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Soldiers repel Boko Haram attack on Rann IDP camp, kill 8

Days after the accidental bombing by a Nigerian airforce jet, which killed at least 54 persons, Rann IDP Camp in Borno State came under another attack, this time, by Boko Haram insurgents. Witnesses in Rann said soldiers deployed to secure the bombed IDP camp battled for hours to repel over…

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IDP Camp Bombing: Sad, unfortunate, but not unique – Borno Governor

The Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima, said on Wednesday that though sad, the Tuesday accidental bombing of a civilian population in his state was not unique. PREMIUM TIMES reported how at least 52 people were killed and 120 others injured after a Nigerian Air Force jet accidentally bombed a Rann…

FILE PHOTO: A screengrab taken on May 12, 2014, from a video of Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram obtained by AFP shows girls, wearing the full-length hijab and praying in an undisclosed rural location. Boko Haram released a new video on claiming to show the missing Nigerian schoolgirls, alleging they had converted to Islam and would not be released until all militant prisoners were freed.  A total of 276 girls were abducted on April 14 from the northeastern town of Chibok, in Borno state, which has a sizeable Christian community. Some 223 are still missing. AFP PHOTO / BOKO HARAM 
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Nigerian govt confirms negotiation with Boko Haram to free Chibok girls

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, on Tuesday reassured that the negotiations for the release of other Chibok girls in captivity were ongoing. The minister disclosed this at the Air Force Base in Yola in a briefing to conclude a day and night rounds of search sortie of…

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Boko Haram: Nigerian jets flew 6773 hours in 2016 – Air Force

The Nigerian Air Force said on Monday in Yola, Adamawa, that it flew 6773 hours in 2,105 missions and 3,534 sorties in its operations in the North-East in 2016. The Air Officer Commanding, Tactical Air Command, Nurudeen Balogun, made this known while briefing the Federal Government team and representatives of…

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Boko Haram: Court adjourns Ndume’s trial

Justice Gabriel Kolawole of the Federal High Court, Abuja, on Monday adjourned hearing in Mohammed Ndume's trial till February 2. Mr. Ndume represents Borno South in the Senate and was recently removed as senate leader. In his ruling, Justice Kolawole ordered the prosecution to pay cost for filing an application…

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Why we will not shut UNIMAID despite bomb explosions – Vice Chancellor

The Vice Chancellor, University of Maiduguri, UNIMAID, Abubakar Njodi, says the university will not close in spite Monday’s bomb blasts by Boko Haram insurgents that killed a professor and at least three others. Mr. Njodi spoke on Monday in Maiduguri, when Lucky Irabor, the Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole…

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UniMaid Explosions: Education under attack in north-east Nigeria – Atiku

Former Vice President and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Atiku Abubakar, condemns the suicide bomb attack on a mosque at the University of Maiduguri, UNIMAID, describing it at as a dangerous development. In a statement released by his media office in Abuja on Monday, the Turakin Adamawa notes…

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Nigeria university suspends student examinations after suicide attacks killed 4

The University of Maiduguri has suspended the ongoing first semester examinations for one day following the suicide bomb attacks that claimed the lives of four persons, including a professor. The Vice-Chancellor of the university, Abubakar Njodi, said exams scheduled for Monday were suspended as the institution mourns those that died…

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Maiduguri University explosions: ASUU cancels press conference as Buhari condemns attack

The National President of the Academic Union of Universities, ASUU, Abiodun Ogunyemi, has cancelled a press conference scheduled for Kano. The conference was called off due to the death of Kabiru Umar, a professor of veterinary medicine at the University of Maiduguri. Mr. Umar was among four people confirmed dead…

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OPC hails DSS over arrest of Boko Haram suspects in Lagos

The Oodua People’s Congress has hailed the Department of State Services for its vigilance, which led to the arrest of suspected Boko Haram members in Lagos State. The commendation was contained in a statement on Sunday by the National Coordinator of the OPC, Gani Adams. The DSS had on Tuesday…

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Borno spends N1 billion on hospital equipment destroyed by Boko Haram

The Borno Government on Sunday said it spent about N1 billion to procure hospital equipment for 38 secondary health facilities that were destroyed by Boko Haram. Salisu Kwayabura, the Chief Medical Director, Borno State Hospital Management Board, BSHMB, said this to the News Agency of Nigeria in Maiduguri. Mr. Kwayabura…

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

Nigerian soldiers kill 13 Boko Haram members in Borno – Spokesperson

The Nigerian Army on Sunday said soldiers killed 13 suspected Boko Haram members during clearance operations in Bomboshe and Sinbaya in Dikwa Local Government Area of Borno. Sani Usman, the Director of Army Public Relations, said in a statement in Maiduguri that the operations were carried out on Thursday and…

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

Nigerian troops repel Boko Haram attack in Borno, kill 10

Troops of the Nigerian Army on Friday repelled an attack by Boko Haram fighters on their location in the northern part of Borno State, killing no fewer than 10 of the terrorists, authorities said. According to the spokesman of the Nigeria Army, Sani Usman, a Brigadier General, the insurgents attempted…

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‘Over 1 million’ cattle lost to Boko Haram, rustlers in North-east, Group claims

Nigerian Fulani herdsmen pressure group, Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, MACBAN, says its members have lost over one million cattle and other livestock to Boko Haram insurgents and rustlers in the North-east. The North-east Vice Chairman of the association, Mafindi Danburam, said this on Thursday in Yola in…

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Boko Haram: Borno governor denies, then apologises for UN fund ‘misuse’ claim

Top officials of the United Nations system in Nigeria on Thursday stormed the Government House Maiduguri, Borno State, for a fence mending meeting with the governor, Kashim Shettima, after his criticism of their humanitarian operations in the state. On Wednesday, Governor Shettima had asked 126 NGOs and aid agencies to…

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UN Security Council told Boko Haram’s humanitarian crisis ‘overwhelming’

The UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, Stephen O’Brien, on Thursday told the Security Council that the humanitarian crisis caused by Boko Haram in the Lake Chad Basin was “growing in dramatic fashion”. Briefing the Security Council, the UN official underlined the significant challenges and deteriorating humanitarian situation in the Lake Chad…

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VSF to do more to help reconstruct North-East in 2017

The Executive Director of the Victims Support Fund, VSF, Sunday Ochoche, says the fund will scale up its interventions and activities in the North East in 2017. He made this known to the News Agency of Nigeria on Thursday in Abuja, explaining VSF’s line up of activities and interventions for…

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

Two Nigerian Army officers die in IED explosion in Borno

A counter-attack by the Nigerian Army against Boko Haram turned deadly on Thursday morning after an improvised explosive device (IED) planted by terrorists exploded in Borno State, leaving one Nigerian Army captain and a lieutenant dead, PREMIUM TIMES has learnt. The bomb went off in Golgore River Bank in Damboa…

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Buhari admits Boko Haram not defeated until Chibok girls, others are rescued

President Muhammadu Buhari has admitted his government will not proclaim victory over the extremist group, Boko Haram, until all the kidnapped Chibok school girls are rescued. The president said this in a letter he wrote to Pakistani child rights activist, Malala Yousafzai, in which he offered explanations about the ongoing…

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Boko Haram: Borno bans bars, brothels, tricycles

The Borno State government has banned the operation of brothels and alcohol parlours in the state, as part of measures to prevent attacks by Boko Haram insurgents. The state government on Thursday said the sale of alcohol would now only be allowed in military barracks. It also banned illegal motor…

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Boko Haram: Nigeria Air Force jets consume N28.5 million fuel in one week – Official

The Nigeria Air Force has spent about N28.5 million to deploy its fighter jets to various Boko Haram locations in Northern Nigeria in the last 7 days. The jets carried out 43 attack missions during the period, officials said. The officials spoke at a weekly briefing by Lucky Irabor, a…

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Nigerian Army arrest 963 Boko Haram suspects in Borno

The Nigerian Army on Wednesday said it had arrested about 963 persons suspected to be Boko Haram terrorists during an operation between January 4 and January 9. Lucky Irabor, the Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, disclosed this at the weekly review of the Operation Rescue Final at Maimalari Cantonment…

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

Boko Haram: Nigerian Army recovers corpses of 16 missing soldiers

The Nigerian Army on Wednesday said one officer and fifteen soldiers have been found dead in a major river northeast of the country. The sixteen personnel were part of the 46 officially declared missing more than six weeks ago. Lucky Irabor, the Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole who made…

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Boko Haram: Borno governor lambasts UNICEF, 126 other ‘nonperforming’ NGOs

Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno has advised all “nonperforming” United Nations agencies, including UNICEF, and 126 other nongovernmental organisations to leave the state for alleged failure to justify the funds they claim to be expending on persons displaced by Boko Haram insurgency. Short of calling the groups thieves, the governor…

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13 Boko Haram suspects arrested in Lagos, Kogi, others – SSS

The State Security Service, SSS, said on Tuesday that its operatives arrested 13 Boko Haram suspects in various parts of Nigerian including Lagos State. In a report by Tony Opuiyo on behalf of the agency, the secret service said its operatives on January 10 in Oko Oba area of Lagos…