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Nigerian government confirms kidnapping of 110 schoolgirls

Days after Boko Haram school attack, the Nigerian government on Sunday confirmed that 110 girls of the Government Science and Technical College in Dapchi, in Yobe State, are so far unaccounted. The government statement comes two days after President Muhammadu Buhari has apologized to the girls’ families, saying: “This is a national disaster. We are […]

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Boko Haram leader flees in hijab

The controversial leader of the terrorist Boko Haram group, Abubakar Shekau, has reportedly succeeded to escape as the Nigerian army on Tuesday cleared out a key base of the insurgent group at the Sambisa forest, the last known hideout of the insurgents, the army said in a statement. Abubakar Shekau was last seen dressed as […]

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Niger: 81 Lake Chad’s Boko Haram suspects go on public trial

A special international court in the Nigerien capital Niamey has started the trial of eighty-one people accused of fighting for militant Boko Haram. The suspects came from three countries of the Lake Chad region, namely Niger, Nigeria and Chad. The public court sitting, which started last week, is the first of its kind after closed-door […]

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Cameroon: European Union offers FCFA100 mln in Boko Haram war

The European Union is set to mobilize 100 billion FCFA to finance the fight against the Boko Haram sect, La Tribune Afrique news portal reports. According to a statement from the institution, the funds will be directed to the Multinational Joint Force (MMF), made up of the Cameroonian, Nigerian, Nigerien and Chadian armies, set up […]

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Nigeria’s air force killed at least 35 civilians – AI

Nigeria’s air force killed at least 35 people in attacks on villages in December, Amnesty International said in a report released Tuesday (January 30). According to the rights watchdog, residents of villages in the northeastern state of Adamawa were fired upon by a fighter jet and military helicopters as they attempted to flee herdsmen attacks. […]

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Boko Haram has been defeated – President Buhari

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari in his End-of-Year address to the nation said that the Boko Haram terror group has been defeated. On Monday, Buhari admitted that there were still “isolated” attacks by the terror group. The president’s claims come weeks after governors in the country approved the withdrawal of $1 billion from the country’s excess […]

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Nigeria suicide bombing kills 50 in Adamawa state

At least 50 people have been killed in a suicide bombing in the eastern Nigerian state of Adamawa on Tuesday, local media reported. According to the police, a bomber struck inside a mosque packed with worshippers during morning prayers in the town of Mubi. Some 20,000 people have been killed in Boko Haram’s eight-year insurgency […]

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Nigeria: Buhari sacks top officials over missing funds

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday dismissed two top civil servants over graft allegations in Africa’s most populous nation. President Buhari had ordered the sacking of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal, and the Director General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ayodele Oke, following a review of a panel report […]

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Chad: African Union surprised at U.S. travel ban

The African Union on Tuesday condemned the latest United States (U.S.) travel ban which has included Chad. An executive orders signed by President Trump on Sunday has suspended business and tourist visas for Chadians. The move, according to Washington comes as Ndjamena fail to share terrorism-related and other crucial information requested by the U.S. Seven […]

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Fight against Boko haram not over, UN political official

UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman warned that the fight against the terrorist Boko haram group is not over, although the coordinated efforts among the region’s Governments, including through the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) had “without question” yielded encouraging progress in the fight against the group. Addressing the UN Security Council this week, […]

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