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Abubakar Muktar Abba

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About Abubakar
I am a passionate and skilled multimedia journalist based in the Lake Chad region. With fluency in English, Hausa, and Kanuri, I am able to connect and engage with diverse communities, bringing their stories to life.

I am proficient in video and audio production, documentary filmmaking, news gathering, feature and content writing, research, investigative journalism, and photography. My dedication to storytelling has led me to cover a wide range of topics, including business, politics, technology, science and environment, arts and books, natural disasters, sports, war reporting, social and cultural issues, breaking news, and travel and climate change reporting.

My experience and knowledge in journalism enable me to deliver high-quality and objective stories that resonate with my audience. I am committed to using my skills to make a positive impact.

If you're looking for a journalist who is passionate, skilled, and committed to delivering impactful stories, I am the ideal candidate for your project.

Thank you.
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These are the transcripts of the Encuentro case

27 Mar 2024  |  gk.city
The Encuentro case, involving Danilo Carrera, brother-in-law of former President Guillermo Lasso, merges two investigations into systematic corruption schemes within the Ecuadorian state institutions. Transcripts from conversations among various individuals, including Rubén Cherres, Rafael G, and others, discuss corruption in public enterprises and government positions. The transcripts, which are part of evidence collected by the Prosecutor's Office, reveal discussions about job placements, commissions, and influence within the customs authority, public companies like CNEL, and the Ministry of Energy. The case also involves audio and video reports, security camera footage, and mentions of journalists and businessmen potentially linked to the corruption network.

Borno Farmers Recount Losses As Climate Change Worsens Food Insecurity In Nigeria

11 Oct 2023  |  humanglemedia.com
Farmers in Borno, Nigeria, are experiencing reduced crop yields due to climate change, with high temperatures and unpredictable rainfall. Despite the Nigeria Meteorological Agency's advice on moisture preservation and irrigation, many were unaware and unprepared. The shrinking of Lake Chad and the Boko Haram insurgency exacerbate the region's challenges. Farmers like Umar Abba and Godiya John have faced poor harvests and fear further crop damage from unexpected rain. Maman Sadiq predicts increased hunger due to low farm output and rising food costs.

Locals Forced Into Unusual Tasks To Meet Boko Haram Taxations In Northeastern Nigeria

11 Oct 2023  |  HumAngle
In Konduga, Borno State, Northeastern Nigeria, locals like farmer Abba Gana and fisherman Yahaya Kifima are coerced into performing errands for Boko Haram to avoid harm and maintain their livelihoods. This includes procuring items such as sugar, salt, and Maggi seasoning, effectively a tax in kind. Noncompliance has led to arrests, detentions, and even death, with the military arresting suspected Boko Haram logistics suppliers. The situation has forced some communities into a reluctant coexistence with the terrorist group for survival. Major General Musa Danmadami reported the arrest of 25 suspects and the seizure of various items in May 2023, although it is uncertain if these individuals are core terrorists or coerced civilians.

After HumAngle Report, Shuwari Camp In Northeastern Nigeria Receives Food Donations

10 Oct 2023  |  HumAngle
Following a HumAngle report on the dire conditions at the Shuwari camp in Maiduguri, North East Nigeria, where internally displaced persons (IDPs) resorted to eating animal feed due to starvation, a group led by Fatima Mohammad Habib, founder of Advocacy For Human Value Foundation, initiated a crowdfunding campaign. The campaign raised 3.5 million naira to aid the IDPs, targeting 500 beneficiaries initially with plans for subsequent distribution. The Borno State Government's closure of IDP camps in December 2021, intended to reduce reliance on humanitarian aid, has led to IDPs returning to insecure communities and living in unofficial camps with limited access to aid. The article highlights the poor conditions of the food consumed by the IDPs, often leading to sickness, especially in children.


Displaced and Desperate: Maiduguri IDPs Face New Crisis with Flooding

01 Sep 2023  |  HumAngle
The article reports on the plight of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Maiduguri, who have been affected by flooding in their temporary shelter at the Shuwari IDP camp. Hadiza Umaru Ali and Maryam Mohammad are two IDPs who have lost their homes due to the floods. The IDPs, displaced by the Boko Haram crisis, face continuous eviction and have recently moved to a new location prone to flooding. Zanna Rebo, the camp chairman, mentions their struggle to find a stable settlement and the lack of government response to their situation. The IDPs are in a dire state, with some having settled in the new location while others are still in transition, all facing the threat of further displacement.

Borno Farmers Pay High Prices For Government Tractors Meant To Be Cheap

26 Aug 2023  |  HumAngle
Farmers in Borno State, Nigeria, are being forced to pay high rental prices for government-provided tractors that were supposed to be loaned out cheaply to aid in food production. Despite the state government's announcement of a scheme to provide tractors at discounted rates, farmers are finding that these tractors are not accessible and are instead rented out at commercial rates. Abba Gana, a local farmer, reported having to pay significantly more than expected for ploughing his land. The scheme, which included a warning from Governor Babagana Umara Zulum against the diversion of resources, seems to be failing as officials may be profiting from the rentals. Farmers from various regions within Borno State have expressed their difficulties and the additional financial burden due to this issue. The Ministry of Agriculture, upon being informed by HumAngle, stated they were previously unaware of the situation and promised to address it. The report is part of a project promoting transparency in insurgency-related funding in Northeast Nigeria, in partnership with the MacArthur Foundation.

Attacks On Farmers Hitting Food Supply In Nigeria’s Borno State

23 Aug 2023  |  HumAngle
In Borno State, Nigeria, farmers are facing severe security threats from Boko Haram terrorists, which has significantly impacted their agricultural activities and livelihoods. Three friends, Mohammad Alkali, Habib Abakar, and Ali Mohammad, invested in farming only to encounter the dangers firsthand, with restricted movement due to curfews and finding remnants of violence on their farm. Labourers are scarce and expensive due to the risk of terror attacks. Despite the Borno State Governor Babagana Zulum's initiative to support farmers with tractors and subsidised fertilisers, the constant attacks have led to deaths, kidnappings, and a decrease in agricultural output. This has contributed to the food insecurity in the region, with over 2.4 million people facing severe food shortages. The Borno government has not provided a response to the security threats that farmers are facing.

Unsung Hero: The Environmental Health Assistant Who Saved Lives During a Boko Haram Attack

05 Apr 2023  |  HumAngle
The article recounts the harrowing experience of Babagana Lawan, an Environmental Health Assistant in Bama, Borno State, northeast Nigeria, who became an impromptu lifesaver during a Boko Haram attack on a mosque on July 4, 2013. Lawan, with no formal medical training, managed to perform emergency surgery and save the lives of two men who had been left for dead after being brutally stabbed by the terrorists. Despite the risks of further attacks, Lawan's quick thinking and determination allowed him to stabilize the victims and refer them to the University of Maiduguri teaching hospital. The story highlights Lawan's journey from a junior administrator to a respected figure in his community, who declined a job offer at a teaching hospital to continue serving locals in need. His actions exemplify the resilience and dedication of healthcare workers in conflict zones.



Inadequate Sanitation Facilities in Nigerian Schools Affect Girls' Education

01 Apr 2023  |  HumAngle
The article discusses the dire state of sanitation facilities in schools in Maiduguri, Northeast Nigeria, and how it affects the education of girls, particularly during their menstrual periods. Khadija Mohammed Ibrahim, a student at Future Prowess Academy, and other girls face challenges due to inadequate toilets, leading to missed school days and health issues. Despite interventions like the World Bank-supported AGILE project, many schools still lack proper hygiene facilities. The article highlights the efforts of various organizations and the importance of adequate sanitation in retaining girls in schools. It also touches on the cultural and religious aspects that influence the use of these facilities. The author, Abubakar Muktar Abba, emphasizes the need for sustainable solutions and proper maintenance of hygiene facilities to ensure the well-being and education of girls in the region.

The Plight of Vulnerable Displaced Children Surviving on Dumpsites in Borno

01 Apr 2023  |  HumAngle
The article highlights the dire situation of children in Maiduguri, Borno State, who are forced to scavenge for metal scraps in dumpsites to support their families. The children, some as young as 12, use makeshift tools to collect metal, earning a meager income that barely sustains them. The community head, Bulama Modu, and others express concern over the lack of accessible schools, which perpetuates poverty and denies children education. The situation is exacerbated by the displacement caused by the insurgency in northeast Nigeria, leaving families homeless and unable to provide for their children. The article underscores the harsh realities faced by these children, who are deprived of a normal childhood and education, and are exposed to danger and exploitation.

Surviving Boko Haram: A Tale of Bravery and Forgiveness

01 Apr 2023  |  HumAngle
The article tells the harrowing story of Mustapha Bukar and his siblings, who survived a Boko Haram terrorist attack in Bama, Northeast Nigeria, in September 2014. The attack resulted in the murder of their parents, and the siblings had to flee to Maiduguri for safety. Mustapha's sister, Falmata, showed bravery in leading her brothers to safety. The article highlights the impact of the Boko Haram crisis on education, with over a million displaced children out of school according to UNICEF. Mustapha was fortunate to attend a tuition-free school for children affected by terrorism, while Falmata could not continue her education after marriage. The piece also touches on Mustapha's emotional journey towards forgiveness and the improvement in his studies as he copes with the loss of his parents.

Displacement and Insurgency Leave Millions of Nigerian Children Without Education

30 Mar 2023  |  HumAngle
The article discusses the plight of internally displaced children in Borno State, Nigeria, who are unable to access quality education due to the insurgency. Bulama Kaya, a father of 13, expresses his inability to send his children to school, highlighting the choice between education and feeding his children. The UNICEF report states that 1.3 million children in the Northeast are deprived of primary education. Despite the Safe Schools Initiative launched by the UN, many children remain out of school. The Child Rights Act mandates the government to provide free basic education, but this is not being met. Oleku Obe from PWAN comments on the neglect of education by the government. Governor Babagana Zulum has announced initiatives to address the issue, including the recruitment of 3000 teachers. The article is written by Abubakar Muktar Abba, a HumAngle Accountability Fellow.

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