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Restoration Of Lake Chad Will Help Curb Illegal Migration – Buhari
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Restoration Of Lake Chad Will Help Curb Illegal Migration – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday said the recharging of Lake Chad will help to reduce the irregular migration of youths striving to get into Europe through the Sahara Desert. He made the remark while hosting the President of Chad, Marshal Idris Deby Itno, at the State House in Abuja. According to the President, about 30 million people are adversely affected by a shrunken Lake Chad, which is now just about ten percent of its original size, a statement signed by spokesman Femi Adesina said. “It is imperative that there be water transfer to the Lake Chad from the Congo Basin, so that the people can resume their normal lives,” President Buhari said, as quoted in Adesina’s statement. He added that with inter-basin water transfer, farming, fishing, animal husbandry would re...
54 Boko Haram, ISWAP Fighters Dead As Rival Terror Groups Clash Near Lake Chad
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54 Boko Haram, ISWAP Fighters Dead As Rival Terror Groups Clash Near Lake Chad

A battle for territorial supremacy has intensified between the Islamic State of West Africa Province, ISWAP fighters and terrorists belonging to the Abubakar Shekau-led Boko Haram faction, on the shores of Lake Chad. Bloody rival clashes between ISWAP and some Boko Haram terrorists from the Buduma tribe in the Niger Republic has claimed at least the lives of 54 terrorists and herders within the last one months. A credible intelligence source told PRNigeria that a group of Buduma militants, on the 3rd of March, embarked on a daring and desperate mission to loot from the ISWAP units. The source said: “The Buduma terrorists linked to Shekau’s Boko Haram moved through a route along riverine border villages popularly known as Kabul and Kandahar in the Chadian territory, on two flyi...
I Won’t Return To Abuja Until Boko Haram Is Defeated –  Buratai
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I Won’t Return To Abuja Until Boko Haram Is Defeated – Buratai

The Chief of Army Staff Lt. Gen. Yusuf Tukur Buratai has vowed that he will not leave the theatre of Operation Lafiya Dole until he gave a final blow on the Boko Haram insurgents in the northeast. The Nation reports that General Buratai had earlier announced his relocation to the northeast following the pounding of the insurgents by the Chadian Army from the Lake Chad axis where the President Idris Deby is claiming to have held a section of Nigeria waiting to handover to Nigerian troops. The Chief of Army Staff who had a special Easter celebration with the troops on Monday at Ngamdu Special Super Camp regretted that the insurgency has lasted for too long but gave assurances that in no time the Boko Haram elements will be defeated. “We will not leave this insurgency to last lik...
Leah Is Around Lake Chad, Says Released Plateau Aid Worker
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Leah Is Around Lake Chad, Says Released Plateau Aid Worker

An aid worker from Plateau State , Miss Jennifer Ukambong, who was released on Thursday after staying nearly one month in Boko Haram captivity, said Leah Sharibu is somewhere close to Lake Chad The 22 -year - old nurse who returned to Jos on Saturday amidst celebration by parents, well-wishers and fellow nurses who gathered at her residence in Bukuru, Ukambong also said although the terrorists were ruthlessness , they were somehow kind to her and her fellow abductees Ukambong said , “ They ( Boko Haram ) told us it was against the Qur ’ an to forcefully touch a woman not legally married to you . “They , however , tried to prepare our minds to expect such should they decide to keep us as slaves . “According to them , the Qur ’ an gives them the right to such privileges when they take a h...
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....
Govts, Army, Senate tackle insecurity
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Govts, Army, Senate tackle insecurity

The Federal Government yesterday revealed how illegal mining activities aggravated insecurity in Zamfara before its April 7 prohibition order and launch of special operations to stop bandits in the state. Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, who featured at a Nigeria Television Authority (NTA) Programme, “Good Morning Nigeria”, said banditry, kidnapping, killing and cattle rustling were largely sponsored by the illegal miners in the state. Speaking on the Programme monitored by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja, the minister said the miners were fueling instability in the state to pave the way for their illegal activities. “People begin to ask what is the nexus between instability in Zamfara, kidnapping and banditry and illegal mining. “Ther...
Air Force Wipes Out Terrorist Group In Borno
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Air Force Wipes Out Terrorist Group In Borno

The Air Task Force (ATF) of Operation LAFIYA DOLE has significantly degraded an Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) Terrorists’ Hideout and neutralized some of its leaders and fighters at Magari on the fringes of Lake Chad in the Northern part of Borno State. This was accomplished in an air interdiction mission conducted yesterday, 1 April 2019, following credible intelligence reports indicating that some senior ISWAP leaders arrived the settlement on Friday, 30 April 2019, along with some of their fighters. Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions conducted over the weekend confirmed increased level of human activities in the settlement with a prominent ISWAP flag observed near 2 compounds in the settlement indicating the presence of high level leaders of t...
Buratai in Battlefield as Military Launches Offensive against ISWAP, Boko Haram
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Buratai in Battlefield as Military Launches Offensive against ISWAP, Boko Haram

*Air Force in bombing waves *Battle shifts to Lake Chad fringes The Chief of Army Staff (CAS), Lt. General Yusuf Buratai, was at the battlefield to provide direction and boost the morale of fighting soldiers as the military launched a grand air and ground offensive against terrorists in Borno State Monday. The 120 Battalion of the newly formed Nigerian Army Special Forces Command neutralised 100 terrorists in different battlegrounds on day one of the offensive. The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) is involved in waves of bombardments, destroying in the process several terrorist gun trucks and facilities. The battlegrounds are concentrated on Goniri, Yobe State, Damasak, Kross Kauwa and Monguno among other locations in Borno State. “The gallant troops have also been repelling ...
NAF Attacks Terrorists Near Lake Chad, Kill Many
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NAF Attacks Terrorists Near Lake Chad, Kill Many

The Nigerian Air Force, NAF, stated, yesterday, that its fighter aircraft in continuation of Operation Thunder Strike 2, destroyed some Boko Haram terrorists facilities and neutralised several insurgents at Bukar Meram and Tumbun Allura, both on the fringes of Lake Chad, Borno State, on Sunday. Nigerian Air Force It said the attack at Bukar Meram was conducted based on credible human intelligence reports indicating the presence of some terrorists within the settlement. A statement by Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, Director, NAF Public Relations and Information said: “Accordingly, the Air Task Force detailed a NAF Alpha Jet aircraft and helicopter gunship to carry out air interdiction at the location. “Two of the identified locations were subsequently destroyed in strikes ...
Boko Haram: Abubakar Hails Young Air Force Pilots On Commitment
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Boko Haram: Abubakar Hails Young Air Force Pilots On Commitment

ABUJA-The Chief of the Air Staff, CAS, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, has commended pilots and other personnel participating in Operation Thunder Strike for their commitment, courage and doggedness in the fight to prevent the Albarnawi group of Boko Haram terrorists from establishing a foothold in the Lake Chad Green fringes. The Air Force boss, according to a statement by Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, Director of Public Relations and Information, Nigerian Air Force, said this at the Headquarters of the Air Task Force, ATF, of Operation Lafiya Dole, in Maiduguri when he visited to monitor the ongoing progress of Operation Thunder Strike 2, in the North East. Abubakar urged the young pilots to remain focused and unrelenting in their quest to safeguard the territorial integrity o...
Air Force Launches Operation Thunder Strike 2 Against Boko Haram
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Air Force Launches Operation Thunder Strike 2 Against Boko Haram

ABUJA-THE Nigerian Air Force,NAF,said it has killed many Boko Haram territories in Borno State just as the insurgents’ structural hideouts were completely destroyed in its renewed onslaught against the terror group in the North East. Nigerian Air Force helicopter The latest success against the terrorists came as the service begins Operation Thunder Strike 2 in the region. The Air Force,in a statement,Thursday morning,through its spokesman,Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola,said its Air Task Force,ATF, commenced Operation Thunder Strike against Boko Haram terrorists in the Northeast,last Monday. According to him, ” The Operation, which commenced on Monday, 3 September 2018, is an independent Air Interdiction Operation targeting selected Boko Haram terrorists locations within th...
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...
Boko Haram Attacks Community In Chad, Slaughters 18 and Kidnaps 10 Women
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Boko Haram Attacks Community In Chad, Slaughters 18 and Kidnaps 10 Women

Eighteen people have been killed in a brutal attack by suspected Boko Haram jihadists in the Lake Chad region. “Boko Haram elements attacked a village south of Daboua,” not far from Chad’s border with Niger, at around 9:00 pm (2000 GMT) on Thursday, a military source said. The assailants “cut the throats of 18 people, wounded two others and kidnapped 10 women”. Boko Haram’s Islamist insurgency has devastated the region since it took up arms in 2009 in Nigeria, leaving at least 20,000 people dead, displacing more than two million others and triggering a humanitarian crisis. Chad, Cameroon and Niger have all joined the military effort by Nigeria to crush Boko Haram. Chad has seen a recent increase in attacks by the group. In May, six people were killed, including four government off...
23 Nigerian Soldiers Missing After Boko Haram Terrorists Ambushed Them In Borno State
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23 Nigerian Soldiers Missing After Boko Haram Terrorists Ambushed Them In Borno State

No fewer than 23 Nigerian soldiers are yet to be accounted for after Boko Haram insurgents ambushed a military convoy at Boboshe village in Bama local government area of Borno. Five officers, 18 soldiers and 8 trucks were missing after the attack which occurred early on Saturday. The News Agency of Nigeria learned that the military, acting on intelligence, mobilized troops in a convoy of 11 trucks to clear the insurgents from the deserted village. The attacking insurgents were believed to have been those who escaped the ongoing offensive by the military to flush out the  Boko Haram terrorists in the fringes of Sambisa Forest and Lake Chad region. A competent military source told NAN that the insurgents in their hundreds ambushed the troops and in the process, many of them hav...
Nigerian Air Force Bombard Boko Haram Territory With Rockets, Kill Scores Of The Terrorists
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Nigerian Air Force Bombard Boko Haram Territory With Rockets, Kill Scores Of The Terrorists

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) on Tuesday said that it has conducted air strikes against Boko Haram Terrorists killing scores of insurgents in the air operations. Its Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Vice Marshal Olatokunbo Adesanya said in a statement that the air strikes were carried out after an Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) platform has established Boko Haram activities in the area. AVM Adesanya said: “The Air Task Force (ATF) of Operation LAFIYA DOLE, in the night of 13   April 2018, successfully destroyed some Boko Haram Terrorists (BHT) vehicles at a location, about 12km East of AREGE, in the Lake Chad Region. “Earlier on, a Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft had discovered BHT activit...
Troops Kill 5 Boko Haram Insurgents, Cleared More Enclaves In Sambisa Forest
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Troops Kill 5 Boko Haram Insurgents, Cleared More Enclaves In Sambisa Forest

Col. Onyema Nwachukwu, the Deputy Director, Army Public Relations, Operation Lafiya Dole, said in a statement issued in Maiduguri, that the troops also cleared various enclaves of the insurgents. Nwachukwu disclosed that the troops under Operation DEEP PUNCH II had cleared insurgents’ hideouts at Agapulawa; Amuda, Nyawa and Attagara in Sambisa Forest. He said troops killed the five insurgents at Tchikide and Chinene in the Lake Chad region. Nwachukwu said that two soldiers were killed and two others wounded when an insurgents’ Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) vehicle hit their military vehicle. He said that the wounded soldiers were evacuated to a military medical facility for treatment. “In continuation of the “On Tuesday 28, February, 2018; troops successfully cleared and dismant...
Boko Haram School Kidnapping: An Attack Well-Planned
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Boko Haram School Kidnapping: An Attack Well-Planned

Boko Haram's abduction of more than 100 schoolgirls in Dapchi, northeastern Nigeria, shows the Islamist group still has the ability and means to stage major attacks. Since the raid last Monday, questions have been asked about how heavily armed fighters were able to storm the town in Yobe state without encountering any resistance, then disappear. Nigeria's military claims to have the region locked down, as part of a counter-insurgency effort against the group whose nearly nine-year campaign of terror has killed at least 20,000 people. But witnesses in Dapchi and analysts told AFP that it was a "well-planned attack" that specifically targeted the state-run boarding school. Residents in the dusty town near the border with Niger described seeing a convoy of at least 10 to 15 vehicl...
Eighty-One Boko Haram Suspects Go On Public Trial In Niger
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Eighty-One Boko Haram Suspects Go On Public Trial In Niger

Eighty-one people accused of fighting for Boko Haram went on trial in Niger in a public court sitting, one of the first of its kind after closed-door trials of suspected insurgents were criticised by human rights groups. Those on trial in a special international court in the capital Niamey come from Niger, Nigeria and Chad and are suspected of playing a role in Boko Haram’s near decade-long bid to create a caliphate in Nigeria. The Islamist insurgency has spread beyond its roots in Nigeria, killing 20,000 and uprooting nearly 3 million in the Lake Chad region. The Niamey trials follow closed-door Boko Haram trials, including in Nigeria where a court in October jailed 45 people to between three and 31 years in jail, but the government did not say what they were convicted of. Ope...
AfDB Plans Electricity For 29m Africans
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AfDB Plans Electricity For 29m Africans

The African Development Bank (AfDB) plans to reach 29.3 million people in African with electricity by 2020. The project is in line with the bank’s High 5 development priorities and, in particular, its agenda to Light up and power Africa. The President of the Bank, Akinwumi Adesina, made this disclosure at the High Level Event on “New Way of Working: From Vision to Action-National, Regional and Global Dimensions” at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa in Addis Ababa. He pledged support for the New Way of Working as “crucially important” and indicated that it requires a new way of tackling development issues. United Nations agencies signed a “Commitment to Action” document at the World Humanitarian Summit in which they agreed on a New Way of Working in crises. “T...
Shrinking Of Lake Chad Basin Responsible For Rise In Terrorism – Buhari
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Shrinking Of Lake Chad Basin Responsible For Rise In Terrorism – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has stated that terrorism financing must be curtailed in order to halt senseless killings by extremists. His spokesman, Garba Shehu, in a statement said Buhari spoke Saturday evening at the meeting of the African Union Peace and Security Council in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The President maintained that “concerted efforts must be made to not only dismantle the network between transnational organised crimes and terrorist organisations, but also to block the payment of ransom to terrorist groups.” Buhari said Nigeria remained committed to supporting counter terrorism efforts within the African Union and the United Nations. He called for resolute and coordinated initiatives by developing an AU data base of persons or groups and entities involved in terroris...
We Budget N1 Billion Annually For IDPs Water – Suleiman Adamu
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We Budget N1 Billion Annually For IDPs Water – Suleiman Adamu

The Minister of Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu, has said that his ministry budgets about N1bn annually for the supply of water and sanitation facilities to internally displaced persons ravaged by the activities of insurgents in the North-East. Adamu also stated that the Federal Government was working out measures that would enable it transfer water from River Congo to Lake Chad in order to prevent the lake from drying up. The minister disclosed this when the United Nations Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed, paid him a courtesy call in Abuja, according to statement issued by the ministry’s Director of Information and Public Relations, Margaret Umoh, on Friday. Speaking on the cooperation between Nigeria and the UN as regards reintegrating citizens ravaged by the insurgency ...
UN Speaks On Nigerian Government’s Trial Of Boko Haram Suspects
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UN Speaks On Nigerian Government’s Trial Of Boko Haram Suspects

United Nations Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, has congratulated the Nigerian government, on conducting trials of Boko Haram suspects. He urged it to ensure due process and transparency by granting access to human rights observers. Guterres stated this in the Report of the Secretary-General on the activities of the UN Office for West Africa and the Sahel. He advised the federal government to uphold compliance by its armed forces with national laws and international human rights standards. “I reiterate my call for stronger partnership among the affected countries, as well as with regional organisations, including the African Union, and underscore the need for all counter-insurgency efforts to be carried out in full compliance with international humanitarian, human rights an...
Wife Of Boko Haram’s Factional Leader, Mamman Nur, Killed — Army
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Wife Of Boko Haram’s Factional Leader, Mamman Nur, Killed — Army

The Nigerian military on Saturday said the wife of Mamman Nur, the factional leader of Boko Haram, was among those killed when troops attacked the group’s location in the Lake Chad region. The announcement came hours after the military declared Mr. Nur had been “fatally injured” during an operation. The military did not explain how Mr. Nur was identified. The State Security Services, SSS, had in September 2011 placed a N25 million bounty on Mr. Nur, blaming him for a car suicide bombing at the UN building in Abuja that year. Since then, Mr. Nur has continued to evade the Nigerian security while still being active in the command hierarchy of the Boko Haram. In 2014, Mr. Nur broke away from the Abubakar Shekau command and midwifed the formation of AbuMussab Albarnawi faction o...
BREAKING: Boko Haram Factional Leader ‘Fatally Injured’ — Military
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BREAKING: Boko Haram Factional Leader ‘Fatally Injured’ — Military

A factional leader of the militant Boko Haram group, Mamman Nur, has been fatally injured, the Nigerian military said Friday. A military statement said Mr. Nur, who broke away from the faction led by the better known Abubakar Shekau, was injured during an operation in the northeast. According to the spokesman of the Operation Dole counterinsurgency force in northeast Nigeria, Onyema Nwachukwu, Mr. Nur was hit during a bombardment of a targeted location believed to be his base. The statement did not indicate the location where the Boko Haram leader was attacked. It did not also say how he was identified. Previous claims by the military that Mr. Shekau had been killed or fatally injured turned out to be false. See the military statement below: “Ongoing artillery and aerial ...
Donors Raise $860m In Emergency Aid For Northeast Nigeria, Lake Chad Basin
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Donors Raise $860m In Emergency Aid For Northeast Nigeria, Lake Chad Basin

Donor countries who met in Oslo raised 869 million dollars (634 million euros) in emergency aid to address the humanitarian woes caused by Boko Haram terrorists in Northeast Nigeria and the Lake Chad Basin. NAN reports that the UN says the eight-year conflict between the Nigerian army and Boko Haram militants has devastated the region. The amount was pledged over three years and was aimed at helping 10.7 million people in need. The UN has previously said it hoped to raise 1.5 billion dollars in 2017 for the region, which includes Nigeria, Niger, Cameroon and Chad. Norwegian Ambassador to Nigeria, Jens-petter Kjemprud, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja that the conference was hosted by Norway in conjunction with Nigeria and Germany to support aid operations in the r...
Donors Raise $860m In Emergency Aid For Northeast Nigeria, Lake Chad Basin
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Donors Raise $860m In Emergency Aid For Northeast Nigeria, Lake Chad Basin

Donor countries who met in Oslo raised 869 million dollars (634 million euros) in emergency aid to address the humanitarian woes caused by Boko Haram terrorists in Northeast Nigeria and the Lake Chad Basin. NAN reports that the UN says the eight-year conflict between the Nigerian army and Boko Haram militants has devastated the region. The amount was pledged over three years and was aimed at helping 10.7 million people in need.  The UN has previously said it hoped to raise 1.5 billion dollars in 2017 for the region, which includes Nigeria, Niger, Cameroon and Chad.Norwegian Ambassador to Nigeria, Jens-petter Kjemprud, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja that the conference was hosted by Norway in conjunction with Nigeria and Germany to support aid operations in the re...
2 Pregnant Women Deliver As Military Free 700 Persons From Boko Haram Captivity
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2 Pregnant Women Deliver As Military Free 700 Persons From Boko Haram Captivity

Two women of the 700 persons rescued from Boko Haram insurgents have delivered at a military holding facility in Monguno Local Government Area of Borno. The Deputy Director, Army Public Relations, 8 Division, Col. Timothy Antigha, disclosed in a statement issued in Maiduguri. Antigha said that over 700 persons abducted by Boko Haram insurgents had escaped from their captors and received by the 242 Battalion, Monguno. He said the abductees including males, females and children were forced to work as farm labourers by the insurgents. He said that two women among the freed persons delivered safely at the holding facility. The army spokesman added that the intensified onslaught against the insurgents under Operation Deep Punch II had weakened and decimated their positions, which...
Over 700 Farmers And Fishermen Regain Freedom As Boko Haram Structures Collapse
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Over 700 Farmers And Fishermen Regain Freedom As Boko Haram Structures Collapse

Over 700 farmers, fishermen and members of their families who were hitherto held by Boko Haram terrorists as farm workers have fled the various islands in Lake Chad to Monguno. The exodus of the former Boko Haram abductees is not unconnected to a follow up operation which was conducted a few days ago to exploit the gains of the recent successful Operation DEEP PUNCH 2 in Chikun Gudu and adjourning localities. The follow up operation which was conducted by the Nigerian Air Force and 38 Task Force Artillery Brigade, 8 Division, Operation LAFIYA DOLE, was targeted at destroying Boko Haram infrastructure and logistics; such as communication centers, fabrication yards, bomb making equipment, vehicles and other means of sustenance. The ensuing collapse of their command structure and means o...
Buhari Cautions Supreme Council Of Sharia
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Buhari Cautions Supreme Council Of Sharia

President Muhammadu Buhari has warned the Supreme Council of Sharia to watch against making baseless and divisive statements. This was in reaction to the organization’s claim that the President had let Muslims down by his failure to attend the emergency summit of Organization of Islamic Countries called by Turkey to discuss US declaration of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital city. Buhari spoke in a statement made available to journalists in Abuja on Saturday through his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu. He said the allegation by the Supreme Council of Sharia “was totally misleading and baseless.” Shehu explained that the President had to go to France to attend the Climate Change Summit because he had earlier given a firm commitment to President Emmanuel Macron. Acco...
Need For Food, Arms Spurs Boko Haram Attacks In Nigeria
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Need For Food, Arms Spurs Boko Haram Attacks In Nigeria

A surge in Boko Haram attacks in Nigeria's restive northeast despite a sustained military offensive against the jihadists is being driven by a need to replenish food and weapon supplies, security and local sources say. In recent months, fighters from two of the main factions of the hardline Islamist group, led respectively by Abubakar Shekau and Abu Mus'ab Al-Barnawi, have launched attacks on troops, hit-and-run raids and suicide bombings in towns and villages across the region. The upsurge followed a relative lull after months of military offensives against the insurgents which saw them routed from their strongholds, prompting the government to declare them a spent force. "The increased Boko Haram attacks are in desperate response to the ongoing military operations that have cut ...
Boko Haram: 20 Insurgents Killed, 17 Captured In Two Weeks – Nigerian Army
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Boko Haram: 20 Insurgents Killed, 17 Captured In Two Weeks – Nigerian Army

The Nigerian Army says its troops have killed 20 insurgents and captured 17 others in its ongoing Operation Deep Punch. Timothy Antigha, deputy director public relations, 8 division, in a statement said the operation which is part of the Lafiya Dole exercise has been ongoing for two weeks. He said 100 elderly men, women and children being held against their will were also rescued by the troops. “In continuation of Operation Deep Punch 2, designed to smoke out Boko Haram terrorists inhabiting remote islands in Lake Chad basin lying within Nigerian territory, troops of 8 Division, Nigerian Army, on Operation Lafiya Dole, supported by soldiers of the Armed Forces Strike Group have inflicted heavy casualty on Boko Haram terrorists,” the statement read. “The operation which commence...
New Security Fears After Suicide Attacks In Maiduguri Kill 14
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New Security Fears After Suicide Attacks In Maiduguri Kill 14

Fourteen people have now died in the latest suicide bomb attack on the outskirts of the Borno state capital, Maiduguri, an official said Monday, calling for greater protection for those made homeless by Boko Haram. Three bombers, all of them women, detonated their explosives near the sprawling Muna Garage camp on Sunday evening. The blasts came after warnings of a build-up of jihadist fighters outside the strategic city, which has been the epicentre in the eight years of Islamist violence. Ahmed Satomi, from the Borno state emergency management agency, told AFP the death toll had risen since Sunday evening. “So far, we have 14 people killed and 18 injured in the triple suicide bombings last night,” he said. But he said the Muna Garage site, which in the last 18 months has de...
Boko Haram Displaced Need Long-Term Foreign Aid – Norwegian Refugee Council
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Boko Haram Displaced Need Long-Term Foreign Aid – Norwegian Refugee Council

People made homeless by Boko Haram’s brutal insurgency will need years of support to help rebuild their lives, even if security improves, the head of the Norwegian Refugee Council said on Wednesday. “We will be here for the next 10 years. Donors need to stay the course. It’s a marathon,” Jan Egeland told AFP by telephone from Maiduguri in northeast Nigeria. “(The Boko Haram conflict) is now in its ninth year. That’s two years more than the Syrian war, double the First World War. This is a long-term thing.” Egeland was speaking as the NRC unveiled new research about the intentions of the 1.8 million people who are still internally displaced in remote northeast Nigeria. Of 27 000 people surveyed, 86% said they were not ready to return to their homes while 60% said insecurity was ...
Boko Haram Leaves 3 Million Kids Out Of School In Northern Nigeria
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Boko Haram Leaves 3 Million Kids Out Of School In Northern Nigeria

Boko Haram’s ongoing insurgency in northern Nigeria has forced the closure of more than 57 percent of schools in Borno state, leaving about 3 million children without an education as the school year begins, the United Nations Children’s Fund said Friday. “Children in northeast Nigeria are living through so much horror,” said Justin Forsyth, UNICEF’s Deputy Executive Director at the end of a three-day visit to Maiduguri, the epicenter of the crisis in the northeast. “In addition to devastating malnutrition, violence and an outbreak of cholera, the attacks on schools is in danger of creating a lost generation of children, threatening their and the country’s future.” Banki, on the border with Cameroon, has been reduced to rubble. The continuing insecurity in the town of some 40,000 r...
Chad Gives Qatar Diplomats 10 Days To Leave Country
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Chad Gives Qatar Diplomats 10 Days To Leave Country

Chad is shuttering Qatar’s embassy and giving its diplomats 10 days to leave the country, accusing the Gulf Arab state of trying to destabilise the central African nation via its northern neighbour Libya. It is not the first African state to move against Qatar following its rift with other Gulf states including the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, whose charities funnel millions of dollars in aid money to the west and central Africa. Senegal said on Monday that it had reinstated its ambassador to Qatar after having recalled him three months ago, in a bid to encourage a peaceful resolution to the feud. “In order to safeguard peace and security in the region, Chad calls on Qatar to cease all actions that could undermine its security as well as those of the countries of the Lak...
Boko Haram Insurgents Must Be Swiftly Brought To Justice – UN
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Boko Haram Insurgents Must Be Swiftly Brought To Justice – UN

UN Secretary-General António Guterres has condemned Tuesday’s Boko Haram attacks in Borno, saying the perpetrators should be “swiftly” brought to justice. A female bomber had blown herself up at a market in Konduga, a village near Maiduguri, killing 27 persons. In a separate attack, two suicide bombers blew themselves up at the gates of an internally displaced person (IDP) camp, injuring many. In a statement issued by Stéphane Dujarric, Guterres’s spokesman, the secretary-general called for the prosecution of those responsible for the “senseless” attacks. He also condemned similar terror attacks carried out in Nigeria and neighbouring countries. He called for “those responsible for these repeated heinous acts in Nigeria and neighbouring countries to be swiftly brought to jus...
UN Says Military Raid Won’t Affect Relations With Nigeria
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UN Says Military Raid Won’t Affect Relations With Nigeria

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) has resumed assistance to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Borno State, 24 hours after an army raid on its Maiduguri compound. The organisation had suspended its activities to protest the raid which the army said was in search of high profile elements of the terror sect, Boko Haram, which informants claimed had infiltrated the part of the city where the building is located. Governor Kashim Shettima, in a swift response to the suspension of activities by UNOCHA, convened an emergency Security Council meeting to review the development where he pledged government’s continued diplomatic protection for the UN personnel. In attendance were the General Officer Commanding the 7th Division of the Nigerian...
Boko Haram Kills 31 Fishermen In Lake Chad
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Boko Haram Kills 31 Fishermen In Lake Chad

At least 31 fishermen have been killed by Boko Haram jihadists in two separate attacks on islands in Lake Chad in northeastern Nigeria, fishermen and vigilantes fighting the Islamists told AFP late Monday. Armed jihadists stormed the fishing islands of Duguri and Dabar Wanzam in the freshwater lake Saturday, attacking fishermen working in the area and shooting and hacking their victims. “Boko Haram attacked Duguri and Dabar Wanzam islands and killed 31 people,” a member of a local militia fighting the jihadists in Maiduguri, Babakura Kolo told AFP. “They (Boko Haram) killed 14 in Duguri and another 17 in Dabar Wanzam,” Kolo said. The fishermen had returned to the fishing hub of Baga on the lake’s shores days earlier and had paddled out to the two islands in wooden canoes on Fri...
Negotiations Ongoing To Free UNIMAID Lecturers – ASUU
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Negotiations Ongoing To Free UNIMAID Lecturers – ASUU

The Academic Staff Union of Universities has said talks are still ongoing with the Federal Government to secure the release of the University of Maiduguri lecturers abducted by the Boko Haram terrorists. The ASUU President, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, who confirmed this in an interview, said the union had been assured of “ongoing efforts” by the government, noting that he could not divulge further details for security reasons. The lecturers were abducted during an oil exploration trip in Barno Yasu area of the Magumeri Local Government Area of Borno State near the Lake Chad region. Ogunyemi said, “The government has asked us to give them some time. Our members are working with them. We have also given them our suggestions, and they have told us to give them time. “We are monitoring ...
UN Floats Fund For Boko Haram’s Crisis-Hit Northeast
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UN Floats Fund For Boko Haram’s Crisis-Hit Northeast

The UN has set up a new fund, Nigeria Humanitarian Fund, primarily to tackle the crisis-hit Northeast Nigeria caused by the destructive activities of the Boko Haram terrorists. The UN said the fund has also allocated more than $10.5m to help thousands of women, children and men in need of life-saving humanitarian assistance. “The fund plays a vital role in ensuring an effective, coordinated, prioritized and principled humanitarian response, providing funding to international and national NGOs, UN agencies, funds and programmes, and the Red Cross/Red Crescent societies, with a focus on frontline responders. “To date, the NHF has received $25m in contributions and pledges, thanks to the generous support of Sweden, Germany, Norway, Belgium, Ireland, Norway, the Republic of Korea, Lux...
Borno Abduction: Mining Society, Others Back ASUU’s Strike Threat
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Borno Abduction: Mining Society, Others Back ASUU’s Strike Threat

The Nigerian Mining and Geosciences Society, on Monday, expressed support for the strike threat by the Academic Staff Union of Universities if the Federal Government did not ensure the release of lecturers and oil workers kidnapped by Boko Haram fight in Borno State. The NMGS consists of the Nigerian Petroleum and Explorations Association, the Nigerian Association of Private Geologists, Nigerian Mining Engineers Society and other unions in the energy sector. Also, the Coalition Against Injustice, has appealed to acting President Yemi Osinbajo, to deploy all possible resources towards the prompt rescue of the University of Maiduguri lecturers who were abducted by the Boko Haram sect during an oil exploration mission to the Lake Chad Basin. The President, NMGS, Prof. Silas Dada, dur...
UNIMAID Staff Union: Five Staff Killed, Four Others Missing In Tuesday Insurgents’ Attack
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UNIMAID Staff Union: Five Staff Killed, Four Others Missing In Tuesday Insurgents’ Attack

Dr. Danny Manmam, the Chairman of the association, University of Maiduguri chapter, told newsmen in Maiduguri that four lectures were still missing. The Academic Staff Union of Universities, University of Maiduguri chapter on Thursday said five staff of were killed in an attack by Boko Haram insurgents. Dr. Danny Manmam, the Chairman of the association, University of Maiduguri chapter, told newsmen in Maiduguri that four lectures were still missing. It will be recalled that the insurgents on Tuesday attacked a team of geologist who were on an oil exploration exercise in Lake Chad basin. The team comprised staff of Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, geologists, members of Civilian Joint Task Force and military personnel. However, the Nigerian Army, in a statement on Wednesda...
Suspected Boko Haram Militants Kidnap Oil Survey Team In Borno
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Suspected Boko Haram Militants Kidnap Oil Survey Team In Borno

Suspected Boko Haram insurgents have kidnapped 10 members of a geological research team from the University of Maiduguri in northeast Nigeria, the state oil company, which contracted the work, said on Wednesday. The Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) has been surveying for more than a year for what it says could be vast oil reserves in the Lake Chad Basin, a region wracked by Boko Haram’s eight-year insurgency, which has killed at least 20,000 people and forced millions to flee their homes. OPEC member Nigeria relies on crude oil for two-thirds of government revenue. Attacks on energy facilities in its southern Niger Delta oil heartland last year cut production by more than a third, deepening the recession in Africa’s biggest economy. NNPC spokesman Ndu Ughamadu said the c...
Army Identifies New Boko Haram Base, Set To Launch Attack
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Army Identifies New Boko Haram Base, Set To Launch Attack

The Nigerian Army said on Sunday that it will soon launch an attack on a remote Island in Lake Chad where Boko Haram fighters now use as their new operational base. This was disclosed by the Acting General Officer commanding, GOC 8 Task Force Division, Stevenson Olabanji, when he visited troops of the 118 Task Force Battalion under his division at their frontline location in Gudumbali village of Guzamala Local Government Area of Borno State. A statement issued by the spokesman of the Task Force Division, Timothy Antigha, quoted the GOC issuing motivational orders to the troops. Mr. Olabanji, a brigadier general, asked the soldiers to always make sure their weapons are serviceable as the strike order on the secret Boko Haram location could be given at any time. He also said the ...
Strengthen Support For Fight Against Boko Haram, Other Dissidents – Envoy Urges UN
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Strengthen Support For Fight Against Boko Haram, Other Dissidents – Envoy Urges UN

Mohammed Chambers, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General to West Africa and the Sahel, has called on the Security Council to strengthen support for the fight against Boko Haram and other groups standing as security threat in the sub-region. Chambas, who is also Head of the UN Office for West Africa (UNOWAS), in his report to the Council, urged the UN to further support national and regional efforts to combat the “serious threat”. He warned that the efforts of the region’s States towards broader development, increased investment, improved infrastructure and job creation were being undermined by factors of insecurity “both traditional and new”. He noted the formation of national and regional security forces like the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) and the G5 ...
Army Clears More Boko Haram Terrorists From Lake Chad Axis
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Army Clears More Boko Haram Terrorists From Lake Chad Axis

Troops of the 7 Brigade Special Forces, 8 Task Force Division of the Nigerian Army have dislodged terrorists who according to them, have been gathering in Dawashi Gari village, in an area bordering the Lake Chad. The Force made this known in a statement released on Wednesday morning by the Deputy Director, Public Relations, Col Timothy Antigha. Giving details, the Force said: “Gallant soldiers of the division killed four terrorists, while others fled, abandoning their motorcycles, which were recovered and destroyed, to prevent their being used to perpetrate terror on innocent villagers. “Similarly, as part of the theater wide and ongoing clearance operations, troops of 145 Bn, 5 Brigade, 8 Task Force Division have cleared Gashigar, Asaga, Bukarti and neighbouring villages. “In ...
China Donates N60 Million To Aisha Buhari’s Project
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China Donates N60 Million To Aisha Buhari’s Project

The People’s Republic of China on Monday donated N60 million to support the Future Assured Initiative of President Muhammadu Buhari’s wife, Aisha Buhari. The official presentation of the cheque was performed by the Chinese Deputy Chief of Mission, Lin Jing, who represented the Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria, Zhou Pinjian, at the State House in Abuja. Mr Pinjian said the gesture was part of the Chinese commitment to assist Mrs Buhari’s efforts in addressing the challenges faced by the victims of insurgency in the North East. He also said the Chinese government appreciated the effort of Future Assured programme in tackling malnutrition, maternal and child mortality as well as social problems facing vulnerable group in Nigeria. The Chinese Ambassador assured the wife of the preside...
Boko Haram Food Crisis: Farmers Call To Return Home
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Boko Haram Food Crisis: Farmers Call To Return Home

Farmers and fishermen displaced by Boko Haram violence in northeast Nigeria want to return home, saying it will help ease chronic food shortages for the remote region’s starving millions. Subsistence agriculture is a lifeline in the northeast but the eight-year Islamist insurgency has devastated activities, causing a desperate lack of food and sky-high prices. Many farmers and fishermen have either been killed or fled to camps for the displaced, where they are dependent on food aid, or to live with friends and distant relatives. Aid agencies say a severe funding shortfall is affecting feeding programmes, despite high levels of severe acute malnutrition and repeated warnings that famine is a possibility. The head of the Lake Chad fishermen’s union, Labbo Tahir, said: “No amount ...

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