Category Archives: Nigeria

Latest Boko Haram kidnappings are ‘challenge to Nigerian government’

Nigeria’s government was accused of provoking the terror group Boko Haram into carrying out a mass abduction of schoolgirls by claiming falsely that it had defeated the group.

Dozens of girls from a boarding school in the northern town of Dapchi are still missing after a raid by Boko Haram on Monday, which had echoes of the group’s notorious Chibok kidnapping in 2014.

Monday’s attack was the latest in a two-month upsurge in Boko Haram violence that followed a victorious Christmas Eve address by Nigeria’s president, Muhammadu Buhari. He claimed that the group had been crushed in their “last enclave” in northern Nigeria’s vast Sambisa forest.

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Boko Haram jihadists set to use Nigerian “refugee” crisis to infiltrate Europe through Libya

When Ibrahim was nine years old, Boko Haram militants chopped off his friend’s hand and dipped the stump in boiling oil.

Much of his family had been butchered by the group; when he was 11, he saw a jihadi shooting his father dead.

‘When I think about Boko Haram I have no emotion,’ he told MailOnline in Bikari camp in Maiduguri, the wartorn capital of Borno state in northeastern Nigeria. ‘I don’t think I feel anything any more.’

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Chibok girls kidnapped by Boko Haram paraded in new video

The militant Islamist group Boko Haram released a video on Monday which purported to show some of the girls kidnapped from the Nigerian town of Chibok nearly four years ago, saying they do not wish to return home.

Of the some 270 girls originally abducted from their school in April 2014, about 60 escaped soon afterwards and others have since been released after mediation. Around 100 are still believed to be in captivity.

A group of about 12 teenage girls and young women, some of whom are holding babies, are seen in the 21-minute video.

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Boko Haram leader boasts of a string of attacks as he appears in first video message in months, casting doubt on Nigeria’s claim that the jihadist group is defeated

Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau released a video message on Tuesday claiming a series of attacks in northeast Nigeria during the festive season.

The shadowy leader released his first video message in months amid a surge in violence casting doubt on the Nigerian government’s claim that the jihadist group is defeated.

‘We are in good health and nothing has happened to us,’ said Shekau in the 31-minute video message spoken in the Hausa language common across northern Nigeria

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Nigeria: 4 Killed In Christmas Carol Gun Attack In Kaduna

Four persons were killed and about eight others wounded during a Christmas Carol attack by a lone gunman in Nindem village, Jema’a local government area of Kaduna State.

Confirming the incident in a statement, the spokesman for the joint military security taskforce, Operation Safe Haven, Col. I.K. Ekpeyong, said the gunman invaded Godogodo village as the residents were holding a Christmas carol at the community square at about 9:00 p.m. and started shooting sporadically.

h/t RM

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Revealed: 25,000 Nigerians have been held in slave prisons and sex camps in Libya while trying to make it to Europe

The Director General of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons, Julie Okah-Donli said: ‘It is my honour and privilege to raise a cry for help in this hallowed chamber on behalf of the most vulnerable members of the society, especially women and children.

Tacked onto the end of the article: “This means that net immigration from the EU stood at just 9,000 for the three months – the lowest the ONS began publishing the figures in early 2015.”

Net immigration is not the bottom line; the real issue is who’s staying and who’s leaving. They’re hiding population replacement behind comforting numbers.

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Six awaiting death by stoning, 10 for amputation in Bauchi

Six inmates sentenced to die by stoning Sharia courts over various offences are still waiting for their sentences to be carried out over 10 years after their conviction in Bauchi, the State’s comptroller of Prison Mr Sulaiman Suleiman, has said.

In the statement issued on Friday, the Controller also said 10 other inmates sentenced for amputation have also been waiting for the sentences to be carried out for over ten years.

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“We suspect those children to be witches or wizards. That’s why we eliminate them”

Campaign Tackles Baby-killing Ritual in Nigeria

Nine-month-old David drops to his knees, crawls toward a bottle of milk on the counter and begins to whimper. A young lady picks him up and rests him on her hips.

“David,” she says. “Are you a hungry boy?” David coos and grins. “What about Davida? Is she hungry?”

Davida is sleeping on one of the dozens of cots that line the yellow walls in the nursery.

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Catholic church attacked in Nigeria – estimates of 20 dead

Gunmen numbering about 5 invaded St Philips Catholic Church, Amakwa Ozubulu, Ekwusigo Local Government Area, Anambra state and killed many worshippers. Reports say 50 people were killed but Police said only 12 died and 18 seriously injured.

According to an eyewitness, the gunmen invaded the church around 7:30 am today, Sunday, August 6th, 2017

This may be due to gang violence as opposed to sectarian conflict.


More… Gunmen on Sunday morning attacked worshippers at St. Philip’s Catholic Church, Ozubulu, near Nnewi, Anambra State killing at least eight.

Several worshippers with gunshot wounds were also receiving treatment at the hospital. Witnesses said they feared that up to 20 people may have died.

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Nigerian Parents Give Girls to Boko Haram as Bombers, Army Says

Parents in the northeast of Nigeria are giving their daughters to Boko Haram terrorists for indoctrination and suicide bombing missions, the country’s military said.

Some arrested female suicide bombers have testified that “minors were donated to the terrorists sect’’ by their parents and guardians, as part of their contribution to the Boko Haram insurgency, spokesman Sani Usman said in a statement Sunday on the Nigerian Army’s website. Authorities are appealing to religious and community leaders to help stop the practice, he said.

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Boko Haram attack on Nigeria oil team ‘killed more than 50’

More than 50 people were killed in a Boko Haram ambush on an oil exploration team in northeast Nigeria earlier this week, multiple sources told AFP on Thursday, warning the death toll could rise.

Tuesday’s attack in the Magumeri area of Borno state on a convoy of specialists from the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) was the Islamist militants’ deadliest in months.

It underscored the persistent threat posed by the jihadists, despite government claims they were a spent force, and also the risks associated with the hunt for crude in the volatile Lake Chad basin.

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How corruption in the Nigerian military fuels Boko Haram

Nigeria is set to pass a record-breaking federal budget. After months of political wrangling, several governmental departments are in line to receive hundreds of millions of dollars from state coffers. Among the biggest beneficiaries is the country’s Ministry of Defense, which will receive around $440 million in capital expenditure alone.

But for Nigerians in the country’s troubled northeast, the planned cash injection isn’t necessarily good news. For years, the federal government has been amping up defense spending, hoping to stamp out Boko Haram, a militant group that has waged an armed insurgency in Nigeria since 2009.

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Nigeria ‘gay wedding’ bust leads to charges

Prosecutors in the northern Nigeria state of Kaduna have charged a group of 53 people with conspiring to celebrate a gay wedding.

The accused, arrested last Saturday, have denied the allegations, with their lawyers saying they were illegally detained.

The court released the group on bail and the case was remanded to 8 May.

Homosexual acts are banned in socially conservative Nigeria and are punishable by up to 14 years in jail.

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