The Police Command in Borno State on Monday that Sunday’s bomb blast in Maiduguri, killed at least 54 persons.
The spokesperson for the command, Victor Isuku, stated this while speaking with journalists in Maiduguri.
“At about 19.45 hours on Sunday, there were multiple explosions at Ajilari Cross Evening Market, Ngomari Area of Maiduguri when a female suicide bomber blew herself up in the busy market.”
Mr. Isuku said that another bomb was detonated inside a mosque while Muslim faithful were observing their evening prayers while a third explosion occurred when some suspected insurgents threw explosives into a viewing centre. Read More →
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By Musa Abdullahi Krishi
Since their inauguration on June 9, members of the 8th House of Representatives seem to have given special attention to the issue of insurgency ravaging the Northeastern part of the country.
So far, it appears that one of the top priorities of the 8th House, which is headed by a man from the Northeast, Speaker Yakubu Dogara of Bauchi State, is salvaging the region that had witnessed devastating activities of Boko Haram insurgents in the past six years.
In their 14 sittings before embarking on their annual recess on August 13, the lawmakers came up with not less than three motions on how to tackle the myriads of challenges facing the Northeastern states of Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Taraba and Yobe, occasioned by killings and destruction of property in the region by the terrorists.
There are thousands of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in various camps in and outside the affected states. The situation has led many children of school age to be out of school.
Thus, on July 30, the House in its first motion that sought to address certain problems in the region urged the federal government to assist the various North-east state governments, especially those that face the challenges of insurgency, to urgently construct temporary camps for the IDPs so that they could evacuate and open schools where it was safe. Read More →
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United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon arrived Nigeria on Sunday to commemorate the bombing of UN’s headquarters by Islamist sect, Boko Haram and also to focus new attention on over 200 schoolgirls kidnapped in Chibok, Borno State by the ruthless extremists.
Ki-moon will meet with President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday, amid plans to launch a long-delayed regional offensive against the Islamic insurgents who have since pledged allegiance to the Islamic State.
A UN statement says the leaders will discuss ways to counter violent extremism as well as human rights and climate change.
Ban also will meet the Bring Back Our Girls group which demands government action to free 219 abducted schoolgirls held now for nearly 500 days. Read More →
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On Saturday, 4 October, 2013, Bauchi, capital of Bauchi State, was experiencing an unusually cold weather. At the Old GRA, a suburb of the city, Ismaila Gambo, a 21-year-old with a neatly trimmed beard got up at dawn and headed to a nearby mosque for his morning prayers. He wore a grey sweatshirt atop a pair of jeans and boots.
Ismaila’s dressing suggested that he was off to some high-energy work. But he was actually headed for Maiduguri, capital of Borno State where he believed he was to carry out a self-appointed divine assignment.
Upstairs, in a bedroom in the Gambos’ home, a duplex, his 17–year-old sister, Khadija, said her own prayers. She was dressed in a long gown and wore a headscarf as she waited for her brother to return. Read More →
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Written by Our Reporter
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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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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Posted by: Tony AKOWE
Help is finally coming the way of about 45,000 children and adolescents displaced by the activities of the Boko a Haram insurgents in Borno State as the European Union is set to make available the sum of N325 million to support community-based psychosocial protection for them.
Speaking at a signing ceremony of the financing agreement for the 11th European Development Fund support for strengthening community-based psychosocial and protection services for children and adolescents in Borno State, the Minister for National Planning, Dr. Abubakar Sulaiman, said the project will be implemented in 300 communities across 11 local government areas in the state for a period of 36 months. Read More →
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