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5 killed in fresh Boko Haram attack in Adamawa

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At least five people have been killed in the Madagali area of Adamawa State in a new wave of suspected Boko Haram attacks in the area, a lawmaker from the town said.

Residents returned to the area only recently months after fleeing Boko Haram’s repeated attacks there.

The latest attack attack happened Sunday night at Kobachwa village.

The lawmaker representing Madagali in the state House of Assembly, Emmanuel Tsamdu, said locals have been trained prepared themselves to repel further attacks.

He however called for more security presence in the area.

He said the area has known no peace since the onset of rains as many of the insurgents who took shelter in the mountains have been dislodged.

“It is from these hideouts in the surrounding mountains which dots its landscape that the insurgents also come out from to unleash attacks on the villagers who are mostly farmers,” he said.

He said many such attacks have occurred in Midigu, Lanssa, Immulsa, Kubula, Sabon Gari and Wagachakawa in the last five days with scores feared killed by the insurgents.

Worried by the spate of the attacks the lawmaker said, some locals including himself recruited over two hundred armed local hunters as vigilante to repel further attacks.

He said the objective of the vigilante is to “go after the dreaded members of the sect who are still dwelling in the mountains and also repel any future attacks in the area”.

“The attacks have forced us and the entire community to arm and equip about 200 vigilantes in the area to repel future attacks,” Mr. Tsamdu said Monday.

He said the military command in the state was briefed of recent development in the area.

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APPLY: WTO opens entry for 2022 young professionals programme

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The World Trade Organisation (WTO) has opened applications for its 2022 Young Professional Programme (YPP).
The programme provides opportunity for young professionals to enhance their knowledge of the organisation and international trade issues.

In 2021, 14 professionals out of 2,400 candidates were selected for the programme from Bangladesh, Belize, Dominican Republic, Eswatini, Guatemala, Georgia, Indonesia, Malawi, Mauritania, Namibia, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Chinese Taipei and Thailand.

WTO said “The YPP is a unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience which can help open the door for future professional opportunities in the field of multilateral diplomacy and global trade.

“The YPP selection gives preference to young professionals from developing and least-developed countries that are members of the WTO and whose nationals are currently under-represented or not represented in the organization’s Secretariat.

“The programme is part of the Secretariat’s overall goal to increase its diversity to better reflect the make-up of its membership.”

To be eligible, applicants must be of age 32 as of January 1, 2022, and selected candidates will work at the WTO secretariat for one year, starting from the beginning of next year.

The areas of work at the programme includes accessions, agriculture, dispute settlement, intellectual property rights, market access, media and external relations, WTO rules, trade and development, trade and environment, trade in services and investment, trade facilitation, trade policy analysis and trade-related technical assistance.

WTO said candidates must have advanced university degree in law, economics, or other international trade-related subjects relevant to WTO work; must possess relevant expertise or continued academic study in a field of interest to the work of the WTO.

Equally, candidates must similarly have a minimum of two years relevant work experience.

The trade organisation further said selected candidates will be paid $3821.66 (N1,454,141.63 million) monthly and applications can be accessed on the WTO e-Recruitment website and should be completed no later than 29 April 2021.

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Buhari receives briefing from Osinbajo

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Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Monday briefed President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The President had last Thursday returned to the country after a16-day medical trip to London, United Kingdom.

He left Nigeria on Tuesday, March 30, briefly after a security meeting with defense and intelligence chiefs as well as other security sector managers.

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Gunmen attack Imo police station, kidnap officer

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A police officer has been abducted in an attack on Mbieri Divisional Police Headquarters in Mbaitoli Local Government Area of Imo state on Thursday morning.

This comes three days after the state Police Command headquarters and Owerri Correctional Center were attacked while 1,884 inmates released.

A resident of Mbieri said the gunmen released the suspects in custody.

However, the policemen on duty were said to have engaged the attackers in a gun duel but they were reportedly overpowered by the gunmen who had sophisticated weapons.

A community leader, Nokey Ebikam, told newsmen that the police divisional headquarters was not burnt but only freed the suspects in detention after vandalizing it.

Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Orlando Ikeokwu, confirmed the attack on the police station but did not go into details.

It was gathered that aside the officer who was abducted, two others sustained injuries in the incident which is the second major attack on a police station since an armed gang invaded the state police headquarters on Monday.

The Police authorities have blamed the attacks on the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) but the group has distanced itself from the attacks.

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