Mubi attack: 10, 496 persons recorded in five camps in Yola
* FG assures of IDPs continue supports
Following the recent attacks on Mubi town by Boko Haram insurgents, the National Emergency Management Agency and Adamawa SEMA have so far recorded about 10,496 internally displaced persons (IDP) in five camps situated in Yola south and Fufore while more people are still pouring into the state capital.
Five women were safely delivered in the two of the IDP camps.
The Director General of NEMA, Muhammad Sani Sidi, has said, the agency which has been managing IDP camps and distributing relief materials in Adamawa and other states in the North East affected by the insurgency would continue to establish more camps and provide all the basic needs of the displaced persons.
He said the agency has delivered adequate relief materials to all the established camps in the state and the new one would be provided with tents.
The Director General had dispatched an advanced team of NEMA officials to assess the situation and take necessary action to bring succour to the displaced people.
The team is led by the Director Relief and Rehabilitation, Mr. Eugene Ezeh.
Receiving the NEMA team, the Adamawa State Governor, Bala Jame Ngilari, told them that the government had sent vehicles for the evacuation of thousands of displaced persons who were scattered in various locations around Mubi and those that ran into Cameroon to the established camps in Yola.
He said: “The tragedy has really stressed us, we require your intervention for both short and long term”.
He noted that the majority of the displaced persons live with their relatives in the host communities, while appealing to them to come forward and register so that they too could benefit from whatever is provided.
The Hon. Minister of Women’s Affairs and Social Development, Hajiya Zainab Maina, on behalf of the President sympathised and condoled with those that lost loved ones and property. She said the President assigned her to assess the situation and assured them of his continuous support up to the time when they would be going back to their homes.
She said the Federal Government has been doing everything possible to see the end of this insurgency.
The camps are in Dawarei, Girei, Malkwohi, Nyako Housing Estate, NYSC camp and COCIN Church. The relief items provided at all the camps include drugs, rice, clothes, mattresses, maize, buckets, mats, soap, towel, cooking oil and sanitary items.
*Online Publishers Seek NCC Partnership To Protect Intellectual Property
The Guild of Corporate Online Publishers, the umbrella body of owners of online news websites in Nigeria, has resolved to forge a partnership with the Nigerian Copyright Commission for the protection of intellectual property.
Rising from its meeting in Abuja, GOCOP, in a statement on Monday, vowed to work with the NCC “to properly articulate steps to take in protecting the intellectual property of writers”.
GOCOP, in the statement signed by its President, Malachy Agbo, and General Secretary, Dotun Oladipo, said its decision stems from the flagrant abuse of the properties of writers, especially journalists.
The Guild said this should begin with journalists exhibiting professionalism in their day-to-day activities, with giving credit to source(s) of information at the top of it.
The Guild also commiserated with the nation, the executive committee and members of the Nigerian Guild of Editors, co-workers and family members of former presidential spokeswoman and for Managing Director of the News Agency of Nigeria, Dame Remi Oyo; the Vice Chairman of Sun Publishing Limited, Pastor Dimgba Igwe; and the Editor-in-Chief of Real News magazine, Mike Akpan, all who died recently.
While it wished the departed souls eternal and blissful rest, it also prayed to God to grant those affected by their departure the fortitude to bear the loss.
The Guild also decried the harassment of journalists in recent times by security agents.
It urged security agents to respect the rights of journalists and also the constitutional guarantee for the unfettered discharge of their duties.
The Guild called on journalists to step up the quality of their coverage of political activities as the 2015 elections draw nearer.
It urged journalists not to forget the basic principles guiding journalism, especially during this election year.
It said the principles of fairness and adequate consideration for national security should be uppermost on the minds of newsmen in this season.
Over 20 members of GOCOP attended the meeting.