Abdulkareem Haruna

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Borno State, Kashim Shattima. [Photo credit: Pulse.ng]

Election: Borno declares Friday public holiday

The Borno State government has declared Friday as a public holiday ahead of this year's general elections. According to the state commissioner for home affairs, information and culture, Muhammed Bulama, the holiday is to enable the people prepare for the Saturday election. Mr Bulama made this known via a statement…

Governor Kashim Shettima

Borno governor speaks on his convoy’s ambush by Boko Haram

The governor of Borno State, Kashim Shettima, on Thursday, reacted to the ambush on his campaign convoy by suspected Boko Haram insurgents. Mr Shettima's campaign convoy came under attack on Tuesday evening while traveling along Maiduguri - Gamboru road. At least, four civilians and a soldier died in the bloody…

Governor Kashim Shettima

Boko Haram ambushes Borno governor’s convoy, kills soldier, four others

The convoy of the Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima, was on Tuesday ambushed by Boko Haram gunmen while on his way to campaign in a remote border village, eyewitnesses said. The attack occurred along the Maiduguri-Gambu road which leads to Chad Republic. The governor's spokesman, Isa Gusau, confirmed the incident…

The Sultan of Sokoto commissioning the mosque in Borno

Sultan, 20 northern emirs commission Borno’s grand mosque

The Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammad Abubakar (III), on Friday in Maiduguri, Borno State, led 20 emirs to commission the city's Central Mosque. The structure was recently completed, 32 years after its foundation was laid. The sultan was accompanied by the Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido-Sanusi, and others from across northern…

Buhari and Atiku (Photo Credit: Pulse)

Atiku campaigns in Maiduguri, asks electorates to reject Buhari over failed promises

The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, was on Wednesday in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, in continuation of his campaign. Mr Abubakar is seeking to unseat President Muhammadu Buhari in next week’s general elections. The former vice president called on the people of Borno State…

Cross section of IDPs

How eight Borno local govts ravaged by Boko Haram will vote – INEC

Over 400,000 registered voters in eight Borno local governments must vote in internally displaced persons (IDP) camps in order to partake in the general elections. This figure is about 20 per cent of the total 2.3 million registered voters in the state. Many of the 409,813 voters affected are already…

Internally Displaced Persons

410,000 IDPs to vote in Borno camps – INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Wednesday said 409,813 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) from eight local government areas of Borno State would be casting their votes in camps within and outside Maiduguri, the state capital. Many communities in the North-east state have been affected by the activities of the…

Baga IDP protest, in Borno State.

Why we protested in Maiduguri – IDPs

On Tuesday, hundreds of internally displaced persons (IDPs) from Baga took to the streets of Maiduguri, Borno State’s capital, to protest. Their protest was on allegations of hunger and poor treatment by officials managing their affairs in the camp. PREMIUM TIMES reported how the protesters barricaded the major highway which…

Hungry Baga IDPs protest in Maiduguri

Hundreds of internally displaced persons (IDPs) who recently fled from Baga took over a major highway in Maiduguri to protest days of hunger. The protesting IDPs took to the Maiduguri-Damaturu road to protest alleged government neglect. Teargas canisters were fired at the protesting women and children who were destroying properties…

IDP Camp used to illustrate the story

Boko Haram in charge, issues movement permit in Baga – Fleeing residents

Displaced residents of Baga, a border community in Borno State recently taken over by the Boko Haram insurgents, said the Nigerian government is lying in the claims that the town has been reclaimed by government troops. According to multiple civilian sources, all IDPs from Baga, the insurgent are not only…

Soldiers kill four Boko Haram fighters in Borno border town

Soldiers kill four Boko Haram fighters in Borno border town

The military command in Maiduguri, Borno State, has said that four Boko Haram insurgents were, on Saturday, killed by Nigerian troops during a gun battle. The incident happened in Malamfatori, a border community between Nigeria and Niger Republic. Three soldiers of the Nigeria army sustained injuries in the fight. The…

Borno deploys 500 hunters after oath-taking

Boko Haram: Borno deploys 500 hunters after oath-taking

Five hundred hunters who volunteered to provide support to the Nigerian military in the ongoing war against Boko Haram, were on Wednesday made to take oath of secrecy. The oath, sworn by each hunter using the Bible and the Quran, was to ensure the hunters did not betray the military…

Some participants at the training

NGO trains journalists on conflict transformation and election violence prevention

The Search for Common Ground (SFCG), a Nigerian based non-governmental organization, is currently engaging journalists in Borno State in a two-day training on Conflict Transformation and Election Violence Prevention. The training is to help develop the capacity of the media practitioners on the stated topic during the ongoing electioneering period.…

The governor of Borno State, Kashim Shettima, calling on aggrieved members of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) who are not happy with his government to be loyal to the party and not meddle in anti-party activities during the coming elections.

2019: Don’t work against APC, Borno governor begs aggrieved members

The governor of Borno State, Kashim Shettima, on Tuesday called on aggrieved members of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) who are not happy with his government to be loyal to the party and not meddle in anti-party activities during the coming elections. Following the recent party primaries, many members…

Borno govt to deploy hunters to fight Boko Haram

Borno govt to deploy hunters to fight Boko Haram

The Governor of Borno state, Kashim Shettima, on Monday, said his government has mobilised hundreds of local hunters to be inducted into the ongoing counterinsurgency operation in the state. The governor said the local hunters will be given a crash training by the military before their deployment to guard the…

An APC campaign used to illustrate the story

UPDATED: One dead, many injured as platform collapses at Buhari’s Borno campaign

  At least one person died while over 50 people were injured on Monday after a platform at President Muhammadu Buhari's election campaign venue in Maiduguri, Borno State, collapsed, witnesses said. President Buhari campaigned for his reelection in the state capital and the All Progressives Congress event at the Ramat…

Pic.4. From left: Director-General of All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Campaign Council, Mr Chibuike Ameachi; National Chairman of APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole; Co-Chairman of the Council, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu; President Muhammadu Buhari; and Gov. Kashim Shettima of Borno, during the APC Presidential Rally in Maiduguri on Monday (21/1/19). 00694/21/1/2019/Hamza Suleiman/JMH/BJO/NAN

Buhari in Borno, vows to continue fight against corruption if re-elected

President Muhammadu Buhari has vowed to sustain his administration's fight against corruption if reelected. Mr. Buhari said this at the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential campaign rally in Maiduguri on Monday. He said his government has been able to tackle insecurity in the North-east state, even as he conceded more…

President Muhammadu Buhari arriving at Maiduguri, Borno State capital ahead of his presidential campaign.

JUST IN: Buhari arrives Maiduguri for campaign

President Muhammadu Buhari has arrived Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, for the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential campaign scheduled to hold today in Borno and Yobe states. The Governor of Borno State, Kashim Shettima, led top politicians from within and outside the state to welcome the president and his entourage…

Olusegun Obasanjo

Under Buhari, Boko Haram stronger than ever before – Obasanjo

A former Nigerian president, Olusegun Obasanjo, said on Sunday that the Boko Haram insurgents have become stronger than ever. Mr Obasanjo, a retired military general, made this known in a lengthy statement he issued on Sunday. In the statement, Mr Obasanjo accused President Muhammadu Buhari of not only failing in…

Houses burnt in Boko Haram attack on Rann Community

Falana petitions NHRC, seeks compensation for victims of 2017 Rann bombing

A senior Nigerian lawyer and activist, Femi Falana, has petitioned the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) seeking compensation for the families of about 200 Internally-displaced persons (IDPs) 'mistakenly' bombed in January 2017 by a Nigeria airforce jet at a camp in Rann, Borno State. Rann, a remote community on the…

Borno elder, Gaji Galtimari, dies at 81

A Borno elder and former Nigerian ambassador to Chad, Gaji Galtimari, has passed on. He died on Saturday night in Maiduguri, at the age of 81 years, after a brief illness. He was buried in Maiduguri after a well attended funeral service led by the Chief Imam of Borno and…

MSF mobilises food, medical aid for 15, 000 IDPs who fled to Cameroon [Photo: MSF, Nigeria]

How Boko Haram attack destroyed Nigerian community, Rann

More information is gradually emerging of how a Boko Haram attack on Rann in Borno State virtually turned the town into a graveyard. PREMIUM TIMES reported how Boko Haram attacked the Borno community on January 14. Following the attack, an estimated 76,000 displaced persons camped in Rann face starvation as…

IDP Camp used to illustrate the story

76,000 IDPs face starvation as UN halts supply to Rann after Boko Haram attack

About 76,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Rann are currently threatened by starvation following recent Boko Haram attacks which has forced humanitarian workers to flee the community, officials say. On Monday, January 14, Boko Haram insurgents carried out a deadly attack on Rann during which an undisclosed number of casualties…

Nigerian Army in Damboa, Borno state (Photo Credit: Sahara Reporters)

Boko Haram attack Damasak, Rann villages

Reports reaching PREMIUM TIMES from credible military sources say that Boko Haram insurgents last night carried out yet another attack on two Borno villages. "Damasak and Rann are currently under attack," said the source who would not want his name published. Damasak and Rann are both headquarters of two border…

Nigerian army flags off ‘Egwu Eke III’ in Maiduguri

The Nigerian military command at the 7 Division Nigeria, Maiduguri, on Monday flagged off Exercise Egwu Eke III aimed at curbing criminality. Exercise Egwu Eke is anti-crime military operation initiated by the Nigeria army to curb the rising wave of crimes across Nigeria, an official said. Speaking at a brief…