Abdulkareem Haruna

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Nigerian Army

16 women kidnapped as survivors narrate ‘shocking’ details of Boko Haram ambush of ‘secure’ convoy

Some survivors of the Tuesday morning ambush on a convoy of dozens of vehicles under armed escort have narrated their woes blaming the security agencies for poor preparation. The survivors also confirmed to PREMIUM TIMES that 16 women were among those kidnapped by the Boko Haram after the ambush. The…

Nigerian Army

Two killed, many missing as Boko Haram ambushes military, police convoy

At least one police officer and a Borno State government truck driver were confirmed dead on Tuesday night after gunmen believed to be Boko Haram fighters ambushed a large convoy of travellers being escorted by armed soldiers, officials said. The ambush, at about 10 a.m. on Tuesday, was on a…

FILE PHOTO: Scene of bomb blast in Kuje main market, Abuja

Eight feared dead as suicide bombers attack Maiduguri

At least eight persons were feared killed and about 30 others injured on Sunday when suicide bombers carried out multiple attacks at a crowded location in Dalori, a suburb of Maiduguri, the Borno State capital. The attacks occurred at about 10 p.m. with thundering sounds from the blasts echoing into…

Elder Ayobola, Kwara N-Power Focal Person

SPECIAL REPORT: Despite successes, Buhari’s N-Power scheme faces glitches across states

Ever since she was a child, Sadiya Jubrin has always aspired to become a teacher. Born 24 years ago in Bauchi State, Mrs. Jubrin, determined to fulfil her dream, enrolled at the college of education in Bauchi where she obtained a National Certificate of Education, NCE. A few months after…

Yobe State Governor, Ibrahim Gaidam

Igbos can’t be intimidated, threatened in Yobe — Governor Gaidam

Governor of Yobe State, Ibrahim Gaidam, on Wednesday assured Igbos living in his domain that they had no cause for panic over recent eviction threat issued to them by a coalition of northern Nigerian youth, known as Arewa Consultative Youth Forum. Yobe is one of the 19 northern states, and…

Hamza Al Mustapha [Photo Credit: Newspeakonline]

Yoruba leaders ‘bribed’ to keep mum about Abiola’s killers — Al-Mustapha

Hamza Al-Mustapha, the chief security officer to former military dictator, Sani Abacha, has accused Yoruba leaders of receiving bribes to conceal the identities of those who killed former president-elect, Moshood Abiola. Mr. Al-Mustapha made the claim when he spoke to journalists in Kaduna, on Monday, after he convening a peace…

Former INEC Chairman, Professor Attahiru Jega

Presidents should not appoint INEC Chairmen – Jega

A former chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Attahiru Jega, said on Monday that the national electoral body would be better off if the federal government through the office of the president does not directly appoint its chairman. Mr. Jega said this could be achieved if a legislation…

Victims of the Rann camp bombing receiving treatment at the Maiduguri Specialist hospital

VSF provides extra N20 million for treatment of terror victims in Borno hospitals

The Victims Support Fund on Sunday said it has provided additional N20 million to two main hospitals in Maiduguri, Borno State, to continue the free treatment of patients affected by Boko Haram violence. The N20 million donation was a second phase of such intervention being received by University of Maiduguri…

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Boko Haram strikes again in Borno; two killed

Two local vigilante personnel were left dead on Saturday night after gunmen believed to be Boko Haram members attacked Yale village in Konduga Local Government Area of Borno State, officials said. Another operative of the Vigilante Group of Nigeria, VGN, lies in critical condition at the University of Maiduguri Teaching…

Abubakar Shekau in new video

In new video, Boko Haram leader Shekau claims victory in Maiduguri attack, gives condition for ceasefire

The shadowy leader of Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau, in a new video, claimed victory in the Thursday attack on Maiduguri, Borno State, boasting to use the arms allegedly seized by his men from fleeing soldiers to carry out more attacks on the city. The police and the Nigeria military had…

FILE PHOTO: Nigerian Army troops clearing Boko Haram enclaves along Bitta to Tokumbere, Sambisa Forest, Borno state

Teenage girl abducted by Boko Haram in 2014 escapes from Sambisa forest

When Boko Haram invaded Mubi town of Adamawa state sometimes in 2014, they did not only occupy and destroyed the community, they left with many abducted females, mostly teenagers. Just like the Chibok schoolgirls, many of the females were forced into marriages to their abductors to whom they were turned…

Boko Haram

UPDATE: Maiduguri Attacks: 17 killed, 24 injured — Police

Police said 17 persons were killed and 24 people injured when Boko Haram insurgents staged a coordinated attack on Maiduguri, the Borno state capital, on Wednesday night. The Commissioner of Police, Damian Chukwu, told journalists at a press briefing at the state police headquarters, Maiduguri, that three Boko Haram suicide bombers…

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‎Many killed as Boko Haram execute coordinated attacks on Maiduguri

At least ten persons have been confirmed dead and as much as 40 injured as Boko Haram suicide bombers staged multiple attacks targeting mosques where Muslim worshippers were praying on Wednesday night, witnesses said. The attack occurred while soldiers were battling to repel another horde of Boko Haram insurgents who…

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Boko Haram attacks Maiduguri

There has been an attack on Maiduguri, the Borno State capital by suspected members of the Boko Haram. Although details are still sketchy, a resident said the affected part of the city is the Jidari Polo area and the attack occurred at about 7 p.m. He explained that the area…

Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF)

Arewa groups ask Igbos to leave Northern Nigeria, threaten violence

The Arewa Youth Consultative Forum, ACYF, a coalition of socio-political groups in northern Nigeria, on Tuesday issued a three months ultimatum for all Igbos in the 19 northern states to vacate the region. If the Igbos fail to leave by the October 1, 2017, the group said, it would use…

Meningitis vaccination [Photo Credit: communit.com]

Why meningitis spreads easily in northern Nigeria- MSF Advisor

At least 813 persons have died in northern Nigeria since the outbreak of meningitis in November last year. The eruption of the killer disease and its speedy lethal effect had generated massive concern from across and outside Nigeria. But due to the general lack of adequate knowledge on the disease, many…

Nigerian Army

Nigerian Army denies accusing UN, others of sabotaging anti-Boko Haram war

Nigeria’s Chief of Army staff, Tukur Buratai, has denied reports that he accused international humanitarian organisations, including the United Nations, of infighting and promoting waste in the ongoing fight against Boko Haram insurgency. Reports had quoted Mr. Buratai, a lieutenant general, as saying that the activities of international humanitarian organisations…

Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs)

Suicide bomber killed, five IDPs murdered in Borno

A lone suicide bomber was on Tuesday afternoon shot dead as he attempted to attack a military barracks in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, a witness said. The incident happened at about the time some internally displaced persons (IDPs) were busy burying five of their colleagues that were slaughtered by…

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Nigerian Army’s new Boko Haram war commander takes over

The former Theatre Commander of the counterinsurgency operation in Northeast Nigeria, Lucky Irabor, a major general, on Tuesday handed over the command of Lafiya Dole Counterinsurgency Operation Theater to his successor, Ibrahim Attahiru, also a major general. Mr. Irabor, who is now to head of the Multinational Joint Task force…

Gaidam

Ramadan: Yobe govt. distributes food donated to Boko Haram victims

The government of Yobe State on Friday began the distribution of food to residents in the 17 local government areas of the state as the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan starts Saturday. Several trucks transported grains on Friday to local government areas. The handout was shared from the reserve of…

Court

Yobe farmer jailed 10 years for raping 14-year-old girl

A magistrate court in Yobe State on Friday sentenced a 37-year-old farmer, Khaki Nujiya, to 10 years in prison for raping a 14-year-old girl. The rapist was not given an option of fine. The prosecuting counsel, Fatima Mohammed, told the court that the convict who lives in Koromari village of…

IDP Camp

NEMA to receive 270 returning refugees from Cameroon

About 270 Nigerian refugees who are on forced return from Cameroon, are to be received by the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) in Yola, officials said. Since the Cameroonian government's backtracking on a tripartite agreement signed early this year which sought to facilitate voluntary return of Nigerian refugees when conditions…

The baby

Toddler dumped in University of Maiduguri toilet

It was day of overwhelming emotion at the university of Maiduguri campus when students woke up to behold the horror of a new baby dumped in a toilet in one of the female hostels, witnesses said. PREMIUM TIMES learnt from witnesses, mostly students in Murtala Hall hostel, that they were…

President Muhammadu Buhari

Borno Christian pilgrims hold two-day fasting for Buhari in Jerusalem

A delegation of 130 Christian pilgrims sponsored by the Borno State government on Tuesday in Jerusalem, Israel, concluded two days of prayer and fasting for the quick recovery of ailing President Muhammadu Buhari. The delegation, comprising 50 clergies, 15 officials of government was enjoined by Governor Kashim Shettima, in a…

Bomb blast

Three female suicide bombers die in another attack on Maiduguri

Three teenage girls, all armed with explosive devices worn around their bodies, on Tuesday evening detonated their explosives at the outskirts of Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, as security operatives tried to stop them from entering the city, police said. Multiple explosions reverberated across Maiduguri during the late evening rush…