by JAMES DANJUMA
JAMES DANJUMA profiles the President-elect and writes that attention will once again shift to Katsina State and Daura in particular, as General Muhammadu Buhari gears up to assume office on May 29.
In 11 days’ time, precisely May 29, Nigeria’s Fourth Republic would be ushering in its fourth President, 72-year-old retired General Muhammadu Buhari.
Buhari’s journey to becoming the President-elect is a story on resilience: having ran unsuccessfully for the same office on three different occassions in 2003, 2007 and 2011 on different political platforms. Read More →
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The Nigerian Army on Friday said it had temporarily relaxed the curfew imposed on Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State.
It is believed that this is done in order to allow the Muslim faithful in the town to opportunity to attend Friday’s congregational prayer.
Though the military allowed the residents of the troubled town to move freely between 12pm and 5pm on Friday, they would have to trek to their destinations as no vehicular movement is allowed until further notice.
The mobile text message from the Deputy Director, Army Public Relations, 7 Division, Maiduguri, Col. Tukur Gusau, to our correspondent stated that the curfew would continue after Friday.
The text read, “The 7 Division, Nigerian Army wishes to announce to the general public in Maiduguri that the curfew currently in place is partially lifted for only today (Friday), May 15, 2015, from 1200hrs (12pm) to 1700hrs(5pm). Read More →
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APPARENTLY disturbed by the attack carried out by Boko Haram on Maiduguri, Borno State capital, on Wednesday, Nigerian Army authorities have imposed a 24-hour curfew on the state capital.
A statement issued by Colonel Tukur Gusau, Deputy Director, Army Public Relations at the 7 Division, said the decision was taken to protect residents and their property.
“In view of the recent development within Maiduguri metropolis, a 24-hour curfew is hereby imposed on the city. Read More →
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About 4,000 Nigerian soldiers will be dismissed soon for flouting the orders to fight Boko Haram insurgents in an operation in Mubi, Adamawa State, in 2014, one of the allegedly affected soldiers has told TheCable.
Investigation revealed that tension appears to be simmering as soldiers in the North-east, and their families are in suppressed agitation over the possibility of being axed.
According to a source in the army, who is one of the accused soldiers, a signal had been sent by the army headquarters in Abuja to its divisions for the soldiers to be dismissed without trial. Read More →
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Written by Hamza Idris & Ibrahim Sawab, Maiduguri
There is serious attack on Wednesday evening by suspected Boko Haram insurgents near Giwa Barracks in Maiduguri. Multiple sounds of bomb blasts and sporadic gunshots were ongoing at the 21 Armoured Barracks at about 7 pm.
The location had been attacked by Boko Haram in the past. Residents of Fouri, a neighborhood near the military facility said the insurgents gathered at a sugarcane plantation before firing rocket launchers towards the direction of the barracks. Read More →
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The Nigerian Army has ordered 30 of its top officers to proceed to the Army Headquarters Garrison in Abuja to face a judicial panel reportedly over their conduct and performances in the ongoing war against Boko Haram.
According to an internal army memo dated March 11, 2015 and sighted by PREMIUM TIMES, the officers are to be court-martialed for various offences.
The memo listed 30 senior officers who were instructed to depart their current posting and head for the Army Headquarters garrison for “jurisdiction”.
The specific offences for which each of the officers is to be tried was not stated but military insiders say it has to do with their conduct in the fight against the Boko Haram extremist group. Read More →
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Written by Isiaka Wakili
.Journalist expelled from State House
Chadian President Idriss Deby has said the lack of coordination between Nigerian and Chadian armies in the ongoing anti-terror war is not creating the desired impact.
He said this accounted for the difficulty in arresting the leader of the Boko Haram insurgents, Abubakar Shekau.
The two armies were separately prosecuting the anti-terrorist war, Deby told reporters after a meeting with President Goodluck Jonathan in Abuja yesterday.
He said if Nigerian and Chadian soldiers had launched joint operations against the insurgents, more results could have been achieved. Read More →
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