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State governor in Nigeria, El-Rufai, vows to hire mercenaries to fight terrorists

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As part of the fallouts from recent terror attacks in Kaduna state, Nigeria, the Governor of the state, Malam Nasir El-Rufai, has hinted at the possibility of hiring foreign mercenaries to fight terrorists hibernating in forests areas around Kaduna if the Nigerian Federal government is unable to address the situation.

Despite being the most garrisoned state in Nigeria with several military bases in the federation, Kaduna state has been on the spot for repeated terror attacks with the most recent being an invasion of the runway at the Kaduna International Airport and more recently an attack on Abuja/Kaduna train that killed 8 people and left scores injured.

Malam El-Rufai made the disclosure while speaking with Journalists shortly after briefing President Muhamadu Buhari on the recent killings in the state, specifically the train bombing.

The governor said: “I have complained to Mr. president and I swear to God, if action is not taken, we as governors will take actions to protect the lives of our people.

“If it means deploying foreign mercenaries to come and do the work, we will do it to address these challenges.”

The governor, however, maintained his position of government not negotiating with terrorists as he insisted last year during the height of banditry in the state. He maintained that the best way to tackle terrorism once and for all was for the Nigerian Armed Forces to bomb forest enclaves where terrorists are hibernating.

 “And I have been saying that the forests where these bandits are hiding, it is high time that we go there and bomb them all. Everyone in the forest should be killed. unless this is done, this problem will persist and it is capable of destroying Nigeria as a whole.”

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Malian migrants, including children, die as makeshift Europe-bound boat capsizes in Libya

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Twenty-two Malian migrants including three children, have been killed when their makeshift Europe-bound boat capsized in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Libya, the United Nations as well as the Malian government have confirmed on Wednesday.

The UN’s International Organization for Migration (IOM), also confirmed that 61 other migrants were rescued and taken to a detention centre in Libya.

The Ministry of Malians Abroad, in a statement, said the people who died were part of a group of 83 mostly Malian nationals who were stuck on a distressed vessel since June 22.

The IOM, in statement by its spokeswoman Safa Msehli, said the rescued victims were brought back to shore with the help of the Libyan coastguard after nine days at sea, adding that the “cause of death for the 22 people was drowning and dehydration.”

Msehli also said some of the survivors were in very poor health and had to be taken to hospital by the IOM.

“The remaining migrants were taken to al-Maya detention centre” in Libya, she said.

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Monkeypox: WHO records over 6,000 cases in 58 countries in recent outbreak

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According to the World Health Organization, more than 6,000 cases of monkeypox have now been reported from 58 countries in the current outbreak.

The United Nations agency is yet to decide declaring the outbreak a global health emergency, the WHO’s highest level of alert.

Its committee reconvene a meeting in July 18 to decide or sooner.

Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a virtual news conference from Geneva.

Monkeypox, a disease that was once largely restricted to Africa, has also penetrated Europe and North America in its recent spread with more than 100 cases recorded outside Africa.

The UN committee meeting in June 27 decided that the disease was not yet a health emergency. There have recently been reported cases in other African countries like Nigeria and Morocco.

“I continue to be concerned by the scale and spread of the virus across the world,” Tedros said, adding that a lack of testing meant that there were likely many more cases going unreported.

Until recently, monkeypox had been a disease that was once largely restricted to Africa, but has gradually penetrating Europe and North America in its recent outbreak.

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