By Madu Onuorah (Abuja), Laolu Akande (New York), Karls Tsokar (Abuja), Victoria Ojugbana (Lagos) and Njadvara Musa (Maiduguri)
• Soldiers rescue more women, children from Sambisa forest, kill terrorists’ leaders
• Obama releases $35 million to France to fight Boko Haram, leaving out Nigeria
From Madu Onuorah (Abuja), Laolu Akande (New York), Karls Tsokar (Abuja), Victoria Ojugbana (Lagos) and Njadvara Musa (Maiduguri) President Goodluck Jonathan has pledged to liberate all Nigerian territories held by the Boko Harm sect before the May 29 hand over of power to the President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari. Read More →
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United Nations special envoy for global education, Gordon Brown, on Thursday held talks with Nigeria’s President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, on the raging insurgency in Northern Nigeria.
Brown, Britain’s former Prime Minister, who expressed gladness in the rescue of hundreds of girls by the Nigerian troops within the last two days from Boko Haram captivity, said it was “time to end the nightmare” of kidnappings, which, with forced conscription have been a regular feature of the bloody six-year insurgency. Read More →
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Girls rescued from Boko Haram terror camps in Sambisa Forest on Tuesday are “not the Chibok girls,” Nigerian Army spokesman Sani Usman said.
However, one official did not rule out that captives from other Boko Haram camps that were raided might include some of the 200 girls abducted in April 2014 from a school in Chibok.
Nigerian troops rescued 200 girls and 93 women Tuesday in the Sambisa Forest in the northeastern part of the country, the Nigerian Armed Forces announced on its official Twitter account. The forest is a stronghold for the militant Boko Haram group and is not far from Chibok. Read More →
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… Identities yet to be confirmed
In a daring and precise operation the Nigerian troops have stormed the Sambisa Forest and rescued about 300 women and girls.
Also at least 21 people were killed by suspected members of dreaded Boko Haram in Marguba community and other surrounding villages of Beneshiekh, the headquarters of Kaga local government area of Borno state.
It was gathered that at least three major terrorists camps have been destroyed in the well-cordinated attacks that include the destruction of the notorious Tokumbere camp in the Sambisa Forest.
While confirming the operation the Director Defence Information, Major General Chris Olukolade said he could not confirm the identity of the freed victims and their origins and he could not state if any of them was from Chibok until after thorough screening and proper investigations.
He said: “I can only confirm the rescued this afternoon of 200 girls and 93 women in different camps in the forest. We are yet to determine their origin as all the freed persons are now being screened and profiled. Please don’t misquote me on their origin. We will provide more details later.” Read More →
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At least two soldiers were killed in Borno state as Boko Haram terrorists who recently renewed hostilities in parts of the state attacked Mafa town on Saturday, security sources said.
Witnesses said a military post in Mafa town which is about 40km away from Maiduguri was one of the major targets attacked by the Boko Haram gunmen.
An official of the Vigilante Group of Nigeria, Muhammed Gava, told journalists on phone that “Boko Haram gunmen attacked Mafa on Saturday morning and a military post there was one of the main targets. About five people were killed, including two soldiers. The soldiers were taken unawares by the attackers who struck in the early hours of Saturday morning”. Read More →
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Written by Hamza Idris, Maiduguri
Hundreds of decomposed bodies including those of women and children were discovered by a government committee in Damasak, northern Borno State weekend.
The committee was set up by Governor Kashim Shettima to assess the level of destruction in towns and villages recovered from the insurgents.
It has the responsibility to rebuild, fumigate and provide essential services to make the settlememnts safe for displaced residents to return.
The victims were suspected to have been killed by Boko Haram insurgents as they fled the town following an onslaught by Chadian forces to recapture the town.
Credible sources said decomposed bodies littered the streets while many others were discovered inside houses, shallow graves and rivers that have dried up on the onset of the dry season. Read More →
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•Resolves to discuss with Buhari in May
South Africa has faulted the decision of the Federal Government of Nigeria to recall its high commissioners, saying it would communicate diplomatically with the country when Muhammadu Buhari becomes president in May.
Recalling that it did not take a similar action when many of its citizens where trapped during the collapse of a guest house at the Synagogue Church of All Nations in Lagos, it described the reaction of the Nigerian government as “unfortunate and regrettable.” Read More →
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