An eye witness told e-Magazine that a convoy of around 50 Boko Haram members stormed Gubio, and started shooting sporadically for more than five hours on Saturday afternoon. Delay in the details of this attack took days to surface outside due to poor telecommunications in the area. Thousands of people have been killed and several millions displaced in a six-year Boko Haram insurgency that once saw the group control an area the size of Belgium.
The governor, who paid a visit to the town on Wednesday to assess the situation, expressed shock at what he saw, saying most of the infrastructure in the commercial town had been destroyed by the insurgents. Commending the military for their efforts in liberating the efforts in liberating the communities hitherto occupied by the insurgents, Shettima said : "Part of the reasons for my visit is to thank the military, including the Nigeria Police, other security agencies and even the local vigilantes for their sacrifices towards ensuring peace in the state."
The Nigeria Army on Tuesday at the Rukuba Barracks in Jos, Plateau State, dismissed about 200 soldiers from service for their failure to capture the Sambisa forest - a notorious hideout for Boko Haram terrorists in Borno State. "Most of those that abandoned locations at the approach of the terrorists did not join the Army to fight," Mr. Usman said.
Musa-Dikwa had, during the electioneering, accused top officials of the Christian Association of Nigeria of allegedly collecting N7bn from President Goodluck Jonathan to support his re-election bid as the president during the March 28 poll. In a three-page letter to Buhari, the cleric said the Christian community in the North-East were watching with keen interest the plots by the leadership of All Progressives Congress to scheme out and marginalise Christians in the region "in the yet to be announced power sharing arrangements of the party."
State authorities in Adamawa and Borno have rejected reports about women and girls made pregnant on camps for displaced people being pressured to undergo abortions. "A lot [of women] are pregnant and having babies. We are trying to identify women and girls abused by Boko Haram, but they are not willing to open up because of stigma," Kolo said.
Soldiers are seen on a truck along a road in Maiduguri in Borno State, Nigeria May 14, 2015. "The prolongation of the state of emergency is a necessity." "They are in the bush and on Lake Chad," Massaoudou said. On April 25 the insurgents attacked a Niger military position on Lake Chad, which left 74 dead, including 32 civilians, and resulted in the disappearance of 32 other people.
Monguno, who is the Chairman, House Committee on Agriculture, said that he was withdrawing from the race to back the candidature of House Minority Leader, Femi Gbajabiamila, one of the frontline contenders. Femi Gbajabiamila, who I believe has the requisite qualification to lead the 8th Assembly in the onerous task of addressing the important and pressing needs of the citizens of this nation.
The former governor was accused of misappropriation, embezzlement of funds and abuse of office while he was governor of the state between 2003 and 2011. Uwujaren said Modu Sheriff had been summoned to appear before the Commission on Thursday, April 23, at 10am for questioning but he was yet to honour the invitation, hence the Commission was set to exercise one of its options, which was declaring him wanted.
The governor, during his visit to the area, assured the residents that authorities would liaise with the military to provide security for the vulnerable community. A member of the youth vigilante group in the area, Abba Idris, said the terrorists came to community in six vehicles and set houses ablaze, forcing people to flee. Another leader of the vigilante group in the town, Bukar Mandama, told the governor some five members of the Boko Haram group were killed.
Mercenaries have teamed up with Boko Haram whose members were on Tuesday reported to have again killed no fewer than 43 persons in Borno State. The agency quoted the military as saying that it was analysing the footage to identify the fighters and study the group's internal dynamics. The military has not publicly released the footage while its analysts worked on identification and the workings of the group.
Speaking at the presentation of certificates and awards to the 105 staff and management of the Borno state Revenue Service Board yesterday, the chairman urged the affected ministries and departments to remit their revenue generation figures or records to the board for documentation as the law "requires monthly for the sake of transparency." Director of Administration and Finance, Alhaji Kaka Kyari, assured continued support and cooperation of the staff for the Chairman to fully implement the automation system policy and fulfil his pledge to train all the staff on computer application.
DESPITE lingering insurgency in three northern states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe and security challenges in at least 30 states, the defence vote has maintained a steady decline under the President Goodluck Jonathan administartion since 2011. "However, following a request by the ministry to Mr. President for the transfer of control/management of the Armed Forces Peace Keeping reimbursement account from Nigeria Permanent Mission in the UN to the Defence Section in New York from where the funds will be remitted into the MOD account, the request was graciously approved and it is expected that with the transfer, funds would be easily accessed and utilized more judiciously for the maintenance and upgrade of the equipment.