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Reports reaching PREMIUM TIMES indicate that members of the insurgent Boko Haram are currently attacking Kayamla village of Borno.Shekau-New

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.village-destroyed
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.Gombe-Motor-Park

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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…Commends President Jonathan

…Talks tough on Boko Haram, corruption

By Ekene Okoro

Snr. Correspondent, Lagos/ Ejike

Nigeria’s President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday received his Certificate of Return from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), in Abuja, where he promised to justify the confidence reposed in him by Nigerians who voted for him during the March 28 presidential elections.

Addressing the gathering of his supporters at the International Conference Centre shortly after he was presented with the Certificate by the INEC Chairman, Professor Attahiru Jega, Buhari said the period was a time that calls for sober reflection and prayers for the nation. Read More →

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By Femi Asu


Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, has described the presidential and National Assembly elections as the most vicious, unprincipled, vulgar and violent he had ever witnessed.Prof.-Wole-Soyinka

Soyinka, in an interview with The Guardian UK on Sunday, was quoted as saying, “We’re talking about a very positive response by the public in terms of determination to register and vote but, you know, this has been one of the most vicious, unprincipled, vulgar and violent exercises I have ever witnessed.

“I just hope we won’t go down as being the incorrigible giant of Africa.”According to Soyinka, the stakes appear to be so high that all scruples have been set aside and it’s very distressing to compare this election with that of 1993, which was one of the most orderly, civilised and resolute elections the country ever had.

He said, “This one was like a no-holds-barred kind of election, especially, frankly, from the incumbency side. One shouldn’t be too surprised anyway given the kind of people who are manning the barricades for the incumbent candidate. Read More →

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By Segun Awofadeji in Gombe

No fewer than seven persons were reported to have been killed this Saturday morning when suspected fleeing members of Boko Haram invaded Shole village in Nafada Local Government Area of Gombe State. Read More →

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