Thursday, September 20, 2018

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    ‘30,000 victims rescued in 2 years’ — FG insists Boko Haram has been defeated

‘30,000 victims rescued in 2 years’ — FG insists Boko Haram has been defeated

Abdulrahman Dambazau, minister of interior, says the Boko Haram sect has been completely decimated, with its leadership dismantled.He said this on Monday during a townhall meeting for the military and security agencies in Maiduguri, Borno state capital.Corroborating Dambazau's view, Mansur Dan-Ali, minister of defence, said at least 30,000 women and children have been rescued from Boko Haram insurgents in the [...]

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    Is military monitoring social media for the wrong reason?

Is military monitoring social media for the wrong reason?

The role of the military in a democracy has always been an issue right from the days of Plato, 2500 years ago. The recent pronouncement by Nigeria’s military that it would monitor anti-government comments on social media gives cause for concern and reminds one of Plato’s argument in the Republic.In responding to the recent misuse of the social media, the [...]

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    Elumelu: Our military facilities comparable to what I see in Europe

Elumelu: Our military facilities comparable to what I see in Europe

Tony Elumelu, chairman of Heirs Holdings, says the Nigerian military facilities are comparable to the ones he sees in Europe.Elumelu said this on Tuesday while addressing journalists after speaking at the guest lecture series of the Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Jaji in Kaduna state.Elumelu, who delivered a paper titled ‘Leadership: Private sector perspective’, applauded the military for their [...]

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    Olonisakin: Military confronting 14 security threats

Olonisakin: Military confronting 14 security threats

Abayomi Olonisakin, chief of defence staff, says the military is confronting about 14 security threats across the country.Olonisakin made this known at a reception organised by the Nigerian permanent mission to the United Nations on the sidelines of the second chiefs of defence conference.The conference, which was held at the UN headquarters, New York, had more than 100 other chiefs [...]

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    We’ve curbed corruption in the military, says Buhari

We’ve curbed corruption in the military, says Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday said the federal government started recording success in the fight against insurgency after "we curbed corruption and removed injustice in the military".Buhari said corruption was largely responsible for the inability of the troops to defeat Boko Haram.According to a statement issued by Garba Shehu, presidential spokesman, Buhari made the statement while speaking at an audience with [...]

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    ‘Lord take my soul, but the struggle continues’ and 19 other Ken Saro-Wiwa quotes

‘Lord take my soul, but the struggle continues’ and 19 other Ken Saro-Wiwa quotes

Ken Saro Wiwa is best known as the writer who fought fiercely for the rights of the Ogoni people in south-south Nigeria, eventually paying the ultimate price.Saro Wiwa was hanged today, November 10, but back in 1995 - 20 years ago - after being tried by a military tribunal he said had written the judgement in advance.In letter from prison, [...]

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    Where on earth is Abubakar Shekau?

Where on earth is Abubakar Shekau?

By his videos, we know him. But nobody has heard from Abubakar Shekau, leader of the Boko Haram sect, in the last two months, fuelling rumours that he may be... alive.Perhaps only his recording studio and camera have been destroyed in recent military operations, and he is still setting up shop and props somewhere else before calling up AFP, his preferred [...]

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    Nigerian soldiers still in Sambisa forest, military insists

Nigerian soldiers still in Sambisa forest, military insists

‎The Nigerian Defence Headquarters (DHQ) has refuted reports that soldiers have withdrawn from Boko Haram stronghold Sambisa, and that insurgents have gained control of some territories in Borno state.In a statement on Tuesday, DHQ also described reports claiming that troops fled in the face of an onslaught from the insurgents at Marte, also in Borno, as false.It urged the media to avoid reports [...]

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    Boko Haram still in control of Bama, but Yobe free

Boko Haram still in control of Bama, but Yobe free

Boko Haram insurgents are still in control of Bama, a town in Borno state, north-eastern Nigeria, contrary to recent media reports.Yobe, though, is now free from the grip of the insurgents.The Nigerian military on Monday announced that Goniri, the last stronghold of the terror group in Yobe state, had been retaken.Bama, the second largest town in Borno, was seized by Boko [...]

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    Troops ‘capture terrorists disguised as women’

Troops ‘capture terrorists disguised as women’

The Nigerian military has captured Boko Haram militants disguised as women in its current operations at Baga, in  the northeastern state of Borno.On Saturday, the Nigerian defence headquarters announced that the terrorists had been expelled from the fishing town of Baga.Boko Haram militants had captured the town in January, killing dozens of people and displacing many more in what Amnesty [...]

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    Boko Haram ‘massing up’ in training camps

Boko Haram ‘massing up’ in training camps

Mike Omeri, director-general of the National Orientation Agency (NOA) and coordinator of the national information centre, says Boko Haram militants are massing up in training camps across the northeast to launch attacks on the general area.Omeri, who made this disclosure at a press conference in Abuja, emphasised that the massing up of militants in target areas was usually a harbinger for [...]

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    Amnesty blames military for Baga attack

Amnesty blames military for Baga attack

The Nigerian military got prior warnings of Boko Haram attacks on Baga and Monguno in Borno state, Amnesty International (AI) has revealed.The Baga attack as described as possibly the deadliest in the history of Boko Haram carnage, while the sect reportedly seized Monguno on Monday after a fierce battle with Nigerian troops.However, Nigerian troops warded off the terror group in Maiduguri and Konduga."Commanders at [...]

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    Nigerian military getting serious about B’Haram

Nigerian military getting serious about B’Haram

The conflict in Northeast Nigeria is now often mentioned in the same breath as Syria and Iraq. The fighting there has been bitter, and Boko Haram have proven tough foes. It is therefore gratifying that the Nigerian military has made many of the right reforms in recent months to produce a more potent and disciplined force. They have reorganised, improved [...]

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    Support for army after Cameroon controversy

Support for army after Cameroon controversy

The Nigerian Army has received support from a section of social media users after Monday's controversy regarding how 480 soldiers found themselves in Cameroon.While the BBC reported that the soldiers were fleeing from Boko Haram, the Nigerian army said the soldiers had a "sustianed battle with terrorists" and their movement to Cameroon was only a "tactical manouvre".On the Twitter timeline of [...]

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    Nigerian military ‘disturbed’ by Amnesty’s report

Nigerian military ‘disturbed’ by Amnesty’s report

Military spokesman, Maj-General Chris Olukolade, has described as "too grievous" allegations of extra-judicial killings by its men in the war against terror.Amnesty International had released a statement saying it had seen the footage of crimes committed by Nigerian soldiers in the fight against insurgency in north-eastern Nigeria.Olukolade statement read: "The Nigerian military takes the issue of Human Rights seriously and [...]

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    Amnesty: Nigerian soldiers slit detainees’ throats

Amnesty: Nigerian soldiers slit detainees’ throats

Amnesty International says it has seen footage that seems to show Nigerian soldiers slitting the throats of detainees and dumping them in mass graves in the war against terror.It also said Boko Haram militants and the military have killed about 4,000 people in the insurgency in north-eastern Nigeria.The body stated that such acts violate human rights and humanitarian laws, and urged the [...]

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