Abdulkareem Haruna

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Boko Haram: Military hands over 23 rescued children to Borno govt

The Nigeria military on Saturday handed over 23 arrested children who were formerly associated with Boko Haram insurgents, to UNICEF through the Borno State government. The children, according to the military, were picked up during various military raid operations around the north-east region. Aged between 17 and 10 years, the…

File photo of President Muhammadu Buhari (l) with the released Dapchi School Girls believed to have been adopted by Boko Haram Terrorists during a ceremony to formally receive them at the the Presidential Villa in Abuja on Friday (23/3/13) 01703/23/3/2018/Callistus Ewelike/NAN

UN official speaks on report Nigeria paid ransom to free Dapchi girls

A United Nations (UN) official on Friday spoke on a report submitted to the UN Security Council that showed Nigeria paid ransom to free scores of schoolgirls kidnapped in Dapchi, Yobe State, The UN humanitarian coordinator in Nigeria, Edward Kallon, said the report was by an “independent committee” and he has no “concrete…

Lai Mohammed

Lai Mohammed contradicts UN, insists Nigeria paid no ransom to free #DapchiGirls

Hours after a United Nations report presented to the UN Security Council revealed Nigeria paid ransom to free scores of female students kidnapped in Dapchi, Yobe State, Nigeria’s Information Minister, Lai Mohammed, has insisted no ransom was paid. Over 100 girls were kidnapped from the Dapchi school by a Boko…

Lai Mohammed lied, Nigerian govt paid ‘large ransom’ to free #DapchiGirls – UN report

Contrary to the claim by the Nigerian government through the Information Minister Lai Mohammed, the government paid a “large ransom” to free scores of female students kidnapped by the Boko Haram from their school in Dapchi, Yobe State, earlier this year, the United Nations has said. Over 100 girls were…

Boko HAram

How Boko Haram is funded – UN

The predominance of the cash economy is a major factor fuelling the nefarious activities of the Boko Haram and other terrorist groups in the Lake Chad Basin region, a UN report has revealed. This was contained in the 22nd Report of the Analytical Support and Sanctions Monitoring Team, pursuant to…

ARam Market in Tudun Wada Kaduna

Sallah: Rams scarcity looms in Borno over military’s ban on livestock importation

Last week, members of the Borno State Livestock Traders Association and the National Association of Butchers (NASB) threatened to shut down sales of livestock in the state in protest against the ban on their business by the Nigerian military. About five months ago, after the formation of Operation Last Hold,…

Voters on queue in Kanti B polling unit 4

PDP rejects Bauchi by-election result, alleges rigging

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)has rejected the result of the Bauchi South senatorial election held on Saturday. The PDP candidate, Ladan Salihu, was declared runner-up in the election with 50,256 votes. The electoral commission (INEC) had on Sunday declared the candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Yahaya Gumau,…

@2:50am. Results from local government collation centres are still being awaited in Bauchi INEC office where the final results are to be announced. [Photo by: Abdulkareem Haruna]

UPDATED: APC floors PDP, wins Bauchi senatorial by-election

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has won the Bauchi South senatorial election held on Saturday. The election was held in the seven local government areas in the senatorial district. The results, announced by the electoral commission, INEC, shows the APC won in six of the seven local governments in the…

Voters on queue in Kanti B polling unit 4

APC takes early lead in Bauchi South Senatorial Bye-election

The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has taken an early lead in the Bauchi South Senatorial Bye-election results so far announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). Bauchi South Senatorial District comprises seven local government areas. The APC has so far won in three of the four local governments…

Speaker, House of Representative, Yakubu Dogara.

Bauchi Bye-Election: PDP wins Speaker Dogara’s Local Govt

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) won in Bogoro Local Government Area of Bauchi State in Saturday's senatorial bye-election. Bogoro is the local government of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara. Bogoro is one of the seven local governments where the Bauchi South senatorial bye-election was held. In the local…

@2:50am. Results from local government collation centres are still being awaited in Bauchi INEC office where the final results are to be announced. [Photo by: Abdulkareem Haruna]

LIVE UPDATES: Bauchi Senatorial Bye-Election (Official INEC Results)

On Saturday, residents of Bauchi South Senatorial District filed out in their thousands to vote for their preferred candidates in a bye-election organised by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). The election was held to fill the vacancy created by the death of the last occupant, Ali Wakili. Candidates of…

Speaker Yakubu Dogara

Bauchi By-election: Dogara not allowed to vote

The speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, was disallowed from voting after arriving late at the polling station for Saturday's Bauchi senatorial bye election. Mr Dogara was at his country home, Gwarangah, in Bogoro local government area of Bauchi state days before the bye-election for Bauchi-South senatorial district.…

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LIVE UPDATES: APC, PDP, seven others battle for Bauchi South Senatorial District

Today, eligible voters in Bauchi South Senatorial District of Bauchi State will decide who will represent them at the Senate following the vacancy created by the death of the former occupant, Ali Wakili, in March this year. All the contenders have concluded their campaigns and now await the electorates to…

Borno NLC threatens strike action over unpaid gratuities

The chairman of the Nigeria Labor Congress (NLC) in Borno State, Titus Ali-Abana, has threatened to lead workers on a strike if the state government fails to pay workers their gratuities of over five years. He claimed retired workers from various cadres are being owed over N20 billion in arrears.…

youth pressure group, Borno Youth and Students Discussion (BYSD-Forum

2019: Group wants Borno Senator Ali Ndume replaced

A youth pressure group, Borno Youth and Students Discussion (BYSD-Forum), has advised former Senate Leader, Ali Ndume, not to seek further election at the Borno South Senatorial District in 2019. The group accused Mr. Ndume of alleged misrepresentation and nepotism. Mr Ndume denied the allegation. At a press conference in…

Borno governor, Kashim Shettima celebrates best JAMB candidate for 2018, Israel Zakari

Borno governor celebrates best JAMB candidate for 2018

It was moment of celebration at the council chambers of the Borno State government house when the governor, Kashim Shettima, hosted an indigene, Israel Zakari, who emerged the best candidate at the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) exams. Israel and his mother, Jummai Zakari, were ushered into the council…

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UPDATED: Five dead, three injured as suicide bombers attack Maiduguri suburb

Five suspected Boko Haram suicide bombers on Sunday night sneaked into a neighbourhood of Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, to carry out attacks that eventually claimed only their own lives, officials and witnesses said. The blasts, however, injured three other residents. Multiple deafening explosions, a first of its kind to…

Safiya Ilyasu

Bauchi Senatorial Bye-election: Defeated APC aspirant speaks on next move

Safiya Ilyasu, a retired permanent secretary and one of the nine aspirants defeated in the just concluded All Progressives Congress (APC) primaries for Bauchi South senatorial bye-election has vowed to reclaim the seat in another primary scheduled ahead of 2019. Ms Ilyasu, who came third in the keenly contested primaries,…

Some of the tricyclists protesting

Borno police suspend traffic division over commercial riders’ protest

The Borno State commissioner of police, Damian Chukwu, has suspended the state's Central Motor Traffic Division (CMTD) until investigations into allegations of extortion levelled against its operatives by motorcycle riders in the state are concluded. The Keke-NAPEP operators have also accused the local government authorities in Maiduguri Metropolitan Council of…

Some of the tricyclists protesting

Tension in Maiduguri as Keke NAPEP riders block roads, protest ‘maltreatment’

Hundreds of commercial tricycle riders in Borno state have barricaded all major routes and highways of Maiduguri, as they protest alleged ill treatment by the police in the state. Though it is not clear what actually triggered off the protest, some of the commercial tricyclists under the aegis of All…

Boko Haram

Boko Haram attack on Jakana, Borno repelled – Nigerian Army

The Nigerian Army and Police on Thursday repelled an attack by Boko-Haram insurgents who attempted to invade Jakana town in Kaga Local Government Area of Borno, an official said. Dozens of the insurgents armed with sophisticated weapons, stormed the town Thursday evening. Brig-Gen Bulama Biu, GOC 7 Div, Maiduguri, who…

Boko HAram

Boko Haram attacks Jakana, Borno

Gunmen believed to be members of the extremist Boko Haram sect on Thursday night attacked Jakana, a town located about 50km from Maiduguri, the Borno State capital. The attack was still on at about 9:20 p.m. Thursday. Jakana, an agrarian community, is situated along the Maiduguri-Kano highway. It has never…

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar

Police speak on arrest of Borno politician at Atiku’s event

The police in Borno State Wednesday confirmed the arrest of a Borno politician and governorship aspirant, Grema Terrab, who was wanted for alleged complicity in a murder incident that took place in his home. PREMIUM TIMES broke the news on Tuesday of how Mr Terrab, who had evaded arrest since…

Boko-Haram Commander and other members Involved in Abduction of Chibok Girls paraded by the Police

UPDATED: Police arrest ‘eight Chibok girls abductors’

The police in Borno have arrested 22 suspected Boko Haram members including those who allegedly participated in the abduction of the Chibok school girls. The Commissioner of Police, Damian Chukwu, disclosed this while presenting the suspects to journalists on Wednesday in Maiduguri. The insurgents had in 2014 abducted over 200…

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar

I’ll end Boko Haram, keep Nigeria more united – Atiku

A former vice president of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar, said if elected Nigerian president, his government will not only end the Boko Harman insurgency, but also keep the nation more united. He also said if he was in the position of President Muhammadu Buhari, he would have by now sacked all…