The UN High Commission for Human Rights says it is ready to assist President Muhammadu Buhari to overhaul the rules of engagement to avoid human rights violations in the operations against Boko Haram.Zeid-Al-Hussein

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Al Hussein, made the pledge on Wednesday at the 29th session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva.

In a copy of the speech, made available to UN correspondents in New York, Hussein said he was heartened by Buhari’s pledge in his inaugural speech that his administration would “overhaul the rules of engagement to avoid human rights violations in the operations.

“This is a strong and positive signal and we stand ready to assist. It is also encouraging to see governmental control being re-established over key areas of Nigeria. Read More →

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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.Improvised+Explosive+Device+IED

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

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.President-elect-Muhammadu-Buhari

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.Buhari

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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