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The Brief: Arms race; cholera death toll; indefinite suspension

Northwest communities stockpile weapons to fight bandits; cholera death toll climbs 930 across 22 states; Zamfara plenary suspended indefinitely over kidnap of speaker's father

Game, set, match! An arms race has opened up in the northwest of the country beset by insecurity. Influential public figures from TY Danjuma to Benue Gov Samuel Ortom and, lately, Katsina Gov Bello Masari have called for citizens to arm themselves against relentless bandits. Now communities are heeding the call – and stockpiling weapons for self defence.

Cholera is the outbreak happening alongside Lassa fever – and the larger global coronavirus. The death toll has climbed 900, and it has spread to 23 states and counting.

State lawmakers in Zamfara will not be holding plenary any time soon. The state assembly had to be suspended indefinitely after father of the house speaker was abducted.

Villages arm up against insecurity

Many communities in North West and North Central are contributing money to buy guns and other weapons to protect themselves against bandits, terrorists and other criminals, Daily Trust reports. Wealthy individuals are also reportedly buying personal guns to protect themselves against aggression or buying weapons for groups.

Villagers in Niger, Zamfara, Kaduna, Plateau and Katsina States are in the lead as many communities in States having security challenges have stockpiled assault rifles to protect themselves.

Podcast: Should you take up arms to protect yourself?

Some political leaders have been calling on citizens to rise up and defend themselves, the most recent being that of the Katsina State Governor, Aminu Bello Masari.

This has raised concerns on different levels – is the responsibility of protecting lives and properties now an onerous task for the security agencies and the government?

On Nigeria Daily, we look at the legal implication of this. Listen to or download the podcast here.

APC has not failed Nigerians, PGF replies Jega

The Progressive Governors Forum (PGF), has faulted claim by Prof. Attahiru Jega, former INEC chairman, that the two major parties in the country have failed Nigerians.

Jega had in a BBC Hausa Service interview on Aug. 2, claimed that the two parties- the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had failed Nigerians and should not be trusted again. Dr Salihu Lukman, Director-General, PGF, said Jega had no evidence to support his submission.

Cholera death toll climbs 900 across 22 states

Nigeria has, so far, recorded 33,661 cases of cholera in 22 states across the country leading to the death of not less than 938 persons, the Minister of Environment, Mohammad Mahmood Abubakar, has said.

The minister said it has become urgent to sensitize the general public on the outbreak and efforts made by the ministry to contain the scourge.

The latest situation report from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) showed that the disease has spread to 22 states and Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

NEPZA, Borno set to reactivate free trade zone in Banki
The Nigeria Export Processing Zones Authority (NEPZA) and the Borno State Government have concluded plans to reactivate the Banki Border Free Trade Zone (FTZ) situated in Borno State.The Managing Director of NEPZA, Prof Adesoji Adesugba, made this known when the Governor of Borno State, Prof Babagana Zulum, visited him in Abuja Monday.
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Zamfara plenary suspended indefinitely over abduction of speaker’s father

Zamfara State House of Assembly has suspended plenary indefinitely over the abduction of the speaker’s father three weeks ago in a bandit attack on Magarya in Kanwa district of Zurmi council area.

The abducted speaker’s father, Alhaji Muazu Abubakar, is the village of head of Sabon Garin Magarya in Kanwa District of the LGA. The armed men also kidnapped the speaker’s stepmother, uncle and four others when they raided the community. The speaker is representing Zurmi East in the assembly, Daily Trust reports.

What you didn’t know about infertility

Millions of people worldwide suffer from infertility. However, there is low awareness about it as it is associated with a high rate of stigma particularly for women.

Most cases of infertility are also often attributed to women. There are also so many myths, religious and cultural beliefs that worsen stigma for infertile couples.

National grid collapses second time in a month

For the second time in less than a month, the national power grid has collapsed, worsening the blackout being experienced by households and businesses in parts of Nigeria.

Two of the electricity distribution companies in the country confirmed the collapse, which occurred around 1:00 pm on Monday.

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