Abdulkareem Haruna

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How Boko Haram forced me to watch my son beheaded – displaced Baga resident

Over a year ago when Boko Haram insurgents swept through the fishing community of Baga in northern Borno State, horrified residents had limited options. The militants attacked and killed many, locals and security operatives alike. Men, women and children who managed to flee, arrived camps for internally displaced persons with…

Soldiers arrest suspected Boko Haram fuel suppliers

Soldiers manning one of the entry checkpoints to the city of Maiduguri on Tuesday intercepted a large consignment of petroleum products being ferried by two suspected persons to Boko Haram insurgents in some yet-to-be identified locations, officials said. The two suspects -- the driver of the delivery truck, Muhammadu Adamu,…

Troops gun down 12 Boko Haram insurgents, rescue 22 captives — Military

Troops of the Nigeria Army and operatives of the Civilian-JTF had on Tuesday gunned down 12 Boko Haram gunmen in a foiled ambush attacks in remote villages of Borno state, officials said. The troops, in the same operation, rescued 22 civilians who had been under the captivity of the insurgents.…

Former defence chief, Martin Luther Agwai, loses mum

Shera Kyau Agwai, mother of Nigeria's former Chief of Defence Staff, Martin Luther Agwai, is dead, the army has announced. Mrs. Agwai died on Monday, aged 96. She died after a brief illness at Saint Gerald Hospital in Kaduna, her home state, the army said. According to spokesman for the…

Army releases, without apology, compensation, 249 people illegally detained as Boko Haram terrorists

The Nigerian Army on Sunday released 249 detainees arrested at different times on suspicion that they were members of the extremist Boko Haram sect. The detainees, including 34 children and 46 women, were handed over to the Borno State government at a brief ceremony in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital,…

Soldiers disarm suicide bomber in Borno, avert disaster

A suspected suicide bomber who was primed to carry out an attack on innocent citizens using an explosive device concealed in an electronic stabilizer compartment has been disarmed by vigilant troops in a suburb of Maiduguri, the Borno state capital. The suspect, who gave his name as Yusuf Tasiu, confessed…

Nigerian troops intensify onslaught on fleeing Boko Haram terrorists, kill 2, injure several

Nigerian troops executing the ongoing operations to mop up fleeing Boko Haram insurgents have killed two armed insurgents and injured many others amidst harsh weather conditions around Sambisa forest. In Marguba village of Kaga local government area, Borno State, which shares common borders with Sambisa forest, the soldiers, supported by…

PIC.15.ILLEGAL REFINERY AT AKASSA AREA OF BRASS IN BAYELSA

250 illegal refineries uncovered, destroyed in Niger Delta’

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps said it destroyed at least 250 illegal refineries and secured the conviction of 40 perpetrators out of the 118 arrests made in the last one year in the Niger Delta region. This was listed as part of the milestones recorded by the incumbent…

Nigerian troops kill 11 suspected criminals in Zamfara

At least 11 suspected armed bandits were killed on Saturday in shootouts with soldiers as troops of the 223 Battalion, Nigerian Army, raided their hideouts in Zamfara state, officials said. The spokesman for the army, Sani Usman, said the troops who carried out the raids were on field training, codenamed…

Nigerian troops ambush Boko Haram in Borno,  recover high calibre weapons — Army

Troops of the Nigerian Army, under the 118 Task Force Battalion of the 7th Brigade on Thursday made a major retrieval of high calibre munitions from Boko Haram when they executed an ambush attack on a moving gang of suspected terrorists in the northern part of Borno State, authorities said.…

Soldiers kill dozens as Boko Haram attacks troops base in Borno 

Dozens of Boko Haram fighters were reported killed Tuesday as soldiers of the Nigerian Army night engaged the suspected terrorists in hours of shootout. The insurgents met their waterloo after they attacked a military base in recently recaptured Kangarwa in the north of Borno State, officials said. It was the…

Hundreds gather In Maiduguri to bid Ali Monguno goodbye

Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, was today (Saturday) struck with grief as hundreds of mourners turned out from within and outside the state to bid their foremost elder statesman, Shettima Ali Monguno, final goodbye. Mr. Monguno, a former Minister of Petroleum died at 95 in his home, adjacent the Borno…

Former Nigeria Minister of Petroleum, Shettima Ali Monguno, dies at 95

One of Nigeria's foremost elder statesman, and former minister of mines and petroleum in the first republic, Shettima Ali Monguno, has passed on. Mr. Monguno died on Friday at his home in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital. He was 95. Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima, officially announced the demise of…

Suicide bombers strike in Borno; 8 killed

Two suspected Boko Haram suicide bombers struck early Friday in the town of Damboa, 70km away from Maiduguri, the Borno state capital, killing six Muslim worshippers, officials have said.  The attacks happened separately, the military said, and only the second bomber was able to hit his target, killing six people.…

Nigerian troops avert suicide attacks on IDPs, kill 6 Boko Haram militants

Internally Displaced Persons in Monguno town of Borno State were saved from what could have turned out a deadly attack when vigilant troops of the Nigeria Army spotted three female suicide advancing towards their camp and gunned down two of them in the early hours of Tuesday, officials said. One of…

EXCLUSIVE: Nigerian Army fires military doctor for having sex with colleague’s wife

A Nigerian Army court-martial on Wednesday dismissed a Regimental Medical Doctor after he was found guilty of having sex with his fellow officer’s wife, military officials have told PREMIUM TIMES. The court slammed a two-count charge of illicit sexual relationship and unprofessional conduct on Lieutenant Musa Mustapha Bature, and accused him of…

Multinational military task force ‘arrests 24 Boko Haram fighters’

The Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) fighting Boko Haram, said it intercepted 24 fleeing insurgents along the Cameroonian borders. The spokesman for the task force, Muhammed Dole, said the insurgents were among those trying to escape the combined onslaught of Nigerian troops and the MNJTF within and around Sambisa forest.…

Suicide bombers killed by own bombs in Maiduguri

At about midnight on Sunday when Muslim faithfuls were performing the vigil prayers associated with the last ten days of the holy month of Ramadan, two deafening blasts echoed all over Maiduguri as two suicide bombers on a mission to attack innocent persons got killed by the explosives they wore…

Tension in Borno as Buhari seeks explanation on malnourished, dying IDPs

There has been panic among Borno officials ahead of a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday. Officials of the Borno State Emergency Management Agency, SEMA, and the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, on Sunday boarded a flight that left Maiduguri ahead of the meeting with the president at the…

Zamfara State map

Soldiers kill 4 armed bandits in Zamfara – Spokesperson

The Nigerian Army on Sunday said it killed four armed bandits in various operations in the hinterlands of Zamfara State. The bandits were responsible for most of the recorded high profile robbery in the state, the army said in a statement by its spokesperson, Sani Usman. Mr. Usman, a Colonel,…

Nigerian Army announces rescue of 5000 Boko Haram hostages

About 5,000 people were rescued from the Boko Haram by soldiers and members of the vigilante, Civilian JTF, the Nigerian Army has said. The Army spokesperson, Sani Usman, also said a member of the Civilian JTF was killed on Saturday during the battles with the Boko Haram. Mr. Usman, a…

Nigerian Army admits own chief, Buratai, owns foreign assets

The Nigeria Army has admitted that its chief, Tukur Buratai, owns assets in Dubai, United Arab Emirate. The army however described as “false and misleading” a report that Mr. Buratai, and his wives, jointly became owners of the properties following a certain “single” transaction. The army said the two Dubai…

Nigerian Army, Police condemn Borno shootout by officers over Ramadan food

The Nigerian Army and the Police have in a joint statement condemned the shooting by their personnel at the Borno government house on Thursday, during a feud over food items handed out by the government to residents. The army and the police said the incident was condemnable even as they…

Recapture of Mubi Town

Nigerian soldiers, police in deadly fight for Ramadan rice, semovita; exchange gunfire

At least one person was injured Thursday at the Borno State government house when soldiers and police exchanged fire as they fought over food items distributed by the government to mark the Ramadan fast. The government has since Monday distributed large amounts of rice and Semovita to poor residents. On…

Nigerian Army to probe coup rumours

The Nigeria Army has said it will investigate and track down those behind the recent speculation that some of its officers had approached the Niger Delta militants for support to carry out a coup against the government. Denying that it is plotting to topple the democratic government, the army said…