In a statement by its Chair, Ambassador Usman Gaji Galtimari, the Borno Elders Forum said some revelations made by the immediate past Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh, must be investigated. "Not only did the President rebuke the Governor and, by extension, the people of Borno State, his aides followed suite and roundly condemned the Governor. "The Borno Elders Forum deliberately refused to make any comment at that time because the Forum thought that as Commander-in-Chief, President Jonathan was in the best position to speak on the capacity of the Nigerian Armed Forces.
Below we [ENDS] submit a series of reasons from an inexhaustible list which support a vote of no confidence in the current Borno administration and suggest its suspension in the interest of properly tackling the Boko Haram menace. Governor Shettima's former boss, Ali Modu Sheriff and PDP spokesman, Femi Fani-Kayode have for some reason accused Borno governor Shettima's administration of having a hand in the assassination of the winner of the initial 2011 party primaries.
LAGOS, Nigeria (AA) - Nigerian troops have rescued at least 178 hostages from Boko Haram following a military operation over the weekend that dismantled a number of the group's camps in northeastern Borno State, according to an army spokesman. Tukur Gusau, a spokesman for the Nigerian Army's Seventh Division, said the offensive - which took place along the Aulari-in-Bama axis - had succeeded in clearing Boko Haram camps in Fadan, Shuwarin, Wulari, Ngoro Dauye, Jidori, Alikashiri, Kalzamari-Shuwa and Kalzamari-Kanuri, in addition to other areas. "During the offensive, 178 people held captive by the terrorists were rescued, including 101 children and 67 women," Gusau said in a statement issued late Sunday. He added that one Boko Haram commander had been "captured alive" - along with a number of other group members - and was currently "undergoing investigation."
President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, alongside some senators, on Monday, visited the troubled Borno State. The president of the Senate who also led the team, in company of Governor Shettima, to pay homage to the Shehu of Borno, Alhaji Abubakar Ibn Umar Garbai El-Khanemi, assured the people that the Senate will do all in its power to ensure that life returns to the state and the Zone.
Boko Haram fighters killed 13 people in an attack on Malari village in northeast Nigeria's restive Borno state this weekend, witnesses said. Earlier on Sunday, the Nigerian army said it had carried out air strikes in the northeast to repel an attack by Boko Haram and had killed a "large number" of the extremists. The air raids came as Nigeria and its neighbours prepare to launch a new multinational force to combat Boko Haram, in the face of the group's escalating violence in the region.
Saraki stated this in Maiduguri, Borno State on Monday during a courtesy visit on Governor Kashim Shettima. Saraki explained that the purpose of his visit was to enable him to have an on-the-spot assessment of the level of destruction inflicted on the state by the insurgents and condole with the people. The senate president noted that the insurgency had slowed down development programmes of the state government.
Saraki, while conveying a message from the senate, said they were in Maiduguri to sympathize with the people of Borno and assess the level of their plight. The delegation also paid homage to the Shehu of Borno, Alhaji Abubakar Ibn Umar Garbai El-Amin Elkanemi, at his palace where they assured the monarch that the federal government and the legislature would see to the end of Boko Baram.
Nigeria's Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki on Monday in Maiduguri, Borno State said that the National Assembly would strive hard towards ending the Boko Haram insurgency in the North East. Saraki said that the visit to Borno was aimed at having an on-the-spot assessment of the situation in the state, following destruction by the insurgents. "Today is an important day in the life of the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Nigeria's Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has visited Borno State in northeast Nigeria to assess the ongoing military operations there. The Senate President held talks with the State Governor, Kashim Shettima, the Shehu of Borno, as well as inspected some military facilities deployed for the operations there. The Senate President also received briefing from the troops fighting the war against Boko Haram in the state.
At least 13 people have been killed in a terror attack in the restive Borno state, in north-eastern Nigeria. Boko Haram has raided several cities in the north of the country in a bid to take control of more land. In July, the Nigerian army announced that a new task force is ready to substitute an ongoing regional force in the fight against the terrorists.
LAGOS A bomb exploded on Friday at a popular cycle rickshaw stand outside a major market in Maiduguri, the capital of Nigerias Borno state, according to security officials and residents. Dozens of people are thought to have perished in the attack, which hit a pedicab stand in an area where Boko Haram attacks frequently take place, officials and residents told Premium Times newspaper. Residents throughout the city said they heard an explosion early Friday morning. We heard the blast at about 6:30 a.m. this morning and, shortly afterwards, we saw people running from the direction of the market screaming that it was a bomb, Maryam Abu, a civil servant who lives close to the area, was quoted by the newspaper as saying.
At least 6 people were killed Friday, July 31, in a suicide bomb blast in a market in Maiduguri, the capital of Nigeria's northeastern Borno state, a vigilante and a witness said. "We took seven dead bodies, including that of the female bomber to the hospital. Eight other people were injured and are now receiving treatment," Babakura Kolo, a vigilante, told Agence France-Presse. "Two cars and a tricycle were badly damaged in the blast," he said. His account was corroborated by another witness, a grocer in the market.