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Save our Donkeys from Chinese destruction, Group urges FG

By Haruna Salami

The Federal Government has been urged to intervene in the illegal killing and exportation of donkeys from the country by some unscrupulous Chinese.

An ecosystem advocacy group, the National Ecosystem Advocates of Nigeria (NEAN), raised the alarm in a statement in Abuja on Friday.

They expressed concern that the nation may be at the recieving end if its donkeys go into extinction if the ugly trend is not quickly checked.

The group alleged that some Chinese entered the country in the guise of being construction workers only to turn around operating as marauders, poaching and exporting our donkeys illegally to China with the active connivance of some unpatriotic Nigerians.

In a statement jointly signed by the group’s National Coordinator, Comrade Ben Iguabor and the National Secretary, Silas Modaccai, the conservationists also expressed worry that forest guards from the Nigerian Agricultural Quarantine Services (NAQS) are being attacked, harassed, and maimed by these Chinese and their unpatriotic Nigerian collaborators.

According to the group, “Our observations revealed that some Chinese who enter the country on the guise of construction workers fraudulently turn some of our nation’s forests and bushes into a haven for the destruction of our flora and fauna for their selfish material and economic gains.

“Unfortunately, these illegal Chinese find easy collaborators among some unpatriotic Nigerians who aid them in perpetuating the violation of animals and timbers in our forests and bushes.”

It further claimed that “in particular, illegal buying and slaughtering of donkeys in parts of the Southeast and Northwest for export has continued to thrive among these unscrupulous Chinese and their local collaborators.

“We understand that donkey meat, as well as their hides and skins are very highly sought after in China, which is unable to meet its local needs, hence the pressure and resort to illegal importation from countries like Nigeria”.

The group regretted that “As if the illegal killing and export of donkeys from Nigeria by these Chinese are not enough, the Chinese have recently resorted to assaulting and harming guards of the Nigerian Agricultural Quarantine Services (NAQS) who attempt to check their nefarious activities and their collaborators.

It claimed that on two occasions in January this year and only last Tuesday, agents of the Chinese were reported to have organized heinous attacks on NAQS guards as well as some police personnel attached to them in Ebony State, carted away weapons of the police, and inflicted serious injuries on those guards.

It is consequent upon this ugly development, that the group is imploring on the Inspector General of Police to immediately order the arrest and prosecution of those behind these dastardly acts.

Also, the group has urged the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) to live up to its statutory responsibilities by monitoring and ensuring that foreigners, in this case, Chinese, who come into our country are permitted purely on need-base.
This is just as they also enjoined the immigration service to carry out the routine renewal of expatriates work permits to ensure compliance with the nation’s extant laws.

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Migration: National Refugee Commission Partners Embassy of Netherland

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Migration: National Refugee Commission Partners Embassy of Netherland 


The National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons (NCFRMI) is collaborating with the Embassy of Netherlands to resolve migration issues in Nigeria.
The Honourable Federal Commissioner of the Commission, Senator Basheer Garba Mohammed (Lado), while receiving, the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Netherland, His Excellency, Harry Van Dijk, said, the Commission has increased advocacy for sensitization of migrants against illegal migration.
“As the agency leading in all aspects of the Federal Governments  migration coordination our goal has been to steadfastly advocate for safe and orderly migration that will ensure more lives saved and not lost”, Lado stated.
“This year we have streamlined resources to primarily focus on the protection of Persons of Concern – this includes migrants – and we have ramped up sensitization of Nigerians that will promote regular migration within the country”.
“To this end and by the middle of this year we intend to launch the Resettlement City Rehabilitation & Reintegration Project in 4 states across the country ( Borno, Kano, Katsina and Edo States)”, he stressed.
“Intentionally, the Edo State facility was selected for use as a transitional migrant Centre for rehabilitation and reintegration of migrants who have returned from abroad and need support before going back to their former homes”.
“We are very excited about this plan and the opportunity to provide the necessary protection and sensitization for this group of citizens.  Never before has there been a Centre of such support in Nigeria”, Lado added.  
“We have listened to the numerous calls from migrants and believe that this is one way for the Commission to promote safe return and reintegration of migrants that is free of stigma, especially for those who have returned from gruesome experiences”. 
“I am pleased to hear of plans for the upcoming Nigeria-Netherlands Strategic Dialogue on Migration and Consular Affairs and I look forward to progressive partnerships designed in line with our streamlined focus as a nation, the Commissioner concluded.
“For the last year the COVID-19 pandemic has restricted our movement and inevitably this has delayed us from meeting each other in person. Nonetheless, I am delighted that today we have the opportunity to meet and resume discussions that will benefit our migratory landscape in Nigeria as well as our relations with the Kingdom of the Netherlands”, the Commissioner concluded.
Responding, the Ambassador, Harry Van Dijk stated that the COVID-19 pandemic has restricted their movement and inevitably that has delayed the meeting but he is delighted that they have resumed discussions that will benefit the migratory landscape in Nigeria as well as relations with the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
“We are happy to be here and we will do everything to support the Commission in every way possible as we hope to boost bilateral dialogue on migration and investment and trade, the ambassador added. 
Also at the meeting are the Commission’s director, Refugee and Migration, Tai Hassan Ejibunu; deputy director, IDPs of the Commission, Fatima Mamman Daura; deputy director, planning, Stephen Medaiyedu and the Commissioner’s Technical Assistant, Tahirah Ikharo.

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Chad’s President dies from injuries sustained from battle field

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Chad’s President dies from injuries sustained from battle field

The Chadian President Idriss Deby has died on the battlefield after three decades in power, the army announced on state television on Tuesday.
The shocking news came only a day after the 68-year-old was proclaimed the winner of a presidential election that had given him a sixth term in office.
The army said the President had been commanding his army at the weekend as it battled against rebels who had launched a major incursion into the north of the country on election day.
Deby “has just breathed his last breath defending the sovereign nation on the battlefield,” army spokesman General Azem Bermandoa Agouna said in a statement read out on state television.
Deby, 68, had ruled Chad with an iron fist for three decades but was a key ally in the West’s anti-jihadist campaign in the troubled Sahel region.
The army said a military council led by the late president’s 37-year-old son Mahamat Idriss Deby Itno, a four-star general, would replace him.
On Monday, the army had claimed a “great victory” in its battle against the rebels from neighbouring Libya, saying it had killed 300 fighters, with the loss of five soldiers in its own ranks during eight days of combat.

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Pantami: Coalition of Civil Society Groups suspend mass rally

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Pantami: Coalition of Civil Society Groups suspend mass rally

The Coalition of Civil Society Groups have announced suspension of a mass rally to demand for the sack of embattled Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami.
A statement by Ibrahim Ahmadu and Osakwe Chigozie Michael, National Convener and Co-Convener, respectively said the rally expected to hold on Tuesday (today) was shelved due to security reasons and the fear that it could be hijacked by hoodlums.
The statement further disclosed that a new date will be announced for the shelved mass rally.
” The proposed rally against Minister of Communications, Dr Isa Pantami is hereby postponed till further notice after due consultations and consideration with adequate advice in line with security tips.
“While we regret the unfortunate call off, we avail ourselves this opportunity to inform our members to exercise patience and keep the spirit alive upon a viable and visible date for it.
” We regret all inconveniences.”

Checks revealed that the Minister of Communications has been accused of alleged link with the extremist group, Al-Queda and having sympathy for Taliban.

Audio recordings of Mr Pantami’s past teachings where he declared support for Al-Qaeda and Taliban resurfaced last week, with many Nigerians calling for his removal.

Mr Pantami, an Islamic cleric, denied any links with the groups. He, however, admitted making the controversial statements supporting the groups but said that his views on such extremist groups have changed.

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