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Boko Haram

Real reason we took Baga – Boko Haram

Abu Musab Abul-Barnawi, a new character that identifies himself as the spokesman of the extremist Boko Haram sect, has in a video clip said the reason Baga was seized by his group after repeated attacks was for strategic economic reasons. Abul-Barnawi, who spoke in a very unusual video clip that…

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Maiduguri Attack: Governor Shettima commends soldiers’ gallantry

The Governor of Borno State, Kashim Shettima, on Sunday praised the gallantry of Nigeria soldiers who stood their grounds as Boko Haram terrorists attempted to invade Maiduguri, the state capital. Mr. Shettima also called on citizens, especially residents of Maiduguri, to give more support and cooperation to the security operatives…

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Boko Haram: Military to lift Maiduguri curfew on Monday – Spokesperson

The 7 Division of the Nigerian Army in Maiduguri said on Sunday that the 24-hour curfew imposed on Maiduguri would be lifted on Monday morning. Sani Usman, the spokesperson of the division, stated this in a statement in Maiduguri. Mr. Usman, a colonel, said residents of Maiduguri were free to…

Recapture of Mubi Town

UPDATE: Nigerian soldiers repel Boko Haram attack on Maiduguri as Monguno falls to insurgents

The attack by suspected members of the Boko Haram on Maiduguri has been foiled by soldiers, PREMIUM TIMES has learnt. However, the neighbouring town of Monguno appears to have been taken over by the insurgents who are also said to have taken over the military barracks there, a senior soldier…

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Panic in Maiduguri as Boko Haram launches attack in bid to take over state capital

Soldiers of the Nigerian army and Boko Haram terrorists are currently engaged in a fierce exchange of fire  since Saturday night as insurgents, in their hundreds, attempt to invade Maiduguri, the Borno state capital,  security sources have told PREMIUM TIMES. This is happening as reports filtered into Maiduguri that the…

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Jonathan campaigns in Maiduguri amidst tight security; vows to rescue Chibok girls 

President Goodluck Jonathan on Saturday campaigned in Maiduguri, the Borno state capital, amidst heavy security deployment by a combined force of soldiers, police and the operatives of the State Security Service. The President’s campaign train, which advance party had arrived Maiduguri since Friday, had two places in its tight schedule…

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Boko Haram leader, Shekau, brands Nigerian soldiers cowards; says Baga weapons enough to win war

The controversial leader of the Boko Haram terror group Abubakar Shekau on Tuesday declared the duo of President Goodluck Jonathan and his 2015 arch-rival, Muhammadu Buhari as infidels who cannot rule Nigeria. He declared that the war he is waging would soon bring democracy to an end. Mr. Shekau who…

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Real reason Jonathan visited Maiduguri

Contrary to claims by the Presidency that President Goodluck Jonathan made a surprise visit to Maiduguri, the Borno state capital, on Thursday out of genuine concern to identify with troops and displaced people, insiders in the president’s campaign have told PREMIUM TIMES the journey was packaged to prepare the ground…

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Boko Haram Massacre: Baga survivors narrate ordeal

Survivors of the recent massacre by the Boko Haram in Baga, Borno State, have been narrating their ordeal. PREMIUM TIMES had reported how the insurgents stormed Baga two days after the New Year, sacked soldiers of the Multi-National Joint Task Force, MNTJF, from their base stationed in the town, and…

File Photo: Scene of athe July 1, 2014 bomb blast in Maiduguri

BREAKING: Suicide bomber hits Maiduguri market, many feared dead

An explosion has gone off at the popular Maiduguri poultry market, with several people feared dead, residents, journalists and security operatives have told PREMIUM TIMES. Our correspondent says the incident, happening less than six weeks after the same market was attacked by suicide bombers, occurred at 12:20 P.M. Nigerian time.…

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UPDATE: Damaturu calm after heavy Boko Haram attack

Normalcy has been restored to Damaturu, the Yobe state capital, hours after Boko Haram fighters descended on the city, detonating explosives and shooting sporadically, the Yobe state police commissioner, Marcus Danladi, has told PREMIUM TIMES. "The insurgents have been repelled, and Damaturu is now calm," Mr. Danladi told this newspaper…

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Again, Damaturu under heavy Boko Haram attack

Damaturu, the Yobe state capital, has again come under intense assault by suspected Boko Haram militants, barely a month after a similar attack killed many residents. Residents and security operatives said the city is currently under heavy gunfire and multiple explosions forcing people to cringe in their homes. Umar Haruna,…

File: Baga after a Boko Haram attack

UPDATE: Civilians, soldiers flee as Boko Haram takes over Baga

Baga, a town that has suffered several attacks from the Boko Haram in the past two years, fell to insurgents who overpowered soldiers of the Multinational Joint Task Force, MNJTF, and wrecked havoc on residents and property on Saturday, witnesses, a lawmaker, and security officials have said. Many resident of…

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Boko Haram: 395 displaced Nigerians live in Niger – Official

The General Manager of Niger State Emergency Management Agency, NSEMA, Mohammed Shaba, has said that no fewer than 395 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) reside in the state. Mr. Shaba told the News Agency of Nigeria in an interview on Sunday in Minna that most of the IDPs were from the…

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Muhammed Imam’s candidature divides Borno APC, PDP says

The People's Democratic Party, PDP, in Borno state on Friday described the emergence of Mohammad Imam as the party's gubernatorial candidate as a good omen. The party said the development has already divided the ranks of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, in the state. It also denied that the…

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Boko Haram attacks military base in Baga, Borno

Suspected members of the Boko Haram early Saturday attacked the base of the Multi-National Joint Task Force, MNJTF, in Baga, Borno State, eventually dislodging the soldiers, PREMIUM TIMES has learnt. A senior security official who confirmed the incident to journalists in Maiduguri, the state capital, said the attack was one…

Road to Chibok

Boko Haram militants kill 15 near Chibok

Boko Haram militants shot dead at least 15 people in Kautikari, a farming community near Chibok, in Borno State, Tuesday, security sources said. The attack came after some militants died in another community Biu, after their bomb exploded mistakenly. But in a fate twist, just as the residents of Biu…

Nigerian Soldiers after Recapture of Mubi Town

Christmas Celebrations: Nigerian army bans vehicles in Borno for 5 days

No vehicle would be allowed to move in Maiduguri and parts of Borno state for five days starting from Christmas Eve as soldiers take measures to avert attack(s) being plotted by Boko Haram terrorists during the Christmas celebration in the state. The army at the 7 Division headquarters in Maiduguri,…

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Yobe, Borno villages under Boko Haram attacks 

Hours after soldiers of  the 7th  Division of the Nigerian Army celebrated the killing of over 70 Boko Haram terrorists after repelling attack on a village near Maiduguri, the insurgents have launched fresh attacks on two towns near Potiskum, residents have told PREMIUM TIMES. The attacks are still going on…

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Ex-Governor Sheriff admits visiting Kano Airport, but blames report of visit on political rivals

A former Borno state Governor, Ali Modu Sheriff, on Monday, admitted visiting the Aminu Kano International Airport on Saturday while the Chad-bound Russian aircraft carrying military hardware was being detained. He however blamed PREMIUM TIMES’ report of his visit to the Kano Airport on those he called his political rivals.…

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Bauchi Senatorial Primaries: Governor Isa Yuguda, Senator Ningi emerge victorious

Bauchi State Governor, Isa Yuguda, and Senator Abdu Ningi on Sunday night emerged the 2015 Senatorial candidates of the People's Democratic Party, PDP, after going into unopposed primaries. Mr. Yuguda emerged the unchallenged candidate of Bauchi South Senatorial seat after his only opponent, Sanusi Baban Tanko, withdrew during the primary…

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EX-Minister of police threatens to sue over Bauchi APC governorship primary results

A former Minister of Police Affairs, Ibrahim Lame, on Friday accused officials of his party, the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Bauchi state of electoral malpractice that denied him a chance to clinch the governorship ticket on Thursday. Mr. Lame alleged that the party’s election committee officials deliberately plotted to…

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Shettima emerges Borno APC governorship candidate

The Borno State All Progressives Congress, APC, Friday night, at it primaries, elected Governor Kashim Shettima as the party’s sole candidate for the 2015 governorship election. The primaries took place barely 24 hours after the Borno State APC publicity secretary, Uhammed Gujbawu, announced a postponement till Monday. It held at…

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Yobe relaxes 24-hour curfew after terrorist attack

Following the attack by suspected Boko Haram militants in Damaturu, the Yobe State capital, the government of the state on Tuesday reviewed the 24-hour curfew imposed on Monday to 11 hours. Both human and vehicular movement would only be allowed between 7a.m. and 6p.m. daily till further notice. In a…

Another Boko Haram weapon destroyed by the Nigerian military

Nigerian military repels attack on Borno town, Konduga; kills 70 Boko Haram terrorists

Nigerian soldiers on Monday night clinched another huge victory over the extremist Boko Haram sect, repelling their attack on Konduga town in Borno State and killing at least 70 of the rampaging insurgents, security sources have told PREMIUM TIMES. Muhammed Abbas, an official of the Nigeria Vigilante Group in Maiduguri…