by INUSA NDAHI
Nigerian soldiers on Tuesday succeeded in flushing out Boko Haram from camps located in Alagarno village of Sambisa forest.
This was contained in a press statement signed by Acting Director, Public Relations, Army headquarters, Colonel Sani Usman, and made available to our correspondent.
Usman said: “This morning, troops of the Nigerian Army along with support from the Nigerian Air Force cleared the last camp of Boko Haram terrorists in Alagarno forest located between Kaga and Damboa Local Government Area of Borno State, which links Yobe and Gombe states.
“The key terrorists’ camp within the forest includes Falluja and Timbuktu camps, which have all been cleared.
“So far, a lot of recoveries including armoured fighting vehicles and computers were made. Troops are now mopping up the general area. And as soon as we get other details, we will inform the press,” he stated.
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Leaders of Central and West African states will hold a summit on April 8, 2015 to draw up a joint strategy against the threat posed by Nigeria’s Boko Haram insurgents, the organisers said on Sunday.
It would be the first meeting of its kind since Nigeria’s presidential election a week ago which was won by Muhammadu Buhari, a former military leader who has vowed to rid the country of terrorists. Read More →
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An official of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Mr. Raad Zeid al Hussein, believes that the over 200 Chibok schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram a year ago may have had a sad ending.
He premised his verdict on the fact that the girls may have been part of the women who were murdered by the insurgents before they fled from Bama and other towns in Borno State just before the Nigerian military and allied forces from Chad and Niger recovered the territories.
Scores of abducted women who had been forcibly married by Boko Haram fighters were slaughtered last month as the military advanced towards Bama and other towns to recapture the territories. Read More →
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Reports reaching PREMIUM TIMES indicate that members of the insurgent Boko Haram are currently attacking Kayamla village of Borno.
Kayamla is about 20km from Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, and the attack was ongoing at 2:10 p.m.
An official of the local vigilante called Civilian-JTF in Borno, Muhammed Gava, confirmed the attack to PREMIUM TIMES.
“We just got a report from our vigilante members around Konduga local government area that Boko Haram terrorists were in Kayamla and we’ve just assembled a team of vigilante members and the Civilian-JTF who are about to storm Kayamla now,” he said. Read More →
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By Abdullahi Umar, with agency report
The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR), has said that tough counter-insurgency action in Niger after cross-border attacks by Boko Haram is worsening hunger and poverty in the arid southeast of the country.
Niger’s representative for UNHCR, Karl Steinacker said that the counter-insurgency emergency measures were proving more harmful to the local population than the potential threat from Boko Haram.
“It’s a real misery. It seems like heavy-handed counter insurgency is creating havoc down in that area,” he said. Read More →
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By Sani Tukur
Seven persons are reported dead after an Improvised Explosive Device, IED, was set off at a busy motor park along Bauchi road, in Gombe state, Thursday evening.
A witness, who declined to be named for security reason, told PREMIUM TIMES the IED was brought into the motor park by a female attacker who disguised as a passenger.
“She hid the bomb inside a bag and disguised as a passenger, she kept the bag and pretended to be making calls, suddenly, there was a loud bang, we don’t know whether she also died, but I saw at least seven bodies before I left the place,” our source said.
He also said he saw 15 persons injured in the blast, which he said took place at about 8:30pm.
When contacted, the spokesperson of the Police in the state, Fwaje Atajiri, said he was travelling in Taraba state, and therefore has no details to give at the moment.
Although no one has claimed responsibility for the attack yet, extremist group, Boko Haram has carried out several suicide attacks in motor parks in Gombe state, often using young female bombers.
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Change, was the word printed on Nigerian billboards, shouted at rallies and uttered in greeting among supporters of Muhammadu Buhari and his All Progressives Congress party. And it worked. This week, Buhari made history by unseating incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan in a democratic election.
Now comes the hard part: making good on promises he made on the campaign trail.
The president-elect’s slogan was a powerful rhetorical tool, a striking alternative to Jonathan’s appeal to continue his “transformation agenda,” political commentator Chris Ngwodo said.
“There was no doubt about the argument for change, in terms of juxtaposing the incumbent president with the president-elect,” Ngwodo said. “… Buhari certainly represented a departure from him” in style, substance “and in temperament as well.”
Now he has to deliver. Buhari’s promises include an end to the Boko Haram insurgency, which has ravaged the country’s northeast in its quest to impose strict Islamic law. He also campaigned on cutting down corruption and implementing universal healthcare. Read More →
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