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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Fifteen people were killed when Boko Haram attacked a remote village in Borno State, opening fire and burning homes, residents told Agence France Presse (AFP) yesterday.
The attack happened at about 13:00 GMT on Monday in Huyum, in the Askira-Uba district of Borno State, which residents said has been hit repeatedly in recent weeks by the Islamist militants.
“The whole village was burnt by Boko Haram gunmen. We lost around 500 homes,” said Bukar Zira, who fled to the commercial hub of Mubi in neighbouring Adamawa State as the rebels moved in. Read More →
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Posted by: Augustine Ehikioya, Abuja
The Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Oyegun, on Tuesday declared that President Muhammadu Buhari will surprise the, Boko Haram sect.
According to him, the increase in Boko Haram’s attacks after Buhari’s inauguration was to test the President’s resolve against the group.
He spoke with journalists after he led members of the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) to a meeting with the President at the Defence House, Abuja. Read More →
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Defence chiefs briefed President Muhammadu Buhari on the security situation in the country on Tuesday.
The Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Usman Jubrin, made this known to newsmen in Abuja.
Jubrin told State House Correspondents after the closed door meeting that the meeting, the first with the president since his inauguration on May 29, was successful.
“Since he was inaugurated as the President and Commander in Chief, this is the first time that we are formally meeting him to give a general security briefing of the country and that went very well.”He said the military would like to maintain the level of successes recorded against Boko Haram terrorists and sustain it until they are defeated. Read More →
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By Njadvara Musa, Maiduguri
Insurgents raid Yobe towns, cart away food items
ABOUT four people were injured yesterday afternoon when an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) was detonated by a suspected Boko Haram sect member at the Gambouru market in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.
Also yesterday morning, suspected Boko Haram gunmen attacked Fika and Ngalda towns in Yobe State, carting away grains and other food items.
They set on fire many public buildings, telecom masts, private houses and shops, and later fled into Sambisa Forest. The attackers, according to a resident, Mainasara Ali, looted several shops and loaded barns of grains into their trucks before setting the stores ablaze.
Eyewitnesses at the scene of the market attack in Maiduguri said that the device was detonated at around 1.30 p.m. yesterday.
Gambo Isa, a shop owner said: “The suspected may have planted this explosive device last night when the curfew was extended to 10 p.m. instead of 7 p.m. to celebrate Democracy Day in Maiduguri metropolis. Read More →
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President Muhammadu Buhari will this week make his first foreign trip since taking office, travelling to Chad and Niger for talks on Boko Haram, his spokesman said on Monday. Shehu Garba said the two-day trip starting on Wednesday will focus on “matters of security”, with the cooperation of Nigeria’s neighbours seen as crucial to ending the Islamist uprising which has claimed more than 15,000 lives since 2009. Buhari was sworn in last Friday and vowed in his inaugural speech to crush the insurgent group he described as “mindless” and “godless”.
But Boko Haram attacked some 12 hours after the new president took the oath of office, hitting homes in the key northeast city of Maiduguri with rocket-propelled grenades overnight on Saturday.
Later, a suicide attack at a mosque in the city, which is the Borno state capital, killed at least 26 people. Suspicion immediately fell on the insurgents. The militants then raided two towns in Borno’s neighbouring state of Yobe on Sunday, torching public buildings and looting food and fuel stores. Niger shares a border with both Borno and Yobe while Chad borders just Borno in Nigeria’s extreme northeast. Read More →
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