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Nigerian refugees homeless in Niger says Toby Lanzer, UN coordinator 

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There is a psychosis among the people who were expelled from their villages, their homes by Boko Haram. It’s an atrocious situation.” Toby Lanzer, UN regional humanitarian coordinator for the Sahel, told AFP on Wednesday during a visit to Assaga, one of the largest Nigerian refugee camps in southeast Niger. 

The camp, which has around 6,000 people, is about 10 kilometres (six miles) from the regional capital of Diffa, near the Boko Haram stronghold of restive northeast Nigeria.

“This is a very acute security crisis for those people, who are almost without hope,” Lanzer said. They were “living peacefully” when “all of a sudden, the Boko Haram arrive, force them out of their villages, steal their cattle,” he said. “I’ll make a very strong plea next week at the UN General Assembly and tell donors, ‘We really must help the people of Diffa’,” Lanzer said, as he paid tribute to UN agencies deployed in Niger.

In the Assaga camp, set up by the UN three months ago, many refugees live in abject poverty and sleep in makeshift shelters at the mercy of mosquitoes and bad weather, an AFP reporter saw. The first refugees were given tarpaulins and tents and regularly receive food rations, but more recent arrivals say they have not yet received any help at all.

“I have not eaten for days,” Mohamed Ari complained to AFP. Lanzer was visiting to assess the humanitarian situation in the Diffa region, which has been weakened by successive years of drought and flood and already hosts more than 150,000 refugees who fled the violence in Nigeria since April 2013, according to the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Niamey.

Since February 2015, Diffa has suffered several deadly attacks in Boko Haram raids from neighbouring Lake Chad. In six years of bloodshed, the Boko Haram insurgency to carve out an Islamic state in northeast Nigeria has left at least 15,000 dead and left more than two million others homeless.

Culled from AFP

*Ah! This is very sad. Please government come to our help

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Mr Ibu joins ‘Obidient’ rally in Jos despite endorsing Tinubu (Video)

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Mr. Ibu, the comic actor, has joined a rally being held in the name of Peter Obi, the presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP).

A large crowd trooped out on Wednesday evening to receive Obi and Yusuf Datti, his running mate, in Jos.

The visit came as the campaign season for the 2023 election officially kicked off in accordance with the timetable.

The crowd and Obi’s team assembled at Rwang Pam township stadium for the rally amid cheers from supporters.

In the crowd was Mr Ibu who would later take to the podium to deliver a short solidarity speech for Obi.

“He is ready to rule us. He is ready to take up the seat of the president. I want you to be obidient,” he said.

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Okon Lagos and Frank Ufomadu disagree over arrest of Bayelsa kidnapper, John Lyon

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Okon Lagos, the Nollywood actor, and Frank Ufomadu, the filmmaker, have clashed over the arrest of John ‘Lyon’ Ewa, the alleged kidnapper who operates in Bayelsa.

Lyon was said to have been arrested on Saturday in the federal capital territory (FCT) by officers of the Bayelsa police command.

Until his arrest, the socialite was popular for flaunting luxurious items and posting motivational quotes about success.

The dispute over his arrest started when Paul Okoye lamented the obsession some ladies have towards wealth even without knowing its source.

In an Instagram post, Okoye wondered if any of the ladies seen with Lyon in viral videos ever questioned his occupation or source of money.

Weighing into the conversation, Okon Lagos supported Okoye’s viewpoint.

The comedian said women who hang around people with questionable wealth are “enablers and should be given equal treatment with the actual culprit”.

But reacting to the post, Ufomadu argued that the actor and singer have “no moral justification” for calling out any lady dating “criminals” for not questioning their source of income.

The filmmaker asked the pair if they ever made any attempt to probe the wealthy individuals who pay N5 million or more just to attend their shows.

Ufomadu added that some shows by comedians and singers are usually graced by “corrupt politicians and drug pushers”.

He also tackled the actor for deleting his comment.

But Okon Lagos fired back, saying Ufomadu is not “worth the trouble”.

He also berated him for “giving lame justifications for aiding, abetting and enabling crime”.

Below are screenshots of their verbal exchanges:

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85% of Nigerian women are lesbians but men don’t know – Actress Uju Mandy reveals

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Nollywood star, Uju Mandy has made an intriguing remark regarding the sexual orientation of the majority of Nigerian women.

Uju Mandy in a recent post on her Instagram story claimed that roughly 85% of Nigerian women practice lesbianism but cover it by marrying a man as their husband.

“For girls on this comment section will be forming saint. Lesbianism is what they do low-key. In fact 85 percent of Nigerian girls are l3sbians,” she wrote.

Interestingly, there are a number of comments that back up her assertions, and the majority of them argue that the proportion is higher than 85, possibly even 95 or 90.

Remember that Uju Mandy disclosed reasons why she is not wanting to settle down anytime soon after claiming she is still unmarried and not prepared to get married.

The mother of one added the criteria under which she would consent to becoming a second wife.

Hear her: “I am very scared of marriage. It is not easy. In fact, I am not just ready for now because I am scared of divorce. Men will always cheat because they are polygamous in nature. Even jazz can not stop a man from cheating. I am not a saint though, I have also cheated on my partner. I caught him cheating on me, so I reiterated. If I get married and my husband cheats, I’ll not leave the union. I’ll forgive him and we iron things out. Even married women cheat too.”

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