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NYSC exempt Corp members posted to Borno from Orientation Camps

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Nigeria’s National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has exempted corps members posted to Borno State from the annual camping exercise.

“2020 Batch A Corps members serving in Borno State are exempted from Camp resumption,” NYSC said when it announced the exemption in a tweet on Wednesday.

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NYSC, however, did not state any reason for the exemption to corps members posted to the northeast state. But recent events in the state suggests that it could be for security reasons.

Between November and December 2020 alone, more than 50 persons have lost their lives in attacks by Boko Haram, bandits and other insurgency groups in Borno State.

About 43 rice farmers were killed by Boko Haram in Zabarmari, about 20 kilometres from Maiduguri towards end of last year.

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Borno State governor Babagana Zulum indicted the Nigerian army and police over insecurity in the state.

The indictment was triggered by multiple attacks and kidnap of 35 people by Boko Haram after the killing of the rice farmers.

“It is very disheartening and embarrassing to note that innocent commuters are being constantly killed and kidnapped along the Maiduguri/Kano road, particularly the 132-kilometre Maiduguri/Damaturu road,” Zulum said in December 2020.

“It is also annoying to note that those atrocities are committed between Jakana and Auno villages, a distance of only 20 kilometres from the capital.

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“Surprisingly, we have a Brigade Commander with his team in Jakana. There is also a commanding officer with his battalion in Auno.”

The governor stated that the security agencies have failed to protect the citizens.

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United Nations make U-turn on Borno Massacre death claims

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The armed men are suspected to be members of the terrorist group Boko Haram.

The United Nations (UN) has retracted its initial casualty figure of farmers killed in Borno state during an attack on Zabarmari community in Jere local government area of the state.

UN said the “gruesome” massacre against farmers killed “tens of people”, amending an earlier statement putting the death toll at 110.

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Eve Sabbagh, UN’s head of public information in Nigeria, said the “110 casualty figure” was not properly sourced.

The killings took place in the early afternoon of Saturday in the village of Koshobe and other rural communities in the Jere local government area.

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“Armed men on motorcycles led a brutal attack on civilian men and women who were harvesting their fields,” Edward Kallon, the UN’s humanitarian coordinator in Nigeria, said in the statement.

“Tens of civilians were ruthlessly killed and many others were wounded in this attack,” he added.

According to Babagana Zulum, governor of the state, 43 residents were buried on Sunday while the government is still trying to retrieve some other corpses.

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Zulum described people facing desperate choices.

“In one side, they stay at home they may be killed by hunger and starvation; on the other, they go out to their farmlands and risk getting killed by the insurgents,” he said.

But a presidential spokesman Garba Shehu said the farmers did not get a military clearance before resuming farming activities in the area.

Shehu who spoke to NoRM‘s known Media said the government was sad about the tragic incident, but added that the “people need to understand what it is like in the Lake Chad Basin area.”

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“The truth has to be said. Was there any military clearance from the military who are in total control of the area?” Shehu queried. “Did anybody ask to resume activity?”

He added that he had been briefed by military authorities that the villagers did not seek military advice before exposing themselves to “a window that the terrorists have exploited.”

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Many loses to death amid fresh Boko Haram attack in Borno

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Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum on Sunday morning, November 29, led kinsmen and other shocked residents of Zabarmari community for the funeral of 43 farmers slaughtered by suspected members of Boko Haram.

Though the victims lived in Zabarmari, a farming community in Jere Local Government Area of the state famous for rice cultivation and local processing, they were attacked and brutally murdered on Saturday, at Koshebe village, in Mafa Local Government Area while working in a rice field.

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During the visit, a resident (named withheld) told Governor Zulum that some farmers are still missing after the massacre.

“Your Excellency, as you have seen here, 43 corpses were buried, but others have not been retrieved from the scene of the incident. Nobody can tell you the exact number of people killed. Some of the victims are still missing” the resident said.

Addressing the bereaved community, Zulum expressed his condolence over the gruesome killing of the farmers.

“First of all, accept my deepest sympathy over this carnage, once again, that affects all of us and every human with conscience. I am told some persons are still missing. We have been discussing with the military since yesterday, Insha Allah the remaining people will be traced soon.” he said.

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The Governor while speaking to journalists said, “It is disheartening that more than 40 citizens were slaughtered while they were working in their farmlands. Our people are in very difficult situations, they are in two different extreme conditions, in one side they stay at home they may be killed by hunger and starvation, on the other, they go out to their farmlands and risk getting killed by the insurgents,”

“This is very sad. We are still appealing to the Federal Government to ensure recruitment of more our youths in the CJTF and hunters into the Nigerian military and the Civil Defence so that they can form part of the agro rangers that will protect farmers. We need many boots to protect farmlands and our youths understand the terrain. We will not lose hope because we have to remain optimistic about ending the insurgency” he added.

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Insurgency: Buhari needs to know the truth – Borno’s Zulum, ‘Sobatage’

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Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum, has insisted that there is sabotage in the system that will not allow insurgency to end in the North East.

He said this on Sunday when he met with the Governors of Kebbi and Jigawa States, Atiku Bagudu and Badaru Abubakar, who paid him a solidarity visit over the recent attack in Baga – a town in Borno.

Governor Zulum believes some elements are trying to frustrate the effort of the government in ending the insurgency and President Muhammadu Buhari needs to know the truth.

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He said, “Let me also re-echo my previous position with respect to the level of insurgency in Borno State, I earlier said that the gravity of the insurgency cannot be compared with what has happened between 2011 to 2015, and 2015 to date. Yes, it’s true. The President has done well.

“But there’s sabotage in the system that will not allow insurgency to end; the President has to know this very important point.”

“When he came to Maiduguri two months ago, I said so because between 2011 to 2015, at a time, almost about 22 LGAs were under the insurgents.

“Out of the four main roads that lead to Maiduguri. only one was functional,” the governor added.

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‘Why Is Insurgency Not Ending?’
He stressed the need for the President to examine the security situation in the region critically, to ensure the effort of his administration was not in vain.

Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum, with the Governors of Kebbi and Jigawa States, Atiku Bagudu and Badaru Abubakar, as well as his predecessor, Senator Kashim Shettima, at the Government House in Maiduguri on August 2, 2020.

Recounting his experience during his recent trip to Baga town, Governor Zulum accused the military of taking over the farmlands of residents.

He insisted that there was no justification for what he described as preventing residents displaced by insurgency from returning to their ancestral homes.

“There’s one very important question that we need to ask, why is the insurgency not ending? There’s sabotage in the system and there’s a need for the President to examine the current situation with a view to resolving it.

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“We have a huge population and people do not have access to their agricultural lands, and poverty is one of the causes of insurgency; why are you not allowing people to go back to their ancestral lands so that they will go and earn their living?” the governor questioned.

He added, “A situation where our Nigerian military are farming the lands, denying access to the common man to farm; what justification do they have for not allowing our people to go back to their ancestral homes?

The meeting, which was also attended by the state Deputy Governor, Umar Kadafur, held at the Government House in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.

Also present was the immediate past Governor of Borno, Senator Kashim Shettima, as well as Senator Ali Ndume and members of the State Executive Council.


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Just in: Soldiers kills Lieutenant in Borno state

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A Lieutenant has been shot dead by a solider in Bama local government area of Borno State.

The Director Army Public Relations Colonel Sagir Musa, confirmed this in a statement on Thursday, noting that they were investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of the Lieutenant.

Family members had taken to social media mourning the slain soldier identified as Lieutenant BS. Ngorgi, an Adjutant in his unit.

Lieutenant Ngorgi was due for a welfare pass today (Thursday 30th July) to go spend time with his family and young bride before the unfortunate incident happened.

His killer is a trooper of the Nigerian Army serving in 202 Battalion of 21 Special Armoured Brigade Bama, Borno State.

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He went beserk at about on July 29, 2020 and fired at the officer (a Subaltern) who eventually died.

“The incident happened when the soldier approached the officer who was standing in front of the Unit’s Headquarters making a phone call.

“The soldier has been arrested, is in custody undergoing investigation. General situation in the unit is calm,” Musa said.

Sources say the soldier had taken to marijuana consumption which he has been warned severally to desist from, but to no avail.

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He was reportedly piqued by Ngorgi’s refusal to grant him a welfare pass earlier applied for, and took his vengeful decision after he had smoked marijuana.

The remains of the deceased officer have been evacuated to 7 Division Medical Services and Hospital.

Investigation into the case has now been instituted to determine the circumstances that led to the unfortunate incident.

Sagir said the family of the deceased has already been contacted even as the army sympathizes and condoles with them.


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Update: Borno gov, Zulum frowns at Army over convoy attack

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The Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum has confronted the army over an attack on his convoy in Baga, a town in Kukawa local government.

Governor Zulum had departed Maiduguri, the state capital on Monday afternoon for the northern part of the state in continuation of the food distribution programme which he started earlier in July.

On Wednesday, he was scheduled to visit Baga, a fishing town on the shores of the Lake Chad region which has been under the control of insurgents for many years until the military declared its liberation, insisting no Nigerian territory is under the control of Boko Haram.

But, few kilometers to Baga, gunmen opened fire on the Governor and his entourage.

The Governor was forced to retreat as security operatives on escort duties repelled the attackers.

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A furious Zulum confronted the Commanding Officer in Mile 4, mincing no words in expressing his disappointment at the inability of the military to rid Baga and environs of insurgents.

“You have been here for over one year now, there are 1,181 soldiers here; if you cannot take over Baga which is less than 5 km from your base, then we should forget about Baga. I will inform the Chief of Army Staff to redeploy the men to other places that they can be useful,” Zulum said.

“You people said there’s no Boko Haram here, then who attacked us?”

The Governor has since returned safely with his entourage to Monguno where the distribution of palliatives continues.


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Just in: Repentant Boko Haram member kills Father in Borno

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A repentant Boko Haram member has killed his father and made away with his wealth after he was reintegrated into the community.

Senator Ali Ndume of Borno State has spoken out against the government’s amnesty program by saying that the Boko Haram rebels are never ready to repent from their ways so the government should rather focus on wiping out banditry and not the integration program for Boko haram members.

Senator Ali Ndume spoke to a BBC program and said: “They are like Kharajites. Many among those released have since run away. They will never repent. The government should know what to do about them, but not re-introducing someone who killed your parent or relations to you. Haba, not that he even apologized to the government. His thinking is that the government has failed; hence they are being pampered.”

Other victims of the Boko Haram have spoken out against the integrated members of the Boko Haram that they are up to no good when they come back into the community. They said they continue with their evil ways even after integrating.


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Borno: Boko Haram insurgents execute 5 workers in fresh video

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A video has surfaced online showing the execution of five persons by masked men in military camouflage, suspected to be Boko Haram fighters.

A voice was heard speaking in Hausa before the execution, saying that the five persons were working for infidels.

“Those of you that are being used by infidels to turn others to infidels, know this today oh, you who work for infidel groups, you satisfy their aims but they do not care about you and that is why when we catch you they do not show concern. Our call to you is to repent and follow Allah; we shall waylay you in all the roads that you follow and if you don’t listen, the fate of these ones will befall you,” the voice said.

The execution immediately followed his speech at the cue of another voice that said “bisimillah.”

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The slain persons are believed to be aid workers captured during a raid in Monguno Local Government of Borno State on June 13, 2020.

A view of the Sambisa Forest in Borno State, northeast Nigeria, which has been notorious for being a hideout for Boko Haram Insurgents

They include staff of the Borno State Emergency Management Agency, Action Against Hunger, Rich International, International Rescue Committee and a security guard.

The execution came after the insurgents demanded the sum of 500,000 dollars to release them.

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A staff of the SEMA who pleaded anonymity identified his colleague among those executed, who had also featured in a recent video where they spoke from captivity pleading with the government to intervene.

A view of the Sambisa Forest in Borno State, northeast Nigeria, which has been notorious for being a hideout for Boko Haram Insurgents.

Despite several air raids by the military and assurances by the Federal Government that many insurgents have been neutralised, they have continued to resurface, attacking communities, aid workers, and even military bases.

A screengrab from the video showing the execution of five men by suspected Boko Haram terrorists in Borno State.

Last year, Jihadists aligned with the Islamic State group released a video showing a female aid worker and five male colleagues who had been kidnapped in an attack in northeast Nigeria.

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Aid group, Action Against Hunger, had said earlier that one of its staff members along with three health workers and two drivers were missing after their convoy was attacked near the border with Niger.

One of the six hostages who had been held since July, was eventually executed in September, while four others were killed in December.

Thereafter, the French aid group, said it was “extremely concerned and called for the immediate release of its staff member, Grace, who was the only one left in captivity.”


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Yobe gov sends condolence to Borno gov over death of CoS

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Gov. Mai Mala Buni of Yobe, on Wednesday commiserated with the government and people of Borno, over the death of Dr Babagana Wakil, Chief of Staff to Gov. Babagana Zulum.

In a statement through his Director-General, Press and Media Affairs, Mamman Mohammed, and made available to Media in Damaturu, the governor described the death of the late COS as a painful loss to Zulum, the government and people of both Borno and Yobe.

According to him, Borno and Yobe remain one, saying, “every misfortune that affects one, affects the other”.

He said the deceased was a complete gentleman who lived a life of service to humanity.

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“Dr Babagana Wakil was a complete gentleman, a thorough breed, dedicated public officer and an accomplished administrator,” Buni said.

The governor prayed Almighty God to forgive his shortcomings and grant him eternal rest.

He also prayed that God grants his family, government and the people of Borno, the fortitude to bear the pains of his demise.


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Borno State IDP Camp Razed By Fire – 1 Dead


One person has been confirmed dead and many others injured in a fire outbreak at the Muna garage IDP camp in Borno state over the weekend.

According to NEMA, the fire was ignited from one of the kitchens in the Emergency shelters erected in the camp.

1613 HouseHolds have now been displaced as a result of the fire outbreak.


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Breaking: Borno Govt Approve ‘Religious Gatherings’ – Suspend Lockdown. [NIGERIA]


The Borno State Government has suspended the lockdown imposed on non-essential movement, following significant progress recorded in the fight against Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in the state.

Alhaji Umar Kadafur, the Deputy Governor of the state, who doubles as the Chairman of the state’s High-Powered Response Team for the Prevention and Control of COVID-19, announced this in a statement on Wednesday in Maiduguri.

He said: “In furtherance of the efforts to contain and eradicate this deadly scourge, the High Powered Committee wishes to announce the indefinite suspension of the Lockdown for the time being.”

Kadafur attributed the successes recorded in the state to the stringent measures adopted to contain the virus, which had yielded the desired result.

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According to him, the suspension of lockdown was to study the situation, noting that the government will not hesitate to revert to the status quo if the pandemic escalate.

He declared the use of face mask in all public places to be mandatory in the state as he directed all government officials, traditional rulers, religious leaders, community and opinion leaders to adhere strictly to the enforcement of social/physical distancing in places of worship and social gathering.

“Henceforth, Jumma’at prayers and five daily prayers shall be observed in all mosques as recommended by the Borno State Council of Ulamas.

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“Churches shall also conduct services as recommended by the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN).

“All congregations must be observed based on strict principles of COVID-19 preventive measures which included social distancing, use of face mask and hand sanitizer,” he said


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Former Governor of Borno is Dead. [Nigeria]

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First democratically elected governor of Borno State, Muhammed Goni has reportedly died.
The late politician was in his 80s and he died at the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital at about 8 p.m. on Wednesday April 29.

A relative of the former governor, Lawan Kareto who is a serving member of the Borno State executive council confirmed his death. He said;

“We have lost our beloved elder this evening.

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“We thank God for the good life he has had. Living to become 80 plus is not a small blessing from Allah. May his soul rest in peace.”

Mr Goni was elected governor of Borno in 1979, but lost his second term bid in 1983. He also contested for the governorship seat in Borno State under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in 2011, but lost to former governor Kashim Shettima, now a senator.


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Borno govt order 2 weeks lockdown. [Nigeria]


Borno State Government has announced a 14 day lockdown after 3 cases of Coronavirus was confirmed in the state.

Governor Umara Zulum made the announcement in a statewide broadcast and he said it will take off from 10:30pm on Wednesday, 22nd of April, 2020.

Residents of the state have been enjoined to observe the lockdown, as public gatherings are restricted while offices and businesses in Borno State are to be fully closed during this period.

Zulum said;

In the exercise of the powers conferred on me, I have signed an executive order, declaring Covid-19 a dangerous disease. For this, I am hereby directing a lockdown that will require cessation of all movements in Borno State for an initial period of 14 days with effect from 10:30pm on Wednesday, 22nd of April, 2020. All citizens in Borno State are to stay in their homes. This means all public gatherings are restricted while offices and businesses in Borno State are to be fully closed during this period. Security and intelligence agencies have been briefed for enforcement.

Government will use this period of restriction to accelerate the tracing and isolation of persons who have been in contact with the index case.

This is coming after the state’s Deputy Governor and Chairman of the State Committee on the Control and Prevention of COVID -19, Alhaji Umar Kadafur disclosed that they have identified 97 people who had contact with the dead index case.


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[Nigeria] Borno recognize 99 contacts of COVID-19 index case.


The Borno State government has identified 99 people believed to have had contact with the index case of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the state.

Deputy Governor Umar Kadafur disclosed this on Monday at a news conference in Maiduguri, the state capital.

The index case was a health worker with the Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) – Doctors Without Border –, an international organisation offering humanitarian service in the North East.

Until his death on Saturday last week, the patient worked in Pulka, a district in Gwoza Local Government Area of Borno State housing thousands of displaced persons.

Kadafur, who is also the Chairman of the Borno State High-Powered Committee on the Prevention and spread of COVID-19, told reporters that 99 people of interest have been traced.

He explained that 35 people had contact with the index case in Pulka where he was working before he developed symptoms while the remaining 64 were his contacts in Maiduguri who attended to him in a hospital or had contact with his remains.

“He (the patient) was a 56-year-old citizen of Borno who was brought in from Pulka with features of severe respiratory disease.

“He was managed in the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital (UMTH) but unfortunately, he succumbed to the disease,” the deputy governor said.

He added, “Nasal swab specimen was collected from the body, which tested positive for corona virus disease at the COVID-19 reference laboratories in the UMTH and validated by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).”

According to Kadafur, the government is tracing other contacts of the patients and putting necessary measures to prevent further spread of the disease.

He added that the MSF whom the patient worked for in Pulka has been directed to provide line list, profile and quarantine all his contacts and submit same to the committee for action.

The deputy governor noted that they have deployed a team on surveillance and case management to Pulka for further investigation and sample collection.


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Borno Air Strikes: Key Boko Haram Leaders Killed. [Nigeria]


The Defence Headquarters says troops have killed several key leaders of the Boko Haram and Islamic State’s West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorist groups in Borno State.

Coordinator of Defence Media Operations, Major General John Enenche, confirmed this in a statement on Monday.

According to him, the terrorists were killed and their structures destroyed in air strikes conducted by the Air Task Force of Operation Lafiya Dole at Durbada.

“The operation was executed on 17 April 2020 on the heels of credible Human Intelligence (HUMINT) reports, which were confirmed by series of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions, indicating that the settlement was one of the locations where some of the terrorists’ hierarchy often hibernate.

“Fighter jets dispatched by the Air Task Force took turns in attacking the location, scoring accurate hits within the target area which resulted in the death of some of the terrorists,” the statement said.

Major General Enenche added that others, who were seen attempting to flee the area, were taken out in follow-on attacks.

He noted that the Armed Forces of Nigeria would continue to sustain the offensive against those he described as the enemies of the nation.

The Coordinator of Defence Media Operations explained that this would be done in furtherance of the objective of restoring peace and security in the North East.


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Repentant Boko Haram members arrive Borno


“Repentant” Boko Haram members who surrendered to the Nigerien troops have returned to Maiduguri from Niger Republic with their wives and children.

Major General Bamidele Shafa who is the coordinator of the Federal Government Safe Corridor program, arrived at the Maiduguri airport in a military aircraft with repentant terrorists and some soldiers.

Shafa disclosed that the Nigerien government contacted the Nigerian government after the former Boko Haram members laid down their arms.


He said;

“We have just delivered 25 persons, comprising men, women, and children.

“So we have brought them home safely and handed them to the Borno State government for onward rehabilitation as part of the Operation Safe Corridor de-radicalization programme.

“We are using this opportunity to encourage those that are still in the bush to come out because the president of the Federal Republic has given them an open arm to drop their weapons and embrace peace.”

Receiving the returnees, Borno State’s Commissioner of Women Affairs, Zuwaira Gambo said the former Boko Haram members will be provided with psychosocial support, food, cloth and some form of education and skills acquisition


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Update: Babagana visits victims of fresh Boko Haram attack in borno


Borno state Governor, Prof Babagana Umara Zulum, last night paid a visit to the victims of the fresh Boko Haram attacks in Maiduguri, Borno state.

Shortly after President Buhari left the state after his sympathy visit, suspected Boko Haram members launched fresh attack on residents of Damboa road around Maiduguri NNPC depot.

A rocket propelled grenade was believed to have been launched by boko haram insurgent from an unknown distance and it fell on a house in Jiddari injuring occupants.

The governor visited the state Specialist Hospital, Maiduguri, where those injured were admitted. He directed the settlement of their medical bills.


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Boko Haram: Shekau warns Buhari not to visit borno again

gives updates about abducted chibok girls


Abubakar Shekau, the factional leader of Boko Haram sect, has given a condition under which the remaining Chibok school girls that are being held in captivity, would be released.


In a video released, Shekau said the schoolgirls would be set free if the federal government let go of the sect members currently in detention.

In the video, Shekau warned President Buhari not to return to Borno as his members are fully on ground in the north-east and would attack the president if he ever returns to Borno.

President Buhari was in Borno state on Wednesday February 12th on a condolence visit to the government and people of the state following last Sunday’s attack by the sect members in Aonu community that left over 30 travelers dead while many others were abducted.

Recall that the sects abducted about 276 female students from Chibok girls Secondary School. Over 100 of them are still in Boko Haram captivity while others have been released by the sect.


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Borno: PMB sad at fresh Boko Haram attack


The President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari has formally condemned the fresh attack by members of the terrorist group ‘Boko Haram’ in Borno, he then sent commiseration to the families of victims, assuring them that his administration will continually frustrate the devilish operations of Boko Haram, and bring it to an end.

Boko Haram had on Sunday night February 9th, attacked travellers along the Maiduguri-Damaturu highway in Auno town, Konduga local government area of Borno state, killing over thirty of them, abducted many others as well as destroying many properties.


In a statement released by his media aide, Garba Shehu, President Buhari condemned the attack, describing it as “murderous and cowardly”.

It read; “The commitment of this administration to protect the lives of Nigerians will not be derailed by the cowardly and indiscriminate violence against innocent people by Boko Haram terrorists,’’ the statement quotes the president as saying

The President Buhari, who also condoled with the government of the state, warns “that terrorists are clearly on a back foot and their days are numbered’’.

It continued; “As our armed forces continue to receive more hardware and intelligence to counter our current security challenges, the remnants of Boko Haram will ultimately be crushed. The peculiar challenges of asymmetric warfare notwithstanding, our armed forces are ever determined to defeat these enemies of humanity,’’ President Buhari said


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Borno: Zulum released 70 new surveillance vehicles to support Army, police

…to fight Boko Haram insurgents


Borno State governor, Babagana Zulum, has released 70 new surveillance vehicles to support the Nigerian Army, police and volunteers in the civilian Joint Task Force and hunters involved in fighting Boko Haram terrorists in the region.

The vehicles were released on Friday at the launch of a rapid response squad.

Governor Zulum directed that parts of the vehicles should be used by hunters and civilian JTF to patrol the Maiduguri-Damboa Road.


The governor assured citizens of his administration’s commitment to security of lives and property.

He also warned citizens to stop harbouring and shielding insurgents and members of any criminal gang in the state.


He said, “I have said a number of times that this administration will not hesitate to take any measure or make any sacrifice in order to ensure peace and security returns to our state.

“As chief security officer of Borno State, it is my constitutional and moral responsibility to do whatever possibly in trying to secure the lives of citizens and doing that is the whole essence of government in the first place.

“We cannot succeed in bringing lasting peace if we do not give maximum support to our security operatives by giving them information about the identities of culprits and their hideouts.

“On no account should we protect or hide anybody with the evil intention of destroying our state.”


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1,200+ northern teachers to go for new training techniques


Over 1,200 teachers from Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states are set to be trained on new techniques that will enable them help young people stay away from acts of terror in the North-East region.

Stakeholders at a training for teachers organised by Victim Support Fund agreed that education was instrumental to making terrorism unattractive.

VSF Executive Director, Sunday Ochoche, said they were training teachers to enhance their capacities as part of the move to keep youths away from the terror group.


The training was on pedagogy skills, classroom management, safety and psycho social support.

Ochoche, who noted that VSF had intervened in areas of health, peace building and reconstruction, said the education sector was receiving special attention because of its unique role in addressing the root cause of the insurgency.


He said apart from reconstruction and rehabilitation of schools equipped with teaching and learning materials, about 200,000 children in the affected states had received support from the fund.

He added that VSF plans to add additional 50,000 children in 2020.

He said, “This year, we are providing training for 1,200 teachers. We also have 50,000 pupils that would be added into our education support programme.

“We are also introducing a new component for school inspectors because we want to strengthen the monitoring and evaluation process.”


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Just in – 30 dead in borno bridge bomb


No fewer than 30 people were reportedly killed in Gamboru, Borno state on Monday January 6th after an improvised explosive device detonated on the bridge.

According to Reuters, the bomb detonated at about 5 p.m. on the crowded bridge in the market town of Gamboru that leads into neighbouring Cameroon. Witnesses in the market town said more than 35 persons were injured and rushed to the local hospital following the attack.


“It is an unfortunate day for us to witness this frustrating and devastating incident in our community. I just heard a loud sound of explosions, before I realized I saw many of our friends and colleagues were killed,” an eyewitness told Reuters

Boko Haram nor the regional offshoot of Islamic State, known as ISWAP, have taken responsibility for the attack.


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Light in: ISWAP Planning To Abduct Travellers


The Islamic State in West Africa is planning fresh abductions of Nigerian citizens in Borno State, NobleReporters learnt.

Information culled by NobleReporters shows that insurgents, who beheaded 11 Christians on Christmas eve are planning major abductions in Benishiek, Ngala, Auno, Mainok, Dikwa-monguno and Biu.

The fresh plans follows a directive by #ISIS caliph al-Hashimi, instructing the intensification of attacks especially of Christians in the region.


The terrorist are currently occupying farms and villages along Biu Highway in preparation for further attacks. ISWAP on Christmas eve attacked Biu and killed seven Nigerian soldiers.

It also carted away sophisticated military equipment.

The United Nations estimates that the decade-long armed uprising in North-East Nigeria has killed 36,000 people and displaced around two million.

Soldiers on the frontline in Borno and Yobe states have repeatedly called for sophisticated weapons and timely intel to prevent casualty when ambushed by ISWAP terrorists.


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