Abdulkareem Haruna

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Nigerian Army releases 244 repentant Boko Haram suspects to Borno govt

The Nigerian Army on Monday handed over 244 Boko Haram suspects, who it said have given up membership of the terrorist group, to the Borno State government. The handing over of the suspects was in commemoration of the 2018 Armed Forces Remembrance Day. The suspects comprise 56 women, 118 adult…

INTERVIEW: My role in negotiation with Boko Haram, release of Chibok Girls – Zannah Mustapha

Zannah Mustapha came to fame for his personal orphanage that provides care and education for children who lost their parents from either sides of the ongoing Boko Haram insurgency. Recognised within and outside Nigeria, the lawyer-turned humanitarian worker was recently appointed a UN-Ambassador. Anyone following the ongoing Boko Haram insurgency…

Newly-freed Chibok schoolgirl, Salomi Pogu and the 14 year old girl, Jamila Adamu

EXCLUSIVE: How 14-year-old girl helped Chibok girl escape Boko Haram

The newly-freed Chibok schoolgirl, Salomi Pogu, who was abducted by Boko Haram in 2014 but rescued last week, has given details of how she managed to escape from her captors. Pogu, who was amongst over 200 school girls kidnapped by the militant group, is the latest of 107 girls to…

Nigerian Army

Again, Maiduguri curfew extended by another week

The Borno state government has again approved the military's request to extend the reviewed curfew time by another one week, the state commissioner of home affairs, information and culture, Muhammed Bulama, said. This is the third time the curfew would be extended following the recommendation of the military. Maiduguri, the…

Boko Haram insurgency not over yet – UN

The Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations, Amina Mohammed, on Thursday said despite the successes of the ongoing military counterinsurgency operations in North-east Nigeria, the Boko Haram war is not over yet. Mrs. Mohammed, a former minister of environment in the Muhammadu Buhari administration, said the UN will this…

Soldiers kill two female suicide bombers, arrest another

Soldiers in Gamboru-Ngala village of Borno State on Tuesday morning averted a major disaster when they intercepted and killed two suspected female suicide bombers. The suspects were trying to invade the community with explosives strapped on their bodies, the army said. A third teenage girl who probably opted out of…

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Boko Haram: Shekau alive but “in a terrible state of health” – Nigerian Army

The Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau, is alive but “is in a terrible state of health,” the Nigerian Army said on Monday. The army has repeatedly made contradictory claims on Mr. Shekau. Statements like Shekau had been killed or does not really exist have been made by the army in…

Wife of Boko Haram’s factional leader, Mamman Nur, killed — Army

The Nigerian military on Saturday said the wife of Mamman Nur, the factional leader of Boko Haram, was among those killed when troops attacked the group's location in the Lake Chad region. The announcement came hours after the military declared Mr. Nur had been "fatally injured" during an operation. The…

Boko Haram

Boko Haram factional leader ‘fatally injured’ — Military

A factional leader of the militant Boko Haram group, Mamman Nur, has been "fatally injured", the Nigerian military said Friday. A military statement said Mr. Nur, who broke away from the faction led by the better known Abubakar Shekau, was "injured" during an operation in the northeast. According to the…

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ANALYSIS: Buhari’s ministers’ scorecard after two years (3)

November 2017 marked two years that most of the ministers in President Muhammadu Buhari’s cabinet assumed office. PREMIUM TIMES, in 2016 reviewed the performances of the ministers after their first year in office with many of them getting average scores. This is the third part in the series for 2017. Read the first and…

Fuel scarcity worsens in Maiduguri as gallon of petrol hits N2,500

Motorists are still facing difficult time in Maiduguri, Borno state, as fuel scarcity bites harder with residents buying a four-litre gallon of petrol for as high as N2,500. Most filling stations in Maiduguri are still under lock with vehicle owners spending most of their day on endless queues at the…

Borno curfew increased by two hours

The Borno State Government said it has approved an increase in the existing curfew in the state by two hours following a security advice from the military. Residents of Borno have now been asked to be indoors from 8 p.m. till 6 a.m. starting from Tuesday. The new 10 hours…

Transporters speak on alleged extortion by soldiers in Borno

The National Union of Road Transport Workers in Borno State has responded to a twitter claim that its members pay at least N300,000 each before soldiers provide escort through dangerous routes in the state. Borno is the state most affected by the Boko Haram insurgency which has caused about 100,000…

2018 Budget: Borno Governor reviews performance despite Boko Haram

The Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima, on Thursday warned politicians and members of his state that though his time is running out as the state’s chief executive, he would not tolerate anyone that tries to undermine his office. The governor who said this during the 2018 budget presentation ceremony at…

Education gets highest allocation in Borno’s N170 billion budget for 2018

The Governor of Borno state, Kashim Shettima, on Thursday presented a budget of N170 billion for the 2018 fiscal year. The state's education sector got the highest allocation of N26 billion. The proposed budget is lower than the current 2017 budget by over N13 billion which represents 7.38 percent reduction.…

One killed in Christmas day attack near Maiduguri

At least one person was killed when suspected Boko Haram militants attacked Molai, outside Maiduguri, Borno state, on Monday, military and witnesses said. The attack, which occurred in the evening, was repelled by government forces. As soldiers fought to minimise damage, hundreds of villagers, mostly women and children, fled their…

Troops repel Boko Haram attack on Molai, near Maiduguri

The attack by suspected members of the Boko Haram on Molai community in Borno State has been successfully repelled by soldiers. PREMIUM TIMES reported the attack on the community, which is about 5 kilometre from Maiduguri, the Borno State capital. The attack is said to have started at about 5:30…

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Ongoing Boko Haram attack on Molai, outskirt of Maiduguri

Suspected members of the Boko Haram are currently attacking Molai, a village on the outskirts of Maiduguri, the Borno State capital. A military source informed our reporter that the distant sounds of shooting being heard in Maiduguri was between soldiers of the Nigeria Army and the insurgents. The soldiers are…

Armed Forces Day: Borno gov. honours retired soldiers

The Governor of Borno State, Kashim Shettima, on Thursday said he would remain grateful to the Nigerian armed forces for the sacrifices made in ensuring Boko Haram does not overrun the state in the last eight years. The governor said, ''the armed forces stood for his state at a time…

Officials declare Borno free of cholera after disease claims 61 lives

The Borno government and the World Health Organisation (WHO) on Thursday declared the state free of cholera, four months after the disease claimed 61 lives. The state government said no case of cholera has been reported in the last two weeks. Since August 15 when the outbreak of cholera hit…

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El-Rufai, Atiku clash on radio

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar left the All Progressives Congress (APC) not for the reasons he claimed but because APC governors had endorsed President Muhammadu Buhari for a second term in 2019, Kaduna governor, Nasiru El-Rufai, said. Mr. El-Rufai spoke on a Voice of America (VOA) Hausa service programme, “Democracy…

Nigerian Army

UPDATED: Nigerian Army counters UN agency over Boko Haram attack on food trucks

The Nigerian Army on Monday countered a United Nations agency over the casualty from a Boko Haram raid. The World Food Programme, WFP, an agency of the UN had said its driver and his assistant were among four people killed when Boko Haram attacked food trucks despite military escort. In…

Four killed as Boko Haram ambushes UN workers

Four aid workers with the World Food Programme, WFP, have been kidnapped in Borno State. The WFP is the food-assistance branch of the United Nations. In a statement sent to PREMIUM TIMES, the WFP said the gunmen ambushed one of their military-escorted convoy of food trucks taking supply to an…

407 Boko Haram fighters, families arrested on Lake Chad ‎islands – Nigerian Army

Nigerian soldiers engaged in the Lafiya Dole counterinsurgency operation in the North-east said troops on Saturday arrested 407 persons who are either Boko Haram fighters or members of their families hiding on the islands of the Lake Chad.  The arrests were made following a sustained air and ground coordinated offensive targeting…

Nigerian Army threatens to punish soldiers leaking information

The Nigeria Army says it will henceforth severely punish any soldier found to have divulged information on ongoing military operations without due clearance. According to a nine-point communique issued at the end of the 2017 Chief of Army Staff Annual conference held in Ibadan, Oyo State, the Army said the…