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 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".
Since April 2014 when the pupils were abducted from Government Girls Secondary School Chibok in Borno State, a manhunt has been mounted to determine their whereabouts. Yesterday, the commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, the military offensive the finish off Boko Haram, Major General Leo Irabor, said credible military intelligence indicates that the Chibok girls are still being held in a Sambisa Forest and at a location close to the Chad-Niger border.
According to impeccable sources, Governor Shettima has from November last year received millions of dollars which when converted to Nigeria's currency runs into billions as donations on behalf of the Internally Displaced Persons in various camps in the state. Food has always been a major challenge for the IDPs currently living in various camps and host communities in Borno.
Failed promises and dashed hopes are two of the phrases used by watchers of political events in the country to describe the fate of the over 200 schoolgirls who are still being held in captivity by their abductors in the last two years.
Mustapha Anka, deputy director, army public relations, disclosed this in a statement. "The division wishes to inform the general public that despite the successes recorded against Boko Haram insurgents across the state, the fight against insurgency is not yet over." "The Borno state government and headquarters of the theatre Command will at the appropriate time review the curfew in line with prevailing security situation across the state," the statement read.
Last Wednesday, I got a phone call from a reporter at one of Italy's major newspapers, la Repubblica. If the Chibok girls' parents belonged to the group characterized in Nigeria as "political stakeholders" the Nigerian state would have done everything to find and rescue the victims of abduction.
The bombings happened yesterday morning on the edge of Borno state, near border with Cameroon came barely two months after an attack in February on an IDPs' camp killed 60 people also in the state. Banki, which is around 120km from the state capital, Maiduguri, was seized by Boko Haram in 2013 but Nigerian troops drove the militant group out of the town early last year.
Governor Kashim Shettima at the Economic Summit held at the InterContinental Hotel, Lagos on Monday, March 7, 2016. Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima, has alerted the Federal Government on what he described as "food emergency," following the massive influx of displaced persons sacked by Boko Haram insurgents to camps in the state.
President Muhammadu Buhari has tasked the University of Maiduguri, Borno state to show interest in relevant research in Nigeria's search for oil in the Chad basin. The president also tasked the institution on the need to intensify research into positive ways of dealing with the consequences of shrinking of the Lake Chad Basin and its associated aquifers.
Army spokesperson, Sani Usman, had on Monday announced that the Nigerian troops were engaged in a heavy gun fight with members of the terror group. After nearly 10 hours of fierce battle, the army said late on Monday that the troops successfully repelled the attack and killed quite a number of the terrorists."
Borno state governor Kashim Shettima said "we need the whole world to rally round us" to help peace-building, rehabilitation and reconstruction after nearly seven years of violence. A report for the World Bank has said some 20,000 people from Borno have been killed in the insurgency and put the cost of the destruction in the state at $5.9 billion (5.2 billion euros).