Summary Some parents whose daughters were among those abducted in April by the Islamist Boko Haram sect in Chibok, Borno State, have lashed out at the Northern Elders Forum (NEF), accusing the group of maliciously holding their daughters for political reasons. The parents accused the Northern elders of creating the situation that gave rise to insurgency in the area in the first place. Enoch Mark, whose two of his daughters are among the girls currently in the net of the insurgents, told BD SUNDAY that the NEF should be held responsible for the killings in some parts of the north for playing politics with the lives of millions of innocent Nigerians.
Summary Musa Yakubu's biggest worry was the safety of his septuagenarian uncle who has been trapped in the hilly Gwoza town, southeast of Borno since Boko Haram sacked the community and reportedly declared it its territory. "I am very worried about the safety of my uncle. I'm not even sure he's alive because the insurgents may have killed him since he couldn't flee with other residents," he told Saturday Sun in Maiduguri. Interestingly, Yakubu is not the only one that is disturbed about the condition of residents of Gwoza who are trapped in the town.
Summary No fewer than 14 people were killed in Jibwhiwhui village, Hawul local government area of Borno State and environs when gunmen, suspected to be members of Boko Haram insurgents, invaded the area. Hawul is about 220 kilometres south of Maiduguri, the state capital, suffering from deadly attacks by insurgents following non-deployment of military troops despite outcry by residents of the area. A resident of the area, who did not want his name in print, told our correspondent on phone that the gunmen stormed the villages, on Thursday night, killing seven people before moving to the environs slaughtering seven people in an operation which lasted till 5:00am, on Friday.
Summary When last weekend the leader of the Islamist group Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau, said Gwoza in Borno State had been declared an 'Islamic Caliphate', following its alleged capture, the military was quick to deny the claim. Security operatives and residents reported that "roads out of the region are extremely dangerous and phone connections are poor to non-existent". Following the efforts displayed by the military to take over Damboa Local Government Area of Borno State from Boko Haram, sources said the insurgents ran away and wreaked havoc on neighbouring Gwoza in August, a situation that led to the taking over of the town and surrounding villages of Pulka, Ashigashiya, Limankara and the National Police Mobile training camp by the insurgents.
Summary The Shehu of Dikwa, Alhaji Abba Tor Shehu Masta in Borno has reportedly the town following the fear of likely attack on his palace by the dreaded Boko Haram sect. According to a security agent, after attacking Ngamboru Ngala Local Government Area where they hoisted their flags, the Boko Haram insurgents were seen last week along Marte, Dikwa Road, numbering over 1,000 with seven armoured personnel carrier, a convoy of Hilux vans and hundreds of motorcycles. The security official said seeing the insurgents along that road and the incident in Ngamboru Ngala triggered the mass exodus of Dikwa residents.
Summary BOUYED by their recent gains and capture of communities in Borno State, Boko Haram gunmen, operating in over three dozen Toyota Hilux vehicles and motorcycles at dawn on Thursday, invaded Dikwa town in the state, forcing many residents, including the Shehu of Dikwa, Muhammad Mast II Ibn Alamin Elkanemi, to flee to Maiduguri and other border villages with Cameroun. Dikwa is a border council headquarters and 85 kilometres Northeast of Maiduguri, the state capital. Although there were no reported loss of lives and property, Modu Bukar, who fled to Maiduguri yesterday morning, said some residents were scattered in different directions because of the insurgents. .
Summary The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has granted waiver to Nuhu Ribadu, a former chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC); Buba Marwa, former military administrator of Lagos and Borno states, as well as Markus Gundiri, governorship candidate of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) in the 2011 election, to contest the October 11 governorship bye-election in Adamawa State. Addressing journalists at a press conference immediately after the NWC meeting in Abuja on Friday, Olisa Metuh, national publicity secretary of PDP, debunked speculation that the NWC was divided over the matter, stressing that it was a "unanimous decision." According to him, all the aspirants met the requirements stipulated by the party's constitution to participate in the process.
Summary Maiduguri -- Boko Haram insurgents yesterday conquered yet another local headquarters in Borno State and hoisted their flag as a sign of triumph. The insurgents captured of Dikwa town, headquarters of Dikwa local government area in central part of the State, witnesses told Daily Trust last night.
Summary Barely a week after declaring GWOZA town in the troubled northeastern state of Borno an Islamic Caliphate by the Boko Haram insurgents, the extremists are said to have started beheading every Christian man available in the areas, while their wives have been forced into Islam and given out in marriage to the sect members. "As it is well known, the catholic diocese of Maiduguri covers the whole of Yobe, Borno and Adamawa States, the three states under strict emergency rule. Apart from the churches within Maiduguri that have great share of such attacks by the terrorists group, all the churches on the major road linking maiduguri and Adamawa state have been shut down due to activities of the insurgents."
Summary BOKO HARAM: NLC CALLS FOR BLOCKADE OF ROUTES TO FORESTS IN BORNO, ADAMAWA. The Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, has advised the Federal Government to adopt starvation tactics in the fight against the Boko Haram by blocking all the routes leading to the forests in Adamawa, Yobe and Borno states where the sects operate from. President of the NLC, Abdulwaheed Omar, who made the call at the commissioning of the N150 million secretariat called Federal Might House built by the Nigeria Civil Service Union, Federal Council in Abuja, yesterday, noted that if the number of troops deployed to monitor elections in Ekiti and Osun states was sent to the entry and exit of the forests, the terrorists would be forced to surrender.
Summary FOLLOWING the take over of Gwoza town in Borno State and the recent occupation of the terrorists in Madagali, in Adamawa State, the Islamic extremists have reportedly taken over churches and declared sharia in the areas. "At the early part of this year, St. Peter's Pulka was badly attacked. Thanks to God, the Pastor, F ....
Summary All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain and Former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Nasir El-Rufai, named former Borno State governor Modu Sheriff (recently defected to Peoples Democratic Party, PDP) and Lt. Gen Azubuike Ihejirika, a former chief of army staff as Boko Haram "kingpins". Nasir El-Rufai Posting the statement to his Facebook and Twitter pages, the former minister cited Australian hostage and crisis negotiator Stephen Davis, who alleged the above duo were key elements of the insurgency on Arise News .