Ola Audu

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Nigerian Army dissociates self from planned celebration of Boko Haram ‘success’

The Nigeria Army says it has nothing to do with a proposed solidarity rally being organised by some civil groups to celebrate the "successes" being achieved over Boko Haram in the ongoing counterinsurgency operations in North East Nigeria. The Army said though the initiative could be borne out of sheer…

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​​Boko Haram offering loans to Nigerian youth as recruitment tool – Military

Amidst daily raids and bombardments of its major strongholds, as well as reported killings of its members by troops of the Nigeria armed forces, Boko Haram insurgents now resort to financial inducements- like giving out soft loans - to get young persons recruited, Nigeria Defence Headquarters said Wednesday. When the…

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Nigerian military announces discovery of large cache of stored Boko Haram weapons

The Nigeria Army on Sunday disclosed the recovery of large cache of arms buried in the hinterlands of Borno State at a spot made to look like a graveyard. The Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, Leo Irabor, said but for the vigilance of soldiers the grave, which concealed a…

FILE PHOTO: A cross-section of internally displaced persons in Gombe

Nigerians displaced by Boko Haram resort to stealing food to survive

The Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, in Borno has said that Internally Displaced Persons are now stealing foods in resident's houses in the state capital. The Commandant of the NSCDC, Ibrahim Abdullahi, made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, in Maiduguri on…

Governor Kashim Shettima and Former President Olusegun Obasanjo

Jonathan only called me 19 days after Chibok girls’ abduction — Borno Governor

Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima, on Monday said for 19 days after over 200 girls were abducted from their dormitory in Chibok, former President Goodluck Jonathan failed to call him or any official of the state government to make enquiry or empathise with the state over the incident. Mr. Shettima…

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Female suicide bombers behind Maiduguri attack that killed 22 – Nigerian Army

Two suicide bombers attacked a mosque in Maiduguri early Wednesday killing 22 people and injuring 18, the Nigerian Army has confirmed. The attack in Umarari Village, on the outskirts of Maiduguri, occurred during early morning prayers, an official of the Civilian-JTF, Alhaji Danbatta, who coordinated the evacuation of victims, had…

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Five killed in another Boko Haram attack in Borno village

Three operatives of a local vigilante force helping soldiers in the fight against Boko Haram were on Tuesday killed by a bomb planted on the road by members of the Islamic insurgent group, an official said Wednesday. Two civilians from Huyum village in Askira Uba Local of Borno state were…

FILE PHOTO: Bombing in Maiduguri

Suicide bomber kills 22 worshippers in Maiduguri mosque

At least 22 Muslim worshippers were killed when a suicide bomber detonated himself in a mosque in Umarari Village, outskirts of Maiduguri, during the early morning prayers on Wednesday, an official said. Umarari is about 5km south of Maiduguri, the northeast Nigeria city where Boko Haram insurgency birthed. An official…

FILE PHOTO: A cross-section of internally displaced persons in Gombe

Boko Haram: Nigerian agency laments increase in cocaine, illicit drug use in IDP camps

The arrest of a middle-aged drug peddler in an internally displaced persons' camp in Dikwa, Borno State has become a source of worry to the Nigeria Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, officials said. Baba Haruna, 48, was nabbed by agents of the drug agency while selling illicit drugs, including cocaine,…

Ambassador Maiyegun (2nd left) surrounded by other officials of AU and WHO at a Press Briefing at the end of their Visit in Abuja

AU approves Nigeria’s Centre for Disease Control as regional hub

The African Union said on Saturday that Nigeria will host one of Africa's Centre for Disease Control, CDC. Nigeria was favoured to host one of the region’s CDC after AU experts appraised the effectiveness of the Nigerian government in managing the Ebola scourge in 2014, as well as the recent…

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

Nigeria soldiers nab wanted Boko Haram commander, intercept insurgent’s fuel supply — Army

A suspected notorious leader of the Boko Haram sect on the wanted list of the Nigeria Army was arrested Thursday by Nigerian troops while leading a gang of gunmen to ferry fuel through border communities in Borno State, army officials have said. The man, who was said to have been…

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Ex-Nigerian Head Of State, Gowon, Accepts 48-Year-Old Son After DNA Test

Nigeria's former military head of state, Yakubu Gowon, has confirmed his paternity of a 48-year-old man recently deported from the United States. Mr. Gowon announced Wednesday that a DNA test had proven Musa Jack Ngodadi is his biological son. Musa Gowon, who had been in jail in the U.S. for…

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Yola blast caused by bombs recovered from Boko Haram – Police

Many police officers were feared dead in Thursday’s bomb blast at the headquarters of Nigerian Police Anti-Bomb Squad in Adamawa State. The blast, which occurred shortly before noon, affected all buildings within the office of the Anti-Bomb Squad, including the State Investigation Bureau (SIB), and Motor Traffic Division (MTD). The…

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How Boko Haram attacked Dalori Village, killed scores – Nigerian Military

The Boko Haram attack on Dalori Village, which killed scores of people, was carried out using multiple methods, the Nigerian military has said. In its first reaction since the attack that occurred on Saturday night, the military quoted witnesses as saying the "insurgents came in two Golf cars, motorcycles, started…

FILE PHOTO: Scene of Boko Haram attack in Nigeria

Update: Scores killed in Boko Haram attack on Dalori Village, Borno

At least 35 people were killed when gunmen believed to be members of the Boko Haram attacked Dalori Village, hospital sources have told PREMIUM TIMES. Officials at the Maiduguri Specialists Hospital, who did not want their names published as they are not authorised to speak to the media, said about…

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Gunbattle in Maiduguri as Boko Haram attacks city

Hundreds of residents of Dalori, a  suburban settlement 5km on the outskirts of Maiduguri, the Borno State capital,  have fled their homes as Boko Haram insurgents attacked on Saturday night, residents said. Many are said to have been killed and injured by the insurgents who took the quiet village by…

Maiduguri Attack

In separate attack, suicide bombers hit Maiduguri, many feared dead

A few hours after a bomb went off at a mosque and killed a yet unknown number of people, another attack has been launched on Maiduguri, the insurgency-ravaged capital of Borno State, witnesses and security sources have told PREMIUM TIMES. They said the latest explosions were detonated by suspected teenage…

FILE PHOTO: Bombing in Maiduguri

Fresh explosion kills many in Maiduguri mosque

At least 20 persons were killed in a fresh explosion in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, Monday morning, as residents gathered around a mosque in Buraburin, behind the Federal High Court in the city. The explosion sounded as residents speculated that a fleeing Boko Haram bomber abandoned an improvised explosive…

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UPDATE: Soldiers repel Boko Haram attack on Maiduguri

A few days after the federal government announced that the Boko Haram had been defeated, the insurgent group attempted an invasion of Maiduguri. The attack commenced at about 6:00 p.m. local time. The insurgents were repelled by soldiers as they tried to enter Maiduguri via Aladuwari village, which is about…

A Nigerian soldier pull down a Boko Haram flag as a mark of victory

Shoot-out, explosions rock Maiduguri as Boko Haram battles Nigerian soldiers

Gunmen believed to be members of the Boko Haram were on Sunday evening involved in a shoot-out with soldiers in Aladuwari village - about 2 km away from Maiduguri. The attackers arrived the area at about 6 p.m. local time, PREMIUM TIMES learnt. Also at about 8 p.m., two suicide…

A cross section of Civilian JTF fighters in the North-East

Thousands escape death in Maiduguri as Civilian-JTF intercept bombs concealed in food flasks

Thousands of Muslims celebrating Maulud, which is the birthday of holy Prophet Muhammad, on Thursday escaped what would have possibly been an all-time record calamity, had some eagled-eyed vigilante operatives not intercepted five food flasks filled with bombs outside a popular Maiduguri mosque. Five suspects believed to be members of…

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Senatorial bye-election: Borno PDP heads to court

The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the Saturday Borno Central Senatorial bye-election, Kaka Bolori, has said that he would go to court to challenge the victory of the All Progressive Congress, APC, candidate, Baba-Kaka Garbai. Addressing the press on Monday in Maiduguri, Mr. Bolori said he would…

Results of the Borno Central senatorial bye-election

APC wins Borno senatorial bye-election

The ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, has won the Borno Central senatorial bye-election having polled 75 per cent of the total votes cast, according to results announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC. The APC candidate, Baba Garbai beat his closest rival, Kaka Bolori, of the PDP who polled…

Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai

Nigerian Army declares 100 Boko Haram terrorists wanted

The Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, on Wednesday in Maiduguri, Borno State capital, launched the circulation of large posters carrying photographs of wanted Boko Haram terrorists including the supposed leader of the insurgents, Abubakar Shekau. The large posters, with inscription written in various languages of Nigeria, also had phone…

Professor Yemi Osinbajo, Vice President, Nigeria.

Most young Boko Haram terrorists are also victims – Osinbajo

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has said that most young people used by Boko Haram to commit mass murder and destruction of public structure, are also victims of their own crimes. The vice president said this Tuesday while delivering a speech during the opening of the Northeast Humanitarian Multi Stakeholders Engagement…