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Anger as military erroneously kill over 400 innocent Nigerians in six years

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Last week’s mistaken bombing in a Kaduna community has resulted in approximately 400 Nigerians being unintentionally killed by security forces while combating insurgents and bandits. According to a report from SBM Intelligence in February 2023, the Nigerian military erroneously killed over 300 innocent Nigerians between January 2017 and January 2023. These incidents mainly occurred in the Northern part of the country, where Boko Haram, ISWAP, and bandits are causing chaos.

Some notable incidents include:

Borno:

  • In January 2017, around 115 innocent Nigerians were killed when a Nigerian Air Force Jet mistakenly bombed an IDP camp near the Cameroonian border.
  • In 2020, at least 17 women were reportedly killed by the Nigerian Air Force in Sakotoku village.
  • In April 2021, an Air Force jet, battling Boko Haram, missed a target in Mainok, killing at least 30 soldiers.

Niger State:

  • In June 2021, an offensive aerial bombardment reportedly killed wedding guests around Genu town.
  • On March 3, a NAF jet killed at least 12 persons in Kuregba.
  • On January 23, 2023, an unspecified number of Special Hunters were reportedly killed in an airstrike at Galadima Kogi.

Zamfara:

  • On July 12, 2021, the Nigerian Air Force mistakenly killed a woman and her four children around Suburb Forest.
  • In December 2022, an airstrike in Mutumji community mistakenly killed about 64 persons.

Yobe:

  • In September 2021, about 10 villagers were reportedly killed after a military jet bombed a village in the Yunusari LGA.

Nasarawa:

  • On January 7, 2023, a deadly airstrike on Kwatiri, Nasarawa State, claimed about 39 lives.

Kaduna:

  • On December 3, a deadly drone strike by the Nigerian Army killed scores of residents celebrating an Islamic festival in Tudun Biri, Igabi Local Government Area.

The total number of persons erroneously killed by the military since 2017 until now is estimated to be above 400. A controversial Islamic cleric in Kaduna, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, alleged that the recent bomb incident was not a mistake, and similar unreported incidents have been occurring in remote villages.

The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria called for a thorough investigation, compensation for victims, and measures to avoid such operational errors in the future. Vice President Kashim Shettima mentioned plans to rebuild Tudun Biri village as compensation.

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Gov Yusuf reappoints Sanusi as Emir of Kano, orders ex-monarchs 48 hours to vacate seats

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Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf has approved the reappointment of Emir Muhammadu Sanusi II as Emir of Kano under the new laws.

The governor has given former emirs 48 hours to vacate their palaces and hand over Emirate Council properties to the Commissioner of Local Government, who also serves as State Deputy Governor.

Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf of Kano State has signed the Kano Emirates Bill 2024 into law, repealing the 2019 Emirate Councils Law that altered the state’s over 1000-year history.

By signing the bill, the governor declared that the 2019 law has been repealed and is now history.

The signing was attended by the Speaker of the State Assembly, Ismaila Falgore, Deputy Governor Aminu Abdussalam, Secretary to the State Government Abdullahi Baffa Bichi and others.

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The State Assembly has fulfilled one of its constitutional roles by signing the bill into law.

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Europa League: Lookman nominated for Player of the Week

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Ademola Lookman has been nominated for the UEFA Europa League Player of the Week. The Nigerian international delivered an outstanding performance, scoring a hat-trick in Atalanta’s 3-0 win over Bayer Leverkusen on Wednesday night.

His teammates, Davide Zappacosta and Ederson, have also been nominated for the award.

Additionally, Bayer Leverkusen defender Piero Hincapie is in the running for the accolade.

Lookman previously won the Player of the Week award during Atalanta’s semi-final victory against Olympic Marseille, where he recorded a goal and an assist in the second leg of the match.

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National Council on Sports: Tinubu lauds Mbah over safe environment, support

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Nigeria’s President, Bola Tinubu, praised Enugu State Governor, Dr. Peter Mbah, for creating a safe and conducive environment for the country’s sports stakeholders to gather for a national sports council meeting. Tinubu commended Mbah’s commitment to promoting sports, highlighting his administration’s satisfaction with these efforts.

Governor Mbah announced that his administration has partnered with the private sector to develop a state-of-the-art sports park aimed at enhancing sports development and talent discovery in the state.

During the inaugural National Council on Sports (NCS) meeting held in Enugu on Wednesday, President Tinubu, represented by the Minister of Special Duties, Hon. Zaphaniah Jisalo, emphasized the significant role sports play in a nation’s development. He noted that sports are not only a form of entertainment and recreation but also a business that warrants substantial investment.

Speaking on the theme “Sports for National Unity and Socio-Economic Growth,” President Tinubu urged Nigerians to view sports as a means to foster unity, promote health, and drive economic growth. He highlighted the opportunities sports provide for young people to develop character, discipline, and leadership skills, and called for innovative approaches to enhance sporting potential, inclusivity, and equal opportunities for all Nigerians, regardless of gender, age, or physical ability.

Governor Peter Mbah emphasized that sports serve as a powerful unifying tool, transcending tribe, language, and creed. He highlighted Enugu’s rich sporting heritage, including the achievements of Rangers International Football Club, and urged stakeholders to invest in the sports industry through effective partnerships.

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Mbah stressed the significant economic impact of sports globally and encouraged both public and private sector investment in the industry. He noted that his administration’s partnership with private investors to build a state-of-the-art sports park would provide a platform for youth talent discovery and sports enthusiasm. The facilities at the sports park will include training areas, athlete housing, and a physical therapy and sports medicine center.

Minister of Sports Development, Senator John Owan Enoh, remarked that Enugu was chosen to host the inaugural National Council on Sports due to its strategic importance in the nation’s sporting landscape. He emphasized the need for investment in sports infrastructure, talent development, and grassroots programs to nurture athletic talent, stimulate local economies, create jobs, and promote healthier lifestyles among Nigerians.

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