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Military spits fire over Amnesty International’s report on Boko Haram, IPOB, homosexuality

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Amnesty International’s Report: Nigeria’s Defence Headquarters has described the latest report released by Amnesty International (AI), alleging human rights violations by the Armed Forces of Nigeria (AFN), as a gross disservice to the nation’s high security command.

It accused AI of working towards weakening the efforts of the AFN at ensuring peace and security in the country.

Brigadier General, John Agim, Brigadier General, Acting Director Defence Information, in a statement on Friday, observed that AI has made it a routine duty to continue generating tension among the citizens by releasing unconfirmed reports, unsubstantiated claims and figures relating to military counter-insurgency operations and wanton killings by unknown groups or persons.

The statement in full: “It is pertinent to re-iterate that the AFN as a responsible institution, financed by taxpayers, is bound to respond to these allegations in order to put the records in proper perspective.

The AI allegations of human rights violations and extra judicial killing of civilians by the AFN have followed a specific trend for some time now. It could be noted that the organization’s allegations made against the AFN since 2011 to date are largely unsubstantiated.

The figures released by the organization showed that 4,900 Boko Haram detainees were held in Giwa Barracks in an overcrowded facility where 340 detainees had already died of diseases and dehydration.

“They further stated that 164 civilians were killed by the Nigerian Air Force when an IDP camp was hit at Rann by a Nigerian Air Force fighter Jet and also that 12 IPOB members were kill in Umuahia by the AFN. Read More At Dailypost

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ISIS’ child victims: Crying kids flee homes, suffer bomb injuries and sleep in smoke-filled homes in powerful images

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ISIS' child victims: Crying kids flee homes, suffer bomb injuries and sleep in smoke-filled homes in powerful images

ISIS’ child victims: Crying kids flee homes, suffer bomb injuries and sleep in smoke-filled homes in powerful images

EXCLUSIVE: In one image, released by Oxfam, a brave 14-year-old girl poses next to a water tank where her hand was blown off by a hidden ISIS bomb

Dressed in polka dot clothing, a brave young girl stands beside a water tank outside her home where her hand was blown off by an ISIS bomb.

Aged only 14, Doha, who goes by a pseudonym, was cleaning by the tank in northern Iraq when the IED suddenly exploded, causing horrific injuries.

Doha, 14, who goes by a pseudonym, bravely stands near a water tank in northern Iraq where her hand was blown off by an ISIS bomb

Unbeknown to her, the deadly device had been planted at the site by Islamic State militants when they swept through her hometown, Owsijah village.

It was only two months after Doha returned home – following the recapturing of the village – when she stumbled across the hidden bomb as she cleaned.

In a terrifying blast, she lost half of her hand.

The picture of the teen, courageously standing by the tank near where the IED was buried, is among a series of powerful images taken in the war-ravaged country.

ISIS' child victims: Crying kids flee homes, suffer bomb injuries and sleep in smoke-filled homes in powerful images

A family stand on the roof of their home in Qayyarah, with a burning oil well behind them

Two young girls look out at an oil well - one of many set alight by the Islamic State

British aid worker Amy Christian, pictured, has spent the past two years working with Oxfam in Iraq

Others show families weeping and embracing as they are reunited at a camp, not too far from Mosul, after being torn apart when ISIS took control of the city.

Thin and in a state of shock, some women were seen discarding their black Niqabs, while men “wept openly”, as thousands flooded the camp’s gates.

In another striking image, a couple stand on the roof of their home with their three children, aged 11, six and five, as a fire rages behind them.

The family live next to a burning oil well in Qayyarah. And although the mum is always cleaning, their home is constantly black with smoke.

“I just keep cleaning and it comes back the same,” she says.

“If we stay like this we really will die here. We don’t have electricity and at night the smoke fills the house and we can’t breathe.”

She adds: “I try to stop the children playing outside.” More HERE

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”He is human” Edo state govt reacts to trending photos of the state governor, Godwin Obaseki, sleeping at UN general Assembly

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''He is human'' Edo state govt reacts to trending photos of the state governor, Godwin Obaseki, sleeping at UN general Assembly

The Special Assistant to Edo state governor on Media and Communication strategy, Crusoe Osagie, has released a statement over the trending photos of the governor, Godwin Obaseki, sleeping while President Buhari addressed the 73rd UN General Assembly yesterday September 25th.

According to Osagie, the governor was fatigued. To buttress his point, Osagie shared photos of other world leaders sleeping at world events. Read the statement below

Our attention has been drawn to a mischievous campaign designed to smear the image of the Edo State Governor, Mr. Governor Obaseki.

The disparagers have populated the internet with photographs of the governor when he momentarily succumbed to fatigue after a long flight, preceded by a chaotic itinerary in Edo State before heading to New York for the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly, in the United States of America.

The idle hands and mischievous minds behind the smear campaign against governor Obaseki are clearly not people to be taken seriously.

Despite Governor Obaseki’s rare work culture, unmatched by his peers, we have never portrayed him as a machine. He can experience fatigue and exhaustion, an indisputable fact of life, to which all humans are susceptible.

The internet is awash with photographs of outstanding world leaders who have at one time or the other yielded to fatigue at meetings.

The list includes the Chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel; Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe; former United States President, Barack Obama; his Economic Adviser, Larry Summers; Pope Benedict XVI; former British Prime Minister, Gordon Brown; former Italian Prime Minister, Silvio Berlusconi and the former Austrian President, Heinze Fischer, amongst others.

Those who are familiar with the daily work schedule of Governor Godwin Obaseki have attested to his rare and unique work ethics, devoid of fanfare and trivialities.
A cursory look at the governor’s itinerary between September 21 – 23rd, before he entered the UN meetings in New York, shows the following: Friday September 21, 2018, 9:30am, Swearing-in of members of the Edo State Oil and Gas Producing Areas Development Commission (EDSOGPADEC) Board; 10:30am, Swearing-in of new members of the Edo State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB); 12noon, Meeting with Amaju Pinnick, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) President; 12-5pm, attended to mails and correspondence; 5-7pm, on the road from Benin City to Irrua in Edo Central.

Between 7-9pm, he held a meeting with Edo Central Community and Political leaders in Irrua; from 9-10pm, he was on the road from Irrua to Fugar, headquarters of Etsako Central Local Government Area. From 10pm to 12am the next day, he held a meeting with community and political leaders in Fugar.

On that same Saturday between 12-3am, Obaseki met with overseers of the Health Improvement Programme (HIP) along with his Chief of Staff, Chief Taiwo Akerele; the Special Adviser on Media and Communication Strategy, Crusoe Osagie; Executive Assistant, Ethan Uzamere; in Fugar, Etasko Central LGA.

The team rested between 4-7am on Saturday and proceeded to Warake to inspect the Primary Healthcare Centre there, which is near completion.

Between 9-10am, the governor was on the road from Warake to Okpella where he commissioned the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN)’s Power Transformer in Okpella.

From 11am, he headed to St. Ambrose Catholic Church, Emaudo in Ekpoma, for the memorial Church Service of the late Professor Ambrose Alli, former governor of old Bendel State. He was at the late Prof. Ambrose Alli’s House for a visit from 4pm and was on the road from Ekpoma to Benin City between 4:30 and 6pm.

He left Benin City for New York around 6pm and was scheduled to arrive New York between 11-12noon, Sunday (New York time) for the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly.

He was to await President Muhammadu Buhari’s arrival between 4-6pm after which he met with the President’s aide over the next day’s proceedings at the United Nations.

The governor’s activities in the days before his trip to New York give insight into his attitude to work and governance, and followed similar crowded itinerary, in China, where he sealed final investment agreements on the development of the Benin Industrial Park, the Benin River Port and the Modular Refinery project few days before.

• Crusoe Osagie is the Special Adviser to Governor Godwin Obaseki on Media and Communication Strategy

''He is human'' Edo state govt reacts to trending photos of the state governor, Godwin Obaseki, sleeping at UN general Assembly

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