Ola Audu

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Suicide bombers kill soldier at Maiduguri checkpoint

Two male suicide bombers creeping around a military checkpoint at about mid night Tuesday in Maiduguri, Borno state capital, set off the bombs they wore killing a soldier and injuring a young woman, security sources said. The attack came after nearly four weeks of respite for the troubled city. Speaking…

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UPDATED: At least six dead, over 20 injured as suicide bombers strike in Yobe

At least eight persons have so far been confirmed killed in two separate suicide bomb attacks in Damaturu, the Yobe state capital. Over 20 others are injured, officials and witnesses said. One of the suicide attacks was at the entrance of the town’s major bus station. Sources in Damaturu said…

Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai

Boko Haram terrorists ambush Army Chief’s advance team

One soldier was killed in an ambush Friday during a daring visit by the Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, to troops currently battling Boko Haram terrorists in parts of Borno state.  The army chief, who arrived Maiduguri first, set out on the journey through Mafa to Gamboru-Ngala border town where regrouping…

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Yobe moves to save relics of old Kanem-Borno capitol 

Birnin-Ngazargamo, the old capital of the Borno empire has been in a state of depreciation and ruin in the present day Yobe‎ state. But a  recent initiative, taken by the  government of Yobe state, to conserve the state's decaying heritage, may save the famous empire and its fantastic historical landmarks…

Borno State Deputy Governor, Zannah Mustapha;
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Borno deputy, Zannah Mustapha, feared dead

The Borno State deputy governor, Zannah Mustapha, is feared dead‎, according to information sourced from government officials. The deputy governor reportedly died in Yola, capital of the neighbouring Adamawa state, while on an official duty there. Details of his demise has not been made known, but news about his death…

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Boko Haram 3 months deadline: New NSA, Service Chiefs storm Borno

The National Security Adviser, NSA, Babagana Monguno, on Friday visited his home state of Borno, where he led all other security chiefs to reassess the ongoing counter-insurgency operation in the north-eastern part of Nigeria. The visit by the security chiefs comes a day after President Muhammadu Buhari challenged them to…

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At least 20 killed in Borno market bomb attack 

At least 20 traders were reported killed and about  50 others critically injured in a bomb attack on a rural market in Damboa local government area ‎ of Borno state, witnesses and security sources said.  The bomb went off at about 1pm  in Sabon Gari village, located some 45 kilometres…

Borno elders (from right) Ambassaador Gaji Galtimari, Elder Shettima Ali Monguno, Brigadier General Abba Kyari, A Representative of Chief Imam of Maiduguri, Sheikh Goni Gapchia prayinig for peace

Borno elders want Jonathan, former service chiefs tried for genocide 

Borno state citizens under the aegis of Borno Elders Forum, led by Gaji Galtimari, a retired ambassador, have accused the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan of deliberately allowing Boko Haram to massacre the people of Northeast Nigeria. They therefore want Mr. Jonathan and his service chiefs tried for genocide. …

Maiduguri Park Blast. Photo: NEMA

Six dead, 11 injured in Maiduguri park explosion

The National Emergency and Management Agency has said that six people were killed by an explosion that occurred at a crowded market in Maiduguri Friday morning. The attack occurred at a parking area in the market. The agency said on its twitter page that 11 others were wounded in the…

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Many feared killed in Maiduguri bus station explosion

A bomb explosion has rocked a crowded motor park in Maiduguri, the Borno state capital, residents and security operatives have tol‎d PREMIUM TIMES. The incident occurred at a busy location where tricycles pick passengers, and may have killed dozens and injured even many more.  The thunderous blast, which sounded at…

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UPDATE: How 10-year-old suicide bomber killed 15 people in Damaturu

The police in Yobe have confirmed that the suicide bomber who killed 15 people in an explosion in Damaturu, Yobe State, was about 10 years old. The police spokesperson, Toyin Gbadegeshin, who addressed journalists in Yobe, said the girl detonated the explosive device at the gate of the market, killing…

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How we smuggle, circulate fake Nigerian currencies ‎printed in Cameroon 

A syndicate of international fraudsters who specialise in the production of fake Nigeria currencies ‎and circulating them within and around Borno state was recently arrested by the police in Maiduguri, the state capital.    According to one of the arrested fake currency kingpins in Borno, Adam Ajid, the counterfeits were produced…

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We will make Boko Haram beg for peace – Nigeria’s Army Chief

Nigeria's new Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, on Sunday said under his command, Boko Haram would either beg for peace or face the wrath of highly motivated and combat ready soldiers.  The Borno State-born Major General, who took over command of the nation's army last week, said he was…

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“Jonathan squandered PDP’s fortune” – former Senator, Abba-Aji

Muhammed Abba-Aji, who once served as an adviser on National Assembly matters to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, says he has left the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) because the former president squandered the fortune of the former ruling party. Mr. Abba-Aji, who formally joined the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in…

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UPDATE: Damaturu Blast: Army confirms 50 dead; police say 15

The Nigerian Army has confirmed the death of 50 persons in two separate bomb explosions in Damaturu, Yobe, on Friday morning. A statement issued on Friday in Abuja by the acting-director of army public relations, Sani Usman, a colonel, said the explosions occurred at screening areas of the Eid prayer…

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Female suicide bombers behind Damaturu Eid ground blasts

The bomb blasts on Friday at the Eid prayer ground in Yobe, Damaturu have been traced to two little girls between the ages of 10 and 11, eyewitnesses and local security sources said.  The bombs exploded not more than two kilometers away from the Yobe Mosque and Islamic Centre Eid…

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UPDATE: “10 confirmed dead so far in Damaturu blast”

A hospital source has said at least 10 persons have so far been confirmed dead in the blast that hit the Eid prayer ground in Damaturu, Yobe state capital, Friday. According to the source at the hospital in Damaturu, many casualties were taken to the health facility and 10 have…

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Bomb blast hits Damaturu Eid prayer ground

A bomb has just exploded at the Eid prayer ground in Damaturu, Yobe state capital. Sources said people were killed. The Eid ground hit by the blast is located at an area called phase-one along Maiduguri Road. A resident, Abdul Malik, told PREMIUM TIMES that "It happened at about 8am.…

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Boko Haram kills 45 villagers, travellers in bid to seize highway to Borno

Barely 48 hours after they attacked Mainok town in Borno state, which left over 30 persons dead and most part of the village burnt, Boko Haram terrorists on Wednesday returned to attack villagers returning to count their losses. Commuting along the Maiduguri-Damaturu highway was halted again for the fourth ‎time…

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Boko Haram: Police confirm fresh attack in Monguno, 43 dead

The Borno state police commissioner, Aderemi Opadokun, on Monday confirmed fresh attacks by the Boko Haram sect on Monguno town. The attack claimed at least 43 lives weekend, residents and a local security official. Boko Haram, on Friday, attacked the villages of Kalwa, Misala and Gwollam, all under Monguno local…

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Bomb  explosion hits Maiduguri checkpoint

Some members of the Civilian-JTF escaped death narrowly on Monday when an explosive device believed to have been hidden very close to a checkpoint exploded injuring a number of them.    A witness said the blast occurred at Njimtilo, a village few kilometres to the gate of Maiduguri, where soldiers,…

File Photo: Scene of an explosion in Maiduguri on November 25, 2014

Boko Haram militants seize Damaturu-Maiduguri road

Reports reaching PREMIUM TIMES say Boko Haram militants have taken over the highway linking Maiduguri and Damaturu, capitals of Borno and Yobe states respectively. A police officer stationed in one of the villages along the highway, told PREMIUM TIMES that travellers are being asked to return as the terrorists have…

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Maiduguri grounded as Generals storm city for Nigeria Army Day Celebration

Residents of Maiduguri, the Borno state capital, Monday woke up to yet another day of trekking as soldiers barricaded major routes in the city in honour of top army generals, who are visiting for this year’s Army Day Celebration. The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Kenneth Minima  had on…

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Boko Haram: 145 killed in Borno villages

Boko Haram terrorists have killed at least 145 villagers in Borno state in separate attacks carried out within this week. On Tuesday night, the terrorists launched a nocturnal attack on two sister villages of Mussaram-1 and Mussaram-II in Monguno local government, according to sources, where they rounded up all the…

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Boko Haram kills scores in Borno villages

Boko Haram terrorists have, in separate attacks carried out within this week, killed scores of villagers in Borno state. On Tuesday night, Boko Haram terrorists launched a nocturnal attack on two sister villagers of Mussaram in Monguno local government, according to sources, where they rounded up all the men in…