Abdulkareem Haruna

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IMN protesters

Shiites abandon Borno protest after police threat

A planned protest by Shiites in Borno State was shelved following a threat by the police. Due to the relatively low popularity of the Shiite IMN in Borno State, the news of their proposed procession came as a surprise to most of the residents in Maiduguri, the state capital. PREMIUM…

Internally Displaced Persons

EXCLUSIVE: How I was captured, forced to marry Boko Haram terrorist – Cameroonian

It was a few minutes after midday, and the sun was already blazing at the Dalori-1 camp for the internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital. At this time of the day, usually, only the trees can provide the much-needed cool to wade off dehydration. The displaced…

IMN protesters

EXCLUSIVE: Nigerian Police plot to tackle Shiites in Borno

The police in Borno State are mobilizing for a planned rally by Shiites, sources have told PREMIUM TIMES. A source said the police received a special intelligence report that the protest would kick-start shortly after the Friday Jumat prayer. The protest is expected to start at two main mosques -…

A cross section of Civilian JTF fighters in the North-East

UPDATE: Police confirm 6 deaths in Maiduguri multiple explosions

The police in Borno State have confirmed the death of six persons in multiple explosions in the state capital, Maiduguri. The police said four of the victims were Boko Haram suicide bombers while two were members of the local vigilante called Civilian-JTF. The six were killed in the morning blasts,…

Breaking News

Two killed as Nigeria police foil multiple suicide bombings

Two suicide bombers in the early hours of Friday killed themselves at a police checkpoint near the Federal High Court Complex in Maiduguri, after police officers on guard tried to stop them from advancing towards their post, an official said. A third suicide bomber was arrested, the police said. Three…

Nigerian Army on duty

Nigerian Army confirms Boko Haram attacks on Monguno villages, says 4 not 22 killed


The Nigerian Army on Thursday confirmed attacks by Boko Haram insurgents on two villages but said only four people died in the incidents. Local security sources told PREMIUM TIMES that at least 22 people were killed between Monday and Tuesday in the attacks on Dasa and Duwabayi, both in Monguno…

Boko Haram attacks Borno communities, kills 22 villagers

At least 22 persons were killed in separate attacks this week by suspected Boko Haram gunmen in Monguno Local Government Area of Borno State, security sources said. The attacks were carried out between Monday and Tuesday, according to a top official of the Vigilante Group of Nigeria in Borno State,…

Borno resumes road projects in former Boko Haram held communities

With the return of relative peace to communities recently liberated from Boko Haram insurgents, the Borno State government is moving equipment back to the areas where the insurgency disrupted road projects. Governor Kashim Shettima said on Tuesday that firms that abandoned the road projects he started in his first term…

Soldiers kill three female suicide bombers in Maiduguri

Soldiers in the early hours of Friday shot three women strapped with explosive device on their bodies while attempting to invade Maiduguri, an official said. Explosions reverberated across the city as two of the bombs went off on the women, killing three of them. The police spokesperson in the state,…

New Borno university set to commence operation

The National Universities Commission, NUC, on Monday approved the proposed Borno State University, with an express nod for it to commence admission of students ahead the 2017 academic calendar. The university was conceived in the twilight of former governor Ali Sheriff’s administration in 2010. Despite the efforts of the present government…

Two soldiers feared killed, eight injured in fresh explosion

At least two soldiers are feared dead after a bomb explosion along Banki - Usmanari - Kumshe road in Borno State. About eight soldiers of the 152 TF Battalion of the Nigerian Army were  also injured in the explosion which occurred at about 8:10 a.m., PREMIUM TIMES learnt. One canter truck…

14 killed as Boko Haram attacks Nigerian soldiers

One Nigerian soldier was on Monday night confirmed dead after a Boko Haram attack. Thirteen of the insurgents were also killed after the attackers were repelled, the army said. Three other soldiers were injured in the attack on ground troops at Kangarwa Village in northern Borno State. The attack was…

Army hands over rescued Chibok girl to Borno govt

The Nigerian Army has handed over Maryam Ali Maiyanga, the rescued Chibok schoolgirl to officials of the Borno State government. Maryam was earlier today rescued by troops at raided Boko Haram camp in Pulka axis of Gwoza local government area of Borno state The commander of the Lafiya Dole counterinsurgency…

Nigerian Army’s most gallant commander dies in Boko Haram ambush

It is an especially sad day for the Nigerian Army. It's most efficient fighter has died in battle after surviving deadly onslaughts and dodging bullets for years. Muhammed Abu-Ali, a lieutenant colonel, died in an ambush laid for his troops by the terrorist Boko Haram sect, PREMIUM TIMES learnt. Fourteen…

FILE PHOTO: A screengrab taken on May 12, 2014, from a video of Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram obtained by AFP shows girls, wearing the full-length hijab and praying in an undisclosed rural location. Boko Haram released a new video on claiming to show the missing Nigerian schoolgirls, alleging they had converted to Islam and would not be released until all militant prisoners were freed. A total of 276 girls were abducted on April 14 from the northeastern town of Chibok, in Borno state, which has a sizeable Christian community. Some 223 are still missing. AFP PHOTO / BOKO HARAM

Nigerian Army rescues another Chibok schoolgirl

The Nigerian Army says it has rescued another abducted Chibok schoolgirl. Military authorities said troops rescued the girl early Saturday during an operation against Boko Haram insurgents at Pulka village of Gwoza local government in Borno State. The girl, who was found with a 10-month-old baby, identified herself as Maryam…

Amnesty International condemns jailing of Cameroonians over Boko Haram joke

Amnesty International has called on authorities in Cameroon to immediately release three young men recently jailed 10 years for allegedly joking about Boko Haram. The Cameroonian government felt their jokes did not denounce Boko Haram, a Nigerian bred Islamic militia whose bloody and destructive activities now threatens her country’s security.…

Internally Displaced Persons

Borno governor wants Police, SSS, NAPTIP to investigate sexual abuse in IDP camps

Governor of Borno state, Kashim Shettima, on Tuesday said he would have to seek the intervention of federal security agencies to help the state battle the reported cases of sexual harassment in camps for the internally displaced persons (IDPs). Since the establishment of IDPs camps about two years ago, sexual…

8 suicide bombers blow themselves up – Nigerian Army

The Nigerian Army said on Tuesday that 8 suicide bomber blew themselves up at a military checkpoint in Gubio, Borno State. The Army spokesman, Sani Usman, said in a statement in Abuja that the incident occurred at a checkpoint at Gubio, Gubio Local Government Area. Mr. Usman, a colonel, said…

Bomb

Car explosion kills 9 in Borno

At least nine persons were killed on Tuesday morning when improvised explosive devices conveyed in a pickup van exploded, killing all passengers on board. The pickup van was said to have emerged from the bush path along Maiduguri-Gubio town carrying the nine passengers. It exploded shortly after climbing the tarred…

Borno students to write mock exams before WAEC, NECO

Final year students of public secondary schools in Borno State will this week write special examinations in English Language and Mathematics to assess their suitability for next year’s school certificate examinations. The state government is organizing the examinations just over a month after the students returned to classes after a…

Boko Haram militants ambush Nigerian troops, kill 5

At least five Nigerian soldiers and four civilian vigilante support force were killed Sunday in an ambush by Boko Haram terrorists in Damboa local government area of Borno State, officials said. Nineteen soldiers and a Civilian-JTF operative were also injured in the attack. The troops came under the attack as…

FILE PHOTO: A cross-section of internally displaced persons

Suicide bomber shot dead before entering IDP camp

A suspected Boko Haram suicide bomber was shot dead by soldiers in Maiduguri after he was spotted trying to creep into the same IDP camp that nearly came under attack by a female suicide bomber who killed herself and five others on Saturday morning, officials said. The suicide bomber was…

North-east governors exaggerating disaster to draw donations – Borno governor

Governor of Borno State, Kashim Shettima, has said some of his colleagues in the North-east were making false claims about the situation of internally displaced persons and destruction wrecked by Boko Haram insurgents in their states. Mr. Shettima said the governors were exaggerating the impact of the insurgency in their…

Twin bomb blasts hit Maiduguri, ‘kill 6’

At least six persons have been killed in an early morning bomb attack in Maiduguri, Borno State, on Saturday, according to witnesses. Twin blasts, which echoed across the city, occurred at two different spots, about 1km apart. The first blast went off at about 7a.m. at a coffee drinking spot…

Cows used to illustrate the story.

EXCLUSIVE: Full list of soldiers, police officers others arrested for collaborating with Boko Haram

PREMIUM TIMES has obtained an exclusive list of 30 people arrested by the Nigerian military for allegedly helping the Boko Haram sect to sell rustled cows. The arrested people include at least four serving soldiers, two police officers, and some members of the civilian-JTF The Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya…