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Nigeria Governors’ Wives Forum Commemorates Global 16 Days Of Activism Against Gender-based Violence



Nigeria Governors' Wives Forum Commemorates Global 16 Days Of Activism Against Gender-based Violence
Erelu Bisi Fayemi, First Lady, Ekiti State and Chairperson, Nigeria Governors'Wives Forum,

The Nigeria Governors’ Wives Forum (NGWF) will be commemorating this year’s global 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence with a range of activities as a collective and in the various States of the Federation. The theme for 2021 is “Orange the World: End Violence Against Women Now”.

In a statement by HE Erelu Bisi Fayemi, the First Lady, Ekiti State and the Chair, Nigeria Governors’ Wives Forum, the group said: “In June 2020 the NGWF helped influence the declaration of a State of Emergency on Gender Based Violence by the Nigeria Governors’ Forum. The theme for the 2021 16 Days of activism carries a sense of urgency and that is the spirit in which the State of Emergency was declared in 2020. We still need urgent action. We need to ensure adequate funding of all interventions, respond effectively to the needs of survivors, intensify strategies for prevention of GBV and collect relevant data for analysis and planning. We all need to leverage whatever platforms and competencies we have to make this happen. Whilst we acknowledge and appreciate the efforts of all those who have been working  tirelessly on these issues, we are painfully aware that there is so much more to be done.

“On November 25th 2021, to flag off the 16 Days campaign, NGWF is using its GBV Survivor Fund to support many Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) Survivors in States across the Federation.

“It is our own small way of calling attention to the need for more survivor-centered approaches to GBV interventions.

“As the 16 Days of Activism for 2021 begins, the NGWF joins millions of women around the country to demand for an end to all forms of violations against women and girls. This is a summary of some of the activities being coordinated by State First Ladies around the country. Most First Ladies are organising multiple events during the 16 Days, ranging from marches to community advocacy, media campaigns and policy dialogues.  The activities listed for each State here are just one of many that will take place during this period. With each activity, no matter how modest, it is hoped that we will all take giant strides together to END VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN NOW!”

The NGWF’s schedule of activities for  16 days of activism against  GBV is as follows:

“November 25th: NGWF GBV marches in several States to open the 16 Days campaign

“November 25th: Adamawa State, Street Walk on GBV awareness and advocacy for the passage of the Child Protection Bill.

November 25th: Akwa Ibom State, Symposium on ‘War against Rape’.

“November 25th: Edo State, Statewide advocacy and sensitisation activities throughout the sixteen days and the inauguration of school GBV Clubs in all Senatorial districts

“November 26th: Kebbi State, launch of Orange Page on social media for GBV sensitisation

“November 29th– 9th December: Gombe State, Skills acquisition training for women in all Local Government Areas (LGAs)

“November 29th: Cross River State, Engaging community leaders to ban ‘Money Marriage’ in Obanliku LGA of Cross River State.

“November 29th: Niger State, GBV sensitisation walk

“November 29th: Lagos State, Grassroots sensitisation on SGBV and adverts on major bridges

“November 29th:  Sokoto State, Empowerment of 100 adolescent GBV survivors across 23 LGAs

“November 29th-December 1st:  Osun State, Public presentation of the recently signed VAPP Law and stakeholder meetings

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“November 29th-December 7th, Ogun State, SGBV Town Hall meetings, media sensitisation and Stakeholders Meeting with Ogun State VAPP Committee.

“November 30th:  Oyo State, Sensitisation program on GBV with selected groups in the 33 LGAs of the State.

“December 1st-2nd: Ondo State, Forum of Spouses of Ondo State Officials (FOWOSO) Annual Conference

“December 2nd: ‘Sustaining Action on the State of Emergency against GBV’: Nigeria Governors’ Wives Forum Conference, Abuja

“December 3rd: Ford Foundation/National Academy of Science review of pilot project on Strengthening GBV Responses in Abia, Edo, Ekiti and Niger States in Abuja.

“December 4th: Benue State, Town Hall meetings across the 23 LGAs

“December 6th: Ekiti State, annual GBV Summit with the theme ‘Consolidating gains made in the fight against GBV in Ekiti State’.

“December 7th: Kwara State, Kwara Women’s Conference

“December 7th: Imo State, IMO SGBV Conference

“December 7th-9th: Bayelsa State, SGBV Town Hall Meetings in 3 Local Government Areas

“December 6th– 8th: Abia State, Community Tour of selected LGAs and interactive session with SGBV clubs

“December 6th-8th: Ogun State,

“December 9th: Enugu State, Empowerment of women and GBV survivors drawn from across the State

“December 9th, Borno State, Empowerment of 225 GBV Survivors and vulnerable women

“December 10th: NGWF GBV marches in several States to close the 16 Days campaign.”


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Gumi Protests As Court Declares Bandits As Terrorists



Gumi Protests As Court Refers To Bandits As Terrorists

Islamic scholar, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, has condemned a court’s declaration of bandits as terrorists as a political decision.

“I think the Federal Government has succumbed to media blackmail by a section of the country.

“It will not have any practical value because even before the declaration they are being fought and treated as terrorists,” he said.

The Abuja Division of the Federal High Court had declared proscribed bandit groups as terrorists.

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Specifically, the court, in a ruling that was delivered by Justice Taiwo Taiwo, held that activities of Yan Bindiga and Yan Ta’adda bandit groups, constitute acts of terrorism.

In a statement issued by Malam Tukur Mamu ,the Dan-Iyan Fika and Media Consultant to Sheikh Gumi, the Muslim scholar said: “So it’s just a nomenclature which I believe will not change the dynamics on ground.

“If you can remember, IPOB was also declared a terrorist organisation. The declaration was even backed by the order of the court, but as you can see even the international community did not recognise FG’s declaration on IPOB.

“So it has failed to be effective or to achieve the desired results.

“They have not been banned from travelling to other countries, while their citizenship remains intact; it has not been denounced. So what type of declaration is that?

“I sincerely hope that Nigerians will not take the herdsmen as terrorists, but should regard the criminality of the few among them against innocent people as acts of terrorism just as we see IPOB and their attacks on security agencies and other northern citizens as acts of terrorism.

“Very few herdsmen are bandits if you go through their population.

“I hope this declaration will not give the licence to people to be profiling herdsmen in general as terrorists and taking laws into their hands against them.

“It will cause more mayhem. The declaration will not change anything, it will not change the dynamics. Already the military is engaging them.

“It didn’t stop them from kidnappings and killings. The declaration will not end their aggression against the society.
‘It is a socio-political problem’

“The Fulani banditry is a socio-economic problem. We have seen it, we interacted widely with them.

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“We told the federal government the way out. It can only be won through engagement, dialogue and justice.

“That is why today there is relative peace in the Niger Delta because government has accepted the painful reality of rehabilitating and empowering them.

“There has to be equitable distribution of wealth in Nigeria and justice for every one.

“People don’t want to accept it. Before the issue of banditry that now affects all of us, the Fulani have suffered so much.

“They have lost their legitimate means of livelihood; I mean their cows through cattle rustling and extortion by security agencies.

“That has to be addressed as a means of genuine reconciliation and integration. They should have sense of belonging.”


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Court Declares Bandits As Terrorists



Court Declares Bandits As Terrorists

Justice Taiwo Taiwo of the Federal High Court, Abuja, has declared the activities of bandits in Nigeria as acts of terrorism.

In a landmark judgment on Thursday, the court said “Yan Bindiga group”, “Yan Ta’adda group” and others alike are active terrorists.

M. B. Abubakar, Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), Federal Ministry of Justice, filed an ex-parte motion.

A supporting affidavit, filed by Aminu Kayode Alilu of the ministry, explained why the application was made.

The government told the court that bandits were responsible for several acts of criminality in different parts of the country.

The oath pointed out that Yan Bindiga, Yan Ta’adda and others were responsible for “wanton destruction of lives and property in Nigeria, particularly in the Northwest and North-central states”.

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It mentioned, “kidnappings for ransom, kidnapping for marriage, mass abductions of school children and other citizens, cattle rustling, enslavement, imprisonment, severe deprivation of physical liberty, torture, rape, sexual slavery, enforced prostitution, forced pregnancy, other forms of sexual violence, attacks and killings”.

The government said the outlaws were carrying out “acts of terrorism that can lead to a breakdown of public order and safety and is a threat to national security and the corporate existence of Nigeria”.

In his pronouncement, Justice Taiwo proscribed Yan Bindiga, Yan Ta’adda and all bandit clusters “either in groups or as individuals by whatever names they are called”.

The judge directed the Federal Government to publish the proscription order in the official gazette and two national dailies.


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Telecoms Services Restored In Kaduna



Telecoms Services Restored In Kaduna

Following the return of peace to the troubled parts of Kaduna, the state government has ordered the immediate restoration of telecommunication service in areas where the facility was earlier suspended for security reasons.

The Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Mr Samuel Aruwan, said this while addressing newsmen in Kaduna.

He said, the state government had contacted relevant federal agencies to effect the immediate restoration of the services.

He recalled that in October 2021 security agencies had requested the shutdown as part of the measures to address the problem of banditry and related crimes.

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“The security agencies have notified he government that telecoms services can now be restored.

“The initial shutdown, along with other measures, had helped the security agencies to achieve some results“, Aruwan said

He said it was unfortunate that the measure, had its negative impact on the legitimate activities of citizens and businesses.

He assured residents that the restoration of full services in the affected area would be full achieved in few days.
While commending the sacrifices made by residents during the temporary shutdown he expressed regrets for inconveniences caused the affected areas.

The commissioner, however, said other measures, on security measures aimed at combating crimes in the affected areas remained in force.

“These include; prohibition of movement of motorcycle, the ban on weekly market, transportation of cattle and sales of cattle across the state,” he said.


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