Abdulkareem Haruna

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Nigerian Army on patrol in Borno, Boko Haram

Nigerian Army blacklists Action Against Hunger, accuses it of aiding Boko Haram

The Nigerian Army Thursday announced a blacklist of Action Against Hunger, an international humanitarian organisation operating in Northeast Nigeria for allegedly 'aiding and abetting' Boko Haram terrorists. A statement issued by the 'Operation Lafiya Dole' Theatre Command in Maiduguri, Borno State, said the army has 'credible intelligence' that the NGO…

Nigerian Soldiers

Nigerian soldiers seal another office of international humanitarian organisation

Nigerian soldiers have surrounded the Damaturu office of Action Against Hunger, an international non-governmental organisation in Yobe State. A staff of the humanitarian organisation said armed soldiers arrived at the office at about 5 p.m. and ordered all workers in the premises to leave at once. "As I am talking…

Naval Commander OO Ogundana. The Naval Officer has not been seen for days

Senior Nigerian Naval officer missing

The Commandant of the Armed Forces Command and Staff College Secondary School, Jaji in Kaduna State, O.O, Ogundana, has gone missing. The naval officer has not been seen for days. Reliable military sources informed PREMIUM TIMES that the Navy Commander might have been missing for days before it was noticed…

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

Nigerian Army seals Action Against Hunger office, ejects staff

Nigerian soldiers have surrounded the Maiduguri office of Action Against Hunger, an international nongovernmental working in Borno State. Witnesses said soldiers took over and sealed the property Wednesday night. By Thursday morning, a PREMIUM TIMES reporter saw two military trucks packed at the entrance to the office. Some workers told…

Yobe State Governor, Mai-Mala Buni

Governor Buni: Why we organised Yobe Agric summit

The Yobe agricultural summit is aimed at moving 70 per cent of the farming population from subsistence to commercial agricultural practice, Governor Mai-Mala Buni has said. On Monday the governor declared open a week-long agricultural summit that had Nigeria’s major players in the agricultural sector in attendance. Speaking Monday in…

University of Maiduguri

Unimaid speaks on shooting by soldiers

The Sunday night shooting that lasted over an hour at the University of Maiduguri was not an exchange between soldiers and suspected Boko Haram fighters, the university has said. Speaking on the incident, the spokesperson of the institution, Ahmed Muhammed, said contrary to early reports, the gunfire was an effort…

Soldiers repel Boko Haram attack on UniMaid

There was panic at the University of Maiduguri on Sunday night as soldiers battled to repel a Boko Haram attack on the higher institution. Sources at the university, located along Maiduguri-Bama road, said deafening sounds of gunshots were heard echoing from a direction the female hostels are located. The gunshots…

Tukur Buratai and the troops.

13 soldiers feared killed, equipment seized in Boko Haram attacks

At least 13 Nigerian soldiers have, within the last few days, been killed in what seems to be a resurgence of Boko Haram attacks on troops in the North East, military sources said. The attackers also carted away a large quantity of military equipment. The attacks, which started on Sunday,…

Tukur Buratai

Buratai To Media: Stop addressing Boko Haram with ‘glorifying titles’

The Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, has urged the Nigerian press to stop using "glorifying" titles while addressing the Boko Haram insurgents. Mr Buratai, a Lieutenant General, said addressing the insurgents with titles like ISWAP, or JAS only glorifies and gives them "undue publicity." He said callng the insurgents…

Boko HAram

Boko Haram ‘degraded’ but ‘remnants’ still operate in Northeast – Buhari

Contrary to the claim by Nigeria's army chief, the Boko Haram terror group still exist, and operate, in North-eastern Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari has said. Mr Buhari, however, said the terror group "has been degraded, but its members are still a nuisance around Lake Chad and surrounding islands." Mr Buratai…

Governor of Borno State, Babagana Zulum

Amidst Boko Haram insurgency, Borno governor executes 120 projects in 100 days – Official

The Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum, said on Monday that his administration had in its first 100 days executed 120 projects. Mr Zulum marked his 100th day in office on Friday even though there was no special event organised to mark it. The governor said most of the 120 projects…

A front building of College

Four dead, 12 hospitalised as ‘strange illness’ afflicts college students

At least four people have been confirmed dead and 12 hospitalized after students of the College of Education, Waka-Biu in Biu Local Government Area of Borno State, returned from a Yankari Games Reserve field trip According to witnesses who spoke to PREMIUM TIMES on phone from Biu, those that lost…

Military burns four ‘Boko Haram vehicles, equipment’

The military command in Borno State, on Monday, set ablaze four vehicles allegedly belonging to the Boko Haram. The vehicles were intercepted while transporting motorcycle spare parts and fuel. The vehicles, according to the Theatre Commander, Olusegun Adeniyi, were reportedly intercepted by soldiers at different locations in Borno State between…

Defence minister meets Borno elders, vows to end incessant killing of soldiers

Defence minister meets Borno elders, vows to end incessant killing of soldiers

The Minister of Defence, Bashir Magashi, yesterday in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, vowed to end attacks on Nigerian soldiers by Boko Haram insurgents. The minister was in the state to assess military operations in the North-east region. He was received by the Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, and…

Yobe govt begins rebuilding of Boko Haram most-attacked town

Buni Yadi, Yobe State's most destroyed community, once captured and occupied by Boko Haram insurgents, is set to get township roads, drainage systems and a rebuilt hospital. The governor of the state, Mai Mala Buni, has embarked on a post insurgency reconstruction. For the first time in many years, residents…

Pupils of Takur Commercial, behind government house Dutse, learning on the floor of their classroom.

Education Reform: Yobe to conduct competency tests for public school teachers

The Yobe State government will conduct an aptitude test for all teachers in public schools ahead of its plan to employ more teachers. In a statement it issued to the media on Wednesday, the government said it will also be embarking on massive recruitment of qualified teachers. Accordingly, the state…

The fake certificates

How we design, issue fake degree certificates for N2000 – Suspects

Some business centre operators in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, have confessed to issuing fake university degree certificate for as low as N2000. The Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) on Tuesday paraded eight business (computer) centre operators for alleged forgery of academic documents. The agency said it was…

Yobe State Governor, Mai-Mala Buni

Yobe approves N365 million retirement benefit for 279 LG retirees

Yobe State governor, Mai-Mala Buni, on Tuesday, approved the release and payment of N365 million to 279 retired local government workers. A statement issued by the governor's spokesperson, Abdullahi Bego, indicated that the approval was in line with the governor's "determination to continue to cater to the welfare of workers."…

Governor of Borno State, Babagana Zulum

101 houses, shops burnt by Boko Haram in Konduga – Borno officials

About 101 buildings comprising 73 houses and 28 shops were on Thursday burnt by Boko Haram insurgents in three villages around Konduga local government area of Borno, officials of the state emergency management agency said. This was made known on Saturday by the executive chairperson of the State Emergency Management…

Military burns down 4 trucks loaded with fish sold by Boko Haram

To stifle Boko Haram, Nigerian Army burns down four fish vehicles

Four trucks loaded with smoked fish and some animal hides belonging to Boko Haram insurgents have been intercepted and publicly set ablaze by the military in Maiduguri on Friday. According to the Theater Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, Olusegun Adeniyi, the four trucks were intercepted on August 16 by officials of…

Pilgrims used to illustrate the story

Hajj: First batch of Kaduna Pilgrims return from Saudi

No fewer than 546 Muslim Pilgrims from Kaduna State, representing the first batch, on Friday returned from Saudi Arabia, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports. The Kaduna State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board’s Public Relations Officer, Yunusa Abdullahi, made this known in a statement in Kaduna. He said the return…

President Muhammadu Buhari with Governor Babagana Zulum

Amidst worsening Boko Haram attacks, Buhari meets Borno governor

The Governor of Borno State, Babagana Zulum, Friday in Abuja held a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari over the waves of attacks recently carried out by Boko Haram. The insurgents carried out various attacks around Borno State during the week, some of which led to the displacement of soldiers from…

IDP Camp used to illustrate the story

Boko Haram: 133 Nigerian refugees return from Cameroon

About 133 Nigerian refugees have returned from neighbouring Cameroon. The returnees are part of the over two million Nigerians displaced by the Boko Haram insurgency. Most of those displaced are within Nigeria, but several thousands are also living as refugees in neighbouring countries like Cameroon and Chad. The 133 returnees…

Maimala Buni. [PHOTO CREDIT: NAN]

Yobe gets N10 billion loan to build 2,600 houses

The Governor of Yobe State, Mai-Mala Buni, on Monday signed an agreement with a public housing finance company, Family Home Fund (FHF) Ltd, to build 2,600 houses across the state. The N10.8 billion will be used to build houses in seven locations around the state. The proposed houses, comprising of…

Bala Mohammed, Governor of Bauchi State.

Bauchi Assembly crisis: Factional speaker, 16 others make U-turn, insist on fresh proclamation

The only solution to the leadership crisis at the Bauchi State House of Assembly is for the state governor, Bala Muhammed, to respect the decision of House of Representatives committee and make a fresh proclamation, former Assembly speaker, Damina Kawuwa, has said. Mr Kawuwa's latest stance on the Bauchi Assembly…