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Military Repels B’Haram Attack, 65 Killed

Posted: May 17, 2015 at 10:20 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Deadly sect, Boko Haram resumed their nefarious activities on Wednesday when they clashed with troops of the 7 Division, Nigerian Army around Ladi Kayamula village, Maiduguri, Borno State leaving at least 65 people, mostly suspected members of the Boko Haram dead.

Several persons also sustained various degrees of injury while trying to flee the scene of the attack.

The insurgents launched an attack on the city at about 5p.m on Wednesday.

The attack forced many residents at the outskirts of the city – areas like Giwa Military Barracks, the University of Maiduguri community, 202 and 303 Housing Estates, Dalori Quarters and Molai, among others, to scamper for safety.

The panicked residents attempted to flee into the main town, but were trapped due to roadblocks mounted by the military and men of the Civilian JTF.

Sources said the terrorists attempted to invade the city with heavy weapons, targeting military formations, including the 21 Armoured Brigade (Giwa Barracks).

It was learnt that 35 members of the sect, including women suicide bombers were killed by troops, while 27 residents of Ladi Kayamula and Alau Dam villages were murdered by the insurgents after being repelled by troops.

Again, on Friday, insurgents launched a quick strike on the outskirts of Maiduguri.

The Islamist militants attacked the settlement of Mule, about 10 km (6 miles) from the Borno state capital. By about 3 p.m. the shooting had subsided, the sources said. A death toll was not immediately available.

Thus, the attack was the second one during the week.

Lead Poisoning kills 28 children in Niger state

Sad news emanated some villages in Rafi Local Government Area of Niger State, North Central Nigeria on Wednesday that twenty-eight persons, mostly children below the age of five had died in a fresh outbreak of Lead Poisoning.

The deceased, according to the Minister of State for Health, Fidelis Nwankwo were among the total of 65 cases recorded.

The villages mostly affected included Maigiro and Kawo, which are near new mining sites found to contain more leaded ores often brought home for crushing and processing to the communities.

A breakdown of the figure showed that of the 28 deaths, 17 were females and 11 males, in addition to cows and goats are also affected.

The minister said his ministry has since embarked on advocacy meetings with community leaders and youth groups to enlist their understanding, buy- and support.

The health ministry, according to the minister has also commenced non-specific, palliative treatment of the sick children in Kagara Hospital; sharing with communities and miners health and mining safety precautions through health talks and film shows in the local languages.

At least 734 children also below the age of five, out of 5,395 confirmed killed by lead poisoning between 2010 and March 2013 in Zamfara State.

Dr. Nasiru Umar Tsafe of the Nigerian Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Programme, Abuja gave the figure in 2013, during a presentation on ‘Epidemiological Response to Lead Poisoning in Zamfara State, 2010-2013,’ at a symposium on lead poisoning, organised by the Usmanu Danfodiyo University Teaching Hospital, Sokoto.

He noted then that as at March 2013, the number of children under five, who had been treated, was 2,070, representing about 62.8 per cent while 3,198 others needed treatment.

Also, 30 of the 38 villages that require emergency intervention were yet to be remediated, Tsafe added, explaining that children within the 10 to 24 months age group, were repeatedly identified as the most vulnerable, due to frequent soil-to-mouth activity they were exposed to.

He noted that out of 199 villages surveyed, 38 required emergency responses, but that only eight were remediated and are currently receiving treatments, describing that particular lead poisoning crisis as unprecedented.