Abdulkareem Haruna

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Borno governor’s inauguration ends abruptly after he coughed persistently while reading speech

Babagana Umara, a professor, was today, administered with the oath of office as the 7th democratically elected governor of Borno State. He was sworn in alongside his deputy, Umar Kadafur, by the Chief Judge of Borno State, Kashim Zanna. The inauguration, however, had to be cut short after Mr Umara…

Borno state on map used to illustrate the story

Man hangs self in Borno Govt House

A middle age man, John Achagwa, who is a chief steward at the Government House Maiduguri, Borno State, has committed suicide. He was found dead hanging by the branch of a tree. No one could yet say why he took his own life. But his colleagues at work said he…

Kashim-Shettima

I’m handing over to one of the most honest politicians in Borno – Governor Shettima

The outgoing governor of Borno State, Kashim Shettima, has said he is confident the state will move to the next level of speedy development because he is handing over power to one of the most honest persons in the state. Mr Shettima who is leaving office on Wednesday said the…

IDP Camp used to illustrate the story

Hunger, rainstorm kill 11 villagers after ‘forced’ evacuation by Nigerian military – Survivors

Some villagers forced out of their homes last week by Nigerian soldiers said they lost at least 11 persons, mostly children, between Saturday and Sunday in their makeshift homes in Damboa village of Borno State. Last week, the Nigerian military ordered the residents of Sabongari, a community 150km west of…

Nigerian Soldiers

Police arrest four soldiers, 84 others for alleged armed robbery, other offences

The police in Borno on Thursday paraded four soldiers of the Nigerian Army for alleged armed robbery. The soldiers, who confirmed they are serving under the Operation Lafiya Dole Theatre Command in Borno State, were paraded by the police alongside 84 other suspected criminals. Addressing the press at the Borno…

Osinbajo visits Maiduguri, says rebuilding of North-east on course

Osinbajo visits Maiduguri, says rebuilding of North-east on course

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Tuesday in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, said the rebuilding of the ravaged parts of the North-east will be intensified in the upcoming months. Mr Osinbajo was in Maiduguri on a one-day official visit. His visit came barely three weeks after President Muhammadu Buhari visited…

Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF)

Borno govt, UNICEF pull out 894 child fighters from Civilian-JTF — Officials

About 894 members of the Civilian-Joint Task Force who are below 18 years have been disengaged from the group in line with the UN Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1261, Borno State officials have said. The resolution, adopted in August 1999, by members of the UN Security Council, forbids the use…

Governor Kashim Shettima

Nigerian officials frustrate investigation into alleged rape, child prostitution in prisons – Borno Government

The Governor of Borno State, Kashim Shettima, on Tuesday, came hard on the Comptroller General and officials of the Nigeria Prisons Service (NPS) for 'blocking' efforts to ensure justice for victims of rape and sexual abuses in Borno prisons. The governor had in March set up a 10-member committee headed…

Nigerian Army after recapturing Mubi

Four people killed, market, houses razed by Boko Haram – Borno residents

At least four persons were killed on Tuesday evening in Molai and Bukarti villages after gunmen suspected to be Boko Haram attacked the outskirts of Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, residents said. PREMIUM TIMES Tuesday reported an attack by suspected Boko Haram insurgents, who reportedly embedded themselves in a convoy…

Boko Haram has killed some Nigerian citizens

Boko Haram attacks travellers, villagers near Maiduguri

Gunmen believed to be Boko Haram members Tuesday evening staged an attack on a convoy of travellers near Molai, a village at the outskirts of Maiduguri, the Borno State capital. The convoy of travellers was guarded by soldiers, but this did not deter the insurgents. The gunmen reportedly travelled from…

AI meets Borno women whose husbands have been missing since arrest by soldiers

Officials of Amnesty International on Sunday met with women whose husbands and sons have been missing since Nigerian soldiers arrested them four years ago on suspicion of being Boko Haram members. Back in 2015 at the peak of the Boko Haram hostility, the Nigerian military had carried out several raids…

Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima

May Day: Borno NLC lament non-payment of workers’ entitlements

Workers in Borno State under the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) have urged the outgoing government of Governor Kashim Shettima to offset the over N20 billion owed retired workers since 2013. The workers also urged the state government to implement the old N18,000 minimum wage in four local government areas while…

Aliyu Shugaba, next Vice Chancellor of University of Maiduguri.

UNIMAID gets new VC amidst heated controversy

The Governing Council of the University of Maiduguri has announced the appointment of the Aliyu Shugaba, a professor, as the next Vice-Chancellor of the institution. Mr Shugaba’s appointment takes effect from June 3, 2019, when the current vice-chancellor (VC), Ibrahim Njodi, a professor, is expected to end his tenure. The…

Muhammadu Buhari [Photo: Presidency]

We are not giving up on Chibok girls – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday reiterated his government's resolve to rescue the abducted school girls in Chibok, Borno State. Speaking during a working visit in the state, the president said it was “unfortunate” that some of the Chibok girls, kidnapped since 2014, are still being held in captivity. "We are…

President Buhari in Maiduguri, Borno State, on an official visit.

Buhari arrives Maiduguri on official visit

President Muhammadu Buhari has arrived Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, on a working visit. Mr Buhari's aircraft arrived the Nigeria Air Force base at about 10.40 a.m. The president was received by a retinue of security and government officials led by the Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima. Mr Buhari is…

Executive Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai

Kajuru: UN chief mourns slain aid workers

The United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, Edward Kallon, on Tuesday, condoled families of the two aid workers who lost their lives in a kidnapping attack at Kajuru Castle in Kaduna state. Kajuru Castle is a holiday resort located 220 kilometres north of Abuja, the capital of Nigeria. During the…

Boko Haram has killed some Nigerian citizens

Boko Haram attacks Damaturu

Reports reaching PREMIUM TIMES from sources in Damaturu, Yobe State capital indicate that the city is currently under attack by suspected Boko Haram insurgents. The attackers reportedly invaded Maisandari, a suburb of the town on the eastern flank of Damaturu along the Kano-Maiduguri highway. "The attack started at about 6pm…

Nigerian Army soldier

Military relocates residents from ‘Boko Haram hideout’

The Nigerian military authorities on Monday ordered the relocation of residents of Jakana village, in Borno State, amidst concerns that Boko Haram insurgents use the community as a hideout. Jakana, a village 40km west of Maiduguri, is amongst the most attacked communities around the capital city. Before now, Jakana was…

Air force officer who raped 14-year-old

Military court dismisses air force officer who raped 14-year-old

A special military court in Maiduguri, Borno State, on Tuesday dismissed a Flight Lieutenant, Martins Enwerem, for raping a 14-year-old internally displaced person. The soldier raped the girl, Zara Ali, while she and her friends were out searching for firewood at the outskirts of Maiduguri. Due to harsh conditions at…

Governor Kashim Shettima

Governor declines signing new contracts ‘that’ll be inherited by successor

The Governor of Borno State, Kashim Shettima, on Thursday, in New Delhi, India, stunned different chief executives of Indian manufacturing companies when he reportedly turned down requests for fresh supply contracts that may take more than two months to execute. Governor Shettima, who was on an official shopping spree for…

Borno state on map used to illustrate the story

How I buried my two grandchildren while fleeing Boko Haram attack – Octogenarian

When Boko Haram terrorists struck one night in 2014 in Baderi, Marte local government area, 83-year-old Hauwa Abu-Nasib was left with four grandchildren, including two suckling babies. Every other member of the household had fled into the bush. The siege on the Borno State community five years ago was one…

Fears over future of children orphaned by Boko Haram

Internally displaced persons in Borno State on Monday expressed concerns over the dangers of having orphaned children growing up in camps without any form of parental or government care. The concerned displaced elders said they are more scared about what the future holds out for them regarding the "untamed" orphans…

Maimala Buni. [PHOTO CREDIT: NAN]

INEC issues certificate of return to Yobe Governor-elect, state lawmakers

The Independent National Election Commission (INEC) in Yobe State on Thursday issued certificates of return to the governor-elect, Mai-Mala Buni, and 23 members-elect of the State House of Assembly. The elected public officers received their certificates at the INEC office in Damaturu, the state capital. Speaking at the opening of…

Ex Bauchi State Governor, Mohammed Abubakar

Bauchi governor congratulates governor-elect, Bala Muhammed

The governor of Bauchi state, Muhammed Abubakar, took to Twitter early Tuesday morning to congratulate his arch-rival and winner of the the just concluded governorship election in the state, Bala Muhammed. Governor Abubakar's accepted defeat after he fought relentlessly through repeated polls and the court to avert the end of…

Bala Mohammed

How I’ll govern Bauchi — Governor-elect, Bala Muhammed

The governor-elect of Bauchi State, Bala Muhammed, has assured of good governance in the state after he was declared winner on Monday following a close contest. Mr Muhammed, a former senator and former minister of federal capital territory (FCT), defeated the incumbent governor, Muhammed Abubakar of the All Progressives Congress…