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Boko Haram Attacks Kwapre, Adamawa, Kills 5 People, Kidnaps Many Women
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Boko Haram Attacks Kwapre, Adamawa, Kills 5 People, Kidnaps Many Women

An Unspecified number of women have been abducted by suspected members of the Boko Haram sect who attacked a community in Adamawa State. The insurgents also killed five people, destroyed houses and other property and made away with belongings of residents, a source said. DAILY POST gathered on Saturday morning that the insurgents stormed Kwapre, a village in Hong Local Government Area of Northern Adamawa on Friday evening, shooting randomly and picking up the women. A source around the area, Innocent Geoffrey, told our correspondent on phone that the attackers were first thought to be herders out for vengeance attack, but later manifested their Boko Haram tendency, seizing the female residents they could lay their hands on, as residents scampered for safety. “Right now ,the...
OPC, IPOB Are Just Like Boko Haram – Dambazau
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OPC, IPOB Are Just Like Boko Haram – Dambazau

  The immediate past Minister of Interior, Lt.-Gen. Abdul-Rahman Dambazau (rtd), on Friday said the O’odua People’s Congress (OPC) and the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) are extremist groups like Boko Haram. Dambazau said this at Army War College in Abuja while delivering a lecture to participants of course 5/2021. He alleged that the two groups were sponsoring a new wave of extremism that could ignite ethnic conflict so as to achieve their aims of dividing the country. Dambazau said the Police have a critical role to play in quelling recent agitations across the country, “instead of leaving everything for the military”. “The two groups have been making efforts to ignite nationwide inter-ethnic conflicts through their violent attacks on northern resid...
NNPC To Construct Africa’s Largest Gas-Powered Plant In Maiduguri – Mele Kyari
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NNPC To Construct Africa’s Largest Gas-Powered Plant In Maiduguri – Mele Kyari

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has said it will build a gas-powered plant in Maiduguri, Borno State to address challenges in electricity supply to the area caused by incessant Boko Haram attacks NNPC Group Managing Director (GMD), Mr. Mele Kyari disclosed this on Friday during a courtesy visit to the Borno governor at the Maiduguri Government House. Mele who led other officials of the corporation, said such project was in line with the president’s cardinal principle to deepen gas consumption in the country. “Mr. President has declared this year a decade of gas. This means for the next 10 years, there will be significant gas entry into the north..So as a result of the challenges of power supply, in the state we saw the opportunity of supporting Borno State,”...
Proceeds Of Banditry, Kidnapping Used In Funding Boko Haram – El-Rufai
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Proceeds Of Banditry, Kidnapping Used In Funding Boko Haram – El-Rufai

El-Rufai disclosed this while featuring on Channels Television’s ‘Sunday Politics’ programme. The Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai says money realised from banditry and kidnapping is being used to fund the activities of Boko Haram insurgents in the North-East. El-Rufai disclosed this while featuring on Channels Television’s ‘Sunday Politics’ programme. He said gunmen are targetting his state because the government refused to give them money and negotiate with them. “Bandits and kidnappers are targetting Kaduna State because we refused to give them money and negotiate with them. “The solution to our security problem is partly state police and we are working on that. No civilised society sits back when its sovereignty is challenged. The first thing to do is to wipe ou...
Zulum Misses Boko Haram Ambush, As Terrorists Attack Borno Relief Committee
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Zulum Misses Boko Haram Ambush, As Terrorists Attack Borno Relief Committee

Boko Haram would have been recorded today (Friday), as the terrorists ambushed a convoy of Borno State Resettlement and Relief Committee officials. The Relief Committee, made up of mostly commissioners and other top government officials, were coming from Baga town after routine distribution of relief items to Internally-Displaced Persons, IDPs, when they were ambushed along Maiduguri-Gajiram-Monguno Road at Jigalta village of Guzamala Local Government Area. Recall that Governor Zulum and his entourage spent a night in Monguno last Tuesday, distributing relief items. However, the governor joined up with his colleagues in Abuja for the inauguration of the newly-elected President of the Niger Republic. He directed the Committee to proceed to troubled Baga for the same exercise...
Nigeria Air Force Dismisses Video Released by Boko Haram Members Claiming it Brought Down the Missing Fighter Jet
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Nigeria Air Force Dismisses Video Released by Boko Haram Members Claiming it Brought Down the Missing Fighter Jet

The Nigerian Air Force has dismissed claims by Boko Haram sect that its members brought down the missing Alpha jet on Wednesday, March 31. The sect members today, April 2, released a video claiming responsibility for bringing down the jet. However, in an interview with newsmen, the Director Public Relations and Information Nigerian Air Force, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, said the viral video could be clips from a previous incident and that the force will not be going into speculations based on the videos released. “We have seen some videos but there is nothing that has proven that the aircraft in those clips belongs to us, or have you seen a Nigerian Air Force aircraft number or the body of Air Force pilot or have you seen any Air Force uniform until we get all these details ou...
We Shot Down Nigerian Air Force Alpha Jet & Killed Pilots – Boko Haram
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We Shot Down Nigerian Air Force Alpha Jet & Killed Pilots – Boko Haram

NAF lost radar contact with an Alpha Jet conducting a routine mission on Wednesday evening in the Sambisa forest area of Northeast Nigeria. This is what happened to the jet... Boko Haram faction led by Abubakar Shekau released a video on Friday showing the downing of a Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Alpha Jet which exploded mid-air. The seven minutes 30 seconds-long video showed the Alpha Jet flying low over a battlefield arena with multiple Boko Haram fighters engaging in fierce and uncoordinated firefights. The insurgents could be seen firing what was likely a heavy machine gun (anti-aircraft gun) towards the combat aircraft. Then the footage of a fireball explosion could be seen, as the Alpha Jet headed rapidly towards the ground. Fighters subsequently moved to the are...
Boko Haram Kill One, Loot Foodstuff In Borno LG
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Boko Haram Kill One, Loot Foodstuff In Borno LG

Suspected armed members of the dreaded Boko Haram sect on Wednesday invaded the Azir community in the Damboa Local Government Area of Borno state killing one resident with scores injured. The insurgents also looted foodstuff and livestock without confrontation, after setting ablaze some residential houses. Azir is about a 15km drive south of Damboa and is the only settlement with resilient people along the 100km Damboa – Biu road, as over 10 settlements were Displaced and remained ghost communities for over five years. Some fleeing residents who spoke to our Correspondent on phone said, “We are currently taking refuge in Damboa with no shelter and food despite this harsh harmattan weather. “The insurgents wreaked havoc on our community without confrontation and we managed...
Missing Jet: Chief Of Air Staff, Air Marshal Amao Lands In Maiduguri
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Missing Jet: Chief Of Air Staff, Air Marshal Amao Lands In Maiduguri

The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Oladayo Amao, has arrived Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, to supervise the search for the missing fighter plane that disappeared from radar last night. He has been briefed and all search and rescue tools have been activated in the North-east theatre of operations in order to ascertain the whereabouts of the fighter plane. The CAS, Air Marshal Oladayo Amao, @CAS_IOAmao, arrived Maiduguri this morning and was briefed on ongoing search and rescue efforts in connection with the missing Alpha Jet aircraft. He also urged pilots, engineers & technicians to remain undeterred & resolute in their commitment to ensuring that peace returns to the North East. Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, Public Relations Director NAF It was earlier reporte...
NGOs Withdraw Workers As Boko Haram Plans Massive Attacks On Borno, Yobe
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NGOs Withdraw Workers As Boko Haram Plans Massive Attacks On Borno, Yobe

Boko Haram terrorists are planning a series of attacks on communities in Borno and Yobe states. According to a military source, non-governmental organisations working in the area have been informed and have started withdrawing their workers from the two states. “They (Boko Haram terrorists) have been quiet for some time now due to the pressure from troops of Operation TURA TAKAI BANGO. But the intelligence report we got recently showed that both the Abubakar Shekau-led faction and ISWAP (Islamic State in West Africa Province) are planning massive attacks on different communities in both Yobe and Borno. “We have informed all operational commanders to stay alert; all NGOs and humanitarian workers have also been informed. Some of the NGOs have started withdrawing their workers bu...
Nigerians In UAE Are Financing Boko Haram Terrorists – Garba Shehu
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Nigerians In UAE Are Financing Boko Haram Terrorists – Garba Shehu

The Presidency has stated that its investigation revealed that some Nigerians in the United Arab Emirates were transferring money to the Boko Haram terrorists and financing their criminal activities in the country. The Presidency added that Bureau de Change operators are also in the chain of sending money to terrorists as they were the domestic agents. President Muhammadu Buhari’s spokesman, Mr Garba Shehu, stated this while appearing on Channels Television, adding that some Nigerians had already been arrested in connection with the financing of Boko Haram. Shehu said investigation was ongoing and the details would be shocking to Nigerians when they were made public to Nigerians. He said, “It is shocking to any Nigerian that places of worship and farmland are places where kil...
Governor Zulum Shares ₦325m and Food to 100,000 Households in Monguno
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Governor Zulum Shares ₦325m and Food to 100,000 Households in Monguno

Borno State Governor, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum is in Monguno where he supervised the distribution of N325 million and variety of food to over 100,000 households displaced by Boko Haram and denied access to farmlands, businesses and other means of livelihood. Monguno is the most populated part of northern Borno, within Nigeria’s portion of the Lake Chad region, which has faced the most severe attacks from Boko Haram in recent years. Displaced households from local government areas: Kukawa, Marte, Ngnazi and Guzamala currently stay at government controlled camps in Monguno town. Zulum departed Maiduguri to Monguno by road Monday, passed the night, and following day, supervised distribution of cash and food items. Thousands of bags of food grains, sugar and wrappers were...
Nigerian Soldier, Hussaini, Killed In A Boko Haram Ambush In Zamfara
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Nigerian Soldier, Hussaini, Killed In A Boko Haram Ambush In Zamfara

A young Nigerian soldier identified as Hussaini has been killed in a Boko Haram ambush in Zamfara State. His childhood friend, Emmanuel Mathew shared photos of the deceased on Facebook, with the captions; "Hussaini, my childhood good friend Died why now, is to early for you to live the battle field now, but GOD knows the best, May Allah accept your shortcoming" "You die protecting your dear country You die protecting your good people You die as Hero You carry ur nation on your shoulder You survive maiduguri But you die in boko haram ambush in zamfara state, trying to secure the region Your memory will live forever RIP"
Report Of Leah Sharibu’ Second Baby Heartbreaking, Say Parents
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Report Of Leah Sharibu’ Second Baby Heartbreaking, Say Parents

Leah Sharibu’s parents, Nathan and Rebecca, have described as “heartbreaking rumours” reports that their daughter had given birth to a second baby in Boko Haram captivity. Demanding that the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd), bring back their daughter with or without children, the traumatised parents said it was a big shame that the Buhari regime had abandoned their daughter. Leah was one of the 110 female students of the Government Girls Science and Technical College, Dapchi, Yobe State, who were abducted on February 19, 2018, by Boko Haram terrorists. While others were released by the terrorists following negotiations, Leah, then 14, is still being held captive for reportedly refusing to renounce her Christian faith. The Convener of the United States-Nigeri...
Boko Haram’s Resilience Is Unprecedented – Chadian President, Idriss Deby
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Boko Haram’s Resilience Is Unprecedented – Chadian President, Idriss Deby

The President of Chad Republic, Idriss Itno, on Saturday lamented the impact of Boko Haram around Lake Chad basin, describing the sect as evil. Itno said this while answering questions from State House correspondents after a meeting he had with the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd), at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. He lamented that the sect’s activities had so far affected four countries of the Lake Chad basin. He said a situation where the Multinational Joint Task Force embarks on just one operation in a whole year also contributed to the difficulty in defeating the terrorists. Itno, however expressed optimism that with the new strategies being deployed and new officers with fresh ideas being assigned to take over commands at both national and regional leve...
Boko Haram Blows up Power Tower, Throws Maiduguri into Darkness again
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Boko Haram Blows up Power Tower, Throws Maiduguri into Darkness again

Boko Haram terrorists have blown up a power tower in Maiduguri, plunging the capital city into darkness again barely three days after electricity was restored. The terrorists had struck power installations thrice to keep the city in the dark in January. Channels Television reported that it took power authorities almost two months to repair the damage inflicted in January as the insurgents laid land mines, which injured officials of the Transmission Company of Nigeria when repairs commenced. However after electricity was restored on Wednesday March 24, the insurgents launched another attack on a power tower in the city.
Boko Haram Throws Maiduguri Into Darkness Again, Blows Up Power Tower
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Boko Haram Throws Maiduguri Into Darkness Again, Blows Up Power Tower

Barely 72 hours after electric power was restored in Maiduguri, Borno State capital, Boko Haram insurgents on Saturday blew up another transmission tower in the city. Sources said the insurgents planted explosives on each leg of the tower, which they detonated at about 6 a.m. On Wednesday, jubilant residents of Maiduguri were seen in a video that trended on social media as they celebrated the return of electricity after nearly two months of blackout. It took officials of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) that long to repair the transmission tower brought down by the insurgents at a location about 50km from Maiduguri. While reconnecting the installation, three TCN officials were severely injured by a landmine planted by the insurgents. Another official was said to ha...
How Boko Haram Terrorists Rape Women, Girls In Nigeria – Amnesty International
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How Boko Haram Terrorists Rape Women, Girls In Nigeria – Amnesty International

A recent study by Amnesty International has revealed that women and girls who were victims of rape by Boko Haram insurgents are neglected by the Nigerian government. The report, made available to SaharaReporters on Wednesday, showed during raids in Borno communities, Boko Haram fighters raped women and girls who were caught at home or trying to flee. Amnesty International, however, said none of the survivors appeared to have accessed formal health services, linking it to a significant underreporting of such events. It read, “Rape and other sexual violence survivors and witnesses described attacks involving sexual violence in at least five villages in the Magumeri local government area of Borno State. During raids, usually at night, Boko Haram fighters raped women and girls who...
President Buhari Sympathises With Niger Republic Over Killing Of 137 People
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President Buhari Sympathises With Niger Republic Over Killing Of 137 People

Garba Shehu @GarShehu President Muhammadu Buhari and Mahamadou Issoufou, President of Niger Republic, on Tuesday agreed to strengthen sub-regional security as a way to push back against Boko Haram and Islamic State in West Africa, ISWAP’s worrisome assertiveness in sub- Sahara and Sahel regions. President Buhari, who called his counterpart on phone to sympathize with him and citizens of the neighbouring country, following recent killing of 137 people, strongly condemned the terrorist’s attacks, describing it as heinous. “Our deepest and heartfelt condolences to the families of victims and people of Niger Republic. Nigeria stands with all her neighbours in the fight against terrorism,” the President said.
Boko Haram Attacks Goniri, Yobe; Kills Two, Burns Houses And Cars
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Boko Haram Attacks Goniri, Yobe; Kills Two, Burns Houses And Cars

Militants from the Islamic State-backed faction of Boko Haram, the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), formerly known as Jamā'at Ahl as-Sunnah lid-Da'wah wa'l-Jihād, have attacked Goniri, Yobe State. According to ISWAP, in a statement sighted by SaharaReporters, a member of the Yobe State Peace and Vigilante Operation and a man accused of being a Nigerian Army my spy were killed during the attack. The group mocked the Nigerian army, claiming soldiers refused to leave their military base to defend the town while they operated for about 3 hours. Also displayed were two operational vehicles‪ and ammunition allegedly ‬captured from the local vigilante group. The insurgents burnt several houses and cars in the community. Boko Haram and its offshoot, Islamic State West A...
1,000 Boko Haram Terrorists Prosecuted, 500 Jailed, Says Military
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1,000 Boko Haram Terrorists Prosecuted, 500 Jailed, Says Military

The military yesterday put the number of Boko Haram terrorists who have been prosecuted at 1,000 while 500 have been jailed. In addition, more members of the terror group are to go on trial in June. The decision to put the insurgents on trial came as the federal government affirmed its determination to secure the country against threats to its corporate existence. It also expressed the readiness of the military to execute the presidential directive to the armed forces and other security agencies to end all threats to national territorial integrity, including banditry, terrorism and kidnapping. The United Nations (UN), European Union (EU), the United Kingdom (UK) and the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue have also met in Abuja to chart a new course to contain the humanitarian...
Leah Sharibu Gives Birth To Second Baby In Boko Haram Captivity
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Leah Sharibu Gives Birth To Second Baby In Boko Haram Captivity

Three years and five weeks since her abduction in Dapchi, Yobe State, a United States-based group, US-Nigeria Law Group, has lamented the plight of the abandoned Dapchi “heroine Christian” schoolgirl, Leah Sharibu, with reports she has given birth to a second child in captivity. It would be recalled that Leah, still held in captivity, was forced to accept Islam before being married off to a top Boko Haram commander after she refused to renounce her Christian faith. Leah was among 110 girls, aged between 11 and 19 years, who were abducted by the terrorists from Government Girls’ Science and Technical College, Dapchi, on February 19, 2018. Convener of the US-Nigeria Law Group, Emmanuel Ogebe, said in a statement that “despite an offer by an American pastor last month to surrender ...
54 Boko Haram, ISWAP Fighters Dead As Rival Terror Groups Clash Near Lake Chad
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54 Boko Haram, ISWAP Fighters Dead As Rival Terror Groups Clash Near Lake Chad

A battle for territorial supremacy has intensified between the Islamic State of West Africa Province, ISWAP fighters and terrorists belonging to the Abubakar Shekau-led Boko Haram faction, on the shores of Lake Chad. Bloody rival clashes between ISWAP and some Boko Haram terrorists from the Buduma tribe in the Niger Republic has claimed at least the lives of 54 terrorists and herders within the last one months. A credible intelligence source told PRNigeria that a group of Buduma militants, on the 3rd of March, embarked on a daring and desperate mission to loot from the ISWAP units. The source said: “The Buduma terrorists linked to Shekau’s Boko Haram moved through a route along riverine border villages popularly known as Kabul and Kandahar in the Chadian territory, on two flyi...
El-Rufai Lied That Oritsejafor And I Are Boko Haram Sponsors – Jonathan
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El-Rufai Lied That Oritsejafor And I Are Boko Haram Sponsors – Jonathan

Former President Goodluck Jonathan has stated that the All Progressive Congress in 2014 embarked on propaganda to mislead Nigerians, including claims that his government supported the Boko Haram terrorists to reduce the number of northern voters. Jonathan noted that Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, particularly in August 2014, accused him and the then President of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, of being Boko Haram sponsors “to spoil Islam’s name.” Years after the accusation and a campaign to "change" the country, insecurity has worsened under the APC-led government's watch. El-Rufai and other governors are struggling to tackle insecurity in the northern region. Jonathan said El-Rufai’s claims were both “laughable and extremely ridiculous” b...
“We Are Fighting Boko Haram With Biafran Weapons Surrendered After The War” – Soldier
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“We Are Fighting Boko Haram With Biafran Weapons Surrendered After The War” – Soldier

A Nigerian army officer engaged in the fight against Boko Haram has alleged that soldiers at the front use outdated weapons to fight Boko Haram and ISWAP insurgents. The soldier, who spoke to SaharaReporters on condition of anonymity, said the troops still use guns recovered from the Biafra Army after the civil war ended in 1970. He alleged that top army officers, including former Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, were using the Boko Haram war as an enterprise to enrich themselves at the expense of their lives. “Some of these guns were bought by (Chukwuemeka Odumegwu) Ojukwu for the Biafran Army during the civil war. They were handed over to the Nigerian government after he and other leaders of the Biafra Army surrendered to General Yakubu Gowon. “The bombs given to us by...
Armored Carriers Bought By Buratai From $1billion Fund Were Stolen By Boko Haram
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Armored Carriers Bought By Buratai From $1billion Fund Were Stolen By Boko Haram

No fewer than 15 Armoured Personnel Carriers and tanks purchased for the Nigerian Army in 2020 under the immediate past Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Tukur Buratai (retd.), from the $1 billion fund approved by the Nigerian government were lost to the Boko Haram terrorists within the same year they were bought. SaharaReporters learnt that at least four countries supplied the APCs to the Nigerian Army in 2020 which were China, South Korea, United Arab Emirates and South Africa. The breakdown of the Armoured Personnel Carriers obtained by SaharaReporters further revealed that about 21 armoured carriers were ordered between 2018 and 2019 when the $1 billion fund from the Excess Crude Account was approved and released to the military to aid the counter-insurgency war in the North-East. ...
Troops kill 6 Boko Haram terrorists in Borno
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Troops kill 6 Boko Haram terrorists in Borno

Six Boko Haram terrorists have been killed by troops of Operation Lafiya Dole along Dikwa – Ajiri axis in the Dikwa Local Government Area of Borno State.   Director of Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Mohammed Yerima in a statement released on Tuesday March 16 said the terrorists who mounted  motorcycles and a gun truck, were killed by the soldiers after they engaged in a fierce firefight.   Items recovered from the insurgents include one PKM, two AK-47 rifles, one FN rifle, three FN rifle magazines, two AK-47 rifle magazines, 36 rounds of 7.62mm NATO, 19 rounds of 7.62mm special and 67 PKM linked rounds.   The statement read;   TROOPS SUSTAIN OFFENSIVE ONSLAUGHT, KILL MORE BOKO HARAM/ISWAP TERRORISTS, CAPTURE ARMS, AMMUNITION IN DIKWA – AJ...
Boko Haram Releases Pictures Of 16 Soldiers Killed In An Ambush In Borno, Counters Nigerian Army
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Boko Haram Releases Pictures Of 16 Soldiers Killed In An Ambush In Borno, Counters Nigerian Army

Militants from the Islamic State-backed faction of Boko Haram, the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), formerly known as Jamā'at Ahl as-Sunnah lid-Da'wah wa'l-Jihād, have released pictures of 15 soldiers killed by the group during an ambush on Nigerian soldiers in Monguno, Borno state. This is contrary to a statement by the Nigerian army that four soldiers died in the attack. The Director, Army Public Relations, Brig.-Gen. Mohammed Yerima had on Monday said the encounters, which took place on the Tumbus of Lake Chad’s fringes, led to the destruction of the terrorists’ gun trucks and recovery of a large cache of arms and ammunition. He added that the combined troops of Sector 2 advanced and cleared Daban Massara and Ali Sherifti villages among other settlements before t...
Boko Haram Burns Military Base, School, Hospital In Yobe
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Boko Haram Burns Military Base, School, Hospital In Yobe

Suspected Boko Haram insurgents on Tuesday burnt a military base in Katarko village near Damaturu, the Yobe State capital during an attack. Some residents disclosed the insurgents also set ablaze the Katarko Primary School and the healthcare clinic in the village after they were alleged to have looted drugs and food items from the facilities. Adamu Ali, who lives close to the primary school, the healthcare facility and the military base, a triangular area of the operation told THE NATION his family was awaken by gunshots and petrol bombs. He added the insurgents came to the village around 5.30am during Muslim prayers. “It was such a very terrible way of waking up. The gunshots and the fire from the petrol bombs were scary but thank God we stayed in the house and we were not...
Boko Haram Insurgents Attack Yobe Community, Raze School and Health Care Center
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Boko Haram Insurgents Attack Yobe Community, Raze School and Health Care Center

Gunmen suspected to be Boko Haram insurgents have attacked Katarko community in Gujba Local Government Council of Yobe State, razing a primary school and a healthcare centre located in the community. Boko Haram insurgents attack Yobe community, raze school and health care center Residents of the community say the insurgents stormed the community at about 5:30am on Tuesday March 16, when they were going to the mosque for prayers and started shooting sporadically in the air. The insurgents reportedly proceeded straight to the military formation in Katarko shooting sporadically and later set the base on fire Katarko community which is 18 kilometers south of Damaturu the state capital, has been under attack over 10 times. The state government or the state police command is yet ...
Major U.I Urang Killed In Boko Haram Ambush In Borno
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Major U.I Urang Killed In Boko Haram Ambush In Borno

Tears flowed as News filtered in last night that one of Obolo's (Andoni) finest Soldier was ambushed and killed by Boko Haram Insurgents in the Gudumbali general area of Borno State. His 10-vehicle convoy was on its way to the Gudumbali area from the town of Kukawa for a military operation against the insurgents when it came under fire. In the fierce battle that occurred during the attack, Major Urang and other troop members were severely wounded and paid the ultimate price while the Nigerian Army killed “scores of the terrorists” who came with rocket launchers and grenades. Until his death, Major U. I Urang was the commanding officer 123 Special forces battalion of the Nigerian Army and had led many successful operations against the Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP)...
Boko Haram Kills 22 Herdsmen In Borno
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Boko Haram Kills 22 Herdsmen In Borno

The insurgents also abducted some of the herders and went away with many cows. Members of the Boko Haram sect have killed 22 herders in Borno state. SaharaReporters gathered that the herdsmen were killed during the weekend in Monguno. President Muhammadu Buhari’s National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno is from Monguno. A resident of the community told SaharaReporters that the insurgents also abducted some of the herders and went away with many cows. “We have recovered 22 dead bodies, all of them brutally killed,” he said. Boko Haram has increasingly targeted farmers, herders and loggers, accusing them of spying and passing information to the Nigerian military. They have also been raiding herding communities, stealing cattle, a valuable commodity in the re...
Take The Fight To Boko Haram Enclaves, Reps Tell Military
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Take The Fight To Boko Haram Enclaves, Reps Tell Military

The House of Representatives on Wednesday called on the military to re-strategize and take the fight to the Boko Haram enclaves. It specifically urged the Federal Government to tackle constant Boko Haram attacks on Maiduguri. This was a sequel to a motion by Rep. Abdulkadir Rahis, who decried recurring attacks on Maiduguri by the Boko Haram terrorists. The House urged the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development and the National Emergency Management Agency to provide relief materials to the victims of attacks.
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Travellers Stranded On Maiduguri-Damaturu Highway As Boko Haram Attacks Military Base

Nigerian soldiers on Sunday morning stopped traffic along the Maiduguri-Damaturu highway for three hours as they engaged Boko Haram terrorists in a shootout. After the shootout, the military said soldiers escorted a long convoy of stranded travellers to Damaturu. Security sources said the shootout took place at Lawan-Mainari village, about two kilometres from Jakana town. The terrorists had reportedly targetted a military base but were repelled. Jakana is about 41km from Maiduguri, Borno State capital. The town has been attacked several times in the last 10 years. Confirming the development to our reporter, Bukar Adam, a local security operative who lives in Jakana, said the soldiers halted movement on the highway for over three hours to avoid civilian casualties. “The B...
101 Boko Haram Suspects Sue Nigerian Government For N303 Million
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101 Boko Haram Suspects Sue Nigerian Government For N303 Million

Some suspected Boko Haram insurgents have urged the Federal High Court in Lagos to declare their detention for 12 years without trial as illegal and unconstitutional. Through their lawyer Mr Ahmed Adetola-Kazeem of the Prisoners’ Rights Advocacy Initiative (PRAI), they are praying for an order directing their unconditional release forthwith. They also seek an order of perpetual injunction restraining the respondents from further interfering with their fundamental rights in any manner. The Attorney-General of the Federation, the Inspector-General of Police, the National Security Adviser (NSA) and the Controller-General of the Correctional Service are the respondents. The applicants seek an order directing the Federal Government to pay them N303million as compensation for the...
Senate President, Ahmad Lawan Says Drug Barons Are Funding Terrorists & Bandits In Nigeria
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Senate President, Ahmad Lawan Says Drug Barons Are Funding Terrorists & Bandits In Nigeria

Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, on Thursday, said drug barons in the country provide terrorist groups like Boko Haram as well as bandits and kidnappers with arms and ammunitions to undertake criminal activities in Nigeria. Lawan stated this known when the Chairman of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, Brigadier General Buba Marwa (rtd), paid a visit to his office on Thursday at the National Assembly, Abuja. He said drug traffickers have made Nigeria a major transit route for plying the illicit trade, which he said was responsible for the rise in criminality in the country. Lawan said, “The National Assembly members are almost on a daily interaction with our constituents and we know the very debilitating impact of drug abuse in our various communities. “You have rightl...
Buhari Should Please Fulfill His Promise By Rescuing Leah – Leah Sharibu’s Father, Nathaniel Sharibu
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Buhari Should Please Fulfill His Promise By Rescuing Leah – Leah Sharibu’s Father, Nathaniel Sharibu

Leah Sharibu was abducted by Boko Haram alongside other schoolchildren in Dapchi on February 19, 2018. While the others have been released, she is still in captivity. Her father, Nathaniel Sharibu, shares the family’s agony in this interview with LIVINUS HINDI Buhari is a father and grandfather, he should please fulfil his promise to rescue my daughter – Leah Sharibu’s father Leah was abducted by Boko Haram three years ago. How has the family been coping? We are feeling very sad about the abduction of our daughter, Leah. The family is in terrible grief because of our situation and Leah’s absence. How are her siblings coping with Leah’s abduction? Just like I said before, it is sad and unfortunate. We are always sad about it. Sometimes we ask: ‘Where is Leah’? Many other...
Deradicalised Terrorists Rejoin Boko Haram After Spying On Communities – Zulum
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Deradicalised Terrorists Rejoin Boko Haram After Spying On Communities – Zulum

The Governor of Borno State , Babagana Zulum , has said the concept of deradicalisation of Boko Haram terrorists otherwise known as Safe Corridor is not working as expected. Zulum said this while delivering his speech at the North -East Governors ’ Forum meeting which held today at the Banquet Hall, Government House , Bauchi State . Present at the meeting are Governors of Borno , Adamawa, Gombe and Bauchi , while Taraba and Yobe states were represented by their deputies . According to Zulum , those who have passed through the deradicalisation initiative often go back to rejoin the terror group after they have spied on their host communities who often resent their presence. He said , “ Your Excellencies, another aspect of the war against the insurgency that needs to be urgently ...
Army Declares 101 Soldiers Wanted, Freezes Bank Accounts
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Army Declares 101 Soldiers Wanted, Freezes Bank Accounts

At least three majors, three captains and six lieutenants were among those declared wanted for fleeing the insurgents last month in Borno. The Nigerian Army has ordered the immediate arrest of officers accused of deserting their posts during the Boko Haram on New Marte and Dikwa towns of Maidiguri. Military documents obtained by Peoples Gazette carried a list of 101 names, ranks and bank details of errant soldiers. Theatre Command Headquarters of “Operation Lafiya Dole” in Maiduguri requested that the Defence Headquarters freeze the listed accounts and apprehend the alleged deserters if found. “You are requested to declare the named officers and soldiers deserters WEF 19 Feb 21,” the document said. A spokesman for the Nigerian Army did not immediately return a request seek...
Boko Haram Releases Pastor Hours Before Deadline
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Boko Haram Releases Pastor Hours Before Deadline

Nigerian clergyman, Bulus Yakuru, who was abducted by the Abubakar Shekau led faction of Boko Haram on December 24, 2020, has been released. Yakuru was abducted by the terror group in Pemi village, Borno state which is about 20 kilometres from Chibok where Boko Haram insurgents abducted hundreds of schoolgirls in 2014. The terrorists abducted him after killing seven persons during the attack. In a video posted on social media last week, the clergyman was seen appealing to the Federal government to intervene and secure his release as the sect members threatened that was the last time he would be given an opportunity to plead for intervention. According to PREMIUM TIMES, Bulus was sighted being moved to the office of Nigeria’s domestic intelligence service known as the St...
UN Confirms Boko Haram’s Attack on Aid Facilities in Borno
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UN Confirms Boko Haram’s Attack on Aid Facilities in Borno

The United Nations has confirmed Boko Haram's attack on its aid facilities in northeastern Nigerian town of Dikwa in Borno State. In a statement released on Tuesday March 2 by UN’s humanitarian coordinator in Nigeria, Edward Kallon, it was gathered that the insurgents directly targeted the facilities. Kallon said the premises of several aid agencies and a hospital were reportedly set ablaze or sustained damage. The statement read; “The attack started last night and, as information is still coming through, I am outraged to hear the premises of several aid agencies and a hospital were reportedly set ablaze or sustained damage. “This violent attack will affect the support provided to nearly 100,000 people who are desperately in need of humanitarian assistance and protection."...
Boko Haram attack UN hub in Borno, trapping 25 aid workers
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Boko Haram attack UN hub in Borno, trapping 25 aid workers

A faction of Boko Haram linked to the Islamic State have attacked a UN base and overran a humanitarian hub in Borno.   It was learnt that scores of Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) fighters invaded the town of Dikwa in restive Borno state, dislodging troops from the military base and torching the humanitarian hub.   Security and humanitarian sources told AFP that the attack left 25 aid workers trapped. A humanitarian source said;   "We have 25 staff sheltering in the bunker which is under siege by the militants... but so far no staff has been affected."   Military reinforcements, including fighter jets and a helicopter gunship, had been deployed to help repel the attackers, the military source said.   A spokesman for UN chief Ant...
Buhari Has Done Everything Possible To Ensure Safe Schools – Hadi Sirika
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Buhari Has Done Everything Possible To Ensure Safe Schools – Hadi Sirika

The Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, on Monday, said the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), and his regime had done “everything possible” to ensure safe schools in the country. Sirika made the claim in an interview with State House correspondents after a meeting he had with Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The claim came at a time the nation is witnessing an increase in the number of cases of abductions in schools with the latest being the 317 students abducted from Government Girls Secondary School, Jangebe, Zamfara State last Thursday. But Sirika boasted that the Zamfara case will be the last case of attacks on schools that will be recorded under Buhari. Although he admitted that some people who do not mean well for the regime may want to embarra...
Apostle Suleman Begs Boko Haram not to Kill Abducted Borno Pastor
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Apostle Suleman Begs Boko Haram not to Kill Abducted Borno Pastor

President of Omega Fire Ministries Worldwide Apostle Johnson Suleman has appealed to Boko Haram insurgents not to kill Borno pastor Bulus Yikura they abducted. The cleric was abducted by the insurgents on Christmas eve last year during an attack on Pemi village in Chibok Local Government Area of Borno State. Taking to Twitter, Suleman pleaded with the insurgents to spare Yikura’s life, adding that Christians are not the insurgents’ enemies and wrote on how some certain Muslims were saved by Christians many years back. He said: “I appeal to Boko haram not to kill Pastor Bulus Yikura..have mercy on him like the Abyssinian Christians had mercy on the first Muslims and saved them from the Quraysh. “Christians are not your enemies. Plssss,let Pastor Yikura go..”
Boko Haram Attack Travelers along Maiduguri-Damaturu highway, Kidnap Young man, Newly-wed bride, Others
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Boko Haram Attack Travelers along Maiduguri-Damaturu highway, Kidnap Young man, Newly-wed bride, Others

Dozens of travelers, including a young man and his two relatives were abducted in separate attacks launched by suspected Boko Haram insurgents along the Maiduguri/Damaturu highway. It was gathered that the insurgents ambushed commercial vehicles plying the highway on Friday afternoon, February 26 and forced many passengers into the forests. The abductions took place between Mainok and Jakana axis in Konduga Local Government Area of Borno State, around 3:30 pm. One Wadzani Waxax said that his younger brother identified as Ijey as well as two relatives were among the travelers abducted during the attack. A newly-wed bride and all the passengers in three vehicles, who accompanied her to Damaturu were also kidnapped by the insurgents. According to a family source, only an el...
If Trump could order the military to rescue one kidnapped American citizen in Nigeria, Buhari has no excuse not to act decisively and rescue Pastor Yakuru – CAN
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If Trump could order the military to rescue one kidnapped American citizen in Nigeria, Buhari has no excuse not to act decisively and rescue Pastor Yakuru – CAN

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately order the military to rescue Pastor Bulud Yakuru from the Boko Haram terrorists who had given him a one week ultimatum before it is too late. LIB reported earlier that the Abubakar Shekau-led faction of Boko Haram which kidnapped Pastor Yakuru on December 24, 2020 after an attack at Pemi Village in Borno State, gave the federal government a one week ultimatum to negotiate his release, and this one week ultimatum will end on Wednesday March 3. The Christian group in a statement issued by its President, Samson Ayokunle on Saturday February 27, said Buhari has no excuse not to act decisively and rescue Pastor Yakuru if Trump could order the military to secure the release of one kidna...
Insecurity: When Will Nigeria Itself be Abducted? – Lawyer Mike Ozekhome Asks
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Insecurity: When Will Nigeria Itself be Abducted? – Lawyer Mike Ozekhome Asks

Human rights lawyer and a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mike Ozekhome, says with the spate of kidnapping during the Buhari-led administration, he wonders when Nigeria itself will be abducted. According to Ozekhome, compared to 214 Chibok schoolgirls missing under former President Goodluck Jonathan, the situation has worsened with 807 school pupils kidnapped by criminals under the Buhari administration. The human rights lawyer while reacting to the spate of kidnappings, said “What the government does not still seem to understand is that because it has failed to give security and welfare to the Nigerian people as provided for in Section 14 of the 1999 Constitution, ethnic nationalism is fast rising in a way that ethnic groups and the various nationalities in the Nigerian contraption...
Bride kidnapped With Other Passengers along Maiduguri-Damaturu Road Regains Freedom
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Bride kidnapped With Other Passengers along Maiduguri-Damaturu Road Regains Freedom

A Nigerian Bride  simply identified as Hauwa who was kidnapped by suspected Boko Haram members along the Maiduguri- Damaturu road on Friday, February 26, has regained her freedom alongside other abductees. Hauwa and other family members were said to have been on their way to her husband's house in Maiduguri after they had finished their wedding Fathia when the gunmen attacked the bus conveying them and took them into hiding. A family member who confirmed the development, said they received a call from military troops in Beneshiekh that the bride including her entourage and other abducted passengers have regained freedom and that they should proceed to Beneshiekh town situated between Maiduguri- Damaturu 135km highway to receive them. The bride who is a graduate of the Universi...
Update:10 Dead, 47 Injured in Fresh Boko Haram Attack on Maiduguri
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Update:10 Dead, 47 Injured in Fresh Boko Haram Attack on Maiduguri

Ten persons have been confirmed dead and 47 others injured in the fresh attack carried out by Boko Haram members in Maiduguri, the Borno state capital on Tuesday night, February 23. The insurgents stormed the city launching 10 rockets. Among the dead were nine boys playing football at Gwange, when rockets landed in the area. The state governor, Babagana Zulum, last night visited the hospital where the dead and the injured were evacuated shortly after the incident occurred. He was told that 10 people were killed in the explosions that rocked the city and 47 others injured.  
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...

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