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ACF Asks Buhari To Extend Flight Ban To Benue, Taraba, Borno
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ACF Asks Buhari To Extend Flight Ban To Benue, Taraba, Borno

The Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to extend the recent flight ban on Zamfara to other states affected by banditry. Buhari had on Tuesday declared Zamfara “a no-fly zone” and also and banned all mining activities in the state. The directive, disclosed by the National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno, followed the release of 279 students of the Government Secondary School, Jangebe in Talata-Mafara Local Government Area earlier abducted by bandits. In a statement on Wednesday, ACF’s National Chairman, Audu Ogbeh, commended the directive and hailed the release of abducted girls. He, however, said there was need to replicate similar directive in other states such as Benue, Taraba and Borno where there are rumours that helicopters frequentl...
Borno Attack: Hundreds Trapped As Boko Haram Hoists Flags In Marte
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Borno Attack: Hundreds Trapped As Boko Haram Hoists Flags In Marte

On Sunday, the Chief of Army Staff, Maj. Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, issued a 48-hour deadline for the troops of Operation Lafiya Dole to recapture. Hundreds of people have been trapped in towns and villages after Boko Haram fighters dislodged Nigerian troops in Marte Local Government Area of Borno State over a week ago. Credible sources told the Daily Trust that the terrorists loyal to the Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) have also hoisted their flags in many places including military outposts in New Marte and Kirenowa, the biggest town in the local government. On Sunday, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Maj. Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru issued a 48-hour deadline for the troops of Operation Lafiya Dole to recapture Marte from Boko Haram terrorists. He also directed them to...
ISWAP Terrorists Seize Military Base In Borno
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ISWAP Terrorists Seize Military Base In Borno

Jihadists aligned with the Islamic State militant group have captured a military base in northeast Nigeria’s Borno state after overnight clashes with troops, sources told AFP on Saturday. Machine-gun wielding fighters from Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) attacked the base in the town of Marte in the Lake Chad area overnight Friday into Saturday, two sources said. “The priority now is to reclaim the base from the terrorists and an operation is underway,” one of the sources said. “We took a hit from ISWAP terrorists. They raided the base in Marte after a fierce battle.” The second source said the army “incurred losses” but it was not yet clear how many people had died or the level of destruction inflicted by the insurgents. ISWAP, which split from Boko Haram in ...
Boko Haram Terrorists In Military Uniforms Kidnap UN Staff In Borno, Abubaka Gaba Idrils ‘Alooma’
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Boko Haram Terrorists In Military Uniforms Kidnap UN Staff In Borno, Abubaka Gaba Idrils ‘Alooma’

Boko Haram fighters have abducted staff of United Nations (UN) along Damaturu - maiduguri road Born state. Held captive is Abubaka Gaba Idrils, aka Alooma, a senior protection Assistant with UN High Commissioner for refugees (UNHCR). The terrorist ambushsd vehicles conveying commuters near Matari village between Minok Jakana Highway. One of the them, Alooma was seized around 8.30.a.m on Saturday. A source told PRNigeria the terrorist, in military uniform, mounted a road block with three Hilux pickup trucks and motorcycles. The witness said", while searching the passengers, Idris attempted to throw away his ID card but one of the insurgents sights him. He was then asked to step down from the vehicle along with two other passengers, while the rest of the passengers were as...
Borno Massacre: Army Dismisses Boko Haram’s Claim
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Borno Massacre: Army Dismisses Boko Haram’s Claim

The Defence Headquarters has dismissed the claim by the Boko Haram terrorists that the recent massacre of rice farmers in Borno was retaliation for the arrest of one of them. The Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Maj.-Gen. John Enenche, said this while giving an update on the operations of the armed forces between November 26 and December 2 on Thursday in Abuja. The terrorist group had on Tuesday released a video claiming that the terrorists carried out the massacre in retaliation for the arrest of one of them by the farmers. They also claimed that the farmers had also given information on their movement in the area to the military. Enenche said the claim was the practice of the sect with the sole motive of instigating fear in the minds of the people to discourage them...
Reps Summon Buhari Over Slain Borno Farmers
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Reps Summon Buhari Over Slain Borno Farmers

Members of the House of Representatives were divided at Tuesday plenary on whether or not to invite President Muhammadu Buhari to appear before them and offer explanation on the true security situation of the country. An earlier circulated motion had prayed for the invitation of the president. But the motion eventually moved by Hon. Satomi Ahmed on behalf other 10 Borno State lawmakers on the floor prayed the president to amongst other things, declare a State of emergency on security matters. But the motion as presented didn’t sit down well with another Borno lawmaker, Hon. Ahamdu Jaha who relied on Order 6, Rule 1 of the House to say that the original motion to which all the lawmakers agreed on was to call on the President to address them on the security situation especially ...
Zambarmari Massacre: Senate President, COS, Others Pay Condolence To Borno
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Zambarmari Massacre: Senate President, COS, Others Pay Condolence To Borno

Senate President, Dr. Ahmed Lawan, Chief of Staff to the president, Professor Ibrahim Gambari, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu and other high level officials paid condolence visit to the people of Borno State on Monday, following the recent Boko Haram killing of 43 farm workers in the state. Garba Shehu disclosed this on his Twitter handle. He wrote: "A team of high level officials representing the Executive and Legislative arms of government was in Maiduguri on Monday to deliver a message of condolence and solidarity with the government and people of Borno State following the recent Boko Haram killing of 43 farm workers. The Senate President, Dr. Ahmed Lawan spoke for the team and the Chief of Staff, Professor Ibrahim Gambari represen...
UN Withdraws Claim That 110 Farmers Died In Borno Boko Haram Attack
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UN Withdraws Claim That 110 Farmers Died In Borno Boko Haram Attack

The United Nations on Monday recanted an earlier claim that 110 farmers were killed by suspected Boko Haram insurgents in Zabarmari community, Borno State. Local media had published a report on Saturday quoting officials of the Borno State government saying at least 43 farmers lost their lives in an attack by insurgents on a rice field. On Sunday, the Borno governor, Babagana Zulum, had during a mass burial of the deceased farmers, told journalists that 43 farmers were killed. Later on Sunday evening, the UN issued a statement which quoted the head of the UN System in Nigeria, Edward Kallon, saying that at least 110 farmers were killed in the said attack. The UN version of the death toll from Koshobe rice field went viral. In the initial UN statement, signed by Eve Sabba...
“Boko Haram Killed 43 People” – John Enenche Counters United Nations’ Claim Of 110 Farmers Killed In Borno
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“Boko Haram Killed 43 People” – John Enenche Counters United Nations’ Claim Of 110 Farmers Killed In Borno

Nigerian Defence Headquarters' Director of Information, Maj. Gen. John Eneche has countered the United Nations' claim of 110 people being killed over the weekend in Borno. It was reported earlier that United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, Edward Kallon said no fewer than 110 farmers were killed in Saturday, November 28 attack on rice farms in Zabarmari community in Borno state. Reacting to this in an interview on Channels Television today November 30, Eneche stated that what the military have so far counted with the locals is 43 bodies. He noted that the military is still searching for dead bodies, while also admitting that some people ran into the bush during the attack. He added that while there is a possibility of the death toll rising, he is however hopeful t...
Boko Haram Still Existing Strongly In Borno – Governor Zulum
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Boko Haram Still Existing Strongly In Borno – Governor Zulum

Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno State on Sunday admitted that the dreaded Boko Haram sect are still existing strongly in many parts of the state especially in the Sambisa Forest, River Fringes of Koshobe and Lake Chad Basin posing threats to over 6 million people in the state. Zulum spoke after he attended the mass burial of rice farmers/fishermen slaughtered on Saturday in Koshobe in broad daylight at Zabarmari community in which, 44 corpses have been recovered by security operatives and volunteers, while other corpses are still not recovered in the Bush of Koshobe village, with scores missing at press time. Koshobe, located north-east, an agrarian community under Jere Local Government Area, where most Hausas engaged in farming and fishing is about 25km drive from Maiduguri, th...
Pres. Buhari Condemns Killing Of 44 Farmers By Boko Haram In Borno
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Pres. Buhari Condemns Killing Of 44 Farmers By Boko Haram In Borno

The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), has condemned the killing of farmworkers in Borno State. The PUNCH had earlier reported that Boko Haram fighters killed at least 43 farm workers and injured six in rice fields near Maiduguri, the Borno State capital on Saturday. Reacting in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, the President expressed grief over the killing of the farmers on rice fields at Zabarmari, in Jere Local Government of Borno State, describing the terrorist killings as insane. The statement was titled, ‘President Buhari Condemns As Insane, Boko Haram Killing Of Farmers in Borno State.’ The statement quoted Buhari as saying, “I condemn the killing of our hardworking farmers by terrorists in Borno State. ...
#ENDSARS: ‘Send SARS to Borno to terrorize Boko Haram terrorists’ – Reno Omokri
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#ENDSARS: ‘Send SARS to Borno to terrorize Boko Haram terrorists’ – Reno Omokri

Former aide to former Nigeria president Goodluck Jonathan and author, Reno Omokri, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to send  operatives of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad, F-SARS of the Nigeria Police Force to Borno state to help in combating terrorism rather than "harming innocent Nigerians." According to Omokri, Buhari should stop 'rehabilitating Boko Haram terrorists' but instead rehabilitate Nigerians by sending SARS to Borno State to face the deadly terrorists who have been terrorising Northern Nigerians for over a decade. According to Omokri, since "SARS operatives already know how to terrorise," they would be able to fight Boko Haram terrorists. He tweeted on Sunday afternoon October 4; “General @MBuhari, stop rehabilitating Boko Haram. Rehabilitate Nigerian...
Nigerian Army colonel dies after Boko Haram ambush in Borno
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Nigerian Army colonel dies after Boko Haram ambush in Borno

A Nigerian Army colonel has died after an ambush by Boko Haram terrorists in Borno State.   Colonel DC Bako and some soldiers were attacked, on Sunday, September 20, when their vehicle was ambushed near Damboa, about 85 kilometres from Maiduguri, the state capital. He was until his death the commander of 25 Task Force Brigade in Damboa   Spokesman of the Nigeria Army, Sagir Musa, who confirmed the death in a statement on Monday September 21, said the colonel died in a military hospital where he was receiving treatment after the ambush.   “Operation LAFIYA DOLE wishes to intimate the general public of the demise of one of our gallant and finest war heroes Col DC Bako," ''It could be recalled that the professional, gallant senior officer who always led...
Communications Minister, Isa Pantami Shed Tears Over Killings In Northern Nigeria
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Communications Minister, Isa Pantami Shed Tears Over Killings In Northern Nigeria

Nigeria’s Minister of Communications and Digital economy, Shiekh Isa Pantami has shed tears over the incessant killings in Northern Nigeria. Shiekh Pantami, a respected Islamic Scholar, wept seriously while leading a prayer session recently over the killings in Katsina, Sokoto, Zamfara and Borno states. He expressed deep sadness and prayed God’s intervention in the situation. 47-year-old Pantami was born on 20 October 1972 in Gombe and is popular for being a devout Muslim. He was formerly the head of the National Information Technology Development Agency, NITDA.
Boko Haram Terrorists Attack Goni Village In Borno
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Boko Haram Terrorists Attack Goni Village In Borno

Boko Haram terrorists are currently attacking Goni Sulemanti Village under Nganzai Local Government Area of Borno State. Though residents said they had notified security agencies of the situation, the insurgents are still operating freely in the community. It is currently not known the extent of damage the hoodlums had caused in the village.
“We’ll Punish Those Behind These Killings” — Army Reacts To Borno, Katsina Attacks
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“We’ll Punish Those Behind These Killings” — Army Reacts To Borno, Katsina Attacks

The Nigerian Army says it is saddened by the attack on Faduma Koloram village in Gubio local government area of Borno state.Over 70 people were killed Tuesday when Boko Haram insurgents attacked the village. While visiting the scene of the attack, Babagana Zulum, governor of the state called on the military to intensify efforts in its fight against the insurgents. Sagir Musa, army’s spokesperson, in a statement on Wednesday said troops have been drafted in the area to track and apprehend the insurgents. He also said efforts are also ongoing to get rid of bandits in some states in the north-west. “The Nigerian army is deeply saddened by the unfortunate incident in which suspected retreating Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists with a few sleeper cells within communities ambushed and kill...
Soldiers In Fierce Gun Battle With Boko Haram At Borno Military Base
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Soldiers In Fierce Gun Battle With Boko Haram At Borno Military Base

Troops of the Nigerian army stationed in Mainok, Borno state, are currently in a gunfight with suspected Boko Haram insurgents. A source told Our Agency that the insurgents came into the village around 7pm, shooting sporadically. “They went straight to the military base and for about an hour now, they have been in a gunfight with the troops,” he said. In February, seven soldiers were reportedly killed when the insurgents attacked the village. More to come…
Kakah Hajja, Mother Of Nigeria’s Chief Of Army Staff Dies In Borno
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Kakah Hajja, Mother Of Nigeria’s Chief Of Army Staff Dies In Borno

Tukur Buratai, Nigeria's Chief of Army Staff, on Tuesday lost his mother, Kakah Hajja. A family source told SaharaReporters that the late Hajja died after a brief illness at her home in Maiduguri, Borno State. “Yes I can confirm to you that she’s dead. "She passed away this evening and will be buried tomorrow morning by 8am. May her soul rest in peace.”
245 new Cases of COVID-19 Recorded in Nigeria – 76 in Lagos Alone
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245 new Cases of COVID-19 Recorded in Nigeria – 76 in Lagos Alone

245 new cases of COVID-19 were recorded in Nigeria on Monday, May 4, 2020. According to Nigeria Center for Disease Control NCDC, out of the 245 new cases of COVID-19, 76 were recorded in Lagos,  37 in Katsina, 32 in Jigawa, 23 in Kano, 19 in FCT, 18 in Borno, 10 in Edo,  9 in Bauchi, 6 in Adamawa, 5 in Oyo, 5 in Ogun, 1 in Ekiti, 1 in Osun, 1 in Benue, 1 in Niger,  and 1 in Zamfara. Nigeria now has 2802 confirmed cases of COVID-19. 417 patients have been discharged from various Isolation centers across the country, while 93 deaths have been recorded.
FG Excludes Lagos, Borno, Delta From Cash Transfer As N/W Gets Biggest Share
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FG Excludes Lagos, Borno, Delta From Cash Transfer As N/W Gets Biggest Share

Lagos, Borno, Delta states have been excluded from the National Cash Transfer for COVID-19, while the North West zone gets the biggest share. The National Cash Transfer Office (NCTO) info-graphics created on April 11, 2020 and made public by the International Centre for Investigative Reporting (ICIR) revealed the discrepancies in the cash transfer scheme. It disclosed that 1,126,211 households were currently benefitting from the conditional cash transfer including: Katsina (133,227), Zamfara (130,764), Jigawa (99,004), Kano (84,148) and Plateau (78,431), while Borno, Delta and Lagos got zero allocation, among others. Speaking to The Guardian, a public analyst, Bola Bolawole, lamented what he described as unequal relationship among states of the country given the lopsidedness in the n...
Army Denies Killing Civilians In Borno Airstrike
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Army Denies Killing Civilians In Borno Airstrike

The Armed Forces of Nigeria (AFN) has denied killing civilians in an airstrike carried out by the Air Task Force of Operation Lafiya Dole at Shokotoko village, in Damboa Local Government Area of Borno State, on Thursday April 9. It was reported earlier today that 13 civilians including children were killed in the airstrike conducted in the Borno village. Coordinator Defence Media Operation, Major General John Enenche however debunked the claim in a statement. He stated that the attack helicopter that executed the mission, was accompanied by an Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft to ensure proper targeting for avoidance of collateral damage. Enenche said; “The attention of the Armed Forces of Nigeria (AFN) has been drawn to some media reports indicat...
Children Killed As Air Force ‘Accidentally Bombs’ Borno Village
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Children Killed As Air Force ‘Accidentally Bombs’ Borno Village

At least 17 people were said to have been killed when a fighter jet belonging to the Nigerian Air Force fired a bomb on Sakotoku village in Damboa local government area of Borno state. Residents told TheCable that those killed included women, and children who were said to be playing under mango trees. The air force, military sources said, was informed that Boko Haram insurgents were gathering around the village on Thursday afternoon. The supposed target, according to a source, was an area in Korongilum, a neighbouring village 12 kilometres away where suspected Boko Haram insurgents had gathered earlier. “We don’t know if they didn’t communicate well with the land troops as the air force jet fired that bomb on the village,” one of the sources said. “Seventeen people were ...
1,500 Almajiris Repatriated to Neighbouring States and Countries by Kano Government
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1,500 Almajiris Repatriated to Neighbouring States and Countries by Kano Government

1,500 almajiris have been repatriated to neighbouring states and countries by Kano state government, days after it announced a ban on street begging. Spokesperson of Hisbah popularly known as Sharia Police, Lawan Fagge said some of the almajiris were repatraited to their home states which includes Katsina, Zamfara, Kebbi, Borno, Kano and Yobe. Others were repatraited to Chad and Niger Republic. Fagge who revealed that some parents voluntarily withdrew their kids from the streets after the ban, added that Katsina has the highest number of repatriated almajiris while Jigawa State has the least. Premium Times reported that about 70 per cent are children from the ages of seven and twelve. Fagge also disclosed that there are old women who see begging as a business even when their f...
Borno Youths Send Threatening Message To Boko Haram Leader, Shekau
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Borno Youths Send Threatening Message To Boko Haram Leader, Shekau

A video has emerged online of the youths of Borno state who for some days now have been searching the bush for Shekau. They issued threatening message to Shekau. They promised him that they will slaughter him when he is caught. I love the bravery of the Youths. But will this also trigger another aggression on the youths by the BH sects Watch the video below  
103 Killed by Lassa Fever in 16 States
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103 Killed by Lassa Fever in 16 States

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Wednesday February 19, revealed that that 103 people have been killed by Lassa fever since its recent outbreak on December 30, 2019. Late victims of the disease resided in Ondo, Edo, Ebonyi, Kano, Kogi, Kaduna, Taraba, Plateau, Bauchi, Enugu, Abia, Benue, Borno, Gombe, Sokoto and Katsina. A total of 586 cases have been confirmed across the country. Edo has the highest burden of confirmed cases at 35 per cent, followed by Ondo with 32 per cent and Ebonyi at six per cent. 26 states have also recorded at least one confirmed case across the 101 local government areas in the country. NCDC's report reads in part; “Cumulatively from week one to week 07, 2020, 103 deaths have been reported with a case fatality rate (CFR) of 17.6 per ...
Victims Of Boko Haram Attack In Borno Disobeyed Our Directive – Army
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Victims Of Boko Haram Attack In Borno Disobeyed Our Directive – Army

The Nigerian Army has blamed victims of Boko Haram attack in Auno, a village 25 kilometers away from the main town of Maiduguri, the Borno state capital. The military stated this while reacting to the accusation by the state governor, Babagana Zulum, that they were to be blamed for the attack that is reported to have claimed the lives of over 30 citizens. Mr Zulum in blaming the military said the incident occurred due to the withdrawal of military personnel from the affected area. “Since my inauguration as the governor of Borno State from May 29th to date, Auno town has been attacked for about six times now. And the reason is that the military has withdrawn from Auno town,” the governor said in anger when he visited the scene of the attack. “We have made repeated plea to th...
Nigeria Air Force Destroys ISWAP Camp In Borno
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Nigeria Air Force Destroys ISWAP Camp In Borno

The Nigeria air force (NAF) says it destroyed an Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) staging area at Gashigar in Borno state. NAF said it also killed scores of the insurgents and destroyed their hideouts at Tumbun Rego on the fringes of Lake Chad and at Bula Bello near sambisa forest. Ibikunle Daramola, NAF director of public relations and information, made this known in a statement on Monday. Daramola said this was achieved in airstrikes conducted by the air task force (ATF) of operation Lafiya Dole on Friday and Saturday on the heels of credible intelligence reports. He said the attack on Gashigar was executed on January 25 after intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) missions indicated that the location, with its defensive parapets and underground ...
NAF Bombard Boko Haram’s Meeting Venue In Boboshe, Borno, Many Killed
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NAF Bombard Boko Haram’s Meeting Venue In Boboshe, Borno, Many Killed

Boko Haram insurgents suffered a major casualty on Sunday when the Nigerian Air Force jets bombarded their meeting venue in Boboshe, Borno State, it was learnt. According to a statement signed by the Director Public Relations and Information, Nigerian Air Force, Ibikunle Daramola, scores of Boko Haram fighters were killed in the air raid. According to the statement made available to journalists, “the Air Task Force (ATF) of Operation LAFIYA DOLE has decimated a location at Boboshe on the fringes of the Sambisa Forest in Borno State, being used by Boko Haram Terrorists (BHTs) as a meeting venue. “The attack was conducted following successive days of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions, coupled with Human Intelligence reports, that established that a bui...
Election Tribunal: Atiku To Challenge Kano, Kebbi And Nine Other States’ Results
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Election Tribunal: Atiku To Challenge Kano, Kebbi And Nine Other States’ Results

The Peoples Democratic Party and its candidate in the February 23, 2019 presidential election, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, on Monday, presented their first set of six witnesses at the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal in their bid to prove their petition challenging outcome of the polls. They are by their petition filed before the Justice Mohammed Garba-led tribunal of five justices, challenging the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress at the polls. The petitioners presented their witnesses just as there were indications that they would challenge the results of the presidential election in 11 states. Monday was the third of the 10 days the petitioners were allotted to present their case. A former ally of Buhari, Buba Galadima, was the fi...
Troops Rescue 54 Kidnapped Victims In Borno
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Troops Rescue 54 Kidnapped Victims In Borno

54 kidnapped victims including women and children have been rescued by troops during clearance operations in Borno state, the Nigerian Army announced on Monday. According to its spokesman, Col. Sagir Musa, among those rescued were 29 women and 25 children. Col Musa said in a statement: Troops of 22 Brigade, Operation LAFIYA DOLE in collaboration with local vigilantes have continued moving into the hinterland on clearance operation to destroy Boko Haram terrorists. “Consequently, on the 11th of May 2019, troops effectively cleared Ma’allasuwa and Yaga – Munye villages in Borno State. No encounter with Boko Haram terrorists was made as they run away before troops’ arrival leaving behind 54 suspected kidnapped victims. “Out of the number, 29 are grown up women and 25 are childr...
1,700 Children Carry Arms In Borno
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1,700 Children Carry Arms In Borno

United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) on Friday said 1, 700 children, among the ranks of Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF) in the insurgency war in Borno had been released. UNICEF’s Country Representative, Mohammed Fall, stated this at the formal handover of the second batch of 894 children by the CJTF to their families, in Maiduguri. CJTF is a local militia group formed in 2013 to assist the military and other security agencies in the fight against insurgency, and to protect communities from insurgents’ attack. However, it had recruited children in its ranks to discharge its responsibility. Fall disclosed that the first batch of 833 children were released by the CJTF in October, 2018 as part of commitments to end the recruitment and use of children in armed conflict...
Leah Sharibu: TB Joshua Calls For Three Days Prayer And Fasting.
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Leah Sharibu: TB Joshua Calls For Three Days Prayer And Fasting.

As Chibok, Dapchi representatives pray for release of Leah Sharibu at Synagogue Lagos – Representatives of Chibok in Borno and Dapchi in Yobe on Sunday sought spiritual help at The Synagogue, the Church of All Nations, at Ikotun-Egbe, Lagos to pray for the release of Leah Sharibu and other students kidnapped by Boko Haram. The representatives who carried several placards told the General Overseer, Prophet Temitope Joshua, that they were at The Synagogue because they had exhausted all human efforts to get the students released. A spokesman of the representatives told Prophet Joshua that the father of Leah Sharibu could not come with them because he had been bedridden by stroke, as a result of the kidnap of her daughter. He said they had been watching his ministry through Emmanuel Te...
21st Nestle Nigeria’s Milo Basketball Championships Kicks Off.
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21st Nestle Nigeria’s Milo Basketball Championships Kicks Off.

Mauricio Alarcon, Managing Director, Nestle Nigeria Plc, says the company will continue to use basketball as a tool to contribute to children’s wellbeing just as the organisers of the Nestle Milo Basketball Championships on Thursday announced their readiness for the 21st edition. Alarcon made the assertion while addressing a news conference to herald the nationwide competition at its Headquarter in Ilupeju, Lagos, on Thursday. “In line with our purpose, which is enhancing quality of life and contributing to a healthier future, we therefore encourage children to be active through sports programmes. “Good nutrition and an active lifestyle are two important elements to living healthier life. “Strong in the belief that sports provides opportunities for the development of qualit...
IS-backed Boko Haram faction publishes ‘execution’ video
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IS-backed Boko Haram faction publishes ‘execution’ video

Boko Haram’s Islamic State-backed faction has claimed to have executed five Nigerian soldiers but security sources told AFP on Tuesday three of those killed were civilian militia members. The Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) video, dated April 1 and said to have been filmed in Borno state, northeast Nigeria, was published online by the IS propaganda arm Amaq. It showed two men in military fatigues and three in red-orange jumpsuits reminiscent of those worn by IS hostages in Syria and Iraq. All five are shot in the head at point-blank range. Nigerian Army spokesman Sagir Musa said only that he had seen the video. But three senior security sources said at least three of the five were not soldiers. “We have identified three of them as CJTF (Civilian Joint Taskforce) who ...
Tragedy averted as pavilion collapses during APC rally in Borno
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Tragedy averted as pavilion collapses during APC rally in Borno

Many people escaped death, yesterday, as a pavilion collapsed under the weight of the enthusiastic crowd that trooped out to see Pres. Buhari during the APC rally in #Maiduguri, Borno State. Some supporters had sat on the roof of the pavilion at the Ramah Square, to have a better view. However, the roof later crashed, injuring many, but no casualty was recorded.
Soldiers Shut Down Daily Trust Office In Borno, Arrest Journalists
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Soldiers Shut Down Daily Trust Office In Borno, Arrest Journalists

Armed soldiers on Sunday invaded Daily Trust regional office in Maiduguri, Borno state and arrested the regional editor, Uthman Abubakar and a reporter, Ibrahim Sawab. It is not clear why they took the action but it may be connected with the lead story of Daily Trust on Sunday on military operation in the North East. Daily Trust also learnt that the soldiers shut the gate of the Maiduguri regional office, after arresting the two editorial staff on sight at the time of the raid. Daily Trust also learnt that the soldiers shut the gate of the Maiduguri regional office, after arresting the two editorial staff on sight at the time of the raid.
Mass Movement Out Of Borno As Boko Haram Takes Over The State – Punch
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Mass Movement Out Of Borno As Boko Haram Takes Over The State – Punch

There has been mass movement of people out of communities in Borno State through Damaturu the Yobe State capital to Bauchi, Gombe, Kebbi, Zamfara, Kebbi and Jigawa states. Residents told our correspondent, the Boko Haram insurgents, who attacked some communities in Borno, were targeting soldiers. Boko Haram had last week overran Baga, Doron-Baga, Kross Kawwa, Bunduran, Kekeno and Kukawa towns of Borno State after three days of intense fighting. Mallam Bukar Kachalla and Mr. Abacha Musa told one of our correspondents on the phone on Monday that since late Saturday there has been a mass movement of people through Dapchi and Damaturu to other neigbouring states like Jigawa, Kebbi, Bauchi, Zamfara and Gombe. Abacha said, “Baga is a big fishing community and people from other st...
Fayose Advises Buhari on Where to Flag off His Campaign
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Fayose Advises Buhari on Where to Flag off His Campaign

The immediate past governor of  Ekiti State Ayodele Fayose, has advised President Muhammadu Buhari to flag off his campaign in either Zamfara or Borno States. Fayose wondered why Buhari would abandon the crisis-ridden states and opt for Akwa Ibom, a state, according to him, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has made peaceful The former Governor, in a tweet on Thursday afternoon, also accused the President of making just a phone call to Zamfara, a state which has been the hotbed of killings in recent times. Fayose said Buhari should have chosen Zamfara, Yobe or Borno for his campaign flag-off. “Nigerians are being killed in Zamfara, President Buhari could only make phone calls. “But he is going to Akwa Ibom, a state made peaceful by the PDP Govt of @MrUdomEmmanuel to flag of...
Gallant Nigerian Soldiers Rescue 73 Persons From Boko Haram In Borno
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Gallant Nigerian Soldiers Rescue 73 Persons From Boko Haram In Borno

Nigerian soldiers have rescued 73 persons from the Boko Haram terrorists in Borno State, New Telegraph reports. All 73, mainly women and children, were rescued during two clearance operations by soldiers under Operation Lafiya Dole in Gwoza Local Government Area of the state, the army said in a statement. The first operation occurred around midnight on Sunday in Sirdawala, after troops of the 121 Battalion under 26 Task Force Brigade in 7 Division Area of Responsibility/Sector One received intelligence that Boko Haram terrorists where hibernating around Pulka general area. Based on the tip-off, the troops “tactically located, engaged and neutralised the terrorists hibernating within the community”, the statement by the Director of Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Texas Chu...
Boko Haram Fighters Took Our Food After Attacking Military Base—Borno Residents
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Boko Haram Fighters Took Our Food After Attacking Military Base—Borno Residents

Residents of Gudumbali in Guzamala Local Government Area of Borno State have narrated how Boko Haram insurgents seized food items and animals after attacking a military base in the town. Boko Haram Terrorists One of the residents, Musa Ishaq, said many soldiers fled the community during the attack, leaving residents at the mercy of the insurgents. He said no member of the community was killed because the insurgents told them that they had only come to reclaim the community, not to harm them. “We didn’t lose anyone here because the Boko Haram people made it clear that they only wanted to reclaim our land and not to attack us. They told us that the soldiers were their targets, even though they burnt some houses. “After they attacked the soldiers, they took our food and ani...
Photos Of Nigerian Soldiers Allegedly Killed By Boko Haram Terrorists In Thursday’s Bloody Attack
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Photos Of Nigerian Soldiers Allegedly Killed By Boko Haram Terrorists In Thursday’s Bloody Attack

  Photos have emerged reportedly showing Nigerian soldiers allegedly killed by deadly Boko Haram terrorists in Borno state. Soldiers  reportedly killed by Boko Haram terrorists According to PoliticsNgr, Photographs of Nigerian Soldiers killed by members of the Boko Haram Sect during an attack on a military Base in Borno last Thursday have surfaced online. Recall that AFP on Saturday reported that at least 30 Nigerian soldiers were killed in a bloody combat with Boko Haram jihadists. The report stated that the attack happened on Thursday. AFP reported that military sources told the news agency that the terrorists overran a military base in the northeast near the border with Niger on Saturday leading to the death of the soldiers. Scores of jihadists in trucks st...
Aliko Dangote Donates 200 Housing Units To IDP Widows In Borno
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Aliko Dangote Donates 200 Housing Units To IDP Widows In Borno

Africa's Richest man, Aliko Dangote, has provided 200 housing units for Internally Displaced Persons, particularly the widows, in Borno state. He commissioned the housing units yesterday June 18th. At the comissioning, Dangote said his foundation has so far spent over N7 billion in providing humanitarian assistance to those displaced by Boko Haram in the Northeast, and would provide N2 billion more. “You may recall in the last two years when I first paid a visit to the IDPs camp, I made a pledge of N2 billion on behalf of Dangote foundation. The gesture was designed to support government to key into the reconstruction of houses that were destroyed and vandalised by Boko Haram. The 200 housing units would provide accommodation to the IDPs in Borno. Each house is self contained and is ...
Police Recover 242 Rifles, Ammunition In Borno
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Police Recover 242 Rifles, Ammunition In Borno

The Borno Police Command, yesterday, said it has recovered 242 rifles and ammunition from residents of the state at the expiration of the 21-day ultimatum given to members of the public to surrender illegal weapons and ammunition in their procession. The recovered arms include nine AK-47 rifles, 33 pump action machine guns and 200 locally made guns. The state Commissioner of Police, Damian Chukwu, who disclosed this while parading 12 arrested armed robbers and cattle rustlers at the state Police headquarters in Maiduguri, added that even though the recovered locally made guns were not among the prohibited arms and ammunition, the current circumstance indicated that they could be used for criminal activities. He said on January 31, this year, a group of suspected hoodlums, numberin...
Boko Haram Force Girl Suicide Bombers To Strike In Nigeria
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Boko Haram Force Girl Suicide Bombers To Strike In Nigeria

Four female suicide bombers in their teens have blown themselves up near Maiduguri in Nigeria's restive Borno state, killing one other person, police say. "Thirteen (other people) were injured and were taken to a hospital, where they are responding to treatment," Edet Okon, Borno's police chief, said in a statement on Saturday. The attack late on Friday bears the hallmarks of Islamist militant group Boko Haram. Boko Haram aims to enforce a strict interpretation of Islamic law and regularly launches suicide attacks in northeastern Nigeria. The group has been known to use young women as suicide bombers. Its fighters also often abduct girls and women to keep as sex slaves, recently kidnapping more than 100 schoolgirls from Dapchi town, most of whom have since been freed. Attacks by the t...
UN Allocates $9m To Support Life-Saving Aid In Nigeria’s Northeast
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UN Allocates $9m To Support Life-Saving Aid In Nigeria’s Northeast

The United Nations through the Nigeria Humanitarian Fund, has allocated US$9 million to provide life-saving aid to some 60,000 children, women and men recently displaced by ongoing hostilities in Borno State, including $2 million in support of the UN Humanitarian Air Service for frontline responders in north-east Nigeria. This was contained in a press statement made available to newsmen in Abuja by the Public Information I, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) I Maiduguri, Nigeria, Yasmina Guerda. The humanitarian crisis in the region remains one of the most severe in the world today, with at least, 7.7 million people in need of humanitarian assistance in 2018 in the worst-affected states of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states. About 80 per cent of them, 6.1 milli...
President Buhari Arrives Damaturu
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President Buhari Arrives Damaturu

President Muhammadu Buhari has arrived Damaturu, the Yobe State capital where he was received by the governor of the state. Mr. Buhari left Maiduguri, the Borno State, at about 12 noon on board a Nigerian Air Force chopper alongside the Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima; and the presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu. The Governor of Yobe State, Ibrahim Geidam, received the president at the Damaturu helipad from where he was driven to Government House, Damaturu. The president is visiting the state three weeks after Boko Haram gunmen abducted 110 schoolgirls at Dapchi, a village 101km away from Damaturu. The president is expected to fly to Dapchi where he is to hold a townhall meeting with the parents of the missing girls.
Official: 1, 700 Candidates Registered For UTME In Borno
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Official: 1, 700 Candidates Registered For UTME In Borno

The Chief Examiner Officer of Joint Admissions Matriculations Board (JAMB) in Borno, Babagana Gutti, has said only 1,700 candidates registered for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) in Borno state. Gutti told journalists in Maiduguri on Friday that the candidates would participate in the conduct of Computer Based Test (CBT) in eight designated centres in the state. He disclosed that each of the CBT centres was designed with a 250 capacity, adding that seven centres were set up in Maiduguri and one in Biu. Gutti listed some of the centres to include Kashim Ibrahim College of Education, National Open University (NOUN) and Nasara Computers. The JAMB official added that adequate arrangements and effective security measures had been put in place to facilitate smoo...
Minister: Proposed Nigerian Army University In Borno To Reduce Youth Restiveness
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Minister: Proposed Nigerian Army University In Borno To Reduce Youth Restiveness

The Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Hajiya Khadijat Abba-Ibrahim, says the proposed establishment of Nigerian Army University in Borno will help to reduce youth restiveness in the region. The minister said this when she received the proposed university’s implementation committee led by Maj.- Gen. Lawal Faskari in Abuja on Friday. She said the university would provide more opportunities for young people to acquire tertiary education in the region. She commended Nigerian Army initiative for the school and promised to give necessary support for the actualisation of the university. The leader of the university implementation committee told the minister that the team’s visit was to solicit her support and cooperation of the Federal Executive Council. Faskari said that the ...
Emergency Rule: APGA Faults Edwin Clark
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Emergency Rule: APGA Faults Edwin Clark

The Abia State chapter of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, says Chief Edwin Clark’s call for state of emergency in Yobe, Borno and Adamawa States is not in the best interest of the country. Speaking to DAILY POST on Tuesday in Umuahia, the Abia State capital, the secretary of the party in the state, Elder Sunday Onukwubiri explained that imposing a state of emergency in the three northern states would mean returning Nigeria to military rule. His words, “I wonder why at this time Chief Edwin Clark will be calling for state of emergency. When you call for state of emergency in three states in Nigeria, invariably you are calling the army to take over. “It is also showing that federal government of Nigeria is not doing much to stop terrorist attacks in the north.” Onukwub...
UN, Partners To Assess Rann Attack
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UN, Partners To Assess Rann Attack

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) humanitarians would, on Friday, conduct an assessment of Rann in wake of the March 1 attack and evacuation. An assessment to Rann town in Borno, north-east Nigeria, is scheduled by humanitarian partners for this week, in the wake of March 1 attack on the town when three aid workers were killed. “At present, there is no aid worker presence in Rann, as the 52 aid workers who were there were evacuated last Friday. “Across north-east Nigeria, there are approximately 3,000 aid workers operating in 26 locations, compared to only a few hundred in early 2016,” the UN said. It explained that the operational capacity of humanitarian partners in the three most affected states by the Boko Haram insurgency – Adamawa, Borno an...