US government accuses Iran of sponsoring terrorism

Iran is continuing to behave as an exporter of terrorism and still sponsors militant activity, U.S. Defence Secretary, James Mattis, said on Friday in London.

Asked about comments he made in 2012 that the three primary threats the U. S. faced were “Iran, Iran, Iran,” Mattis said that Iran’s behaviour had not changed in the years since.

“At the time when I spoke about Iran I was a commander of U.S. central command and that (Iran) was the primary exporter of terrorism.

“Frankly, it was the primary state sponsor of terrorism and it continues that kind of behaviour today,” Mr. Mattis said.

Mr. Mattis also said that North Korea was acting in a reckless manner and must be stopped.

“This is a threat of both rhetoric and growing capability, and we will be working with the international community to address this, we are doing so right now,” Mr. Mattis said in reply to a question about the potential threat to the U.S. from ballistic missiles.

“Right now, it appears to be going in a very reckless manner in what its conduct is portraying for the future and that’s got to be stopped,” Mr. Mattis said.

He also said that the U. S. was concerned about Russia’s presence in Afghanistan and its interactions with Taliban fighters.

“We have seen Russian activity vis-à-vis the Taliban,” Mr. Mattis said during a news conference in London.

“I’m not going to say at this point if that has manifested into weapons and that sort of thing, but certainly what they’re up to there in light of their other activities gives us concern.”

Mr. Mattis added that he had not yet decided whether to recommend an increase in U.S. troop numbers in Afghanistan.


Source: Reuters/NAN

FG Approves Immigration Regulations To Check Terrorism

The Minister of Interior, Lieutenant General Abdulrahman Dambazau (rtd), has approved a new set of immigration regulations.

According to him, the approval would help the Federal Government monitor and check the movement of terrorists through Nigerian borders.

The Minister pointed out that the 80-section regulation would enhance protection against cross border crimes.

The executive approval was witnessed by diplomats and top government officials on Monday in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.

Upon application, the new 2017 regulation approved the issuance of visa on arrival in Nigeria, enforcement of an Immigration Register and temporary work permit among others.

The new regulation, which is the first since 1963 when the last Immigration Act was passed by parliament, is geared towards enhancing the protection of citizens against cross border crimes.


Source: Channels TV

9/11 mastermind tells Obama attacks were America’s fault.

The self-proclaimed mastermind of the September 11 attacks wrote to former president Barack Obama to tell him 9/11 was a direct result of American foreign policy and the deaths of innocent people it has caused.

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed’s 18-page letter was addressed to “the head of the snake, Barack Obama,” leader of “the country of oppression and tyranny.”

Defense attorney David Nevin provided a copy of the letter, which has not yet been posted on the US military’s website for Guantanamo proceedings. He told AFP that Mohammed began writing it in 2014.

“It was not we who started the war against you in 9/11; it was you and your dictators in our land,” he wrote.

He says God was on the side of the hijackers on that fateful day when airplanes were guided into the Twin Towers in New York, the Pentagon and a field in Pennsylvania.

“Allah aided us in conducting 9/11, destroying the capitalist economy, catching you with your pants down, and exposing all the hypocrisy of your long-held claim to democracy and freedom,” Mohammed wrote.

Listing many grievances over America’s “brutal and savage massacres” from Vietnam to the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Mohammed focused his rage on the plight of Palestinians and US support for Israel and the “occupier Jews.”

“Your hands are still wet with the blood of our brothers and sisters and children who were killed in Gaza,” he wrote in the opening paragraph.

– ‘The truth about death’ –
Along with the letter, Mohammed sent a 51-page manuscript entitled “Shall I Die when the Crusaders Carry out the Death Sentence? The Truth about Death.” It is illustrated with an image of a noose.

Mohammed, who faces a potential death sentence for allegedly masterminding the plane hijackings that killed almost 3,000 people, says he is not afraid of dying.

“I speak about death happily!” he wrote.

Mohammed was waterboarded 183 times in March 2003 and held at a secret CIA prison site overseas.

In the letter, he explained that “if your court sentences me to life in prison, I will be very happy to be alone in my cell to worship Allah the rest of my life and repent to Him all my sins and misdeeds.”

“And if your court sentences me to death, I will be even happier to meet Allah and the prophets and see my best friends whom you killed unjustly all around the world and to see Sheikh Osama Bin Laden,” he added, referring to the late Al-Qaeda leader killed in a US raid in 2011 in Pakistan.

German Court sends 16-year-old girl to jail for terrorist attack

A German Court sentenced a 16-year-old girl to six years jail on Thursday for an attack on a police officer.


The prosecutors described it as the first assault ordered by Islamic State in the country.


The teenager, identified as Safia S, was 15 years old when she slashed the police officer in the neck with a vegetable knife at the main railway station in Hanover in February 2016.


The 34-year-old policeman was severely injured but survived the attack.


Source: NAN

Berlin Truck Attack Suspect Shot Dead

The Tunisian man suspected of carrying out the deadly Berlin truck attack was shot dead by police in Milan Friday, Italian media reported, citing security sources.

Italy’s interior minister Marco Minniti has announced a press conference for 10.45 am (0945 GMT).

According to the reports, the suspect, Anis Amri, was stopped in his car around 3am for what was a routine identity check. He pulled out a pistol and shootout ensued in which he was shot.

Amri had been missing since escaping after Monday’s attack which left 12 people dead.

He had links to Italy, having arrived in the country from his native Tunisia in 2011.

Shortly after his arrival he was sentenced to a prison term for starting a fire in a refugee centre.

He was released in 2015 and made his way to Germany.


IMN: Understanding Nigerians’ disdain for terrorism. – Ibekwe

These are certainly not the best of times for members of the Sheik Ibraheem El-Zakzaky-led Islamic Movement in Nigeria or the Nigerian Shiites. Their actions in the recent past have provoked very damning consequences for the sect members, much more as Nigerians are convinced of its links to the ISIS of Iran.


In the near 40 years history of its existence in Nigeria, the Shiites have steadily earned for themselves the reputation of violent extremists, destroyers and lawbreakers, whose impunity has extended to frequent violent attacks on security agents. In Shiites, Nigerians see a personification of brutality and the latest discovery of its hidden agenda to introduce another version of terrorism in Nigeria has compelled different segments of the Nigerian society to outrightly denounce and ex-communicate them.


By implication, the entire Nigerian state has risen against the IMN members, as other Muslims and communities do not wish to have anything to do with the Shiites. They are even rejected as neighbors to anyone, a stigma they are battling so hard to conceal.


The Nigerian Shiites have attracted this ignominy based on some of their unacceptable actions and inclination to violence. In December last year, the Shiites attacked the convoy of the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, in Zaria, Kaduna State. The IMN blocked his way and rejected all entreaties to have the road open for the Army boss to have a thoroughfare. The ensuing violent encounters led to deaths.


Similarly, earlier this month, the Shiites, again, under the leadership of Sheik Sanusi Abdulkadir Koki attacked the Nigerian police in Kano State for daring to stop their annual procession for this year’s annual Arbaeen Trek to Zaria, an event that mourns the martyrdom of Imam Husain (AS). The Police, which had declared the procession illegal, attempted to stop them, but were met with stiff resistance, as the sect members, permanently armed, unleashed violence on the Police, leading to deaths and injuries to officers.


Thus, Nigerians cannot discern why the Shiites in Nigeria worship on streets/roads with long processions, instead of the mosque like other Muslims. And during such offensive processions, the sect members are usually armed to the teeth with dangerous weapons, they deploy to use without provocation. The atrocities of IMN members have been manifold and following the recent calls by Shiek Koki for its members never to obey the laws of the land, has further alienated them from the clan of sane people and the Nigerian masses who have become increasingly repulsive of the Shiites with their violent versions of Islam.


Protests against the Nigerian Shiites have taken place variously in America, United Kingdom, and Malaysia and indeed, in other parts of the world denouncing Shiites whose penchant to violence and its frequent attacks on security agents has assumed a dangerous impunity.


For instance, Nigerians in the United States of America protested against the liberty extended to the Shiites by the FGN and sued for the prosecution of leader of the sect and the members. Operating under the aegis of Movement of the People of Nigeria, Cosmas Collins, the US Coordinator of the group, which staged a protest at United Nations Building and Nigeria House in New York frowned at the non-prosecution of El-Zakzaky.

Collins said: “Failure to prosecute these people, including El-Zakyzaky is making other groups think of coming out because it is now believed that it is fashionable to take on the state without consequences. The government must not also omit to consider bringing charges of subversion against members of the group for inviting Iranian intervention in Nigeria’s internal affairs. As a prelude to this, the government should investigate the finances of the group and its senior members to see if they have been beneficiary of Iranian sponsorship of terrorism.”


Back home in Nigeria, the Shiites are also rejected as no one is willing to associate or transact business with them. Saminaka, the headquarters of Lere in Kaduna State, recently demonstrated this aversion to the Shiites as both Christian and Muslim communities protested against the Shiites’ plan to erect a building in the community.


The Provincial Pastor of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Oludare Ojo, led the protests as he wrote to the Christian Association of Nigeria kicking against the location of a Shiites’ site near the church premises.


Ojo said: “They are not comfortable since it is located directly in front of the church.” The pastor feared that with the recent incidents of violence initiated by the group in the country, its proximity to the Church was a threat. While Christians are protesting Muslims too have joined in rejecting IMN sect members.


Muslim clerics in the area equally alerted the Sarkin Saminaka and security agencies of threats by members of the community to forcefully destroy the site of the Shiite building if allowed to be erected.


In Kano state, Shiites protests for the release of El-Zakzaky provoked residents who massively ganged up to chase them away. A coalition of civil society organizations have at different times lashed out at the Shiites, calling for their prosecution over acts of violence and treason.


The rejection of Shiites has become so pronounced that even their spokesman, Ibrahim Musa, recently lamented: “When we were with other Muslims, they said they don’t want us and that is why we decided to build our centre here. The building is just an Islamic centre. We also have an Islamic school there in Saminaka. People who are against us, like the Izaila, those Muslims who go on pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia are the ones against us. We have a Certificate of Occupancy.”


The implication of this widespread rejection of the Shiites in Nigeria means their doctrines are detestable and they are no longer needed in a peaceful country like Nigeria. This has already been expressed in the IMN’s ban by the Kaduna State Government and its replication in Kano and other places in the North.


What their Iranian collaborators intends to achieve through the IMN has been discovered quite early and the Nigerian Shiites are free to relocate to the abodes of their paymasters in Iran. But what has remained certain is that Nigeria would never be anywhere near Syria and Iran where the ISIS have found as a fertile ground to destabilize through their noxious campaigns of religion. Nigerians would not overlook their garments of terrorism.


– Ibekwe, a civil rights activist contributed this piece from 5, New Haven Avenue, Enugu, Enugu State.

Nigeria remains third most terrorized nation in the world

Nigeria is still ranked third among the countries in the world that have been worst hit by terror attacks, according to the 2016 Global Terrorism Index (GTI) report.

The GTI monitored and measured the impacts of terrorism in 163 countries, covering 99.7 per cent of the world’s population.

Nigeria had occupied the same position in last year’s ranking, and was ranked fourth in 2014. For 2016, Nigeria ranked behind Iraq and Afghanistan.

Pakistan, Syria, Yemen, Somalia and India are ranked fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth respectively, while Egypt and Libya are in the ninth and 10th position, in the latest ranking.

The report, released on Wednesday by the Institute for Economics and Peace, however indicates a 34 per cent decline in the number of people killed by the terrorist group, Boko Haram, in 2015 in Nigeria.

The total number of people killed by Boko Haram in 2015 was 4,095, down from the 6,136 in 2014, said the report which attributed the decline to the operation of the Nigerian military and the Joint Task Force in the north-east of the country.

According to the report, Nigeria also had a reduction in the number of people killed by Fulani militants (herdsmen). “There were 630 fewer deaths by these militias in 2015, a decrease of 50 per cent,” the report said.

This, according to the report, contributed to the overall 10 per cent drop in the number of deaths caused by terrorism globally.

In fact, the report says Iraq and Nigeria had the largest reduction on deaths from terrorism from 2014 to 2015.

The gains made against Boko Haram by the Nigerian military, however became the pains of the country’s neighbours – Niger and Cameroon – as the terrorist group spilled over and created more deaths in the two countries than previously recorded.

“Niger recorded a devastating year with 11 terrorism deaths in 2014 rising to 649 in 2015. This is the largest proportional increase of any country and is due to the expansion of Boko Haram,” the report said.

Niger is now 16th in the latest ranking, compared to the 51st position it occupied in last year. The deteriorating terrorism attacks in Cameroon also moved it from 20th position it was in 2015 to 14th in 2016.

ISIL, the Islamic militant group in Iraq, has now overtaken Boko Haram as the deadliest terrorist group in 2015, the report said.

The report said, “Despite the decrease in deaths from terrorism, Nigeria still experienced a high rate of violent deaths.

“In addition to terrorism victims, there were at least 4,422 battle-related deaths from the conflict between Boko Haram and the Nigerian Government in 2015, down from 8,233 in 2014.”

The report said on the average, Boko Haram killed 11 people per attack in Nigeria, and that the attacks were mainly targeted at civilians.

“Four out of five deaths from terrorism in Nigeria are civilians,” it said. “This is one of the highest targeting of civilians anywhere in the world.

“Whilst the majority of fatalities were caused by armed assaults with firearms and knives, there has been an increase in the use of bombings and explosions, a tactic Boko Haram has been increasingly using after receiving explosives training from al-Shabaab.

“In 2013, Boko Haram conducted 35 bombings which killed 107 people. In 2015 there were 156 bombings that killed 1,638. Nearly two thirds of the bombings in 2015 were suicide bombings, which on average killed ten people per attack,” the report said.

Out of 20 most fatal terrorist attacks in the world in 2015, according to the report, four occurred on the Nigerian soil, with Boko Haram being responsible for three.

Fulani militants were responsible for one – where 95 people were killed in a single attack on March 15, 2015.

According to the report, the worst terrorist attack in Nigeria occurred on September 13, 2015 when Boko Haram killed 160 villagers in Kukuwa-Gari village by gunfire or drowning. A total of 174 people were killed in the attack, the report said.

The report put the global economic impact of terrorism at US$89.6 billion in 2015.

Foreign Direct Investments (FDI) to developing economies such as Nigeria is directly affected by terrorist attacks, it said.

“Unlike ISIL, Boko Haram does not have a sophisticated financing structure,” says the report. “The primary revenue source for Boko Haram is kidnapping, ransom and extortion.”

The group is also said to rely on bank robberies, illegal mining, external donations, and drugs for its income which is said to be up to $25 million, annually.

The report put the total number of people killed in Nigeria by Boko Haram at 17,097 since 2000.

The administration of President Muhammadu Buhari has obviously achieved some successes in its war against terrorism, but the Boko Haram sect hasn’t been defeated yet, as repeatedly claimed by the Nigerian authorities.

The report explains the methodology used in developing the terrorism index.

“The GTI ranks 163 countries based on four indicators weighted over five years.

“The GTI score for a country in a given year is a based on a unique scoring system to account for the relative impact of incidents in the year. The four factors counted in each country’s yearly score, are:

Total number of terrorist incidents in a given year

Total number of fatalities caused by terrorists in a given year

Total number of injuries caused by terrorists in a given year

A measure of the total property damage from terrorist incidents in a given year.

Ethiopian Court Jails 8 Somalis Over Failed Attack in 2013

An Ethiopian court has sentenced eight Somali nationals to jail terms ranging from two to nine years after they were convicted for planning a failed attack in the capital Addis Ababa.

The convicts, who were accused of belonging to the Somali Islamic extremist group al-Shabab, were found guilty of plotting a suicide attack at the Addis Ababa Stadium during Ethiopia’s World Cup qualifying match against Nigeria in October 2013. The attack did not succeed.

Prosecutors said a number of explosive devices, weapons, hand grenades and football jerseys were recovered from the house rented by the Somali nationals.

Two Somalis died while trying to make final preparations to construct the bombs for this bombing, the government said at the time.

Army Releases 1,271 Boko Haram Detainees

The Nigerian Army said on Monday that it had so far released about 1,271 detainees after clearing them of any link with the Boko Haram terrorists group.

The General Officer Commanding 7 Division of the Nigerian Army, Maiduguri, Brig.-Gen. Victor Ezugwu, disclosed this while speaking at a forum for the reintegration of children associated with armed forces or armed groups in Maiduguri.

Ezugwu, who was represented by Col. Yusuf Ali, said that most of those released were women and children.

He said, “The Nigerian Army gives utmost priority to the rights of detainees especially women and children.

“We always try to fast track investigation to determine their fate, while those found innocent were released with out delay.

“Consequently, between February and October this year we have had five releases.

“In February 135 persons comprising mainly women and children were released, 204 were released in May, while the remaining three releases were carried out in September and October”.

He said that the army had also improved on the provision of welfare for the detainees.

“As part of the military high command care for the vulnerable persons under our protective custody.

“We have identified areas needing attention including feeding, health care, decongestion of cells, respect for detainees rights, sanitation and personal hygiene.”

He said children and vulnerable persons were fed three times daily with balanced diet.

He said, “We always provide meat or fish in every meal and drinks every Sunday for them.

“If fact, some of those released would have preferred to remain with us if they had the choice rather than move to IDPs camps.”

Ezugwu commended the organisers of the forum, saying the event was timely.

The consequences of the U.S. war on terrorism in Africa.

On May 5, President Barack Obama hosted his Djiboutian counterpart, Ismail Omar Guelleh, at the White House. The two leaders signed a 20-year lease agreement for the Djibouti-based Camp Lemonnier, the biggest U.S. military base in Africa. Covering 500 acres, the installation is a crucial launching site for U.S. military operations against militant groups in the Horn of Africa and Yemen. The U.S. agreed to pay an annual fee of $70 million for the site, which now hosts more than 4,000 U.S. military personnel and civilians.

The base is a key part of Pentagon’s plans “to maximize the impact of a relatively small U.S. presence in Africa,” according to the 2014 Quadrennial Defense Review, a congressional panel that conducts assessments of U.S. defense strategy and priorities. All African countries except Eritrea receive some form of U.S. military assistance, according to data from the U.S. State Department. Most of this assistance is channeled through the department’s International Military Education and Training program, which facilitates professional relationships with African militaries. The Obama administration is looking to invest in “new, effective and efficient small footprint locations and developing innovative approaches to using host nation facilities or allied joint-basing” as part of its focus on security in Africa. A handful of African nations — including Ethiopia, South Sudan, Niger, Uganda, Kenya, Mauritania, Mali, the Seychelles and Burkina Faso — already host U.S. drone sites, shared bases and military surveillance facilities. Also, the U.S. maintains a secretive program training counterterrorism commandos in states that straddle the vast Sahara, whose ungoverned spaces provide a rear base for terrorist groups.

The Pentagon’s military footprint in Africa is indeed small compared with other parts of the world. For example, in 2012, U.S. military aid and arms sales to Africa accounted for a mere 4.25 percent of the global total. (The Near East received 67.7 percent.) These military outlays were just 5.5 percent of the $7.8 billion the U.S. allocated for foreign assistance in the African region, with health care ($5.6 billion) getting the lion’s share. Regardless of the size of the U.S. military footprint in Africa, its expansion of has serious implications for the continent’s security, the consolidation of democracy and the professionalization of its militaries as well as for respect for human rights across the region. Unfortunately, these concerns do not rank high on the Pentagon’s agenda.

U.S. Africa command

The U.S. geographic command responsible for Africa is overseen by U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM), based in Stuttgart, Germany. In 2009, two years after it was created, AFRICOM had an operating budget of about $400 million and more than 1,000 staffers. Unlike other similar U.S. operations, it is fully integrated with other U.S. agencies in Africa — including USAID and the State, Commerce and Treasury departments. This arrangement informs AFRICOM’s focus on a 3-D approach — defense, diplomacy and development — in the region.

At the core of the U.S. military engagement in Africa is the war against Al-Qaeda affiliates: Somalia’s Al-Shabaab and Al-Qaeda in the Maghreb (AQIM), as well as armed groups such as Uganda’s Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) and Nigeria’s Boko Haram. To help conduct AFRICOM’s counterterrorism operations in the region, the U.S. has recruited a motley crew of African allies, including those that face direct threats from these groups. Kenya, Uganda, Burundi, Djibouti and Ethiopia are key partners in the war against Al-Shabaab, and Niger and Burkina Faso have emerged as critical hosts of U.S. operations against AQIM. But Washington’s strategic calculations and the interests of African leaders who sign on to these arrangements do not always converge with the interests of the majority of African people.

In order to preserve ongoing cooperation arrangements, the U.S. has consistently looked the other way in the face of gross human rights violations and anti-democratic tendencies of its partner states. Djibouti’s Guelleh, now in power for 15 years, scrapped term limits to pave the way for a third term in 2010, leading to the opposition’s boycott of parliament. In Djibouti, not unlike in other allied countries, the 2013 U.S. State Department annual country reports revealed cases of torture, arbitrary arrest and restriction of freedom of association. Ethiopia and Uganda, the two leading U.S. allies in sub-Saharan Africa, are serial human rights offenders. Ethiopia is the second leading jailer of journalists in Africa (after only Eritrea). In a renewed crackdown on freedom of expression, authorities in Ethiopia jailed nine additional journalists and bloggers last month only days before Secretary of State John Kerry’s trip to Addis Ababa. The country has been in the news for the recent killings of unarmed student protesters in the Oromia region. Uganda gained international infamy earlier this year by pioneering a draconian anti-gay law. In both countries, opposition parties operate under severe restriction, with Ethiopia having only one opposition member in its 547-person legislature.

The challenge for AFRICOM and its African partners is to devise strategies that will ensure that security objectives are not pursued at the expense of democracy, military professionalization and respect for human rights.

The United States has been implicated in maintaining a secretive detention program in concert with the governments of Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia and Somalia. A 2008 Human Rights Watch report, “Horn of Africa Renditions,” detailed a little-known unlawful detention policy, akin to the Central Intelligence Agency’s extraordinary rendition program. According to journalist Jason Leopold, Mohammed al-Asad, a Yemeni citizen arrested in Tanzania in 2003, claims that U.S. forces tortured him at a black site in Djibouti. In Kenya the government has recently been accused of summarily executing radical Muslim clerics suspected of having links to Al-Shabaab. (The government denies the charge.) The war on terrorism has provided opportunities for some African leaders to enact sweeping anti-terrorism laws with the aim of silencing dissent. In Ethiopia alone, more than 35 journalists and opposition leaders have been convicted under that country’s anti-terrorism proclamation.

Militarized solutions

In addition to turning a blind eye to human rights abuses, the U.S.’s inherent bias toward military approaches to security threats in Africa limits the options available to African governments facing domestic security challenges. In many cases, negotiations with entities designated as terrorist groups contravene U.S. anti-terrorism laws that forbid any kind of exchange that might be beneficial to terrorist groups. After initial attempts to negotiate with the LRA, Uganda has recently embarked on a purely militaristic solution backed by U.S. military hardware and advisers. Further afield, the United States’ designation of Boko Haram as a foreign terrorist group and the promise of military assistance after the kidnapping of nearly 300 schoolgirls may unreasonably limit Nigeria’s options for political and other kinds of negotiated settlements. Because of their exposure to terrorist attacks (as witnessed in Djibouti on May 25) and their economic consequences, African states allied with the U.S. must strive to maintain enough wriggle room to pursue localized solutions to their security challenges.

U.S. military operations and engagements with African militaries also risk compromising the professionalization of African militaries. Uganda offers an instructive case. Kampala has been a key U.S. military ally since the Iraq War and is the leading partner in the African Union mission in Somalia. Washington maintains an important facility at the Entebbe airport and is assisting in the hunt for the LRA leader Joseph Kony. But over the same period, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, in office since 1986, has personalized the military. Ugandan journalist Andrew Mwenda argues that Museveni has used a “strategy of fragmentation” to create factions within the military in an attempt to limit coherence in the institution. The president’s son, Muhoozi Kainerugaba, is the commander of the special forces, a group whose duties include protecting the president and the country’s oil resources. More generally, unless carefully mitigated, Washington’s unchecked war on terrorism in the region will result in overgrown military units outside normal chains of command, creating problems for effective civilian control in the long run.

The challenge for both AFRICOM and its African partners is to devise strategies that will ensure that security objectives are not pursued at the expense of democracy, military professionalization and respect for human rights. Furthermore, in the spirit of its 3-D approach, AFRICOM must be open to domestic solutions to Africa’s security needs. Such domestic solutions have the advantage of localizing the specific conflicts that create insecurity in the first place. Ultimately, African leaders must be careful not to let their countries be turned into mere venues for an international conflict between the U.S. and transnational terrorist groups.

Ken Opalo is a Ph.D. candidate in political science at Stanford University. His dissertation research is on institutional change, focusing on legislative development in Africa. 

Shadow War in the Sahara: A look at US/French Military Activities in Africa.

Africa remains a key territory on the global chessboard of the 21st century. Rich in oil and natural resources, the continent holds a strategic position.
Whoever controls Mali, controls West Africa, if not the whole of Africa.

Doulaye Konate, Association of African Historians,

Sub-Saharan Africa is home to six of the world’s 10 fastest growing economies. North Africa counts with vast oil and natural gas deposits, the Sahara holds the most strategic nuclear ore, and resources such as coltan, gold, and copper, among many others, are abundant in the continent.

But despite its position and resources, conflict and chaos have spread throughout the continent. At the heart of this turmoil is a strategic territory: the Sahel.

The region that straddles the Sahara to the north and the savannas in the south has become an important new front in the so-called war against terrorism.

But is the official narrative, the fight against terrorism, masking a larger battle? Have the resource wars of the 21st century already begun?

“What we are currently experiencing can be described as ‘a new scramble for Africa’,” says Jean Batou, Professor of History at Lausanne University.

‘Whoever controls Mali, controls West Africa’

At the centre of the troubled region of the Sahel is the nation of Mali, which is among the world’s poorest. Unemployment is rampant and most people survive hand to mouth.

Yet, back in the 13th century, the Mali empire extended over much of West Africa and was extraordinarily wealthy and powerful. Ivory and gold made it a major crossroads for global trade at the time. But inevitably, these resources lead to conquests.

“We are the transition between North Africa and Africa that reaches the ocean and the forests. This gives us an important strategic position: whoever controls Mali, controls West Africa – if not the whole of Africa … That’s why this region became so coveted,” says Doulaye Konate from the Association of African Historians.

The imperial European powers unveiled their plans to colonise Mali and the rest of Africa at the Berlin Conference in 1885. Britain, Belgium, Portugal, Spain, Germany, Italy and France, each got their share.

“The arrival of colonisation tore us apart. It felt like a cut, almost like a surgical operation,” Konate says.

The French colonial empire extended over much of western and northern Africa, but in the late 1950s the winds of freedom started blowing across Africa, and France was to lose all its colonies.

However, the euphoria of independence was short. France retained troops, bases and political influence over its former colonies: the policy of “France-Afrique” was born.

“France was Africa’s watchdog, defending the West in the region,” says Antoine Glaser, author of France-Afrique.

Colonisation of Algeria: the French landing in Algeria in the coastal town of Sidi Ferruch in 1830. [Liebig series: L’origine de diverses colonies/The origin of various colonies, 1922, No 1). (Photo by Culture Club/Getty Images]

The US and the threat of ‘terrorism’

In the 1960s, the discovery of huge oil reserves in the Gulf of Guinea attracted a new player: the United States.

The US made military as well as economic investments on the African continent and Africa became a battleground in the Cold War.

In 1992, the US launched a so-called humanitarian intervention in the strategic Horn of Africa. The US sent 28,000 soldiers to Somalia to help to put an end to a civil war. The operation ended in disaster two years later after American soldiers were captured and killed, images of their mutilated bodies broadcast around the world. They decided to withdraw.

In 2001, the attack on the World Trade Center reconfigured the geopolitics of the world. The US launched a war in Afghanistan – a war that would soon spread far beyond.

A few months after September 11, the US military returned to the Horn of Africa with plans to stay. They established their first military base in Djibouti.

“The Sahel played a key role in looking at the movement of weapons, the movement of potential foreign fighters, and organised crime …,” says Rudolph Atallah, the former Director of Africa Counter-Terrorism, US Department of Defense.

American President George Bush visits US soldiers in Somalia [Larry Downing/Sygma/Sygma via Getty Images]

The US Africa Command (AFRICOM)

The United States is the only country to have divided the world into separate military sectors to monitor and patrol, NORTHCOM, PACOM, SOUTHCOM, EUCOM, CENTCOM and now AFRICOM.

Under the stated goals of fighting terrorism and providing humanitarian assistance, AFRICOM implanted itself on the continent, conducting military exercises with a growing number of African countries.

The establishment of AFRICOM was key for the consolidation of US interests in Africa.

The Americans sought to establish the headquarters of AFRICOM as well as a headquarters for the CIA in Mali. The problem was that the Africans had a common position of refusing the establishment of new military bases.

This opposition forced the US to set up the command of AFRICOM thousands of miles away, in Stuttgart, Germany.

Muammar Gaddafi: The ‘mad dog of the Middle East’

Nelson Mandela’s view was almost identical to Gaddafi’s that there would be no African forces commanded by foreign military officials, and there would be no foreign militaries occupying any part of Africa or operating within Africa.

Maximilian Forte, author

African resistance to AFRICOM was spearheaded by Muammar Gaddafi, the Libyan leader.

President Ronald Reagan had labelled him the “mad dog of the Middle East” and had tried to assassinate him in 1986 by bombing his palace.

The Libyan leader’s independence and influence flowed from the vast petroleum reserves, the largest in Africa, which he had nationalised when he took power.

Gaddafi wanted to demonstrate that Africa could develop without depending on the Western banking system or the International Monetary Fund.

“From the beginning of his political career as a leader, Muammar Gaddafi was opposed to a foreign military presence in Africa. One of the first things he did after coming to power in 1969 was to expel the British and US military bases in Libya itself,” Maximilian Forte, the author of Slouching Towards Sirte: Nato’s war on Libya and Africa, explains.

But in March 2011, as the Arab’s Spring spread through North Africa, France and the United States decided to act. This was AFRICOM’S first war and its commander-in-chief was the first African-­American president.

Niger Delta: Avengers Threaten to Resume Attacks on Oil Facilities

The Niger Delta Avengers, NDA, has issued a strong fresh warning to the Federal Government that it would resume bombing of oil facilities if the government made any further mistake to enter into negotiation with selfish leaders in the region.

The group said the so-called leaders only represented themselves instead of the interest of the people.

The Avengers in a statement accused some unnamed selfish Niger Delta leaders and groups of appropriating the overall interest of the region to themselves and cronies, while the majority wallowed in penury.

A spokesman for the NDA, who gave his name as Col. Rightman Hudson Opukurowari, in the statement, warned that any attempt by the government to engage in any form of dialogue with Niger Delta leaders who had allegedly hijacked the commonwealth of the people for their selfish interest, would be resisted.

Opukurowari said: “Since we had agreed to suspend bombing oil facilities and enter into genuine dialogue with the government, the administration has not shown any seriousness in talking to the right set of people to move the peace process forward.

“Two months after the ceasefire, it has become clear to the world that this government has not been sincere and serious in meeting the simple demands of the people to put in place a concrete plan of transforming the landscape and giving us any sense of hope despite our critical contribution to the commonwealth of the nation.

“From the way the government is going after we had suspended bombings, it is clear to the world that the Federal Government is not ready to make peace with us as earlier promised and we are under pressure to resume our attacks.

It is obvious that the Muhammadu Buhari administration has rather chosen to be nonchalant to the dialogue and has deliberately decided to invite only their political friends for a dinner in the name of dialogue, by their own selective measures, thereby ignoring the chance for real peace and dialogue with the appropriate persons and groups.

“The Government is trying to avoid a holistic approach to addressing the real issues affecting us and finding solutions to them but merely taking time off to engage those we see as “Niger Delta Vultures” sitting in Abuja with their sponsors, taking credit for our genuine agitations.

“We have watched and observed that with the body language of the President and the composition of the so-called dialogue group, no meaningful solution will be proffered unless the government invites all concerned and genuine individuals and groups for the purpose of finding a lasting solution to the crisis in the region.

“We hereby warn that any action taken by the government to provoke us to resume hostilities would be more brutal than before until we enter the promised land.

“We are concerned because these same persons invited for the scheduled dialogue have become Federal Government dialogue contractors and they do not represent the interest of the generality of the people.”

Norway Announces It Will Ban Islamic Veil From Classrooms

The burqa veil is to be banned in schools and universities across Norway following similar measures in other European countries, according to the Norwegian education minister.

The country’s right-wing government confirmed it was considering “national regulations prohibiting the full-face veil in schools and universities.”, a move supported by the opposition Labour Party.

Education minister Torbjorn Roe Isaksen confirmed the ban would only apply to the full-face veil and not to other Islamic headscarves including the hijab, chador and niqab.

Buhari Calls for Stronger Global Alliance to Combat Terrorism

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday in Abuja called for the stronger global alliance in intelligence and information sharing to halt the scourge of terrorism that currently haunts both developing and developed countries.

The President made the call at the State House while receiving Letters of Credence from the Ambassadors of the Republic of Tunisia, Jalel Trabelsi; Federal Republic of Germany, Dr. Bernhard Stephen Schlagheck; Kingdom of Sweden, Inger Ultvedt; and the High Commissioner of Canada, Christopher Thornley, at separate meetings.

President Buhari told the Canadian High Commissioner that countries must always be on alert, and be willing to share information on activities of terrorists.

The President said Nigeria received support from several countries to fight Boko Haram insurgents in the North East, after the invitation to the G-7 meeting in Germany in 2015, recording remarkable progress in degrading the group and saving many lives.

Buhari said: ‘‘The terrorists are all over the place, and we must be more watchful. If a developed country like France can be attacked by terrorists to the point of killing about 130 people, then what more of developing countries.

‘‘We need to build and keep increasing our capacities to network and stay ahead. We need to build these capacities across borders because terrorists operate across borders,’’ he said.

President Buhari said the rehabilitation of Internally Displaced Persons in the North East also received attention from some countries, who were quick to render services and material support to alleviate the humanitarian crisis that followed the overpowering of Boko Haram.

The President said his government had instituted reforms in various sectors of the Nigerian economy to ensure stability and integrity in operations, promising to create a more enabling environment for new partnerships and attractions for Foreign Direct Investments.

In his remark, Thornley said the reforms in the Nigerian economy were necessary to build global confidence and deeper relationships that will benefit the country.

“We want you to know that Canada stands by you as a friend to Nigeria, and your government,” he said.

Nigerian Soldiers Engage Boko Haram in Serious Gun Fight, Kill 9 Terrorists

A serious gunfight erupted between Nigerian Army troops and scores of Boko Haram insurgents at Ballabulin, Borno State, yesterday.
Following the gunfight, nine of the terrorists were killed, while weapons were recovered.
Vanguard reports that a statement by Army spokesman, Col. Sani Usman, said: “Today (Wednesday) morning, troops of Operation LAFIYA DOLE, on patrol came across some elements of Boko Haram terrorists at Bulabulin. 
“They engaged them in a gunfight that lasted for an hour. The troops killed nine terrorists and wounded several others.
“They also recovered two AK-47 rifles, two hand grenades, one Improvised Explosive Device, IED, five jerry cans of Premium Motor Spirit and nine motorcycles.
“The troops would continue the clearance operation of the remnants of the insurgents in all their areas of operation with renewed vigour and determination.”

Boko Haram: Army Can Declare Civilians Wanted – Buratai Tells Falana

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Tukur Yusuf Buratai, has said that with the arrest of a journalist, Ahmed Salkida, over links with Boko Haram sect, he has been vindicated that the Nigerian military can declare a civilian wanted.

He was reacting to reports credited to a legal practitioner, Mr. Femi Falana that the military lacks power to declare civilians wanted.

According to him, in the course of securing the country from terrorism, the military has the power to summon any person to assist them with this task.

Buratai, in a statement issued by his lawyer and human rights activist, Ugochukwu Osuagwu, obtained by journalists in Abuja, added that in the course of questioning any person who is suspected to have links with terrorists, the Army may refer the person to appropriate agencies for further investigation and prosecution, especially where the facts were available.

The statement reads…

“It was Judy Biggert who said “No one ever said that fighting the war against terrorism and defending our homeland would be easy. So let’s support our troops, law enforcement workers, and our mission to keep our nation and our children safe in the days and years to come”

“My attention has been drawn to an article appearing in several newspapers and online media credited to Learned Silk FEMI FALANA (SAN) with the caption  “Army Lacks Power To Declare Civilians ‘Wanted’” .

“I disagree with this view. The Nigerian Military or Army has both Constitutional and Statutory mandate to fight terrorism and in the course of securing the country from terrorism have the power to summon any person to assist them with this task. And if in the course of questioning any person who is suspected to have links with Terrorists, the Army or Nigerian Military where the facts warrants, may refer the person to appropriate Agencies for further investigation and prosecution.

“I do not see how any person would suggest that the Nigerian Army or Military would allow any person they suspect may interfere with the war against terrorism to go scot free simply because the person wears a civilian garb or is a civilian? Certainly Public safety and National Security would not encourage such. Rather than condemn the Nigerian Army for declaring certain persons wanted or summoning any person ,we should commend them for their sound intelligence gathering.

“On October 28 2015 the Nigerian Army declared 100 Boko Haram terrorists suspects wanted in Borno. There was no write up condemning this declaration even where the photos of these persons were published. So why would declaring three persons wanted now generate controversy.

“Nigerian Army has full powers under Section 217 of the Nigerian Constitution to summon or declare any suspected person wanted in the course of defending Nigeria’s territorial space from terrorists and rebels.They do not need to wait for the IGP or AGF or SSS to act swiftly.

“1999 Constitution of Nigeria Section 217 provides . (1) There shall be an armed forces for the Federation which shall consist of an army, a navy, an Air Force and such other branches of the armed forces of the Federation as may be established by an Act of the National Assembly.

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Fayose Signs Bill To Try Herdsmen For Terrorism

Ekiti State Governor Ayo Fayose yesterday signed a bill to regulate grazing, into law, with a warning that any herdsman caught with arms will face charges of terrorism.

The governor said the law would curtail activities of suspected herdsmen, who move about with firearms, unleashing terror on citizens.

According to the new law, any offender arrested and convicted is liable to six months’ imprisonment without any option of fine.

Grazing activities in designated places would take place between 7 am and 6 pm daily in Ekiti State.

The governor vowed that his administration will enforce the law, noting that the law was not targeted at any particular group but to ensure that the state does not descend into anarchy and senseless bloodletting.

Fayose signed the bill into law, with traditional rulers, community leaders and interest groups present.

He promised to convoke such a meeting once in three months to review the security situation and other issues affecting the state.

The governor earlier meet with the monarchs and community leaders at the Osuntokun Lodge of the Government House before giving his assent to the law in the open.

He said the bill became expedient to prevent a recurrence of an attack by suspected herdsmen on Oke Ako in Ikole Local Government, where two people were killed and scores injured on May 20.

The governor noted that by working with rulers, he would get a feedback on those plundering state resources, such as trees, farmlands and others.

Fayose said: “My government took the bill to the House after what happened in Oke Ako some months ago. The House has passed the bill and I have to assent it. It becomes a law from today that if you do anything to the contrary you will be punished by the law.”

Any herdsman caught with firearms or any weapon while grazing in Ekiti now will be charged with terrorism. I solicit your support for this government to succeed.”

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FG Approves Review Of Counter-Terrorism Strategy.

The Federal Government on Tuesday took stock of its war against terrorism, especially since the inception of President Muhammadu Buhari, and effected changes in its counter-terrorism strategy.


In doing this, the Presidency attributed the popularity that the terrorist sect seemed to enjoy during the immediate past administration on embezzlement perpetrated by those who stole funds meant to acquire equipment to fight terrorism in the North-East.


Buhari made the remarks at the launch of the reviewed National Counter-terrorism Strategy (NACTEST), which was undertaken by the Office of the National Security Adviser.


Represented by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, the President noted that those entrusted with the funds displayed parochial interest that led to thousands of lives being lost and extended the reign of terror.?


Buhari also cautioned ministries, departments and agencies to ensure that their officers who have been trained on the new security techniques adhere to the strategy as contained in the documents.

He reiterated his orders to security agencies to ensure that those that threaten the peace of the country, life and property of citizens are brought to book.


In the past few years, our nation has faced the threat of terrorism characterised by mindless killing of our people, including children.


The massacre of the Buni-Yadi boys in their hostels at night, the bombing of churches, mosque and market places, the kidnap of the Chibok girls and many others.

The sheer recklessness of the killings, the shootings and the executions were meant to terrorize and produce maximum fear to further establish the reign of terror in the troops territory and hoisted their terror flags in almost 27 local government in the North-East.


Sadly, because of the disgraceful deed and the wickedness of some in governance and some in high office in the armed forces at the time, fund meant to equip soldiers to continue the fight against terror was embezzled. The incredible selfishness caused the nation thousands of lives, extended the reign of terror and strengthen the enemy,” Buhari said.


The President noted that defeating the terrorist sect and sustaining internal security were some of the core mandate of his administration since he assumed office in May 2015.


He said, “This is why a robust, counter-terrorism strategy is crucial in the fight against terrorism and must be constantly reviewed from relevance to contemporary challenges.


I wish to confirm that this policy (NACTEST) is fit for purpose to adequately respond to current, imminent and future challenges.”


There must be an understanding that the war against terrorism is the most unconventional one, the enemy is essentially an insane nuisance because he revels in cowardly attacks,” the President said.

DSS ‘Arrests’ Boko Haram Spiritual Leader Who Masterminded Yobe School Shooting

The Department of State Services, DSS, on Monday disclosed that it has arrested some Boko Haram terrorists plotting to carry out attacks in some states, including the “spiritual leader at a Boko Haram cell in Kano,” who is suspected to be the mastermind of the shooting of some students at Government Secondary School, Mamudo village near Potiskum, Yobe State, in 2013.
This was made public in a statement signed by an agent, Tony Opuiyo, which also disclosed that the secret police rounded up some members of kidnapping gangs in Benue, Akwa Ibom and Calabar states.

The statement reads in part, “Following threat messages against some members of the diplomatic corps in Abuja and Lagos, this service responded and subsequently apprehended one Aikhoje Moses, on 19 August 2016, at Azagha by-pass off the Benin-Asaba expressway in Edo state. Before his arrest, Moses had threatened the diplomatic community in Nigeria, particularly the consular-generals of Switzerland and Denmark and their embassies in Nigeria, warning them to leave the country.

“The service also arrested one Mudaisiru Jibrin aka Namakele/Alarama on 17 July, 2016, at Sauna quarters, Yankaba area in Kano. Jibrin was the spiritual leader to a newly uncovered Boko Haram cell in Kano. Preliminary investigation so far conducted revealed that he was also the mastermind of the shooting of some students at Government Secondary School (GSS), Mamudo village near Potiskum, Yobe State, in 2013.

“Similarly, on 8 July, 2016, at Kinkinau area in Unguwar Mu’azu of Kaduna metropolis, the service arrested one Mukhtar Tijani, a notorious Boko Haram fighter and three of his accomplices namely, Isiaku Salihu, Abdullahi Isah and Hindu Isah. The four suspects were apprehended while perfecting arrangements for major coordinated attacks on selected targets and locations in Kaduna state.

“In a related development, on 12 August 2016, at Auchi in Edo state, three members of the Ansaru terrorist group hibernating in Kogi state were apprehended by the service. Usman Abdullahi, Abdulmumuni Sadio and Ahmad Salihu were arrested while making arrangements to launch attacks on some selected targets in Edo and Kogi states, before escaping to join ISIS in Libya.”

The statement added that the DSS responded to recurring attacks by cattle rustlers in Zamfara state by arresting members of a gang which specialised in cattle rustling and kidnapping in Zamfara and Katsina states.

It added that the DSS “conducted series of operations in collaboration with the military to degrade the criminal network of one ‘Buhari General’ in the state. Sequel to these operations, this service arrested one Abdullahi Haruna aka Douglas, a bread seller on 13 August, 2016, at Hayin Buba area in Gusau LGA of Zamfara state. Haruna was intercepted while using the cover of his petty business, to monitor security bases and movement of security agents in the state, in a bid to facilitate counter-attacks against security personnel deployed to the state.

“Also, on 12 August, 2016, at Aliero town in Aliero LGA of Kebbi state, one Hussaini Alhaji Sule aka Yellow, was apprehended by the service. His arrest was facilitated by an earlier operation of 29 July, 2016, when one Hafizu Sani, a spy and criminal associate of ‘Buhari General’, was apprehended by this service. Prior to his arrest, Sani was also spying on the movements of security agents in Zamfara state. Sani, in concert with other elements, has been terrorising local communities in Kaduna, Katsina and Zamfara states respectively, engaging in cattle rustling and kidnap activities.

“Meanwhile, following the spate of gruesome killing and kidnap incidents in Benue state, on 8 August, 2016, the service arrested one Terfa Jirgba and two of his accomplices, namely Terzungee Kwaghaondo and Mathias Aende, at Badagry street off Esther Aka road in Makurdi, Benue state. Jirgba is an active ally and gang member of Terwase Agwaza aka Ghana, a notorious kidnapper who runs a kidnapping and criminal network in Benue state.

“In a follow-up operation, one Terungwa Abur was trailed to Port-Harcourt City in Rivers state. He was eventually picked up on 16August, 2016. Abur is the second in command to Agwaza and a key member of the kidnapping gang of Terwase Agwaza aka Ghana which operates from Benue state. He acts as a courier for the underworld gang and was the negotiator of the N4m ransom paid to the gang for the release of two Indian national staff of Dangote Cement Company, Yander-Gboko, who were kidnapped on 29July, 2016, in Markudi city. He also participated in the killing of one Ortin in Gboko township on 1August, 2016.


“To address the activities of various criminal syndicates that have in recent months terrorised residents of Calabar and parts of Akwa Ibom state, on 15 August, 2016, along Ukpong street in Oron LGA, one Benjamin Emomotemi and his accomplices namely Gabriel Ambrose, Godbless Taliboth Mattias, Blessing Sunday, Simeon Blessing Sunday, Edet Effiong Asanagasi And Rose Williams, were all apprehended by the service tactical team. The suspects were part of a kidnap ring which masterminded the abduction of one Mr Rufus AKV on 31 May, 2016 and Senator Patrick Ani on 6 July, 2016 in Cross River state.”

ISIS Unveils First Ever Female Spokesperson In A Bid To Lure More Women

slamic State has taken the unusual step of using a female spokesperson in one of its propaganda videos.

The terror group has broken from tradition by announcing the move in a short video entitled Foundation of the Euphrates.

But the woman’s identity is not revealed because she is wearing a burka. The video shows the female jihadi wearing full-length black clothing, which is forced on women under the group’s strict interpretation of Sharia law.
It comes after the jihadis launched a women-only magazine called Majestic which is distributed to followers online and in areas under ISIS control.

However, it is believed to be the first time the group has placed a woman in such a visual role. It is thought that the video could be an attempt to recruit more women into the organisation.

Thousands Attend Slain Priest’s Funeral

Thousands have attended the funeral in Rouen cathedral in Normandy of French priest Father Jacques Hamel, who was murdered in his church by Islamist extremists last week.

A public ceremony was led by the city’s archbishop, after which Father Hamel was to be interred in a private burial.
French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve and senior Roman Catholic clerics attended the service.
Father Hamel had his throat cut when two men stormed his church during Mass days ago. May his soul rest in peace.



Islam Is Not Terrorism – Pope Francis

Pope Francis has said that Islam can not be equated with terrorism and warned that Europe was pushing its young into the hands of extremists.


“It’s not true and it’s not correct (to say) Islam is terrorism,” he told journalists on Sunday aboard the papal plane during the return journey from a trip to Poland.


“I don’t think it is right to equate Islam with violence”.


Francis defended his decision not to name Islam when condemning the brutal jihadist murder of a Catholic priest in France in the latest of a string of recent attacks in Europe claimed by the Islamic State group.


“In almost every religion there is always a small group of fundamentalists. We have them too.”


“If I have to talk about Islamic violence I have to talk about Christian violence. Every day in the newspapers I see violence in Italy, someone kills his girlfriend, another kills his mother-in-law, and these are baptised Catholics.”

The pontiff was speaking after Muslims attended Catholic mass in churches around France on Sunday in solidarity and sorrow following the murder of the priest, whose throat was slit at the altar of his church.


In an echo of remarks made during his five-day trip to Poland for a Catholic youth festival, Francis said religion was not the driving force behind the violence.


“You can kill with the tongue as well as the knife,” he said, in an apparent reference to a rise in populist parties fuelling racism and xenophobia.


He said Europe should look closer to home, saying “terrorism… grows where the God of money is put first” and “where there are no other options”.


“How many of our European young have we left empty of ideals, with no work, so they turn to drugs, to alcohol, and sign up with fundamentalist groups?” he asked.

Canada Working With Nigeria To Defeat Terrorism- Calderwood

The outgoing Canadian High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr Perry Calderwood, has said that Canada’s government has been working with Nigeria to defeat terrorism through various trainings for the Nigeria police, especially in investigation techniques.

“Though globally, terrorism has become common, but there must always be effort to contain its spread. Beyond this, we have been engaging in inter-communities’ dialogue to sustain peace in states like Benue”, Calderwood said during an exclusive interview.

He also pointed out that in response to the humanitarian needs in the Lake Chad Basin region, Canada recently announced a plan to provide more than $26 million for humanitarian assistance in 2016. ‘’This will help to provide food, drinking water, hygiene, sanitation and health services, treatment for acute malnutrition and support for livelihoods for vulnerable populations, including refugees, internally displaced persons and communities hosting refugees’’.

He explained that in achieving this, his country is partnering with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the World Food Programme, the United Nations Children’s Fund, Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, the International Committee of the Red Cross Action Against Hunger, among others.

On corruption, Calderwood revealed Canada has specifically told the Nigerian government: “If there are funds that have been traced to Canada, there are mechanisms in place for our government to respond to this kind of request. It’s through our Federal Police and through our Justice department and the contacts are there already.

“People feel frustrated that it takes time to retrieve funds that may have been stolen and stashed in Canada in form of real estate or something…but remember that in any country that respects rule of law, certain procedures must be followed. A government simply just doesn’t have power to seize something and return it somewhere. You have to go through the legal processes.”

He pointed out that the international community, including Canada, has worked very hard to strengthen rules and prevent illicit funds from flowing in the first place.

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Update: Ansbach Bomber ‘Pledged Allegiance To ISIL’

A Syrian man who detonated explosives outside a music festival in the German city of Ansbach, killing only himself and wounding at least 15 people, had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State of Syria and the Levant group before the attack, according to a senior government official.


The 27-year-old suspect, who was a refugee, blew himself up late on Sunday after being denied entry to the event.


Joachim Herrmann, the interior minister of Bavaria, said on Monday that video footage discovered on the suspect’s mobile phone showing him pledging allegiance to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the self-declared leader of ISIL, also known as ISIS, makes it clear the incident was a “terrorist attack”.


He said the man, who has not been named, also “announced an act of revenge against Germans because they were standing in the way of Islam”.


Moments later, ISIL claimed responsibility for the bombing on its Amaq website, saying that the attacker was one of its “soldiers”.


Al Jazeera’s Dominic Kane, reporting from Berlin, said: “He [the suspect] came to Germany two years ago and his asylum application was rejected last year for reasons that we don’t know right at this minute.


“He had been based in Germany with the knowledge that he was not going to receive permanent asylum in this country. He had twice before tried to take his life and, at some point in the recent past, he had been receiving psychiatric help.”


German police also said on Monday that they had found enough materials to make another bomb at the suspect’s home, and several violent videos. Germany will boost its police presence at airports and train stations and carry out stop-and-search operations close to border areas, Thomas de Maiziere, Germany’s interior minister, said in Berlin on Monday after four violent attacks in less than a week.


“What seems particularly important to me at the moment is an increased police presence in public spaces.


“I have therefore ordered that the federal police visibly increase their presence at airports and railways stations and that there are random checks, which are not visible but very effective, in border areas.”

Despite 50 Killed At Orlando Gay Club, Many Still Flood LGBT Pride Event

Following the carnage that unfolded at the Pulse nightclub in which 50 clubbers lost their lives, thousands of Americans poured into the streets of West Hollywood to take part in an LGBTQ pride event.

19-year-old singer Hailee Steinfeld led the charge of celebs who made sure to still attend Pride events across the country despite a mass shooting targeting the LGBTQ community earlier that morning.

She was joined by stars including Danny DeVito, Carly Rae Jepsen and Kelly Osbourne at the LA
Pride parade in West Hollywood, California,on Sunday.

Dedicating her performance to the 50 dead and 53 injured in the Orlando, Florida, gay nightclub shooting, the teen danced and sung her heart out.

The teen wrote on Twitter: ‘There is no better reminder that love conquers all than joining the LGBTQ community at LA Pride tonight.

‘I could have danced all night in celebration of our freedom and equality. In memory of the victims this weekend, we stand with you and your families.’

Israel Retaliates For The Terror Attack Two Palestinians Carried Out In Tel Aviv

Two gunmen disguised as ultra-Orthodox Jews carried out a terror attack in a Cafe at Tel Aviv, Israel yesterday June 8, killing four Israelis and injuring at least five others. The Israeli military has now revoked all permits for Palestinians to visit Israel and travel abroad during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

COGAT, an Israeli defense body, revealed today that all 83,000 permits have been frozen for Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza to visit family in Israel, attend Ramadan prayers in Jerusalem

or travel abroad via Israel’s Tel Aviv airport.

In addition, the military says it has frozen Israeli work permits for 204 of the attackers’ relatives, and is preventing Palestinians from leaving and entering the West Bank village of Yatta, the attackers’ home. Entering or leaving will only be permitted for humanitarian and medical cases.

Vladmir Putin Sends Attack Submarine Into English Waterways Just Days Before England vs Russia Clash At Euro 2016

Russian president Vladmir Putin has sent an attack submarine (kilo-class submarine Stary Oskol) armed with missiles and torpedoes into the English Channel, just days before England play Russia in the Euros according to a report by The Sun UK.

According to the report, the submarine will pass through the Dover Straits at 10am today.

England’s Royal Navy had intercepted the Russian submarine in the North Sea, and this action by the Russian president could spark a full blown out retaliation from NATO and the UN. It is not clear yet whether Putin was trying to intimidate England or if he was trying to attack the UK.
Defence Secretary Michael Fallon was quick to hail the Royal Navy for snuffing out Putin’s latest attempt to intimidate the UK ahead of the Euros.
Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said: “This shows that the Navy is maintaining a vigilant watch in international and territorial waters to keep Britain safe and protect us from potential threats.

Nigeria Navy Arrests Militants Behind NNPC And Chevron Facilities Attacks

 A militant kingpin who is best described as the coordinator of recent attacks on NNPC and Chevron oil facilities in the region has been arrested by the Nigerian Navy who said it has recorded a major feat in the ongoing military onslaught against Niger Delta militants and pipeline vandals.Briefing journalists while parading the suspects at the Naval Base Warri on Tuesday,Commander, Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) Delta, Commodore Riami Muhammed, said his men also arrested another militant leader who spearheaded last week’s attack on Shell Petroleum Development Company’s 48inch crude pipeline in Forcados.

It was gathered that the militants’ coordinator, whose name was not disclosed for security reasons, also illegally operates about 35 abandoned oil well heads and crude oil pipelinesin Okpoko and
Obodo creeks in Warri South West Local Government Area of the state.

Commodore Mohammed said the suspects werearrested in collaboration with other security agencies, saying that the arrest was capable of reducing or ending attacks by the rampaging militants.Two suspectThe elated NNS Delta boss said, “Today, I’m pleased to announce that after several weeks of persistent efforts, the Nigerian navy in collaboration with other security agencies has arrested the main coordinator of the attacks on the NNPC and Chevron oil and gas facilities that we have witnessed since May 4, 2016, with the attack on Chevron Okan Valve platform offshore Escravos.“You are aware of the recent series of attacks onoil and gas facilities in the Niger Delta and in Delta State for which some groups/persons have claimed responsibilities.

The Nigerian Navyand other security agencies have been doing their best to curtail these attacks.”He noted that his men were not just after members of the Niger Delta Avengers but everyone suspected to be responsible for the recent attacks on oil facilities in the region.Mohammed said, “It’s important to mention that the suspect is also deeply involved in pipeline vandalism and stealing crude oil. He steals crude oil from about 35 abandoned oil well heads.

The Nigerian Navy believes with the arrest of this suspect, the attacks on Chevron/NNPC facilities will abate.”Two suspectOn the arrest of the suspect behind last week attack on 48-inch Forcados crude line, Mohammed said “He has provided useful information that will assist NNS Delta to arrest other culprits.”While commending the Delta State government for her support, he warned criminal elements in the Niger Delta to desist as Nigerian military were very committed towards flushing out their activities from the region.Two of the suspected militant’s kingpins were shaded from journalists for security reasons while several tools and ammunition used for the attacks were displayed.

Source; Punch

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 Quran.


Dr Andrew Pocock, the former British high commissioner to Nigeria, has now revealed that a large group of the missing girls were spotted by British and American surveillance officials shortly after their disappearance, but experts felt nothing could be done.


He told The Sunday Times of London that Western governments felt ‘powerless’ to help as any rescue attempt would have been too high risk – with Boko Haram terrorists using the girls as human shields. Dr Pocock said: ‘A couple of months after the kidnapping, fly-bys and an American eye in the sky spotted a group of up to 80 girls in a particular spot in the Sambisa forest, around a very large tree, called locally the Tree of Life, along with evidence of vehicular movement and a large encampment.’ According to the report of Pocock’s interview with Sunday Times, as published in the Daily Mail on Sunday, the former envoy said the girls were there for at least four weeks but authorities were ‘powerless’ to intervene – and the Nigerian government did not ask for help anyway.

He said: ‘A land-based attack would have been seen coming miles away and the girls killed, an air-based rescue, such as flying in helicopters or Hercules, would have required large numbers and meant a significant risk to the rescuers and even more so to the girls.’ He added: ‘You might have rescued a few but many would have been killed. My personal fear was always about the girls not in that encampment — 80 were there, but 250 were taken, so the bulk were not there. What would have happened to them? You were damned if you do and damned if you don’t.’ In an investigation by Christina Lamb for the Sunday Times Magazine, Dr Pocock said the information was passed to the Nigerians but they made no request for help. According to the report in Daily Mail, the Sunday Times Magazine has also seen brutal rape videos which show schoolgirls are being used as sex slaves by the terrorists.


Ms Lamb reports: ‘They film schoolgirls being raped over and over again until their scream become silent Os.’ Some of the girls who managed to escape told Ms Lamb they were kept in ‘women’s prisons’ where they were taught about Islam. Boko Haram fighters would visit and pick their wives.


The girls were powerless to resist as even then the men would be heavily armed. They were shown videos of people being raped, tortured and killed as a threat of what would happen to them if they tried to run away.


Dr Stephen Davis, a former canon at Coventy Cathedral who has spent several years attempting to negotiate with the terror group said Boko Haram ‘make Isis look like playtime’ and said it is ‘beyond belief’ that the authorities both in Nigeria and the West do not know where the schoolgirls are.


He insists the locations of the camps where the girls are being kept are well known and can even be seen on Google maps. He added: ‘How many girls have to be raped and abducted before the West will do anything?’ Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau previously claimed that all the girls, some of whom were Christian, had converted to Islam and been ‘married off’.


The mass abduction brought the brutality of the Islamist insurgency to worldwide attention and prompted the viral social media campaign #BringBackOurGirls which was supported by everyone from Michelle Obama to Malala Yousafzai.


Boko Haram violence has left at least 17,000 dead and forced more than 2.6 million from their homes since 2009. The Global Terrorism Index ranks the group as the word’s deadliest terror organisation.


Credit : Daily Mail UK

Troops Kill One Terrorist, Capture Three Others In Gwashari Village, Borno

Troops of 254 Task Force Battalion, 25 Task Force Brigade in conjunction with vigilantes have conducted clearance operation of remnants of Boko Haram terrorists at Gwashari village along Damboa-Bale road.

During the patrol, the troops encountered some elements of the Boko Haram terrorists in which they killed one and captured 3 others. They also recovered 1 Dane gun, an magazine of AK-47 rifle, 2 knives, assorted drugs and the sum of N142,000 from the terrorists.

Two Muslim Women Escorted Off Flight Due To The Way They Were Staring At Flight Attendant

Two women in Islamic attire were removed from a JetBlue flight 487 on Saturday after landing for allegedly filming the cabin crew. They were both arrested by the Police and escorted off the aircraft.
The arrest was posted online by a Wired journalist Mark Frauenfelder whose friend, Sharon Kessler, was on the same flight as the women but the video has since been made private after it went viral.

The airline has denied the women were ejected because of their presumed religion and says it was it simply paying “due diligence” to security procedures.
Footage of the event, which has now been made private, was posted online by former Wired journalist Mark Frauenfelder.
According to Frauenfelder, Kessler, in a facebook post said that she “overheard a flight attendant tell a co-worker that she didn’t like the way two Muslim women were staring back at her.”
Kessler said that the crew member told another member that “she didn’t appreciate being stared at – she did not seem rattled or scared – just smug,”.

“It was a terrible moment, honestly. These women sat quietly, watched movies – it felt like overkill from this flight attendant.”

JetBlue in a press statement denied that the removal of the wmone was because of their religion.
A spokesman said the same thing would have happened to anyone who filmed the crew and had also occurred in the past:

“This happened on arrival at LAX and did not impact the customers more than they had to wait a couple of seconds before getting off the plane.

“My understanding is that the two women who were addressed by local law enforcement were also allowed to go on their way.”

“More than 35 million customers from many cultures and backgrounds travel on JetBlue without incident each year.

“Our crewmembers’ first priority is the safe and secure operation of our flights and as a security precaution, are asked to be aware of anyone who may be filming or taking photographs of inflight procedures or the flight deck area.

“If a crewmember believes a customer may be filming safety procedures, the crewmember may report it for further review.”

“In this instance, our crewmembers acted in accordance with security procedures. We appreciate our customers’ patience and cooperation, and apologise for the inconvenience.”

The police were responding to a report from cabin crew that the women were recording “sensitive inflight activities,” the spokesman added, saying the response was a standard security procedure.

“We have to do due diligence to make sure everyone is on the up and up,” he said.

Terrorism: Dambazau Off To Cameroon, Chad

The Minister of Interior, Abdurahman Dambazau, left the country yesterday on a three-day visit to Cameroon and Chad.

The Press Secretary to the minister, Osaigbovo Ehisienmen, said Dambazau was accompanied on the trip by the Inspector General of Police, Mr Solomon  E. Arase, the Comptroller General of Nigeria Immigration Service, Mr. Martins Abeshi, the Director General of NEMA, the Solicitor General of the Federation and other top government officials.


The minister’s spokesman also said Dambazau is billed to meet with the Interior ministers of Cameroon and Chad in order to strategize on internal security threats, especially those with cross border effects.

Ehisienmen added that the minister’s interaction is expected to develop into a robust platform for collaborative action, information sharing and improved border security to check inflow of small arms and light weapons, drugs, illegal migration, human trafficking and movement of terrorists across borders.

Credit: dailytrust

Terrorism: FUT Minna Says ISIS Recruiter Did Not Register For 2015/2016 Academic Session

The management of the Federal University of Technology (FUT), Minna, has said that the arrested recruiter for the Islamic State of Iran and Syria (ISIS) did not register for the 2015/ 2016 academic session.



This is contained in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Minna.



The statement said that the alleged Abdulsalam Yunusa was admitted into the University in 2010/ 2012 academic session.


It also said that Yunusa was a weak student who last registered in 2014/2015 academic session but absconded after the first semester.


It stated that the records showed that the alleged recruiter was in 300 level and did not register for the current session, adding that his mates were presently being mobilised for the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC).


NAN recalls that the Department of the State Services (DSS) had on Feb. 9, announced the arrest of a 400-level student of the Federal University of Technology, Minna.


He was arrested for being the operational arrowhead of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in Nigeria.




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 access.

On Saturday night, the terrorist group attacked Dalori, a village four kilometres outside Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, allegedly killing 86 people including children.

But Chergui praised the success of the force at the close of an AU summit on Sunday, saying territory had been wrested back.

“Great results have been achieved and we must consolidate these gains,” he said.

Chergui said $110m came from Nigeria, with the European Union offering €50m, as well as donations from Britain and Switzerland.

Chad’s President Idriss Deby, the African Union chairman, said it was crucial the money pledged was actually paid to show “our firm commitment in the fight against terrorism.”

Nigerian Foreign Minister Geoffrey Onyeama said gains had been made but much more needed to be done.

“Boko Haram is no longer able to operate freely as in the past or control territories as they did,” he said.

“We are making tremendous progress in this battle, but we still need to remain vigilant, we need to share information and cooperate.”

We’ve Crushed Terrorism But We’ll Remain Vigilant — Buratai

Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai has commended his men for crushing terrorism in the North East.

Lt-Gen Buratai who spoke weekend while laying the foundation stone for the new Brigade headquaters complex at the 2 Brigade, Port Harcourt, Rivers State said, the army will remain vigilant to contend any new strategy that may be adopted by the terrorists.

“The North East operation is critical at this stage. The terrorists have been defeated. These criminals may rear their ugly heads through other means. We will continue to maintain vigilance,” he said.

Buratai also laid the foundation stone for the new Brigade headquarters complex at the 2 Brigade, assuring that the Federal Government will continue to give special attention to the welfare of soldiers.

He commended soldiers of the 2 Brigade for their commitment to duty, saying that the Nigerian army had remained celebrated all over the world for professionalism and high level of discipline.

He lauded the efforts of the brigade in the anti oil theft war, saying that they should maintain the very high standard of discipline.

He said the army will improve on challenges of accommodation in barracks in the country, adding that attention would be given to the medical needs of soldiers and their families.

Buratai also interacted with wives of soldiers in the barracks, promising that the Federal Government will improve on the welfare of troops.

Buratai also inspected a five bedroom block project being built by his office in the barracks.

Lagos Closes Oshodi Market Over Insecurity

Lagos State Government yesterday shut down Owonifari market in the Oshodi, Oshodi/Isolo Local Government, aimed at addressing the security challenges in the area.
Lagos State Government often arrested hoodlums in Oshodi for various robberies and other petty incidents.Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Steve Ayorinde, lamented that the market has constituted a menace and an eyesore to the locality.
He added that they have relocated affected traders and shop owners to the newly built Isopakodowo
market stalls at Bolade area in Oshodi. The government has also started fencing-off of the set-back on Agege Motor Road that stretches from Ilupeju end of Oshodi all the way to the PWD/Ikeja GRA end of the area.

He said that the fencing-off of the long stretch of the set-back is being undertaken to assist the Federal Government and the Nigerian Railway Corporation in particular with a view to beautifying it and safeguard lives along the railway corridor by discouraging street trading and indiscriminate use of the space.

In the statement,  Ayorinde added that the Owonifari loop will be transformed into an ultra modern bus terminus with new bus shelters that are befitting of a structured park in a mega city.

He stated further that Oshodi will be sane and safe and a place where both traders and commuters would be pleased to visit and trade.

Source: Vanguard

Nigerian Grandad Of ISIS ‘Jihadi Junior’ Begs Daughter To Bring Him Home From Syria

The grandfather of a boy soldier – dubbed ‘Jihadi Junior’ – who appears in a new ISIS execution video has begged his notorious British jihadi daughter to bring him home.
22 year old Grace , of Christian and Nigerian descent left her London home in 2012 to enter into an arranged marriage and live in Syria with her husband.

Mr Dare told Channel 4 News he had reported her to the police on three occasions before she left for Syria, telling them:

“She’s behaving in a very funny way”. “They told me she’s free,” he added. “They said she’s above 18.”

Footage released online on Monday showed a masked Briton carrying out the brutal murder of five men he accuses of spying for the UK.
The horror clip ends with a child thought to be from the UK hailing the deaths, saying: “We will kill the Kuffar (unbelievers) over there”.
Now, Sunday Dare, 59, is begging  Grace, known as ‘Khadijah’, to bring the boy home.

Mr Dare told the Sun:

“Grace, Grace, come home with my grandchildren. “Come home, we love you, come and face the music. You caused it yourself, you’ve got to face the music.”

She achieved celebrity status in Islamic State after vowing to become the first female Islamic State fanatic to behead a British or US hostage.
In a video unearthed by The Mirror in 2014, burka-clad Dare fired an AK-47 rifle and pleaded with fellow Brits to fight by her side in Syria.

A security source said at the time:

“The threat Dare poses is immense. “Her notoriety has evolved so rapidly that she has achieved a celebrity like status among jihadists fighting in Syria and those who are thinking of travelling abroad to join IS.”

“The threat from homegrown would-be terrorists such as her is very great. Dare has now become a top priority.”

On her Twitter account – which has since been taken down – Dare posted pictures of her four-year-old son holding a machine gun.
The boy would be roughly the same age and shares similar features to the child wearing military fatigues and an ISIS bandana in the new video.

Source: UK Mirror

‘We Killed Seven Zaria Shiites To Save Buratai’ –Army

The Nigerian Army has said its men shot dead about seven members of the Shiite sect in Zaria, Kaduna State, on Saturday while 10 other members of the group were wounded in the bid of the soldiers to ward off an alleged attack by the sect’s members on the convoy of the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai.

The Army said the shooting by the troops accompanying the COAS convoy was “in line with the Rules of Engagement” to save the life of Buratai from “heavily armed” members of the Sheik Ibrahim El-Zakzaky-led Shiite sect.

This was contained in the ‘Occurrence Report’, prepared by the Nigerian Army Corps of Military Police and attached to a petition submitted by the office of the COAS to the headquarters of the National Human Rights Commission in Abuja on Monday.

The petition, dated December 14, 2015, with the title, ‘Letter of complaint against Shiite sect attack on the Chief of Army Staff,’ and with reference number NA/COAS/G1/52, was signed by Col. F.U. Mijinyawa on behalf of the COAS.

The petition was addressed to the Executive Secretary of the NHRC, Prof. Ben Angwe, who received the representative of the COAS, Maj. Gen. Adamu Abubakar, in his office in Abuja on Monday.

The petition stated that over 500 members of the sect rushed out to barricade the road while the COAS was on his way from Dutse to pay homage to the Emir of Zazzau before proceeding to attend the Passing Out Parade of the 73 Regular Recruit Intake.

The Occurrence Report, with reference number HQ NACMP/G1/300167, detailed how the Shiite group members “heavily barricaded” the road, allegedly preventing the convoy of the COAS from passing through for a courtesy visit to the Emir of Zazzau.

The report stated that members of the sect were “heavily armed with dangerous weapons, ranging from long swords, knives, daggers, sticks, iron rods to catapult” at about 2.30pm on Saturday around the Polo/Golf Court on Sokoto Road, where they mounted the barricade in Zaria.

It added that the group defied the soldiers’ warning shots and allegedly started hauling dangerous weapons towards the troops while also planning to launch a “petrol bomb” attack against the COAS’ convoy.

The report added, “However, troops were wary of the group being armed with guns. Some members of the COAS entourage disembarked to approach the armed group to talk with them to remove the barricade to allow free passage.

“All entreaties fell on deaf ears as they insisted that they had to contact their leader, El-Zakzaky, before the COAS would be allowed passage.

“However, as this was going on, unknown to the convoy, some of the members of the group had positioned themselves at strategic locations around the vicinity. A few of the group members had started crawling in the overgrown grasses by the roadside towards the COAS vehicle, with the intent to attack the vehicle with petrol bomb.

“Subsequently, they suddenly resorted to firing gunshots from the direction of the mosque and hauling dangerous weapons towards the troops. Despite the troops firing warning shots, the El-Zakzaky’s group continued attempting to forge towards the troops.

“The troops immediately responded in line with Rules of Engagement as the life of the VIP (COAS) was seriously threatened.

“Troops had to shoot their way through up to the Zaria Post Office area by PZ to provide a safe corridor for the COAS and the convoy to pass through before the arrival of the reinforcement from the Depot of NA.

“Sequel to the above, about seven of the members of the group were shot dead and the COAS directed that the 10 wounded be evacuated to the Depot NA Medical Centre for treatment while all exhibit items such as swords, knives, cell phones be recovered from the scene.”

The report stated that the exhibit items were handed over to the Nigeria Police.

“Furthermore, the Nigerian Army School of Military Police Provost Admin Coy was directed to investigate along with the Nigeria Police,” it stated.

It added that a detailed report would be forwarded to the commission when the investigation was concluded.

Angwe assured the visitors that the NHRC would conduct detailed independent investigation into the incident.

Meanwhile, the Chief of Army Staff said on Monday that he escaped the Shiites attack on his convoy by the special grace of God.

The Army chief told journalists in Abuja after a closed-door meeting with the Senate Committee on Defence alongside the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Abayomi Olonisakin, and other top officials of the Defence ministry, that the Shiite members were really violent.

He said, “You want to know how I escaped? It was by the will of God that I was able to escape from that place. I think the NTA was there and it aired the clip; it was very clear.

“They were violent, definitely this is very clear, the clips are there. That was what happened.”

Also, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Defence, Samaila Aliyu, said the ministry would pay N10.6bn as judgment debts but did not give details of the beneficiaries.

He said, “We have judgements that have been delivered against us. Some have gone up to the Supreme Court. One is for N8.5bn and the other is for N2.1bn. We have backed the request with copies of the judgments.”

Islamic Human Rights Commission Protest In London Over Killing Of Shiite Muslims In Nigeria

The Islamic Human Rights Commission (IHRC), yesterday stormed the Nigerian High Commission in London to protest the killing of many Shiites whom the Nigerian Army had accused of trying to assassinate the Chief of Army staff on Saturday in Zaria.

The protesters carried placards with inscriptions such as; Nigerian Army are killers”, “Nigerian Army are killing unarmed civilians now”, asking that such killings should be stopped. See more photos below…


Now Is The Time To Flush Out Boko Haram – UN

A UN top aid official in Cameroon, Najat Rochdi, on Tuesday said Boko Haram Islamist militant group was expanding and the time to stop them was now. Rochdi, who is Resident Coordinator of UN aids activities in the country, said in Yaoundé that the terrorists’ strategy was to demonstrate its power with daily suicide bombings, using young girls.
“Its offensive is bankrupting Cameroon’s economy and destroying a fragile society, especially influencing the young. “Boko Haram is giving them a sense, because they are convincing them that it is a sacrifice for the better. “So we have to show them that they don’t have to die to have a better life,” she said.
She said that there was a chance to stop and uproot their activities in Cameroon, because the group’s recruits were driven by poverty and marginalisation. “If it was Jihadism, we all know it’s very difficult to compete with God. “But, because it’s just about having a voice and empowerment and economic opportunities and believing in a future, that’s something we know how to do,” Rochdi said.
She recalled that Boko Haram declared allegiance to the Islamic State in March and stepped up its bombing, tripling Cameroon’s number of displaced people to 158,000. Rochdi said the group now straddled the borders of Nigeria, Chad, Niger and Cameroon with number estimated at 40,000 and ambitions to set up an oil-rich Islamic state around Lake Chad.
“We used to have pockets of Boko Haram, it’s definitely expanding.
“It looks like they are trying to break through inside the country and also towards the borders in the east, the borders with Central African Republic,’’ she said. She said the impact of the sect’s activity on farming and markets had more than doubled the number of food-insecure people to 2.2 million and that more than 15 per cent of children were acutely malnourished.
Rochdi said that UN was trying to counter Boko Haram by re-establishing markets and the jobs that went with them as well as getting children back to school. She said that the danger was that Boko Haram could grow and link up with other Islamist groups, potentially triggering a worse refugee crisis in Europe than the one seen this year.

Boko Haram Abducts More Girls In Borno

An unspecified number of girls have reportedly been abducted by Boko Haram members after an attAack in Bam Village which is about 7 kilometres away from Buratai village, the hometown of the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant-General Tukur Buratai in Borno state.

A resident of Bam village, Ali Bam told The Nigerian Tribune that the sect members arrived their village in the early hours of yesterday November 29th, shooting and setting the place on fire. Four people were killed while an unspecified number of girls were abducted.

Terrorism Can Only Endure If Good People Remain Idle, Complacent– Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari said on Sunday in Malta that violent extremism and terrorism can only thrive and endure if good people remain idle and complacent. Speaking on behalf of other participating African Heads of State and Government at the closing Executive Session of the 2015 Commonwealth Summit, President Buhari said that he was confident that terrorism will be ultimately defeated with greater international cooperation and collaboration. “We have had the opportunity to discuss, in a serene atmosphere, wide ranging issues that are of great significance, not only to the members of the Commonwealth, but to the entire global community.

“Of particular note is the Action Statement on Climate Change, which is expected to herald our commitment to saving the planet for present and future generations. “Of equal significance are our deliberations on Radicalisation and Violent Extremism. We are witnesses to the growing phenomenon of terrorism that is affecting us all, whether big or small. “The reign of terror will only succeed if peace-loving people choose to remain idle.

Credit: DailyTimes

Terrorism Is Our Common Enemy – Hollande, Putin

Russian President, Vladimir Putin on Thursday praised efforts by his French counterpart, Francois Hollande to set up a coalition to fight the Islamic State terrorist militia.

“You’re putting a great deal of attention and effort into the creation of a broad anti-terrorist coalition.

“What’s more, we think this coalition is absolutely necessary and that’s where our positions coincide”, Putin said in a meeting with Hollande.

The meeting became imperative owing to Nov. 13 terrorist attacks in Paris, Oct. 31 downing of the Russian A321 passenger jet in Egypt, both attacks claimed by the Islmaic State.

“All of this prompt us to pool efforts in the struggle with this common evil, as we are mourning together with you over the losses France has suffered’’, he added.

For his part, Hollande thanked all Russians for their reaction to the Paris terrorist attacks.

“I have come here so that we could find a solution and move together on this path, effectively fighting the common enemy and searching for political solutions to settle the situation in Syria”, Hollande said.

Hollande travelled to Moscow for a meeting and working dinner with Putin as part of a week long campaign by Hollande to push for a more aggressive approach to fighting the Islamic State.

Prior to Hollande’s arrival, Putin made calls on Thursday for a unified, powerful force to combat terrorists in Syria, indicating a willingness to work jointly with France.



NYSC DG Says The Ban On Wearing Of Hijab In Camps Will Not Be Lifted

Members of Muslim Youths in Da’wah on Tuesday had a peaceful protest at the headquarters of the National Youth Service Corps in Abuja against the ban on the use of hijab by female Muslim corps members, especially during orientation camps.
However the Director-General of the NYSC, Brigadier-General, Johnson Olawumi, insisted on the ban, saying it was “for security reasons” and will not be lifted.

The national coordinator of LMYiD, Luqman Hassan; and the Deputy Coordinator, Kamarudeen Adefila, had told the NYSC DG that a major protest by Muslims was averted because of the ban on hijab in most orientation camps.

Hassan told the DG:

“We are here to discuss with you about the incident that happened recently in various camps across the country. We have a guiding principle which is based on the Holy Q’uran. We are all Nigerians and the principle which guides us is the constitution and the African Charter on Human rights.

“Members of the NYSC are Nigerians who have contributed to the development of this country; female corps members deserve protection by the NYSC. We don’t believe that a female corps member putting on hijab has done any wrong against the Act establishing the NYSC. So they deserve the respect of the NYSC. We have travelled far and wide and visited different camps. Why are the rights of female corps members being infringed upon. We are here to register our displeasure.”

“Many Muslim organisations wanted to protest, but we said wait a while. In fact, we have to intervene to avoid the situation and if Muslims march on the streets, it will attract a lot of negative comments, but people won’t know why we are protesting,” Adefila had added.

Olawumi said:

“Under my leadership, the NYSC will accord respect to every corps member, irrespective of tribe and religion. The incident in Benue State was caused by the use of long hijab. The security situation in the country is tough. There is the danger of somebody using hijab for other reasons.

“Why are you so particular on your alleged infraction on the rights of youths without mentioning any one of such on Christian youths? Produce your evidence, write to us and I can assure you that we will act fast. When the incident in Benue State was reported to us, I swung into action and ensured that the camp commandant was decamped immediately. We are not magicians; if you have any evidence, write to us and we will not hesitate to act.”

The NYSC Legal Adviser, Ahmed Tijani Ibrahim, said the incident in Benue State was still being  investigated.
He said,:

“I’m a Muslim and in our camps, I know that we have treated everybody equally. You mentioned the fact that you would have proceeded to protest. Very minor issues could trigger off mass protest.

“We will see the way forward to this complaint. I can assure you that the issue will not be swept under the carpet. The NYSC is very sensitive to the issue of religion and immediately we heard of it, we swung into action and we are on it because issues of religion are very sensitive.”


Turkey Shoots Down Russian Warplane On Syrian Border

Turkey has shot down a Russian warplane on the Syrian border, a senior Turkish official has said. According to Al Jazeerah, the plane was shut down on Syrian territory in Latakia’s Yamadi village.

The plane was downed by the Turkish military according to the rules of engagement because it violated Turkish airspace, the Turkish official said.

The Turkish president’s office identified the plane as Russian and said it was warned before being shot down, according to semi-official Anadolou agency.

A Turkish military statement said that the plane violated Turkish air space in the Hatay province and was warned ‘ten times in five minutes’. “Our two F-16 planes on air patrol duty intervened in the plane in question on November 24, 2015, 9:24am, according to the rules of engagement,” the statement said.

The Russian defence ministry said that an SU-24 fighter jet crashed in Syria as a result of an attack from the ground. “A probe is in progress into the circumstances of the Russian plane crash,” the ministry was quoted as saying by the TASS Russian News Agency, adding that the plane had stayed within Syrian airspace. Objective monitoring data confirm this.”.

Woman Blows Self Up In Paris Raid

The Paris prosecutor’s office confirmed Wednesday that a woman detonated an explosives vest during a police assault in the hunt for those behind the terror attacks in the city.

Three men holed up inside the apartment were arrested, while a man and woman were arrested near the location of the raid, read a statement.

Police sources said a second suspected jihadist had been killed in the raid which began just after 4:00am.

Meanwhile the prosecutor’s office said that police had released family and friends of jihadists Ismael Mostefai and Samy Amimour who blew themselves up in the Bataclan concert hall, where 89 were killed.

Putin Reveals Islamic State Funding Comes From 40 Countries, Including G20 Member States

President Vladimir Putin says he has shared Russian intelligence data on Islamic State financing with his G20 colleagues and said the terrorists appear to be financed from 40 countries, including some G20 member states.

During the summit, “I provided examples based on our data on the financing of different Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) units by private individuals. This money, as we have established, comes from 40 countries and, there are some of the G20 members among them,” Putin told the journalists.

Putin also spoke of the urgent need to curb the illegal oil trade by IS.

“I’ve shown our colleagues photos taken from space and from aircraft which clearly demonstrate the scale of the illegal trade in oil and petroleum products,” he said.

“The motorcade of refueling vehicles stretched for dozens of kilometers, so that from a height of 4,000 to 5,000 meters they stretch beyond the horizon,” Putin added, comparing the convoy to gas and oil pipeline systems.

It’s not the right time to try and figure out which country is more and which is less effective in the battle with Islamic State, as now a united international effort is needed against the terrorist group, Putin said.

He also reiterated Russia’s readiness to support armed opposition in Syria in its efforts to fight Islamic State.

G20 Leaders Vow To Take Action Against Terrorism

The G20 leaders have condemned the heinous Paris attacks and vowed to fight terrorism.


The leaders made the pledge in a joint draft statement on the fight against terrorism in Antalya on Monday, the last day of the two-day summit being held in Turkey.


One of their key pledges will be a crackdown on networks that finance terrorism, said French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius.


“We condemn, in the strongest possible terms, the heinous terrorist attacks in Paris and in Ankara on October 10.

“They are an unacceptable affront to all humanity,’’ they said.

The leaders said that they remain united in combating terrorism and vowed to fight it to a standstill.

The leaders warned that terrorism must not be associated with any religion, nationality, civilisation or ethnic group.

They also promised to clamp down on the channels by which terrorist groups and activities were financed, by exchanging information on suspicious transfers and freezing terrorist assets, while threatening robust, targeted sanctions.

The leaders also highlighted the threat of foreign terrorist fighters, people who travelled to Syria to join extremist militia, and may return home radicalised.

They promised to tackle it through better border management to detect suspect travel and by sharing more information.

“Other areas of focus include the use of technology such as the internet to incite and plan terrorist acts, and efforts to strengthen global aviation security,’’ they said.

The IS extremist group has claimed responsibility for the near simultaneous attacks on three venues in Paris that killed 129 and injured some 350.

The leaders also focused attention on the refugee crisis, describing it a global concern with major humanitarian, political, social and economic consequences.

They noted that the Syrian conflict has led to a surge of refugees in the region, with Turkey alone taking in 2.2 million.

“Many have travelled on to Europe, which is contending with its largest migration flows since World War II,’’ they added.

They called on all states to share the burden of resettling refugees, providing humanitarian aid and offering asylum seekers services such as education and access to the job market.

The G20 is predominantly an economic forum, set up in the wake of the global financial crisis.

It comprised Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Britain, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia and Italy.

Others are Japan, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, the U.S. and the EU.

Many of the group’s leaders are to meet again in Paris in December, for climate talks aimed at reaching a new deal to restrict a global rise in temperatures.




12 People Killed In Al-Shabaab Terrorist Attack On A Hotel In Mogadishu, Somalia

At least 12 people were killed in the Somali capital yesterday Sunday, November 1, after Al-Shabaab terrorist used a vehicle packed with explosives to blast their way inside Sahafi hotel in Mogadishu.
The Al-Qaeda linked Shabaab claimed responsibility for the dawn attack at the hotel, which is popular with members of parliament, government employees and businessmen.
“Attackers exploded a car bomb to gain entry before going inside… we have reports of 12 dead,” policeman Abdulrahid Dahir said.
Witnesses said they had seen several bodies of people killed in the initial blast, when a minibus packed with explosives was reportedly used to ram the gates of the hotel’s fortified compound, which was followed by a second heavy explosion.
Al-Shabaab commandos then stormed inside, with witnesses reporting intense gunfire and several loud blasts.
     “There was a huge explosion and people around the entrance were killed,” said Mohamed Ismael, a witness, who was nearby when the attack began.
Al-Shabaab spokesperson Abdulaziz Abu Musab claimed the gunmen had overrun the hotel, which is situated near the major K4 roundabout.
     “The mujahedeen fighters took control of the Sahafi hotel, where apostates and invading Christians were staying,” he said in a statement. “The mujahedeen are carrying out operations inside the hotel after the takeover.”
But the African Union mission in Somalia, Amisom, a 22,000-strong force fighting the Shabaab, said they fought alongside government troops and had secured the hotel.
     “Somalia government forces and Amisom have taken control,” the AU force said in a brief statement.

In the latest report, government officials claims all the gunmen have been killed. Below are photos of Somalia MP Abi Abtidon and a former army commander General, Dhega-Badan killed in the hotel attack.



What PMB Will Be Discussing In New Delhi

President Muhammadu Buhari will leave Abuja on Tuesday for New Delhi to participate in the 3rd Summit of the India-Africa Forum.

This was contained in a statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina.

The statement read: “President Buhari, the Indian Prime Minister, Mr Narendra Modi and other participating Heads of State and Government at this year’s summit, which follows the 2nd Summit held in Addis Ababa in 2011, will deliberate on issues currently of common concern to their countries such as climate change and international terrorism”.

They are also expected to discuss “additional measures aimed at boosting joint collaboration to accelerate the pace of socio-economic development in Africa and India as well as further cooperation for the alleviation of poverty, and the eradication of hunger, disease and illiteracy”.

“President Buhari will be accompanied to New Delhi by the Governors of Kano and Delta States, the National Security Adviser, Maj.-Gen. Babagana Monguno (rtd.) and the Permanent Secretaries in the Ministries of Defence, Power, Communications Technology, Agriculture, Foreign Affairs and Industry, Trade and Investment”, the statement read.

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Wealthy Nigerians Are Joining Terrorism- Osinbajo

The Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, has said he has seen wealthy individuals who are being enlisted into terrorism.

He, however, did not name the individuals.

A statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mr. Laolu Akande, on Tuesday, quoted the Vice President as saying this while receiving the United States’ Special Envoy on Counter-terrorism Communication, Rashad Hussain, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Monday.

Osinbajo was quoted as saying that the development was a clear departure from the case of those who were lured into terrorism for money.

“I have seen people who are well-to-do being recruited into terrorism,” the statement quoted Osinbajo as saying.

He wondered why for some strange reasons, terrorist groups, made up of completely mindless and almost insane people, were not finding it difficult to recruit people.

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US ‘Clock Boy’ Ahmed Mohamed To Move To Qatar

Texas teenager Ahmed Mohamed, who was arrested after bringing a homemade clock to school on suspicion that it was a bomb has accepted a scholarship from the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development, where he will study.

After being detained over the clock, Ahmed’s case went viral on social media.
Some alleged he was unfairly treated because of his name and religious background. Officials in Irving Texas defended their decision, saying they were only concerned with the safety of students.

The Qatar Foundation is providing a full scholarship for his secondary and undergraduate education, according to a news release.

“Our family has been overwhelmed by the many offers of support we have received since the unfortunate incident of Ahmed’s arrest,” the Mohamed family said in the release. “From the White House to Sudan, to Mecca, we have been welcomed by a variety of individuals, businesses and educational institutions.”

According to his family, Ahmed will be enrolled in the Qatar Foundation’s “Young Innovators” program and his whole family will relocate with him to Qatar.

“Qatar was a cool place to visit. I loved the city of Doha because it’s so modern. I saw so many amazing schools there, many of them campuses of famous American universities,” said Ahmed in the news release. “The teachers were great. I think I will learn a lot and have fun too.”‘

He met US President Barack Obama at the White House on Monday.

In addition to being invited to the White House, Ahmed received an outpouring of support from scientists, politicians and celebrities including Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

So far Ahmed has met: Google co-founder Sergey Brin, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, National Geographic Society CEO Gary Knel, Queen Rania of Jordan, Mashable CEO Pete Cashmore and US President Obama.

US Very Pleased With Nigeria’s Effort To Counter Terrorism

The U.S. has expressed happiness with the effort of Nigeria in counter terrorism.

The U.S. Special Envoy and Coordinator for Counterterrorism Communication, Rashad Hussein, said this while briefing State House Press Corps after a courtesy visit to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Monday.

“We are very pleased with the leadership the President and the Vice President are showing.

“We are having so many challenges but we are hopeful that under the leadership we will be able to establish partnerships and be able to make a strong difference going forward.

He said that groups such as Boko Haram and ISIS were doing great damage to the causes which they claimed to defend.

He said that the good people of the world and Muslim community all over the world were offering messages of peace and hope.

“We want to talk and work together to make sure that the message is clear to everyone.

He said that the insurgency fight against Boko Haram was one that the Nigerian government had faced squarely and said those behind the insurgency were deceiving young people.

“Boko Haram and other groups are trying to steal young people and deceive them and to offer to them a future of destruction rather than a future of hope and we are ready to offer technical support to Nigeria.”

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Boko Haram Urges Somali’s Al-Shabaab Terror Group To Join Islamic State

In a video posted on Twitter on Wednesday, October 14, Boko Haram extremists urged Somalia’s Al-Shabaab terror group to join them in pledging allegiance to the leader of the Islamic State group, and thus abandon al-Qaida.

In the video, an unidentified armed Boko Haram fighter tells Al-Shabaab fighters that uniting “is of greater benefit to the struggle on the path of Islam” and will “help in defeating the infidels of the world.” The appeal is part of a wider courting of Al-Shabab. Similar messages came nearly two weeks ago from militant extremists in Iraq,Sinai, Syria, and Yemen.

Buhari To Discuss Terrorism, Global Security In UN General Assembly

President Muhammadu Buhari will leave Nigeria for New York, on Thursday, for a series of meetings and interactions with notable world leaders within and on the sidelines of the main events of the 70th Session of the United Nations General Assembly.

This was disclosed by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, in Abuja.

Buhari, he said, would engage in talks, deliberations and interactions with the United Nations Secretary-General, Mr. Ban Ki-moon, President Barack Obama of the United States, President Francois Hollande of France, Prime Minister David Cameron of Britain, Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, President Vladmir Putin of Russia, President Xi Jinping of China, Prime Minister Narenda Modi of India, among others.

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US Warns Of ‘Terrorist’ Attack Threat In South Africa

The United States embassy in South Africa on Tuesday, September 8 issued a rare ‘terrorist threat’ warning to US interests in the country, and advised its citizens to be on heightened alert against attack, AFP reports. The security message issued by the embassy in Pretoria said there was no information on the possible timing or target in South Africa.

Extremists may be targeting US interests in South Africa, to possibly include US Government facilities and other facilities identifiable with US business interests,” the embassy statement said.
Remain aware and vigilant of your surroundings. Be vigilant and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security.”

A spokesman for the South African ministry of state security told AFP that the government was aware of the US announcement, but that it had no immediate comment.

The embassy issued a general security alert last week ahead of the September 11 attacks anniversary, but the warning on Tuesday appeared to signal a new level of concern. Security analyst Ryan Cummings said the US had last issued a “terror threat” in South Africa in 2009.

The embassy was unable to confirm the date. “One would not immediately associate South Africa with Islamic extremism, which is the driver of international terrorism against US interests,” said Cummings, a Cape Town-based analyst at Red 24, a risk management firm.

“We haven’t had an extensive history of transnational terrorists targeting US interests (but) there has been evidence that South Africa serves as some form of a gateway or potential logistics and financial hub. “The fact that this warning speaks specifically to South Africa means the perceived threat is specifically within our borders.”

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Turkey Kills 40 Rebels Today After 16 Of Its Soldiers Were Killed on Sunday

Turkish warplanes early hours of this morning launched a massive air operation against bases of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in northern Iraq, killing atleast 40 rebels. More than 50 Turkish jets were involved in the six hours raid.

The overnight operation came after 16 Turkish soldiers were killed in the Kurdish dominated southeast of the country on Sunday in an attack blamed on the PKK.

Boko Haram Kill 56 People In Fresh Attack On Villagers In Borno State

Islamic extremist group Boko Haram killed 56 villagers in a remote area, the governor of Borno State of the region said, as the government warned that the extremists are trying to extend their violent campaign.

Gov. Kashim Shettima confirmed the attack in Baanu village during a meeting with the parents of the 219 girls abducted from a school in the region by the extremists last year. Thursday marked 500 days of captivity of the girls from a school in Chibok.

“I want us all to understand that the Boko Haram crisis is a calamity that has befallen us, as the insurgents do not discriminate whether somebody is Christian or Muslim, neither do they have any tribal sympathy or affiliations. Just yesterday they killed 56 people in Baanu village of Nganzai local government, as I am speaking to you their corpses are still littered on the street of the village because virtually everyone in the village had to run for their lives”.

He did not provide further details of the attack.
Fleeing residents of Baanu village said they were attacked by Boko Haram on Friday night.

“We returned back to the village in the morning after spending the night in the bush, we saw corpses in the streets of the village,” said farmer Mustapha Alibe.


9/11 survivor ‘Dust Lady’ dies of cancer

The dust-covered 9/11 survivor whose haunting image went viral after the tragedy has died after a yearlong battle with stomach cancer, her family said.

42-year-old Marcy Borders, of Bayonne, NJ, was just a month into her new bank job on Sept. 11, 2001, when a plane slammed into the North Tower where she worked. Instead of staying at her desk, as her boss had ordered, she fled from the building and into the street with fellow survivors.

 The former Bank of America worker was named the “Dust Lady” ­after a photographer snapped a photograph of her stricken and caked with ash after fleeing the World Trade Center.

A stranger pulled her into a building lobby just as the North Tower collapsed — and it was then that a photographer captured her terrified face in the photo that has since been seen around the world.

John Borders called his cousin a “hero” on Facebook, saying she “unfortunately succumbed to the diseases that has ridden her body since 9/11.”

“In addition to losing so many friends, co-workers and colleagues on and after that tragic day .?.?. the pains from yesteryear have found a way to resurface,” he added in a comment.

She battled severe depression and became addicted to crack cocaine after the horrific event.

“I didn’t do a day’s work in nearly 10 years and by 2011 I was a complete mess,” she told The Post in 2011. ­“Every time I saw an aircraft, I panicked.”


Borders lost custody of her two kids and checked into rehab in April 2011 but she got sober and eventually ­regained custody.

In a November interview with The Jersey Journal, she revealed she’d recently been diagnosed with stomach cancer and was scheduled to have surgery in December, followed by radiation and chemotherapy.

She however wondered if her illness was related to the harrowing experience she endured on September 11.

“I’m saying to myself, ‘Did this thing ignite cancer cells in me?’?” she told the newspaper.

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ISIS Number Two Man Killed In US Military Drone Strikes In Iraq

According to spokesman for the U.S. National Security Council, Ned Price, the second in command of ISIS leadership, Haji Mutazz, who also goes by the name Fadhil Ahmad al-Hayali, was killed in an August 18th US drone strike near Mosul, Iraq. The number two man, was said to be traveling in a car with another ISIS member named Abu Abdullah when their vehicle was hit.

Mutazz, who the US media falsely reported died in December 2014, was in charge of ISIS operations in Iraq and was also believed to prominently involved in directing ISIS’ financial operations.

“Al-Hayali’s death will adversely impact ISIL’s operations given that his influence spanned ISIL’s finance, media, operations, and logistics,” Price said.

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 week Chad’s President Idriss Deby said Boko Haram leader Shekau was wounded and has been replaced as leader by Mahamoud Daoud, adding that Shekau went to Maiduguri, capital of Borno state, after he was wounded.


Deby said the new Boko Haram leader, whom little is known about, was open to the idea of talks with Abuja.


“Infidel media published that I’m dead, or sick and can’t speak, this is an utter lie.” Rita Katz, director of Site Intelligence posted on her social media site quoting Shekau as saying to ISIS leader, Baghdadi.

“If this was true how is that I can speak now?” message signed as ISIS head of west Africa province.


Shekau’s last video appearance was in February, when a person claiming to be him — analysts believe he may have been impersonated — threatened to disrupt Nigeria’s presidential elections held the following month.


The group has released at least five videos since then but Shekau has not appeared in any of them.


Source: PM News


ISIS Executes 19 Girls For Refusing To Have Sex With Fighters

ISIS fanatics have executed 19 women for refusing to have sex with its fighters, a Kurdish official has said.

He claimed the women were being held hostage in Islamic State’s stronghold of Mosul, Iraq, which the terror group seized in June last year.

Meanwhile a UN envoy investigating Islamic State’s vile sex trade has said ‘girls get peddled like barrels of petrol’ and one can be bought by six different men.

She also verified a disturbing ISIS document which suggested the extremists sell the Yazidi and Christian women and children they have abducted, with girls aged just one to nine-years-old fetching the most money.

ISIS stormed the Sinjar district in northern Iraq last year and captured hundreds of women belonging to the Yazidi community, who the Islamists view as heretics.

Barbaric: ISIS fanatics have reportedly executed 19 women (file photo) for refusing to have sex with its fighters

Barbaric: ISIS fanatics have reportedly executed 19 women (file photo) for refusing to have sex with its fighters

Enslaved: A UN envoy investigating Islamic State's vile sex trade says 'girls get peddled like barrels of petrol' (file photo purports to show captured girls in ISIS territory)

Enslaved: A UN envoy investigating Islamic State’s vile sex trade says ‘girls get peddled like barrels of petrol’ (file photo purports to show captured girls in ISIS territory)

Four Boko Haram Militants Apprehended In Konduga During Governors Visit

At least four Boko Haram militants have been apprehended by members of the Civilian JTF in Borno village three days after the insurgents raided some nearby villages.

The terrorists were apprehended in Malari village at Konduga Local Government area of Borno state.

The arrested Boko Haram members were presented to the state governor, Kashim Shettima while on a solidarity visit to the area. Gov. Shettima was in Malari village today to sympathize with villagers after Boko Haram attack on Monday killed 9 persons and displaced hundreds of civilians, however,the governor was surprised when suddenly some youths came down from a golf car and
brought out 4 young men whose hands had been tied.

A civilian JTF leader, Nuhu Kumshise, later told SaharaReporters that one of them has been a notorious terrorists who wreaked havoc on the villagers surrounding Konduga.

”We arrested them today after his father handed over them to us, then they led us into the bush where the two remaining guys hid themselves. ”, Kumshise said.

However, one the suspect confessed that he is members of the deadly group and he further mention the name of his leader.

Another civilian JTF Bakura ? Yusuf said, ”long time before now we have been told that one of the arrestees that he is the leader who used to lead attacks on us.”

During his short visit, Gov. Shettima appealed to hundreds of displaced persons that camped? in Malari Primary school that buses will come to convey them to Konduga and foodstuffs as well as other materials will be provided immediately by the state government.

It was gathered that 9 persons were killed and hundreds of people were rendered homeless on Monday when Boko Haram stormed five villages including Shettimari, Kammiri, Kakurami, Kalari Auwlari, Burari and Malari in Konduga local government area of the troubled northeastern state?.

Former Saudi Soldier Jailed For joining ISIS

A former Saudi soldier was on Monday found guilty of joining ISIS militant group.

A special criminal court in Jeddah sentenced the man to 9 years in jail and fined SR5,000. Besides, a travel ban of 9 years has also been imposed on him, effective from the date of his completing the jail term.

The verdict was challenged both by the defendant as well as the public prosecutor. They have been given time to appeal the verdict and explained the procedure.

The former soldier was found guilty of disobeying the ruler and traveling illegally to Syria via Turkey, joining ISIS terrorist organization and communicating with some of the (terrorist) brigades and organizations fighting there.

The charges also included learning dismantling and assembling Kalashnikov rifles. He also provided shelter to his cousin, who joined him in traveling to Syria and taking part in the fighting there.

ISIS Plans To End The World By Provoking The US To War

According to a recruitment document understood to be written by ISIS militants,the terrorist group plans for an all-out war to bring about ‘the end of the world’.
Follow the jump for the full story and discovered document:

The Urdu document seen by USA Today, passed to the American Media Institute by a Pakistani citizen connected to the Taliban, reveals the scale of the ambition of ISIS, including targeting India to provoke the U.S. to intervene.

The document includes a never-before-seen history of the Islamic State, details chilling future battle plans, urges al-Qaeda to join the group and says the Islamic State’s leader should be recognized as the sole ruler of the world’s 1 billion Muslims under a religious empire called a “caliphate.”

The document reads:

Accept the fact that this caliphate will survive and prosper until it takes over the entire world and beheads every last person that rebels against Allah,” “This is the bitter truth, swallow it.”Preparations for an attack on India are underway, it adds, which ISIS leaders hope will end with a war with the U.S.

Even if the U.S. tries to attack with all its allies, which undoubtedly it will, the ummah [world’s global community] will be united, resulting in the final battle’.

The document highlights a plan to target U.S. soldiers as they pull out from Afghanistan, kill American diplomats and attack Pakistani officials.

So far, U.S. intelligence officials have reviewed the document and say they believe it is authentic, based on the language used and a series of ‘unique’ markings.

Letter To President Buhari: A Tripartite Solution To Terrorism In Nigeria By Olawale Rotimi

Dear President,

Terrorism which was alien to Nigeria has become an intrinsic challenge to the country. This challenge has led to serious infrastructural damage in the areas of education, health and social welfare facilities, poor economy particularly in affected areas, while millions are left homeless. Terrorism in Nigeria did not develop from a vacuum; there are some social and political factors that gave birth to terrorism in Nigeria. Though the terrorist group, under the name “boko haram” has metamorphosed into a very dangerous and threatening group, social and political issues in the Nigerian context cannot be disconnected from its root.

Mr President, it is not news that Nigeria is rich in corrupt records and social injustice- a thorough marginalization of the social structure which makes the rich richer and the poor remain hopelessly poor. A security snap poll results released by NOIPolls Limited in 2014, indicated that political interest, unemployment, bad leadership and poverty as major causes of terrorism in Nigeria. The survey revealed that 26 percent of the sampled populace identified political interest as a cause, while 21 percent identified unemployment as the cause. A 10 percent share was attributed to bad leadership while 8 percent was attributed to poverty. This implies that the foundational causes of terrorism in Nigeria must be addressed in order to overcome the menace.

President Muhammadu Buhari, to make a difference and achieve results previous governments could not achieve, your government must do things differently and set the right pace in Nigerian institutions that will outlive your term. Boko Haram posed a big threat to former President Jonathan’s government; unfortunately, the terrorist group has intensified attacks in a confusing manner since your government was inaugurated. Nigerians voted you, not because of the party that presented you but because of your ability and tenacity to end corruption in Nigeria, thus, same way the terrorist group remains a blemish on Jonathan’s government, they may remain a blemish on your government if you do not approach the battle against them differently. Below are three major solutions to end terrorism in Nigeria at the shortest delay:

Counter Terrorism Military Intervention: Nigerian Army has many success records in Nigeria and Africa; for about three decades, the Nigerian Army was one of the strongest Army in Africa, winning many battles and keeping peace in foreign nations. However, the strength of Nigerian Army seems to have been challenged by the insurgents. Nigerian Army that grounded tough rebel forces in Ivory Coast, Liberia and other countries has found it difficult to topple insurgents on its own soil. The Nigeria Army has to review its fighting techniques and improve its counter-terrorism approaches in combating the insurgents.

Economic Empowerment Intervention: There is a strong link between socio-economic deprivation and terrorism, socio-economic deprivations leads to poverty and frustration. Poverty, frustration and ignorance often serve as breeding ground for terrorism; thus, fighting terrorism through economic development should emerge as a new and long term objective of countering terrorism. As popularly said, an idle hand is the devil’s workshop, an idle population is generally prone to crime. In the fight against Boko Haram insurgents in Nigeria, economic empowerment ought to be adopted to prevent more terrorists from emerging and also rehabilitate people who lost their properties and businesses to insurgents.

Good Governance: Lack of good governance has been a major cause of terrorism in Nigeria. Nigerian government has deprived Nigerians of good governance, justice; fairness and equity have been elusive in the social system. Nigerians have long been denied the dividends of democracy. Thus, good and credible leadership practices must be demonstrated by the incumbent government to strengthen the nation and create an enabling environment for citizens to succeed.

Dear President, military action alone will not end terrorism in Nigeria, military action must be accompanied with economic empowerment and good governance. A corrupt government will inspire provocation from its citizen. Your Excellency, you must make a difference and add colour to leadership in Nigeria by fighting corruption and improving the economy. This will not only put an end to terrorism, it will also reduce crime to the barest minimum. God bless Nigeria!


Army To Establish Motorcycle Battalion To Combat Terrorism

The Nigerian Army is considering setting up of a special force that will use motorcycles to check the activities of terrorists. The new battalion, when established will complement efforts of the ground troops.

It has been learnt that the Motorcycle Battalion will be a special unit out of the initiative of the army chief, Major General Tukur Buratai, in his efforts to wipe out Boko Haram within the shortest possible time.

Reports say that the new military high command brought up the idea as it had become evident that troops were finding it difficult to penetrate terrorists’ hideouts using military vehicles, especially in the dreaded Sambisa Forest.

Reports point that it is difficult pursuing the terrorists in some parts of the North East as a result of the topography being a muddy area and this hinders the movement of the troops.

The troops in this contemplated motorcycle unit would be selected for training in the use of customized bikes and they will now be playing complementary roles to the ground troops.

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ISIS Releases A Video Of A Child Beheading A Syrian Army Captain

Yesterday, ISIS released a brutal execution video, which shows a child fighter beheading a Syrian army captain in Palmyra. ISIS claimed the army officer was captured near Hir Palace, located in the western countryside of Homs. In the video, a soldier is seen giving a knife to the boy, who does the beheading and puts the head over his lifeless body.

ISIS have started using little children for executions. Just two weeks ago, ISIS released an execution video showing teenagers executing 25 Syrian soldiers by shooting them in the head in Palmyra.

Chadian Police To Arrest Anyone Wearing Full-Face Veil

Chadian police on Sunday warned that anyone found wearing the Muslim full-face veil would be arrested, after a Boko Haram suicide bombing in the capital left 15 dead.

Saturday’s attack in a bustling N’Djamena market by a man disguised as a woman in a full-face veil also injured 80 and spread panic across the city.

“This attack just confirms that a ban” on the full-face veil was justified, national police spokesman Paul Manga said, adding that “it now must be respected more than ever by the entire population.”

“Anyone who does not obey the law will be automatically arrested and brought to justice,” he warned.

The bomber detonated his explosives belt when he was stopped for security checks at the entrance to the city’s main market.

Muslim-majority Chad banned the full-face veil, ramped up security measures and bombed militant positions in Nigeria last month after the first ever Boko Haram attack in its capital.

Soldiers and police forces stand guard at a market in N'Djamena following a suicide bomb attack on July 11, 2015  Brahim Adji (AFP/File)

Security was tightened across the dry and dusty capital on Sunday with police and soldiers deployed in all areas, including intersections, markets and mosques.

Nine of the dead were women traders, and fear still permeated the market on Sunday.

“What was happening elsewhere and what we heard about from media reports is now happening here,” said Zenaba, a woman trader in her forties.

“I’m really scared for me and my children,” she said.

Boko Haram claimed responsibility on Twitter for the suicide bombing, signing off as “Islamic State, West Africa province” — the militants’ self-styled moniker since pledging allegiance to the Islamic State group in March.

Boko Haram’s deadly insurgency has killed at least 15,000 people since 2009 and left more than 1.5 million homeless.

A four-nation coalition of Nigeria, Niger, Chad and Cameroon has reportedly pushed out the militants from captured towns and villages in an operation that began in February.

Dasuki: President Buhari Never Ordered Dismantling Of Military Checkpoints

The National Security Adviser (NSA), Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd) has said that President Muhammadu Buhari never ordered the dismantling of all military checkpoints in the country.

His statement overrides the statement made by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Defence, Ismail Aliyu, who after a security meeting last month, announced that the president had ordered the dismantling of military roadblocks and directed the police to take over internal security.

Dasuki, who met top military and security chiefs in his office in Abuja yesterday clarified that the directive of the president was never a blanket order to remove all military checkpoints.

The NSA said military roadblocks in flashpoints would continue to be maintained while those in
relatively peaceful areas would be dismantled but soldiers would continue to be positioned in those areas while not blocking roads.

He said it was both conventional and the global practice for governments to increase security measures whenever insecurity is heightened and appealed to citizens to endure the temporary inconvenience the roadblocks may cause.

According to him, essential security checkpoints in vulnerable areas were a “necessary inconvenience” to ensure criminals and terrorists do not have easy passage.

He cited some arrests made recently including that of the mastermind of bomb attacks in some towns who were nabbed by Nigerian troops at such checkpoints.

While condemning the indiscriminate proliferation of security checkpoints by unauthorised bodies, he said: “We will continue to ensure that the necessary or essential security checkpoints are not avenues for extortion, indiscipline and other forms of corrupt practices that can exacerbate traffic flow and cause road accidents.”

He added that the government was deploying new sophisticated scanners and detectors in some areas to ease traffic and to identify movement of strange objects, concealed weapons and criminal suspects.

“With the effective use of technology, which minimises physical contact between security personnel and citizens, the time spent at designated security checkpoints will ultimately be reduced,” he said.

Dasuki added however that “whenever necessary, soldiers will mount their checkpoints to conduct security screening in emergency situations and for quick response”.

Despite the clarification on the reinstatement of military checkpoints in the country, an explosion was reported to have rocked the Kofare area of Yola, the Adamawa State capital yesterday, resulting in the injury of three persons.
Thursday’s, blast occurred barely one month after a another bombing rocked the city, killing many and injuring several others,
The blast happened close to a car repair workshop opposite the state headquarters of Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) along Numan Road.

Eyewitnesses said four underage children were given the explosive to drop at a specific place in the Bachure suburb near the army barracks, which is mainly inhabited by retired military personnel.

Two of the young boys who were handed the explosive were arrested by the police and confessed that an unknown person had given them the device to drop at the targeted location. They were given N2,500 for the assignment.

The boys, aged between 9 and 15, further revealed that after collecting the container, it was too heavy for them to deliver to the suburb.
According to them, the boys were left with no option than to try to sell it to a garbage scavenger, who they ran into at the mechanic’s workshop nearby.

They claimed that the scavenger they approached refused to buy the container, saying that he does not buy anything under a certain weight.

It was while they boys were negotiating with the scavenger that the explosive in the container went off.
The said scavenger, who was injured by the blast and rushed to the hospital, is now said to be helping the police with their investigation.

The injured man explained that while he was negotiating with the boys, he noticed smoke billowing from the container, but before he could walk away, it went off shattering his legs and injuring two of boys who were carrying the explosive.

In the ensuing confusion following explosion, the other boys sneaked away from the scene of the blast.
The sound of the blast attracted the attention of officials of the FRSC to the scene.

The sector commander of FRSC, Mr. Luka Ikpi told journalists that when he heard the blast he ran out of his office to ascertain what had happened.

“One version suggested that it was a burst tyre since it was close to a mechanic’s workshop. But I insisted that my intelligence officers should go and confirm.

“On reaching there, it was discovered to be an explosive and the boys were arrested and brought here even before the arrival of anti-bomb squad from the state police command,” he stated.
When the anti-bomb squad and other security operatives arrived at the scene, many arrests were made, including those within the vicinity of the mechanic’s workshop.

All the suspects picked up in the area were taken to the state Criminal Investigation Division (CID) of the police command in three Hilux trucks.

Meanwhile, in line with his commitment to slash government spending and entrench prudence in the system, the president was said to have rejected a proposal to purchase five new armoured Mercedes S-600 (V222) cars for his use at a cost of about N400 million.

The proposal for the purchase of the new cars was brought to Buhari’s attention by the Permanent Secretary in the State House, Mr. Nebolisa Emodi at a briefing on Wednesday.

Directing that the proposal to procure the cars be dropped, the president said there was no need for them since the ones he inherited from former President Goodluck Jonathan were good enough for him.

A presidency source said Buhari was said to have informed the permanent secretary, “I don’t need any new cars. The ones I’m using now are just fine.”

Buhari, however, welcomed other initiatives presented by Emodi to reduce the running cost of the State House and strengthen its finance and accounts and internal control mechanisms.

He advised the permanent secretary that greater effort must be made to capture all State House overheads within the approved federal budget to avoid the frequent recourse by past administrations to presidential intervention funds.

When contacted, Senior Special Assistant to the President (Media & Publicity), Mallam Garba Shehu confirmed that in keeping with his commitment to prudence in the management of national resources, Buhari will continue to use the cars left behind by his predecessor and has withheld approval for their replacement.

State House sources, who confided in THISDAY, said the proposal to procure the new cars was first presented to Jonathan before he left office.

But the former president directed that it be represented to Buhari for approval on his assumption of office since the cars would have been delivered some months after the May 29 handover date.

We Were Paid N2,500 To Bomb Yola Barracks – Arrested Kids

There was a bomb attack on Thursday in Yola, the capital of Adamawa State, the Adamawa Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps, Mr. Luka Ikpi, told journalists.

The magnitude of the explosion which extended to the state headquarters of

the FRSC, according to him, made the sector to draft its intelligence officers to the scene of the incident which was opposite the command.

He said, “When I heard the loud bang, I had to run out of my office to inquire what really happened.”

It was gathered from a resident of the state, Abraham Tunoh, that the bomb, which occurred on
Thursday at the Kofare area of Yola, close to a mechanic workshop along Numan Road, was in possession of four children. The children told the police that an unknown man gave them N2, 500 to carry out the attack.

It was gathered that the Boko Haram insurgent instructed them to drop the explosive at a specific place in Bachure suburb, near the Army Barracks mainly inhabited by retired military personnel.

A police officer, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said two of the kid messengers who were arrested by the police told interrogators that “an unknown person gave us N2,500 to drop the explosive at the barracks.”

The boys were aged between nine and 15 years. The two arrested boys said the bag containing the explosive was too heavy for them to carry, so they had to sell it to a dustbin scavenger, whom they ran into at the nearby mechanic workshop.

The dustbin scavenger, said to have been arrested, has been helping the police in their investigation.

He told the police that while they were negotiating with the four bearers of the container, he started noticing smoke coming from it and before he could inquire about its content, it exploded, shattering his legs and injuring two of the children.

While two of them fled, the other injured two were arrested by the police.

The police source also revealed that in the ensuing confusion that followed the loud bang from the blast, two of the bearers sneaked away from the scene of the blast.

It will be recalled just a month ago, there was a bomb attack at a night market in Yola that led to the death of many persons.

Source:The Punch

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 year’s offer by the sect under the administration of Goodluck Jonathan and close to the current negotiators ?spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to reporters on this sensitive issue.

The report said ?Fred Eno, an apolitical Nigerian who has been negotiating with Boko Haram for more than a year, told the AP that “another window of opportunity opened” in the last few days, though he could not discuss details.

He said the recent slew of Boko Haram bloodletting — some 350 people killed in the past nine days — is consistent with past ratcheting up of violence as the militants seek a stronger negotiating position.

Presidential adviser Femi Adesina said on Saturday that Nigeria’s government “will not be averse” to talks with Boko Haram. “Most wars, however furious or vicious, often end around the negotiation table,” he said.

?Eno, according to the report said the 5-week-old administration of President Muhammadu Buhari offers “a clean slate” to bring the militants back to negotiations that had become poisoned by the different security agencies and their advice to Jonathan.

Two months of talks last year led government representatives and Eno to travel in September to a northeastern town where the prisoner exchange was to take place, only to be stymied by the Department for State Service intelligence agency, the activist said.

At the last minute, the agency said it was holding only four of the militants sought by Boko Haram, the activist said.

It is not known how many Boko Haram suspects are detained by Nigeria’s intelligence agency, whose chief Buhari fired last week.

The activist said the agency continues to hold suspects illegally because it does not have enough evidence for a conviction, and any court would free them. Nigerian law requires charges be brought after 48 hours.

Thousands of suspects have died in custody, and some detainees wanted by Boko Haram may be among them. Amnesty International alleges that 8,000 detainees have died in military custody — some have been shot, some have died from untreated injuries due to torture, and some have died from starvation and other harsh treatment.

In May, about 300 women, girls and children being held captive by Boko Haram were rescued by Nigeria’s military, but none were from Chibok. It is believed that the militants view the Chibok girls as a last-resort bargaining chip.

In that infamous abduction, 274 mostly Christian girls preparing to write science exams were seized from the school by Islamic militants in the early hours of April 15, 2014. Dozens escaped on their own in the first few days, but 219 remain missing?.

?Boko Haram has not shown them since a May 2014 video in which its leader, Abubakar Shekau warned: “You won’t see the girls again unless you release our brothers you have captured.”

In the video, nearly 100 of the girls, who have been identified by their parents, were shown wearing Islamic hijab and reciting the Quran. One of them said they had converted to Islam.

International indignation at Nigeria’s failure to rescue the girls was joined by U.S. first lady Michelle Obama. In a radio address in May 2014, she said she and President Barack Obama are “outraged and heartbroken” over the abduction.

?Jonathan’s government initially denied there had been any mass abduction and delays of a rescue that might have brought the girls home became a hallmark of his other failures. He steadfastly refused to meet with the Bring Back Our Girls campaigners, charging they were politicizing the issue.

On Wednesday, President Buhari welcomed those campaigners at the presidential villa in Abuja and pleaded “We only ask for your patience.” He said “The delay and conflicting reaction by the former government and its agencies is very unfortunate.”

Campaign leader Oby Ezekwesili said, “The rescue of our Chibok girls is the strongest statement that this government could make to shog respect for the sanctity and dignity of every Nigerian life.”

There have been unconfirmed reports that some of the girls have been taken to neighboring countries, and that some have been radicalized and trained as fighters. At least three were reported to have died — one from dysentery, one from malaria and one from a snake bite.

Last year, Shekau said the girls were an “old story,” and that he had married them off to his fighters.

Lawan Zanna, whose daughter is among the captives, said this week that 14 Chibok parents have died since the mass kidnapping, many from stress-related illnesses blamed on the ordeal.

Some of the Chibok girls who managed to escape have been rejected by their community and now live with family friends, tired of hearing taunts like “Boko Haram wives.”

The assumption that all girls and women held by the group have been raped is a difficult stigma to overcome in Nigeria’s highly religious and conservative society.

Jonathan’s government initially denied there had been any mass abduction and delays of a rescue that might have brought the girls home became a hallmark of his other failures. He steadfastly refused to meet with the Bring Back Our Girls campaigners, charging they were politicizing the issue.

On Wednesday, President Buhari welcomed those campaigners at the presidential villa in Abuja and pleaded “We only ask for your patience.” He said “The delay and conflicting reaction by the former government and its agencies is very unfortunate.”

Campaign leader Oby Ezekwesili said, “The rescue of our Chibok girls is the strongest statement that this government could make to showg respect for the sanctity and dignity of every Nigerian life.”

There have been unconfirmed reports that some of the girls have been taken to neighboring countries, and that some have been radicalized and trained as fighters. At least three were reported to have died — one from dysentery, one from malaria and one from a snake bite.

Last year, Shekau said the girls were an “old story,” and that he had married them off to his fighters.

Lawan Zanna, whose daughter is among the captives, said this week that 14 Chibok parents have died since the mass kidnapping, many from stress-related illnesses blamed on the ordeal.

Some of the Chibok girls who managed to escape have been rejected by their community and now live with family friends, tired of hearing taunts like “Boko Haram wives.”
The assumption that all girls and women held by the group have been raped is a difficult stigma to overcome in Nigeria’s highly religious and conservative society.

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‘Negotiate With FG And Stop The Killing’ – Saraki Tells Boko Haram

Senate president,Bukola Saraki has called on Boko Haram to accept president Buhari’s offer of negotiation.This comes as it was revealed the FG is ready to negotiate with the insurgents to bring an end to insurgency ..In a statement released by his media office, Saraki condemned the killing of 6 at the Redeemed church in Yobe today…His statement reads

My heart is with individuals and families who were directly or indirectly affected by this ungodly, sadistic and evil act,Sending Nigerians to their untimely grave can never be the solution to any religious, political or economic grievances.Besides, the Federal Government has demonstrated enough political will to engage any group in dialogue
aimed at bringing these vicious and sad attacks to a final stop.
The recent position of the Federal Government that it would not oppose negotiation with the insurgents ‘if the Boko Haram terrorist group opt for it’ ought to be seen as an olive branch extended to the sect by the present administration. And I urge them to take advantage of that opportunity to drop their weapons.
“I urge Nigerians not to give in to fear or be discouraged as a result of these renewed attacks as the Senate and the National Assembly under my leadership will maximally support President Muhammadu Buhari in his determination to retool and motivate the Armed Forces to decisively prosecute the war against terrorism”, the Senate President said.

See the Moment ISIS Child Killers Brutally Shot Dead 25 Syrian Soldiers In Front Of Bloodthirsty Crowd

ISIS has released a significant new execution video from the historic city of Palmyra, in the Syrian desert. Child executioners are shown in the video being forced to brutally slaughter a group of more than 25 regime soldiers.

The video shows the soldiers lined up on their knees on the stage of the Roman amphitheatre, which had formerly been used for an annual festival in the city. A baying crowd of men and boys gathered in the restored ruin waiting for the slaughter, many wearing military uniforms and headscarves.

Behind each condemned man stands a child executioner, all wearing desert camouflage and brown
bandanas, many of whom appear to be no older than 12 or 13 years old.

ISIS fighters can be seen standing or sitting on top of the ancient ruins, watching over the crowd as they wait for the slaughter.  A leader speaks to the audience, in front of an enormous ISIS flag draped across the back of the stage. And on a command, the condemned soldiers are killed simultaneously with a shot to the head.

ISIS captured the historic city on May 21, and has been systematically destroying the city’s treasured ancient monuments. They are known for using children – dubbed ‘caliphate cubs’ – as suicide bombers, soldiers and executioners in their attempts to instill fear across Iraq and Syria.

Authorities fear that the use of children as soldiers and suicide bombers will only increase in the coming months.


Pay Back! ISIS Militants Executed By Rival Rebel Group Called ‘The Mother State’

In a chilling case of an eye for an eye,a rebel group in Syria has responded to ISIS by beheading ISIS terrorists .. Hours after ISIS released a video where they beheaded 12 of their fighters, Jaysh al-Islam also released videos of their fighters capturing Islamic State fighters and slaughtering them.

In the video, the Jaysh Al-Islam soldiers,are dressed in the orange jump suits that are normally worn by prisoners of ISIS…The Islamic State’s captured soldiers, dressed in black and given something to drink before each of their faces are shown in the video ..They are forced to kneel as a commander announces:

“Allah did not make a disease without appointing a remedy to it.””The most serious calamity for our jihad today is a group of people who grow at a time of division among Muslims.
This group claimed to be the mother state and made Takfir [accused of apostasy] on other Muslims, shed their blood and looted their properties and dignities.They worsened… the ordeal of Muslims by corrupting their religion and livelihood and killing the jihadi leaders who did their best to help our stricken nation.

They wreaked havoc on our people in liberated areas and cut the supply route of jihadis.
They left… Tehran intact and instead they attacked our mosques.This is the penalty for what they have committed.We also call on their fellows to repent.”

  They are then shot in the back of the head at point blank range with shotguns.

ISIS Beheads Two Women In Syria For Witchcraft

Islamic State beheaded two women over the weekend accused of witchcraft and working with elves in eastern Syria
The 2 women have become the first to be beheaded by Isis after being accused of witchcraft, sorcery and working with elves by the Islamic extremist group, according to reports emerging from eastern Syria.
The executions, for a supposed breach of sharia law, were carried out on Sunday and Monday respectively, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a monitoring group based in Britain, said.
In separate executions, both women were put to death alongside their husbands in Deir ez-Zour province – the first in Deir ez-Zour city on Sunday, the second in Mayadin on Monday after being accused of using un-Islamic medicine by the extremist group.

The group says that this would be the first time the self-styled caliphate has killed women in this way.

Previous executions of women have involved stoning or firing squads, mostly for adultery.

The SOHR said this week in an audit of the year since the declaration of the ‘caliphate’ that Isis had executed 3,000 people in the past 12 months, 1,800 of them civilians, 86 of them women and 74 of them children.

Source: Daily Surge

Terrorism: Court Grants Sen. Ndume Leave To Travel Abroad

An Abuja Federal High Court yesterday granted an application by Sen. Ali Ndume, who is charged with terrorism to enable him travel to Saudi Arabia for the lesser Hajj.

Ndume was arraigned after he was implicated by a suspected member of the Boko Haram sect, Ali Konduga, who has since been convicted and sentenced for the offence.?

Delivering a short ruling on the Senator’s application, the trial judge, Justice Gabriel Kolawole, ordered the court’s Deputy Chief Registrar (DCR) Litigation, to release Ndume’s passport and other travel documents to him.

Justice Kolawole also ordered Ndume to return the travel documents to the DCR within 72 hours of his return to the country. Ndume’s application, which was dated June 23, 2015, and moved by his counsel, Miss Rose Okotie-Eboh, was not opposed to by the prosecution counsel, Mr Muslim Hassan.

The Senator, who had been granted such applications in the past, will embark on the trip to Mecca on July 3. He had deposited his passport and other travel documents with the court registry in fulfilment of the bail conditions given him by the court since his arraigned on Dec. 3, 2013.

Credit: NAN

Boston Marathon Bomber Apologizes, Gets Death Sentence

Boston Marathon bomber, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, on Wednesday apologized for the deadly 2013 attack at a hearing before a U.S. judge formally sentenced him to death for killing four people and injuring 264 in the bombing and its aftermath.

The 21-year-old ethnic Chechen, who had not testified during his trial, referred to Allah and admitted that he and his now-dead older brother carried out one of the highest-profile attacks on U.S. soil, in a courtroom packed with survivors of the April 15, 2013 bombing.

“I am sorry for the lives I have taken, for the suffering that I have caused you, for the damage I have done, irreparable damage,” said Tsarnaev, who had sat in silence, his head cast down as two survivors and family members of victims described the attacks’ heavy toll on their lives.

“In case there is any doubt, I am guilty of this attack, along with my brother,” Tsarnaev said, standing at the defense table.

Tsarnaev had been found guilty killing three people and injuring 264 in the bombing near the finish line of the world-renowned race, as well as fatally shooting a police officer three days later. The same federal jury that convicted him in April voted for death by lethal injection in May.

As he handed down that sentence, U.S. District Judge, George O’Toole, condemned Tsarnaev for falling under the spell of militant Islamists, including American-born al Qaeda figure Anwar al Awlaki, who was killed in a 2011 drone strike.

“It is tragic … that you succumbed to their demonic siren song,” O’Toole said. “As long as your name is mentioned, what will be remembered is the evil you’ve done.”

Before the judge pronounced the sentence, Rebekah Gregory, who lost her left leg on that blood-soaked April day, addressed Tsarnaev directly.

“Terrorists like you do two things in this world. One, they create mass destruction, but the second is quite interesting,” Gregory said. “Because do you know what mass destruction really does? It brings people together. We are Boston strong and we are America strong, and choosing to mess with us was a terrible idea.”

The man accused of bombing the Boston Marathon in 2013 has been found guilty of all 30 charges that he faced, many of which carry the death penalty.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 21, was found guilty in April after the jury deliberated for just over 12 hours spread over two days.

Tsarnaev’s lawyers maintained he played a role in the attacks but said his older brother was the driving force. A police officer was killed in the days following the attack as Tsarnaev and his brother, who also died, attempted to flee.

Teen Who Wanted To Show His Support To ISIS By Killing 1,000 Americans Is Arrested After His Father Alerted Authorities

A 19-year-old who said he wanted to support ISIS by killing as many as 1,000 Americans has been arrested after his dad alerted authorities.
Justin Nojan Sullivan, a self-described Muslim convert from Morganton, North Carolina, was arrested and faces several charges, including attempting to provide material support to the Islamic State group.
Federal authorities were first made aware of the teen’s alleged plot when his father, Richie Sullivan, told emergency dispatchers on April 21 that his son was destroying religious items in their home.
‘I don’t know if it is ISIS or what, but he is destroying Buddhas and figurines and stuff,’ Mr Sullivan, a former Marine, said, according to the criminal complaint filed on Monday. ‘I mean, we are scared to leave the house.’
In the background of the call, his son was heard asking: ‘Why are you trying to say I am a terrorist?’
When an undercover FBI employee made contact with Sullivan on June 6, the teen told him via email that he was a a Muslim convert, according to court documents.
I liked IS from the beginning then I started thinking about death and stuff so I became Muslim,’ he said, according to the complaint.
Two days later, he said he wanted to kill 500 people but the next day said he wanted to kill 1,000 by using biological weapons, a gas bomb and bullets coated with cyanide.
‘Even if we get someone in the arm they’ll still die because of the poison,’ he allegedly said. ‘It’s vengeance.’
He also told the undercover federal worker that he planned to buy a semi-automatic rifle on June 20 at a local gun show so he could carry out his murderous plan, according to the criminal complaint.
‘Our attacks needs to be as big as possible,’ he allegedly said. ‘We can do minor assassinations before the big attack for training.’
At first he told the FBI that he didn’t mean to go through with his plans, but then he said he planned the attacks between June 21 and June 23 because his parents would be out of town.
He claimed that he had looked for possible targets in the online Yellow Pages and had asked the undercover agent to kill his parents.
He also asked for the undercover worker’s help with obtaining a silencer.
Sullivan also allegedly promised to send the agent money to kill his parents and to recruit others to the ‘Islamic State of America.’
Authorities went to his home on Friday and took him into custody without incident. At his home, they found a silencer, according to the court papers.
Sullivan ‘was planning assassinations and violent attacks in the United States,’ said Assistant Attorney General for National Security John P. Carlin.
We are scared to leave the house
Justin Sullivan’s father during call to dispatchers in April
He is charged with supporting a terrorist organization and weapons charges. If convicted, he could get up to 40 years in prison and a $500,000 fine.

5,000 Russians Are Fighting For ISIS – Russian agency

The head of Russia’s anti-terrorism agency said on Wednesday that between 2,000 and 5,000 Russians were fighting for the Islamic State (IS).

Russian police Col.-Gen. Andrei Novikov, told newsmen that authorities confirmed that a minimum of around 2,000 Russian passport holders had joined the extremists army in Iraq and Syria.

In southern Russia, several, mostly Muslim regions at the edge of the Caucasus Mountains, have been coping with a simmering Islamist insurgency for decades.

Several of the Emirate’s members were shown in videos late last year declaring allegiance to the Islamic State around the time of a terrorist attack in Chechnya that the group took credit for.

The Caucasus rebels, battle-hardened by two separatist wars with Russia, are rumored to be some of the Islamic State’s most successful fighters.

Red-bearded Caucasus rebel, Tarkhan Batirashvili, whose combat name is Omar al-Shishani, is believed to be an IS commander in Syria, with a series of decisive victories attributed to him.

Novikov warned that the IS might have obtained nuclear material capable of making a bomb that would cause “worldwide panic.”
However, he did not say how the material could have been obtained.

The IS said in May in its online propaganda magazine, Dabiq, that it could buy a nuclear weapon from the predominantly Muslim nation of Pakistan.
It added that IS allegedly helped North Korea obtain atomic arms in the 1990s.

ISIS Flaunts Magnificent Headquarters Seized From Billionaire Qatari Royal Family (Photos)

Islamic State leaders claim to be living in luxury in a vast mansion seized from a billionaire Arab sheikh.

Daily Mail reports that, the jihadi group’s social media sites posted photographs of the spectacular mansion, under the headline: ‘A castle for the tyrants of Qatar in Palmyra’.It is claimed that the real owners – the Qatari royal family – abandoned the villa when Isis closed in.
Social media users refer to the villa as Mozeh Palace claiming it was built for Emira Mozeh, the mother of the current Emir of Qatar,
The family also own the Shard – the tallest skyscraper in Europe, Harrods and the Olympic Village.
In recent years, Qataris are thought to have bought almost one in 30 homes in London worth more than £2million.

Security Expert Explains Why Osinbajo Can’t Attend National Security Meetings For Now

A security expert has explained why Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has so far not been allowed to attend any of the national security meetings President Buhari has had with Service Chiefs since he assumed power. On June 2nd and yesterday June 10th, President Buhari met with the Service Chiefs without Osinbajo and this has led to some media houses reporting that the Vice President was “locked out” from the Defence House, venue of the meetings.

A security expert explains why the pastor and lawyer can’t be allowed into such meetings for now. See that below…

The security expert explaned that Vice President Osinbajo is not a trained military officer and so it will take the military some time before sensitive intelligence can be shared in his presence. He also made reference to the Vice President’s affiliation to Tinubu. What he said below…

“I am sure he would have been invited if he had security background. Being a Professor of Law is fine, but in terms of intelligence and access to security information, you are nowhere near the rank of Colonel or equivalent in the Nigeria Military. Look, I have watched some footages that if the VP gets to see, he would lose appetite for days. Now, we have someone who has been in luxury virtually all his life, attaining the position of VP and some people are clamouring for his presence in highly sensitive talks. The truth is that the military hierarchy would not even feel comfortable saying some things in his presence. I can tell you that they respect Prof. Osinbajo as VP but they cannot trust him with information yet.

You cannot compare him to Buhari who served in many military roles, chased away a militia that was threatening Nigeria security, overthrew a military government, became Head of State, fought corruption and went ahead to instill discipline among a stubborn citizenry. The VP would have to go through what is called ‘Stimulation’. This is a process where he is lectured on terms, dealings, operations etc. of the military. His inner strength, strong heart and ability to keep things to himself will first be put to test before he gets access to some classified materials and information. We must understand the fact that Osinbajo was a candidate promoted by Bola Tinubu (ex-Lagos Governor), he was not handpicked by Buhari. If the President had picked a vice, it is likely that such individual may get the access Osinbajo isn’t getting now. Everyone knows the VP has been loyal to Tinubu for decades and he cannot swear that he would not divulge details of these security meetings to his political godfather. So he has to earn it. Tinubu may have used his influence to put him in this position but he must draw a line between blind loyalty and national duty.” he told Daily Independent.

Two Suicide Bombers Blow Themselves Up While Fighting Each Other

In a twist of fate,two would-be suicide bombers died in Pakistan after an explosive device detonated ,causing an explosion as they fought each other.

According to Eyewitnesses the men,wearing suicide vests, were sitting on a bench engaged in a heated discussion before their deaths.The two men then began to fight ,triggering an improvised explosive device.

According to ARY News,police officer ,Sargodha Saqib Manan  suggested divine intervention may have saved the city from a big loss.
After cordoning off the area, the men’s bodies were taken to Sargodha’s District Headquarters Hospital and their homes raided,resulting in the arrest of several suspects.

ISIS Militant Tweets Selfie Giving Away Location, Air Force Blows Up Entire HQ 22hrs Later

Islamic State militants like to use social media for their propaganda and sometimes, the use of social media is their undoing. According to reports, an Islamic State militant tweeted a selfie in front of an IS headquarters in Syria, bragging about how they have recently seized a new territory. Unknowingly to them, intelligence analysts in the US were able to determine the exact location the pic was taken.

A day after the selfie was posted, a coalition airstrike tore the building to shreds and killed everyone inside.

“The guys were combing through social media and see some moron standing at this command bragging about the command and control capabilities for Daesh,” Air Force General and head of Air Combat Command, Herbert ‘Hawk’ Carlisle, told The Telegraph
“Long story short, about 22 hours later through that very building, three JDAM’s [Joint Direct Attack Munitions] take that entire building out. It was a post on social media. Bombs on target in 22 hours.

U.S. Envoy Says Islamic State Can Become Global Menace

A senior U.S. envoy said on Wednesday that the growth of the Islamic State (IS) militant group had global implications and could “wreak havoc on the progress of humanity” if unchecked.

Retired Gen. John Allen, appointed by U.S. President Barack Obama to build a coalition against IS said this when he addressed a conference.
He said the group was not merely an Iraqi problem or a Syrian problem but “a regional problem trending towards global implications”.

“The group has lost about a quarter of the populated areas it once held in Iraq, but countering its ideology might take a generation or more,” he told the Brookings Institution’s U.S.-Islamic World Forum.

Last month, the Iraqi government had its worst military setback in nearly a year when IS seized Ramadi from a weakened Iraqi army.
Ramadi is the capital of the overwhelmingly Sunni Muslim province of Anbar is 90 km, west of Baghdad.

Since then, government troops and allied Shi’ite Muslim militia have been building up positions around Ramadi.
Many Iraqi Sunnis dislike the ultra-hardline Islamic State but also fear the Shi’ite militias after years of sectarian strife.

Allen said there was no future for Iraq without Sunni support and stressed the need for the government to control the Shi’ite militias, some of whom have links to Iran.

“We said many times that it is critical that all forces in the battle field must be under the command and control of the government of Iraq for the counter-ISIL operation to be successful,” he added.

Washington remained “very attentive and concerned about extremist militia elements frequently influenced by Iranian leadership, where Iran may play a significant role in their presence,” he said.

He also said Turkey’s borders with Syria and Iraq were the “last line of defense” against foreign fighters coming into the conflict, adding that other countries also needed to help stop the influx.

“Syrian President Bashar al-Assad should have no place in a solution to Syria’s war, he said, repeating Washington’s stance on efforts to end the fighting. (Reuters/NAN)

Boko Haram Dismisses Nigerian Military’s Claim Of Victory

The terrorist group, Boko Haram has released a video under the banner of Islamic State branch of West Africa claiming that Dikwa, Gamboru, Damasak and other areas are still under its control despite Nigeria’s military claim of victories in those areas.

The Islamic terrorist group says the media has been lying all along.
The speaker in the video says most of their (Boko Haram) territories are still under their control and displayed ID cards of military men killed by them.
He called Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad and Niger, “the lying coalition partners

President Muhammadu Buhari Reacts To Boko Haram Attack On Maiduguri Mosque

Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari has strongly condemned the Saturday’s attacks on Maiduguri, the Borno State capital where no fewer than 11 persons were killed.

Buhari in a statement signed by Garba Shehu, the presidency media officer, extended his condolences to the families of the victims.

He affirmed that his administration “will not tolerate wanton and wilful destruction of life by criminal elements that are bent on anarchy.” Buhari further promised to use all available resources to curb terrorism on the Nigerian soil.

President Buhari described the terrorists as “cowardly murderers that target innocent people” and
called local communities to continue their vigilante activities.

He also vowed to motivate the Nigerian soldiers by effectively funding them and attending to their welfares.

Revenge killing: Christian Reportedly Beheads ISIS Jihadist

A Syrian Christian fighter has beheaded an Islamic State group (IS) militant to avenge people “executed” by the jihadists in northeastern Syria, a monitor said on Friday.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the incident took place on Thursday in Hasakeh province, where IS holds large areas of the countryside.

According to the monitor, the Christian fighter, a member of the minority Assyrian community, found the jihadist in the local village of Tal Shamiram.

“He took him prisoner and when he found out he was a member of IS, the Assyrian fighter beheaded him in revenge for abuses committed by the group in the region,” Observatory chief Rami Abdel Rahman said.

The Observatory is based in Britain but has covered the Syrian conflict since it broke out four years ago thanks to a network of sources inside the country.

The Christian was fighting in the ranks of Kurdish forces who earlier this month drove IS out of more than a dozen Assyrian villages the jihadists had captured in Hasakeh.


US Removes Cuba From List Of State Sponsors Of Terror

The United States has removed Cuba from its list of state sponsors of terrorism. The move eliminates a major obstacle toward restoring diplomatic ties. The change now allows Cuba to conduct banking in the United States, among other activities.

The removal has been one of Cuba’s key demands, as leaders from both countries have repeatedly met to negotiate the details of restoring diplomatic relations, including the opening of embassies in Washington and Havana.

Last week, diplomats met in Washington, but failed to come to an agreement on opening embassies.

US jails Ex-Bin Laden Aide For Embassy Attacks

A former aide to Osama bin Laden has been sentenced to life in prison by a court in the US for conspiring in the deadly 1998 bombings of two US embassies in Africa.

Judge Lewis Kaplan said on Friday that Khaled al-Fawwaz was an eager supporter of bin Laden’s goals even before the attacks in Kenya and Tanzania that killed 224 people, including a dozen US citizens.

Fawwaz turned toward victims of the bombings and spoke of his remorse minutes before his sentence was announced.

“I can’t find words to describe how terribly sad and sorry I am,” Fawwaz said.

“I don’t support violence…I hope one day people will find other ways to live with their differences other than violence.”

Kaplan announced Fawwaz’s sentence after three victims spoke, including Ellen Karas, who was left blind by the attacks, the Associated Press news agency reported.

“I worship the same God as you,” she told the defendant. “But he is not an angry God. He is not a vengeful God”

Fawwaz lawyer had asked that he be sentenced to less than life in prison, saying he was less culpable than others

Court Sentences Boston Bomber Tsarnaev To Death

A  US jury has decided Dzhokhar Tsarnaev should die for his role in the Boston marathon bombing in April 2013.

The sentence on Friday came after 14 hours of deliberations on whether Tsarnaev, who was a teenager when he carried out the attacks with his elder brother Tamerlan, should be imprisoned for the rest of his life or be executed.

The 21-year-old did not react when the sentence was read out, the Associated Press news agency reported.

Tsarnaev was convicted last month of all 30 federal charges against him, 17 of which carried the possibility of the death penalty.

Three people were killed and more than 260 were injured when two pressure-cooker bombs packed with shrapnel exploded near the marathon finish line on April 15, 2013. Dzhokar and Tamerlan also killed a Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer days later.

Tsarnaev’s lawyer, Judy Clarke, admitted from the beginning that he participated in the bombings, bluntly telling jurors in her opening statement: “It was him.”

But the defence sought to show that most of the blame for the attack fell on his older brother, who wanted to punish the US for its actions in Muslim countries. They said Dzhokhar was an impressionable 19-year-old who fell under the influence of a brother he admired.

Prosecutors portrayed Tsarnaev as an equal partner in the attack, saying he was so heartless he put a bomb behind a group of children, killing an 8-year-old boy.

Carmen Ortiz, prosecutor for Massachusetts, commended the jurors, saying the verdict was “fair and just.”

Boston Police Commissioner William Evans said that he hoped “the verdict will bring with it a significant level of comfort and solace to all hurt.”

“Regardless of how you feel about the death penalty, today was also about sending a message. And, the message sent is one that says terrorism in our city will not be tolerated,” Evans added.

“Our thoughts and prayers remain with families of (victims) Martin Richard, Krystle Campbell, Lingzi Lu and MIT Police Officer Sean Collier.”

Marte Community In Borno Falls To Boko Haram

Boko Haram members have captured Marte town in Borno town. Confirming the new development to newsmen today in Borno state, the deputy governor of the state Alhaji Zannah Mustapha expressed sadness and revealed that there are reports that the sect group had released about 600 female suicide bombers into the state to carry out various attacks. He however appealed to the residents of the state to be patent with the military. What he said below…

“It is sad as we have been made to understand that Marte is today (Friday) completely fallen under the control of the insurgents, which to us is a very huge setback. It is unfortunate that we are experiencing yet another attack in Maiduguri at this time that we are thinking that the insurgency should have subsided, following the taking over of Sambisa Forest by the military. Our thinking was that every other place should have been blocked so that the insurgency would be contained in a restricted area. But that has not been the case,because the insurgents have been fleeing to other communities. Initially, we were opposed to the suggestion made by the military, but when we received a security report that about 600 women have been kitted as suicide bombers and are to be sneaked into Maiduguri during the attack, couple with the gory pictures of some of the women, who detonated themselves during the attack, we had no option than to okay the curfew. But the curfew has been relaxed from noon to about 5pm to ease the hardship and afterwards it may be reviewed. Our government is going to do everything humanly possible by supporting the military to see that Maiduguri and other secured parts of Borno State is not attacked or taken over by the insurgents. We want people to be patient with the government and the security; though 90 per cent of our communities have been liberated but the war is not over yet. We though all is over as we were even trying to fight for the reopening of the airport, which was almost okayed by the National Security Adviser before we heard about the attack on Maiduguri. It was indeed a huge setback for us in Borno State.”he said.

Cities In Sambisa Forest and Myths of Booby-Traps By Dr. Peregrino Brimah

With shallow graves of unveiled bones, rivers of shed blood, wounded homes and don’t-ask-for-my-dad babies of the living martyr mothers of Sambisa, it is a tale that will never be untold. Nigeria’s bloody six years; the never ending cold days and treacherous nights of 2010-2015. The long and short of this tale is that Jonathan and his Army chiefs lied to us. We were duped, fooled, defrauded and betrayed.

Boko Haram were never ghosts as Jonathan claimed. They were never an enemy he and the Nigerian Army could not pinpoint. As we now know from videos of Sambisa and numbers of liberated abductees, Boko Haram established cities and towns in Sambisa.
Far from being ghosts, they were a brazen nation hiding in clear aerial sight.
Nigerian air force jets and drones over the years took pictures and shot videos of inhabited expanses with camps that included buildings and hundreds of vehicles with human activity rivalling Nigeria’s fairly populated cities. The entire global intelligence departments saw these densely populated fossil fuel powered towns in Sambisa holding hundreds of Nigerian prisoners and realized Nigeria was in a mess too big for them to amend without sacking the country’s lying military and civilian ‘leadership.’ In disgust they resigned from helping to “bring back our girls” and did the best they should: denied Jonathan guns Boko Haram confidently relied on.

Was it booby traps or booby towns he meant?
And as we free the hundreds of pregnant, irreversibly abused, violated and abandoned Nigerian women from the cities of Sambisa and kill all the escaping male youth also imprisoned there, not being able to tell which male is ours or forcibly conscripted to theirs after abandoning them so long, we ask Jonathan, Ihejirika, Minimah and Badeh, where are the booby-traps you spoke of when you refused to bring back our girls and denied our brave and determined ex-servicemen, vigilantes, hunters and Civilian-JTF the permission to go into the cities of Sambisa and rescue our Chibok princesses?

Dr. Peregrino Brimah [Every Nigerian Do Something]
Email: Twitter: @EveryNigerian
Views expressed are solely that of author and does not represent views of nor its associates

Shekau Reportedly Flees Nigeria…

As the military deploys its special force units to track the fleeing lead­er of the Boko Haram sect, Abuba­kar Shekau, there are strong indi­cations that the terror kingpin may have fled Nigeria through the help of Islamic State (ISIS) groups operating in East and North Africa.

Saturday Sun gathered that with the recent loss of his group’s caliphate headquarters, Gwoza to the Nigerian troops and the invasion of Sambisa forest by a detachment of the na­tion’s special force units deployed from their base in Makurdi, Benue State, the Boko Haram leader saw his capture as imminent.
According to dependable military intelli­gence sources, Shekau had to send emissaries to ISIS affiliates with strongholds in East and North Africa to pave the way for his escape to their region from where he intends to coordi­nate his group’s activities or ultimately relocate to ISIS headquarters in the Middle East.

One of the sources revealed that

 “having discovered that he was being tracked through his Thuraya satellite phone, Shekau recently dropped the line and handset totally to evade capture. But the last satellite image of him and other intelligence pieced together by forces on the battle frontline show his desperation to es­cape from the country to parts of East Africa or North Africa where ISIS is having some foot­holds.”

The source, a red neck military chief further told Saturday Sun that

 “as part of moves being made by Shekau, he now relocates with few­er guards and limited number of lieutenants knowing his movement schedule. This is to frustrate intelligence gathering efforts by se­curity forces and avoid attracting the focus of satellite image capturing technology deployed by some foreign super powers and shared with the Nigerian security forces.”

It was gathered that as part of his bid to es­cape the heat of ongoing military operations in the Northeast Nigeria, Shekau has in the last few weeks changed his look and physical ap­pearance dramatically.

 “A recent intelligence from one of our foreign partners shows the Boko Haramleader clean shaven which total­ly alters his look. That heightens our curiosity about his motive, before we got other evidence that pointed to the fact that he was trying to cross the border”, the source added.

As earlier exclusively by Saturday Sun, Shekau had stayed in crisis-ridden Northern Mali to coordinate the training and opera­tions of the militant group before they were flushed out of there by a joint French and Af­rican forces, including Nigerian troops. He thereafter crossed the porous borders to join his foot soldiers in Borno State.

“He may not find it easy to return to Mali this time round but we suspect he may be targeting East Africa or parts of North Africa such as Libya and Egypt where some islamist groups are causing instability now”, a senior military chief involved in the prosecution of the war against the militant group told Satur­day Sun, adding that he cannot categorically say whether Shekau had indeed escaped or still in the country.

“On whether he has successfully escaped from Nigeria, I have no such information but at the same time I cannot rule that out because of his level of desperation to flee and his links with some other groups with­in the region and even beyond”, the source stressed, adding: “What we strongly believe at this moment is that he is still within our reach or that of our neighbours; especially Niger and Chad. He may find it difficult to move beyond these borders and may end up returning to one of our remote villages in the North-East to hide.”

The source also stated that Shekau had told some of his close lieutenants that he would rather die from gunshot from his guards than being killed by the Nigerian troops whom he regards as “infidels.”

“One of his captured commanders once disclosed that Shekau had given instructions to his personal guards to shoot him dead in the face of a confrontation with our troops who he calls infidels. He believes that makes him a martyr”, the source added.

When contacted on the information that Shekau had fled the country between the last week of March and the first two weeks of April, the acting Director of Public Rela­tions, Nigeria Army, Colonel Sani Usman said,

 “We have an ongoing war against ter­rorists in this country and we are determined by all means and what it takes to eliminate, capture all terrorists and destroy all their known camps.
“If in the process, any of their leaders is captured, so be it because the whole war is not about an individual. We are also deter­mined to arrest all of them dead or alive.”

ISIS Strips 5-Star Hotel Of Its Name, Converts It To Theirs

Dreaded Islamic State terror group has purportedly opened its own 5-star hotel complete with 262 rooms, restaurants, ballrooms and gym in Iraq’s Mosul city for its Jihadist commanders, according to a media report.

The hotel is believed to be the Ninawa International Hotel, which received a number of positive reviews before being overtaken by militants and stripped of its branding.

Pictures circulated by Islamic State of Iraq and Syria-affiliated social media accounts show members tending to a well-maintained garden, polishing floors and cleaning windows, expansive swimming pools and two black ISIS flags flying at the front of the multi-storey building.

ISIS-affiliated Twitter accounts were promoting an event to mark the hotel’s opening night, where all Muslims were told they could attend for free.

Images from the event show dozens gathered around pools during the day, followed by a firework display in the evening.

Is This The End Of Boko Haram? – Reuters

MALKOHI, Nigeria (Reuters) – Boko Haram is fracturing as shortages of weapons and fuel foment tensions between its foot soldiers and leaders, women rescued from the Islamist jihadi fighters by Nigerian troops told Reuters.

The group abducted an estimated 2,000 women and girls last year as it sought to carve out an Islamic state in the northeast of Africa’s biggest economy. The army has freed nearly 700 in the past week as it advances on Boko Haram’s last stronghold in the vast Sambisa forest.

The militants began complaining to their captives about lacking guns and ammunition last month, two of the women said, and many were reduced to carrying sticks while some of their vehicles were
either broken down or lacked gasoline.

A 45-year old mother of two, Aisha Abbas, who was taken from Dikwa in April, said the fighters all had guns at first but recently, only some carried them.

Even the wife of their captors’ leader, Adam Bitri, openly criticized him and subsequently fled, two of the women said, with one describing Bitri as short and fat with a beard.

Of 275 freed captives brought to a government-run camp for internally displaced people in the Malkohi hamlet on the outskirts of Adamawa state capital, Yola, only 61 were over 18, and many small children hobbled around visibly malnourished.

The women said they were kept inside, occasionally brought food and sometimes beaten severely. The children were left to run around or do errands for Boko Haram while those of the fighters were trained to shoot guns.

“One evening in April, Boko Haram followers stood before us and said ‘Our leaders don’t want to give us enough fuel and guns and now the soldiers are encroaching on us in Sambisa. We will leave you.’” one of the women, 18-year old Binta Ibrahim from northern Adamawa state said.

“They threatened us but after they went we were happy and prayed the soldiers would come and save us.”


The women said once the militants spotted two helicopters circling at noon on the day of their rescue, they began trying to sell the women for up to 2,000 naira (about $10) each. Towards evening, as the army approached, the captives refused to flee with Boko Haram fighters, who began stoning them but then ran away.

“We heard bullets flying around … we lay on the floor. Some of the women were crushed (by army vehicles) and others wounded by bullets. Eighteen were killed. We counted them, they included infants,” Salamatu Mohamed from the Damboa area in Borno said. The defence ministry was not immediately available for comment.

Mohamed said she gave birth while in captivity and had trouble feeding her newborn as there was not enough food.

Boko Haram seemed almost unstoppable and fast becoming a regional threat after it gained control of an area larger than Belgium last year and increased cross-border attacks on Chad, Cameroon and Niger.

Its six-year-old insurgency has killed thousands and forced 1.5 million people from their homes and the group caused a global outcry when it abducted over 200 schoolgirls from the town of Chibok.

The women said the men frequently threatened to sell them or bring them to Boko Haram’s elusive leader, Abubakar Shekau, deep in the forest. Nigeria has claimed to have killed him several times. Defence spokesman Chris Olukolade told Reuters the man was not a priority target.

Hanatu Musa, a 22-year old mother kidnapped in June from Gwoza in Borno state, quoted the fighters as saying their leader had deceived them into fighting and killing in the name of religion.

While the Nigerian army, which launched its counter-attack in January, is confident it has the group cornered in the Sambisa nature reserve, a final push to clear them from the area has been curtailed by landmines.
None of the women interviewed had seen any of the Chibok girls, but Abbas said fighters who travelled from a camp in Sambisa where they were held to source food would describe the situation.

“They said the Chibok girls were married off this year. Some sold to slavery, then others (militants) each married two or four of the girls,” Abbas said.

Source: Yahoo! News

Boko Haram In Disarray As Shortage Of Arms, Fuel Hits Insurgents

Indications emerged, yesterday, that Boko Haram is in disarray, following shortages of weapons and fuel that had caused tensions between its foot soldiers and leaders, women rescued from the Islamist jihadi fighters by Nigerian troops told newsmen. The group abducted an estimated 2,000 women and girls last year as it sought to carve out an Islamic state in the North-East of Africa’s biggest economy.

The army has freed nearly 700 in the past week as it advances on Boko Haram’s last stronghold in the vast Sambisa Forest. Women, who were rescued from the terrorists, said the militants began complaining to their captives about lack of guns and ammunition last month, and many were reduced to carrying sticks, while some of their vehicles had either broken down or lacked gasoline.

A 45-year-old mother of two, Aisha Abbas, who was taken from Dikwa in April, said the fighters all had guns at first, but that recently only some had guns. Even the wife of their captors’ leader, Adam Bitri, openly criticized him and subsequently fled, two of the women said, with one describing Bitri as short and fat with a beard.

Of the 275 freed captives brought to a government-run camp for internally displaced people in the Malkohi hamlet on the outskirts of Yola, Adamawa State capital, only 61 were over 18, and many small children hobbled around, visibly malnourished. The women said they were kept inside, occasionally brought food and sometimes beaten severely. The children were left to run around or do errands for Boko Haram members, while those of the fighters were trained to shoot guns.

One of the women, 18-year-old Binta Ibrahim from northern Adamawa State, said: “One evening in April, Boko Haram followers stood before us and said ‘Our leaders don’t want to give us enough fuel and guns and now the soldiers are encroaching on us in Sambisa. We will leave you’. “They threatened us, but after they left, we were happy and prayed the soldiers would come and save us.”

The women said once the militants spotted two helicopters circling at noon on the day of their rescue, they began trying to sell the women for up to 2,000 naira (about $10) each.
Towards evening, as the army approached, the captives refused to flee with Boko Haram fighters, who began stoning them, but then ran away.
Salamatu Mohamed, from Damboa area in Borno, said: “We heard bullets flying around and laid on the floor.
“Some of the women were crushed (by army vehicles) and others wounded by bullets. 18 were killed. We counted them; they included infants.”
Mohamed said she gave birth, while in captivity and had trouble feeding her newborn as there was not enough food.
The women said the men frequently threatened to sell them or bring them to Boko Haram’s elusive leader, Abubakar Shekau, deep in the forest. Nigeria has claimed to have killed him several times.
Defence spokesman, Chris Olukolade, told newsmen the man was not a priority target.

Hanatu Musa, a 22-year old mother kidnapped in June last  from Gwoza in Borno State, quoted the fighters as saying their leader had deceived them into fighting and killing in the name of religion.
While the Nigerian army, which launched its counter-attack in January, is confident it has the group cornered in the Sambisa nature reserve, a final push to clear them from the area has been curtailed by landmines.

Culled from Vanguard. 

Somali Government Ban Al-Shabab’s Name From Media

The Somali government has told media houses to stop referring to militant group al-Shabab by their name. They instead want the group to be called Ugus, an acronym for the Somali words meaning “the Group that Massacres the Somali People”. BBC has more:

Al-Shabab responded by asking journalists to refer to the Somali government with the same acronym, Ugus. In this case, Ugus means “the Group that Subjects the Somali People to Humiliation”.

Al-Shabab, which is affiliated to al-Qaeda, controls many rural parts of southern Somalia.  The head of Somalia’s Intelligence and Security Services Gen Abdirahman Mohamud Turyare told journalists that al-Shabab, which means the youth in Arabic, was “a good name”.

“We should not allow this good name to be dirtied. This enemy we are fighting is called Ugus.” Gen Turyare was speaking at the headquarters of information ministry in front of journalists and information ministry officials.

More Troops, Equipment Deployed To Sambisa – Army Chief

The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant Kenneth Minimah has said that more troops and equipment have been deployed to Sambisa forest to enhance military operations there and flush out the terrorists from their last stronghold.

Speaking to journalists  during the commissioning of the Nigerian Army Peacekeeping Medical Centre in Jaji Kaduna State on Monday, General Minimah insisted that the military has neither retreated nor stopped the onslaught against the Boko Haram terrorists in Sambisa forest or other parts of the north east.

In considering the future and long term perceptions of the critical role the Nigerian Army would play in  contemporary local and international peacekeeping operations and the need to carter for the well-being of its troops, the  Federal Republic of Germany through its Technical Assistance Group in Nigeria, constructed and equipped the medical centre, meant to  cater for the immediate health needs of the troops.

The Army Chief expressed optimism that the facility will enhance the status of the Peacekeeping Centre as a centre of excellence. He,  therefore, called on the personnel to make judicious use of the medical facility.

On his part, the German Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Michael Zenner explained that the decision by his country to donate the medical centre to the Nigerian Army was due to the bilateral relations between Germany and Nigeria, especially in the areas of military support. He commended the Nigerian government for conducting a peaceful and credible elections which he said was the best ever in the history of the  nation’s electoral process.

While calling on the incoming government of General Muhammadu Buhari  to consolidate on the democratic success, the German Ambassador gave the assurance of  his country’s readiness to continue to partner with Nigeria to further  develop its economy and democracy.

At Least 2,000 Women And Girls Kidnapped By Boko Haram – Amnesty International

Boko Haram has kidnapped at least 2,000 women and girls since the beginning of last year, Amnesty International said on Tuesday, a year on from the mass abduction of 219 Nigerian schoolgirls.

A screengrab taken on May 12, 2014, from a video of Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram obtained by AFP shows girls, wearing the full-length hijab and praying in an undisclosed rural location. Boko Haram released a new video on claiming to show the missing Nigerian schoolgirls, alleging they had converted to Islam and would not be released until all militant prisoners were freed. A total of 276 girls were abducted on April 14 from the northeastern town of Chibok, in Borno state, which has a sizeable Christian community. Some 223 are still missing.

The kidnapping of the teenagers from Chibok, in the northeastern state of Borno, on April 14 last year brought unprecedented world attention to the brutality of the insurgency.

But the human rights group said it had documented 38 cases of abduction by the Islamists, based on testimony of dozens of eyewitnesses as well as women and girls who eventually escaped.

“It is difficult to estimate how many people have been abducted by Boko Haram,” Amnesty said in the report, “‘Our job is to shoot, slaughter and kill’: Boko Haram’s reign of terror”.

“The number of women and girls is likely to be higher than 2,000.”

On the Chibok girls, Amnesty quoted a senior military source as saying they had been split into three or four groups and held at different Boko Haram camps.

Somewhere in its Sambisa Forest stronghold in Borno state, others around Lake Chad, in the Gorsi mountains in Cameroon while about 70 girls were thought to be in Chad.

Nigeria’s military has previously said it knows where the girls are but ruled out a rescue operation as too dangerous.

The 219 teenagers have not been seen since Boko Haram released a video message in May last year, showing about 100 of the girls in Muslim dress and reciting verses of the Koran.

Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau has said all of the teenagers had converted to Islam and been “married off”.

Amnesty reports provides fresh testimony to Boko Haram’s use of mass kidnapping, cataloguing the frequent abduction of young women and girls, as well as the forced conscription of men and boys.

Women and girls interviewed recounted being held in atrocious conditions, including in overcrowded prisons, being forced to cook and clean for as well as marry Islamist fighters.

One human rights activist who interviewed more than 80 abducted women and girls after their escape said in 23 cases, they had been raped either before arrival at camps or after forced marriage.

One 19-year-old woman who was abducted in September 2014 said: “I was raped several times when I was in the camp. Sometimes five of them. Sometimes three, sometimes six.

“It went on for all the time I was there. It always happened in the night… Some were even my classmates from my village. Those who knew me were even more brutal to me.”

One woman said Boko Haram fighters came to her house in the border town of Gamboru to rape her lodger, a woman in her late 20s, and that fear of HIV was widespread.

Elsewhere others spoke of being forced to train to shoot guns and make bombs, while one said she was sent on operations, including to her own village.

Amnesty, which wants Boko Haram investigated for war crimes and crimes against humanity, estimates that more than 4,000 people were killed in 2014.

At least 1,500 civilians lost their lives in the first three months of this year, it added.

– Source –

Shell Denies Shutting Down Operations Over Presidential Polls Result

The Management of Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria (SPDC) has denied reports that it shut down its flow stations in Bayelsa owing to fears of attack by aggrieved militants.

The SPDC’s spokesperson, Mr Joseph Obari, told News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday that the operations of the oil firm were running but declined further details.

“Our operations are continuing and we will not comment on security issues.”

The reports had alleged that the oil firm acted to forestall attacks by militants aggrieved by Jonathan’s loss in the March 28, 2015 presidential polls.

Tunu, and Bensede Kussi flow stations operated by SPDC in  Southern Ijaw and Kolokumo/Opokum Local Government Areas Bayelsa were allegedly shut down due to security concerns.

However,  NAN sources at the Tunu flow station within SPDC’s oil fields in Bayelsa confirmed that the facility was shut down for operational reasons.

The source, who pleaded for  anonymity, said that the shutdown had nothing to do with anticipated attack by militants.

“Tunu flow station was shut down for operational reasons not because of threat by ex-militants.

“Can we not shut down for operational reasons, what is the big deal if Tunu station is closed down for operational reasons ?.

“I cannot understand why they are eager to drag Shell into all these.

Women Give Birth In Bush While Fleeing Boko Haram Attack

Two pregnant women gave birth to babies in the bush Sunday morning while fleeing from suspected Boko Haram insurgents that attacked Gunti Gumi village of Alkaleri Local Government area in Bauchi state.

An eye witness, Malam Bala Kurba, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the insurgents stormed the village, forcing the residents to take to their heels.

“The pregnant women were among those who fled the village. I was also in the bush when I saw a group of women battling to assist the two pregnant women deliver their babies.

“The women gave birth successfully and were taken to a nearby community, where they were kept”, said Kurba, who is the Manager of the Bauchi State government-owned Community FM Radio station in Alkaleri.

Bauchi Police Command’s spokesperson, DSP Haruna Mohammed, confirmed the attack in a statement issued on Sunday.

He said that some unknown gunmen in a convoy of 10 vehicles attacked some towns in Alkaleri and Kirfi Local Government Areas.

“Today 29/3/2015 at about 12.25 am,  unspecified numbers of unknown gunmen in a convoy of over ten vehicles, stormed many polling units in Kirfi and  Alkaleri Local Government areas,  destroying many election materials.

“The hoodlums further attacked Kirfi and Alkaleri Divisional Police Headquarters, but were repelled and pursued towards Dindima Town along Bauchi Gombe Road.

“Meanwhile, operations are still on-going .The entire surroundings have been cordoned-off by combined security forces and effort is being intensified to restore normalcy in the area.

“Members of the public are urged to remain calm and disregard rumour from mischief makers”, he said. (NAN)

We Will Liberate Gwoza From Boko Haram By Friday- Jonathan

President Goodluck Jonathan on Wednesday expressed the confidence that Nigerian troops will liberate Gwoza from members of the Boko Haram sect latest on Friday.

Once that feat is achieved, he said it would not take the nation more than one week to clean up.

Jonathan spoke while granting audience to a group of international election monitors who paid him a visit at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

“We believe by today (Thursday) or latest Friday, we will be able to take over Gwoza. If we take over Gwoza it will not take us more than one week to clean up. Now Boko Haram is not in position to come out and disrupt elections,” Jonathan told his guests.

He recalled that when security operatives advised that elections be rescheduled for security reasons, a number of people thought it was just because of the terror attacks in some parts of the North.

He however admitted that that was a major factor too because the Boko Haram set was in three states: Borno, Yobe and Adamawa at that time.

At Least 7000 Persons Flee Bama Town

At least 7000 persons have been evacuated from Bama town of Borno State in north-east Nigeria.

The evacuees, mostly women and children fled from the Boko Haram after months of torture and near death experiences.

They have now found temporary shelter in make shift camps few kilometers away from Maiduguri, the capital city.

Bama was taken over by the militant jihadist group Boko Haram six months ago and locals held hostage by the terrorists.

Many fell victims of jungle justice by the insurgents who ruled the town with iron hands for months, until Nigeria’s military launched an offensive against the onslaught.

Villagers were lucky to successfully flee the town to give way for likely showdown between federal troops and the terrorists.

The State Emergency Management Agency has been evacuating people from Bama town.

With casualty figure of villagers still vague, survivors recounted their ordeal in the hands of their captors.

Bintu Idrissa said, “Our captors sent us away from our homes so we escaped to the hills and took refuge there. We Were there for Six days until we were brought here by the State Government”.

“For six months,they tormented and ruled over us harshly, killing and maiming at will. The terrorists banned us from traveling to Maiduguri and they made new laws each week. The penalty for every single offence is death by slaughtering but if you are lucky they shoot you with a gun” Musa Ahmed said.

Women and children, the old and young all bruised and traumatized, the villagers have come to terms with the new life terrorism has put them in.

The burden of catering and rehabilitation of the rescued locals now falls on the shoulder of the state government.

Shekau Still Alive – Woman Held Captive By Boko Haram

One of the nine women who broke walls to escape from their captors in Gwoza town of Gwoza Local Government Area of Borno State has revealed that Abubakar Shekau, leader of the Boko Haram, is still alive.

Chatting with newsmen in Maiduguri,she said “Shekau, who was thought to have been killed many times by the Nigerian security forces, is very much alive and healthy.”She added that the Boko Haram leader  preaches in Gwoza township.”

According to the Nigerian Tribune, the woman said, before their escape from the den of the terrorists, they witnessed the killings of 75 elders of Gwoza, including her father in-law, who were hanged and their bodies left on the streets of Gwoza.

“My husband is alive, he had run away since the early days of the invasion and is currently here in Maiduguri.We were captured since then by the Boko Haram and have remained in their custody for more than three months before now.When we escaped, we travelled by night in the bushes until we arrived at Michika.Those who arrested us at Michika said we were Boko Haram’s wives, but we pleaded and having proven our innocence, they kept us for days until when the former governor of Adamawa State, Mr Boni Haruna, came to Michika.It was he who offered to help us with food and medication. When we regained our strength, he asked us many questions.

“It was during the questioning that I mentioned my husband brother’s name who is living in Adamawa and they sent for him. After he had identified me, they released me to him, before I later came to Maiduguri to unite with my family,”

The woman said she has seven children and believed they are still alive, though she is at present in one of the internally displaced persons camps in Maiduguri GRA.

APC Unhappy Over Jonathan’s Success On Terrorism – Fani-Kayode

Director of media and publicity of the Peoples Democratic Party Presidential Campaign Organisation (PDPPCO), Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, said yesterday that the All Progressives Congress (APC) is not happy with the success of the nation’s military and the federal government in the fight against the Boko Haram insurgents.

Fani-Kayode, in a statement he issued in Abuja, said “what is really giving the APC a headache is their failed expectation that President Jonathan’s government would be unable to subdue the deadly activities of the Boko Haram insurgents in the North-eastern part of the country.

“The APC had field days attacking the government on the issue of insurgency, hardly aware of the determination of our presidential candidate, President Jonathan, to end the problem once and for all.

“So far, the Nigerian military, in collaboration with the West African forces, had been recording unprecedented success in the campaign against Boko Haram insurgents.

“The military has turned up surprises in their anti-Boko Haram campaigns so far with the ability to recover all the territories hitherto lost to the insurgents in Adamawa and Yobe, with only a few communities more to recover in Borno State.”

Fani-Kayode accused the APC of planning to hire foreign journalists and procure the services of foreign media houses to discredit and disparage the achievements of the military and the federal government under President Goodluck Jonathan.

He said, “This is to bring to the notice of the good people of Nigerians that the APC is now engaged in a last minute effort to hire foreign writers to discredit and disparage the government of President Goodluck Jonathan and the achievements he has so far recorded as we march towards March 28 presidential election.

“It has always been the stock in trade of the APC to run to the international media for support after failing to convince Nigerians that it has the credibility and capacity to withstand our presidential candidate in the coming election.

“Past efforts by the APC to use the international media against our president had failed and will continue to collapse like a pack of cards.

“This latest move by the APC is coming against the backdrop of the general disenchantment against them and their leaders caused by the broadcast TV documentary, “Unmasking the Real Tinubu”, which exposed how their national leader, Bola Tinubu, used his office as governor and the office of his successor, Babatunde Fashola, to amass monumental wealth in Lagos.

“Until the TV documentary, the opposition had field days denigrating the PDP, using the mantra of corruption as a tool. By now, Nigerians are properly schooled on which party holds the banner of corruption in the most sordid and absurd manner.”

Iraq Needs More Air Strikes To Dislodge ISIS In Tikrit, Say Officials

Iraq said on Monday it had put its Tikrit offensive on a hold and senior officials called for more air strikes to dislodge the Islamic State militants who have laid explosives across Saddam Hussein’s home city and still hold its central districts. Reuters have more:

The offensive, the largest yet against insurgents who swept through northern Iraq in June, has been stalled for four days after Iraqi security forces and mainly Shi’ite militia pushed into Tikrit last week. They have struggled to gain further ground against the militants who are holed up in a vast complex of palaces built when Saddam was in power.

Military officials in Tikrit said there was no fighting on Monday in the city that was home to more than 250,000 people before it was overrun last year.

Government forces are in control of most of the northern Qadisiya district as well as the southern and western outskirts of the city, trapping the militants in an area bounded by the river that runs through Tikrit. Though Iraqi forces and allied militiamen may have the insurgents in a chokehold, officials are increasingly citing air power as necessary to drive out the remaining insurgents.

“We need air support from any force that can work with us against IS,” Deputy Minister of Defense Ibrahim al-Lami told Reuters, declining to say whether he meant from the U.S.-led coalition or Iran, which is playing a role in the assault.

Boko Haram Burns Houses In Bama As Troops Advance

Boko Haram Islamists have set fire to homes in Nigeria’s northeast town of Bama that are under their control, forcing residents to flee as troops advance to recapture it, witnesses said Sunday.

The Islamists on Saturday told residents of Bama, 70 kilometres (37.5 miles) southeast of Maiduguri, to evacuate before setting fire to many homes as Nigerian troops inched closer in a bid to retake the town, residents told AFP.

The blaze forced hundreds of residents to flee towards Maiduguri, capital of Borno state, the group’s hometown and stronghold.

“They came into the town around 12:00 pm (1100 GMT) warning that anyone who wanted to leave should leave the town and soon after they began torching homes,” resident ?Umar Kaka said.

“Not all residents could leave because some are too sick or old to leave and we are afraid they were burnt in the homes?,” Kaka said.

The arson followed the sacking of the Islamists from nearby Boboshe and Yale villages by troops as they marched towards Bama?, said Kaka who arrived in Maiduguri on foot on Sunday.

“We learnt soldiers were coming. They advanced on Bama on two fronts and met some resistance at Boboshe and Yale but succeeded in crushing the Boko Haram gunmen,” said Bama resident Ibrahim? Kyari.

“They asked residents to leave which came to us as a surprise because they kept us captives all these seven months and would not allow us to leave,” Kyari said.

Bama, a strategic and historic town in the state, has been under the control of Boko Haram since early September.

“I left large groups of people including women and children on the way trekking towards Maiduguri while soldiers moved towards Bama,” said Kyari, who rode to Maiduguri on his bicycle?.

Boko Haram seized Bama, the state’s second main city, during the rapid capture of several towns and villages in northeastern Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states on the border with Chad, Cameroon and Niger.

The Islamists carried out mass killings in the town, forcing hundreds of residents to flee while others remained trapped there.

Nigerian soldiers aided by? troops from Chad, Niger and Cameroon have in recent weeks reclaimed most of the areas under Boko Haram control.

In Borno state, Bama and Gwoza towns were the only remaining towns still under Boko Haram control.

Nigeria vowed to reclaim all of its territory occupied by Boko Haram before the general elections which commence on March 28.

BBOG Campaigners Warn FG To Be Wary Of Boko Haram/ISIS Alliance

The BringBackOurGirls, BBOG, campaign group has warned the federal government against treating Boko Haram’s purported allegiance with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria with levity. The advocacy group consequently called on the federal government to probe whatever may be the implications of the alliance and to work hard to frustrate such a deadly collaboration. Making its position known in a statement issued in Abuja on Sunday, the campaigners went on to demand full disclosure on the previous and current rescue operations of the 219 Chibok schoolgirls who were abducted by Boko Haram insurgents since April 14, 2014. They lamented in the statement signed by their Co-coordinators, Oby Ezekwesili and Hadiza Bala-Usman, that none of the girls had been rescued notwithstanding successes recorded against Boko Haram by security forces in the North-East. According to the statement, “The alliance of Boko Haram and ISIS, which has been a trending issue, was seemingly downplayed by the Nigerian authorities. While this position could be interpreted as a strategy to avert creating panic in the minds of the citizens, we hope that there are concerted efforts behind the scenes to scrutinize the possible implications. “The pronouncement by ISIS that fighters should join Boko Haram must not be dismissed as a mere publicity stunt. Libya, which already has a significant ISIS presence, shares borders with our immediate neighbour Niger.” Noting that since the counter-insurgency operation was two-thirds gone based on the established time scale, BBOG stressed that the military needed to provide a detailed account of how much ground had been covered and the objectives which have been achieved.

Bomb Making Factory Found In Yobe State

The Nigerian military has discovered a Boko Haram bomb making factory in Nigeria’s northeast.

The Director, Defence Information, Major General Chris Olukolade said the recovery was made during the ongoing cordon and search by troops in Buni Yadi, Gujba Local Government Area of Yobe State.

According to him, a large quantity of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) used by terrorists were recovered from the site.

“The factory, which was located in a fertilizer company, has also converted some of the materials therein for production of all types of IEDs. Troops are still evacuating the materials which include a large quantity of suicide bomber vests from the facility to their base.

“It is believed that the heavy calibre bomb used in blowing up the bridge between Damaturu and Buni Yadi was produced in the factory.

“The terrorists were sacked from Buni Yadi after a military assault that was conducted last Saturday. The troops advance was delayed by the series of IEDs planted on the highway leading to Buni Yadi. Four soldiers died from such IEDs in the course of the operation to clear terrorists from the town.

“This discovery is expected to degrade the capability of terrorists in the production of explosives, which they have been using lavishly in the area until they were dislodged from their stronghold,” he said.

South African Troops, Others Join Fight Against Boko Haram

South African troops as well as other foreign soldiers have joined in Nigeria’s offensive against Boko Haram insurgents in the nation’s north east region, engaging in ground combat and flying combat air sorties.

According to VOA, the Federal Government explained that the foreign military personnel were only advisers accompanying military equipment purchased from South Africa, Russia and Ukraine.

However, it appears the soldiers are also actively combating the insurgents as Nigerian soldiers disputed the government’s claim and disclosed that many of the soldiers were participating in actual combat, VOA reported on Thursday.

Activities of the extremist group seeking to impose Islamic rule in the region have caused the death of several thousands and displaced over 1 million people in northern Nigeria.

“One soldier, who is living alongside the foreign personnel in a barracks in the city of Maiduguri, identified the foreigners as South Africans, Ukrainians and others. He said they were flying aircraft from the Maiduguri airport.”

“The South Africans don’t want to deploy with any Nigerian military units, they want to go on their own,” the sergeant, who was not authorized to speak to the media, told VOA.

“The white soldiers, they were the only ones who knew how to operate the mobile rocket launchers,” the corporal said.

The corporal, who was also based in the barracks in Maiduguri, said South African pilots had been flying combat missions using Nigerian jets, surveillance planes and helicopters, along with jets he said appeared to be South African.

“All the aerial attacks are being done by the white soldiers using Nigerian and hired military aircraft,” he said.

Another officer, who served as a top aide to the commander of a brigade in Borno state, told VOA there were between 100 and 150 foreign soldiers, mainly South African, working out of Maiduguri and they were flying fighter jets daily out of the Maiduguri airport.

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ISIS Welcomes Boko Haram’s Pledge Of Allegiance

The Islamic State group has welcomed a pledge of allegiance made to it by Boko Haram and vowed to press with its expansion, according to an audiotape Thursday purportedly from its spokesman, the AFP is reporting.

“We announce to you to the good news of the expansion of the caliphate to West Africa because the caliph… has accepted the allegiance of our brothers of the Sunni group for preaching and the jihad”, IS spokesman, Mohammed al-Adnani said in the message, using the Arabic name for Nigeria’s Boko Haram extremist group.

In the tape of some 30 minutes, the IS spokesman called on Muslims to join fellow extremists in West Africa and downplayed “victories” by the US-led coalition and Iraqi forces against his group.

It would be recalled that following heavy bombardment of Boko Haram terrorist group in Northeastern Nigeria by Nigerian Armed Forces and its counterparts from Cameroon, Niger and Chad, an audiotape purportedly released by the group’s leader, Abubakar Shekau on Saturday, said “we announce our allegiance to the Caliph of the Muslims, Ibrahim ibn Awad ibn Ibrahim al-Husseini al-Qurashi”, referring to IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

Security analysts have said that pledge may only have propaganda value in the short term but could lead to closer links in the future.

Victory Over Boko Haram Terrorists Our Ultimate Aspiration – NAF

The Nigerian Air Force says its ultimate aspiration is the total decimation of Boko Haram terrorists in the North East of the country.

 Air Commodore Dayo Amao, Commander, 75 Strike Group, Air Force Headquarters gave the pledge in Yola when he spoke with newsmen on a guided tour of territories captured from Boko Haram insurgents.

 “Total victory and nothing short of it is our ultimate aspiration.

 “The air component will press forward in providing adequate support to the ground forces as they advance against insurgents in the North East’’, he said.

Amao disclosed that the air force had flown over 1,600 sorties in aid of ground troops since the war against the terrorists began.

 The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that sortie is a mission by a combat aircraft.

 The commander explained that the sorties were either for intelligence, reconnaissance, surveillance, air transport, close air support for ground troops,  and interdiction (to prevent enemy from entering a location).

 “The efforts of the Nigerian Air Force have been pivotal in the recent successes achieved in the fight against the insurgents.

 “We soften the ground for the ground force to move and occupy the territory’’, he said.

 According to him, we try to avoid collateral damage.

 “That is why we make maximum use of our Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) mission -, to be sure that only Boko Haram locations are attacked’’, he said. (NAN)

14 Most Powerful Terrorist Organizations In The World. See Boko Haram’s Position



Jamaat Ansar al-Sunna is a terrorist group that was founded in 2003 in Iraq. They oppose the US forces in Iraq and also the Iraq government led by Nouri al-Maliki. It was once thought that they were working with Al-Qaeda but then it was discovered that the two groups are actually in conflict with each other.


FARC Guerillas In Colombia

The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia are also known as the Forças Armadas Revolucionárias da Colômbia or FARC. They are a Maxist-Leninst terrorist group that is in control of the majority of the illegal drugs in the world. They have over 12,000 members and they actually consider themselves as sort of modern day Robin Hood’s because they extort money from wealthy people and organizations and (they claim) distribute it to poor people.


Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) fighters

The Kurdistan Worker’s Party is also known as the PKK and it was founded on November 27, 1978. Their goal is to establish an independant Kurdish state. They are mainly active in Turkey but also in Iraq, Syria and Iran, making them much more than just a regional threat.


Hamas is a terrorist group founded in 1987 as an offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood. They are a socio-political terrorist group of Palestine who governs the Gaza Strip. They are supported by Hezbollah since they have similar goals of destroying Israel.



Hezbollah is a Lebanon based terrorist group that formed during the Lebanese civil war of 1982. Their leaders have repeatedly called for the destruction of Israel. A report by the CIA claims that about 41 percent of the Lebanese population is a part of Hezbollah. They even have seats in the government, radio and TV stations and social development programs.



Perhaps the next most famous terrorist group is the Talliban. Their name is derived from the word “students”. They actually managed to rule most of Afghanistan from 1996 to 2001. They are famous for their strict interpretation of Sharia law and their oppression of women. They are currently working out of Afghanistan and northwest Pakistan.



These are the biggest names when it comes to terrorism in the world right now. And though it is hard to measure power, there can be no doubt that these organizations are striking fear in the hearts of many across the world.

 Al-Qaeda is probably the first organization that comes to mind when you think of a terrorist group. Al-Qaeda was first formed in 1989 by Osama Bin Laden and despite the fact that their founder and leader was killed, they still thrive to this day. Their main mission is to bring Jihad on all of the sinners who do not follow the word of Allah. Their biggest act of course was the attack on the World Trade Center in New York City on 9/11.

Source- Koko mansion

Boko Haram-IS pledge An ‘Act Of Desperation’ – FG

Boko Haram’s pledge of allegiance to the Islamic State group was a sign of weakness and a result of pressure on the jihadist militants by Nigeria and its allies, the government in Abuja said on Tuesday.

National security spokesman Mike Omeri called the pledge “an act of desperation and comes at a time when Boko Haram is suffering heavy losses”.

The Islamists’ leader Abubakar Shekau made the announcement in an audio message on Saturday night after months of indications that Boko Haram was seeking a formal tie-up.

Troops from Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad and Niger have claimed a series of successes against the militants since last month, pushing them out of captured territory in northeast Nigeria.

The operation is designed to secure and stabilise the region in time for Nigerian general elections, which were postponed by six weeks from February 14 to March 28.

Omeri said in a statement that the four-nation coalition force was “rooting out Boko Haram out of its strongholds and degrading its combat abilities”.

“Boko Haram is on the way to being eliminated,” he added.

“No foreign extremists can or will change this fact –- as long as the Nigerian military continues to receive cooperation and commitment from its citizens and allies.”

Boko Haram’s seizure of territory in three northeast states from mid-2014 — a tactic also seen by IS in Syria and Iraq — raised fears of a loss of government control in the remote region.

Security analysts have said the pledge of allegiance to IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi may only have propaganda value in the short term but in the future could lead to closer links.

But Omeri said on Tuesday: “There will be no Islamic State in Nigeria, the only state that will exist is the united Federal Republic of Nigeria.”

Troops from Chad and Niger on Monday said they had retaken the town of Damasak, in Borno state, northeast Nigeria, which Boko Haram had held since last November,

According to a Chadian security source, some 200 Boko Haram fighters were killed in the offensive that began on Sunday, although there was no independent verification of the claim.

Army spokesman Colonel Sani Usman said rebel fighters “met their Waterloo” as they tried to attack Gombi in Adamawa state on Monday evening.

“Quite a number” of insurgents were killed in a battle with the Nigerian Army, Usman said in a statement on Tuesday, without specifying numbers. One government soldier was wounded, he added.

Weapons recovered from Boko Haram included three anti-aircraft guns, two machineguns, thousands of rounds of ammunition and a rocket propelled grenade.

The military squeeze, however, has not stopped the violence, with Boko Haram reverting increasingly to guerrilla tactics in urban areas.

On Saturday, at least 58 people were killed and 139 injured in three separate bombings in the Borno state capital, Maiduguri.

Death Toll In Maiduguri Blasts Rises To 100

The death toll from last Saturday’s triple suicide bomb blasts in Maiduguri, capital of Borno State has risen to over 100, it has emerged.

Borno State Police Commissioner, Clement Adado told journalists on Saturday following the attack, that only 54 people were killed. Howeve, Vanguard’s sources and hospital mortuary attendance, yesterday, revealed that more than hundred people were confirmed dead.

A source at the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital told Vanguard that most of the injured ones brought to the hospital did not survive as they died while receiving treatment yesterday morning. Also at the Umaru Shehu Hospital in Bulumkutu ward of the metropolis, no fewer than seven people died while receiving treatment. At the State Specialists Hospital, a source claimed that more than 20 dead bodies were brought in from the Monday market attack, while scores of the injured died as a result of excessive bleeding yesterday.

Sources at the Borno express motor park revealed that the male suicide bomber who was in his early 20s attempted to enter the mosque at the BOC motor dealers section, but when he was accosted by someone that it was not yet time for prayer, he quickly turned back to attract dealers as he pretended to be a customer after which he detonated the explosives, killing four dealers and other customers nearby.

Other reports said that “the death toll of the bomb attack has risen with additional five dead and dozens admitted at the emergency ward out patient department of the university of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital UMTH as against the earlier death toll of Saturday which stood at 17.

At State Specialists Hospital Maiduguri, an attendant who does not want her name in print told Vanguard that “due to the gravity of injuries of some victims brought into the hospital yesterday (Saturday) and coupled with the excessive bleeding by the victims, scores could not make it overnight.

“Many passed away this morning (yesterday) before the doctor on duty conducted routine checks while another victim is also critically lying on bed and if extra care is not taken, he may not survive. Many have however been discharged yesterday and today (Sunday) after treatment”.

She added that “already there is a standing order on free treatment of all victims by the state government. We treat them and government takes care of the bills as usual. We have enough drugs and doctors except that it is weekend and only those on call duty will be available. We did not call any doctor on special call because we have doctors on call duty over the weekend. We even learnt that the governor may be visiting the victims still on bed in the hospital.”

Last Fight ? Boko Haram Set To Engage Military In Gwoza, Asks Women, Children To Leave Town

Terrorists, suspected to be members of the Boko Haram sect, currently being dislodged from a number of their earlier seized towns by the multinational joint task forces, have regrouped in Gwoza, Borno State where they prepare to confront the troops.

The sect had asked women and children to leave owing to their plan to engage the military in a gun battle, one of the fleeing woman said in an interview with BBC Hausa Wednesday.

“On the day they entered, they told women and children to exit the town because they wanted to confront the military, the women and children went out of the town. Somebody carried us into the bush, but the vigilante stopped us, asking us where we were coming from.

We explained to them that we were from Gwoza and narrated to them what happened.“They (Boko
Haram) met the slain old people reciting Holy Qur’an in front of a cleric’s house. They told the cleric that the study in front of that house has come to an end and ordered them to follow them to where they would further their studies eternally.“Soon after the Asr prayer they tied the aged people and began to pick guns, telling them that ‘you are in our hands today, your end has come.’ They took them to a new abattoir nearby and killed them”, she narrated.