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Stop amnesty policy, it’s counter-productive, stakeholders urge FG

•DDRR Programme in Northeast must be citizen-driven Godsgift Onyedinefu The Federal Government has been urged to stop the proliferation of an open-ended Amnesty Programme, which involves payment of monthly stipends to ex-combatants but instead focus on measures that encourages dialogue, Disarmament, Demobilisation, Rehabilitation and Reintegration (DDRR) of ex-fighters in a sustainable

Boko Haram: Stakeholders want victims prioritized in rehabilitation programmes

Godsgift Onyedinefu    The key stakeholders working to Counter Violent Extremism  in Nigeria's Northeast have said Rehabilitation and Reintegration(R&R) Programmes should not focus on ex-Boko Haram extremists, but must address the needs of both perpetrators and victims of insurgency.   The stakeholders were drawn from the Office of the Vice President, Nigeria police Force

Banditry: WANEP seeks strengtened community policing in Nigeria’s North West

•Urges stronger inter-agency collaboration Godsgift Onyedinefu  The  West Africa Network for  Peacebuilding, Nigeria (WANEP-Nigeria)  has called for the strengthening of community Policing and inter-agency collaboration to tackle the surge in armed banditry across  States in the North West  Region of Nigeria, particularly, Zamfara,  Birnin Gwari  axis  of  Kaduna,  Katsina  and  Sokoto States. This

Arrest of female ‘sex workers’, targeted violence against women—WANEP

•Demands urgent action against assaults on women in Abuja Senator Iroegbu The West Africa Network for Peacebuilding, WANEP-Nigeria has expressed concern the arbitrary arrests and detention of women and allegations of sexual assault and rape by security agents in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja. The National Coordinator, WANEP-Nigeria, Mrs. Brigdet Osakwe, in

Insecurity: WANEP harps on inclusive women participation in peace processes

Godsgift Onyedinefu The West African Network Peacebuilding (WANEP) has stressed that women's participation in conflict resolution is vital to peace processes and development in Nigeria. The WANEP National Network Cordinator, Bridget Osakwe addressing journalists on Tuesday in Abuja at a media roundtable on UNSCR 1325 and Women in Peace and Security said

WANEP urges deployment of security agencies to aver post election violence

..Worries voter apathy most likely in subsequent elections Godsgift Onyedinefu The West African Network for Peacebuilding (WANEP) has called for deployment of security agencies across the country especially in flashpoints to prevent the eruption of violence after proclamation of results. The WANEP also expressed concern over likely low voter turnout in subsequent

2019 Elections marred by irregularities, violence — WANEP

Godsgift Onyedinefu The West Africa Network for Peacebuilding (WANEP) has said the presidential and National Assembly elections held on Saturday was marred by cases of violent fracas, irregularities and other acts of electoral malpractice in some states. Aisha Abdullahi, Co-Chair of the WANEP Election Situation Room (ESR) spoke during the maiden Election

Elections: WANEP sensitizes stakeholders on Farmers Manifesto in Bauchi State

•Urges politicians to mainstream, promote agriculture Senator Iroegbu and Godsgift Onyedinefu Ahead of the 2019 General elections in Nigeria, the West Africa Network for Peace Building (WANEP) has urged relevant stakeholders in the socio-economic and political sphere of the country to mainstream agricultural sector as a means of addressing the

Elections Postponement: WANEP urges electorate, observers to remain resolute

Godsgift Onyedinefu As reactions continue to trail the postponement of the 2019 general elections, the West African Network for Peacebuilding (WANEP) has said it is disappointed over the polls shift. The Co-chairman of the WANEP Election Situation Room (ESR) Aisha Abdullahi  while briefing journalists on Saturday however urged electorates, local and international