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‘Boko Haram’ threatens to kill Thisday journalist

‘Boko Haram’ threatens to kill Thisday journalist
July 07
11:26 2015

Suspected members of the Boko Haram sect have threatened to kill “infidel” Adeola Akinremi, features editor of THISDAY.

The death threat – conveyed in an email to Akinremi on May 10 but seen by TheCable on Tuesday – was issued after the journalist, upon travelling to Adamawa state to investigate killings by the insurgents and the plight of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), wrote a piece titled, Why Boko Haram don’t deserve our amnesty.

“We have seen your hand against us . Inshallah you will die like other infidels that we captured,” read the mail, signed by one Abu Musab Abul-Barnawi.

“You have been joining our enemies. You are made yourself their mouth [sic] but we will get you insha Allah. This is a holy mission for Allah, so stop writing against us.


“You’re going too Michika calling yourself a brave journalist, but you’re a coward. We will get you. Its your government that talks amnesty, we are not looking for amnesty. Allah is with us. You’re now a walking dead and a prey to the Lions of Islam from the bullet of a passing car or a nearby rooftop.

“We are not asking you to repent, because of your error, we will use your blood to send warning to others.  Those people from America and Europe that are using you against our mission will soon know the truth. Our wounded fighters will never give up. they will return to fight for Allah to get their reward. Your soldier will soon know the truth.”

Since beginning its three-pronged war against the government, security agencies and religious institutions in 2009, Boko Haram has killed at least two Nigerian journalists.


In October 2011, gunmen suspected to be members of the sect shot dead Zakariyya Isa, a reporter with the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) in Maiduguri, capital of Borno state, “for working against the interests of the sect”.

Isa was shot dead around 7:30 pm in front of his house in Bulunkutu area of the city shortly after leaving the mosque.  His assailants traced him to his house, a few metres from the mosque, before opening fire on him.

In January 2012, Enenche Akogwu, the Kano state correspondent of Channels Television, was killed shortly after multiple bomb blasts at the farm centre police station, Kano. Akogwu was trying to find out details of the attack from bystanders when suspected members of the sect emerged, shooting him three times in the chest and another three times in the stomach.

THISDAY itself has previously been a victim of Boko Haram attacks. In April 2012, the Abuja and Kaduna offices suffered simultaneous suicide blasts. The Abuja attack resulted in the death of an employee, three passersby and the suicide bomber, while the Kaduna blast also wreaked damage on the offices of Moment and Sun newspapers.



  1. Saeed Musa
    Saeed Musa July 07, 12:43

    What this BH fail to understand is that his life is not in your hand,if his time reach to die with u or without u his will die and if his time never reach to die u can never kill him…

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  2. Maigida
    Maigida July 07, 14:49

    So they use email but forbid Western education? I am confused….

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    • Ekpeikot
      Ekpeikot July 07, 19:49

      You are in order. You are not confused but it wonders you. BH using email is very high tech. BH don’t even realize that the “touch light” they are using and their suicide belts are from “BOKO”, that It is very “HARAM. They are confused , NOT you my humble and kind hearted person.

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  3. Na manxon Allah
    Na manxon Allah July 12, 10:17

    What a terrible sect is this, they neither leave Muslims nor Christians,… this is my question… to what religion and ideology do they belong? . . . . to our government . .. killings of innocent people is increasing yet they are telling us to exercise more patience…. when the mission would be accomplished?

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