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Nigeria: PSWG Protection Overview, January 2019

Protection

Achievements: In January, the Protection sector carried out campaigns to raise awareness on human rights and accountability and feedback mechanisms for 23,650 individuals. Partners also profiled 4,724 individuals for protection risks, provided livelihood support to 1,194 individuals and held capacity building trainings for 549 individuals. 180 individuals received protectionbased material assistance, while 180 were referred to other sectors.

The security situation in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states remained fluid leading to mass displacement of local communities largely fleeing from violence in Kukawa, Monguno, and Kala/Balge LGAs in Borno State. Over 35,000 Nigerians are reported to have sought refuge in Cameroon, while another 30,000 civilians fled to Maiduguri and are now internally displaced in MMC, Jere, and Konduga LGAs in Borno State.

The Sector provided input to the 90-Day Emergency Response Plan to address the protection needs of the new arrivals, including vulnerability screening, protection monitoring and provision of protection-based material assistance, and is working to maintain an up-to-date protection referral directory to ensure efficient protection delivery in line with humanitarian principles.

In Adamawa and Yobe states, partners distributed material protection assistance kits to vulnerable new arrivals, the majority to child and elderly-headed households, and 488 individuals in Yobe State were sensitized on Accountability and Feedback Mechanisms (AFM). 58 Borno State Government officials were also trained on human rights in January.

The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) supported households who had been disinherited by obtaining letters of administration for 55 persons of concern from the Borno State High Court of Justice Probate Registry. The NBA also provided legal representation in court for 11 civil cases (including domestic violence) and 9 criminal cases (including rape) in the month of January.

The Housing, Land and Property (HLP) sub-sector developed the Due Diligence Guidelines for Humanitarian Actors in the North-East, as well as a Tenancy Obligations and Guide for IDPs to limit the risk of IDPs being forcefully evicted. The sub-sector also sensitized 30 women from IDP camps and host communities on their housing and property rights, and held an interactive session for 27 HLP stakeholders to improve the identification and reporting of HLP issues.

The Mine Action sub-sector conducted risk education for 20,000 beneficiaries (5,574 girls and 5,713 boys; 3,509 women and 5,204 men), with 75 per cent of the beneficiaries targeted in Bama,

Jere, Kaga, Konduga, Mafa, MMC, Monguno and Ngala LGAs of Borno State, 15 per cent in Adamawa State and 10 per cent in Yobe State.

Way forward: The Protection sector will monitor election-related activities in the coming month to ensure that IDPs are not disenfranchised or exploited due to their vulnerability.

Partners will continue to provide protection assistance to new arrivals in Maiduguri and Monguno, while working closely with other sectors to address and mitigate protection-related concerns in the establishment of the new site and relocation of IDPs to Mohammed Goni International Stadium Camp in Maiduguri.

The sector will further engage with the Government to develop principled approaches to resolving HLP issues, work to enhance women’s HLP rights and plans to expand replacement of title documentation to Monguno, Konduga, Dikwa and Gwoza LGAs in Borno State.

Mine Action activities will be reduced as a result of the upcoming elections, yet some activities will occur in and around MMC LGA in Borno State.

Source: United Nations Population Fund