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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
According to a statement released last night by the Director, Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Sani Usman, the successful rescue operation was based on information received, yesterday by the troops by the civilian JTF intimating them to act for the safety of the captives.