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Nigeria: 812 killed, 855 abducted by criminal elements in March alone— Report

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A security and intelligence consulting firm in Nigeria, Beacon Security and Intelligence Limited, has released a damning report in which it says a total number of 812 persons were killed and 855 abducted in 770 security incidents across the country in the month of March alone.

The agency, which specializes in tracking and analysing crime and violent occurrences across the country, said the crime wave in the country had risen significantly between February and March, peaking with the high number of casualties recorded within the period.

In the report released in Abuja on Thursday, the intelligence group said the 770 incidents recorded indicated a 4.19 percent increase in comparison to the 739 recorded in February.

The report stated that the incidents surged with the kidnapping surged rising from 654 to 855, while fatalities also soared across the country.

It added that the increasing violence in the country were the products of terrorism, armed banditry and ethnic militia.

“In the review period, March 01 – 31, 2024, we recorded month-to-month (February 2024 – March 2024) increases across the three main metrics; incidents, fatalities, and abductions,” the survey report said.

“Below is a comparative analysis between February 2024 and March 2024.

“A breakdown of the incidents indicates an uptick in the growing frequency of violent occurrences within Nigeria in March 2024.

“A total of 770 incidents were recorded, indicating a 4.19% increase in comparison to the 739 recorded in February 2024.

“For abductions, the surge in the number of persons abducted from 654 to 855, indicating a 23.51% decrease, underscores the heightened risk faced by individuals and communities, with abduction emerging as a prevalent tactic employed by various armed groups for various purposes, including ransom, coercion, and furthering political or ideological agendas,” the intel report noted.

“For fatalities, we recorded an 8.71% month-to-month increase from 747 (February 2024) to 812 (March 2024).

“This trend further emphasises the human toll of the escalating violence, highlighting the urgent need for effective measures to protect civilian lives.

“The main factors responsible for these trends include threat elements associated with ongoing terrorism, banditry, and ethnic militia activities which underscores the complex nature of the security challenges facing Nigeria.

“Despite ongoing robust security operations recorded in the review period, these threat elements often operate with impunity, exploiting existing grievances, ethnic tensions, and socio-economic disparities to advance their objectives through violent means,” the report added.

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Namibia to receive $138.5 million W’Bank loan

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The World Bank has announced that it has granted a $138.5 million loan to assist Namibia in strengthening its transmission network and integrate renewable energy projects into the grid.

Namibia, one of the driest nations in Sub-Saharan Africa with an abundance of sunshine and wind, aims to establish itself as a hub for renewable energy in tandem with the significant offshore oil and gas discoveries that have made the nation a global centre for exploration.

“Namibia is a uniquely positioned regional leader in the transition towards a greener and more sustainable future,” Satu Kahkonen, World Bank country director for Namibia said in a statement.

This will be Namibia’s first World Bank-financed energy project, and the loan will be utilized by the national electricity utility NamPower as it works to wean itself off of electricity imports from neighbouring nations.

 

Namibia is pursuing a $10 billion green hydrogen project, which, when finished, will be exported to the European Union, in addition to new solar and wind projects.

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Socialist Party accuses Zambian ruling UPND of abducting its candidates

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Zambian opposition party, the Socialist Party (SP), has accused the ruling United Party for National Development (UPND) of masterminding the abduction of its candidate for the Kaunga Ward by-election in Luangwa district of Feira Constituency, Maneya Mwale.

The SP, in a statement in Lusaka, also called on security agencies to arrest the UPND’s Lusaka Province Chairperson, Obvious Mwaliteta, for the alleged abduction of Mwale.

SP’s Vice President, Dr Cosmas Musumali, said Mwaliteta should be arrested together with his District Chairperson, Anderson Banda.

Musumali, who made the call at a media briefing in Lusaka, alleged that Mwaliteta, Banda and other people mentioned kidnapped his party’s candidate.

He also accused the ruling party and President Hakainde Hichilema of being behind such activities that had continued to happen in all the ward elections in the country.

“Those who know this President know that he micromanages everything. He has hands on type of leadership and this kidnapping have not happened once but have been happening, nothing has been done, no one has been arrested, what’s the conclusion, the conclusion is that he is okaying it, he sees nothing wrong with it and the Head of State who swore to uphold the rights and Constitution of Zambia,” Musumali said.

“This is something that can not be done without HH tolerating it, facilitating it and even giving it a go ahead. If it’s done once I would agree with you that some rogue UPND members did it outside his control,” Musumali added.

He also claimed that the UPND was not ready to uphold the democratic tenets of the country and were using all means necessary to win the elections.

“The candidate in Kaunga Ward, like in the other 6 Wards, was abducted during the nominations day, which forced the Socialist Party to look for other candidates and Hichilema has remained silent on such activities,” Musumali noted.

Musumali further called on the Electoral Commission of Zambia to invalidate the nominations for Chikenge and Chisanga wards and set a new date for filling in of nominations.

“We further demand that the Commission should ban the UPND from participating in these two wards due to the crimes committed, which are against the electoral code of conduct,” he demanded.

He expressed that “hell would have broken lose had it been the other way round, and that Socialist Party leader Dr Fred M’membe would have been called all sorts of names by the UPND and their surrogates.”

“This is the winning formular for the UPND, kidnapping, abductions have become child’s play for them, they are endangering people’s lives, you have the audercity to abduct a 22 years old girl and pointing a gun to her head,” Musumali said.

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