According to a report from Bloomberg, Nigeria has the highest number of missing persons in the world.
The report stated that a decade of conflict in northeastern Nigeria has left almost 22,000 people missing, the most in any country worldwide where the International Committee of the Red Cross registers missing persons.
The full report:
Nigeria’s northeast has been ravaged by Islamist militants since 2009. While the army recently said it’s gotten the situation largely under control, attacks still occur weekly and large swathes of the area remain inaccessible to humanitarian organizations. The conflict has forced an estimated two million people to flee their homes.
“Families are the greatest casualty of 10 years of war in northeast Nigeria,” ICRC President Peter Mauer said in a statement Thursday after a five-day visit to the West African nation. “They have been torn apart.”
The Dolori camp for displaced people in northeastern state of Borno.
Almost 60% of those missing were children at the time of their registration. The ICRC works with the Nigeria Red Cross and other Red Cross and Red Crescent societies in the region to trace missing people by showing photographs, calling out names and going door-to-door in camps and communities.
Only 367 cases have been solved since the organization received its first cases in 2013, it said. Missing-persons cases remain open until either the Red Cross and Red Crescent network finds out what happened or the family reports back that they found the person.
The militants are loyal to Boko Haram, which has killed tens of thousands of people in the past decade, and a breakaway faction loyal to Islamic State. At their peak, they controlled a territory the size of Belgium and helped orchestrate attacks in neighboring Cameroon, Chad and Niger.
Leah Sharibu Allegedly Gives Birth In Boko Haram’s Captivity
Leah Sharibu has allegedly given birth to a son fathered by a top Boko Haram commander.
According to Sahara Reporters, Leah, the Christian girl who was kidnapped along with other schoolgirls but was not released with the others because she refused to renounce Christianity, allegedly gave birth to a baby boy weeks ago.
She was reportedly forced by the terror group to convert to Islam before being married off to a top Boko Haram commander, the publication claims.
The forced marriage has now allegedly produced a son.
‘Anytime I Peel Banana, I Get Erection’ — Nigerian Man Laments
A distraught 21-year-old Nigerian student has cried out over what started happening to him since last year.
The young man who wrote to popular online love doctor, Joro Olumofin and pleaded to be kept anonymous narrated that he gets erection anytime he eats banana, and not only that; his buttocks also gets wet.
Apparently worried, he wants to know if what is happening to him is normal or if he is simply gay.
See screenshot of his message to Joro below…
Buhari Signs Prisoner Swap Deal With Macao
President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday assented to an agreement for the exchange of prisoners between the Nigerian government and the Macao government in China.
“President Muhammadu Buhari has assented to the Instrument of Ratification of the Agreement on the Transfer of Sentenced Persons between the Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Government of the Macao Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China,” presidential spokesman Femi Adesina said in a statement.
Adesina disclosed that Buhari signing the bill was an aftermath of deliberations from the Federal Executive Council conclusion on August 1, 2018.
The presidential spokesman said the government had directed Nigeria’s attorney-general justice minister Abubakar Malami to prepare the instrument of ratification of the agreement for the President Buhari’s signature.
“President Buhari’s assent formally executes the Agreement,” Adesina said.