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Bandits are simple criminals, unlike IPOB, Boko Haram – Lai Mohammed
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Bandits are simple criminals, unlike IPOB, Boko Haram – Lai Mohammed

Speaking during a television interview on Monday, the Nigeria’s Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, stated that bandits are just criminals who don’t have an ideology unlike groups such as the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and Boko Haram insurgents. He made this assertion when he appeared on TVC morning program ‘This Morning.’ Lai however explained that the bandits are not known for either a religious or ideological motive. Stressing that bandits, unknown armed groups that have wreaked havoc across some Northern parts of the country are just simple criminals who believe in Nigeria’s unity and sovereignty. He said, “The difference between IPOB, Boko Haram on one side and bandits is that, while IPOB and Boko Haram are driven by ideology, a belief that t...
Insecurity: Buhari to resuscitate special court for insurgent crimes, others
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Insecurity: Buhari to resuscitate special court for insurgent crimes, others

The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami (SAN), has said that the federal government will soon resuscitate special Terrorism court for the trial of Boko Haram fighters and their financiers. In a statement made available to journalists by his media aide on Thursday, Dr. Umar Gwandu, the minister urged Muslims to continue to be law-abiding, have sober reflection and exhibit the lessons learnt during Ramadan.He said: “The federal government is committed to ending insecurity in the country. The courts are to bring to book all those found guilty in connection with terrorism so as to serve as deterrence to others. “In addition to the prosecution of 400 suspected Boko Haram financiers, the measures taken by the government will counter the twin...
13 suspected Boko Haram members arrested by army operatives in Kano mosque
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13 suspected Boko Haram members arrested by army operatives in Kano mosque

The Army has on Saturday, confirmed the arrest of 13 suspected Boko Haram members following a raid at a mosque located at Filin Lazio, Hotoro in the metropolitan area of Kano State. According to an eyewitness, the operation was conducted in the evening just after Muslims broke their fast on Saturday. Sources indicated that the operation was targeted at suspected Boko Haram members who were believed to have been converging at the  mosque. The arrest took residents of the immediate area by surprise as many fled in order not to run into harm as a result of the operation.  Director Army Public Relations Brigadier General Mohammed Yerima, in a statement said: “In an ongoing effort to flush out all forms of criminality within its area of responsibility, troops of 3 Brigad...
B’Haram attack plot on N’Assembly, VIP locations causes scare
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B’Haram attack plot on N’Assembly, VIP locations causes scare

Lawmakers have been notified of a possible attack by Boko Haram insurgents on the National Assembly complex and other public buildings in Abuja. Several members of the House of Representatives, on Wednesday  confirmed to our correspondent that they had been notified of the imminent attack by the terrorist group. One of them, who is from a state in the South-West, said his presence would henceforth be limited on the premises. “That is the security alert I saw today. I’m already moving out of here. I’ll only be around when there is a major reason to do so. Nowhere is safe in the country anymore,” he said. Already the notice on the impending attack has been made available to the lawmakers. The notice, a copy of which our correspondent obtained, was sent to the Speaker...
ISWAP backed Boko Haram on rampage in Borno, kill army commander, 7 others, cart away weapons
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ISWAP backed Boko Haram on rampage in Borno, kill army commander, 7 others, cart away weapons

Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) arm of Boko Haram has intensified its attack on military formations in the North East killing a Commanding Officer and 7 others when they hit two Army Bases. AFP reports that ISWAP, arm of the dreaded Boko Haram group on Sunday morning attacked a base in Ajiri, about 20 kilometres (12 miles) away from Maiduguri, the Borno state capital. Also similar attack had been carried out earlier on Saturday night when the insurgents hit a base in Rann in the same state, the military sources said. According to the source, in Ajiri, troops fought a two-hour gun battle with the insurgents in gun trucks and on motorbikes who eventually breached the base and forced troops to withdraw. “The commanding officer of the base, paid the supreme price while ...
Leah Sharibu gives birth to second baby in B’ Haram captivity—Report
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Leah Sharibu gives birth to second baby in B’ Haram captivity—Report

Three years and five weeks since her abduction in Dapchi, Yobe State, a United States-based group, US-Nigeria Law Group, has lamented the plight of the abandoned Dapchi "heroine Christian" schoolgirl, Leah Sharibu, with a report she has given birth to a second child in captivity. It will be recalled that Leah, still held in captivity, was forced to accept Islam before being married off to a top Boko Haram commander after she refused to renounce her Christian faith. Leah was among 110 girls, aged between 11 and 19 years, which the terrorists abducted from Government Girls' Science and Technical College, Dapchi, on February 19, 2018. Convener of the US-Nigeria Law Group, Emmanuel Ogebe, said in a statement that "despite an offer by an American pastor last month to surrender him...
30 Boko Haram Terrorists killed in bloody clash with Nigerian Soldiers
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30 Boko Haram Terrorists killed in bloody clash with Nigerian Soldiers

Terrorists numbering over 30 have been eliminated by Nigerian troops. The clearance operation was carried out by troops of Operation Lafiya Dole around Gamboru axis in Borno State. This follows a sustained flush out operation which was conducted by The Sunray 3 Battalion in a long range fighting patrol to clear some of the elements of the insurgents around the area. Two soldiers according to the security source were wounded in action and are being treated at a military facility. A military source revealed that the troops cleared deserted places including villages like Gulwa, Dime and later advanced to Musiri where they made contact with the terrorists with fierce fire and inflicted heavy casualties on the terrorists. In the same operation, the troops recorded tremendous...
101 Boko Haram suspects sue Fed Govt for N303m
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101 Boko Haram suspects sue Fed Govt for N303m

Some suspected Boko Haram insurgents have urged the Federal High Court in Lagos to declare their detention for 12 years without trial as illegal and unconstitutional. Through their lawyer Mr Ahmed Adetola-Kazeem of the Prisoners’ Rights Advocacy Initiative (PRAI), they are praying for an order directing their unconditional release forthwith. They also seek an order of perpetual injunction restraining the respondents from further interfering with their fundamental rights in any manner. The Attorney-General of the Federation, the Inspector-General of Police, the National Security Adviser (NSA) and the Controller-General of the Correctional Service are the respondents. The applicants seek an order directing the Federal Government to pay them N303million as compensation for th...
Just in: Boko Haram finally released Pastor Yikura kidnapped in Chibok village
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Just in: Boko Haram finally released Pastor Yikura kidnapped in Chibok village

Reliable Sources on Wednesday evening revealed that Pastor Yikura of Ekiliziyan Eyanuwa a Nigeriya, EYN (Church of Brethren in Nigeria), Pastor Yikura have regained his freedom from his abductors suspected to be members of insurgents. Recalled that the Man of God, Yikura, a pastor, was given a seven days ultimatum for is family to respond or risk been killed. Sources said “in a video, he was seen kneeling in front of a masked man who held a dagger. He said the countdown to his execution started on February 24 and ends on March 4. “I have been given only seven days to appeal for assistance that will help me out of this torture. “If truly you want to rescue me from this untold suffering and threat to life, then you have to act fast. “I am also calling on the EYN president...
Boko Haram, Bandits are fighting for the freedom of the North – Adamu Garba
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Boko Haram, Bandits are fighting for the freedom of the North – Adamu Garba

Boko Haram, Bandits Are Fighting For the Freedom of the North - Adamu GarbaEx-presidential aspirant and northern commentator Adamu Garba On Saturday, took to social media to air his grievances on how Nigerians view controversial personalities from different parts of Nigeria. Mr. Garba’s described people of southern Nigeria as hypocrites, saying they have always been reluctant to condemn criminalities when carried out by people of their region; as against how they display outrage when perpetrators are northerners. “It seems to me that we have the gift of status, position, respect, and money for those killing and destroying in the South, while we have bombs and bullets for those doing the same thing in the North,” Mr. Garba said. “You see the hypocrisy in administering the conflic...
Boko Haram: US donates $300,000 equipments to Nigeria police
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Boko Haram: US donates $300,000 equipments to Nigeria police

The said Equipment are valued at over $325,000 has been donated to the Nigerian Police Force by the United States to aid in the fight against Insurgency. The donation was made by the office of the International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL) of the United States Embassy, to help the country in its fight against terrorism. In a statement issued in Abuja by its Public Affairs Section, the United States Diplomatic Mission to Nigeria, said the equipment will help in areas affected by the Boko Haram insurgency. “INL Director James Jewett presented the equipment to the Commissioner of Police Akeera Yunuss Mohammed, who represented the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu at the function. The equipment will be transferred to the Mobile Patrol Division of the Nigeria Poli...
Chibok girls reportedly escape from Boko Haram
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Chibok girls reportedly escape from Boko Haram

An unspecified number of girls abducted by Boko Haram terrorists in Chibok, Borno State, about seven years ago have reportedly escaped from the group’s captivity. Ali Maiyanga, the father of one of the abducted girls, Halima, told journalists on Thursday that his daughter spoke with him from military custody and confirmed their escape from the Boko Haram den. He said: “She (the daughter) asked me. Is this my daddy? Is this my daddy, and she started crying. The crying was [so] much and I couldn’t hear her very well. I was crying too. I never expected to hear from her again. “The whole family is so happy. Our house is full of people who are rejoicing with us.” The man said he didn’t get the opportunity to speak to his daughter properly as she was emotional and the call was s...
Gov Zulum’s hometown attacked by Boko Haram group
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Gov Zulum’s hometown attacked by Boko Haram group

Boko Haram terrorists have reportedly launched an attack on Mafa Local Government Headquarters of Borno State. The terrorists were said to have engaged Nigerian Security Forces in heavy exchange of gunfire. Mafa is the home of Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno State and is located 40 kilometres away from Maiduguri, the state capital. Vanguard quoted an unnamed military source as saying that troops were battling to repel the attack as residents scampered for safety. Details… Vanguard
We have weakened Boko Haram activities in North-East – DHQ
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We have weakened Boko Haram activities in North-East – DHQ

The Defence Headquarters boasted on Friday that the Boko Haram sect has been severely weakened and no longer have a stronghold in Borno State and other parts of North-East. The Coordinator of the Defence Media Operations, John Enenche, who stated this when he featured in a Channels Television programme, Politics Today, commended President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration for encouraging the military to take the fight to the Boko Haram insurgents. According to him, the insurgents collected levies and taxes from the people of North-East before Buhari came to power in 2015. The military spokesman claimed that Buhari’s administration recaptured all the hotbeds of Boko Haram insurgency in 2016. Enenche said: “The Commander-In-Chief is right that we now have a weaker Boko Haram...
Nigerian military destroys Boko Haram settlement, kills several terrorists in Borno
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Nigerian military destroys Boko Haram settlement, kills several terrorists in Borno

The Nigerian military on Friday destroyed a new Boko Haram settlement at Mana Waji area of Borno State and killed several terrorists in massive air interdiction missions. The Coordinator of Defence Media Operations, Maj.-Gen. John Enenche, who disclosed this in a statement on Saturday, said the air interdiction missions were conducted by the Air Task Force component of Operation Lafiya Dole after a series of surveillance revealed the settlement. He said the series of aerial surveillance missions revealed that the new settlement was being used by the terrorists to store their weapons and logistics items and as well as plan and stage attacks. Enenche said the airstrikes were executed by employing a force package of Nigerian Air Force (NAF) fighter jets and helicopter gunships. ...
Zulum equips local hunters to take on Boko Haram insurgents
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Zulum equips local hunters to take on Boko Haram insurgents

The Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum has equipped local hunters in Hawul Local Government Area of the state to take on Boko Haram insurgents. The insurgents had attacked and looted four communities in Hawul LGA on Boxing Day. The governor, represented by his deputy, Umar Kadafur, handed over eight Toyota Hilux vehicles and other equipments requested for to the local hunters and vigilante group at the LGA headquarters, Azare on Tuesday. The governor said: “Borno State government will not relent or shy away from its constitutional responsibilities of protecting the lives and property of the people and will continue to remain focused in ensuring that total peace returned to the state.” He also appealed to the people in the area to cooperate with one another and assist the...
Again, Boko Haram attacks Borno communities
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Again, Boko Haram attacks Borno communities

The dreaded Boko Haram insurgents, yet again, attacked communities in Borno State on the night of December 26, forcing residents to flee into forests and mountains to avoid being killed. It was gathered that the terrorists rode into the Mandara Girau community located in Biu local government area of the state, in nine Toyota Hilux vans, shooting sporadically. The insurgents were said to have proceeded through Girau to other nearby villages like Debiro, Tashan Alade, Tirgitu, and Shaffa, shooting sporadically, looting food items, and setting houses ablaze. The frightened villagers were said to have fled into the forests and nearby mountains where they hid for hours. From there, the insurgents were said to have moved to Garkida town in Gombi local government area of Adamawa ...
Nigeria Jihadists Kill Five Soldiers, Kidnap Dozens Of Civilians
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Nigeria Jihadists Kill Five Soldiers, Kidnap Dozens Of Civilians

Five Nigerian soldiers were killed by Islamic State-aligned jihadists and dozens of civilians were kidnapped in a separate attack, military sources said Sunday, in the latest violence to grip the north of the country. A military convoy was hit in northeast Borno state on Saturday, and militants also attacked a transport convoy in the same region a day before, abducting 35 people and killing one woman. Nigeria's Boko Haram and a splinter group, the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), have killed 36,000 people and displaced around two million as part of a decade-long conflict. Deadly attacks and kidnappings by jihadists in the northeast and criminal gangs in the northwest have intensified in recent weeks. Saturday's attack on the military convoy took place outside of Maf...
Boko Haram reportedly kidnaps 35 commuters along Damaturu-Maiduguri road
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Boko Haram reportedly kidnaps 35 commuters along Damaturu-Maiduguri road

Not less than 35 commuters have been reportedly kidnapped by Boko Haram insurgents along the Damaturu-Maiduguri road in Borno State. The incident, according to security officials, happened on Friday, December 18, at about 5pm when the terrorists attacked a large convoy of commuters near Garin Kuturu in Jakana, a town located about 50km from Maiduguri, the state capital, and abducted the passengers. According to reports, the insurgents, wearing military fatigues, had mounted a roadblock on the highway with five Hilux vans before taking away the hostages. A military personnel who confirmed the incident said: “The passengers first sighted a burning fire, but they thought it was bush burning, not knowing that the Boko Haram insurgents had already ambushed a Dangote truck and s...
Our figure of 110 victims in Borno Boko Haram attack on farmers was wrong – UN
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Our figure of 110 victims in Borno Boko Haram attack on farmers was wrong – UN

The United Nations on Monday withdrew its earlier claim that 110 farmers were killed by suspected Boko Haram insurgents in Zabarmari community of Borno State. In a statement on Sunday evening, the head of the UN System in Nigeria, Edward Kallon, claimed that least 110 farmers were killed by the jihadists. Kallon added that he was “outraged and horrified by the gruesome attack against civilians by by non-state armed groups in villages near the Borno State capital.” According to him, at least 110 civilians were ruthlessly killed and many others wounded in the attack. But the state governor, Babagana Zulum, told journalists during the victims’ burial also on Sunday that 43 persons were killed in the attack. However, in a fresh statement issued on Monday night by its Head o...
Nigerian soldiers fighting Boko Haram blames civilians for its failure to end insurgency
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Nigerian soldiers fighting Boko Haram blames civilians for its failure to end insurgency

The Nigerian military has on Monday put blame of its inability to clear out Boko Haram terrorists from the North-East on some behaviors of local individuals who often refuse to provide useful and valid information to security agencies. On Saturday, not fewer than 43 rice farmers were killed in some communities in Borno State. It was also reported by United Nations (UN) that the number of those who lost their lives to the insurgency are almost 110. However, speaking when he featured on Channels Televised Sunrise Daily on Monday, the Nigerian Military spokesman, John Enenche, said that the military was still investigating the number of casualties recorded in the attack. On how the refusal of some locals to furnish the military with information about the terrorist group has b...
Boko Haram gets weapons from security operatives – Donald Duke
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Boko Haram gets weapons from security operatives – Donald Duke

Cross River State ex-Governor, Donald Duke, has alleged that most of the weapons used by Boko Haram insurgents and other terrorists in the country are supplied by security operatives. Duke also called on the Federal Government to investigate the security forces and flush out the bad eggs within their ranks. Speaking on a Channels Television programme on Sunday, Duke said: “Boko Haram insurgents who have been responsible for most heinous crimes get their weapons from the security operatives. “Most of the weapons used by Boko Haram come from our armoury; we will need to look into that. Why are we selling weapons to the enemy?” While calling on the government to motivate the soldiers and the police in the North-East to achieve the desired results of flushing out the terrorist...
Six soldiers killed, many injured in Borno attack by Boko Haram
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Six soldiers killed, many injured in Borno attack by Boko Haram

Armed assailants killed six soldiers, injured 26 others and many others missing in an ambush attack on a military base in northeast Nigeria‘s Borno state on Saturday. The ambush, according to military officials briefed on the matter, occurred at about 2:30 p.m. Saturday between Jagiran and Monguno, one of the hotspot of the decade-long Boko Haram insurgency in Borno State. The terrorists also carted away a Toyota bullet-proof Land Cruiser SUV with desert camouflage colour, belonging to the acting commander of the 3rd Armoured Division. Army authorities fear that the vehicle could be repainted with disguise in order to gain entry into military bases. To that end, the army has also placed the Nigerian troops in the different locations on red alert, urging them to scuttle fur...
US will use all tools to eliminate Boko Haram from Nigeria, other African countries – Pompeo
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US will use all tools to eliminate Boko Haram from Nigeria, other African countries – Pompeo

United States Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, on Wednesday, says the US government will use all tools at its disposal in the fight against terrorist elements such as Boko Haram in Nigeria and West Africa. Pompeo, according to a statement on his Twitter handle, made the promise at the end of a virtual meeting of the Global Coalition to Defeat the Islamic State co-hosted by Nigeria on Tuesday. An 82-member global coalition led by the US expressed their full commitment to defeating ISIS and other terror groups including Boko Haram at the meeting. The US secretary of state added that a “great progress” was made at the meeting with the Nigerian government. Pompeo said: “Great progress was made at yesterday (Tuesday)’s virtual Global @Coalition to Defeat ISIS meeting on West Af...
Dasuki’s co-defendant says 2.2bn was used for prayers against Boko Haram insurgency – Witness
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Dasuki’s co-defendant says 2.2bn was used for prayers against Boko Haram insurgency – Witness

Mr. Adariko Michael, on Tuesday as one of the defendants standing trial for arms procurement fraud told the commission that N2.2 billion was spent on prayers in Nigeria and Saudi Arabia to win the war against insurgency in the country, an Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) investigating officer said. Michael, who was giving evidence as the first prosecution witness (PW1) in the trial of former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, for alleged two $2billion dollars arms deal fraud, said N750million was allegedly transferred from the ONSA special account to Reliance Referral Hospital Limited’s account with First Bank. Sambo Dasuki, was the former National Security Adviser (ONSA) to President Goodluck Jonathan. Other defendants arraigned with Dasuki were former G...
BOKO HARAM: We didn’t receive distress calls from Chibok —NAF
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BOKO HARAM: We didn’t receive distress calls from Chibok —NAF

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) on Monday dismissed reports that its personnel refused to respond to distress calls from residents of Takulashi village, Chibok local government area of Borno State, during the Boko Haram attack on the community. The terrorists reportedly abducted nine women from the community on Sunday night. The NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, who disclosed this in a statement in Abuja, said the force did not receive any call for support over any attack at Takulashi village. Daramola said NAF in its characteristic responsiveness would have taken appropriate action if there were calls from the community. The statement read: “The attention of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has been drawn to a publication in an...
11 killed, 9 women kidnapped by Boko Haram in Chibok
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11 killed, 9 women kidnapped by Boko Haram in Chibok

Suspected Boko Haram gunmen kidnapped nine women and killed 11 other people on Sunday night during a raid on the northeast Nigerian village of Takulashi of Chibok in Borno State some residents said. Details of the attack on the remote village further revealed that 11 persons might have been killed in the attack as against the seven members of the Civilian Joint Task Force earlier reported to have been killed in Sunday’s siege. Residents told journalists on Monday the insurgents stormed the village on motorcycles and shot sporadically at mourners at a funeral in the community. They later selected nine women and took them away. However, the spokesman of the state police command, Okon Edet, declined comment on the incident. He said: “You very well know that any issue outsi...
Boko Haram kills three men, kidnaps children in Cameroon
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Boko Haram kills three men, kidnaps children in Cameroon

Boko Haram fighters killed three villagers and abducted five children in the north part of Cameroon, where jihadist groups are increasingly active, local officials said Saturday. Local officials told journalists on Saturday the attack took place in the village of Oudal, six kilometres (four miles) from the country’s border with Nigeria. The abducted children, according to the officials, were between the ages of three and 15 years. Attacks by Boko Haram have become increasingly frequent in recent months in Cameroon which also shares borders with Chad and Niger.
14 farmers killed by Boko Haram in Borno
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14 farmers killed by Boko Haram in Borno

Fighters from the Boko Haram jihadist group killed 14 farmers in restive northeast Nigeria , members of a government -backed militia said Tuesday .The sources told AFP that insurgents on Monday seized 15 farmers working on their irrigation fields in Ngwom village , 14 kilometers ( nine miles ) north of the region ’s main city Maiduguri , and cut their throats . “They slaughtered the farmers, killing 14 while one survived with a deep slash. They left him for dead ,” Babakura Kilo , a leader of the anti -jihadist group , said . The insurgents captured the farmers as they tended to their crops during the early afternoon , giving them no room to escape , said another member Ibrahim Liman who gave the same death toll . The survivor was taken to a hospital in a “life - threatening ...
We’ll defeat Boko Haram in 90 days with African Science — Amotekun
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We’ll defeat Boko Haram in 90 days with African Science — Amotekun

With very stern assurances that the Boko Haram insurgency would end in just 90 days, if given the permission to engage the terrorists, the South West security outfit, Operation Amotekun, has offered to help the Federal Government and the Borno State Government in the task of ending the insurgency, without firing a gunshot. These assurances came from none other than the Director-General of Amotekun, Mr. Amitolu Shittu, who has allayed the fears of a bloodshed or any unnecessary termination of human lives, as the group reached out to both governments for their nods. Shittu, who was emphatic that his group will quench the insurgency in 90 days without firing guns or such weaponry and equipment, pleaded that Federal Government and the Borno State Government to give his men the go-ah...