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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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We are negotiating release of Chibok girls — Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday said his administration was continuing negotiation for the release of the abducted Chibok school girls. Over 200 school girls were abducted by the insurgent group, Boko Haram, from their school hostel in Government Secondary School, Chibok, Borno state in April 2014. The abduction and the…

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Violent herdsmen may have Boko Haram ties — Buratai

The Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, said on Thursday in Abeokuta that violent herdsmen ravaging some parts of the country may have links with the Boko Haram. Mr. Buratai, who spoke during a courtesy call on Gov. Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun, said the Nigerian Army was investigating the activities…

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EXCLUSIVE: How Nigerian authorities mistreated brother, guardian of rescued Chibok girl after meeting with Buhari

The family of Amina Ali, the first of the Chibok girls to be found, are being kept away from her by the Nigerian military, according to her brother who added that he does not know the whereabouts of his mother, Binta, who was also taken away by the military. Amina's…

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‘Boko Haram chief bomb maker shot dead as another goes blind’

The Nigerian Army has just issued the statement below announcing the death of a major bomb maker for the terrorist Boko Haram sect. In what it described as a major breakthrough in the fight against the sect, the Army, through its spokesperson, Sani Usman, said the bomb maker was killed…

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Mother-of-three abducted by Boko Haram, sent to bomb Kano market, escapes

A woman has narrated how she was kidnapped by suspected Boko Haram militants, stripped and strapped with explosives, and asked to bomb a popular textile market in Kano. The Kano State Police commissioner, Abbati Maigari Dikko, on Sunday brought mother-of-three Khadija Ibrahim before Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, after she escaped…

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Nigerian Army insists second rescued girl among abducted Chibok schoolgirls

The Nigerian Army has defended its earlier statement that a second girl rescued by its troops on Thursday was among the nearly 300 school students abducted from a secondary school in Chibok by Boko Haram. The army dismissed reports that Serah Luka’s name was not on the list of girls…

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U.S. spent ‘close to $500 million’ on Boko Haram insurgency

The United States government has committed about $500 million to the Boko Haram insurgency since 2009, the US Charge d'Affaires to the African Union has said. Susan Page was responding to a question on the financial commitment of the US government, at the Africa Regional Media Hub telephonic media briefing…

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Aisha Buhari to Boko Haram captives: Come out of the forest

President Muhammadu Buhari’s wife, Aisha, on Thursday called on Boko Haram captives who have managed to escape from the sect to come out of the forest and return to their communities. Mrs. Buhari's appeal followed the rescue of Amina Nkeki, one of over 250 Chibok schoolgirls, taken captive by Boko…

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Chibok community lambast government, media over treatment of rescued girl

Members of Chibok community have decried what they described as the inhuman treatment meted upon their daughter, Amina Nkeki, who was abducted in 2014 and found on Tuesday. Addressing journalists on Thursday, representatives of the community condemned the description of a Boko Haram suspect, Mohammed Hayatu, caught alongside Amina, as…

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Rescued Chibok girl, Amina, will return to school – Buhari

Amina Ali Nkeki, the Chibok schoolgirl who was rescued Tuesday after two years in Boko Haram’s captivity, will have the opportunity to return to school and live her dreams, President Muhammadu Buhari said Thursday after meeting with the girl at the presidential villa in Abuja. Amina, who was one of…

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Ezekwesili threatens to ‘call out’ media referring to rescued Chibok girl’s abductor as her husband

A former Minister of Education and #BringBackOurGirls activist, Obiageli Ezekwesili, has warned the media to stop referring to the 'predator' that violated abducted Chibok girl, Amina Ali, as her 'Boko Haram husband'. The former minister disclosed this in a post on her Twitter handle where she rhetorically asked if the…

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Nigerian Army releases photos of rescued Chibok schoolgirl, husband

The Nigerian Army has released a photo of the Chibok schoolgirl rescued Tuesday in Borno State. It identified the girl as Amina Ali, correcting the first published name of Falmata Mbalala. The army said in a statement that Amina was rescued with her four-month-old baby and a suspected Boko Haram…

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Nigeria made faster progress against Boko Haram after curbing corruption in military – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday in Abuja said corruption was largely responsible for the inability of the Nigerian military to quickly defeat Boko Haram. Speaking at an audience with the Egypt’s Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, Ahmed El-Tayeb, President Buhari said that the loss of 14 local government areas to Boko…

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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Six abducted Chibok schoolgirls ‘dead’

Six of the 219 Chibok schoolgirls abducted in 2014 by Boko Haram are dead, activists and local officials have quoted one of the girls rescued Tuesday as saying. Nineteen-year-old Amina Nkek was rescued in Kulakaisa village at the fringes of Sambisa forest, by a Chibok vigilante group, the sources said.…

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Missing Chibok schoolgirl, abducted by Boko Haram, ‘found’

Members of the civilian JTF in Borno state ha​ve reportedly rescued one of the 219 Chibok school girls abducted by Boko Haram from their school hostel in 2014. The Hausa service of the BBC reports that the girl was rescued after a gunfight between the civilian JTF and Boko Haram…

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Buhari’s wife donates N55 million to parents of Chibok girls, Buni Yadi boys

President Muhammadu Buhari’s wife, Aisha, on Tuesday in Abuja, presented N55 million cheque to parents of Chibok school girls and Buni Yadi school boys, who were abducted and murdered respectively by Boko Haram. Mrs. Buhari presented a cheque of N30 million to parents of the Chibok girls and N25 million…

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No evidence Boko Haram gets weapons from ISIS – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari said on Saturday that there was no credible intelligence linking Boko Haram’s source of weaponry to the Islamic State. Boko Haram last year pledged allegiance to IS, the group based in Iraq and Syria but which has carried out terror attacks in several parts of the world.…

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Nigerian troops intercept another Boko Haram suicide bomber

The Nigerian army says troops from ​its 7 Division Garrison, on Wednesday intercepted​a​Boko Haram terrorist from detonating a suicide bomb in Sulaimanti community, in the outskirts of Maiduguri, Borno State. A statement ​by the acting Director Army Public Relations, Sani Usman, said the terrorist, armed with an Improvised Explosive Device…

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Nigerian troops finally deep inside Sambisa Forest — Official

Troops of the 21 Brigade, 7 Division, have continued their offensive operations against Boko Haram terrorists still hiding in the Sambisa forest, the army headquarters said Monday. The spokesperson for the army, Sani Usman, said in a statement that more camps were cleared as troops penetrated deeper into the dreaded…

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Nigerian troops clear 4 more villages held by Boko Haram

The Nigerian troops on offensive against Boko Haram terrorists in Sambisa forest continued to record more successes over the weekend, the army has said, a spokesperson for the army has said. Troops from 21 Brigade, 7 Division, on Sunday, successfully cleared four more villages – Bala Karege, Goske, Harda, and…

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Nigerian Army clears 7 villages initially occupied by Boko Haram

The Nigerian Army says it has cleared seven more villages taken by suspected Boko Haram insurgents in Borno in its bid to end terrorism in the North East. Sani Usman, the Acting Director Army Public Relations, stated this in a statement issued in Maiduguri on Sunday. "As the ongoing clearance…

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500,000 families displaced by Boko Haram to receive N17,000 each

At least 500,000 households displaced by the Boko Haram insurgency will benefit N17,000 each from the World Food Programme in 2016, an official has said. The World Food Programme is a project of the United Nations that addresses hunger and promotes food security. The Chairman of Borno State Emergency Agency,…

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U.S. seeks to sell 12 attack aircraft to Nigeria in Boko Haram fight

The U.S. administration is seeking to approve a sale of as many as 12 A-29 Super Tucano light attack aircraft to Nigeria to aid its battle against the extremist group Boko Haram, U.S. officials said. The officials said while speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss the administration's plans in…

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Nigerian troops foil attack by armed bandits in Adamawa villages

The Nigerian Army says troops from 223 Battalion, 1 Brigade, on Wednesday, prevented cattle rustlers from attacking two villages in Adamawa State. Eighteen of the armed bandits were killed, while several others were wounded by the troops during the encounter, said a statement released on Thursday by the army. The…

Mallam Ibrahim Matuk, 80-year-old man rescued from Boko  Haram by Nigerian troops. Photo credit. Nigerian Army

Nigerian troops rescue 80-year-old man from Boko Haram

Nigerian troops on Sunday rescued an 80-year-old man, Ibrahim Matuk, from Boko Haram’s captivity in Shaltimari village, Borno State. Mr. Matuk was rescued by soldiers from 29 Task Force Brigade who were on clearance operations to smoke out the remnants of the terrorist group in the North East Nigeria, according…