At least 63 persons were reportedly killed Tuesday when a massive explosion from a bag found by members of the Civilian-JTF in Monguno town of Borno state went off as residents gathered to take a look, security sources and witnesses said.
Many other onlookers and by-passers were also injured by the blast that occurred at about 5pm.
Haruna Bukar, an operative of the Vigilante Group of Nigeria (VGN), who claimed to have witnessed the incident informed journalists on phone that a group of Civilian-JTF member discovered a heavy bag filled with explosives at an old camp of the Boko Haram sec along Monguno-Marte road, and decided to bring it into the city. Read More →
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Twenty seven policemen missing after terrorists attacked Gwoza in Borno in August, 2014, are yet to be declared dead, Inspector-General of Police, Mr Solomon Arase, said on Tuesday.
Arase disclosed this while responding to questions from newsmen after inaugurating the Board of Directors of the Nigeria Police Property Development and Construction Company Ltd. (NIPPDCC).
The I-G explained that the police would follow its tradition of declaring officers that got missing in battle dead after the lapse of a period of time which he declined to give.
“About our colleagues, who are missing in Gwoza, there is a tradition in the police force. Read More →
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President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday said he had directed that $21m out of the pledge of $100m which Nigeria made to the Multinational Joint Task Force be released within the next one week.
Buhari disclosed this at the 25th AU summit in Johannesburg, South Africa. He chaired the Peace Security Council at the event.
He said he gave the directive based on the decision of the recent extraordinary summit of the Lake Chad Basin Commission and Benin that $30m should be immediately made available to the MNJTF which is saddled with the responsibility of fighting Boko Haram. Read More →
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President Muhammadu Buhari has rejected a proposal for an alternate leadership between Nigeria, Chad, Niger, Cameroun and Benin, of a joint military force against Boko Haram.
At a meeting with leaders of the Lake Chad nations Thursday in Abuja, Mr. Buhari insisted Nigeria must be the sole leader of the joint military operation.
He said a proposal that such leadership alternate amongst the participating nations after every six months, may ultimately undermine the joint operations.
The president said his argument should be adopted since Nigeria remains at the centre of the Boko Haram crisis, and will provide the bulk of troops for the operation. Read More →
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Written by Ismaila Mudashiru, Kano
Family of late Professor Ahmad Mustapha Falaki has accused the police authorities of trying to cover up policemen involved in the assassination of the university don.
Our correspondent recalled that Falaki who was the director of the Institute of Agricultural Research (IAR) of the Ahmadu Bello University, (ABU) Zaria was killed in Fala village of Tudun Wada local government area of Kano shortly after insurgents attacked Kibiya police station in February.
The Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of zone 1, Tambari Y. Muhammad had on Wednesday said the interim report of investigation conducted on the case has revealed that the Professor was killed by mob and that six policemen are being quiz for negligence. Read More →
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From: ISMAIL OMIPIDAN, Kaduna
Commandant, Armed Forces Command and Staff College (AFCSC), Jaji, near Kaduna, AVM John Chris Ifemeje, has declared that by the time the 174 students of Senior Course complete their one week exercise on electronic and manual war games, Boko Haram, would be wiped out from the country’s territory.
He made the declaration yesterday, shortly after speaking at the opening ceremony of the exercise, which is the final one for the Senior Course package of the College.
The Commandant, who declined press interview after declaring the exercise open simply told newsmen that “be rest assured that when I finish training these officers, Boko Haram will be slaughtered.” Read More →
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Written by Isiaka Wakili
The G7 leaders have told President Muhammadu Buhari that Nigeria is currently faced with serious problems.
The leaders of the seven most industrialized countries of US, UK, Germany, Canada, France, Italy and Japan regretted that Buhari’s government had to face severe handicaps from the outset.
Speaking in Germany Monday after President Buhari had presented Nigeria’s wish list to them, they listed the handicaps as lack of resources, mismanagement as well as lack of trained and equipped military.
The G7 leaders, however, noted that those “serious problems” facing Nigeria were not President Buhari’s making.
According to a statement yesterday by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, the G7 Read More →
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