The Army authority decided to mark the day in Maiduguri, the troubled Boko Haram hub as part of measures to boost the morale of troops fighting the Boko Haram insurgency in northeast Nigeria. Most of the vehicles were diverted from the major roads as early as 7 am even as the COAS and his team took the journey on the roads at about 10 am.
A young Nigerian girl (C), who fled Maiduguri to the city of Kano with 78 others displaced, poses between two women carrying their newborns at a run-down house in a poor district of Kano on February 9, 2015. Last month, the report accused the military of bringing about the deaths of 8,000 detainees, killing some outright and claiming the lives of the rest by subjecting them to starvation and suffocation.
The governor, while addressing surviving residents of Zabarmari, urged the fleeing villagers trooping to Maiduguri to return to their respective houses. "Since the military have repelled the insurgents from destroying this village, the people should not run and flee to Maiduguri for safety, but return to your homes which were burnt apart from the torched shops and local market," Shettima said. Councilor of the affected area, Alhaji Mohammed Bello while briefing the governor on recent attacks, said the soldiers have tried their best in repelling the insurgents.
More than 200 students of the school were abducted by suspected insurgents on April 14, 2014, while writing their final examination. Yakubu Maina, the Chairman of the association of parents of the abducted girls, raised the alert at a news conference in Maiduguri. Maina, supported by the Secretary of the association, Lawan Zanna, lamented the group had often deceived some parents of the girls into attending their functions only to be duped.
At this very moment, my thoughts go to the families of the victims. Just last month, EU Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides provided EU21 million in humanitarian aid to help displaced people in Nigeria and neighbouring countries affected by the violence of terrorist organisations. The EU stands with the Nigerian people and authorities in our common fight against terrorism. The EU will continue to support the country in its social and economic development, as well as to tackle urgent needs.
The militants have staged multiple attacks across restive Borno state since Wednesday, gunning down worshippers at evening Ramadan prayers, shooting women in their homes, and dragging men from their beds in the dead of night. "They killed six people in the village and they chased the inhabitants into the bush, firing at them... 25 people were killed in the bush," he said.
The Director of Defence Information, Maj.-Gen. Chris Olukolade, stated this in a statement issued in Abuja. Olukolade said the SUV, along with two Hilux vehicles being used by insurgents was destroyed in the course of pursuit and encounter with the group. The defence spokesman noted that additional deployment of men and equipment to enhance the scope of the mission, both within the country and at borders, was also in progress.
Addressing the corps members during a low key passing out ceremony at the NYSC office, state Director, Lawan Turawa, advised them to apply the skills they acquired during the service year wherever they found themselves. The chairperson of the NYSC in the state, Hajiya Maryam Ibrahim, who was represented by Mai Jallo, asked the corps members to contribute their quota to the development of the country wherever they find themselves after the service.
Hours after President Muhammadu Buhari described the latest Boko Haram attacks in Kukuwa, Borno State as barbaric and inhuman, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has resolved to support the president in the fight against insurgency. While calling on those behind the insurgency to embrace peace and end the senseless bloodshed, the party commiserated with the government of Borno state, the families of those who lost their lives and prayed God to give them the fortitude to bear the loss.
A female suicide bomber killed seven and injured 13 at a village called Malari on the main road from Bama to Konduga while a second suicide bomber killed three in blast along the same road, the state police chief, Aderemi Opadokun, said. A military source told Reuters that in both cases the suicide bombers targeted crowded areas where locals sell fruit along the highway, which runs southeast of the state capital Maiduguri.
The resources expended on caring for the internally displaced persons in troubled Borno State is taking its toll on the state government which may be compelled to cut on her spending, leaving the IDPs at the mercy of a ruthless economic crunch. Out of this, over 1.5 million found their ways into Maiduguri, the capital of the troubled state, believed to be the birthplace of the insurgency and a state where the strongest bases are located.
Proponents of the #BringBackOurGirls (#BBOG) campaign launched to press for the release of 219 girls abducted over one year ago by Boko Haram in Chibok, Borno State have picked a date with Nigeria's president, Muhammadu Buhari. In a tweet at 17.46pm (5.46pm), Ezekwesili wrote, "Nigeria have received confirmation of schedule of our meeting with on OUR #ChibokGirls for July 8th 2015 at 12 noon."