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UN agencies urge action to avert famine in Somalia, South Sudan

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The World Food Programme, WFP, and Food and Agriculture Organisation, FAO, on Tuesday, called for action to avert the threat of famine in Somalia and South Sudan.

The alert from WFP and FAO followed the latest food security assessments which showed that six million people in Somalia will face acute food insecurity in the coming months unless the rains come.

Lara Fossi, WFP Deputy Country Director in Somalia said the number almost double the number at the start of 2022, noting that Somalia last endured famine in 2011 and only narrowly avoided it in 2016-2017, thanks to prompt humanitarian intervention.

“This is a heads-up that this assessment is showing that we are already identifying six areas in Somalia that are at risk of famine, that are at risk of going down that route of 2011 if we don’t act now,” she said.

Meshack Malo, FAO Representative in South Sudan, speaking via Zoom from Juba said the situation is equally devastating in South Sudan, where two-thirds of the country would likely face hunger between May and July of this year.

The Representative said the two-thirds would be up 7.74 million people, saying, “this is the highest number ever recorded.”

Famine was declared in two counties of South Sudan in 2017, although prompt international assistance prevented the situation from deteriorating further.

Citing the latest IPC data on food insecurity across South Sudan, Malo noted that 1.34 million children are malnourished severely and over 600,000 pregnant and lactating women are malnourished this year.

The drivers of chronic food insecurity in South Sudan include the civil war that started in 2013 and ended in 2020.

It caused widespread destruction, death and displacement, leaving two million people internally displaced and another 2.3 million as refugees in neighbouring countries.

Some of the worst flooding in generations has also driven displacement and pushed local communities to breaking point, reducing crop production and dependence on imports which have undermined people’s ability to secure sufficient nutritious food all year round.

Also in Somalia, the devastating effects of successive failed rains have already pushed people to leave their homes in search of food and work.

“There are dozens of camps for the internally displaced people which have grown exponentially in the last few months,” WFP’s Fossi, speaking via Zoom from Mogadishu.

“Thousands of households are pouring into them from the areas hardest-hit by the drought.

“They are desperately seeking assistance and when you visit some of these camps, you can see the lines of the new arrivals coming in and many of these people are women and children, and frankly, it’s impossible to see them, and not be shocked by the visible signs of destitution and life-threatening malnutrition.”

The WFP officer warned that the agency is now “taking from the hungry to feed the starving” as it struggles to scale up its emergency response to 2.5 million people in Somalia, a next to impossible feat, considering our relief funding gap of 149 million dollars.

“The latest data shows how rapidly things are getting worse, with six million people now facing acute food insecurity in the coming months. This is almost double the number at the start of the year.

“It’s almost 40 per cent of the population and there is a real risk of famine in some areas if the current rainy season fails,” she added.

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Promoted Magu already retired ― FG

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Former acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, retired before being upgraded to the rank of Assistant Inspector-General of Police (AIG), this week.

Minister of Police Affairs, Maigari Dingyadi, disclosed this while appearing on the ministerial media chat organized by the Presidential Communications Team at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Thursday.

The former anti-graft agency boss had been investigated by a presidential panel headed by Justice Ayo Salami which has since submitted its report in which it recommended the retirement of Magu in 2020.

However, the Police Service Commission (PSC) listed his name this week as one of the newly promoted AIGs.

When asked why he was promoted, the minister said it was the responsibility of the PSC, which is under the Presidency. to provide the answer.

But he affirmed that Magu has already retired, noting that being retired will not preclude him from any disciplinary measures should the need arise.

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FCT Police refutes claims of crisis in Lugbe

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In a statement made available to newsmen in Abuja, on Thursday through the command’s Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Josephine Adeh, stated that; “The attention of the Commissioner of Police, FCT Police Command, CP Babaji Sunday, has been drawn to a video making the rounds on social media platforms about an incident which is being credited to have happened in Lugbe, FCT Abuja.

“The CP wishes to state categorically that there is no such incident in Lugbe as he is currently on patrol with operatives around the Lugbe-Airport Road axis.

“The CP urges all well-meaning members of the Abuja Community to go about their lawful duties as the police is on its toes to ensure the safety of their lives and property.” The statement assured.

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