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About Francis
Francis Okoye is a journalist based in Onitsha, Nigeria.
1. A Bimla Misra Memorial Health Fellowship CNS Health Fellow 2016-2017.
2. Awarded  as one of 3 best Correspondence of Citizen News Service 2016.
3. Over 300 published articles in print and online media since 1990, ranging from Entertainment, Sports,Business, Finance, Religion,Health, Education, Politics, Interviews.
4. Published in over 15 Nigeria and international media.
5. A Digital Journalist trained by Facebook Journalism Project and Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism.
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Easter: Zulum Urges Prayers For Development, Prosperity

31 Mar 2024  |  leadership.ng
Borno State Governor, Babagana Umara Zulum, extends Easter greetings to the Christian community and calls for prayers for the development and prosperity of Borno and Nigeria. He highlights his administration's achievements in restoring peace, investing in various sectors, and providing palliatives to communities affected by insurgency. Zulum emphasizes his commitment to the welfare of citizens and mentions recent discussions with the President to improve security in the Lake Chad area for agricultural revival.

Emir Of Gwoza Confirms Surrender Of Most Wanted Boko Haram Commander

30 Mar 2024  |  leadership.ng
The Emir of Gwoza, Alhaji Mohammed Shehu Timta, confirmed the surrender of a top wanted Boko Haram commander, Mallam Yathabalwe, to the troops of 'Operation Hadin Kai' in Borno state. Yathabalwe, who had been terrorizing Gwoza and surrounding communities, surrendered with weapons and ammunition. His surrender is seen as a hopeful sign for the return of peace to the region.

6 Burnt To Death, 4 Injured As Terrorists Attack Borno Community

09 Jan 2024  |  leadership.ng
Suspected Boko Haram terrorists attacked Gajiram town in Nganzai local government area of Borno State, resulting in six deaths and four injuries. The attack occurred after evening prayers near a market. No statements have been issued by the military or the Borno State Police Command.

EID NSCDC Kills Operative In Borno

30 Dec 2023  |  leadership.ng
An NSCDC operative, Abubakar Nurudeen, was killed by an IED in Jakana, Konduga local government area, Borno State, while inspecting downed powerlines with the Rapid Response Squad. The NSCDC Borno State spokesman, Bulus James, confirmed the incident, stating that Nurudeen died instantly and was buried according to Islamic rites.

Soldier Kills Truck Driver For Refusing To Pay Bribe In Borno

26 Dec 2023  |  leadership.ng
Borno State Governor Babagana Umara Zulum condemned the killing of truck driver Muhammad Bello by a soldier for refusing to pay a bribe. The incident occurred on the Dikwa-Gamboru Ngala Road and involved a soldier and a Civilian Joint Task Force member. The Nigerian Army has arrested the soldier and is investigating the matter, assuring justice for the victim's family and the National Union of Road Transport Workers.

Tinubu Condemns Soldiers’ Attack On Adamawa Police Headquarters, Promises Probe Of Kaduna Bombing

11 Dec 2023  |  leadership.ng
President Bola Ahmed Tinubu condemned the attack by soldiers on the Adamawa State Police Command headquarters and warned against any retaliatory attacks on the police or civilians. He also promised an investigation into a drone incident in Kaduna State that resulted in casualties. Tinubu made these statements at the Chief of Army Staff Annual General Conference 2023 in Maiduguri, where he emphasized the need for intelligence, inclusiveness, and combat readiness to protect Nigerians and address security challenges. He also visited troops of Operation Hadin Kai Joint Taskforce, acknowledging their efforts in the fight against Boko Haram.

Tinubu Inaugurates Innovation/Entrepreneurship Centre At UNIMAID

19 Nov 2023  |  leadership.ng
President Bola Tinubu inaugurated the N1 billion Abdul Samad Rabiu International Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the University of Maiduguri, built by Bua Group chairman Abdul Samad Rabiu. Vice President Kashim Shettima, representing Tinubu, commended Rabiu's support in line with the administration's agenda. The centre includes various laboratories for entrepreneurial training. Honorary degrees were awarded to several individuals, including Shettima, at the university's convocation ceremony, where the new chancellor, Emir of Lafiya Hon. Justice Sidi Bage Muhammad (rtd), presented degrees and promotions. Governor Babagana Zulum praised the graduates and Shettima's service to the state and country.

2 Children Die, 1,113 Houses Razed In Borno IDPs’ Camp

16 Nov 2023  |  leadership.ng
Two children perished and over 1,113 houses were destroyed by a fire at the Muna Alamdari IDPs camp in Mafa local government area of Borno State. The State Emergency Management Agency's director-general, Dr Barkindo Muhammad, reported the incident and the agency's response during his visit to the camp. The fire service, along with IDPs, Civilian Joint Task Force, security agencies, and volunteers, managed to control the fire after more than an hour. The agency is providing aid, including 500 bags of rice and blankets, to the victims.

Police Debunk Reports Of Missing Private Part In Borno

07 Nov 2023  |  Leadership News
The Borno State Police Command, through its public relations officer ASP Nahum Daso Kenneth, has denied social media reports of missing genitalia in Maiduguri. The police received complaints about alleged disappearances of male genital organs after interactions with strangers. Medical examinations confirmed that the genital organs were intact and functional. The police urged the public to remain calm, law-abiding, and to disregard the misinformation that could disrupt peace in the state. Citizens were also encouraged to report any suspicious activities to the police.

NEDC To Build Mental Health Support Centre In Borno

05 Nov 2023  |  leadership.ng
The North East Development Commission (NEDC) plans to construct a mental health support centre at the Federal Neuropsychiatric Hospital in Maiduguri to aid victims of the Boko Haram insurgency. Mohammed Alkali, the NEDC's CEO, emphasized the importance of the centre in aiding recovery and preventing future problems for those affected. The hospital's medical director, Professor Ibrahim Abdu Wakawa, outlined current challenges such as power and water shortages, staff training needs, and insufficient resources. Additionally, the NEDC has partnered with the Japan International Corporation Agency to provide public address systems to local government areas in the North-East.

Security Has Improved In Borno By More Than 85% — Zulum

27 Oct 2023  |  Leadership News
Borno State Governor Babagana Zulum reported a significant improvement in the state's security, with an 85% enhancement noted. He praised the Nigerian military forces for their support and refuted claims of increasing insurgency. Zulum assured that all 27 local government areas in Borno are free from insurgent control, with ongoing resettlement efforts in some regions. President Bola Tinubu has committed to providing necessary equipment to combat insurgency across Nigeria.

NEDC Promises Demand-driven Interventions In North East

17 Oct 2023  |  Leadership News
The North East Development Commission (NEDC), led by Mohammed Goni Alkali, is committed to implementing demand-driven interventions in the North East of Nigeria, an area affected by insurgency. The NEDC, established in 2018, manages funds for the region's rehabilitation and development, in accordance with the North East Stabilisation and Development Masterplan. Recently, the NEDC donated an ambulance and N2 million to the General Hospital in Marama, Borno State, to enhance emergency response capabilities. Dr. Emmanuel Ikechukwu of the hospital expressed gratitude for the support.

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10 Feb 2022  |  Experiencing Christ
The article, written by Francis Okoye, Director of Padre Pio Information Centre, discusses the significance of the Holy Spirit in Christian life and provides guidance on how to engage with the Holy Spirit. It covers topics such as the fellowship with the Holy Spirit, how to make the Holy Spirit answer prayers, and how to report someone to the Holy Spirit. The article emphasizes the importance of having a relationship with the Holy Spirit, citing biblical examples like Saint Pio and Apostle Paul. It also advises on how to overcome sin and excel in various aspects of life through the Holy Spirit's help. The article concludes with instructions on how to report grievances to the Holy Spirit, stressing the need for a sin-free life to do so effectively.

Seychelles' Fight Against Tuberculosis: An Interview with Dr. Louine Morel

10 Feb 2022  |  www.citizen-news.org
The article discusses the efforts of Seychelles in combating tuberculosis (TB), featuring insights from Dr. Louine Morel, a Medical Registrar at the Communicable Disease Control unit of the Ministry of Health of Seychelles. Seychelles, which fully funds its TB fight, has been successful in keeping the disease under control, despite a recent rise in notified cases. Dr. Morel, who participated in the #EndTB Dialogues, expressed optimism that Seychelles could become the first country in Africa to end TB.

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