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UN Deputy Secretary-General Says IDPs Are Tired And Want To Go Home

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The United Nations deputy secretary-general, Amina Mohammed says internally displaced persons living in camps across Borno State in Nigeria’s northeast are tired of living there and want to go home.  She was speaking in Maiduguri, Borno state capital, on Tuesday where she interacted with IDPs in the border town of Banki in the Bama local government area of the state.

Mohammed says the northeastern people had endured “untold hardship” as a result of the conflict that has decimated the region’s economy.

The UN top official said “after several years in camps, the IDPs are really tired and they want to go back to their normal lives.  They are tired that this thing is going on for many years.”

She also pointed to the overcrowded nature of the camps which she said had created the need to speed up the process of resettlement and reintegrating of the IDPs.  Mohammed also said their security and means of livelihood would have to be guaranteed as well.

Amina Mohammed said she, along with other UN officials, was in Borno state to assess the situation to determine how the plight of the IDPs could be improved, and how displaced persons could be resettled and reintegrated.

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Police Extradite Maina From Niger

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Police spokesperson, Frank Mba, has confirmed on Thursday that former chairman of the pension reform task team, Abdulrasheed Maina, is now back in Nigeria after his extradition from Niger Republic.

Maina was declared wanted by a court over a 12-count money laundering charge filed against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The commission says Maina used his firm to launder two billion naira, some of which he used to acquire properties in Abuja.

In another development, a federal high court in Abuja has given a nod to a request by Maina’s defence counsel, Adeola Adedipe, to withdraw from the case.

Until Thursday, Adedipe represented Maina’s company -common input limited – that is charged as the second defendant in Maina’s money laundering trial.

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Nigeria Records 343 New COVID-19 Cases

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Nigeria’s coronavirus cases have risen to 68,303 after the Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) announced 343 new cases of COVID-19 in fourteen states with the federal capital territory recording its highest ever figure of 123 cases.

Lagos hosts 106 cases, Kaduna recorded 72, while Nasarawa and Rivers posted 14, and 5, respectively.

Nine other states shared the rest of the cases.

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NCDC Confirms 122 New COVID-19 Cases

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The Nigerian Center for Disease Control has confirmed one hundred twenty-two new cases of coronavirus in the country on Wednesday, pushing up the nation’s total confirmed cases to sixty-seven thousand nine hundred sixty.  Only four thousand one hundred twenty-one patients are still being treated.

Kaduna reported the highest number of cases at thirty-seven, followed by Lagos with twenty-nine.  Plateau held twenty-five while Ekiti hosts nine cases.

Rivers, Ogun, Edo, Kwara, Bayelsa, Bauchi and Kano shared the rest of the infections.

NCDC also reports the fatalities now stand at eleven hundred seventy-seven.

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