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Terrorists Are Using Arms Stolen From Our Military To Kill Citizens’ – Senator Ndume
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Terrorists Are Using Arms Stolen From Our Military To Kill Citizens’ – Senator Ndume

Senator Ali Ndume has said most of arms and ammunition used by insurgents against Nigerians were stolen from the Nigerian military and other security agencies in the country. Ndume, who represents Borno South in the Senate, added that the terrorists also get weapons from places like Libya and Chad. “Most of the arms and ammunition they use are the ones they succeed in carting away from the Nigerian soldiers and other armed forces or security agencies,” the Chairman, Senate Committee on Army, said on Thursday during an interview on Channels Television. “I know they have some small arms coming from up there like Libya, Chad, and all that but the bulk of the equipment they use are the ones they succeeded in stealing from our armed forces.” Many Nigerians have been calling for ...
4,000 Fighters Desert Boko Haram – Institute For Security Studies (ISS)
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4,000 Fighters Desert Boko Haram – Institute For Security Studies (ISS)

Over 4,000 Boko Haram fighters have deserted the extremist group, signalling a huge shrink in the rank of the terrorists, a report by the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) has said. According to the report, the deserters from the four Lake Chad Basin countries (Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria) are leaving for various reasons which include safety concerns. Boko Haram and other terror groups have terrorised the Lake Chad Basin countries for over 10 years. The unending terror war has displaced thousands of nationals of the four countries. The crisis has also crippled economic activities in the once booming fish market in the region. Thousands of people have been kidnapped by the terrorists and many killed. Why fighters are deserting According to the 28-page repor...
Nigeria To Beef Up Border To Avoid Chadian Influx – Bashir Salihi Magashi
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Nigeria To Beef Up Border To Avoid Chadian Influx – Bashir Salihi Magashi

Nigerian Defense Minister Bashir Salihi Magashi said on Wednesday that the country will beef up security along its border with Chad, which is in the grip of a political crisis following the sudden death of its leader, Idriss Deby. The border reinforcements are expected to deal with any potential influx of refugees from Chad, according to Magashi, with only Nigerians from the other side being allowed entry. “There will be a lot of trouble for all neighboring countries if there is no security in Chad.” But, thankfully, we have a lot of ongoing military cooperation, which we expect to continue,” he said. “We continue to be vigilant about our borders and developments in Chad,” he added. Nigeria already has problems in the northeast, where it shares a border with Chad, where it ...
President Buhari Mourns Idriss Deby
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President Buhari Mourns Idriss Deby

President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed sadness over "the sudden and tragic death of President Idriss Deby of Chad on the front line, fighting against rebel soldiers." Reacting to the incident on Tuesday, President Buhari said: "I'm deeply shocked and devastated by the sudden death of Idriss Deby on the battle front to defend the sovereignty of his country." According to the President, "the late Deby had played a very active role in our regional joint collaboration in the military campaign against the Boko Haram terrorists." President Buhari described the late Chadian leader "as a friend of Nigeria who had enthusiastically lent his hand in our efforts to defeat the murderous Boko Haram terrorists that have posed grave security challenges not only for Nigeria, but also our Afr...
Why I Am Shocked And Saddened – Buhari
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Why I Am Shocked And Saddened – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari says he is shocked and saddened in the wake of the ethnic clashes in the South Eastern Region of Salamat, Chad that claimed several lives. Ethnic tension in the central African country of Chad left at least 55 people dead and more than 40 injured as three villages were burned to the ground. The clashes in the south-eastern region of Salamat erupted between different ethnic groups on Wednesday night in the villages around the provincial capital of Am Timan, according to Salamat governor Abel Yamabaye Massira. However, Buhari extended heartfelt condolences to President Idriss Deby Itno of Chad over the incident. “I am shocked and saddened by the incident that shattered decades of relative peace and stability in Chad,” Buhari said. He added that “...
US Orders Embassy Staff To Leave Chad As Rebels Near Capital
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US Orders Embassy Staff To Leave Chad As Rebels Near Capital

The State Department ordered nonessential U.S. personnel out of Chad on Sunday amid growing concerns about advancing rebel forces in the country. Reuters reported that a State Department spokesperson confirmed the move, pointing to the proximity of rebel groups to the nation's capital. "Due to their growing proximity to N'Djamena and the possibility for violence in the city, non-essential U.S. government employees have been ordered to leave Chad by commercial airline," the spokesperson said. The Hill has reached out to the State Department for further comment. Rebel groups have frequently tried to overthrow Idriss Déby, Chad's self-proclaimed president who has ruled the country for more than three decades after launching a successful coup himself. Déby is supported by Fra...
Fifa Bans Chad from Football Activities for Life
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Fifa Bans Chad from Football Activities for Life

Global football governing body, FIFA has banned Chad from football until further notice. The decision was taken by the Bureau of the Fifa Council on Wednesday and takes effect immediately. Note that in December 2020, Fifa had rejected a request from the country’s ministry of sports to dissolve the Chadian Football Federation. On March 10, the minister for youth and sports released a statement to prevent the Chadian Football Association, FTFA, from performing its obligatory duties due to a dispute between both parties. CAF then disqualified Chad from the Africa Cup of Nations qualification race, just a few days prior to their fixtures against Namibia and Mali, following the sport Minister's actions. FIFA has now waded in, banning the country henceforth. FIFA says t...
IMF Excludes Nigeria From Debt Relief
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IMF Excludes Nigeria From Debt Relief

Nigeria has been excluded from the list of 28 countries granted debt pardon by the Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The Board has approved a third tranche of grants for debt service relief for 28 member countries under the Catastrophe Containment and Relief Trust (CCRT). This approval followed two prior tranches approved on April 13, 2020 and October 2, 2020, respectively. In a report released yesterday, the Fund said the approval will enable the disbursement of grants from the CCRT for payment of all eligible debt service falling due to the IMF from its poorest and most vulnerable members from April 14, 2021 to October 15, 2021, estimated at SDR 168 ($238) million. The beneficiaries of previous CCRT tranche are Afghanistan, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burund...
Extend Port Harcourt-Maiduguri Rail Line To Chad, President Deby Tells Buhari
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Extend Port Harcourt-Maiduguri Rail Line To Chad, President Deby Tells Buhari

President Idris Deby of Chad on Saturday appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to extend the Port Harcourt-Maiduguri eastern corridor railway line to Chad to enhance trade between Nigeria and his country. President Buhari performed the groundbreaking of the $3 billion Port Harcourt-Maiduguri project earlier this month. Addressing correspondents at the presidential villa, Abuja at end of his one-day visit when he had bilateral talks with Buhari, the Chadian leader said such rail and road transportation link with Nigeria would enable goods to be moved to his landlocked country. If Buhari agrees to the request, it will be second of such project his administration will embark upon after the Kano-Maradi, Niger Republic rail line. Deby said he discussed a number of important iss...
UK Stops Recruitment of Doctors and Nurses from Nigeria and 46 Other Countries
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UK Stops Recruitment of Doctors and Nurses from Nigeria and 46 Other Countries

The recruitment of health and care workers from Nigeria and 46 other countries has been suspended by the United Kingdom government as confirmed in its updated Code of Practice (CoP). Africa Check had earlier reported that about 5, 250 Nigerian-trained doctors are on the UK books as at April 2018, a rise of 10 per cent on the previous year. The Sun reported that the announcement which is contained in the CoP and released by the UK Department of Health and Social Care, would help to meet UK’s target of delivering 50,000 more nurses by 2024. The UK said CoP provide safeguards against active recruitment from 47 countries on the WHO Health Workforce Support and Safeguards list, and also aligns with World Health Organisation’s (WHO) advice on ethical recruitment to promote effective...
“We Brought In Fulani From Mali But After Election They Refused To Go Back – Kawu
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“We Brought In Fulani From Mali But After Election They Refused To Go Back – Kawu

Abubakar Kawu Baraje has traced the origin of the current insecurity in the country to the influx of Fulani from neighboring countries like Sierra Leone, Mali, Senegal, Niger and Chad brought into the country for election purposes in 2015. He said this in Ilorin as part of activities to mark his 70th birthday anniversary. He also backed self-help initiatives of the south west governors, stating that re­sponses of Sunday Igboho to the herdsman menace were necessary because the Federal Government failed in its prin­cipal responsibility to secure life and property. Baraje said that the ruling party was only wast­ing its time. According to the former PDP chairman, who also once served as the party’s national secretary, chairman of the breakaway faction of PDP that formed the nu...
FG To Begin Repatriation Of Nigerian Refugees From Cameroon, Niger, Chad
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FG To Begin Repatriation Of Nigerian Refugees From Cameroon, Niger, Chad

The Federal Government on Wednesday said all was set to begin repatriation of Nigerian refugees from Cameroon, Niger and Chad back home. Sen. Basheer Mohammed, Federal Commissioner, National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons (NCFRMI) made this known in Abuja during the meeting of the Technical Working Group (TWG) on repatriation of Nigerian refugees from Cameroon. Mohammed, who is also the Chairman of the TWG, said that President Muhammadu Buhari had directed the group to remain steadfast in carrying out the assignment of returning Nigerian refugees from the three countries. He further affirmed that arrangements were already in top gear towards actualising the planned return of the refugees commencing with those in Cameroon from Feb. 27. He ...
AU Needs to  be Reformed to Stay Relevant – Buhari
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AU Needs to be Reformed to Stay Relevant – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has called for the reformation of the structures and operations of the African Union. The President who spoke during a virtual intervention at the ongoing two-day 34th Summit of the AU, also congratulated elected members of the African Union Commission, 2021, which include the Chairman, Moussa Faki Mahamat, Chad, and Deputy Chairman, Dr Monique Nsanzabaganwa, Rwanda. According to President Buhari, AU would become stale except it becomes more result oriented. A statement released by Buhari's media aide, Garba Shehu read; President Muhammadu Buhari has called for a comprehensive reform of the structures and operations of the African Union, to make it more functional in meeting targets, warning that the organization would become stale, except it become...
FG To Connect Chad To National Power Grid
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FG To Connect Chad To National Power Grid

Despite the shortage of power supply in the country, the federal government is in negotiations with the Republic of Chad in an agreement that could see it begin the supply of electricity to the North-Central African country soon. THISDAY learnt that a meeting was recently between the Nigerian team and the Chad Minister of Energy, Mrs Ramatou Houtouin, who flew into Abuja in furtherance of the expected deal, while the Nigerian team was led by top officials of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN). A few months ago, the Chadian ambassador to Nigeria, Abakar Chachaimi, had asked for his country to be connected to Nigeria's electricity grid during a visit to the Minister of Power, Mr. Sale Mamman in Abuja. Chachaimi argued that connecting Chad to Nigeria's electricity grid wou...
Chad Begs Nigeria For Electricity Supply
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Chad Begs Nigeria For Electricity Supply

The government of Chad Republic has formally requested the Nigerian government to connect the country to the Nigerian electricity grid. The request was presented by the Chadian Ambassador to Nigeria, Abakar Saleh Chachaimi during a working visit to the Minister of Power, Engr. Sale Mamman in Abuja. While describing the need as pressing, the Ambassador stressed the historical and economic value of connecting Chad to Nigeria’s electricity as a means of continued collaboration between the countries. Reacting to the request, Engr. Mamman welcomed the development, stressing that it will help in enhancing the long existing relations between the two countries. The minister said the request from Chad Republic came at the best time as he reassured the Chadian envoy that Nigeria will...
Five Killed In Jihadist Attack In Cameroon
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Five Killed In Jihadist Attack In Cameroon

“Five civilians were killed by Boko Haram in Blaram,” a village in the Blangoua district of Cameroon’s Far North region, a local official said. The toll was confirmed to AFP by an army officer in the region. Based in neighbouring Nigeria, Boko Haram has stepped up attacks in the vast Lake Chad region where the borders of Cameroon, Chad, Niger, and Nigeria converge. Cameroon says the group has carried out nearly 13,000 attacks on its territory since 2014, with the loss of “several thousand” lives. The insurgency has forced more than 250,000 people to flee their homes and triggered an influx of 60,000 people from Nigeria.
608 Repentant Boko Haram Insurgents Currently Undergoing Rehabilitation
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608 Repentant Boko Haram Insurgents Currently Undergoing Rehabilitation

The military authority says no fewer than 608 repentant Boko Haram insurgents are currently undergoing De-radicalisation, Rehabilitation and Reintegration (DRR) Programme by Operation Safe Corridor (OSC) at Malam-Sidi, Gombe State. Brig:- Gen. Musa Ibrahim, Commandant DRR Camp OSC made this known when the Managing Director, North East Development Commission (NEDC), Mr Mohammed Alkali visited the camp on Saturday. He said 14 of the repentant insurgents were foreigners from Cameroon, Chad and Niger Republic. Ibrahim said: “From inception, we received 893 out of which 286 graduated and were returned to their respective states and countries for reintegration’’. He said the personnel in the camp were working diligently with the mandate of OSC in conformity with international best pr...
Niger Sacks Military Chiefs after Deadly Jihadist Attack
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Niger Sacks Military Chiefs after Deadly Jihadist Attack

Niger replaced two top military brass on Monday, four days after a jihadist assault on an army base left 89 dead in the biggest single loss in the country’s history. The new armed forces chief of staff is General Salifou Modi, who replaces General Ahmed Mohamed, the government said in a statement read on national radio. The new head of the army is Brigadier General Seidou Bague, replacing Sidikou Issa. The decision was made by a cabinet meeting shortly before Nigerien President Mahamadou Issoufou left for Pau, southwestern France, for a summit on the crisis in the Sahel. It brings together a summit of the so-called G5 countries — Burkina Faso, Chad, Niger, Mali and Mauritania — with France, the former colonial power in the region, who is leading the fight against the ...
Why Chad Withdrew Troops From Nigeria
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Why Chad Withdrew Troops From Nigeria

The recent decision by Chad to withdraw its troops assisting Nigerian Soldiers in the fight against Boko Haram under the aegis of the Multinational Joint Task Force (MJTF) may not be unconnected with the closure of borders by the Federal Government, The Nation has learnt. Although highly placed Military source claimed the Chadian troops were withdrawn because it has accomplished the task for which it was drafted. But a reliable source within the military cycle, who doesn’t want his name mentioned, told our correspondent in an exclusive chat that the Chadian troops and those of other countries participating in the Joint Taskforce were supposed to be deployed along the borders of their respective countries and can only deploy troops in the country when requested to so do. According ...
Boko Haram: Chad withdraws all troops from Nigeria
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Boko Haram: Chad withdraws all troops from Nigeria

Chad has withdrawn its 1,200-strong force who were on months-long mission fighting Boko Haram from Nigeria. Chadian Army’s spokesman also confirmed on Saturday that none of their personnel remain in Nigeria. “It’s our troops who went to aid Nigerian soldiers months ago returning home. They have finished their mission,” spokesman Colonel Azem Bermandoa said. “None of our soldiers remains in Nigeria,” he added, without specifying whether they might be replaced following Friday’s pullout. “Those who have come back will return to their sector at Lake Chad,” Bermandoa said. However, Chad’s general chief of staff General Tahir Erda Tahiro said that if countries in the region which have contributed to a multinational anti-jihadist force were in agreement, more troops will likel...
Senate Commends Buhari For Shutting Down Nigerian Borders
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Senate Commends Buhari For Shutting Down Nigerian Borders

The Nigerian Senate, on Wednesday, resolved to commend President Muhammadu Buhari for shutting down all the Nigerian land borders. This followed a motion raised by Senator Adamu Aliero (APC, Kebbi Central) at today's plenary, which got the support of over 2/3 majority. According to the upper legislative chambers, the President's decision was to “rectify the deteriorating effect on our country of persistent smuggling of products that negatively affect the Nigerian economy’s decline the well-being of our nation”. The Senate equally resolved to commend the Nigerian Customs Service “for their role in intensifying the curbing of smuggling across the borders, and ridding Nigeria of smuggled goods and services.” This is even as the red chambers vowed to task the Ministries of Fore...
Parliamentary Polls: INEC Pledges To Assist Chad
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Parliamentary Polls: INEC Pledges To Assist Chad

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has expressed its readiness to assist its counterpart from the Republic of Chad to conduct free, fair and credible parliamentary elections. INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu gave the assurance when he received delegation of Chad’s Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI), led by its Vice Chairman, Mr. Adama Djibert, to INEC headquarters on Friday in Abuja. He commended Djibert for acknowledging Nigeria’s support to Chad’s electoral process and democracy in the recent past Yakubu pledged that the INEC would work within its powers to offer technical assistance in certain areas for the conduct of the elections. “Both at this meeting and in our private discussion in the office, you raised a number of issues and I want...
Real Boko Haram defeated, Says Presidency
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Real Boko Haram defeated, Says Presidency

The Presidency on Tuesday night declared that the real Boko Haram has been defeated. A statement by the Senior Special Assistant on Media and publicity, Garba Shehu, said that what is in existence now is a mixture of remnants of the Boko Haram, fugitive criminals and the Islam in Maghreb He said “The position of the Nigerian government is that the Boko Haram terrorism has been degraded and defeated. The real Boko Haram we know is defeated. “What we have now is a mixture of remnants of the Boko Haram, fugitive criminals and the Islam in Maghreb together with West African terrorists bonding together. This is a fall out of the collapse of the Libyan State, and from farther away, of the Islamic State in Iraq, Syria and Lebanon. They are taking advantage of our porous Sahelian borders....
Chad Lifts Ban On Social Media Usage After More Than A Year
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Chad Lifts Ban On Social Media Usage After More Than A Year

Chad lifted a more than a year-long ban on social media including Facebook and Twitter that the government said had been necessary for security reasons. This announcement was officilly made by president Idriss Deby at a conference about digital technology in the capital, N’Djamena. While he said he’d instructed Internet service providers to suspend the restrictions immediately, he appealed “to everyone’s sense of responsibility so that these means of communication are an instrument of development and not a source of division.” The access to social media had been blocked since March last year. Chad’s parliament adopted a new electoral code in June ahead of legislative elections that have been postponed three times already as the cash-strapped government tries to mobilise funds ...
The Teams That Have Never Played At The AFCON
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The Teams That Have Never Played At The AFCON

Playing at the highest level of National team football is every professional football player’s dream, a status which the African Cup of Nations and other Continental competitions have, just right behind the FIFA World Cup. For every player born or eligible for an African team, playing at the AFCON is an achievement of the sort. Since the inaugural edition of the competition which saw three teams participate in it, the competition has grown in leaps and bounds with the number of participating teams rising. In 2019, the competition for the first time sees a record number of 24 teams participating and as expected three new countries have registered their names on the attendance sheet for the biggest football fiesta in Africa. Madagascar, Burundi and Mauritania join thirty-nine others...
Next Level Will Restore Peace, Justice, Prosperity To Nigeria – Buhari
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Next Level Will Restore Peace, Justice, Prosperity To Nigeria – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari last night promised that the Next Level government that started on May 29, will restore peace, justice and bring prosperity for all Nigerians. The President stated this when he hosted visiting Presidents, heads of government and members of the diplomatic Corps to a dinner and gala night at the Old Banquet Hall, Presidential Villa Abuja. The event is part of the activities lined up for the celebration of Nigeria’s Democracy day, now marked on June 12 every year. The event also played host to former Nigerian Presidents and heads of states, Vice-Presidents, Presidents of courts of appeal and Justices of the Supreme Court, chiefs justice of Nigeria, newly elected President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan and the Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila. Amongst the Presiden...
Why Benin Republic, Others Get Stable Electricity Than Nigeria -TCN
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Why Benin Republic, Others Get Stable Electricity Than Nigeria -TCN

The Managing Director, TCN, Usman Mohammed has revealed the reason behind unstable power supply in Nigeria whereas Benin Republic and some other countries experience stable power supply. Nigeria supplies about 80 percent of the total quantum of electricity consumed in Benin Republic but Benin has more stable power supply than Nigeria, TCN has said. Nigeria, through the TCN also supplies power to the Republic of Niger and Chad, and these countries are classified as international customers in the Nigerian power sector. Usman Mohammed explained the reason why these neighbouring countries get better power supply is because they have better electricity distribution networks and he advised that power distributors in Nigeria should pay a visit to these countries to learn. He added " In Ni...
Militants ambush and kill 17 soldiers in Mali
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Militants ambush and kill 17 soldiers in Mali

Militants have killed 17 Nigerien soldiers in an ambush near the border with Mali while 11 soldiers are missing after the attack near the western village of Tongo.   Niger and other countries in the Sahel have been facing a growing militant threat from several Islamist groups. Militants belonging to al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) - an affiliate of al-Qaeda - are active in the region and are known to conduct cross-border raids.   They are most active in neighbouring Mali, where French troops intervened in 2013 to prevent them from advancing on the capital.   Abdourahaman Zakariyyah, a spokesperson for the Niger government said the soldiers were in pursuit of militants who attacked a high security prison 50km (30 miles) on Tuesday outside the capital,...
Nigeria’s Economy Slipping – World Bank.
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Nigeria’s Economy Slipping – World Bank.

The World Bank who released the taxonomy of growth performance in sub-Saharan Africa in its latest report on the regional economy titled, ‘Africa’s Pulse’, disclosed that Nigeria's economy slipping. According to the World Bank, Nigeria's economy has been slipping since 1995 and this continued till 2018. The apex bank who disclosed that its analysis involved a series of macroeconomic variables for 44 sub-Saharan African countries from 1995 to 2018, added that the taxonomy is used to help identify the factors that are correlated with success or failure in economic growth performance in sub-Saharan Africa, with emphasis on macroeconomic and financial variables. The World Bank said, “The bottom tercile consists of 19 countries: Angola, Burundi, Botswana, the Republic of Congo, the Co...
Armed Chadian Soldiers Arrive Nigeria To Battle ISWAP/Boko Haram Terrorists
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Armed Chadian Soldiers Arrive Nigeria To Battle ISWAP/Boko Haram Terrorists

Troops from Chad have arrived Nigeria to help in the war against Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP)/Boko Haram terrorists. The Chadian National and Nomadic Guard (GNNT), were filmed crossing into Gamboru Ngala area of Borno state, with quite an impressive armoury to fight the insurgents terrorizing Nigeria. According to reports, the troops well armed to the teeth - came with 4 BTR-80 armed with a 14.5mm, 2 Panhard M3, BTR-60 with a 14.5mm gun and also relic from old Soviet Union WZ-523 Wheeled Armored Personnel Carrier among other armoury. Watch the video of their arrival below.
Eleven Million People Are In Urgent Need of Humanitarian Aid In The Lake Chad region following nine years of Boko Haram violence, a dozen NGOs warned Thursday.  Lake Chad  The groups issued a plea for emergency aid to help communities surrounding the lake, which lies across Chad, Nigeria, Niger and Cameroon, ahead of a major donor conference about the crisis in Berlin next week. “The insurgency as well as military operations across the four countries have displaced 2.4 million people and left 5 million people food insecure, while significantly reducing economic activity,” said the statement signed by the NGOs, including Norwegian Refugee Council, Save the Children and Action Against Hunger.     “The humanitarian community scaled up the response significantly in 2017, but humanitarian needs remain massive and will continue well into 2018 and beyond.”  The United Nations estimates it needs $1.6 billion (1.4 billion euros) to offer life-saving aid for the region in coordination with humanitarian actors.  Boko Haram took up arms in 2009 in pursuit of an Islamic state in northern Nigeria but its insurgency has since spread to neighbouring states bordering Lake Chad, with frequent suicide bomb attacks.  The conflict has aggravated an already difficult humanitarian situation in one of the poorest regions of the world.  The territory around the lake is difficult to access and the majority of the aid must be delivered by heavy armed convoys and staff transported by costly helicopters.  A donor conference in Oslo last year ended with a pledge by 14 countries to give $672 million to help the region, well below the $1.5 billion sought.  However, less than half has so far Been Paid, The NGOs Added.
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Eleven Million People Are In Urgent Need of Humanitarian Aid In The Lake Chad region following nine years of Boko Haram violence, a dozen NGOs warned Thursday. Lake Chad The groups issued a plea for emergency aid to help communities surrounding the lake, which lies across Chad, Nigeria, Niger and Cameroon, ahead of a major donor conference about the crisis in Berlin next week. “The insurgency as well as military operations across the four countries have displaced 2.4 million people and left 5 million people food insecure, while significantly reducing economic activity,” said the statement signed by the NGOs, including Norwegian Refugee Council, Save the Children and Action Against Hunger. “The humanitarian community scaled up the response significantly in 2017, but humanitarian needs remain massive and will continue well into 2018 and beyond.” The United Nations estimates it needs $1.6 billion (1.4 billion euros) to offer life-saving aid for the region in coordination with humanitarian actors. Boko Haram took up arms in 2009 in pursuit of an Islamic state in northern Nigeria but its insurgency has since spread to neighbouring states bordering Lake Chad, with frequent suicide bomb attacks. The conflict has aggravated an already difficult humanitarian situation in one of the poorest regions of the world. The territory around the lake is difficult to access and the majority of the aid must be delivered by heavy armed convoys and staff transported by costly helicopters. A donor conference in Oslo last year ended with a pledge by 14 countries to give $672 million to help the region, well below the $1.5 billion sought. However, less than half has so far Been Paid, The NGOs Added.

  Eleven million people are in urgent need of humanitarian aid in the Lake Chad region following nine years of Boko Haram violence, a dozen NGOs warned Thursday. The groups issued a plea for emergency aid to help communities surrounding the lake, which lies across Chad, Nigeria, Niger and Cameroon, ahead of a major donor conference about the crisis in Berlin next week. “The insurgency as well as military operations across the four countries have displaced 2.4 million people and left 5 million people food insecure, while significantly reducing economic activity,” said the statement signed by the NGOs, including Norwegian Refugee Council, Save the Children and Action Against Hunger. “The humanitarian community scaled up the response significantly in 2017, but humanitaria...
US Lifts Travel Ban On Chad
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US Lifts Travel Ban On Chad

The United States announced Tuesday the lifting of its six-month ban on visitors and immigrants from Chad, saying the country had met key security requirements for vetting travelers. “The president announced today that Chad has raised its security standards to meet important baseline US national security requirements,” the Department of Homeland Security announced. “Therefore, its nationals will again be able to receive visas for travel to the United States.” The travel restrictions will be officially terminated on April 13. The central African country’s government, which the US calls a “critical” partner in fighting terrorism, had expressed astonishment in September last year when the US unexpectedly added it to a list of five other mainly-Muslim countries under a travel ban. ...
Tillerson Departs For Africa For Talks With Buhari, Other Leaders
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Tillerson Departs For Africa For Talks With Buhari, Other Leaders

U.S. Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, has departed for Africa on a weeklong four-country official visit to Nigeria, Kenya, Ethiopia and Djibouti. The visit will end March 13. Mr. Tillerson, during the visit, would engage with President Muhammadu Buhari and other top government functionaries, and the leaders of the three other countries. The trip, his first official visit to Africa, as Secretary of State, would take him first to Ethiopia and then to Djibouti from where he would go to Kenya, and then to Chad, before coming to Nigeria. Speaking at George Mason University, Virginia before his departure, he expressed optimism that there was ample opportunity in Africa – for economic growth, for greater prosperity, and for responding to global challenges through mutually respectful...
Chad, Qatar Restore Ties In Wake Of Arab States Rift
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Chad, Qatar Restore Ties In Wake Of Arab States Rift

Chad and Qatar have restored diplomatic relations, their governments said, six months after the West African nation cut ties with Doha in the wake of a rift among Arab states. Chad closed Qatar’s embassy and expelled its diplomats last August, accusing its government of trying to destabilise Chad via its northern neighbor, Libya. The move came after Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt cut diplomatic and commercial ties with Qatar in June for allegedly supporting extremist groups, meddling in their internal affairs and backing regional foe Iran’s agenda. Qatar denied all the accusations. In a statement reported by the Qatari state news agency QNA, Qatar’s foreign ministry said the two countries’ foreign ministers signed a memorandum of understanding on Tues...
Governor Ajimobi Orders Arrest, Prosecution Of Herdsmen Found With Guns In Oyo
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Governor Ajimobi Orders Arrest, Prosecution Of Herdsmen Found With Guns In Oyo

Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State on Monday directed security agencies to begin the immediate arrest and prosecution of any Fulani herdsman caught carrying guns and other dangerous weapons across the state. Ajimobi, who gave this directive at a stakeholders’ meeting aimed at dousing the tension triggered by the incessant herdsmen-farmers clash, also declared that a surveillance unit would be created under the Oyo State Joint Security Outfit, Operation Burst, to curtail the menace of cattle rustlers, murderous herdsmen and farmers who may take the laws into their hands by poisoning cattle grazing on farmlands. Speaking at the meeting which was attended by the representatives of farmers, Fulani herdsmen, security agencies and other stakeholders, at the House of Chiefs, Secretariat, ...
Chibok Girls’ Kidnapper Jailed For 15 Years
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Chibok Girls’ Kidnapper Jailed For 15 Years

A man involved in the 2014 kidnapping of more than 200 schoolgirls from Chibok in northeast Nigeria has been jailed for 15 years, the government confirmed on Tuesday. The conviction of Haruna Yahaya, 35, is the first in relation to the mass abduction, which triggered global outrage and sparked a worldwide campaign for the girls' release. A total of 276 students were seized from the Government Girls Secondary School in the remote town in Borno state on the evening of April 14, 2014. Fifty-seven escaped in the immediate aftermath. Since May 2016, a further 107 have escaped, been found or released after government talks with the jihadists, leaving 112 still in captivity. Justice ministry spokesman Salihu Isah said Yahaya admitted to being involved when he appeared at a special cou...
Defence Minister, Senator Disagree On Boko Haram Control Of Territory
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Defence Minister, Senator Disagree On Boko Haram Control Of Territory

The Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali, and the Chairman, Senate committee on Defence, Abubakar Kyari on Monday, disagreed on Boko Haram’s actual level of control of territory in Borno State. At Monday’s special town hall meeting on military issues and security that held in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, the defence minister said Boko Haram no longer controls any Nigerian territory. Mr. Dan-Ali, a retired brigadier general, had while giving an overview of the progress made by the security agencies in the ongoing counterinsurgency operations, said prior to the coming of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration, Boko Haram was controlling most of the local government areas of Borno. “Today no local government area or any part of the Nigeria territories is under the control ...
Mall For Africa Expands To 11 New Markets
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Mall For Africa Expands To 11 New Markets

Mall for Africa, an e-commerce and m-commerce platform present in Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana and Rwanda, has expanded to 11 new countries in Africa in response to rising demand for its patented service. The app will now be available in Angola, Chad, Guinea, Botswana, Tanzania, Uganda, Malawi, Egypt, Democratic Republic of Congo, Senegal and Sierra Leone. The app offers billions of items from more than 250 top US and UK retailers – stores that would otherwise be inaccessible to many African customers – and manages every aspect of the order and return cycle. "This is an exciting time for Mall for Africa as our rapid growth will afford millions of new customers the opportunity to shop from the most desired retailers," said Chris Folayan, CEO of Mall for Africa. "Current customers in Niger...
Mapping Islamist Terrorist Incidents In Africa For 2017
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Mapping Islamist Terrorist Incidents In Africa For 2017

The Africa Center for Strategic Studies (ACSS) has published a useful map of militant Islamist groups active in Africa. According to its review, the number of fatalities dropped in 2017, but the number of events associated with Islamist groups increased. The decline in total fatalities owes much to the decline in fatalities caused by Boko Haram, which nevertheless remains the most deadly terrorist operation in sub-Saharan Africa, and, as the ACSS concludes, shows the groups continuing resiliency. The ACSS numbers and those of other trackers, such as the Council’s Nigeria Security Tracker, tend to be similar, though are not exactly the same. Due to the shortage or unreliability of open-source data, these tools are indicative rather than definitive and likely understate the actual number of ...
NIA Directors Write Reps, Call On Buhari To Fire New DG
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NIA Directors Write Reps, Call On Buhari To Fire New DG

Some directors of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) have written to the House of Representatives Committee on Security and National Intelligence, asking it to call on President Muhammadu Buhari to fire Ahmed Rufai Abubakar as the new Director-General of the agency. Writing on behalf of Concerned Directors of the National Intelligence Agency, they used pseudo names such as E. O. Olanrewaju, Nelson Obiakor and Ahmed Sarki to protect their real identities, in an advertisement published in This Day on Thursday. They described Abubakar as a misfit and unqualified for the post of DG of the NIA. The directors questioned the new DG’s nationality, competence to head the NIA and the fact that nobody below the rank of director had ever been appointed as head of the agency. “Coupl...
Why Oil Exploration Is Yet To Commence In Chad Basin – NNPC
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Why Oil Exploration Is Yet To Commence In Chad Basin – NNPC

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) on Tuesday blamed security challenges for the non-commencement of oil exploration in the Chad Basin. The General Manager, Frontier Exploration Services of NNPC, Dr. Mazadu Bako, stated this at the 50th anniversary celebration of Geology Department, Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria. The Golden Jubilee was marked in honour of the pioneer Head of the Geology Department, late Dr. John B. Wright, who was given a posthumous award. He said: “If the security situation was not the way it is by today, our locations for drilling would have been ongoing in construction. Represented by the Deputy Manager, Benue Trough Operations at NNPC, Alex Tarka, Bako said the Department of Geology in ABU has produced Geo scientists whom had contribu...
New DG Of NIA Is A Nigerian, Not Chadian Says Presidency
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New DG Of NIA Is A Nigerian, Not Chadian Says Presidency

The Presidency has cleared the air on reports making the rounds in social and some main stream media that the new Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Mr. Ahmed Rufai Abubakar, has dual citizenship of Chad and Nigeria, because he was allegedly born in the neighbouring country. In a statement he issued on Sunday, presidential spokesman, Mr. Femi Adesina, where he clarified several allegations that Abubakar was not qualified to head the nation’s foremost spy agency, He said that Abubakar was born in Nigeria to Katsina State parents and married to a Katsina woman. Adesina also debunked reports that the new NIA boss was forced to quit the agency earlier as a deputy director after failing promotion examinations two times. According to him,” A lot of half-truths, ...
Relinquish Power If You Lose In 2019 – Senator Ekweremadu Tells President Buhari
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Relinquish Power If You Lose In 2019 – Senator Ekweremadu Tells President Buhari

Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, has advised President Muhammadu Buhari to accept in good faith the outcome of the election should he and his party, the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, fail to win next year’s presidential contest. Mr. Ekweremadu charged the president to emulate his predecessor, Goodluck Jonathan, who not only ensured free and fair election in 2015, but relinquished power willingly. He said this while speaking at the parliament of the United Kingdom, UK, where he delivered a lecture titled ‘African Politics: The Dynamics and Lessons.’ Details of the address was made available through a statement by his Special Adviser (media), Uche Anichukwu, on Friday. Mr. Ekweremadu said his advice became necessary owing to the pivotal and strategic roles Nigeri...
Boko Haram Militants Shoot Dead 20 Loggers In Nigeria
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Boko Haram Militants Shoot Dead 20 Loggers In Nigeria

At least 20 loggers have been killed in northeast Nigeria after Boko Haram Takfiri terrorists opened fire on them in the militants' latest attack against civilians. Residents and anti-Boko Haram militia said on Friday that gunmen on motorbikes opened fire on a group of loggers while they were collecting firewood at Kaje village, near the capital of Borno State, Maiduguri, on Monday. "They (Boko Haram) killed 20 people in the attack. Fifteen others are missing and presumed kidnapped by the attackers," said civilian militia leader Ibrahim Liman. Details of the attack have been slow to emerge because of limited communications infrastructure after years of fighting in the remote region. Shuaibu Sidi, a resident of Kaje, confirmed Liman's account and said his brother was among the v...
Four Dead In Two Boko Haram Attacks In Cameroon
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Four Dead In Two Boko Haram Attacks In Cameroon

Four people were killed and two others kidnapped in separate overnight attacks in the far north of Cameroon, blamed on the Islamist group Boko Haram, sources told AFP on Thursday. Three of the victims were “slaughtered” in Kolofata, a town which borders Nigeria and that has seen a spate of attacks blamed on the jihadists, said a source close to the security services. A security officer in the region confirmed the information to AFP, and that two people were also abducted. In a second overnight attack, Boko Haram fighters are believed to have killed one person and injured another in nearby Ashigashiya, also by the Nigerian border, said the security officer. The jihadists also burned some 60 boxes of grain and motorcycles, he added. The attacks come after Cameroon and three ot...
Four Soldiers Killed In Car Bombing Near Boko Haram Leader Abubakar Shekau’s Camp
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Four Soldiers Killed In Car Bombing Near Boko Haram Leader Abubakar Shekau’s Camp

At least four soldiers have been killed and nine others wounded in a suicide car bomb attack against a military vehicle near Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau’s camp. The attack comes after troops from Nigeria and neighbouring countries launched major offensives against two Boko Haram factions and their leaders. Soldiers from Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria are targeting Abubakar Shekau in the Sambisa Forest, and Mamman Nur around Lake Chad, both in Borno state. Army spokesman, Brigadier General Sani Usman, says the operation, codenamed “Deep Punch 2”, has made progress as scores of jihadists have been killed and others forced to surrender.
Buhari, El-Rufai Insensitive To Killings In Southern Kaduna – CEDRA
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Buhari, El-Rufai Insensitive To Killings In Southern Kaduna – CEDRA

Centrum Initiative For Development and Fundamental Rights Advocacy, CEDRA, has condemned in strongest terms, President Buhari’s “insensitivity” to killings in Southern Kaduna. It said Buhari has refused to speak against the killings and has also failed to visit the area. The group said it has lost courage in Buhari’s ability to advise Governor Nasir El-Eufai, stressing that history would remember him for his disposition to the plight of the people of the area. In a press statement made available to newsmen in Kaduna on Tuesday, Chairman of CEDRA, Dr. John Danfulani, said “President Buhari’s conscious refusal to include visiting of Southern Kaduna to commiserate with the immediate family, Chiefdom, and the good people of Southern Kaduna for the brutal and gruesome murder of a First...

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