Abdulkareem Haruna

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Aisha Buhari backs President weeks after criticising him in interview

President Muhammadu Buhari’s wife, Aisha, on Thursday reassured his supporters that she was committed to the success of her husband’s administration. In her first public comment since the furore ignited by her criticism of her husband’s administration in an interview she granted the BBC Hausa Service, Mrs. Buhari said she…

South Korea to train Nigerian soldiers on counterinsurgency

The South Korea government has said that its military is ready to help Nigeria train its troops in the area of counterinsurgency and capacity building with a view to wiping out extremism in the country as well as the West African sub-region. The Asian country has also said it will…

Borno IDPs returning home suffer landmine explosion

A truck conveying internally displaced persons, IDPs, ran into a landmine planted on an highway causing an explosion which injured some of the passengers, officials said. The displaced persons were being conveyed from Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, back to Gamboru-Ngala, a border community about 145km away. The community is…

Many Borno schools unsafe years after Chibok abductions – Report

Despite the abduction of over 200 students from Chibok in 2014, and the wide publicity the attack received, most public schools in Borno State are still unsafe over two years after, a new report says. The research, conducted by Women Advocate Research and Documentation Centre (WARDC) in conjunction with Gender…

Police arrest kidnappers in Bauchi, rescue 2

The police in Bauchi State have arrested 14 men linked to kidnapping in parts of the state, a statement said. The police public relations officer (PPRO), Bauchi state command, Mahmoud Mohammed, who issued the statement on Friday, said two persons were rescued from the kidnappers. Mr. Mohammed, a superintendent of…

Minister-Health-Professor-Isaac-Adewole

Nigeria approves N4 billion to fight malnutrition in northeast

The Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, says the federal government has approved N4 billion to provide health and tackle malnutrition in parts of northeast Nigeria. Hundreds have died in the past months from severe malnutrition in the Internally Displaced Persons’ camps. Speaking in Maiduguri, Borno State, on Thursday, the minister…

Troops gun down 4 cattle rustlers, arrest 3 kidnappers

Nigerian soldiers on Wednesday carried out a raid of armed bandits and kidnappers' hideouts in Zamfara and Kaduna states during which four cattle rustlers were killed, an official said. The troops, deployed under the 'Operation Sharan Daji' a special military campaign aimed at dislodging all camps and hideouts of armed…

Nigerian soldier demoted, jailed 3 years for maiming minor

A military tribunal sitting in Maiduguri, Borno state, Tuesday sentenced a staff sergeant in the Nigeria Army to three years behind bars for causing permanent disability of a ten-year-old boy. The convict, Umar Sule, who has served 26 years in the army, was also stripped of all ranks and demoted…

Borno gives relief materials to widows of Civilian-JTF members

The Borno State Emergency Management Agency, SEMA, on Sunday gave food and relief material to some 162 widows of members of the civilian joint task force, known as Civilian-JTF. The members were killed while helping Nigerian troops to curtail the activities of Boko Haram insurgents in Borno State The gesture…

Nigerian troops kill another suicide bomber near military base in Adamawa

Nigerian soldiers in Adamawa State on Saturday morning shot dead a suspected suicide bomber near a military base, officials said. The suicide bomber, according to the spokesman of the Nigeria Army, Sani Usman, was armed with an improvised explosives device, which he wore around his body when he was spotted…

Governor Kashim Shettima

Borno governor commends Buhari on Chibok girls’ release

Governor of Borno state, Kashim Shettima, has praised President Muhammadu Buhari on the release of 21 Chibok schoolgirls, following a deal with their Boko Haram abductors.  Mr. Shettima, in a statement issued by his spokesman, Isa Gusau, said the release of the girls leaves no “doubts about the sincerity and…

How 21 missing Chibok girls were freed — Officials

The Nigerian government has given an insight into the negotiations that led to the release of 21 Chibok school girls. A confirmation the girls had been freed came Thursday morning. The girls –nearly 300 – were abducted by the extremist sect Boko Haram on April 14, 2014, from a secondary…

Maiduguri Bomb Blast: Death toll rises to 8

The death toll in the bomb blast that rocked Maiduguri on Wednesday has risen to eight, the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, said. A police statement, earlier, said five people were killed when a Volkswagen golf car loaded with passengers exploded outside a crowded car. An operative of the Civilian-JTF,…

Bomb blast hits Maiduguri, many feared dead

Many traders and travellers were feared killed on Wednesday as an improvised explosive suspected to have been planted by Boko Haram insurgents went off outside a car park in Maiduguri, Borno state. The explosion went off at a park popularly called Mun Garage at about 9a.m. in the capital city…

Nigerian troops kill 2 female suicide bombers near military base in Gwoza

Two suspected female suicide bombers were on Thursday shot dead by soldiers as they attempted to attack a military base in Gwoza, Borno state, the army said in a statement Thursday. Gwoza, the rockiest part of Borno State is about 135km south-east of Maiduguri, the state’s capital, and about 60km away…

Yobe government establishes polio response centers in border communities

The Government of Yobe state, on inaugurated what it called polio outbreak response centers in remote border communities of the state as a way of checking the influx of unimmunized children coming into the state. The deputy governor of Yobe State, Abubakar Aliyu, officiated during the setting up of the…

Hong LGA Housing estate completely destroyed by Boko Haram . Photo: Emmanuel Ogala

Boko Haram: Liberated communities safe for IDPs return – Theatre Commander

The Nigerian Army has said it is safe for displaced persons, IDPs, to return to their homes in the north-east. The Theatre Commander of the north-east campaign, tagged 'Operation Lafiya Dole,' Lucky Irabor, stated this on Wednesday while addressing journalists in Maiduguri. He said the “pockets of attacks” by Boko…

IDPs

How officials steal food meant for people displaced by Boko Haram, IDPs narrate

Internally displaced persons in Borno State, sacked from their communities by Boko Haram, have accused camp officials of continuously stealing and selling food meant for them. President Muhammadu Buhari had in early September ordered the new Inspector General of Police to arrest all persons accused of stealing food meant for…

Borno needs more support to feed persons displaced by Boko Haram – First Lady

The wife of the Borno State Governor, Nana Shettima, has said that the government of Borno state cannot effectively manage the welfare needs of thousands of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) without external support. The Borno first lady made this remark while on a visit to some of the IDP camps…

Nigerian troops ‘kill 5 kidnappers’

Nigerian troops on Sunday killed five suspected kidnappers at their hideout in Bauchi State, the Army said. The shootout happened almost at the same time soldiers in in southern part of Borno State arrested a Boko Haram suspect alongside three women believed to be wives of Boko Haram members. The…

Nigerian Army releases 348 ‘cleared’ Boko Haram suspects

In the Borno State capital Saturday, Maiduguri, Nigeria’s 56th independence anniversary was marked by the Army handing over of 348 suspected but cleared Boko Haram suspects to the state government. The event held at the Ramat square civic centre. The General Officer Commanding, 7 Division Nigeria Army, Victor Ezugwu, said…

Nigerian Army

Nigerian troops ‘kill 7 Niger Delta militants’

The Nigerian Army says it has killed at least seven members of the Niger Delta militia, popularly known as Bakassi Strike Force. It said the militants were shot dead early Saturday as they made attempts to attack government troops. A spokesperson for the Army, Sani Usman, said in a statement…

Nigerian troops arrest 3 Boko Haram herders with 200 stolen cows

Troops of the Nigerian Army in joint operation with the Civilian-JTF had on Wednesday, at the popular Maiduguri cattle market, arrested three suspected Boko Haram members while trying to sell over 200 stolen cows, officials said. Borno State government had in February banned sales of cattle at the Maiduguri cattle…

After 7 days, Borno governor leaves Bama for another town liberated from Boko Haram

Governor of Borno State, Kashim Shettima, on Tuesday ended his weeklong stay in Bama, a town recently liberated from Boko Haram insurgents. He relocated last week to the town to supervise the rebuilding of its destroyed communities. The governor left the town Tuesday morning for another former Boko Haram enclave,…

Borno commissioner dies in Maiduguri

The Borno State Commissioner for Environment, Waziri Imam, is dead. Officials and family sources said he died on Wednesday at the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital after a brief illness. The deceased was the younger brother of Kashim Imam, a two-time gubernatorial candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, who…