Abdulkareem Haruna

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Governor Kashim Shettima

Boko Haram: Borno governor denies, then apologises for UN fund ‘misuse’ claim

Top officials of the United Nations system in Nigeria on Thursday stormed the Government House Maiduguri, Borno State, for a fence mending meeting with the governor, Kashim Shettima, after his criticism of their humanitarian operations in the state. On Wednesday, Governor Shettima had asked 126 NGOs and aid agencies to…

Boko Haram: Borno bans bars, brothels, tricycles

The Borno State government has banned the operation of brothels and alcohol parlours in the state, as part of measures to prevent attacks by Boko Haram insurgents. The state government on Thursday said the sale of alcohol would now only be allowed in military barracks. It also banned illegal motor…

Nigerian Air Force fighter jet

Boko Haram: Nigeria Air Force jets consume N28.5 million fuel in one week – Official

The Nigeria Air Force has spent about N28.5 million to deploy its fighter jets to various Boko Haram locations in Northern Nigeria in the last 7 days. The jets carried out 43 attack missions during the period, officials said. The officials spoke at a weekly briefing by Lucky Irabor, a…

Governor Kashim Shettima

Boko Haram: Borno governor lambasts UNICEF, 126 other ‘nonperforming’ NGOs

Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno has advised all “nonperforming” United Nations agencies, including UNICEF, and 126 other nongovernmental organisations to leave the state for alleged failure to justify the funds they claim to be expending on persons displaced by Boko Haram insurgency. Short of calling the groups thieves, the governor…

Maiduguri blasts: Suicide bombers ‘hugged victims before explosion’

Witnesses in Kaleri suburb of Maiduguri, Borno State, where two female suicide bombers attacked and killed two persons on Sunday, said the attackers hugged the victims first before the bombs went off. Sources in the community, said the suicide bombers knocked on several doors begging for hot food or a…

UPDATE: Five suicide bombers kill 8 in Maiduguri – Police

Eight people have been confirmed dead after multiple suicide blasts hit Maiduguri, Borno State, on Sunday, police said. One of those killed was an operative of the Civilian-JTF, while five were suicide bombers. Suspected Boko Haram suicide bombers struck at different locations late on Sunday. PREMIUM TIMES had earlier reported…

Suicide bombers killed in Maiduguri after blasts

Maiduguri, Borno state capital, was last night rocked by multiple blasts as two suspected Boko Haram suicide bombers made yet another futile attempt to assault residents near a popular motor park. Only the two male bombers died. One of the suicide bombers detonated his device at Gariki near Muna Park.…

Nigerian military reveals identity of rescued Chibok girl

The Nigeria military has confirmed the rescue of another abducted Chibok schoolgirl. The spokesman of the Nigeria Army, Sani Usman, confirmed the development via a WhapsApp account operated by his office. He responded to enquiries made by journalists on the matter. “Troops of Operation LAFIYA DOLE during investigation of arrested…

Boko Haram: Nigerian military arrests 1,400 suspects in 8 days – Official

The commander of the ongoing counterinsurgency operation in northeast Nigeria, Leo Irabor, has said that Nigerian troops have in the last eight days arrested 1400 civilians. Mr. Irabor, a Major General, made this known during a weekly briefing on the activities of the Nigerian military in the six states of…

Nigerian Army on duty

Nigerian Army confirms arrest of Borno local government chairman for alleged links to Boko Haram

Two days after media reports, the Nigerian Army on Wednesday confirmed the arrest of the Chairman of Mafa Local Government Area of Borno, Shettima Lawan, for his alleged link with Boko Haram. Lucky Irabor, the Theatre Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, confirmed the arrest of the council chairman during a news…

Military detains Borno official for ‘hiding’ Boko Haram militant; govt reacts

A serving local government chairman in Borno State, Shettima Mafa, was last week arrested and detained by the military for allegedly keeping a suspected Boko Haram militant in his Maiduguri home. News of his arrest, which began as a rumours, suddenly generated an uproar in the state when it began…

Nigerian Army confirms Sani Usman as substantive spokesperson

The Nigerian Army has confirmed Sani Kukasheka Usman as substantive Director of the Nigerian Army Directorate of Public Relations. The confirmation of Mr. Usman, a brigadier-general, was announced via the WhatsApp handle operated by the directorate. Appointed acting spokesperson on January 30, 2015, the senior officer functioned in that capacity…

Teenage female suicide bomber killed in Maiduguri blast

A teenage girl was killed on Saturday night in Maiduguri following an explosion from an improvised explosive device she was wearing on her body, an official and witnesses said. The explosion occurred around the popular Customs area of Maiduguri which used to be busy during the day. Sources who saw…

Governor Kashim Shettima

10 key successes, failures of Borno Governor Shettima in 2016

As governor of the state most affected by the Boko Haram insurgency, Kashim Shettima has the unenviable task of ensuring residents enjoy good governance. As the military and the civilian vigilante continue to win the war against the insurgents, PREMIUM TIMES reviews the performance of the governor in 2016. Security:…

FILE PHOTO: Nigerian Army troops clearing Boko Haram enclaves along Bitta to Tokumbere, Sambisa Forest, Borno state

After losing Sambisa, Boko Haram fighters surrender to Niger Republic authorities

Days after losing their major stronghold, Sambisa Forest, in Nigeria's north-east to the country's forces, dozens of Boko Haram fighters have surrendered to authorities in neighbouring Niger Republic. The Niger Interior Minister on Wednesday said dozens of Boko Haram fighters gave themselves up to authorities in southern Niger. Minister Mohamed…

N500 million meant to rebuild Chibok School may have been diverted – Governor

About N500 million meant to rebuild a Chibok school may have been diverted, an official has said. The money was announced by the past administration of President Goodluck Jonathan and was meant to rebuild the Government Secondary School in Chibok, Borno State, after Boko Haram insurgents destroyed it and kidnapped…

IDP Camp used to illustrate the story

3,000 IDPs return to Damasak town reclaimed from Boko Haram

At least 3000 internally displaced persons were helped by Nigeria troops to get back to their deserted home town, Damasak, on Monday after the recapture of the area from Boko Haram insurgents. Damasak, a former commercial border community, about 200km away from Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, is one of…

Two killed as female suicide bombers attack Maiduguri cattle market

Two female suicide bombers on Monday caused heavy explosion outside the gate of Maiduguri cattle market leading to the death of one of them. The second was lynched and eventually died, witnesses and an official said. The deafening explosion thundered across Maiduguri causing panic among residents. The blast was heard…

Freed Chibok girls unable to spend Christmas with family, residents say

Three days after they arrived Borno to celebrate the holidays in their community, the recently freed 21 Chibok schoolgirls were not allowed to spend the Christmas with or see their parents, residents have said. The girls were said to have arrived Chibok amidst tight security on Saturday but were not…

Governor Kashim Shettima

Borno Polytechnic workers threaten strike over govt’s biometric screening

Academic and senior staff members of Borno state-owned Ramat Polytechnic, Maiduguri on Tuesday accused the state government of having a "sinister motive" behind the ongoing verification and biometric data capturing of its workers. Speaking at a press conference in the school, leaders of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnic, ASUP,…

Nigeria pupils donate N2.5 million sanitary kits to soldiers fighting Boko Haram

Pupils of Children International School, Lekki in Lagos State, at an emotional event on Monday in Maiduguri, Borno State, donated sanitary kits worth about N2.5 million to soldiers fighting Boko Haram insurgents in North-east Nigeria. The pupils raised the money for the items by forfeiting their lunch in appreciation of…

Borno state on map used to illustrate the story

Two suicide bombers killed in Maiduguri

Two female suicide bombers were on Sunday night killed as their weapon went off as they attempted to invade Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, officials said. The incident happened at about 10.30p.m., near Muna Garage, one of the most attacked motor parks in recent times. Two young girls, with explosives…

Army decorates spokesman as Brigadier-General

The spokesman of the Nigeria Army, Sani Usman, has, been decorated with his new rank of Brigadier-General. Mr. Usman was decorated by the Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai. Mr. Usman was among the officers promoted last week by the Army. The Chief of Army Staff, Mr. Buratai, said 227…

Another Nigerian Army Lt. Col. killed by suspected Boko Haram terrorists

Another senior Nigerian Army officer has been killed by suspected Boko Haram militants, military insiders have told PREMIUM TIMES. The officer, O. Umusu, a Lieutenant Colonel and Commanding Officer, 118 Task Force Battalion in Borno State, was killed alongside his security details, by an Improvised Explosive Device in an ambush…

Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun

Asset Declaration: Fashola, Adeosun, Amaechi, 16 others yet to fully comply; CCB threatens arrests

The Code of Conduct Bureau says it may be forced to arrest and possibly prosecute at least 19 ministers and heads of agencies in the President Muhammadu Buhari’s government for non-compliance with procedures of declaring their assets. The 19 federal government appointees, according to a statement issued by the CCB…