boko haram

Court frees 475 Boko Haram suspects, okays their rehabilitation

By Ikechukwu NnochiriABUJA – A total of 475 detained Boko Haram suspects, were on Friday, released by the Federal High Court sitting at Wawa Cantonment in Niger State and sent to their state governments for proper rehabilitation. 43 surrendered Boko Haram terrorists moved to de-radicalisation centre The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami, SAN, who made this disclosure via a statement he issued on Sunday, said the suspects were freed after the prosecution failed to establish any link between them and the Boko Haram sect. He noted that the suspects were arrested and detained on the basis of information that they either belonged to the proscribed terrorist group, or that they concealed vital information that would have helped s...

Breaking: Many killed in Boko Haram suicide bomb blast in Borno

Many people are confirmed dead on Friday night after Boko Haram suicide bombers struck a market in Borno State, newsmen report. Details later

DHQ completes re-orientation of 95 repentant Boko Haram combatants

Maj.-Gen. Bamidede Ashafa, the National Coordinator of Operation Safe Corridor, has said that the programme has concluded the deradicalisation of the first batch of 95 surrendered Boko Haram combatants. Ashafa made the development known in Yola on Thursday when he briefed Gov. Mohammed Bindow of Adamawa on the programme. He said the programme, a multi-agency committee inaugurated in 2015 by the Chief of Defence Staff,  Lt.-Gen. Gabriel Olanishakin, had captured the profiles of the combatants. He said the committee collaborated with National Identity Management Commission and profiled them for future identification. The coordinator said the combatants were given sound medical diagnosis and their DNA obtained. Ashafa said while the Nigerian Prison Service was engaged in ...

Sambisa Forest has become too hot for Boko Haram, says Lai Mohammed

Buhari govt rescues 30,000 people from Book Haram By Joseph Erunke ABUJA-THE federal government said Tuesday that it has secured release of 30,000 people from the grip of Book Haram terrorists in less than three years of its assumption of office. : Minister for Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed briefing journalists on the prosciption of all activities of the Independent People of Biafra at the Presidential villa, Abuja. Photo by Abayomi Adehsida The government said of the over 200 school girls abducted by the terrorists in the last administration, over 100 have since regained their freedom through its intervention, saying it was working towards seeing the free release of the remaining others. Minister of Information and Culture,Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said this in his open...

FG resumes prosecution of Boko Haram suspects

ABUJA—The Attorney-General of the Federation, AGF, and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN, has ordered the resumption of prosecution of suspected Boko Haram insurgents detained in various locations of the country. Justice Binta Nyako and some Boko Haram suspects Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the AGF, Comrade Salihu Othman Isah, who disclosed this in a statement, yesterday, said the second phase of the trial would commence at Kainji detention facility in Niger State today. According to him, the resumption of trial arose from the conclusion of investigation of over 1000 suspects as ordered by the court during its proceedings of October 2017 by the Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice. He explained that it was expecte...

How UNIMAD lectures, 10 policewomen were released by Boko Haram

Jihadist group Boko Haram has released 13 hostages, including a group of oil explorers and policewomen, that it held captive for more than half a year, the Nigerian presidency said on Saturday. Some of the UNIMAID geologists brought to Maiduguri dead, some still missing The three oil explorers are lecturers from Maiduguri university, in northern Borno state, who were kidnapped while searching for oil in July last year. Their exploration team was ambushed by Boko Haram in an attack that killed at least 69 people, one of the bloodiest assaults of 2017. A group of 10 women were also released, including police officers and civil servants, who were kidnapped near Maiduguri in June. Police initially denied the kidnapping until Boko Haram released a video weeks later showing ...

How many times shall we defeat Boko Haram?

WE need to apply great caution in our attitude to the war on terror. Terrorism being waged by Boko Haram and other Islamist groups in the North East of Nigeria is asymmetrical warfare. There is no formal drawn battle line, and the enemy feels free to attack “soft targets” such as innocent citizens and their property. For conventional armies all over the world, defeating terrorism is never an easy task. It took 25 years for the Sri Lankan authorities to defeat the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, LTTE, in 2006. Since the announcement of that famous victory, calm has returned to that country. That is what “victory” means. But here in Nigeria, the term “victory” has been bastardised on the altar of politics. The Nigerian military under former President Goodluck Jonathan,...

Boko Haram: before we rejoice

By Ochereome Nnanna OVER the past weekend, the Nigerian Army announced it had “completely defeated” Boko Haram, the Islamist insurgents wracking the North East, especially Borno State. Did I hear you say “again?” That was exactly what fell out of my mouth when the Theatre Commander of Operation Lafia Dole, Major General Rogers Nicholas, surrounded by his troops, made this announcement that ought to set off celebrations throughout Nigeria. Before I go on, let me reflect briefly on the way an elated Governor of Borno State, His Excellency Kashim Shettima, put it at a Townhall he held for the military and security agencies at the Government House, Maiduguri. He declared: “Interestingly, these accomplishments were made possible by an Igbo from Mbaise, Imo State. The Operat...

Boko Haram attacks in Nigeria, Cameroon despite ‘defeated’ claims

Boko Haram fighters stormed a village in northeast Nigeria and murdered two civilians, while six people were killed in an attack in northern Cameroon, a local resident and security sources told AFP on Monday. Nigerian Army The attacks came as Nigeria’s military again maintained the jihadists had been defeated, and that its repeated raids and suicide bombings were “a sign of weakness”. At least 20,000 people have been killed in nearly nine years of violence and more than 2.6 million made homeless, triggering a humanitarian crisis across the Lake Chad region. Bulama Bukar said Boko Haram fighters stormed his village, Alau-Kofa, about 8:00 pm (1900 GMT) on Sunday, firing guns and rocket-propelled grenades. “Two people were burnt alive and the whole village was burnt, alon...

Military rescues 84, captures Boko Haram’s weapons

At least 84 people have been rescued and heavy military weapons recovered from Boko Haram fighters by Nigerian army. The Army said on Saturday that the breakthrough was recorded during an operation in Borno State. A total of 84 persons held hostage by the insurgents at Camp Zairo were rescued by the troops and have been handed over to the Borno State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA). The Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Rogers Nicholas, that some of the women rescued were found to be pregnant while the children among them looked malnourished. The 84 persons were flown by the Air Component of the Operation Lafiya Dole to Maiduguri, the state capital after being freed from the heavily guarded camp. Major General Rogers Nicholas, who handed the ...

Lack of adequate funds, frustrating fight against Boko Haram —Buratai

By Henry Umoru ABUJA—THE military, yesterday, gave an insight into why it has been difficult for it to completely fight the dreaded Boko Haram as well as nip in the bud the security challenges facing the country. Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai Speaking, yesterday, in Abuja when he appeared before the Senate Committee on Army to defend the 2018 budget, Chief of Army Staff, COS, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, attributed the problem to inadequacy of funds to the military. He also said insecurity in Nigeria might continue to linger, if the needed resources were not provided. According to him, if the Army should effectively and efficiently carry out its statutory duties, the Senate should help amend the law that would place the military on first lin...

Army solicits media support to crush Boko Haram

Maiduguri – The Nigerian Army on Tuesday reiterated its commitment to closer collaboration with the media in the ongoing counter insurgency operations in the North-East. President Buhari commissions pioneer Nigerian army pilots The General Commanding Officer (GOC), 7 Division, Maiduguri, Maj.-Gen. Ibrahim Yusuf, said this when members of the Borno Correspondents Chapel paid him a courtesy visit. Yusuf said that such working relation was imperative to ensure the successful implementation of the campaign and restoration of peace to the region. He said there was need for the media to create awareness on the ills of the Boko Haram ideologies and fast track de-radicalisation process. “Presently, we have a community sensitisation and psycho social support programme which is ...

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