B’ Haram: GOC Visits Ngolom New Marte, Kerenoa, Urges Discipline, Vigilance

Troops of 8 Task Force Division have been  urged to remain disciplined and vigilant, as the Nigerian  Army intensifies effort to clear the remaining Boko Haram hideouts in the North East. The General Officer Commanding 8 Task Force Division, Maj Gen Ali Nani made the charge when he paid operational visit to  troops of 242Read More

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Buhari Says He’s Personally In Touch With Boko Haram For Release Of Chibok Girls

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday, April 13, 2017 said that his administration had been talking to representatives of the terrorist group, Boko Haram which abducted the Chibok girls who are still in captivity 3 years after their abduction from the Chibok Secondary School in Borno state. Buhari, in a statement he personally signed, noted that his administration had had cause to celebrate the return of 24 Chibok girls who were released by the terrorist group following a series of negotiations. The president stated that the rescue of thousands of other Nigerians who were forcibly abducted by the terrorists reflected the efforts of government and its agencies to tackle the terrorists. Buhari said that being a parent himself, he was grateful to God that some of the Chibok girls were found alive and have been reunited with their families. “Government is doing all within its powers to reintegrate the freed girls to normal life. Furthermore, Government is in constant touch through negotiations, through local intelligence to secure the release of the remaining girls and other abducted persons unharmed,” the president said. “My special appreciation goes to the parents and families that have endured three years of agony and waiting for the return of their children. I feel what you feel. Your children are my children. “On this solemn occasion, my appeal is that we must not lose hope on the return of our remaining schoolgirls. “Our intelligence and security forces, who have aptly demonstrated their competence, are very much equal to the task and absolutely committed to the efforts to find and return the schoolgirls and others abducted by Boko Haram,” Buhari said.

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DSS Arrests ISIS-Linked Boko Haram Members Planning Attack On UK, US Embassies

Nigeria’s Secret police, DSS has confirmed the arrest of ISIS-linked members  who had perfected plans o attack the UK High Commission and United States Embassy among other western interests in Abuja. A statement signed by Tony Opuiyo on behalf of the DSS said “Between 25th and 26th March, 2017, the Service busted a ring of […]

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Lake Chad Conflict: Alarming Surge In Number Of Children Used In Boko Haram Bomb Attacks– UNICEF

(Press Release) The number of children used in ‘suicide’ attacks in the Lake Chad conflict has surged to 27 in the first quarter of 2017, compared to nine over the same period last year,UNICEF said in a new report released today. “In the first three months of this year, the number of children used in […]

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So, Sambisa Has Been Cleared? Where Are Chibok Girls, Then? – Cardinal Onaiyekan

John Onaiyekan, a cardinal and Catholic archbishop of Abuja diocese, says the federal government needs to step up its efforts to rescue the kidnapped Chibok schoolgirls. He said having cleared Sambisa forest, the government should have made headway in the rescue of the abducted girls. Onaiyekan said this on Tuesday, April 11, 2017 during a solidarity march organised by the Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG) movement as part of its campaign for the release of the girls. The movement is commemorating the three years anniversary of the continued captivity of the girls. “The families of the girls are still languishing and we think there is need to bring attention to that. We are told that the Sambisa forest has been cleared totally. So the question we are asking today is where are our girls,” he said. “Government should do more to release the girls and to also address the issue of kidnapping in our country.” Also speaking during the march was Sheik Muhammad Khalid, chief Imam of the national assembly quarters’ mosque. The imam said Boko Haram would have “relatively” won the war if the Chibok girls are not rescued. “We can never allow the terrorists to have their way. If they get free with those girls, then they have relatively won the war. We want more actions from our government. The soul of all Nigerians are important,” he said. “Today’s match adds a new angle to the series of similar ones that has been ongoing since Saturday, April 8, 2017. This is because it features the face of Nigeria’s two major religions.” The Chibok schoolgirls were abducted by Boko Haram insurgents on April 14, 2014, in Borno state. So far, only 21 of them have been released while 57 have successfully escaped. 195 of them, however, remain in captivity. This article originally appeared on TheCable.

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57 Boko Haram Fighters Killed In Fierce Battle In Niger

Niger security forces killed 57 members of Islamist militant group Boko Haram who attacked a village in the southeastern Diffa region overnight, the defence ministry said in a statement on Monday, April 10, 2017. Fifteen soldiers and two civilians were wounded during the attack by heavily armed men in Gueskerou village, which is around 30 km (22 miles) northeast of Diffa town, it said. “Among the enemy there were 57 terrorists killed, a Toyota pick-up recovered along with a 60 mm mortar, two RPG 7s (rocket propelled grenade launchers), five machine guns, 20 AK-47s and a lot of ammunition,” the statement said. The report could not be independently confirmed. Boko Haram has killed 15,000 people and displaced more than two million during a seven-year insurgency aimed at creating an Islamic state in Nigeria. A regional force that includes troops from Niger has retaken much of its territory in the last two years. In recent years its attacks have spilled into neighbouring Niger, Cameroon and Chad. Buhari Defeats Boko Haram? Late December 2016, President Muhammadu Buhari declared victory over the Islamist terrorist group after Nigerian troops announced that they have recaptured Camp Zero in Sambisa forest, the base of the deadliest terrorist group in the world. The Nigerian Army later presented the president with the flag belonging to the terrorist group in a “mission accomplished” ceremony. Since the declaration a week ahead of Christmas Day 2016, Boko Haram has launched a number of deadly attacks in the North Eastern region of the country where the terrorists have murdered at least 50,000 since they began their campaign to establish an Islamic caliphate in the country. Additional reports by Reuters

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Boko Haram: Trump Stands By Obama Era Pledge To Sell High-tech Warplanes To Buhari

The Trump administration will move forward with the sale of high-tech aircraft to Nigeria for its campaign against Boko Haram Islamic extremists despite perceived fears over abuses committed by the country’s security forces, according to U.S. officials. Congress is expected to receive formal notification within weeks, setting in motion a deal with Nigeria that the Obama administration had planned to approve at the very end of Barack Obama’s presidency. The arrangement will call for Nigeria to purchase up to 12 Embraer A-29 Super Tucano aircraft with sophisticated targeting gear for nearly $600 million, one of the officials said. The officials were not authorized to discuss the terms of the sale publicly and requested anonymity to speak about internal diplomatic conversations. Though President Donald Trump has made clear his intention to approve the sale of the aircraft, the National Security Council is still working on the issue. Military sales to several other countries are also expected to be approved but are caught up in an ongoing White House review. Nigeria has been trying to buy the aircraft since 2015. The Nigerian air force has been accused of bombing civilian targets at least three times in recent years. In the worst incident, a fighter jet on Jan. 17 repeatedly bombed a camp at Rann, near the border with Cameroon, where civilians had fled from Boko Haram. Between 100 and 236 civilians and aid workers were killed, according to official and community leaders’ counts. That bombing occurred on the same day the Obama administration intended to officially notify Congress the sale would go forward. Instead, it was abruptly put on hold, according to an individual who worked on the issue during Obama’s presidency. Days later, Trump was inaugurated. Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., the chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, said this past week that he supported the A-29 deal to Nigeria as well as the sale of U.S.-made fighter jets to Bahrain that had been stripped of human rights caveats imposed by the Obama administration. Under Obama, the U.S. said Bahrain failed to make promised political and human rights reforms after its Sunni-ruled government crushed Arab Spring protests five years ago. “We need to deal with human rights issues, but not on weapons sales,” Corker said. The State Department said in a 2016 report that the Nigerian government has taken “few steps to investigate or prosecute officials who committed violations, whether in the security forces or elsewhere in the government, and impunity remained widespread at all levels of government.” Amnesty International has accused Nigeria’s military of war crimes and crimes against humanity in the extrajudicial killings of an estimated 8,000 Boko Haram suspects. President Muhammadu Buhari promised to investigate the alleged abuses after he won office in March 2015, but no soldier has been prosecuted and thousands of people remain in illegal military detention. Nigeria’s military has denied the allegations. The A-29 sale would improve the U.S. relationship with Nigeria, Africa’s largest consumer market of 170 million people, the continent’s biggest economy and its second-largest oil producer. Nigeria also is strategically located on the edge of the Sahel, the largely lawless semi-desert region bridging north and sub-Saharan Africa where experts warn Islamic extremists like the Nigeria-based Boko Haram may expand their reach. The aircraft deal also would satisfy Trump’s priorities to support nations fighting Islamic uprisings, boost U.S. manufacturing and create high-wage jobs at home. The A-29 aircraft, which allow pilots to pinpoint targets at night, are assembled in Jacksonville, Florida. “It’s hard to argue that any country in Africa is more important than Nigeria for the geopolitical and other strategic interests of the U.S.,” said J. Peter Pham, vice president of the Atlantic Council in Washington and head of its Africa Center. Once Congress is officially notified of the sale, lawmakers who want to derail it have 30 days to pass veto-proof legislation. That’s a high hurdle given Corker’s support. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., chairman of the Armed Services Committee, also said he backs the sale. “We’ve really got to try to do what we can to contain them,” McCain said of Boko Haram. In Trump’s first phone call with Buhari in February, he “assured the Nigerian president of U.S. readiness to cut a new deal in helping Nigeria in terms of military weapons to combat terrorism,” according to Buhari’s office. A Feb. 15 White House statement that provided a summary of the call said “President Trump expressed support for the sale of aircraft from the United States to support Nigeria’s fight against Boko Haram.” Sen. Ben Cardin of Maryland, the top Democrat on the Foreign Relations Committee, said in mid-February he was “leery” of the sale because of the Nigerian military’s impunity. Cardin said this week he’s not trying to block the deal. “Ultimately we hope that the sale goes forward,” he said. “But there is progress that needs to be made in protecting the civilian population.” Faul reported from Johannesburg, South Africa. Associated Press writer Josh Lederman contributed to this report. via AP

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‘I Killed 13 People To Survive In Boko Haram Camp’ – 17-Year-Old Confesses (PICTURED)

A 17-year-old boy identified as Ali Mustapha, has confessed to how he was turned into a killer by the Islamist terrorist group Boko Haram. Ali Mustapha made the bone-chilling confession after he was arrested by Nigerian troops in the on-going war against the terrorist group in North East Nigeria. Troops nabbed him while he was on an espionage mission in Maiduguri. The teenager was, according to him, abducted by Boko Haram when he was 14 years and spent three years working with the terrorists with hopes of staying alive. Mustapha revealed that he was forced to kill his victims in Chikungudu Forest, Kalabalge, the den of the Boko Haram terrorists where he was also held in captivity for three years. “I was kidnapped in Marte by the insurgents; when they stormed the town in 2013, they took us away to Chikungudu Forest in Kalabalge council. I was held in captivity for three years at Chikungudu,” the teen said. “During the period, I have killed about 13 people in separate locations. “First was at Chikungudu, where we were held hostage by Boko Haram. Whenever the insurgents returned from a mission, they would line up their hostages before us and ask us to kill them. “They forced us to kill innocent people. They said they were testing us. The first time I killed, I killed five people. They told me, ‘Ali, you will kill five people today’. “I initially declined but when they threatened to kill me, I had no option but to kill the five people they brought before me. They later came with three other people and forced me to kill them. “The second time I killed people was at a village called Burssari. While we were there, they brought another set of five people and asked me to kill them and instantly I did. I had no choice because they threatened to kill me if I didn’t kill them. “Then we went back to Chikungudu where they held us. They also went to a town and came back with some people and told other victims like me to kill them which they did. “Although they gave us some inscription written in Arabic to drink, I declined and threw mine away. We sometimes declined to do what they wanted us to do, so they nicknamed us children of pagans and spat on us and refused to give us food. “At Chikungudu in Kalabalge. Our leader is Umar from Mamman Nur’s faction of Boko Haram. I have never seen him but they usually sent people to greet him and they always told us about how powerful he is. “My father’s name is Mustapha and my mother’s name is Ya’zara. The last time I saw them was at Marte, when Boko Haram stormed our town and took us away.” The report said Ali Mustapha revealed that he was sent to spy and report on likely soft targets in Baga Road, Monday Market and Custom Market in Maiduguri, Borno capital. He was arrested by troops of the Nigerian Army. “More than 500 children of my age, including younger ones, were conscripted as child soldiers in Chukungudu Forest in Kalabalge,” Mustapha revealed. “Even kids younger than I am were trained to handle and shoot AK 47 rifles in the forest. There were girls too, who were trained to go on suicide bombing missions,” he said.

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Two Female Suicide Bombers Killed In Explosion Around Mosque

Two female suicide bombers have been killed in an explosion around a Mosque reported Saturday morning. A statement  by Nigeria’s emergency ,NEMA,  official said “Following an explosion around a mosque close to Federal high court jiddari polo, emergency response teams have evacuated the bodies of  two female suicide bombers believed to have died in the […]

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Boko Haram Sponsor: Court Dismises Ihejirika’s N100bn Suit against Thisday Publisher, Others

The High Court of  the Federal Capital Territory (FCT)  sitting in Apo,  Abuja, Friday dismissed a N100bn libel suit instituted by former Chief of Army Staff (COAS)  Lt-Gen. Azubuike Ihejirika (Rtd) against an Australian, Stephen Davies, Editor in chief of Arise News Chief Nduka Obaigbena and his firm Leaders and Company Ltd for lacking in […]

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Borno: 3 Boko Haram Suicide Bombers Killed In Foiled Attack

The police in Borno on Sunday, April 2, 2017 confirmed that three suspected male suicide bombers, believed to be working with Boko Haram, were killed in separate foiled attacks in Muna and Dusuman village at the outside of Maiduguri, in Borno State. Victor Isuku, the spokesperson of the Borno State Police Command disclosed this in a statement in Maiduguri. Isuku said that the first incident happened around Muna garage near the entrance of the city when two suspected male bombers were killed. “Today, at about 0438 hour, two male suicide bombers detonated Improvised Explosive Devised (IED) strapped to their bodies near Alhaji Bukar Gujari Filling station in Muna Garage area at the entrance of Maiduguri. “All the bombers died instantly without killing anybody,” Isuku said. He said however that a truck parked nearby was party damaged by the explosive. “A truck was partly damaged ” Isuku said. He said that another suspected suicide bomber detonated his IED in Dusuman village killing himself and injuring another person who tried to stopped him. “Also at Dusuma village in Jere LGA , a suicide bomber detonated IED strapped on him almost at the same time , killing himself, while one person was injured,” Isuku said. Attacks in Borno have continued unabated in spite claims by the Nigerian military that the dreaded Boko Haram terrorists have been degraded. Buhari Defeats Boko Haram? Late December 2016, President Muhammadu Buhari declared victory over the Islamist terrorist group after Nigerian troops announced that they have recaptured Camp Zero in Sambisa forest, the base of the deadliest terrorist group in the world. The Nigerian Army later presented the president with the flag belonging to the terrorist group in a “mission accomplished” ceremony. Since the declaration a week ahead of Christmas Day 2016, Boko Haram has launched a number of deadly attacks in the North Eastern region of the country where the terrorists have murdered at least 50,000 since they began their campaign to establish an Islamic caliphate in the country. Additional reports by NAN.

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Boko Haram: Reported Attack, Abduction of 22 Women, ‘False’, Says Nigerian Army

The Nigerian Army has described as false a story which alleged that Boko Haram attacked Pulka and abducted 22 women. Brigadier General Sani Usman, army spokesman said on Saturday that  the story was “completely false and should be ignored.” His  statement reads:“The attention of the Nigerian Army has been drawn to a news story circulating […]

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