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Today's News: Human rights abuses: US may deny Nigeria aid, Ekiti Monarch shot by gunmen.


Boko-Haram attack UN office in Borno

Reports have it that Boko-Haram insurgents have attacked the United Nations hub in Damasak town, Borno State on Saturday.

The terrorists set fire to the UN facilities after they arrived the town in gun trucks, went on a looting spree, carting away aid supplies meant for the Internally Displaced Persons.

A military source confirmed the attack Damasak but also disclosed that troops were fighting to ensure that the terrorists did not take over the town.

According to the source, the initial plan for the militia was to attack the military based, but were that proved abortive as they were repelled, so some of them went to the UN facility.

Attacks on UN facilities have now become frequent in the Northern region, as this will be the third time Humanitarian hubs belonging to the organization have been attacked between March and April alone.

The United Nations is yet to react to the latest assault on it's facility.

Hunters on the trail of abducted doctor, nurse, attacked by gunmen in Ogun, two shot.

Local hunters on the trail of a medical doctor and a nurse who were abducted along Abeokuta-Imeko road in Ogun State have been attacked by the suspected kidnappers in the bush.

According to reports, the doctor, Okasanmi Odetola, who is the head General Hospital, Imeko and a nurse, Mrs Bamgbose, were kidnapped while travelling in a Toyota Camry car with plate number KTU 584 FR, on Wednesday night.

In response to the abduction, local hunters were mobilised to rescue the victims from their captors.

According to sources, 26 local vigilantes were deployed for a search and rescue mission with 10 motorcycles and two car.

The search party was ambushed, however, by the gunmen, who were said to have attacked them with AK-47 rifles, injuring two hunters in the process.

The assailants then proceeded to set the vehicles and 9 of the motor bikes ablaze.

The confrontation took place at Odetedo-Idi-Iroko, Imeko.

The kidnappers as demanding for a N20million ransom for the victims.

The Ogun State Police Command, through the Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, had earlier confirmed that the Police were on the trail of the kidnappers.

Ekiti Monarch attacked by gunmen, left seriously injured.

The traditional ruler of Ewu Ekiti in Ilemeje Local Government Area of Ekiti State, Oba Adetutu Anayo, has been shot by unknown gunmen.

He was shot on Friday night on his way to a neighboring community, Aiyetoro Ekiti, in Ondo/Osinbajo Local Government Area of Ekiti State.

Ajayi however managed to escape, albeit with severe injuries to his stomach, arms and legs and is currently receiving treatment at an undisclosed medical facility.

Ekiti Police Command spokesperson, Sunday Abutu confirmed the incident.


You can't get help from the US government because of your Human Rights abuses - Former US Ambassador to Nigeria tells Buhari

A former United States Ambassador to Nigeria, John Campbell, has said the Nigerian government may never receive any financial or technical assistance from the US and it's allies in it's fight against insecurity until the Federal Government addressed human rights abuses by security forces in the country.

Campbell made this statement on Friday, during a virtual conference on the madien edition of 'Grow Nigeria Conversation' with the theme, ' Reversing the Flourishing Economy of Kidnapping and Banditry: Immediate and Long-term Solutions'.

According to SaharaReporters, Campbell said the US laws prohibited the American government from giving technical expertise to any country whose security forces are accused of human rights violations.

He urged the Buhari-led Nigerian government to ensure it restores public confidence and trust in the security forces, especially the police.

Campbell insisted that human rights abuses are a 'massive barrier' to a more cordial relationship between the US and Nigerian security forces. He added that addressing that 'barrier' is complex issue.

According to him, both financial and technical aid to Nigeria's security apparatus could become possible if and only if, the human rights abuses were to go away.

Speaking on amnesty granted to bandits, Campbell noted that it is illegal and would not bring a solution to the problem.

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