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ISWAP has embarked on massive recruitment – Nigerian Army
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ISWAP has embarked on massive recruitment – Nigerian Army

Spokesperson of the Nigerian Army, Onyema Nwachukwu has raised an alarm of the Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP) embarking on a massive recruitment of members. Nwachukwu disclosed this during a tour of the Hadin Kai theatre command in Maiduguri, Borno state on Sunday September 19. Urging the media to block the recruitment, Nwachukwu also appealed to all Nigerians to be vigilant.   He said;   “I will like to mention that the ISWAP, very recently, haven been depleted by the surrendering of their member, as well as and conflict between them. “They have embarked on what I will call a massive recruitment drive and I consider it very important to engage the media to block this recruitment. “The Boko Haram insurgents have been surrendering. People have ...
Boko Haram surrender should be encouraged to end insurgency – Lawan
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Boko Haram surrender should be encouraged to end insurgency – Lawan

Senate President Ahmad Lawan has said that reports of Boko Haram fighters coming out of their trenches to surrender to Nigerian troops is a welcome development and should be encouraged. Lawan stated this in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, at the Palace of the Shehu of Borno, Abubakar El-Kanemi on Monday. He was in the state, in company of the Yobe State Governor, Mai Mala Buni, on a condolence visit to the monarch who lost his elder brother and also to the family of former Foreign Affairs Minister, Ambassador Babagana Kingibe, over the death of his mother-in-law.   The Borno State Governor, Professor Babagana Zulum, and his Deputy, Umar Usman Kadafur, were also on ground to play host to the visitors at Kingibe’s residence as well as the Shehu of Borno’s Palace. The ...
Not all surrendered ‘insurgents’ are criminals – Gov Zulum claims
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Not all surrendered ‘insurgents’ are criminals – Gov Zulum claims

Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno State has revealed that not all the insurgents who surrendered to Nigerian troops are criminals. The governor, while briefing the State House Correspondents shortly after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday, said over 2,600 surrendered insurgents are now in custody. According to him, many of those who recently surrendered are women and young children who were forced to join the terrorists and trained to wield AK-47 rifles. Governor Zulum said the surrendered person would be subjected to the existing laws of the country. He, however, explained that the insurgents would be taken care of, saying they “will not be left behind.” The governor disclosed that the surrendered insurgents would be trained for reintegration, stressing that...
Borno: Gov Zulum demolished 11 mosques, only 4 churches – Islamic group claims
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Borno: Gov Zulum demolished 11 mosques, only 4 churches – Islamic group claims

The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has revealed that the Borno State Government actually demolished 11 mosques and four churches. The revelation by MURIC is contrary to claims that only churches were demolished by the state government. MURIC made its findings known to journalists in a statement signed by its director, Professor Ishaq Akintola. He said, “Contrary to a coordinated propaganda over the demolition of an EYN church in Maiduguri, the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) can authoritatively report that the Borno State Geographic Information Systems (BOGIS) created by Governor Babagana Umara Zulum, actually demolished 11 mosques and four churches, in the metropolis. The exercise began from 29th May, 2019 up till last week,” the statement said. “A team of investigators working w...
Horror! Boko Haram Fighters Ambush Nigerian Soldiers Escorting Borno APC Party Chieftains
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Horror! Boko Haram Fighters Ambush Nigerian Soldiers Escorting Borno APC Party Chieftains

According to a report by SaharaReporters, dozens of Boko Haram and their Islamic State West African Province fighters ambushed a military convoy along Gubio/Damasak highway in the northern part of Borno State on Saturday. An unspecified number of soldiers reportedly sustained injuries in the attack and utility vehicles belonging to the troops taken away after a gun battle. The soldiers reportedly ran into the ambush at Kareto while travelling to Gubio in Borno State to pick up members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for their ward congress scheduled to hold in Damasak. The soldiers were supposed to accompany the politicians from Abadam to Damasak, venue of their ward congress. Kareto is the hometown of Bukar Gana Kareto, representative of Kukawa/ Guzamala/Abadam/ Mobbar ...
Nigerian Army Lied; My Husband Wasn’t Fake Policeman – Wife Of Suspect Arrested In Borno Shares Video Evidence
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Nigerian Army Lied; My Husband Wasn’t Fake Policeman – Wife Of Suspect Arrested In Borno Shares Video Evidence

According to an exclusive report by SaharaReporters, Mrs. Ngozi Ojeh, the wife of Ebenezer Ojeh, the police officer arrested for alleged possession of illegal weapons in Borno State, has dismissed claims that her husband is a fake policeman. It had been reported last week that troops of the Nigerian Army’s operation Hadin Kai arrested a supposedly fake policeman who was in possession of illegal ammunition. A military source had alleged that Ojeh was intercepted at a checkpoint by troops from the 154 Task Force battalion, Ngamdu, along Maiduguri-Damaturu Highway on Sunday. An army officer, DY Chiwar, who is the commander of the battalion, was said to have ordered Ojeh's arrest, after noticing suspicious movements. When interrogated by the troops, the suspect was said to have...
Secondary School Students Awaiting The Arrival Of Buhari
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Secondary School Students Awaiting The Arrival Of Buhari

Students of Government Technical Secondary School, Njimtilo, Borno State, were spotted patiently arranged as they wait for President Muhammadu in their school compound. President Buhari is currently in Maiduguri, Borno capital to commission different projects and address troops on the battlefront. He would also visited wounded soldiers who are currently receiving treatment. Below are pictures of the students awaiting the arrival of the president.     
Buhari to visit Borno on Thursday
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Buhari to visit Borno on Thursday

President Muhammadu Buhari will on Thursday June 17, visit Borno state.   During the one day official visit, the President would appraise the security situation and inaugurate some of the viable projects executed by the federal and state governments.   Governor Babagana Zulum disclosed this in a special broadcast to the people of the state on Wednesday June 16.   Zulum said;   “I once again, thank you for supporting our administration. I remain grateful to everyone, for your support, well wishes, prayers and above all, for being good citizens. “Insha’Allah; our President, Muhammadu Buhari, will be coming to Borno State on Thursday, June 17, 2021. “The president is coming to appraise the security situation in the northeast during which he will...
Troops kill over 50 ISWAP terrorists in Borno
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Troops kill over 50 ISWAP terrorists in Borno

Military authorities have confirmed that over 50 members of the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorist group were killed while launching an attack on Damboa Local Government Area of Borno state.   Army spokesman, Brigadier General Mohammed Yerima said the terrorists were battled by troops of Operation Hadin Kai in conjunction with Air Component of the Operation.   Yerima said the suicide bombers had to abandon their vehicles primed with explosives as they could not withstand the overwhelming firepower from the highly motivated troops   The statement read;   “The terrorists attacked the town in multiple waves with Armoured Personnel Carriers and 12 Gun Trucks all mounted with Anti-Aircraft Guns, as well as Locally Fabricated Armoured-p...
Two Chibok girls graduate from US university, 7 years after escaping Boko Haram
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Two Chibok girls graduate from US university, 7 years after escaping Boko Haram

Former students of Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok in Borno state, Joy Bishara and Lydia Pogu have graduated from Southeastern University in the United States after escaping from Boko Haram terrorists in 2014.   While Bishara graduated with a degree in social work, Pogu earned her degree in legal studies and graduated on April 30.   Recounting how they escaped from the terrorists after being kidnapped alongside 276 schoolgirls, the duo said they escaped by jumping off the truck while being driven away from their community by the terrorists.   Recounting their ordeal, Bishara told GMA3;   “I remember thinking about what my mum would do at that moment then I prayed. I just remembered a voice in my head saying ‘jump out’. I knew I was going ...
Zulum hands over to Deputy as he goes on 21 days vacation
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Zulum hands over to Deputy as he goes on 21 days vacation

Governor of Borno State Babagana Umara Zulum has handed over the government of Borno state to his deputy, Umar Usman Kadafur. Zulum had on April 23, 2021, written to the Borno Assembly, seeking the lawmakers’ approval to proceed on 21 days vacation. The Governor had also requested that in compliance with provisions of section 190 (1) of the constitution, which made him notify the House, the Assembly should approve the Deputy Governor to serve as acting Governor throughout the 21 days, in order to constitutionally give him the full powers to handle Borno State’s affairs without resort to the Governor. However, a statement on Saturday by Zulum’s spokesman, Mallam Isa Gusau, said the Borno State House of Assembly has approved the governor’s request.
UN Suspends Operations In Dikwa, Damasak After Boko Haram Attacks
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UN Suspends Operations In Dikwa, Damasak After Boko Haram Attacks

Following attacks on some of its assets and staff by Boko Haram insurgents, the United Nations has suspended humanitarian operations in Dikwa and Damasak both in Borno State, North-East Nigeria. UN Resident Humanitarian Coordinator In Nigeria, Edward Kallon, made this known in a statement on Saturday, titled, ‘Statement On Un Operations In North-East Nigeria’. Kallon said, “I am deeply concerned about the recent attacks on humanitarian operations in Dikwa and Damasak, affecting humanitarian assets and personnel. “We have temporarily suspended operations in these areas in order to safely relocate humanitarian staff and are closely monitoring the situation. “We intend to resume operations as soon as possible, so that civilians affected by the conflict continue to receive the ...
2 Soldiers Who Tried To Capture A Boko Haram Spy Killed In Ambush
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2 Soldiers Who Tried To Capture A Boko Haram Spy Killed In Ambush

Two young Nigerian soldiers who attempted to capture a Boko Haram informant were killed by terrorists who ambushed them just as the aircraft of the Nigerian Airforce ( NAF) eliminated scores of ISWAP Boko Haram in five guntrucks in Damasak, Borno State. An intelligence officer told PRNigeria that the young soldiers were killed when they wanted to apprehend a man suspected to be a spy for terrorists. “The young soldiers suspected the unarmed man who was seen leading terrorists to some warehouses. “Suspecting that the man was on a mission, rather than shooting him, the soldiers ran after him so that he could be caught alive. Unknown to them terrorists on an ambush with guntrucks opened fire on the two soldiers and the informant. “Luckily enough, ground troops with air support...
Damasak: UN Confirms Boko Haram Attack On Its Facility, Aid Services To Reduce
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Damasak: UN Confirms Boko Haram Attack On Its Facility, Aid Services To Reduce

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs has confirmed an attack on its facility in Damasak, Borno State, on Saturday. The attack will force the UN to reduce its humanitarian operations in the area I am deeply concerned about recurrent reports of violent attacks by non-state armed groups putting the lives of civilians under risks. Last night and through the morning, a violent attack in Damasak town, in Borno State, was reported with three international aid partners’ facilities directly targeted, set ablaze, and sustained damage. I continue to be concerned about the safety and security of civilians and humanitarian workers. I strongly condemn the attack, as humanitarian aid operations and facilities are the lifeline for people affected by violence an...
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,”...
Imo Turning To Another Borno, Nigerians Lament On Social Media
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Imo Turning To Another Borno, Nigerians Lament On Social Media

Nigerians on social media have lamented the persistent attacks by gunmen in Imo State, with many expressing fears that the South-East state was fast turning to another Borno State. Borno State, with Maiduguri as capital city, is located in Nigeria’s North-East. The state rose to inglorious fame when Mohammed Yusuf, founder of militant Islamist group Boko Haram, was killed in 2009. Yusuf’s death birthed a macabre era of unprecedented uprising; carnage, bombings, kidnappings, amongst other crimes against humanity, even till date. Millions of aboriginal Borno residents have also been displaced by the activities of the insurgents as military forces battle to clear the terrorists out of the entire North-East. Unlike Borno in faraway North-East, Imo State located in the South-East g...
Wreckage Of Missing NAF Alpha Jet 475 Found In Bama, Body Of Pilot Also Found
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Wreckage Of Missing NAF Alpha Jet 475 Found In Bama, Body Of Pilot Also Found

The wreckage of the Nigerian Air Force fighter jet that went missing last week may have been found in Bama, Borno State, an authoritative military source told THISDAY yesterday. The source said it was found with the body of one of the pilots intact. The pilot was Flight Lieutenant Chapele Ebiakpo. He, however, said the body of the other pilot, Flight Lieutenant John Abolarinwa, is still being searched for, explaining that troops on the ground have been asked to intensify their search. The Air Force had declared the Alpha Jet fighter aircraft, NAF 475, missing on March 31, saying a few days later that it might have crashed. The terrorist group, Boko Haram, had claimed responsibility for the crash but the military refuted the claim. THISDAY source said last night that the...
Missing Air Force Alpha Jet Found Crashed At Abba-Jille, Fate Of Pilots Unknown
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Missing Air Force Alpha Jet Found Crashed At Abba-Jille, Fate Of Pilots Unknown

The missing Alpha jet of the Nigerian Air Force has been found. It was found to have crashed at Abba-Jille in Konduga LGA of Borno State. The location of the crash is approx 30Kms outskirt from the city of Maiduguri. PR Nigeria reported that the fighter jet was seen flying around Goni Kurmiri and Njimia villages after attacking terrorist locations at the Sambisa axis. There was no word yet on the fate of the pilot and co-pilot, whether they ejected safely or have been captured by insurgency fighters. The plane was reported to have lost contact with the radar on Wednesday evening, according to Air Force spokesman, Commodore Edward Gabkwet. He said the plane lost contact with radar in Borno State, while on interdiction mission in support of ground troops. “The mission w...
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...
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...
Power Should go to South in 2023 – Gov Zulum
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Power Should go to South in 2023 – Gov Zulum

The governor of Borno state, Babagana Zulum, has lent his voice to the call for power to shift to the South in 2023. Governor Zulum stated this when he spoke at the presentation of a book by Dakuku Perterside, former director-general of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), on Thursday, March 25. “The issue of power rotation is a covenant between us hence the need to shift the power to the south.”he said According to him, it doesn't matter what part of the South the next president comes from. He urged the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to heed his advice and keep to previous agreements made to shift power to the southern part of the country in the next administration. Governor Zulum will not be the first governor to say that the South should t...
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...
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...
Commanding Officer, 14 Soldiers Killed In Borno Ambush Attack
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Commanding Officer, 14 Soldiers Killed In Borno Ambush Attack

There were strong indications over the weekend that the Armed Forces of Nigeria (AFN) may have lost a Commanding Officer (CO) and at least 14 of its gallant troops during an ambush attack by suspected terrorist elements within the Gudumbali general area of Borno State. Investigation by New Telegraph revealed that the CO was a Major, who gallantly remained a ‘reference point’. It was gathered that the terrorists, who were said to be of the Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) extraction, suffered worse casualty, with scores reportedly taken out. Military sources, who spoke in confidence with this newspaper, said the development formed part of the briefings the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Gen. Lucky Irabor, alongside other Service Chiefs, received during an operation...
Fake Internally Displaced Persons Discovered in Borno Camp
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Fake Internally Displaced Persons Discovered in Borno Camp

Borno state governor, Babagana Zulum, has discovered fake internally displaced persons at the Mohammed Goni College of Islamic Legal Studies in Maiduguri, where internally displaced persons from Abadam local government area of northern Borno were being camped. Governor Zulum at about midnight on Sunday March 7, stormed the camp and immediately sealed entrance and supervised a headcount to identify actual IDPs, in order to put a stop to rampant cases of dubious residents pretending to be displaced, who spend day times at IDP camps to share food meant for IDPs, and towards the night, they return to their homes to sleep, with some of benefiting from other means through which the state distributes food to vulnerable non IDPs in communities. Governor Zulum’s mission, which end...
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...
We Are Used To A President Whose Words Mean Nothing – Aisha Yesufu
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We Are Used To A President Whose Words Mean Nothing – Aisha Yesufu

The co-convener of the Bring Back Our Girls group, Aisha Yesufu, has criticised President Muhammadu Buhari over his handling of the increasing spate of abductions in the country. When asked on Channels Television’s Politics Today on Friday, what she thinks of the President’s assurance to Nigerians about efforts being made to rescue all those who have been abducted, Mrs Yesufu said: “what I make of the statement is absolutely nothing”. “We are used to a president whose words mean nothing. He says one thing, and another thing happens,” she added. Since one of the major abductions in the country happened in 2014 – (the abduction of over 200 schoolgirls in Chibok, Borno State), Yesufu has been at the forefront of the calls made to the Federal Government to ensure the release of al...
Military Recaptures Marte From Terrorists
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Military Recaptures Marte From Terrorists

The Nigerian Army says troops have complied with the directive of Chief of Army Staff, Maj.-Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, who charged them to recapture Marte, an area in Borno State, from the hold of suspected terrorists. The Director of Army Public Relations, Brig.-Gen. Mohammed Yerima, in a statement on Tuesday, said the troops carried out the task in less than 48 hours. The statement read: “Troops of Nigerian Army troops this afternoon, around 3 pm, recovered New Marte and adjoining communities from the devilish Boko Haram terrorists. “This is coming less than the 48 hours directive earlier given to the troops to recover the town by the Chief of Army Staff, Major General Ibrahim Attahiru. “The troops backed by air cover from the Nigerian Air force, successfully charged through ...
Borno accident: Zulum’s aide clarifies “death” of Mai Kanuribe of Lagos, others
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Borno accident: Zulum’s aide clarifies “death” of Mai Kanuribe of Lagos, others

The Borno State Government says the convoy of Governor Babagana Zulum was not involved in any accident. His spokesman, Isa Gusau, gave the clarification in a statement in reaction to a fatal auto crash on Tuesday. Gusau confirmed the death of Mai Kanuribe (King of Kanuri) of Lagos, Mustapha Muhammad, and two others who died along Maiduguri-Mafa road. He said the Mai had traveled to Mafa in solidarity with the Zulum administration and the All Progressives Congress (APC). “However, the Mai left Mafa on his way back to Maiduguri, while the governor was still in Mafa. The governor, Senator Kashim Shettima and some leaders came across the accident on way back from Mafa. “As expected, the governor and those accompanying him, followed bodies of the Mai, and others, to their familie...
New Service Chiefs Arrive Maiduguri To Tackle Insurgency
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New Service Chiefs Arrive Maiduguri To Tackle Insurgency

The new service chiefs have arrived Maiduguri, the Borno State capital to meet with critical stakeholders to brainstorm on how to tackle insurgency in the theatre of war. The Chief of Defence Staff, Major General Leo Irabor led the delegation to arrive at the headquarters of Air Task Force of Operation Lafiya Dole in Maiduguri on Sunday afternoon at about 1330 hours. Daily Trust correspondent in Maiduguri witnessed the arrival of an aircraft carrying the service chiefs. They include the Chief of Defence Staff, Maj. General Leo Irabor; Chief of Army Staff, Maj. General Ibrahim Attahiru; Chief of Naval Staff, AVM Awwal Gambo and the Chief of Air Staff, Air Vice Marshal Isiaka Amao. A top security source said the visit is expected to brainstorming on how to re-strategise appro...
Boko Haram Captures & Destroys Armed Personnel Carrier Newly Acquired By Army
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Boko Haram Captures & Destroys Armed Personnel Carrier Newly Acquired By Army

According to ISWAP in a statement sighted by SaharaReporters on Tuesday, the Isotrex Phantom 2 APC was captured when the group ambushed some trucks conveying Nigerian soldiers at Gorigi, Borno State. Militants belonging to 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 again destroyed an Armed Personnel Carrier the group captured from Nigerian soldiers. The group also claimed to have wounded and killed 30 soldiers and destroyed two other APCs. The Insurgents had on Monday displayed a modified FV103 Spartan APC it said it captured from the military. SaharaReporters gathered that about eight Isotrex Phantom 2 APCs were recently acquired by the Nigerian Army for t...
Boko Haram Displays Armed Personnel Carrier Captured From Nigerian Soldiers
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Boko Haram Displays Armed Personnel Carrier Captured From Nigerian Soldiers

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 displayed an Armed Personnel Carrier the group captured from Nigerian soldiers. According to ISWAP in a statement released on Monday, the modified FV103 Spartan APC was captured on Sunday when the group ambushed some trucks conveying Nigerian soldiers at Gorigi, Borno State. The insurgents also claimed 20 soldiers were killed during the attack. SaharaReporters recalled that about 70 Nigerian soldiers of the Operation Lafiya Dole were killed by the terrorists in March 2020 in the same community. Hundreds of soldiers and officers have been killed since the Boko Haram insurgency commenced in 2009. T...
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: Nigerian Army To Deploy New Recruits To Sambisa Forest
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Boko Haram: Nigerian Army To Deploy New Recruits To Sambisa Forest

Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, the Chief of Army Staff, has told new recruits that all of them will go to Sambisa forest, a stronghold of the Boko Haram terrorist sect in Borno State at the end of their training. He also informed the new recruits that there was no room for laziness and indiscipline in the Army, adding that they must make up their minds to serve Nigeria as soldiers. Buratai disclosed this during the final screening of 80 regular recruits held at Falgore forest in Tudun Wads Local Government Area of Kano State. “You must make up your mind that you’re ready to serve your country as a soldier and you should be ready,” Buratai said. “All of you will go to Sambisa at the end of your depot training. If you’re not ready to move to Sambisa and other parts of the country, a...
Court Sentence Nigerian Soldier To Death By Firing Squad For Killing His Colleague
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Court Sentence Nigerian Soldier To Death By Firing Squad For Killing His Colleague

The court-martial sitting in Maiduguri, Borno State capital has sentenced Trooper Azunna Maduabuchi to death by firing squad. Maduabuchi was sentenced for killing the adjutant of his unit, one Lieutenant Babakaka Ngorgi. Trooper Maduabuchi was arraigned for murder after shooting Lieutenant Ngorgi in July 2020 at close range in Bama Local Government of Borno State for refusing to grant him a welfare pass. He was on Tuesday sentenced to death by firing squad after he was found guilty at the court session held at the Maimalari Cantonment, Maiduguri. Four other soldiers arraigned for manslaughter were sentenced to various years of imprisonment. Sergeant Sani Ishaya was sentenced to four years, Bidemi Fabiyi sentenced to two years while Private Musa Bala and Private Abdulraheed Ad...
Insecurity: Buhari needs to wake up at midnight and ask Allah for forgiveness- Ex-governor, Sule Lamido says
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Insecurity: Buhari needs to wake up at midnight and ask Allah for forgiveness- Ex-governor, Sule Lamido says

A former governor of Jigawa state, Sule Lamido, has said that President Buhari has failed Nigerians and needs to wake up at midnight and pray to Allah for forgiveness.   Lamido said this in an interview with BBC Hausa while reacting to the gruesome murder of 43 farmers by Boko Haram members in Borno state on Saturday, November 28.   Lamido added that President Buhari should drop his ''arrogance'' and seek Allah's forgiveness. "There is no way a government can go successfully without sabotage but you need to be strong enough to overcome such challenges. If really, he cannot withstand this, he has to resign but we can't be accepting sabotage as a reason. He has failed, if not that he failed, how will you allow some people to slaughter 43 people? How will you allow...
Boko Haram: FG Will Determine Mercenaries’ Engagement —DHQ
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Boko Haram: FG Will Determine Mercenaries’ Engagement —DHQ

The Defence Headquarters says the decision to engage mercenaries to assist the military in defeating the Boko Haram insurgency is squarely for the Federal Government to take. It noted that the security forces cannot challenge the initiative, stressing that it was up to Nigerians and the government to contract the private army. Following the killing of over 43 rice farmers in Zabarmari, Borno State, by Boko Haram insurgents last Saturday, Governor Babagana Zulum had demanded the engagement of foreign mercenaries to tackle the militants. Endorsing Zulum’s demand, the governors of North-East states said the thought of hiring mercenaries to fight Boko Haram should be taken seriously. But responding to a question from The PUNCH during the weekly briefing on the security operatio...
Insecurity: Resign Now, Northern Elders Forum Tells Buhari
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Insecurity: Resign Now, Northern Elders Forum Tells Buhari

The Northern Elders Forum on Wednesday asked the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), to resign. According to the group, the President has failed in the two critical areas of security and economy and as such has ‘nothing new to offer’ Nigerians. NEF Spokesman, Dr Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, stated this tonight on Channels Television’s Politics Today programme monitored by The PUNCH. He said it is disappointing that after over five years of being in office, Buhari still hasn’t delivered on the promises he made to Nigerians when he was first elected in 2015. Baba-Ahmed noted that Buhari had asked his predecessor, ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, to resign in 2013 over growing insecurity in the country and so, it is not out of place to demand that he resigns over the same ...
Service Chiefs Will Remain As Far As Buhari Is Satisfied With Them – Garba Shehu
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Service Chiefs Will Remain As Far As Buhari Is Satisfied With Them – Garba Shehu

Garba Shehu, a presidential spokesman, says the nation’s service chiefs will remain in office as far as President Muhammadu Buhari is satisfied with their performance. Shehu, who featured during an Arise TV programme on Monday night, said the calls for the sack of the service chiefs are “out of place”. Parts of the country have seen a rise in attacks in recent months, communities in the north-west and north-central regions have been victims of bandits attacks while kidnappers are on rampage across some states. Over the weekend, Boko Haram insurgents struck in Borno state, killing more than 40 farmers in a community about 20 kilometres from Maiduguri, the state capital. As the growing security challenges renewed calls for the sack of the service chiefs, Buhari said he has gi...
Military destroys house of Boko Haram leaders in Sambisa Forest after terrorist killed rice farmers – DHQ
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Military destroys house of Boko Haram leaders in Sambisa Forest after terrorist killed rice farmers – DHQ

The Defence Headquarters, DHQ, has said the Air Task Force of Operation Lafiya Dole has destroyed some residents of Boko Haram leaders in Sambisa forest and Yale areas of Borno State. DHQ disclosed that several terrorists were killed during the separate air strikes on Monday. The Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Maj.-Gen. John Enenche disclosed this in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja, NAN reports. Enenche said the air raids were carried out after credible intelligence and a series of aerial surveillance missions. According to him, this indicated that some terrorists that carried out recent attacks against innocent civilians were harboured in makeshift structures in the areas. He said that the military dispatched Nigerian Air Force fighter jets and helicopter gunships t...
Boko Haram Gives Reason For Killing Farmers In Zabarmari, Issues New Warning
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Boko Haram Gives Reason For Killing Farmers In Zabarmari, Issues New Warning

Abubakar Shekau’s faction of Boko Haram, Jama’atu Ahlussunnah Lidda’awati Wal Jihad, has released a new video in which it claims responsibility for killing 78 farmers in Zabarmari area of Borno State, Northeast Nigeria on Saturday. HumAngle reported that the migrant farmers from Sokoto State, North-western Nigeria, were tied and slaughtered by the terrorists. The terrorists had also burnt the farm they were cultivating after beheading them one after another. In the new released three minutes 37-second video, titled “رسالة جديدة” (a new message), Boko Haram accused the farmers of arresting one of its members and handing him to the Nigerian military. “You think you can nab our brother and hand him to soldiers and live in peace,” a masked commander of the group asked in the vi...
US condemns killing of 43 farmers in Borno state
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US condemns killing of 43 farmers in Borno state

The United States has condemned the killing of 43 rice farmers in Jere Local Government Area of Borno State, by Boko Haram insurgents over the weekend.   The US embassy in a statement released on Monday November 30, stated that abhorrent attacks are a stark reminder of why the United States stands with the Nigerian government and people as they fight to defeat terrorism and work to bring the perpetrators to justice.   It read;    “The United States condemns in the strongest terms the November 28 violent attack in Borno, Nigeria. The United States offers our deepest condolences to the families and friends of those killed or kidnapped. “These abhorrent attacks are a stark reminder of why the United States stands with the Nigerian government and people as...
Buhari reacts to Zabarmari massacre, says the Armed Forces have been given the marching order to take the fight to the insurgents
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Buhari reacts to Zabarmari massacre, says the Armed Forces have been given the marching order to take the fight to the insurgents

President Muhammadu Buhari has again reacted to the killing of 43 rice farmers by Boko Haram insurgents in Zabarmari community of Borno state.   The Nigerian President in a statement released on Monday November 30, said the Armed Forces have been given the marching order to take the fight to the insurgents, not on a one-off, but on a continuous basis.   Buhari who described the massacre by Boko Haram in Zabarmari as senseless, barbaric, gruesome and cowardly, added that the federal government will be intensifying its cooperation with neighbouring countries on bilateral and multilateral levels, to ensure that there is no hiding place for the terrorists.   The statement read;   Nothing is more important than ensuring the security of lives and pro...
Zabarmari Massacre: 38 More Corpses Recovered On Monday, Army Stopped Us From Taking Photos — Eyewitness
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Zabarmari Massacre: 38 More Corpses Recovered On Monday, Army Stopped Us From Taking Photos — Eyewitness

About thirty-eight more corpses were on Monday recovered from the scene of Saturday’s onslaught on farmers by Boko Haram Insurgents in Borno State, sources told SaharaReporters. The deceased were slaughtered at a rice plantation in Kwashabe village, about 20 kilometres north of Maiduguri. The insurgents were also said to have destroyed the rice plantation after killing the farmers. The Defence Headquarters had claimed only 43 people were killed, but a source told SaharaReporters that the death toll had risen to 81 as 38 more bodies were recovered by search and rescue teams on Monday. He said, “The army restricted us from capturing the scene with our phones; they know what they are doing, and they know they will be exposed. Today alone, 38 bodies were recovered and it will cont...
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...
FG Can’t Protect Lives Of Its Citizens But Tries To Suppress #EndSARS – Moghalu
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FG Can’t Protect Lives Of Its Citizens But Tries To Suppress #EndSARS – Moghalu

Former Presidential candidate, Kingsley Moghalu has blasted the Buhari-led adminstration over the killing of 43 farmers by Boko Haram terrorists in Borno state. In tweets he shared, the economist expressed fear of Nigeria becoming a failed state. He also said that ''a government which can’t protect the lives of its citizens, spends all its energy attempting to suppress #EndSARS peaceful protesters.'' Moghalu wrote; “The barbaric beheading of 43 Nigerians in Zabarmari village in Borno State by Boko Haram is a national outrage and tragedy. It’s increasingly clear that @NigeriaGov is unable to protect the lives of Nigerians. What does that mean? Our country is becoming a failed state." “It is a travesty that a government that can’t protect the lives of its citizens spends all it...
Zabarmari Attack: Villagers Provide Information To Boko Haram – Major General Enenche
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Zabarmari Attack: Villagers Provide Information To Boko Haram – Major General Enenche

John Enenche, coordinator of defence media operations, says some residents of Borno state sabotage the efforts of the military by providing information on its movement and activities to Boko Haram. Enenche said this on Monday while answering questions on the killing of 45 farmers at Zabarmari in Jere local government area of Borno state by the insurgents when he featured on Sunrise Daily, a programme on Channels Television. He said information gathered from the attack showed that some of the insurgents were already cohabiting with the villagers before the attack. Asked how the military had no prior intelligence on the attack, Enenche said the army needs information from locals to aid its operation. “That has been our worry. It’s a concern to us. You need a guide, you need i...
Zabarmari massacre: Governors question security architecture after 43 farmers were killed by Boko Haram insurgents
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Zabarmari massacre: Governors question security architecture after 43 farmers were killed by Boko Haram insurgents

The Nigerian Governors’ Forum has reacted to the killing of rice farmers in Borno State by Boko Haram insurgents.   NGF Chairman and Ekiti State Governor Kayode Fayemi who described the killing as “obnoxious, wicked, unwarranted and morally reprehensible”, added that it raises serious questions on the general security situation in the country and around the capability of the nation’s security architecture.   Noting that the forum would “collectively review these issues” at its next meeting to forge the way forward, Fayemi further stated that Boko Haram has been carrying out attacks each time it seems the situation is getting under control.   He said;   “This sad narrative raises serious questions on the general security situation in the country a...

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