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Borno lawyers tackle Nigeria Army over curfew

The Nigeria Bar Association in Borno State has accused the authorities of the 7 Division Nigerian Army, Maiduguri, of flagrant abuse of the Constitution of Nigeria through what they called “illegal’ imposition of curfew in a democratic dispensation. The lawyers said soldiers have no powers in the constitution of Nigeria…

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Borno Senator,​ ​Ahmed Zanna​,​ ​is dead​

​A Senator representing Borno State, Ahmed ​Zanna​, ​is dead. ​Mr. Zanna died Saturday in Abuja. He was 59 years old. The spokesperson for the Senate, Enyinanya Abaribe, confirmed Mr. Zanna's death. He said prayers were ongoing at the National Mosque for the late lawmaker. Mr. Zannah, who represents Borno North…

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​Bomb rocks Damaturu commercial area, many feared dead

Dozens may have died in Damaturu, the Yobe state capital,​ as a bomb blast rocked a crowded commercial area​ on Saturday​, witnesses said. PREMIUM TIMES gathered that dozens of persons were either killed or injured as a result of the blast. A witness said the blast,​ which occurred at about…

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Maiduguri: Military relaxes curfew

Some 48 hours after it imposed a dusk-to-dawn curfew on Maiduguri, the troubled capital of Borno state, military authorities Saturday announced that residents can go out for their normal daily activities as the restrictions has been lifted. Unlike with the previous curfew that was 7pm to 6am, residents of Maiduguri…

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Boko Haram recaptures Borno border town

Marte, the border town in the northern flank of Borno state has again fallen to the Boko Haram sect, security sources and government officials have confirmed. Security sources said the terrorists, most of whom had fled Sambisa forests and their other strongholds across Borno State, have now regrouped in Marte,…

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Boko Haram Attack: Army slams 24-hour curfew on Maiduguri

Following a repelled attempt by Boko Haram terrorists to again overrun  the Giwa Barracks of the 7 Division Nigeria Army in Maiduguri,  the military authority has imposed a 24-hour curfew on the troubled state capital. Boko Haram had on Wednesday night attempted to invade the town and attack the barracks,…

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Maiduguri residents flee as Boko Haram launches fresh attack

Thousands of Maiduguri residents living around the Nigerian Army's Giwa barracks fled their homes Wednesday as Boko Haram terrorists launched a late evening attack, PREMIUM TIMES can reports. The attack, which commenced at about 6:30pm was heralded by distant sounds of gunshots that continued to get louder and louder. Residents…

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Fierce battle in Sambisa; Boko Haram’s top commanders killed, more women, children rescued

One soldier died, four others were injured as Boko Haram terrorists battled in vain to retain nine major camps in the dreaded Sambisa forest where more women and children were found and rescued. Troop commanders said hundreds of Boko Haram insurgents were killed in hours of gun battle. The Acting…

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Blast at Radio station kills many in Kogi town

A blast from suspected improvised explosives, Monday, killed many at Ta'o FM Radio station, located in Kuroko town of Adavi local government area of Kogi state, witnesses have told PREMIUM TIMES. The radio station, which broadcasts mostly in Ebira language, is known for its radical stance on political analysis of…

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​2 soldiers killed ​in renewed Boko Haram attacks

At least two soldiers were killed in Borno state as Boko Haram terrorists who recently renewed hostilities in parts of the state attacked Mafa town on Saturday, security sources said. Witnesses said a military post in Mafa town which is about 40km away from Maiduguri was one of the major…

Minister of state for Finance Yerima Ngama

Ex-finance minister, other PDP leaders defect to APC

Hours to the conduct of governorship and states House of Assembly elections, some People Democratic Party politicians in Yobe State have dumped their party for the state's ruling All Progressives Congress. Leading the team of the PDP defectors was the former minister of State, Finance, Yerima Ngama, who announced his…

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Nine Borno governorship candidates step down for Governor Shettima

Nine governorship candidates of various political parties in Borno state contesting the Saturday, April 11 gubernatorial election on Thursday stepped down for the state governor, Kashim Shettima, the candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress. The nine candidates, who were duly registered and recognised by the Independent National Electoral Commission,…

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Youth intercept 2 suicide bombers in Biu

Two would-be suicide bombers were on Sunday arrested in Biu town of Borno State, as they closed in on their target for attacks, security sources and witnesses said.  One of the suicide bombers was killed after he was intercepted as he was about to enter a crowded mosque where worshippers…

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HAPPENING NOW: Boko Haram attacks Kayamla, Borno

Reports reaching PREMIUM TIMES indicate that members of the insurgent Boko Haram are currently attacking Kayamla village of Borno. Kayamla is about 20km from Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, and the attack was ongoing at 2:10 p.m. An official of the local vigilante called Civilian-JTF in Borno, Muhammed Gava, confirmed…

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#NigeriaDecides: Presidential Election: Buhari disgraces Jonathan in Borno

RESULTS FOR BORNO PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION REGISTERED VOTERS 1,799, 669 ACCREDITED - 544,759 AA - 145 ACP -243 AD -392 ADC - 201 APA - 878 APC - 473, 543 CPC - 310 HOPE - 88 KOWA - 158 NDP - 107 PDP - 25, 640 PPN - 143 UDP -…

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Buhari leading with landslide in 10 LGAs of Borno

Collation of results of Saturday’s presidential election is underway at the state headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission in Maiduguri, the Borno state capital. Given the results so far announced by INEC, the candidate of the opposition All Progressives Congress, Muhammadu Buhari, is so leading in about 10 local…

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Boko Haram militants kill 25 in Borno

Boko Haram terrorists in the early hours of election-day attacked Buratai town in Biu local government area of Borno state and killed 25 persons. They left several hou​ses burnt, government officials and witnesses have said.  Those killed, according to witnesses from the town, were sleeping when the insurgents opened fire on…

Senator Ali Ndume

Ndume weeps as kin vote in IDP camp

The Senator Representing Southern Borno senatorial district, Ali Ndume, wept after casting his vote at the Gwoza camp for internally displaced persons where thousands of his kin cast their votes. Mr. Ndume is a native of Gwoza town of Borno state, a rocky community where Boko Haram had forcefully taken…

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Card Reader fails to recognise Borno first lady’s ​fingerpri​nt​

Borno’s first lady, Nana Kashim Shettima, was amongst many prospective voters in the state whose thumbprint could not be read when she went out to for accreditation. At her polling unit, 24th unit Gwange-3 of Maiduguri, the card reader continued to cause headache for the electoral officers who had to…

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Over 70,000 IDPs to vote in Borno camps – INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commission on Friday said at least 70, 000 persons that were internally displaced by Boko Haram terrorists from their communities would be casting their votes in camps located within Maiduguri, the Borno state capital.  At least 16 of 27 local government areas in the state were…

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PDP, APC supporters clash in southern Borno

Supporters of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and the All Progressives Congress, APC, have clashed in Marama, a major town in Hawul local government area of Borno State. A witness, who was sketchy with details as to what led to the clash, said "Marama is on fire as APC and…

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Borno elders commend govt’s move to reconstruct liberated territories

The Borno Elders Forum has expressed appreciation to the Federal Government of Nigeria for setting up a committee saddled with the responsibility of evaluating and reconstructing all communities in Borno and other parts of the Northeast liberated from Boko Haram. This was disclosed in a statement issued by the forum…

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Borno Government buys 540 buses for transport workers

The Borno State Government has bought and handed over 540 buses to commercial drivers in the state. The state governor, Kashim Shettima, on Sunday handed over the keys to the 10-sitter Volkswagen buses to officials of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, NURTW, and other drivers. Mr. Shettima said…

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Borno women attack Patience Jonathan over Buhari

Retired female civil servants in Borno State have launched a scathing attack at the first lady, Patience Jonathan, over her broadsides on former military ruler, Muhammadu Buhari, and her comments regarding the violence in northern Nigeria. The women, under the Forum for Retired Female Civil Servants in Borno State, particularly…

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Reclaimed territories unsafe for elections — Borno elders

Borno elders on Wednesday added their voices to the call that the internally displaced persons who were forced out of their communities by the Boko Haram terrorists be allowed to cast their votes in the camps and not in the recently reclaimed territories. The elders who spoke through their forum…