Tuesday, August 6, 2019

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US undecided on how best to help Nigeria

By Alex Rogers/TIMETop U.S. officials including Sens. Saxby Chambliss and Dianne Feinstein of the Intelligence Committee are undecided over the most effective way to help Nigeria find more than 200 girls who were kidnapped by Boko Haram militants in April as U.S. intelligence support begins but boots on the ground remain off the table.The social media campaign, #BringBackOurGirls, has built [...]

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    Most girls in video ‘not from Chibok’

Most girls in video ‘not from Chibok’

There has been a twist in the tale as most of the girls seen in the latest Boko Haram video are now said not to be among the ones kidnapped from Chibok, Borno StateA CNN report on Tuesday afternoon said when the parents of the missing girls looked at the pictures from the video, they could only identify a few of [...]

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    State of emergency to be extended by 6 months

State of emergency to be extended by 6 months

There could be six more months of state of emergency in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa States following a request to the National Assembly by President Goodluck Jonathan.His request letter was read in senate Tuesday morning.It will have to be approved by the national assembly in line with the constitutional provision.The state of emergency was first introduced in May 2013 and [...]

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    Shekau could face trial for war crimes, says ICC

Shekau could face trial for war crimes, says ICC

The International Criminal Court (ICC) has said that the Chibok abductions "could constitute crimes that fall within the jurisdiction" of the tribunal.The statement was issued on Tuesday by the ICC prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda.Over 200 girls were kidnapped on April14/15 by the Boko Haram sect, and its leader Abubakar Shekau has said he would not release the girls until the group's [...]

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    Chibok: Hope fades as rescue efforts yield no clue

Chibok: Hope fades as rescue efforts yield no clue

All efforts to identify the location of the kidnapped schoolgirls have not yielded any lead, TheCable understands.Initial enthusiasm that the involvement of the US, UK and France will deliver quick results has now given way to some pragmatism in government circle.Government sources in Abuja said on Tuesday that the government may now be left with no other option than to [...]

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    ‘I prefer my daughter dead than convert to Islam’

‘I prefer my daughter dead than convert to Islam’

A father of one of the 276 girls in Boko Haram captivity has rejected any attempt by the federal government to do a deal with the insurgents for their release.He also said his daughter can never convert to Islam but would prefer she died instead.“I am not really interested in what Boko Haram’s demands are,” the unidentified father told the [...]

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    Okorocha says hunger ‘is the cause of terrorism’

Okorocha says hunger ‘is the cause of terrorism’

Governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha is scared that Nigeria's terrorism challenge has reached such intolerable level that one can almost say that the country is at war.According to Okorocha, who was speaking on Monday at the Progressive Governors Forum in Kano State, the solution can only come when  government provides its citizens with quality education.The forum, which is second in its [...]

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    Amaechi blames government for rising insecurity

Amaechi blames government for rising insecurity

The growing insecurity and high rate of unemployment in the country are the result of government's failure to provide education for all, Rivers State governor Rotimi Amaechi said on Monday.Speaking at the 2nd Progressive Governance Lecture Series of the All Progressive Congress (APC), titled Crisis in Nigeria’s Education Sector: Addressing The Connect Between Unemployment and Insecurity, Amaechi decried the high percentage of [...]

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UPDATED: 5 to face trial for Nyanya bombing

Suspected members of Boko Haram who allegedly carried out the April 14, 2014 bombing of a bus garage at Nyanya, near Abuja, were paraded before journalists on Monday by the State Security Service (SSS).Over 70 persons were confirmed dead in the blast which the insurgents' leader, Abubakar Shekau, claimed responsibility for in a video message three weeks later.All the five [...]

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    FG rejects ‘exchange deal’ with Boko Haram

FG rejects ‘exchange deal’ with Boko Haram

Nigeria will reject the precondition given by Boko Haram for the release of the 276 girls in their captivity, Interior Minister Abba Moro has hinted.Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau had said his detained "brethren" should be freed by the federal government in exchange for the freedom of the girls whose plight has drawn global attention.Moro was asked by the AFP [...]

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    Boko Haram wants prisoner swap to return girls, says Sani

Boko Haram wants prisoner swap to return girls, says Sani

Kaduna-based human rights activist, Mallam Shehu Sani, has told the Daily Telegraph of London that Boko Haram could be seeking a prisoner swap deal to return the 276 school girls it seized in Chibok, Borno State.Under such a deal, the government will release detained Boko Haram militants and the group will in turn free the girls, Sani suggested.He, however, did [...]

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    Shekau gives condition to release Chibok girls

Shekau gives condition to release Chibok girls

Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau, has released yet another video asking the Nigerian government to free its detained members in exchange for the abducted girls.TheCable reported last week that the insurgents might be seeking a deal along this line before releasing the girls.In the video, Shekau said: "These girls you've occupied yourselves with... we've liberated them. They are now Muslims."It is [...]

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    Father of 2 Chibok girls recollects horror

Father of 2 Chibok girls recollects horror

The claim by military authorities that Nigerian soldiers engaged Boro Haram in a gun fight while the Chibok girls were being whisked away is being challenged by new accounts of the April 15 incident.The father of two of the kidnapped girls has told the CNN that the villagers did not see any soldiers.The man, whose face was obscured obviously for [...]

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    Boko Haram exploits Nigeria’s ‘military decline’

Boko Haram exploits Nigeria’s ‘military decline’

By Tim Cocks/ReutersTwo decades ago Nigeria's military was seen as a force for stability across West Africa. Now it struggles to keep security within its own borders as an Islamist insurgency in the northeast kills thousands.A lack of investment in training, failure to maintain equipment and dwindling cooperation with Western forces has damaged Nigeria's armed services, while in Boko Haram [...]

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    Nigeria at war and must re-strategise, says APC

Nigeria at war and must re-strategise, says APC

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has taken an official position on the Chibok abductions and the general insecurity in the north-east of Nigeria, listing a series of measures the federal government should adopt to secure lives and property.Speaking to the media in Lagos, the interim national chairman of the party, Chief Bisi Akande, said Nigeria is at war and urgent [...]

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    Akande running down Nigeria, says Presidency

Akande running down Nigeria, says Presidency

Presidency has accused the interim national chairman of All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Bisi Akande, of running down Nigeria and creating problems for the country.Akande, at a press conference on Sunday, had blamed President Goodluck Jonathan for not doing enough to rescue the girls kidnapped from Chibok, Borno State, by Boko Haram.He‎ also said Nigeria was on "auto pilot".Presidential spokesman [...]

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