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North East Conflicts: 25,000 Nigerians Missing- ICRC

The International Committee of the Red Cross has disclosed that 25,000 persons are said to be missing in the North-East due to conflicts.

This was contained in a statement signed by Aliyu Dawobe and Pat Griffiths and issued ahead of its Tuesday meeting with stakeholders co-hosted by the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and, Social Development as well as the National Human Rights Commission.

The Deputy Protection Coordinator ICRC, Kouame Adjoumani, was quoted to have the stakeholders would meet to seek solutions for those missing and their families.

According to the coordinator, “behind every missing person, there are many more people suffering from the anguish and uncertainty of not knowing the fate and whereabouts of a loved one.

“Families of the missing face economic, psychosocial, administrative and legal difficulties all at once – and can be unable to rebuild their lives until these challenges are overcome.”

The meeting was convened to raise awareness, establish collaborative networks, develop methods towards solutions, build avenues for engagement, as well as discuss priorities and an action plan to support families of the missing.

A delegate who works with families of the missing for the ICRC in Nigeria, Anne-Sofie Stockman, the actual number of missing persons could be more than 25,000, adding that more than 90 per cent of ICRC missing cases in Nigeria are connected to the armed conflicts in the northeast.

“Our caseload of more than 25,000 missing people in Nigeria is likely just the tip of the iceberg.

“The actual number of those missing is likely much higher.”

It would be recalled that in 2022, together with the Nigerian Red Cross Society, the ICRC helped exchange 4319 ‘Red Cross messages’ and facilitated 812 phone calls between separated family members, while facilitating 14 family reunions and provided psychosocial, economic, legal, and administrative support to 156 people affected by missing loved ones.

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Idris, 21 Arraigned For Stealing Phone Accessories In Lagos Market

21 year old Idris Aderemi, accused of stealing phone accessories worth N1.78 million, appeared before an Ojo Magistrates’ Court in Lagos State on Friday.

On two counts of conspiracy and theft, the defendant—whose address was withheld—is being tried before Magistrate L J.K. Layeni.

He, however, entered a not guilty plea to the accusation.

The defendant committed the offenses on April 16, 2022, at the Fancy and Furniture Plaza, which is located in the Alaba International Market in Ojo, according to the prosecutor, Dr. Simon Uche

According to Uche, the defendant planned to take the phone accessories from Cap Link Communication Ltd. in the plaza with the help of a fugitive.

The accused offenses violate Sections 287 and 411 of the Lagos State Criminal Law of 2015.

Layeni set the defendant’s bail at N300,000 with two equal-sized sureties.

He set the trial date for February 15th.

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Bandits Storm Kaduna Community, Kill 5 Miners

Five miners were killed after bandits stormed a mining site in Hayin Udawa community, Chikun local government area of Kaduna killing.

The bandits stormed the site on Thursday afternoon where the victims were working.

According to a source, “Five of our local miners were killed on Wednesday while working in the bush. They were all from Udawa town.”

He added that others sustained gunshot injuries.

He stated that where the attack took place was not far from where bandits ambushed the personnel of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), killing seven, as well as six miners a few weeks ago.

The State Police Command Public Relations Officer, DSP Mohammed Jalige could not respond to calls put to him.

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Son Of Nasarawa Governor Is Dead

Abdullahi A. Sule, governor of Nasarawa State has lost his son, Alhaji Hassan AA Sule.

Hassan reportedly died on Friday morning after a brief illness.

Muhammed Alkali, Honourable member representing Lafia North Constituency at the Nasarawa State House of Assembly who confirmed the Governor’s son’s death, described it as a “shocking” development.

The lawmaker said it is a colossal loss not only to Nasarawa State but the Nation at large.

“I share my deep condolences with His Excellency, Engr Abdullahi A. Sule, over the passing of his beloved son Alh. Hassan.

” I pray that Allah (SWT) grants him Aljanatul Firdaus and comfort his family” Alkali said.

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