Abdulkareem Haruna

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SSS Officials (Photo Credit: Guardian Nigeria)

EXCLUSIVE: How five abducted aid workers were released by Boko Haram

PREMIUM TIMES has obtained more details of the negotiations that led to the release of five kidnapped aid workers in Borno State This newspaper broke the news of the release of the victims by a Boko Haram faction, ISWAP, on Wednesday. The United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, Edward Kallon,…

Boko Haram has killed some Nigerian citizens

UN speaks on released abductees, says only 3 are aid workers

The United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, Edward Kallon, on Thursday, said only three of the five persons abducted by Boko Haram terrorists on December 22, were aid workers said. Mr Kallon, who heads the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Nigeria, said he was "deeply…

SPECIAL REPORT: How introduction of N50 charge on POS transaction threatens Financial Inclusion

Jane David sat on a stone close to her newly constructed kiosk for her daily business as a Point of Sale agent popularly referred to as a mobile bank agent. Mrs David looked exhausted, her gaze fixed on the Point Of Sale (POS) machine. It was a few minutes to…

Boko Haram has killed some Nigerian citizens

UPDATED: Five aid workers abducted by Boko Haram freed

Five aid workers abducted by Boko Haram insurgents last December have been released, security sources have told PREMIUM TIMES. The workers, two females and three males, were kidnapped on December 22 after a gang of gunmen believed to be Boko Haram terrorists ambushed their vehicle between Monguno and Damaturu. According…

Bala Mohammed, Governor of Bauchi State.

I’m not hospitalised in London, Bauchi governor says

The Governor of Bauchi State, Bala Mohammed, yesterday said though he travelled to London for medical reasons, he was not on admittance in the hospital. The governor had on Monday sent a message to the people of Bauchi from London informing them that he was in the United Kingdom "to…

Bala Mohammed, Governor of Bauchi State.

Supreme Court Verdict: Sick Bauchi Governor writes from London hospital

As he awaits today's ruling of the Supreme Court on the Bauchi State governorship election, Governor Bala Mohammed, who is ill and currently on admission in a London hospital, said he expects a favorable judgment. The governor also said he would be returning home "to fight those plotting his defeat…

Boko Haram has killed some Nigerian citizens

Multinational forces ‘kill top ISWAP commander’

The multinational joint task force (MNJTF) has announced that it has killed a high ranking commander in the Islamic State, West African Province (ISWAP), named Khalifa Umar. A statement from the Task Force said the influential commander of the terror group was "eliminated" during an airborne attack on one of…

Borno governor gives army, police, others 70 vans

Boko Haram: Borno governor gives army, police, others 70 vans

The Governor of Borno State, Babagana Zulum, on Friday, gave out 70 new vehicles to the military and security outfits for surveillance operations. At a crowded event in Maiduguri, Mr Zulum handed the vehicles to all heads of security organizations comprising the Nigerian Army, police, and volunteers in the civilian…

Boko Haram has killed some Nigerian citizens

Boko Haram abducts 7 travellers near Maiduguri

Gunmen believed to be members of Boko Haram Thursday ambushed vehicles travelling along the Maiduguri-Damaturu highway and abducted seven travellers, a witness said. According to a passenger who escaped the attack, the insurgents, driving in two Hilux vehicles, waylaid two unsuspecting vehicles – a Volkswagen golf and a Toyota Hiace…

Governor of Borno State, Babagana Zulum

Borno governor appoints 27 additional advisers

The governor of Borno State, Babagana Zulum, on Thursday announced the appointments of 27 persons as special advisers to his government, an official statement has said. Though the state comprises 27 local government areas, the 27 advisers designates were not appointed in accordance with their local councils of origin. Some…

Nigerian Soldiers

Nigerian troops repel another Boko Haram attack in Monguno

There was massive shooting in Monguno, a major town in northern Borno State, as the Nigerian military battled to repel an attack by suspected members of the Boko Haram, sources said. Suspected members of the ISWAP faction of Boko Haram attempted to invade the community that now serves as a…

Governor of Borno State, Babagana Zulum, speaking to his people.

Boko Haram: Borno governor stops soldiers from evacuating two communities

Barely 24 hours after accusing soldiers of extortion, the Governor of Borno State, Babagana Zulum, has accused the military of plotting to evacuate two communities without following due process. The governor was Tuesday morning in Jakana and Mainok villages where he stopped an ongoing move to mandatorily move the villagers…

VIDEO: Furious Borno governor accuses soldiers of extortion

The Governor of Borno State, Babagana Zulum, has accused security personnel of the Nigeria military and police of collecting bribes of N1000 from travellers who do not have national identity cards. https://youtu.be/XLWvyui6Fk8

Governor of Borno State, Babagana Zulum

Furious Borno governor accuses soldiers of extortion

The Governor of Borno State, Babagana Zulum, has accused security personnel of the Nigeria military and police of collecting bribes of N1000 from travellers who do not have national identity cards. The governor made the accusation Monday afternoon when he visited the Maiduguri-Damaturu highway where thousands of travellers were stranded…

Borno begins construction of North-east's first flyover bridge

Borno begins construction of North-east’s first flyover bridge

Borno State’s governor, Babagana Zulum, on Monday, flagged off the construction of an overhead bridge in Maiduguri, that would become the first of its kind in Northeast Nigeria. Previously, Kano and Kaduna were the only states of the 19 northern states of Nigeria that had flyovers in their capital cities.…

Nigerian Soldiers

Many killed as soldiers engage Boko Haram in fierce battle

Nigerian soldiers and suspected members of the Boko Haram last night engaged in hours of fierce battle in Jakana, a village 42km from Maiduguri, the state capital. The attack on Jakana is the latest in a series of hostilities that have been taking place on the relatively safe route that…

Boko Haram has killed some Nigerian citizens

Residents flee to mountains as Boko Haram attacks Adamawa villages

Hundreds of villagers in communities around Michika town in Adamawa State last night fled to the mountain top as suspected Boko Haram gunmen attacked their communities, sources said. The attack which commenced at about 6 p.m., lasted for many hours. A source, who spoke with PREMIUM TIMES from the Michika…

Fire razes home of Borno physician

An early morning fire on New Year Day burnt down the Maiduguri home of a popular medical doctor in Borno State, Olugbenga Aina. Mr Aina is a senior medical doctor in the Borno state Hospital Management Board. The fire which started at about 9 a.m. could not be put out…

Abdulkareem Haruna

Kidnapped and released, Nigerian journalist narrates shocking experience

It is nearly two months now since my encounter with kidnappers. While I remained in captivity, friends and colleagues fought hard to secure my freedom. As I later learned, the security forces and relevant authorities received our complaints and offered solidarity. The consensus was to negotiate and meet the terms…

Boko Haram has killed some Nigerian citizens

Boko Haram attacks another Borno village; burns school, church

Mandaragirau, a village in Biu Local Government Area of Borno State, was attacked Sunday night by suspected Boko Haram insurgents. The attackers also burnt down the community's church and a school. They also abducted a man on their way out. The attack which occurred during the night was not repelled,…

Nigeria Police officers are working with the military to counter insurgency.

How police locked down Maiduguri for NNPC GMD’s children’s wedding

Residents of Maiduguri, Borno State, on Saturday, had a bitter experience commuting around the city as the police blocked major highways in the city for "federal government functionaries" attending a wedding. Two children of the Group Managing Director (GMD) of Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Kyari Mele, wedded in Maiduguri…

Melee Kolo Kyari, NNPC GMD

Maiduguri agog as NNPC GMD’s son, daughter wed

Numerous aircraft have landed at the Maiduguri International Airport as the son and daughter of the Group Managing Director (GMD) of Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, (NNPC), Kyari Mele, wed today. The aircraft, according to sources at the airport, conveyed guests attending what is turning out to be the biggest event…

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Boko Haram kills would-be bride, friends in Borno village

A young woman, Martha Bulus, and her friends were Thursday killed by suspected Boko Haram gunmen who attacked their vehicle while they were travelling from Maiduguri for her wedding ceremony, scheduled to take place next week. Ms Bulus' wedding has been scheduled to hold on December 31 in Yola, Adamawa…

ARMY: Nigerian Soldiers (Army) on duty. [PHOTO CREDIT: The Guardian]

Six killed, two abducted as Boko Haram attacks Borno village – Official

At least six persons were killed on Christmas eve at Kwyaragilim village in Chibok Local Government Area of Borno State after gunmen suspected to be Boko Haram invaded the community, officials said. The insurgents also abducted two women. Chibok had in April 2014 earned global recognition when Boko Haram insurgents…

Nigerian Army fighting Boko Haram

’48 Boko Haram fighters killed, three arrested’ as soldiers repel Christmas Eve Biu attack

Nigerian soldiers and members of a vigilante successfully repelled a Boko Haram attack on Biu in Southern Borno State, an official has said. An official of the Civilian-JTF, whose members fight alongside the military against the insurgents, told PREMIUM TIMES that 48 Boko Haram fighters were killed in the battle.…