B’Haram targeting Christians to trigger religious war – FG

PDP: Nigeria sliding into bankruptcy, groaning under insurgency Telco loses 282 base stations to North-East bombings     The Federal Government, yesterday, raised the alarm over the recent spate of terrorist attacks targeted at Christians, alleging that it was a deliberate ploy by Boko Haram, Islamic State in West Africa (ISWAP) and their allies to trigger a religious war in Nigeria. Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed recalled that in the past, Boko Haram insurgents didn’t use to discriminate between Christians and Muslims when they carried out their…

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Boko Haram: UN, EU decry attacks on civilians, aid workers

The United Nations (UN) and European Union (EU) have condemned the renewed attacks on civilian population and humanitarian aid workers by insurgents operating in the North-East region of Nigeria. The condemnation came yesterday at a joint media briefing by the new EU Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, Mr. Janez Lenarčič, alongside the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, Mr Edward Kallon and the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management & Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouk. The briefing centred on the outcome of Lenarcic’s visit to the war ravaged…

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NSA: B’Haram, ISWAP alliance caused national security review

The alliance between Boko Haram and the Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP) has necessitated holistic review of the 2014 National Security Strategy (NSS), National Security Adviser (NSA), Maj-Gen. Babagana Monguno (rtd), has said. He made the disclosure yesterday in Abuja at a stakeholders’ workshop for the sensitisation session of the NSS 2014. The NSA disclosed that the document, which essentially built upon that of 2014, was people-centred even as he added that the sensitation was the first phase towards implementation of the strategy document. Specifically, the NSA noted…

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Boko Haram not Islamic sect, group tells media

Media organizations in Nigeria and abroad should desist from addressing Boko Haram insurgents as Islamic sect, an international group, the Organisation of Islamic Conference (IOC), has said. What the Boko Haram members do, a document of the IOC sighted by New Telegraph on Thursday showed, is “a criminal act; it has absolutely nothing to do with Islam.” Secretary General of the group, Eyad Madani, had earlier said during a three-day visit to Nigeria that activities of Boko Haram “are anti-Islam.” The IOC scribe said: “The OIC has issued statements that…

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Spiritual warfare: Muslim group supports military against Boko Haram

The Muslim Congress (TMC) has declared readiness to be part of the plan by the Nigerian Army to use re-orientation, prayers and other “spiritual” means to starve the Boko Haram terrorist organisation of members. The group offered to support the agenda of the military to adopt a ‘spiritual’ approach to combating the terrorist organisation, Boko Haram. The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant-General Tukur Buratai, had said at a recent seminar that the military would adopt “spiritual warfare” approach in tackling the menace of Boko Haram, a comment that had been…

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Boko Haram: Group raises the alarm over activities of international NGOs

A civil rights group, Coalition for Civil Rights and Good Governance, yesterday raised the alarm over what it described as worrisome activities of foreign non-governmental organisations in the North-East as it relates to the activities of Boko Haram in the region. The group, which made the call in a press conference in Abuja, however, demanded for the probe of these international NGOs. Speaking through its convener, Princess Ajibola, the coalition said it had taken time to review and evaluate the recent developments in the North-East and found these supposed humanitarian groups…

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Boko Haram: 22,000 missing in North-East, says ICRC

At least, 22,000 people in the North-East are missing as a result of the bloody campaign by Book Haram sect, which has displaced and claimed the lives of many since its activities took a nasty turn in 2012. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), raised the alarm in a statement. The ICRC, which operates in over 80 countries including Nigeria, said this was the first time its organisation was recording such a massive number of persons whose whereabouts, dead or alive, could not be accounted for. The ICRC…

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Scores dead, secretariat, houses razed as Boko Haram overrun Borno areas

Two Local Government Areas of Gubio and Magumeri in Northern Borno Senatorial District are currently under the control of Boko Haram when the insurgents in their large number launched a coordinated attack on the communities beginning from Wednesday evening through Thursday morning without confrontation. Both Gubio and Magumeri have no military presence as troops were withdrawn recently for routine operational changes as enshrined in the Rules of Engagement. It was learnt that hundreds of thousands of residents have been displaced while others are under the captivity of insurgents, especially those…

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Report: Boko Haram gunmen kill 23 mourners in Borno

Boko Haram gunmen on Saturday killed 23 mourners in Borno State in Nigeria’s restive northeast after they attended a funeral, local militia and residents said. At around 1030 GMT, the attackers on three motorbikes opened fire on a group of men as they walked back from a funeral in Nganzai district near the state capital Maiduguri, local militia leader Bunu Bukar Mustapha said. “Our men recovered 23 dead bodies from the scene of the attack, which happened this morning,” Mustapha told AFP. The men were returning to Badu Kuluwu from…

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Boko Haram kills Army colonel, captain, others

Six solders, including a colonel and a captain were said to have been killed by Boko Haram insurgents in an ambush along Maiduguri- Damaturu road on Wednesday. A security source, who did not want his name in print, told our correspondent that; “on Wednesday July 17, 2019 at about 17:21 hours, a military gun truck was ambushed by Boko Haram terrorists between Benesheik and Jakana, killing all six occupants, including a Colonel, a captain and their escorts.” He said: “ A search and rescue team was deployed to the scene…

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