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HumAngle: Our News Reporting Milestones for March and April

In the months of March and April, 2020, some issues dominated discussion in the world, including the COVID-19 pandemic, fights against terror and crime.

Over the period HumAngle has gone beyond the ordinary to serve readers in-depth reports and analyses of issues, giving insights on why the occurrences persist.

Some of the reports, among others, have elicited responses from the appropriate authorities and others are expected to generate similar impacts, if not immediately but in the near future.

These following reports are classified Milestones for the period:

As Chad Puts Boko Haram On The Run, Nigeria Falters, Loses Opportunity – The Chadian Military, led by President Idris Derby, launches an offensive against Boko Haram in Lake Chad, forcing them into Nigerian territory but the Nigerian Army fails to take advantage and exposes communities and leaving them at the mercy of the insurgents.

How Boko Haram Sustains Operations Through International Trade in Smoked Fish – Although it has lost much of its international financial support, Boko Haram continues to operate, sometimes in more devastating ways to the amazement of many. The story exposes how the group sustains its operations in the Lake Chad region by controlling the international trade in fishing which was the livewire of communities in countries around the lake.

Military Repression, Carnage Strike Self Hate And Violence On Anglo-Cameroon – The crisis in English Speaking regions of Cameroon has created opportunity for crime in communities which hitherto suffered repression from military authorities. Youths turn themselves into criminal gangs who unleash terror on members of their communities.

Killings and More Killings Turn Plateau Villages To Grave Yards – Unreported militia attacks on communities in Plateau State by suspected Fulani herdsmen. The assailants leave in their trail deaths and destruction of public facilities.

Banditry: Spotlighting Gang Leaders Who Turn Against One Another – The banditry in Northwest Nigeria has witnessed a supremacy war among gang leaders, who turn against each other to establish control of the crime.

Boko Haram Fighters Fleeing Lake Chad, Borno State Governor Confirms HumAngle report – Borno State Governor Babagana Zulum briefs President Muhammadu Buhari on the activities of Boko Haram after an attack on them by Chadian forces. The governor calls for quick action by Nigeria to safeguard people in the state following reports that the insurgents moved into Nigerian territory after the attack by Chad.

COVID-19: Why Almajiri Lifestyle Endangers Social Safety Measures -The danger of a street child, called almajiri, contracting the novel coronavirus is huge as it can spread the virus among a large number of people giving the communal lifestyle they pursue. The story gives a picture of what might happen if this occurs.

Lagos, Ogun Residents Resort To Self-Help, Social Media To Ward Off Robbers – Communities organise themselves to form vigilante groups and use the social media to narrate their experiences of attacks by criminals during the lockdown.

Police Move To Restore Order In Lagos, Ogun Axis – The Leadership of Nigeria Police Force deploys manpower to quell the emerging crisis in the two states where some youths were harassing citizens. The aim was to restore public confidence and avoid a breakdown of law and order.

COVID-19 Lockdown: Security Personnel Kill 18 Nigerians, Torture 33 – NHRC – An official report of the government-owned National Human Rights Commission highlighting abuse by security agencies deployed to enforce the lockdown against the spread of COVID-19 across the country. The report covers the first two weeks of the lockdown.

COVID-19: VIPs in Abuja Avoiding Quarantine – Exposes how highly placed individuals in the society refused to submit themselves to be quarantined in public health facilities after testing positive to the novel coronavirus. Instead, they preferred to go to unaccredited private clinics for COVID-19 treatment to seek relief.

576 Violent Deaths Recorded in Nigeria in 2 Weeks – A highlight of unreported violent deaths across Nigeria from March 21, 2020, to April 3, 2020.

COVID-19: Life Goes On In Suburban Communities In Spite of Lockdown – Nigerians outside city centres continue to carry on with their normal routines, ignoring advice by health authorities for them to keep safe during the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Lockdown: It’s Pay and Pass For Security men – Security personnel deployed to enforce the lockdown to check the spread of COVID-19 take advantage and extort citizens and allow them to violate the order and further expose the community to the disease.

Tales Behind Kano’s Unusual Deaths – In the midst of the novel coronavirus crisis, there was an upsurge in mortalities in Kano State which the state government continued to deny. The report attempts to establish the truth and reasons behind the deaths.

Clerics in Dilemma Over Social Distancing During Ramadan – Islamic clerics weigh options for their followers to worship and keep safe in the light of the coronavirus during the Ramadan.

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