Abdulkareem Haruna

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Four soldiers killed, 16 injured in Boko Haram bomb attack

At least four soldiers were killed and 16 others injured in a bomb attack on Sunday, the Army has said. The attack occured when suspected Boko Haram members staged an ambush on an army convoy outside Maiduguri, the Borno State capital. Since the split in its leadership between the erratic…

4 soldiers, 22 terrorists killed as Boko Haram attacks Nigerian troops again

At least 22 members of the Boko Haram were killed after the insurgents attacked a military formation, the Nigerian Army said on Sunday. The Army spokesperson, Sani Usman, said the attack occurred at about 1:00 a.m. on Sunday along the Dikwa-Gambarou road in Borno. He said four soldiers were killed…

Borno begins fumigation of key town liberated from Boko Haram

The Borno State government has commenced a massive fumigation of Bama, liberated from Boko Haram. The operation started after Governor Kashim Shettima relocated there on Wednesday. The state deployed some 1,000 personnel for the operations which kicked off on Saturday. It will cover 17 major streets of the badly damaged…

Gombe residents face water shortage as multibillion naira waterworks breaks down

About 700,000 residents of Gombe, the capital of Gombe State, are about to face one of the most difficult times as their only and major source of clean water has stopped flowing. This is happening despite the government’s claim that it has spent about N6.3 billion in providing water to…

Danish delegation visits Borno governor in territory reclaimed from Boko Haram

The Governor of Borno state, Kashim Shettima, on Thursday received a delegation from the Danish refugee council in his Bama office where he relocated to on Wednesday. Governor Shettima had said that he temporarily moved his office 75km away from Maiduguri, the state capital, in order to monitor the ongoing…

Borno Governor relocates to town liberated from Boko Haram

The Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima, on Wednesday temporarily moved his office to Bama, a town badly destroyed by the Boko Haram. The governor did that as part of commencement of the reconstruction of the liberated communities. Mr. Shettima, who arrived Bama on Wednesday afternoon, said the destroyed city, the…

Many Boko Haram members killed in battle with Nigerian soldiers – Army Spokesperson

Some soldiers were on Tuesday involved in a fierce battle with Boko Haram fighters in northern Borno, an official said. The soldiers were from the Nigeria army, Multinational Joint Task Force. and the Nigeria Air Force. The spokesperson of the Nigeria Army, Sani Usman, said many insurgents were killed in…

Boko Haram beheads village chief, son

Members of the Boko Haram, in the early hours of Monday, crept upon sleeping villagers of Talari where they slit the throats of the village head and his son, PREMIUM TIMES learnt. The attackers also shot dead two other villagers as they were trying to escape. An official of the…

Boko Haram kills 8 Church worshippers near Chibok

Some suspected Boko Haram members on Sunday afternoon opened fire on a group of persons outside a church in Kwamjilari, a village few kilometres from Chibok in Borno State, an official and a witness have said . The gunmen, according to an operative of the local vigilante group in Borno…

Governor Kashim Shettima

‎‎Why Borno govt. takes care of Boko Haram fighters’ wives, children – Gov. Shettima

The governor of Borno State, Kashim Shettima, has explained why his government is accommodating and providing for the wives and children of Boko Haram fighters recently apprehended by soldiers during raids on terror camps in the state. The governor made this explanation when he received some 568 women and children,…

Self-confessed Boko Haram spokesman seeks Ndume’s ‘pardon’

Five years after he told a high court judge that he was a former spokesman of Boko Haram, and that the present senate majority leader, Muhammed Ali Ndume, was a sponsor of the deadly sect, Ali Konduga, alias Azzawahiri, fresh out of jail, says his claims were false. Mr. Konduga…

New Boko Haram video is fake, adulterated, Nigerian military says

The Nigeria military on Thursday said the recent video released by Boko Haram, in which thousands of the insurgents were shown celebrating the Islamic festival of Eidel Kabir, was manipulated and not a true representation of the current state of the group. Boko Haram on Wednesday released a YouTube video…

Nigerian soldiers kill four Boko Haram members in shootout

Four motorbike-riding Boko Haram gunmen were on Wednesday killed by soldiers in a shootout at a village in Gaidam Local Government Area of Yobe State, witnesses said. The gunmen were spotted by soldiers on patrol near Jororo village at about 3 p.m. "Four of them were shot dead near Jororo…

Governor Kashim Shettima

Borno governor observes Eid-el-Kabir in town liberated from Boko Haram

The Borno State governor, Kashim Shettima, on Monday led top government functionaries to Konduga, one of the liberated Boko Haram territories, to observe this year’s Eid-el-Kabir celebration with internally displaced persons. Director General of the National Orientation Agency (NOA), Garba Abari, Senators Abubakar Kyari and Baba Kaka Garbai, and the…

Female suicide bomber killed near military checkpoint — Army

A female suicide bomber was on Sunday killed near a military checkpoint in Dikwa local government area of Borno State, when soldiers opened fire on her, the army has said. The bomber, according to an army statement, pretended she was a visitor coming from Monguno town to check on her…

Two Nigerian soldiers, 11 insurgents killed in multiple battles

Two soldiers of the Multinational Joint Task Force, MNJTF, were on Thursday killed in an explosion while fighting Boko Haram insurgents in the northern part of Borno State near the Cameroon border, an official said. The soldiers, according to the spokesperson of the MNJTF, Muhammed Dole, were returning to their…

Traders creating artificial food scarcity in Yobe – Govt

Traders in Yobe State are creating artificial scarcity of foods and commodity to make huge profits, the government has said. Abdullahi Bego, the spokesperson to Governor Ibrahim Gaidam, said in a statement on Saturday that traders were in the habit of blockading incoming trucks loaded with goods, mostly food and…

Chibok girls in U.S. ‘used by NGOs for money’ – Minister, Parents

The federal government and parents of some Chibok schoolgirls that escaped from Boko Haram, have accused non-governmental organisations of using the girls to get donations in the United States. After the April 14, 2014 abduction of Chibok girls, some individuals and NGOs had offered to help the girls who escaped…

Nigerian troops arrest aged men who worked as Boko Haram shepherds

Three elderly men have been arrested in a community in Yobe State where they confessed to be working as ranchers for Boko Haram terrorists. Two of the men are brothers and one had earlier been declared wanted by the army. The men were nabbed while trying to sell some livestock…

FILE PHOTO: A cross-section of internally displaced persons

Borno residents displaced two years ago by Boko Haram return to liberated Konduga

The internally displaced persons, IDPs, from Konduga Local Government Area of Borno State on Monday commenced their journey back to liberated communities, two years after they were forced to flee by Boko Haram insurgents. They were officially allowed to leave their respective camps by the Borno state governor, Kashim Shettima.…

VIDEO: Nigerian Air Force jet attacks Boko Haram commanders’ hideout

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) said on Thursday that one of its fighter jets had carried out an attack on a location where some injured top leaders of Boko Haram were hiding inside northern Borno. The Boko Haram leaders were believed to be part of those that survived the August…

Governor Kashim Shettima

Senior Borno civil servants use multiple ATM cards to defraud state — Gov. Shettima

The Borno State governor, Kashim Shettima, on Wednesday revealed how senior civil servants in the state colluded with commercial banks to generate multiple fake bank accounts for the purpose of earning more salaries every month. The governor said the fraudulent workers mobilised people to pose as civil servants and open…

Nigerian Army’s Operation Crocodile Smile arrests suspected oil thieves in Niger Delta

Troops of the 4 Brigade, Nigerian Army, currently on the 'operation crocodile smile' simulated training exercise in the Niger Delta region on Sunday bumped into crude oil stealing enclaves where suspected oil thieves were arrested. The troops who were boarding gunboats as well as speedboats also arrested some individuals with…

Nigerian billionaire, Dangote, visits Maiduguri, meets ex-wives of Boko Haram fighters

Businessman Aliko Dangote spent Sunday in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, visiting several Internally Displaced Persons' camp in the city. Mr Dangote, who was accompanied by legendary British singer of the U2 fame, Sir Paul David Hewson, popularly known as Bono, also visited a rehabilitation centre where former wives of…

Sardauna Foundation donates N20 million to Boko Haram victims

Some officials of the Sardauna Foundation on Friday visited the Borno State capital, Maiduguri, where they condoled the family of late elder statesman, Shettima Ali Monguno, who died last month. Led by the chairman of its board of trustees and former governor of Niger State, Babangida Aliyu, the foundation, named…