The Kingdom of Eswatini has warned its residents about potential criminal repercussions from this week’s demonstrations, and expressed deep concern about the potential spreading of the Covid-19 Delta variant.
The horrific abduction of 94 children and eight staff members from a school in the Nigerian state of Kebbi on June 17th has reportedly cost the lives of three Nigerian children. The school principal broke the news on June 20th that the lucrative ransom business has cost the lives of more innocent children. Since 2011, the International Crisis Group reports that at least 8,000 people have been killed, predominantly in Zamfara. Authorities claim the latest kidnapping is the third kidnapping in just three weeks in Northern Nigeria. Just one week earlier, ten people were kidnapped, and one was killed in Northern Nigeria, increasing the total of abducted people by over 800 since December of 2020. Authorities claim they have rescued eight students and three teachers as of June 20th, killing one kidnapper.
Kidnappers killed while collecting ransom in Kogi— Official
Two members of a criminal group operating in Kogi State were gunned down in the early hours of Tuesday while collecting a ransom, says Onogwu Mohammed, the chief press secretary to the governor of the state, Yahaya Bello. Mr Mohammed said the group of three was ambushed by local hunters when they were collecting ransom for the release of their victims.
Combating poverty amid rising restiveness, unemployment
Plans by the Federal Government to lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in 10 years may be a mirage if insecurity is not tackled successfully.
Bandits as guards?
Islamic cleric Sheikh Gumi has a proposal to check Nigeria’s booming banditry industry: amnesty, rehabilitation and jobs for repentant criminals, possibly as farm or forest guards. The alternative, he warns, is more indiscriminate killings and abductions. But not everyone agrees that forgiveness is what the situation needs, writes ROBERT EGBE.
ISIS, Terrorism, Children and Conflict
Global Communiqué by Ministers of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS
Office of the Spokesperson
Terrorism: Threat To One Country Is Threat To Global Peace – Monguno
The National Security Adviser (NSA), Major General Babagana Monguno (Rtd), has stated that in order to deal decisively with the complex nature of terrorism and other transnational organized crimes, the international community must see the threat of terrorism to a particular country as a threat to global peace and security
Foreign ministers affirm commitment to tackling so-called Islamic State
The Foreign Secretary announced that the UK is committing an extra £12.6 million to efforts to counter IS
Communist Party of Swaziland warns Eswatini police, army against intimidation of citizens
The Communist Party of Swaziland (CPS) has called on the army and police of Eswatini not to commit acts of violence and intimidation against the people of that country.