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Israel, Brazil To Assist Nigeria End Boko Haram

Chief of Army Staff(COAS), Lt-General Tukur Buratai, yesterday appealed to the Brazilian government to help train Nigerian soldiers in jungle warfare. This is even as the Israeli government promise to assist Nigeria end Boko Haram insurgency. Buratai, who made the appeal when  he hosted the Deputy Chief of Army Staff for International and Special Affairs, Brazilian Army, Major-General Pereira Junior, in his Abuja  office, said the training was necessary to assist Nigeria wipe out insurgency and other security challenges in the country. The COAS, while commending Brazil for its continuous support to...
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Lagos-Based Journalist Arrested In Cameroon, Accused Of Spying For Boko Haram

A Lagos-based Cameroonian journalist, Simon Ateba, has been arrested by Cameroonian authorities as he investigated the conditions of Nigerian refugees camped in the country’s far north. The journalist, who managed to leave a messages on his Facebook page before he was locked up Friday, said he was arrested for venturing, without permission, into a refugee camp with 50,000 Nigerians. He later told a colleague that the authorities were threatening to charge him for espionage – saying they suspect he was spying for the extremist Boko Haram sect. Read More: premiumtimesng
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Defence Chiefs From Nigeria, Cameroon, Others Meet in Chad Over Boko Haram

Nigeria’s defence chief of staff, Gabriel Olonisakin, is currently in Chad Republic to discuss the deployment of 8, 700 strong Multi National Joint Task Force, MNJTF, to confront Boko Haram. The defence headquarters said in a statement that the Chiefs of Defence Staff from the Lake Chad Basin Commission member countries met in N’Djamena to discuss operational plans against the terrorist group. The meeting, the defence headquarters said, is focused on finalising details of deployment of a joint force to fight Boko Haram which has sworn allegiance to ISIS and has killed hundreds of people through suicide...
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Buratai, Army Chief Survives Boko Haram Ambush

It was a narrow escape for Nigeria’s Chief of Army Staff (COAS ), Major General Tukur Yusuf Buratai on Saturday as his convoy was ambushed by suspected Boko Haram gunmen while going from Maiduguri to Dikwa, near the border with Cameroon. Colonel Sani usman, in a statement narrating the encounter said the the leading column of the convoy was ambushed by suspected Boko Haram terrorists at Faljari village between Mafa and Dikwa. According to him, the terrorists encountered an overwhelming fire power from the troops in which 10 of them were killed. The troops captured five terrorists. “During the...
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New Book Analyzes Boko Haram

Nearly five years ago, Africa specialist Virginia Comolli began her research on Boko Haram. Now, in a poignant yet painful irony of history, Comolli — a …

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DHQ Queries Boko Haram Shooting, Drowning Of 150 In Yobe

The Nigerian army has dismissed a report of a Boko Haram attack in which about 150 people were said to have been shot and drowned in Yobe. “The stories going round the media of the alleged massacre and drowning of over a hundred civilians in Kukuwa-Gari cannot be substantiated,” the army said in a statement. Eyewitnesses said those who died drowned while fleeing gunmen who attacked Kukuwa-Gari village in Yobe state. The statement which was released yesterday in a twitter post via its handle @HQNigeriaArmy said, “Following reports and distressed calls about suspected movements and planned attacks by...
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I’m alive, says Boko Haram’s Abubakar Shekau in new audio

Abubakar Shekau says he is alive and still the leader of Islamist sect Boko Haram, denying reports he is dead, according to a new audio message quoted on social media on Sunday.   Social media feed of jihad monitoring site Site Intelligence quoted a new audio message released from Shekau denying reports that he is unable to serve as leader.   There have been several claims by Nigeria’s military that Shekau has been killed over the last few years but he keeps resurfacing in new videos or it could be “impostors” posing with the same name, security sources have said.   Last...
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President Buhari Gives Service Chiefs 3 Months Ultimatum To End Boko Haram

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday morning charged the service chiefs to map out strategies to defeat Boko Haram in three months' time. President Buhari gave the charge at the Presidential Villa in Abuja while decorating the service chiefs with their new ranks. Buhari also told them that they must be accountable for all men and equipment under their commands. The service chiefs are Chief of Defence Staff Major-General Abayomi Olonishakin, Chief of Army Staff Major-General T.Y. Buratai, Chief of Naval Staff Rear Admiral Ibok-Ete Ekwe Ibas and Chief of Air Staff Air Vice Marshal Sadique Abubakar.
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Nigerian Troops Gun Down Eight, Arrest Boko Haram’s Fuel Supplier

Troops gained upperhand yesterday in their counter-insurgency campaign in Borno and Yobe states when they killed eight suspected Boko Haram insurgents and arrested the sect’s fuel and food items coordinator. The troops also recovered 15 cows, 174 goats and a donkey from rustlers. But two members of a vigilante group were wounded by Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) fragments. The Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Col. Sani Kukasheka Usman, who made the disclosure, said in a statement: “The Nigerian troops yesterday made startling discovery while combing and clearing terrorists in and around...
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Nigerian Army To Review Case Of Soldiers Condemned To Death For Mutiny

The Nigerian Army has ordered a review of the courts-martial of more than 600 soldiers and officers condemned to death for mutiny and deserting the battle against Boko Haram in the North East. AP reports that a statement released signed by army administrator, Maj. Gen. A. B. Abubakar yesterday August 2nd, states that all the accused and condemned soldiers will appear before a committee that will sit and review their cases in Kaduna state from Aug. 7 to Aug. 24. The soldiers had at different times revolted against their commanders over lack of weapons to fight Boko Haram members. Seems like former Chief...
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Boko Haram Releases New Video

Militant Islamists have released a new video on the insurgency in Nigeria, with Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau again failing to appear in it, reports BBC …

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I Headed A Military That Lacked Equipments & Motivation To Fight – Badeh

Immediate past Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh has confessed that when he assumed office as the CDS, he headed a armed forces that lacked the relevant equipment and motivation to fight an enemy (Boko Haram terrorists) that was invisible and embedded with the local populace. Badeh made the confession just as he pointed out that the decision of certain countries, to deny Nigeria weapons to prosecute the war against Boko Haram, added to the challenges the military faced. But how come Nigerian military can’t produce weapons like those other countries military? Delivering his...
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38 People Dead: Boko Haram Members On The Run, Chadian Forces In Pursuit

The Chadian army has launched a “major operation” to flush out Boko Haram jihadists from islands in Lake Chad, sparking violent clashes on Monday between soldiers and the Islamic State-affiliated group. Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari will, meanwhile, travel to neighbouring Cameroon on Wednesday for talks on combating the regional threat posed by the extremist group, whose six-year insurgency has claimed 13,000 lives and caused about 1.5 million people to flee their homes. On Monday, “violent clashes” raged near Baga Sola, one of the main towns in the shallow, marshy waters of Lake Chad, a...
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“My Home Is A Target For Insurgents”, VP Osinbajo Cries Out

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Thursday raised the alarm over an alleged plan by insurgents to bomb his house. Osinbajo raised the alarm during a meeting of the National Economic Council held inside the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The council, which has the Vice President as its chairman, comprises of all state governors. According to a statement issued at the end of the meeting, Osinbajo who had toured some of the states witnessing insurgency in the North-East, told members of the council that intelligence report made available to him indicated that insurgents were planning to dump refuse laden with bombs...
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Maiduguri : From Home Of Peace To Pieces By Raymond Nkannebe

Barely a decade ago, it was a city synonymous with hospitality. Its people were known for their tolerance and forbearance to live with their neighbors that dot its borders. As a state sharing a common boundary with the three countries of Chad, Niger and Cameroon, there is no gainsaying the fact that it is/was a commercial and business hub. With merchants from these countries who depended on Nigeria for their supplies crisscrossing the borders into Nigeria through the gates of Maiduguri, it was a window to the world. As a city, it was a land of opportunities, with a beehive of activities in almost all its...
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14 Killed In Twin Suicide Bombings By Boko Haram In Cameroon

Two bombs planted by suspected Boko Haram militants in Fotokol, a northern town in Cameroon, went off killing at least 15 people on Sunday. The first explosion went off inside a bar near a Cameroon special forces camp just after sundown as people were breaking the Ramadan fast. The second explosion followed as soldiers approached the bar. According to Colonel Didier Badjeck, military spokesman, three Chadian soldiers were among those killed.
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Our President, Boko Haram, Tears & Blood In The Land, By @bumy04

Our President, Boko Haram, Tears And Blood In The Land A report in Thisday newspaper some days ago said boko haram has killed 406 Nigerians in the first 36 days of the Buhari Presidency(I believe these are just the reported cases). Before I could turn to my neighbour to share this heartbreaking information, boko haram attacked again, again and again. I won't be surprise to hear of another attack on our innocent citizens before I finish writing this piece.There is frustration, tears, blood and mourning in the land. Nigerians are counting on our new President to save them. For the victims of boko haram who...
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Boko Haram Offers To Swap Abducted Chibok Girls With Members – Report

Amidst the admittance by the Presidency that the Nigerian government would negotiate with the Boko Haram Insurgents group, a Human Rights Activists has said that the terrorists group have made an offer to release the over 200 girls kidnapped from a boarding school in Borno last year in exchange for its members detained by the Nigerian govt. According to Associated Press (AP), the activist said the current offer by the terrorist group is limited to the Chibok Girls alone despite claims by Amnesty International that over 2000 girls were kidnapped by the group. The activist who AP said was involved in last...
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Why Nigerian Army Can’t Defeat Boko Haram, UK High Commissioner Explains

The outgoing British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Andrew Pocock, has said the problem of Boko Haram insurgency in North-east Nigeria is not something that can be resolved with the use of the army, the police or the security agencies only. Speaking at a farewell interactive session with members of Kaduna chapter of the Nigeria Union of Journalists Correspondent Chapel in Kaduna on Monday, Mr. Pocock said: “We don’t look at the problem in the Northeast as purely a security problem. It is not something that can be resolved with the use of the army of the police or the security agencies only. It is not...
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Boko Haram Members Sell Seized Goats To Owners To Raise Money To Buy Petrol

A survivor of Boko Haram attack on a Borno town made a startling revelation that Boko Haram insurgents were selling goats and other livestock seized from owners during se­ries of attacks on the communities to buy pet­rol. Danladi Umar who fled the troubled Kukawa town, north of Borno following the Wednesday Boko Haram at­tack disclosed to Sunday Sun. “They took away our goats, chicken and other livestock after attack on Kukawa and other neighbouring villages. They also seized our property, claiming Allah has bestowed these things to them. But when people started returning to Ku­kawa before the start...
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