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West African states in joint move against Boko Haram

Chadian soldiers walk in front of a building that Boko Haram insurgents used as their base before being driven out by the Chadian military in Dikwa March 2, 2015.  REUTERS/Madjiasra Nako

Chad and Niger launched a joint army operation against Boko Haram militants in Nigeria on Sunday, military sources said, intensifying a regional push to try to defeat the Sunni Islamic group that has killed thousands in a six-year insurgency. Boko Haram has expanded cross-border raids into Cameroon, Chad and Niger in recent months, spurring Nigeria’s neighbours to retaliate, although cooperation between them and the government in Abuja has been limited and at times strained. Sunday’s strike marks Niger’s first incursion deep into Nigerian territory; the country’s troops had until now only fought Boko Haram in the border area. Chad has already sent troops many kilometers inside north-eastern Nigeria, winning back … Continue reading

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Tide turning against Boko Haram – Goodluck Jonathan

Nigerians look on in horror at the minibus from which a suicide bomber emerged killing many.

Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan has said the tide has “definitely turned” against militant Islamists as regional forces recapture territory.  His comments came hours after Boko Haram militants were blamed for killing 27 people in bombings in two commercial centres in the north on Tuesday. Boko Haram had hit “soft targets” because of the setbacks it had suffered in battle, Mr Jonathan said. Regional forces have recaptured eight major towns in recent weeks.  So Mr Jonathan’s comments appear to have some credence, even if he made similar remarks last year, says the BBC’s Bashir Sa’ad Abdullahi in the capital, Abuja. The Nigerian military, backed by regional troops, is now taking the … Continue reading

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Angry mob pelts Jonathan’s presidential convoy with stones

President Goodluck Jonathan on his re-election tour at Kwara PDP rally.

Angry mobs upset over the handling of the Nigerian militant group Boko Haram on Thursday pelted the motorcade of Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan. The protesters hurled stones at the convoy as it left the palace of a traditional chief in Jalingo, the capital of the north-eastern state of Taraba, where Jonathan had gone on a courtesy call before holding a rally as part of his re-election campaign. Several vehicles were damaged in the attack, according to witnesses. “As soon the convoy left the palace of the emir of Muri, the crowd threw stones and broke the windscreens of several vehicles and dented others,” said Jalingo resident Clement Moses. The crowd, … Continue reading

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Nigerians show their anger against anti-gay laws

Pro-gay activists protest outside the Nigerian High Commission in London.

By Norman W Miwambo Over 60 people, mainly of African origin, protested against Nigeria’s newly signed anti-gay law outside the Nigerian High Commission in London on Thursday, February 20. In a petition handed in to the Nigerian High Commissioner to London, Dr Dalhatu Sarki Tafida, the petitioners demanded that a recently signed Anti-Gays legislation criminalizing same sex marriage be repealed.  President Jonathan Goodluck signed same Sex Marriage Prohibition Act into law on January 13, 2014, although it had been passed on November 29, 2011. It is much more sweeping than merely banning same-sex marriage. The Nigerian legislation read in part, that: “Persons who enter into a same-sex marriage contract or … Continue reading

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75 feared dead in yet another Boko Haram attack in Nigeria

Soldiers look at burnt motorcycles off the street in the northern Nigerian cty of Kaduna.

Suspected Islamic extremists used explosives and heavy guns to attack a village in one state and a church in another in Nigeria’s northeast, killing about 75 people and razing hundreds of homes, officials and witnesses said Monday. The attack on Kawuri village in Borno state, which killed 52 people, resulted in one of the highest death tolls in recent attacks by militants who are defying an 8-month old military state of emergency in three states in northern Nigeria designed to halt an Islamic uprising there.  The attackers set off several explosions in Kawuri after launching their assault near the village’s weekly market as vendors were packing up on Sunday night, … Continue reading

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Nigeria House of Reps Speaker in support of Abuja Carnival

Some of the participants at the Abuja Carnival over the weekend.

By Andrew Iro Okungbowa As the ongoing Nigeria cultural carnival – Abuja Carnival – entered its third day Sunday, the Speaker of Nigeria’s Second Upper Legislative Chamber (House of Representatives), Alhaji Amina Tambuwal, has declared the support of the Nigerian government for the carnival, which he said has strengthened the existing socio-cultural bond among Nigerians even as the country’s minister of Culture, Tourism and National Orientation, host of the event, High Chief Edem Duke reiterated the call to deepen the economic base of the celebration. Speaking yesterday while declaring the Durbar event opened, one of the activities witnessed yesterday by a teeming crowd of people, was the Speaker of the … Continue reading

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Pirates targetting vessels and crews off Nigerian Coast

Nigerian pirates operating of the country

Pirate attacks off Nigeria’s coast have jumped by a third this year with ships passing through West Africa’s Gulf of Guinea, a major commodities hub, increasingly under threat from gangs wanting to snatch cargoes and crews.” Pirates, often heavily armed and violent, are targeting vessels and their crews along the (Nigerian) coast, rivers, anchorages, ports and surrounding waters. In many cases, they ransack the vessels and steal the cargo, usually gas oil,” the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) reported on Thursday. Countries on the Gulf of Guinea, including Nigeria, Ghana and Ivory Coast, are major sources of oil and cocoa and increasingly metals for world markets. Unlike the dangerous waters off … Continue reading

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Nigerian troops ‘kill Boko Haram commander Momodu Bama’

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Nigeria’s military has said it has killed the second-in-command of the Islamist militant group Boko Haram. His death earlier in the month had been “confirmed by other arrested terrorists”, a military spokesman, Brig Gen Chris Olukolade said. Momodu Bama, also known by his alias “Abu Saad”, was a specialist in manning anti-aircraft guns, he said. In May, Nigeria declared an emergency in three north-eastern states in order to battle the militants. There has been no independent confirmation of Momodu Bama’s death and Boko Haram has not commented on the statement. On Tuesday, Nigeria’s Interior Minister Abba Moro told the BBC that the army was making progress in its war against … Continue reading

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Nigeria claims to be making progress against Boko Haram

Nigerian Interior Minister Abba Moro: "The security agencies of Nigeria have been able to push the Boko Haram sect from their major strongholds."

Nigeria’s interior minister has said the army is making progress in the war against Boko Haram militants, despite the killing of 44 people in a mosque. Abba Moro dismissed the attack as “desperate” and “isolated”. “The security agencies of Nigeria have been able to push the Boko Haram sect from their major strongholds,” he told the BBC’s Focus on Africa programme. Nigeria has declared an emergency in three states after thousands of deaths in militant attacks in recent years. Boko Haram is fighting to establish an Islamic state in Nigeria’s mainly Muslim north. The mosque attack happened during dawn prayers on Sunday, although news only emerged on Monday, as communications … Continue reading

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Nigeria jails ‘Boko Haram’ militants for life

Some of the Boko Haram suspects given life sentences by Nigerian Court.

Four alleged members of the Islamist Boko Haram group have been sentenced to life for their role in bomb attacks that killed 19 people. They were found guilty of masterminding and carrying out attacks on an electoral commission office and a church last year. These are the heaviest sentences given to any Boko Haram suspects. The group is responsible for a series of deadly attacks across northern and central Nigeria. It has increasingly targeted civilians, with more than 2,000 people killed since Boko Haram launched its insurgency in 2009 to create an Islamic state in the mainly Muslim north of Nigeria. A state of emergency was declared on 14 May … Continue reading

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