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My Near-Encounter with Boko Haram Insurgents [True Story]

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Adeeko Ademola

So, last week, I experienced firsthand, exactly what it is like to live in the Northeast region of Nigeria.

That place is a perpetual war zone and worst still, the fighting can begin at any time without prior warning.

A thread on my encounter with the horror of Boko Haram.My final destination was Potiskum – an insurgency ravaged town. The plan was to witness and cover the commissioning of public structures previously destroyed by Boko Haram fighters. The projects were reconstructed by @VSFNigeria as part of its duty to rebuilf the Northeast.

To get to Potiskum by air, you’ll have to fly to Maiduguri airport in Borno and then proceed to Potiskum via Damaturu, & a few other towns in Yobe state.

The roads are fair but heavily guarded as military bases, trenches and checkpoints were scattered everywhere.

Real warzone!


Almost every corner in Damaturu had at least 2 armed soldiers. The security around the government house is always on high alert.

If you visit Yobe state, seeing that much guns could make you feel safe but it also meant, there’s a high level of insecurity in the neighbourhood.Fast forward. We wrapped up the event in Potiskum, headed to Damaturu to get some sleep, then head back to catch our flight in Maiduguri next day.

Back in my hotel, I felt; “Well nothing bad happened despite the perception of this place, so nothing can happen.”

I was wrong!

Just a few minutes after leaving Damaturu towards Maiduguri, we saw vehicles facing one-way, horns blaring, headlamps flashing, hands waving.

Vehicles in from of us started making immediate U-turns. Oh shit! The worst has happened.

Immediately, we parked and turned around.

I was confused AF. I asked people in the bus what was happening.

They just casually told me that Boko Haram had taken over the road & it’s possible they’re marching towards Damaturu.

LMFAOOoo, I wan mad. Na Boko Haram dis people de refer to like say na Fadeyi Boys de fight?????Me: “Excuse me, what’s happening? Why are people turning around?”

It was as if my ears were paining me when they said it is possible that they’re marching towards Damaturu.

I asked where we were. They said Damaturu.

Waaaaait!!! Na here dem go pass??? Dem say yes!!!

Haaaa! KNDFY!!! … I jumped down from the bus! 😂😂😂😂I sha stood close to the Mopols that were with us. So, we started discussing alternatives.

What do we do?
Is there another road?
Should we just go back to Damaturu?
Should we reschedule our flight?
Should we go and pass Jigawa?

Can’t explain how I was feeling.

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US Authorizes The Use Of Chloroquine For Coronavirus Patients

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The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued what was termed as ‘an emergency use authorization for chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine to treat patients hospitalized with COVID-19’.

The drugs  used to treat malaria and other conditions is said to have little scientific evidence and are effective in treating Covid-19.

In its statement, Department of Health and Human Services, HHS said:

“Anecdotal reports suggest that these drugs may offer some benefit in the treatment of hospitalized COVID-19 patients.
“The safety profile of these drugs has only been studied for FDA approved indications, not COVID-19.”

Before this release, US President Donald Trump had claimed few weeks ago that the  FDA had approved the “very powerful” drug chloroquine to treat coronavirus.
“It’s shown very encouraging — very, very encouraging early results. And we’re going to be able to make that drug available almost immediately. And that’s where the FDA has been so great. They — they’ve gone through the approval process; it’s been approved.  Trump said. This led to overdose of the drugs in many countries including Nigeria before FDA  issued a statement disapproving the use.

Now the drugs has been approved. But while there’s limited evidence on the efficacy of chloroquine, or hydroxychloroquine, the FDA said the drugs’ benefits outweighed their risk. In its letter, the FDA encouraged randomized clinical trials that could assess the effectiveness of the drugs. It also noted that the known and potential benefits outweigh the risks.

The authorization is limited to patients who are currently hospitalized and weigh at least 50kg, or about 110 pounds. Under the emergency use authorization, health care providers must contact their local or state health department to access the drugs.

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#Coronavirus: Nigeria Stops Movement in Lagos, Abuja And Ogun States

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday announced the cessation of movement in Lagos,  Abuja and Ogun States for 14 days as part of measures to curb the spread of coronavirus.

The curfew takes effect from Monday March 30th at 11pm.

Part of the announcement reads:

”Based on the advice of the Federal Ministry of Health and the NCDC, I am directing the cessation of all movements in Lagos and the FCT for an initial period of 14 days with effect from 11pm on Monday, 30th March 2020. This restriction will also apply to Ogun State due to its close proximity to Lagos and the high traffic between the two States. (more…)

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#Coronavirus: Ekiti States Shuts Down Borders, Bans All Commercial Activities

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The Governor of Ekiti State, Kayode Fayemi on Sunday has directed residents to stay at home from Monday March 30th till April 13th.

The statement announced shutdown of all borders and imposed a ban on all commercial activities in the states as well as intra state travels, except for those bordering on essential services violators risked a six-month jail term.

He said: ” It is very disappointing that some of us have either been lukewarm, nonchalant or downright defiant in observing the simple but extremely effective preventive measures as well as maintaining social distancing to protect themselves from infection and curtail the spread of the virus in their communities. (more…)

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