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Maiduguri attack: Borno governor commends soldiers, Civilian-JTF

The Governor of Borno State, Kashim Shettima, has hailed the courage and gallantry exhibited by soldiers and operatives of the local vigilante, called Civilian-JTF, by confronting and repelling Boko Haram terrorists who attempted to capture Maiduguri, the state capital, on Sunday. "I feel very proud of these youth and other…

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Maiduguri Attack: Boko Haram suffers ‘massive casualty’

The Nigerian military on Sunday confirmed PREMIUM TIMES’ earlier report that it foiled a major Boko Haram attack on Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, killing several terrorists. The spokesperson of the Defense Headquarters, Chris Olukolade, said the insurgents flee in disarray towards different directions - Bama, Ngom, Alou, Delwa and…

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Calm returns to Maiduguri as soldiers, Civilian-JTF foil Boko Haram attack

Calm has returned to Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, after hours of shelling, bombardments and shooting between soldiers and Boko Haram insurgents. PREMIUM TIMES gathered that through the combined force of soldiers and operatives of the local vigilante, called Civilian-JTF, hundreds of Boko Haram members were killed and a cache…

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Iran offers to help fight Boko Haram

By Shu'aibu Adamu Iran on Saturday announced plans to assist in the fight against the Islamist group, Boko Haram, as part of its contribution for global peace. The country's Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister, Amir Hossein Abdollohian, made the announcement while addressing the press on Saturday on the sideline of the…

Mother and child in an Internally Displaced People's camp Yola, Adamawa state.

INVESTIGATION: Grim tales of rape, child trafficking in Nigeria’s displaced persons camps

By Charles Dickson On a bed at the female ward of the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital laid a 15-year-old girl in an evidently bad state. Her face and head were bandaged, leaving slits through which only a bruised eye and swollen lips were visible. On her body were clearer…

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2015 Elections: Catholic Church to deploy 4889 observers in 23 states

The Catholic Church would be deploying 4889 observers in 23 States of the country for the forthcoming general elections. The Executive Secretary of Catholic Caritas Foundation of Nigeria, Rev. Fr. Evaristus Bassey, said this during a press briefing on Friday in Abuja where he expressed fears of possible outbreak of…

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Nigerian military says Boko Haram sacked from Michika, but displaced residents skeptical

The Defence Headquarters, DHQ, on Friday said following extensive mop-up operations, Nigerian troops sacked Boko Haram terrorists from Michika - one of the remaining two local government areas in Adamawa under the control of the Boko Haram terrorist group. The Defence spokesperson, Chris Olukolade, in a statement said the operation,…

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Nigerian military confirms PREMIUM TIMES report on arrest of Generals over Baga attack

The Nigerian military on Friday confirmed a PREMIUM TIMES exclusive report revealing the arrest of generals and senior officers following the fall of Baga to Boko Haram terrorists. The Defence spokesperson, Chris Olukolade, in a statement said, “Nigerian officers in key command positions of the Multi-National Joint Task Force (MNJTF)…

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Story of ‘gutsy bravehearts’ who ‘repelled’ Boko Haram attack is a hoax

Researched by Julian Rademeyer A group of twenty women armed with AK-47 assault rifles stare defiantly at a camera. Most appear to be civilians, although three of them are wearing military-style camouflage uniforms. One woman stands in front of the rest, her rifle aimed forward at waist level. The muzzle…

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Military recaptures Michika town from Boko Haram, says Jonathan

President Goodluck Jonathan said the Nigerian Military on Thursday liberated Michika town in Adamawa from the control of the Boko Haram insurgents. Mr. Jonathan made the announcement at the Peoples Democratic Party Presidential Campaign rally in Yola. The president also unfolded plans by the military to liberate Madagali town soon,…

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Boko Haram: Don’t commit suicide, VP Namadi Sambo tells Buhari

Vice-President Namadi Sambo on Thursday advised the APC presidential candidate, Muhammadu Buhari, against committing suicide by planning to personally lead the war against Boko Haram terrorists, if elected president. Mr. Sambo gave the advice at the PDP Presidential Rally in Yola, Adamawa. The vide president said his advice was against…

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AU endorses 7,500 regional Force to fight Boko Haram

By Shu'aibu Adamu The African Union (AU) has endorsed a plan for a regional task force of 7,500 Army to fight the Islamist Boko Haram militants in Nigeria. The leaders meeting during the African Union Peace and Security Council (PSC) agreed to the plan after its session on Thursday to…

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PDP Rally: I am not sponsoring Boko Haram, President Jonathan says

President Goodluck Jonathan on Thursday lambasted those who have accused him of being behind the Boko Haram insurgency in Adamawa State. “Only mad people will accuse me of executing such dastardly act against his people,” Mr. Jonathan said. The President, who made the remark during his campaign rally in Yola…

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Buhari commiserates with victims of insurgent attacks in Maiduguri, others

The presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Muhammadu Buhari, has expressed shock at reports of the latest attacks by Boko Haram insurgents on Maiduguri, Konduga and Monguno in Borno State. The insurgents had early Sunday seized Monguno leading to the death of several residents. However, the military repelled…

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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…

FILE PHOTO: Survivors People fleeing from Baga after Boko Haram attacks.

Nigerian military ignored advance warnings of Boko Haram attacks on Baga, Monguno – Amnesty International

The Nigerian military for several weeks ignored repeated warnings of impending attacks on Baga and Monguno by Boko Haram and failed to take action to protect civilians, said global human rights organisation, Amnesty International. Amnesty’s claim corroborates PREMIUM TIMES exclusive report of January 26 which indicated the Nigerian military received…

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Boko Haram: Roundtable proffers solution to terrorism in Nigeria

The menace of Boko Haram insurgents should be treated as a global challenge with Nigeria's immediate neighbours, Chad and Cameroon, working harder to formin collaborative efforts to defeat the terrorists, participants at a roundtable discussion on the Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria have advised. The roundtable, held last week at…

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53 terrorists killed in Maiduguri, Konduga attacks

Fifty three terrorists were killed in the recent gun battle between the Nigerian military and the Boko Haram terrorist group in Maiduguri and Konduga on Saturday, PRNigeria, a platform that circulates press releases for Nigeria’s security agencies, has said. The agency said most of the terrorists were killed in a…

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Boko Haram: Military got intelligence report before Monguno attack, yet taken by surprise

The Nigerian military received reliable intelligence report indicating that the Boko Haram sect would launch a massive attack on Monguno, yet troops were taken by surprise when the insurgents struck early Sunday, suggesting the 5 Brigade stationed in the area failed to prepare adequately for the group’s onslaught. Reliable military…

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Boko Haram attacks ​ ​”​ordained by God​”​ – Shettima

The Governor of Borno State, Kashim Shettima, on Monday, asked victims of the Boko Haram attack in Monguno to see the ​incident as "ordained by God". He also prayed for God’s intervention to bring an end to the security challenges. Mr. Shettima​, ​in a statement in Maiduguri​,​ expressed sadness over…

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Adamawa governor restates call for postponement of February elections

The Adamawa State governor, Bala Ngillari, has restated his call that the February general elections be postponed. Mr. Ngillari said he maintains his stance despite criticisms and condemnations that trailed his earlier similar statement on the issue. “I owe no one apology for demanding extension of elections,” the governor said,…

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John Kerry meets Jonathan, Buhari; urges Nigerian politicians to ensure peaceful elections

The U.S. government has advised Nigerian politicians to work towards ensuring a peaceful and violence-free February general elections. The U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, gave the advice at a news conference on Sunday in Lagos at the end of a closed-door meeting he held with President Goodluck Jonathan and…

FILE PHOTO: Nigerian troops with captured ammunition from a past operation in Konduga

Inside details of Boko Haram’s 3-pronged attack on Maiduguri, Konduga, Monguno

Nigerian soldiers on Sunday faced three separate and daring raids by Boko Haram insurgents on three major towns of Borno State and successfully repelled two of them, the Defence Headquarters has said. Chris Olukolade, the Director of Defence Information, said the daring attacks on Maiduguri and neighbouring Konduga by insurgents…

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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…