The Nigerian Army on Sunday announced that it is reviewing the cases of all soldiers who were disciplined for various offences.
Dozens of soldiers have been sentenced to death, life imprisonment and other punishment for various offences including mutiny, desertion, and disobedience of lawful orders. Majority of the sentences, carried out in various military courts, have been appealed by counsel to the affected officials and condemned by local and international rights groups.
However, on Sunday, the Acting Director of Army Public Relations, Sani Usman, said the army was itself already reviewing the punishments. Read More →
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Maiduguri – The Borno Police Command on Sunday confirmed the killing of seven persons after suspected Boko Haram terrorists attack on Malari village in Konduga Local Government Area (LGA) of Bornio.
Mr Aderemi Opadokun, the Commissioner of Police, stated this while speaking with newsmen in Maiduguri.
“Information available indicates that suspected terrorists attacked Malari village in Konduga local government area on Saturday around 22:30 hours.
“The attackers burnt down some houses and killed seven persons in the village situated along Konduga-Maiduguri road,” Opadokun said.
He said that security agents had already commenced investigations on the issue.
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Chief Martin Onovo is the presidential candidate of National Conscience Party (NCP) in the last election. In this interview with Ifeoma Ononye, he bares his mind on the supposed dialogue with Boko Haram.The Federal Government has accepted to dialogue with the terrorist sect, Boko Haram, because of the abducted Chibok girls, do you think there is need for this dialogue?
The Constitution of Nigeria is very clear that the primary purpose of government is the security and welfare of the people. The government must on all issues, seek to improve the security and welfare of the people. The war against Boko Haram has been on for a few years and we had expected that our armed forces will defeat Boko Haram in a few months with the State of Emergency that was proclaimed by the Federal Government. But our ineffective Federal Government delayed necessary actions till a few months before the 2015 general elections when a serious offensive against Boko Haram was conducted by our military forces. Read More →
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The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) on Sunday said its fighter jets has successfully combined with ground troops to repel the latest Boko Haram attack on Bita village in Borno State.
This is confirmed in a statement issued by the Director of Public Relations and Information, NAF Headquarters, Air Commodore Dele Alonge.
He said a large number of insurgents were killed in the operation, carried out by Nigerian forces in the area.
Alonge said the Nigerian Air Force would continued to provide combat air support to the ground force in all operations carried out by Nigerian troops in the northeast. Read More →
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Written by Hamisu Kabir Matazu, Damaturu
Suicide bombings were relatively few in Yobe State up to the second week of July, only to pick up between July 17 and 26 when three incidents occurred, claiming 42 lives and inflicting injuries on at least 90 others.
At least 42 people were killed and about 90 injured in three separate attacks which occurred in Damaturu, the capital of Yobe State, within 10 days. The period witnessed an upsurge in suicide bomb attacks, heightening tension in the town, especially among the hapless citizens who have either become victims or live in fear that they could be affected sooner than later if the trend continues.
The attacks occurred on July 17, 20 and 26. On July 17 when millions of Nigerians were celebrating Sallah, Suicide bombers stormed Damaturu and detonated explosives simultaneously in two separate locations, killing 15 people and injuring 41 ahead of the Eid prayer that marked the end of the month-long Ramadan fasting.
Daily Trust on Saturday observed that the blasts coincided with the visit of the new Chief of Army Staff, Major General Tukur Yusuf Buratai. The blasts occurred barely 24 hours after Buratai had arrived Damaturu to assess the readiness of troops and equipment to effectively combat insurgency in the Yobe State. Read More →
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The United States on Friday condemned Boko Haram suicide attacks in Cameroon and Nigeria as “horrific and indiscriminate” and deplored the militant group’s use of children as bombers.
Multiple bomb blasts at two bus stations in Gombe killed 37 people on Wednesday, while two suicide bomb attacks killed at least 13 people in northern Cameroon.
The U.S “strongly condemns the horrific and indiscriminate suicide attacks,” the State Department said. Read More →
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The French and Chinese governments on Friday pledged to extend the level of military and economic cooperation they have with Nigeria.
The French and Chinese ambassadors to Nigeria, made the pledge during separate meetings with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the State House, Abuja.
The Chinese Envoy, Mr Gu Xiaojie, told correspondents after the meeting that he was very pleased to have a meeting with the vice-president.
He said they had very wonderful and fruitful discussions and exchanged views on bilateral relations.
“This year is the 10th anniversary of the establishment of a strategic partnership between Nigeria and China. Read More →
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