirmed receipt of the government’s complaint and stated that an investigation had begun. The statement was signed by Mr. Emeka Izeze, Chairman, and Mr. Feyi Smith, interim secretary of the NMCC.

The federal government’s complaint, dated July 8, was signed by Dr. Ngozi Onwudiwe, Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Information and National Orientation, on behalf of Minister Mohammed Idris.

The government alleged that Daily Trust published an article on July 4, 2024, titled “LGBT: Nigeria Signs $150 Billion Samoa Deal,” containing false and misleading information that poses a severe threat to national security.

According to the complaint, the report claimed that the government had endorsed a European Union (EU) partnership agreement, referred to as the “Samoa Agreement,” with member states of the Organisation of African, Caribbean, and Pacific States (OACPS). The article suggested that the agreement included clauses compelling nations to support LGBTQ community recognition.

The government described the report as “false and misleading” and stated that it had resulted in hate speech, threats, intimidation, and cyberbullying directed at individuals and government officials across social media.

The federal government has requested the NMCC to thoroughly investigate the alleged misleading publication. It has also asked the commission to direct the newspaper’s management to publicly retract and correct the false information with equal prominence as the original article and issue an unequivocal apology. Additionally, the government urged the implementation of stricter editorial guidelines to prevent similar incidents in the future.

The NMCC acknowledged the complaint with a letter dated July 10, signed by Interim Secretary Mr. Feyi Smith, informing the ministry that the complaint was under review. The commission assured that the outcome would be communicated to the government and that the management of Daily Trust would be contacted for their response.

“As an independent media regulatory body, it is our duty to promote media adherence to the highest standards of professionalism and ethical conduct while ensuring the media operate in a free and unfettered environment,” the NMCC stated.

The commission emphasized that its investigation would be thorough and impartial, with full cooperation from all parties involved. Transparency throughout the process was also pledged.

The National Media Complaints Commission (NMCC) is an independent, multi-stakeholder co-regulatory body established by the Nigerian Press Organisations (NPO), including the Newspaper Proprietors Association of Nigeria (NPAN), the Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE), and the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ). It collaborates with the Guild of Corporate Online Publishers (GOCOP) and the Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria (BON) to resolve complaints about the press while maintaining high standards of journalism practice, ethics, and defending press freedom and the public’s right to know.

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Family Narrowly Escapes as Building Collapses in Lagos

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By Halima Abdulkadiri

The Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) announced on Sunday that a family narrowly escaped death when their house on the outskirts of Lagos collapsed.

Dr. Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, the agency’s Permanent Secretary, stated that the incident occurred around Adealu Bus-stop in the Ipaja area. LASEMA responded to a distress call received through the 767 and 112 emergency toll-free lines at 10:44 PM on Saturday, July 13.

“The building collapsed at No. 49, Oyinlola Street, off Adealu Bus-stop, Iyana-Ipaja, Lagos. Upon arrival at the scene, investigations revealed that it was the boys’ quarters behind the storey-building that collapsed,” Oke-Osanyintolu said.

“Fortunately, the single family involved managed to escape before the collapse. There were no casualties or fatalities.”

Further investigations indicated that neglect and poor maintenance led to the collapse of the boys’ quarters. The agency’s response team conducted public awareness sessions to inform residents about the dangers of remaining in the compromised structure.

“The main building, which consists of nine rooms downstairs and two flats upstairs, has been cordoned off. All occupants have been advised to vacate the building immediately for their safety,” Oke-Osanyintolu added.

He recommended a manual demolition of the remaining structure and clearing of debris from the collapsed boys’ quarters. Additionally, integrity tests by the Material Testing Laboratory have been suggested to assess the safety of the main building.

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Kaduna Police Ban Unlawful Gatherings, Ashura Procession

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By Halima Abdulkadiri

The Police Command in Kaduna State has announced a ban on all forms of unlawful gatherings by the proscribed Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), including its planned Ashura procession.

The command’s spokesperson, ASP Mansir Hassan, issued the ban in a statement on Sunday in Kaduna. Hassan stated, “The command has banned every manner of illegal protest in the state.”

This decision follows intelligence reports indicating that the IMN, also known as Shi’ites, plans to hold a procession to mark the 2024 Islamic Ashura day ceremony. Hassan highlighted the violent history associated with these processions, stating, “The said ritual practice has in the recent past been characterized by unimaginable violence leading to the destruction of properties, injuries to persons, and even loss of lives.”

In response, the police command has issued a stern warning to IMN members to abandon their plans for the procession. Hassan emphasized that the command would enforce the law against any individuals or groups, particularly the outlawed IMN, who attempt to defy the ban.

Commissioner of Police for Kaduna State, Mr. Ali Dabigi, reassured law-abiding citizens to continue their activities without fear. He stressed that the state’s hard-earned relative peace would not be compromised by the actions of a few ‘renegades’.

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