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B’Haram, herdsmen’s violence: Red Cross searching for 17,000 Nigerians

The International Committee of the Red Cross said on Wednesday that it was currently seeking the whereabouts of 17 ,000 Nigerians who were missing as a result of the Boko Haram insurgency and herdsmen-farmers ’ clashes in the country.

The ICRC stated this in its “ Facts and Figures Report : January to June 2018, ” noting that there were over 7, 100 children among the missing people .

The Red Cross said Benue, Kaduna, Nasarawa, Plateau and Taraba states had witnessed an increase in communal violence since the beginning of the year, during which “civilians were injured , killed and thousands of families forced to flee their homes and now living in makeshift camps . ”

The ICRC said it was working with the Nigerian Red Cross Society and other Red Cross societies in the Lake Chad region to locate the missing family members and reunite the children with their parents or caretakers.
The report said, “In the North-East , where the armed conflict is now in its ninth year, violence continues to claim civilian lives and destroy property.

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Hundreds of thousands of the displaced persons still live in overcrowded camps in the regional centres and depend almost entirely on humanitarian assistance .

“ The ICRC and NRCS are currently seeking to clarify the fate and whereabouts of about 17 , 000 missing persons in Nigeria , including over 7 ,100 missing children . In numbers; over 1 ,960 fresh tracing requests were opened by persons looking for relatives with the Red Cross. Also , almost 300 Red Cross messages containing family news were exchanged between separated family members .

“ Over 770 free phone calls were made available by the Red Cross to persons searching for missing family members . Since the beginning of the year, the states of Benue, Kaduna, Nasarawa, Plateau and Taraba have witnessed an increase in communal violence . Civilians have been injured and killed and thousands of families have been forced to flee their homes .

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In predominantly agrarian communities, the violence has also disrupted their ability to farm and earn a living.

“ The herders have lost many of their livestock to violence or lack of animal health care , leaving many to depend on humanitarian assistance to meet their basic needs from food and water to shelter and medical care .”

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Doyin Okupe: EFCC accused of trying to silence ex-Jonathan’s aide 

Following the detention of Doyin Okupe, former aide to immediate past President Goodluck Jonathan, by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, a group known as Patriotic Nigerians, has described his continuous detention as an allege attempt to silence the PDP chieftain.

A statement signed by the group’s coordinator, Musa Muhammad, stated that despite willingly honouring the invitation of EFFC, Okupe who is the Media Adviser to the Director General of the PDP Presidential campaign has continued to be detained, which according to the group has a political undertone.

The statement reads, “Dr. Doyin Okupe yesterday (Monday) honoured the invitation of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC at the Abuja headquarters of the anti-graft body.

“Despite being patriotic and law-abiding enough to obey the invitation, it’s seems there is more to the invitation than meets the eye.

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“It is beginning to look like the anti-graft agency is on a political witch-hunt to silence the vociferous former presidential spokesperson, as it has been doing to every other active opposition figures in the nation.

The group also accused the EFCC of inconsistency in the charges put up against Okupe, adding that his case has not been assigned to any of the commission’s lawyers for prosecution as required by the law.

“Initially, EFCC claimed its invitation was based on cyber crime, but it has since shifted the goalpost in the middle of the game, changing the charges to misappropriation of arms fund claimed to have been released to him by former NSA, Colonel Sambo Dasuki.

“Agreed that the EFCC has a case against Okupe, but it’s quite surprising that since his arrival at the EFCC headquarters, the agency has refused to assign his case to a lawyer for prosecution at the court.

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“It is obvious that the EFCC is deploying a delay tactics to keep Okupe in detention as it goes on Christmas break and keep him there till the New Year.

“The nation is waiting for the abracadabra of EFCC,” the statement read.

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Stormy Daniels ordered to pay Donald Trump $293k in legal fees

Porn star, Stormy Daniels was on Tuesday ordered by a federal judge to pay President Donald Trump hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal fees for her failed defamation lawsuit against him.

Judge James Otero, who threw out Daniels’ suit against Trump, asked her to pay the US President $293,052.33 in attorney fees.

He wrote:

Based on the unique nature of this litigation and the Court’s familiarity with the fees charged in this jurisdiction, the Court concludes that Defendant’s rate requests are reasonable.
Ms Daniels, real name Stephanie Clifford, who allegedly had an affair with Trump in 2016 when his wife just had their son, said last April that she had been threatened by a man in a car park to keep quiet about the alleged affair.

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She shared a sketch of the man who she claimed had threatened her and her child.

Mr Trump retweeted the image, calling it a “total con job”, and describing the image as being of a “non-existent man”.

With the help of her attorney Michael Avenatti she took Trump to court. She sued arguing that the president’s tweet was defamatory as it accused Ms Daniels of “committing a serious crime” – namely, falsely accusing a person of threatening her.

But Judge Otero dismissed the suit in October and said Trump’s tweet was a “hyperbolic statement” against a political foe.

Avenatti quickly denounced the president and his lawyers and downplayed the judge’s order on Twitter.

Avenatti tweeted:

Stormy will never have to pay the felon Cohen or Trump a single dime in attorney’s fees, costs or sanctions. The award is dwarfed by the $1.5 million award to be issued in NDA case – the main case where Cohen and Trump have been lying to the court and the public. #Criminals.
Avenatti is representing Daniels in another lawsuit against Trump and his former attorney Michael Cohen. Through litigation, the adult film actress is seeking to void a nondisclosure agreement (NDA) about her alleged 2006 affair with the president.

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