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Lawyer Urges Buhari To Grant Amnesty To Boko Haram Members

A Lagos-based human rights lawyer, Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to grant amnesty to Boko Haram members in the wake of the defeat being inflicted on the insurgents by the Nigerian military. In a statement issued Sunday, Mr. Adegboruwa said one year after Mr. Buhari declared war on the group, it had become clear that they may not be totally defeated immediately. “It would seem, from all indications, that it will require a long drawn out war, for which we trust that our president and the military are well equipped and prepared,” Mr. Adegboruwa said. “It is in the light of...
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FG To Counter Illegal Radio Broadcast By Boko Haram, Militants

The Federal Government will now deploy all the four International Radio Monitoring Stations (IRMS) across the country to counter “illegal radio broadcast” by Boko Haram, the Niger Delta Avengers and the Indigenous People of Bi­afra (IPOB), the Minister of Communications, Adebayo Shittu, has said. The IRMS facilities are located in Azare in Bauchi State, Gusau in Zamfara State, Ipaja in Lagos State and Ogoja in Cross River State. Shittu in a statement Wednesday by his media aide, Victor Oluwadamilare, said the FG is in the process of rehabilitating the moribund IRMS and would thereafter deploy them to...
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NSCDC Arrests Boko Haram Kingpin In Borno

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) on Sunday said it had arrested a 56-year-old Boko Haram kingpin in Aski Uba Local Government Area of Borno. The Commandant of the NSCDC in Borno, Mr Ibrahim Abdullahi, stated this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Maiduguri. Abdullahi said that the suspect was apprehended at Mussa village on June 7. "Our men have made remarkable progress by arresting a Boko Haram kingpin. "The notorious kingpin was said to be a recruiter as well as supplier of arms and IEDs to Boko Haram terrorists. "He confessed that his three children...
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Borno Emirs Return Home Two Years After Fleeing Boko Haram Insurgency

Two out of the five Borno emirs forced to flee their domain by Boko Haram terrorists, have returned to their palaces. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the emirs fled to Maiduguri two years ago when the insurgents took control of their domain in Askira/Uba Local Government Area of the state. The insurgents took control of the area in August 2015 and announced establishment of Caliphate rule, forcing residents including the emirs to flee. The insurgents were however mauled down by the military who took total control of the area and restored normalcy. The two emirs, Alhaji Muhammadu Askirama...
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Troops Kill 30 Boko Haram Insurgents

More than 30 Boko Haram insurgents were killed when they ambushed an Army contingent in Kareto, Borno State, the Army said yesterday. The attack by about 100 Boko Haram members on Monday occurred during patrols by the 113 Battalion. The ground operation by the Army and a multinational force, with air cover by the Air Force, is to raid the North on a village-by-village basis, capture Boko Haram terrorists and free the captives. Cameroonian Gen. Bouba Dobekreo said this month that the ground forces were put in place to eradicate Boko Haram threat in Nigeria. In clashes last Friday, 34 suspected Boko Haram...
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Boko Haram Terrorists Flee As Airforce, Army Bombard Sambisa

Aftermath of intensified Airforce bombardment and Army artillery fire on remaining hideouts of Boko Haram terrorists in Sambisa Forest, the remnants of the insurgents have fleed the forest in bid to escape. Confirming the development in a statement, Acting Director of Army Public Relations, Col Sani Usman said, “This is to inform the public that due to aerial bombardment and concerted efforts of the ground troops; and facing imminent annihilation, Boko Haram terrorists have been deserting Sambisa forest in droves. Usman said that as they are fleeing the military bombardment, the terrorists are trying to...
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Spiritual Headquarters of Boko Haram Captured

After 10 days’ siege on Alargano, the Nigerian troops has successfully captured the spiritual headquarters of the dreaded Boko Haram sect, it has been revealed. Addressing a press conference in Maiduguri on Tuesday, the head of the counter-insurgency operations in the North-East, Maj. Gen. Lucky Irabor, said the Nigerian troops’ offensive to capture Alargano since March 18, 2016, was successfully concluded on Monday. He said the offensive commenced on 18 March, 2016 about 9 o’clock in the morning with troops of 3 and 7 Division, assisted by air bombardment by the Nigerian Air Force (NAF). Irabor...
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US, UK Knew Whereabouts of Chibok Girls – Ex-British Envoy

The US and British governments knew where at least 80 of the Nigerian girls kidnapped by Boko Haram were but failed to launch a rescue mission, it has been revealed.   The Boko Haram terrorists stormed a secondary boarding school in the remote town of Chibok in Borno state, northern Nigeria in April 2014, and seized 276 girls who were preparing for end-of-year exams. Although 57 of the girls managed to escape the rest have remained missing and have not been heard from or seen since apart from in May that year, when 130 of them appeared in a Boko Haram video wearing hijabs and reciting the...
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Troops Nab Wanted Boko Haram Terrorist Along Daban Masara, Borno

Troops of 7 Multinational Joint Task Force Brigade Quick Response Group (QRG) stationed in Baga and 118 Task Force Battalion, sprang an ambush along Daban Masara axis used by Boko Haram terrorists elements to convey logistics on Thursday.    At the encounter, one of the suspected wanted Boko Haram terrorists leaders who is serial number 95 on the first Nigerian Army wanted list of 100 Boko Haram terrorists leaders, was fatally wounded in the exchange of fire. He later gave up while receiving medical attention at the base, while other members of his team escaped with gun shot wounds. The...
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Nigerian Army Destroys Boko Haram’s ‘Spiritual Power Base’, Rescues 63 Hostages

Nigerian Army on Friday said the troops of 81 Battalion and 251 Task Force Battalion of 25 Task Force Brigade, 7 Division have destroyed the spiritual power base of Boko Haram located inside Alagarno forest in Borno State. The Army also announced in a statement the rescue of 63 persons who were in the captivity of the sect during separate operations at Lawin Meleri, Matiri Bulaka and Aljeri villages. Five members of Boko Haram were killed, the Army said. Credit: Thisday
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Boko Haram: Nigerian Military Arrests Two Men For Sneaking Into Displaced Persons’ Camp

The Nigerian military said it has arrested two men for sneaking into a displaced person’s camps in Borno State. Suicide explosions by suspected Boko Haram terrorists in displaced persons’ camps in North-eastern Nigeria have caused the deaths of hundreds of people. In one of such explosions on February 9, at the internally displaced persons’ camp in Dikwa, Borno State, 58 people were killed and 78 injured according to official figures. The military in a statement circulated by PRNigeria on Sunday said it is currently interrogating the two men. Read the military’s statement below. The Nigerian...
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Cooperation With Cameroon’s Forces Yielding Results – Army

The Nigerian Army says its collaboration with the Cameroonian Army is yielding results and has brought "renewed vigour'' in the counter-insurgency operation along the countries’ borders.   This is contained in a statement issued by the Acting Director of Army Public Relations, Col. Sani Usman, in Abuja on Monday.   He said the renewed cooperation had led to several joint operations carried out by troops of both countries at Kirawa junction and Pulka communities in Borno.   Usman said a recent joint operation by troops of the 26 Task Force Brigade and a unit of the...
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EU Pledges $50 Million To Fight Boko Haram

President Muhammadu Buhari has vowed to redouble efforts and ensure that Boko Haram is completely defeated, and rendered incapable of targeting even soft targets.  This pledge by the Nigerian President comes as the European Union has promised the sum of 50 million dollars to assist Nigeria in the fight against the terror group. German President, Mr Joachim Gauck, made the pledge on behalf of the EU after holding bilateral talks with President Buhari in the Presidential Villa. The German President commiserated with Nigerians on the recent attacks and called for good government and development if Nigeria...
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Cameroon Sees Surge In Bombings As Nigeria Chases Boko Haram

Nigeria’s campaign to quash the Islamist militant group Boko Haram has triggered a surge of bombings in neighboring Cameroon, where the army says it’s making headway in stopping attacks on military targets. Cameroon’s Far North region has been hit by as many as 19 militant attacks since the beginning of the year, mostly bombings by teenagers with explosive devices strapped to their bodies. At least 74 people were killed, in addition to almost 1,100 civilians who died in extremist violence since 2013, according to government data. “Increased military pressure in Nigeria has forced militants across...
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Donors Pledge $250m To Fight Boko Haram

Donors at the African Union summit pledged on Monday $250m for the fight against Boko Haram insurgents, AU Peace and Security Council chief Smail Chergui said. Boko Haram, facing the heat of a military onslaught in Nigeria, has in the past year stepped up cross-border attacks in Niger, Chad and Cameroon, while continuing shooting and suicide assaults on markets, mosques and other mostly civilian targets within Nigeria itself. Despite offensives by the regional force with troops from Benin, Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria, the Islamist jihadists maintain strongholds in areas that are difficult to...
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Army Kills 14 Insurgents, Recover Arms In Yobe

The Nigeria army says it has killed 14 Boko Haram insurgents and captured two others around Chirokusko Village in Tarmuwa Local Government Area in Yobe.     Brig.-Gen. Mohammed Aliyu, General Commanding Officer (GCO), told newsmen in Damaturu on Monday that 16 assorted weapons and ammunitions had also been recovered from the insurgents.     Aliyu said the terrorists sneaked into the area and were about settling down when the army ambushed them following a tip-off from patriotic citizens. He commended the host communities for their cooperation which included providing...
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We Have Driven Boko Haram Into Fall Back Positions– Buhari

Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, says Nigeria has made very significant progress towards ending Boko Haram insurgency in the northeast since his assumption of office on May 29, 2015. The President made the statement in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), during a meeting with the Secretary-General of the United Nations (UN), Mr Ban Ki-moon, on the sidelines of the World Future Energy Summit. Buhari said that in collaboration with the Multinational Joint Task Force, the Nigerian Armed Forces have driven the terrorist group from Nigerian territory into “fall-back...
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Boko Haram Kidnaps Cameroonian Police Commissioner

Suspected members of the Boko Haram sect have abducted Ismaïla Sago, police commissioner in charge of public security at Dabanga, a town in the far north of Cameroun. According to Africapresse.com, security sources told Xinhua that Sago fell into an ambush laid by the group around 5p.m.  last Monday. He was said to be returning from Kousseri, a border town with the Chadian capital of N’Djamena, when the unfortunate incident occurred. Sago was reportedly in the company of two unidentified civilians at the time he was abducted. There was no official confirmation of the attack but Boko Haram has carried...
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