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Konduga, Self-acclaimed Boko Haram Spokesman Rearrested In Borno

Self-acclaimed spokesman of Boko Haram Islamist sect, Ali Sanda Umar Konduga, who was sentenced to three years imprisonment on criminal acts and freed last week, has been rearrested at the Maiduguri residence of Sen Ali Ndume, sources said. Konduga (a.ka Al-Zawahiri) had alleged Sen Ndume who is the Senate Leader, provided contacts of certain personalities in the country to him, which gave him access to issue several threats of Boko Haram attacks  to such people. A source close to the family of the senator said Konduga was identified as same person that alleged Ndume provided him with telephone numbers of...
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Boko Haram Factions Involved In Deadly Clash In Borno

There have been deadly clashes between two factions of the Islamist militant group Boko Haram, security and local sources have told the BBC. Details of the violent fighting in the Monguno area of Borno state near Lake Chad are sketchy because of lack of mobile communications in the north-east. It was sparked after so-called Islamic State (IS) announced last month that Abu Musab al-Barnawi was the leader of Boko Haram, replacing Abubakar Shekau, the reports claim. However, Mr Shekau, who initially pledged the group’s allegiance to IS, said he was still in charge. Some analysts believe the...
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How Boko Haram Lures Youths, Pupils With Interest-free Loans

New reports by an international aid organisation, Mercy Corps, have revealed how Boko Haram insurgents use informal micro credit schemes and promises of safety to recruit hundreds of youths and pupils as fighters. The beneficiaries, the reports funded by the Ford Foundation added, received amounts ranging from N10,000 to N1m in order to buy motorcycles, restock their trading stores and grow their small-scale businesses. The reports, presented on Thursday in Lagos, also highlighted how repression from the military and access to interest-free finance, among others, had perpetuated terrorism and elicited...
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We Won’t Relent On Our Pledge To Chibok Girls – Oby Ezekwesili

Co-convener of the #BringBackOurGirls group, Dr Oby Ezekwesili, has said the group had made a pledge to continue to stand for the abducted Chibok Girls, adding that it will not relent on its pledge. Speaking during the sit-out of the group, Ezekwesili stated that it gave its word to the Chibok community to continue to be the voice of their daughters until they are rescued from their abductors. “We gave our word to the Chibok leader that knelt in the rain and begged us not to give up on their daughters until they are back. A pledge is a pledge and every pledge is meant to be actualised,” she...
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Boko Haram Kills 11 Near Chibok

A Boko Haram attack on Kuburvwa village of Borno State has left at least 11 people dead. Residents of the agrarian community said they buried 11 corpses on Monday after the Sunday evening attack. Several women and girls living in the community, close to Chibok were over 200 girls were kidnapped in 2014, are also yet to be accounted for. A local security operative, who craved anonymity for safety reasons, said that “many women, mostly married, were raped while others were taken away by the gunmen”. The spokesperson of the Vigilante Group of Nigeria, Abbas Gava, confirmed the attack to journalists in...
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Twitter Suspends Niger Delta Avengers, Boko Haram Accounts Over Terrorism Acts

Twitter has suspended the accounts of Niger Delta Avengers (NDA), Boko Haram, as well hundreds of thousands others for violating policies related to violent threats and promotion of terrorism, the company said on Thursday. The online social media has suspended additional 235,000 accounts since February. Total suspensions related to violence and terror is now around 360,000 since the middle of last year. Meanwhile, up to 80 per cent are being suspended daily since last year, Twitter said, due largely to proprietary “spam-fighting” tools. The company said it has made progress in shortening the amount of...
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US Pledges $37M Aid For Victims Of Boko Haram

The United States on Wednesday pledged $37 million in aid for victims of Boko Haram, government officials said, as fears of a famine mounted in the ravaged Lake Chad region. Despite Boko Haram losing swathes of territory in the northeast as a result of a renewed military offensive, millions are still going hungry after years of attacks disrupted farming and supplies. The UN children’s agency UNICEF said on July 1 that 250,000 children under five in Borno state were at risk from severe acute malnutrition this year and 50,000 could die if nothing was done. The US government will provide “more than $37...
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Naming Of New Boko Haram Leader Is Just Propaganda – Defence HQ

The Defence Headquarters has described the naming of a new leader for the Boko Haram group as propaganda by terrorist group, ISIL. Defence spokesman, Brigadier General Rabe Abubakar, said this while reacting to yesterday's report by BBC that the Islamic State in Syria and the Levant (ISIL) has named Abu Musab al-Barnawi as the new leader for Boko Haram. According to Rabe, the announced change in leadership of the terrorist group would not in any way affect the military’s operations nor cause it to lose focus. “It is the desperation of a drowning man, he gropes for even his shadow. The group knows they...
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Soldiers Arrest Suspected Boko Haram Fuel Suppliers

Soldiers manning one of the entry checkpoints to the city of Maiduguri on Tuesday intercepted a large consignment of petroleum products being ferried by two suspected persons to Boko Haram insurgents in some yet-to-be identified locations, officials said. The two suspects — the driver of the delivery truck, Muhammadu Adamu, and the supplier of the products, Tijjani Gambo, — claimed ignorance of the identity of their customers. Sani Usman, the acting director of Army Public Relations, said regardless of the outcome of investigations into the matter, the suspects had by their actions flouted the ban on...
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Nigeria Bombs Boko Haram Convoy, 15 Terrorists Killed, Many Wounded

The Nigeria Air Force (NAF) has carried out its first major air campaign under the recently launched ‘Operation Gama-Aiki’ mission, during which 15 Boko Haram insurgents were killed. The terrorists were killed as an Alpha Jet bombed their convoy in the northern part of Borno state, officials said. The aerial bombardment came about 72 hours after the air force commissioned despatched six war planes to tackle the deadly Boko Haram sect in the country’s volatile northeast. NAF’s Operation Gama Aiki, a Hausa-coined nom de guerre which means ‘Finish the Job’, was launched on Friday June 19 with a...
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Troops Recover Viagra, Other Sex Drugs From Killed Boko Haram Militants

The Nigerian Army on Friday said its troops on Thursday night ambushed and killed some fleeing Boko Haram terrorists from the Sambisa forest. A statement issued by the acting Director of Army Public Relations, Sani Usman, said the terrorists were ambushed at their crossing point along Maiduguri-Bulabulin-Damboa road. It quoted Mr. Usman as saying the troops recovered several items, including arms and ammunition from the terrorists who were fleeing to Alagarno general area. “Troops of 81 Battalion and 251 Task Force Battalion, both of 25 Task Force Brigade, staged a deliberate ambush against Boko Haram...
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Boko Haram: FG Plans To Recharge Lake Chad At Estimated Cost Of $15bn

The Federal Government has successfully conducted a feasibility study towards recharging the Lake Chad through inter-basin water transfer from Congo basin at an estimated cost of $15 billion. This is part of the projects envisioned to transform the region into a more stable economic hub after the counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency operations against the Boko Haram terrorists in parts of the North-East. The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Geoffrey Onyeama, disclosed this at the weekend on the sidelines during the just-concluded 2nd Regional Security Summit in Abuja. Onyema noted that even though the...
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Read Details On Boko Haram’s Deadly Attack On Soldiers Today

Boko Haram fighters attacked Nigerian troops early on Monday, the army said, after two suspected suicide bombers were shot dead near military positions. Army spokesman Sani Usman said in a brief emailed statement: “Boko Haram terrorists attack troops of 113 Battalion at Kareto, northern Borno state. “The troops have been battling the insurgents since the early hours of today.” A soldier with the regiment told AFP the troops were ordered to the town of Damasak near the border with Niger and took up position in Kareto, some 38 kilometres (24 miles) away. “Today at about 6:30 am (0530 GMT), two suicide...
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DHQ Establishes Camp For Repentant Boko Haram Members

The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) yesterday announced the establishment of a rehabilitation camp for repentant Boko Haram members under an exercise known as Operation Safe Corridor. Defence spokesman, Brigadier General Rabe Abubakar, said in a statement yesterday that the camp’s establishment was in furtherance of government’s efforts to rehabilitate and reintegrate surrendered and repentant Boko Haram members. “The main focus of Operation Safe Corridor is geared towards rehabilitating and reintegrating the repentant and the surrendering Boko Haram members back into normal life in the society,”...
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Boko Haram Militants “Abduct 16 Women, Girls” In Adamawa

At least 16 female residents of Adamawa State were abducted Wednesday by suspected Boko Haram militants, the police and local officials said. Police said a team of officers had been deployed to the area to search for the abducted persons. Those abducted include 14 women and two girls. They were seized in Sabongari Madagali, in Madagali Local Government of the state, a federal lawmaker representing the area said. Local sources said some of the women were taken from a nearby bush where they went in search of firewood. Others were seized from a nearby river while fishing. A source said two women managed to...
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Cameroon Sentences 89 Boko Haram Members To Death

Cameroun has sentenced 89 members of the Boko Haram terrorist group to death over terror charges.In contrast, Nigeria where the deadly insurgency started and has recorded tens of thousands of deaths caused by the violent sect, has only convicted a handful of terrorists to prison terms.Rather than convicting terrorists, who have been caught and detained in special prison facilities in mainly northern Nigeria, the federal government has been expending huge resources on their rehabilitation.According to a BBC report, a Camerounian military court tried the insurgents over their roles in several attacks in the...
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Air Force Bomb Boko Haram Camp In Borno

The Nigerian Air Force Alpha Jets have pummeled Boko Haram positions at their camp at Iza, Borno state which made the terrorist scamper into the Sambisa forest. The air attacks were followed by a ground offensive by troops of 121 Task Force Battalion who consolidated on the gains of the air strikes to flush out the remnants of the insurgents and destroyed their camps. The Daily Post, citing a statement by Ayodele Famuyiwa, the air force spokesman, reports that the offensive was supported by the Mi-35 Helicopter gunships which provided close air support for the advancing troops. Famuyiwa added...
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