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Jonathan rejects foreign troops in fight against Boko Haram

President Goodluck Jonathan Thursday in Abuja urged the United Nations to focus more on helping Nigeria with the rehabilitation and reconstruction of persons and communities affected by terrorism in Northern Nigeria rather than deploying an international force to the country. Speaking at an audience with the Special Representatives of the…

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TIME magazine names Buhari, Ezekwesili, Shekau among world’s most influential people

TIME magazine has named the president-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, alongside three other Nigerians among the world’s 100 most influential people. Mr. Buhari was named alongside a former Nigerian minister, Oby Ezekwesili, who in the last one year led the BringBackOurGirls campaign to urge global action for the release of over 200…

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How Boko Haram exploits, rapes abducted girls — Report

Human Rights group, Amnesty International, on Tuesday said no fewer than 2,000 women and girls have been abducted by Islamist group Boko Haram in the past 15 months. The group, which said this is in a report based on almost 200 witness accounts, added that many of victims were being…

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Protecting Nigerians against Boko Haram key challenge before Buhari – U.S.

The U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, on Tuesday predicted that the new government in Nigeria might face the challenge of protecting its citizens against terrorism threats. Mr. Kerry made the prediction in a statement made available by the African Regional Media Hub of the United States Department of State.…

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No guarantee I can rescue Chibok girls, but I’ll do all possible – Buhari

Nigeria’s President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, has pledged to do all possible to rescue more than 200 schoolgirls abducted from Chibok in Borno State, by Boko Haram militants, a year ago. The girls were seized April 14, 2014 from their dormitories as they prepared for exams. The current federal government has failed…

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Nigerian Army retakes Damboa, Askira Uba, others from Boko Haram

The Nigerian Army on Friday said it has recaptured four towns from Boko Haram insurgents operating in the area. The towns include Bita, Izge, Yamteke and Uba in Askira Uba and Damboa Local Government Areas of Borno State. Army spokesperson, Sani Usman, said troops of 3 and 7 division of…

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Israel pledges to support Buhari

The State of Israel has expressed a willingness to assist Nigeria in the fight against corruption, terrorism and in the development of agriculture sector. In a congratulatory letter signed by President Reuven Rivlin and delivered to the President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, on Monday in Abuja, the Israeli leader noted that the…

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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…

FILE PHOTO: An attack on Gombe motor park in October 2014

Bomb attack at Gombe motor park kills 7

Seven persons are reported dead after an Improvised Explosive Device, IED, was set off at a busy motor park along Bauchi road, in Gombe state, Thursday evening. A witness, who declined to be named for security reason, told PREMIUM TIMES the IED was brought into the motor park by a…

Gwoza Recapture from Boko Haram

Nigerian troops “free” women held by Boko Haram in Gwoza

A number of women, the elderly and children who were locked up by fleeing terrorists in Gwoza have been freed by troops as cordon and search along with mopping up operations continue in the town, the Nigerian military has said. A statement by the spokesperson, Chris Olukolade, said the freed…

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Boko Haram attacks will not affect Bauchi results – INEC

The Resident Electoral Commissioner in Bauchi State, Hamman Tukur, has said that Saturday's attacks on some polling units in Darazo, Kirfi and Alkaleri towns will have no effect on election results. Reacting on Sunday to the attacks by gunmen suspected to be members of the Boko Haram, Mr. Tukur noted…

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Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room demands release of detained Al-Jazeera journalists

Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room urges the Nigerian military and other security and law enforcement agencies to be mindful that global attention is focused on Nigeria at this critical point of the country’s democratic process. All military and security agencies must refrain from sending wrong signals that may suggest attempts…

FILE PHOTO: QUEUE OF VOTERS AT AN INTERNALLY DISPLACED PERSONS (IDPs) CAMP DURING THE PRESIDENTIAL AND NATIONAL ASSEMBLY ELECTIONS IN MAIDUGURI ON SATURDAY (28/3/15).

Boko Haram: INEC postpones elections indefinitely in 18 Yobe units

The Resident Electoral Commissioner in Yobe, Habu Zarma, on Sunday said the electoral commission, INEC, had postponed elections indefinitely in 18 polling units in Giedam Local Government Area of the state due to security challenges. He told journalists in Damaturu that security challenges in the council area had scared adhoc…

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Breaking: Gunmen attack collation centre, police station, INEC office

Gunmen on Sunday morning attacked a centre where election results were being collated in Bauchi State. Apart from attacking the Central Primary School in Alkaleri Local Government which was being used as a collation centre, the gunmen also attacked Alkaleri Divisional Police Station, and an INEC office, a resident told…

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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…

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Breaking: Voting stalled in Gombe

The voting process in at least two areas of Gombe State, North-East Nigeria, has been stalled following an attack by suspected Boko Haram insurgents. Bloomberg news agency quoted a resident, Aminu Kabiru as saying the suspected terrorists in cars and motorcycles started shooting sporadically in Shole. In Dukku, also in…

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Tears as people displaced by Boko Haram reunite, vote in special centres

Some persons displaced by the Boko Haram insurgency, Saturday, shed tears of joy as they were reunited with their family members and relations during accreditation at a special polling centre in Yola, Adamawa State. The internally displaced persons, IDPs, wept as they reunited with their relations whom some of them…

President Jonathan & President Deby during a bilateral meeting in Ndjamena, Chad

I warned Jonathan against Boko Haram ceasefire, Chad’s President opens up

President Idris Deby of Chad has spoken publicly about the 2014 botched ceasefire between the Nigerian government and the jihadist group, Boko Haram, which he was said to have facilitated. Mr. Deby said he warned President Goodluck Jonathan against holding talks with the militant group, saying the whole episode was…

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ANALYSIS: #NigeriaDecides: Rivers, Lagos, Gombe, others may be flashpoints

As Nigerians troop out to vote in the presidential and National Assembly election Saturday, concerns over the outcome of the poll and its aftermath have continued to occupy discussions on the election. This is because of what happened immediately after the result of the presidential election was announced in 2011.…

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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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Finally, Nigerian troops recapture Gwoza town

The Nigerian military has finally recaptured Gwoza, a popular town in North Eastern Borno State. The Defence Headquarters, in a tweet, said the town was recaptured on Friday morning by troops. "FLASH: Troops this morning captured Gwoza destroying the Headquarters of the Terrorists self styled Caliphate," the DHQ said Friday…

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Boko Haram: Over 1,000 civilians killed since January – Human Rights Watch

Attacks by the Islamist armed group, Boko Haram, killed more than 1,000 civilians in 2015, based on witness accounts and an analysis of media reports, Human Rights Watch said Thursday. Boko Haram fighters have deliberately attacked villages and committed mass killings and abductions as their attacks have spread from northeast…

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1,000 children of slain soldiers get scholarships

Nineteen officers of the Nigerian military who were wounded during the fight against the Boko Haram insurgents have been successfully treated abroad, the Nigerian Army has said. During its monthly press briefing in Abuja, Wednesday, the Nigerian Army also said that 1,000 children and dependents of slain army officers have…

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747 IDPs in Adamawa acquire entrepreneurial skills

No fewer than 747 Internally Displaced Persons in Adamawa on Wednesday graduated from the entrepreneurship training provided by the North East Entrepreneurship Development Centre. The training was aimed at building business capacity for members of communities affected by Boko Haram violence. Addressing the graduates, the Programme Director of centre, Idris…

The missing Chibok schoolgirls held captive by Boko Haram

Chibok girls are in Gwoza, says freed Boko Haram abductee

By Samuel Malik Over 200 girls abducted in Chibok in April 2014 are being held in Gwoza town in Borno State, a woman who was recently released by the Boko Haram sect has told the icirnigeria.org. She said she was held in the same location as the abducted Chibok girls.…