"One of the herdsmen escaped and confirmed to us that he is the only survivor," Amadu Kusuri, the northeast coordinator of the Fulani Miyetti Allah Association, said Thursday. The Islamist insurgents also kidnapped women and children and stole livestock in the attack on April 24 , Babangida Ali, the brother of one of those killed in Alau, said by phone.
Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno state, alongside his counterparts from Yobe, Bauchi, Gombe, Adamawa and Taraba states, met with the top management executives of World Bank led by its Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, discuss planned interventions by the bank towards providing support funds for the reconstruction of communities destroyed by Boko Haram insurgents in Borno and other states in the North-east.
The Director of Army Public Relations (DAPR), Col. Sani Usman, in a statement yesterday, that the troops had in a renewed onslaught on the leadership of Boko Haram terrorists, troops had earlier yesterday "made an unprecedented catch". According to Usman, "the gallant troops tracked and arrested six terrorists kingpins who sneaked into Kala Balge as a result of the onslaught of our heroic troops on the terrorists in Sambisa".
The insurgents, according to government officials, had targeted roads construction workers especially engineers and the routes through which building materials were transported to various projects sites in the state. According to him: "The non-completion of these roads and bridges in Maiduguri in metropolis was caused by the insurgency.
The initiative tagged, "Community School Support Programme (CSSP)" features donation of Back-to-School kits, including school uniforms and bags, to pupils drawn from 10 primary schools in the states. "Etisalat Nigeria is committed to delivering sustainable community support programmes that will complement public services and extend benefits to the grassroots across Nigeria. We are proud to be able to contribute positively to achieving the objective of improving our partner states especially in the area of Education. We will continue to collaborate to move the states and indeed the nation forward" he assured.
Strong and continued counter-insurgency offensive by the military has continued throughout April particularly in Borno, with higher incidents of rescued civilians. On April 18th, the Borno Protection Sector members conducted a rapid assessment in ATC camp in Borno of 526 rescued civilians and on March 17th and March 30th UNHCR rapidly assessed 453 rescued civilians in NYSC camp in Adamawa.
A year ago, Ladi Musa thought she was the luckiest woman on Earth as she walked down the aisle to exchange marital vows with her heart throb, Paul Ibrahim, in Ngoshe village, Gwoza local government area of Borno state.
Metuh was about to take his seat during the inauguration when he slipped off the chair reserved for him. Meanwhile, the National Chairman of the party, Ali Modu Sheriff has said that new membership cards will be used for the forthcoming Kebbi and Borno states congresses. Ibrahim Shehu Gusau said, "We will ensure that at the end of the day the overall interest of the party is achieved in the state congresses."
About two hundred soldiers who fought in the AU Peace Keeping operation in Guinea Bissau in 2015 have been denied six months allowances. The soldiers appealed to the federal government to wade into the matter so as to stop corruption which had been a major reason why the insurgency still thrived in the North-east.
The committees were inaugurated by the party's National Chairman, Ali Modu Sheriff at the party's national secretariat in Abuja. Sheriff urged the committees to consult with all stakeholders in the states to ensure successful congresses. The ceremony was however, obstructed for some minutes after the party's National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, fell when he attempted to sit on a swivel chair.
At a brief presentation ceremony held at the residence of the District Head Alhaji Mohammed Musa Dautiya in Shaffa town , the Coordinator of the Association Mr. Pindar Garba Wakawa accomoanied by its Caretaker committee Chairman Alhaji Isa Mustaoha Balami briefed the District Head of the aims and objectives for forming the Association and thanked the Borno State Deputy Governor Alhaji Usman Mamman Durkwa and the Commissioner of health Dr. Haruna Mshelia for their role in seeing to the success of the Association.
A total of 1, 934, 765 displaced persons are currently living in formal camps, and satellite camps in liberated communities as a result of the insurgency in the north eastern state. Our main source of worry, however, is the information that the authorities are considering closing some of the camps in the light of the claim that the IDPs are safe to return home since the military have succeeded in liberating and securing their communities from the Boko Haram insurgents.