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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,…

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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…

Nigeria's Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, visits Maiduguri

Two suicide bombers kill selves as VP Osinbajo visits Maiduguri

Two suicide bombers, male and female, today blew themselves up outside a village in Maiduguri, capital of Borno state, at the time the vice president of Nigeria, Yemi Osinbanjo, was visiting the city, witnesses and security sources said. VP Osibanjo arrived Maiduguri at about 10:45 am. He was in to…

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VP Osibanjo in surprise visit to Maiduguri

Nigeria's vice president, Yemi Osibanjo, on Wednesday arrived Maiduguri, Borno State on an unannounced official visit. The Vice President whose flight touched ground at exactly 10:43 a.m. is currently heading to an Internally Displaced Camp to meet with the displaced. The roads of Maiduguri is currently filled with soldiers who…

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UPDATE: 30 killed in Maiduguri fish market bombing

Two suicide bombers that snuck their way into crowded Maiduguri fish market and waited upon innocent traders to converge for prayers before detonating themselves had caused the death of at least 30 persons, according to witnesses account. Hospital sources confirmed that about 30 persons had died and many others injured.…

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Suicide bombers strike in Maiduguri market; many feared dead

Two suspected suicide bombers have detonated their bomb-laden vests inside a crowded market in Maiduguri, Borno state. A PREMIUM TIMES' correspondent said the two female bombers struck inside Gamboru fish market. Casualty figure is expected to be high, he said. "The two blasts just occurred simultaneously and many people are…

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Jonathan’s policy on ‘tokunbo’ cars must be reversed – Senator

The senator representing Bauchi South Senatorial District, Ali Wakili, has pledged to champion the reversal of the federal government automobile policy that led to increment in tariff on imported second-hand (also called tokunbo) vehicles. The Jonathan administration introduced the Nigeria Automotive Industry Development Plan in 2013 to ensure increased local…

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Borno Appointments: Shettima dumps ex-Borno SSG, Jidda

Tension soared in the ruling All Progressives Congress in Borno state as the state governor, Kashim Shettima, announced his first cabinet appointment that excluded his former Secretary to the State Government, Baba Ahmed Jidda. Mr, Shettima’s list of appointees indicate that the former SSG, who has occupied the same office…

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Explosives abandoned by Boko Haram kill 63 in Borno town

At least 63 persons were reportedly killed Tuesday when a massive explosion from a bag found by members of the Civilian-JTF in Monguno town of Borno state went off as residents gathered to take a look, security sources and witnesses said. Many other onlookers and by-passers were also injured by…

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Senate Bye-election: Group warns Borno governor, APC against imposition of candidate

A group of politicians in Borno State chapter of the All Progressives Congress on Thursday threatened a show down should the state governor, Kashim Shettima, or the party’s leadership impose a candidate on them in the coming bye-election for the vacant Borno Central Senatorial District. The group wants all contenders…

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Boko Haram on rampage, kills 37 in Borno villages

At least 37 villagers were killed and scores of houses razed down when Boko Haram terrorists, Wednesday, staged yet another deadly attack on hapless communities in Damboa local government area of Borno state, witnesses and security sources have said. The heavily armed terrorists who drove on trucks attacked six farming…

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Boko Haram: Army, Air Force chiefs visit Maiduguri as military relocates command centre

In compliance with the orders of Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, top officials of the Nigerian Army and Air Force were Tuesday in Maiduguri, Borno state capital, to personally assess and supervise the relocation of the country's military centre of command. The Chief of Army Staff, Kenneth Minimah, a lieutenant general,…