Sunday, April 7, 2019

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    Patience Jonathan: Stop abusing my husband

Patience Jonathan: Stop abusing my husband

First Lady Patience Jonathan has asked Nigerians to stop abusing her husband whom she said was ordained by God to rule the country.Abusing President Goodluck Jonathan is "bad", she said.She was addressing children at an event she organised to mark the 2014 Children's Day at the Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.Quoting from the Bible, she said God's instruction to mankind [...]

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    Abducted Chibok girl escapes, now in hiding

Abducted Chibok girl escapes, now in hiding

One of the 276 girls kidnapped last month by Boko Haram has escaped.National chairman of the Kibaku Area Development Association, Dr. Pogu Bitrus, confirmed the news to TheCable, but refused to reveal the identity of the girl, saying it could re-endanger her life."The girl is currently at a location I cannot disclose," he said. "But I can assure you that she [...]

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    Cameroon joins fight against Boko Haram

Cameroon joins fight against Boko Haram

On a day Boko Haram killed dozens of Nigerian troops in Buni Yadi, Yobe State, Cameroon has deployed 1,000 soldiers to join in the battle against the insurgents.Reuters quoted the Cameroonian defence ministry spokesman as confirming the movement of troops and armoured vehicles into the border with Nigeria.The leaders of Cameroon, Benin, Niger, Chad and Nigeria agreed at a summit in Paris, [...]

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    Group blames terrorism on northeastern governors

Group blames terrorism on northeastern governors

A coalition of civil society groups from the northeast has blamed the rise and spread of Boko Haram on governors in the geopolitical zone.The groups, which came together under the aegis of Gidado Ibrahim’s Northern Alternative Forum, accused the governors of “politicising" insecurity in the region.Speaking at a press conference on Tuesday, Alhaji Gidado Ibrahim, the special adviser on communication and security strategy [...]

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    So what now for the Chibok girls in captivity?

So what now for the Chibok girls in captivity?

The stunning revelation by chief of defence staff, Air Chief Marshall Alex Badeh, on Monday that the military knows where the kidnapped schoolgirls are but will not use force to rescue them has narrowed the chances before the government to almost zero. These are the choices before us ─ but they are thinning out by the day.Prisoner swap. Boko Haram [...]

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    Fear of ‘Ansaru factor’ hampers rescue of Chibok girls as military locates hostage site

Fear of ‘Ansaru factor’ hampers rescue of Chibok girls as military locates hostage site

Efforts by security agencies to rescue hundreds of schoolgirls in Boko Haram captivity are being hampered by fears that another militant group, Ansaru, may be involved.Ansaru (pictured), also called Jama’atu ansaril muslimina fi biladis Sudan (Vanguards for the Protection of Muslims in Black Africa), are known to harm their hostages at the slightest indication that they are about to be [...]

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    Northern group begins #ReleaseOurGirls campaign

Northern group begins #ReleaseOurGirls campaign

Arewa Political Women Frontier, (APWF), a group comprising women from all the 19 northern states, on Monday staged a protest against the abduction of Chibok schoolgirls by Boko Haram.According to coordinator of the group, Mrs. Ramatu Mohammed, the group converged on the Unity Fountain, Abuja, to protest against Boko Haram’s onslaughts.She said that the northern women had to come together to speak out against the [...]

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    Tambuwal wants emergency relaxed at Ramadan

Tambuwal wants emergency relaxed at Ramadan

Speaker of the house of representatives, Hon. Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, has urged the federal government to relax the state of emergency in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states during the Ramadan period.This is to enable the Muslims perform the fasting ritual hitch-free, he said.This year's fasting at Ramadan ─ which is the holiest month in Islam ─ will start on or before [...]

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    British newspaper says Jonathan aborted rescue deal for Chibok girls ‘at the last minute’

British newspaper says Jonathan aborted rescue deal for Chibok girls ‘at the last minute’

The kidnapped schoolgirls would have regained their freedom by now but President Goodluck Jonathan called off a prisoner swap deal with Boko Haram at the last minute, British tabloid The Mail on Sunday has reported.Dubai-exiled Nigerian journalist, Ahmad Salkida — who reportedly fled to the United Arab Emirates last year following threats to his life on account of his closeness to the militants — was [...]

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    Wayas wants ‘no sympathy’ for Boko Haram

Wayas wants ‘no sympathy’ for Boko Haram

Former Senate President, Dr Joseph Wayas, has implored the Federal Government to resist the temptation of negotiating with Boko Haram, as the sect has proven to have scant regard for peace.Speaking in Abuja on Sunday after activities to commemorate his 73rd birthday, Wayas urged the government o deal ruthless with the sect and anyone found to be connected with it.“We should [...]

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    5 reasons FG should do a deal with Boko Haram

5 reasons FG should do a deal with Boko Haram

Since Boko Haram kidnapped hundreds of girls from Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok, in April, global attention has shifted to Nigeria. The insurgents' leader, Abubakar Shekau, has offered to release the girls if Boko Haram members in government custody are freed. President Goodluck Jonathan has ruled out a deal, but we think he should leave his options open. Here are [...]

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    Jos bombers kill 3 at football viewing centre

Jos bombers kill 3 at football viewing centre

A suicide-bomber killed three on Saturday night outside a football viewing centre in Jos, Plateau State, where the European Champions League final was being screened.The blast occurred around 9.30pm along Bauchi road, which is also close to Bauchi motor park.Although police put the official casualty figure at three, including the suicide bomber, witnesses said eight persons were killed.Police had said [...]

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    ‘Chibok kidnap, turning point in terrorism war’

‘Chibok kidnap, turning point in terrorism war’

The abduction of more than 200 schoolgirls of Government Girls Secondary School Chibok, Borno State, by Boko Haram is a turning point in Nigeria’s war against terrorism, a pressure group, the Grand Alliance Against Terrorism, has said.Speaking during a rally at the Unity Fountain, convener of the group, Mrs. Priscilla Achakpa praised the government and the Armed Forces for their [...]

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    Rocket launcher factory ‘discovered in Kano’

Rocket launcher factory ‘discovered in Kano’

Nigerian military authorities said they have discovered a rocket launcher production facility in Kano State.Defence spokesman, Major Gen. Chris Olukolade, said in a statement on Friday that the facility was discovered at Dorayi District in Kumbotso local government area of Kano State.He said a prominent member of the "terrorists group" was recently arrested, following which the factory was discovered.Although he [...]

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    THE INSIDER: Is this the Sudanese university radicalising Nigerian militants?

THE INSIDER: Is this the Sudanese university radicalising Nigerian militants?

Security agencies are getting worried about the possible role of Sudanese universities in the radicalisation of Nigerians linked to Boko Haram.The most recent example is that of Aminu Sadiq Ogwuche, who allegedly masterminded the April 14 Nyanya bombing which claimed 75 lives.Ogwuche studied Arabic at Sudan's International University of Africa, which has also trained over 1,000 Nigerians in the last 10 [...]

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    UN Security Council hits Boko Haram

UN Security Council hits Boko Haram

The global effort to ostracise Boko Haram got a major boost on Thursday as the UN Security Council committee on al-Qaeda blacklisted the insurgents.Although this action is not expected to work like a magic formula against the group that has killed over 10,000 persons since 2009, members of the group are now officially outlaws.Members of the group will have their [...]

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