Over 2,000 IDPs Have Returned Home-Nigerian Army

About 2,043 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) have left the Bakassi Camp for their various  homes in Guzamala Local Government Area of Borno State, the Nigerian Army announced on Tuesday. IDPs comprising of 378 households were the first batch of people who willingly expressed desire to return to their communities and resume farming, fishing and other social cultural activities. The resettlement exercise according to a statement issued by the spokesman, Operation Lafiya Dole, Col. Onyema Nwachukwu, was flagged on in Maiduguri, the state capital. Nwachukwu revealed that modalities for return of…

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Council Chair Requests Security As IDPs Return To Farms, Homes

While some Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) prepare to return to their various homes in Taraba State, Chairman of Ussa Local Government Area of the north eastern state, Mr. Rimansikwe Karma, has pleaded with the Federal Government to urgently deploy additional security to ensure a safe return of the IDPs to their homes. Karma made the request in Ussa today while addressing journalists. He stated that most IDPs from the communities in the Local Government Area were afraid to return to their homes over fear of another possible attack alleging that…

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We Celebrated Eid-el-Fitr Festival In Hunger-IDPs Lament

As Muslims in Nigeria joined their counterparts across the world to mark the Eid-el-Fitr festival, some Internally Displaced Persons(IDPs) at Fariya camp in Maiduguri, Borno State have revealed how they marked the fasting period and subsequent festival in hunger. Bemoaning the poor condition of the camp housing them on Friday, leader of the camp, Malam Jiddah Ambari said, the IDPs in the camp celebrated Sallah with little joy. Meanwhile, a spokesman of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has said that the camp in question is illegal and would never…

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How Journalism help beat human traffickers in IDP camps

Nigerian journalist and campaigner, Philip Obaji Jr. in this article published in www.newsdeeply.com/refugees  describes what working with children displaced by Boko Haram has taught him both about the power of storytelling and the importance of education – and access to clean water – to protect children at risk of trafficking. MAIDUGURI, NIGERIA – After the Boko Haram insurgency began in northeast Nigeria in 2009, thousands of people started fleeing the region to other parts of the country, including to my home city of Calabar in southern Nigeria. Many of these survivors were children…

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Senate probes rape allegation in IDP camps

The Senate has constituted a committee to investigate allegation of sexual abuse in Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps in the North East geo-political zone of the country. The seven man ad-hoc committee headed by Chairman, Senate committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters, Senator David Umaru, was asked to investigate the authenticity of a report by Amnesty International that soldiers were sexually violating women in IDP camps in North East.  The Senate according to a report by  said that the verification of the report was necessary for the assembly…

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The need for media monitoring on reporting of 1DPs

Welcome address by President of Journalists for Christ International Outreach, Mr Lekan Otufodunrin at stakeholders meeting on Monitoring Media Reportage and Portrayal of IDPs in Africa project   I want to formally welcome you all to today’s program which is a stakeholders meeting on the project being implemented by our organization, Journalists for Christ International Outreach with the support of World Association for Christian Communication WACC and Bread for the World, and Waldensian Church’s Otto per Mille (OPM) Office in Italy.   The project titled : Monitoring Media Reportage and Portrayal of…

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Journalists as Voice of the Voiceless

Message by Pastor  David Odunayo at April 2018 Fellowship Every Christian journalist is a voice sent forth by God to be a voice of the voiceless majority. Just like John the Baptist was the voice sent by God in the wilderness, every Christian journalist is God’s voice sent forth to represent the one whose voice can’t be heard in the high places. In Genesis. 40 : 14, Joseph said to Pharaoh’s chief cup bearer after interpreting his dream to him “But when all goes well with you, remember me and…

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Pressing for Progress in the Media

All thanks and appreciation to God Almighty for this grand opportunity to stand before wonderful people of a very noble pen profession. Don’t be surprised that I call ours a noble profession because I know for sure and for certainty there is a greater measure of nobility in a profession that allows one to be creative, novel, courageous and determined to dare make a difference in a dynamic world. So, I am really excited to be here after so many years I last attended the Fellowship. Treating the topic of…

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Journalists urged to show love of Christ with profession

Dayo Emmanuel While millions around the world marked the popular Valentine’s Day 14th February, Journalists have been asked to manifest the love of Christ as they go about their daily assignments. The call was made by the President of Journalists For Christ (JFC), Mr. Lekan Otufodunrin at the group’s February fellowship in Lagos recently. Speaking at the fellowship, Otufodunrin read from I Corinthians 13 and asked journalists to emulate lessons from the passage. “How does the love of Christ manifest in our lives as journalists and how concerned are we about…

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How to be a purpose-driven journalist

KEY TAKE AWAYS FROM JOURNALISTS FOR CHRIST FELLOWSHIP; JANUARY 2018. Compiled by Yemisi Otufodunrin Theme: Purpose Driven Journalism Text: 2Kings 2:1-15 We cannot afford to live our lives as if there is no purpose for our existence. It is the knowledge of where you are headed that keeps you going. There must be something you are living for. To be a purpose driven Journalist; >>> Ask God for His plan and purpose for your career. >>> Have a vision of what you want to accomplish. Draft your vision and mission…

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