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LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Nigerian troops have arrested a businessman accused of "participating actively" in Boko Haram's mass abduction of nearly 300 schoolgirls from the northeastern town of Chibok last year, Nigeria's Defense Ministry said Tuesday.
Spokesman Maj. Gen. Chris Olukolade said Babuji Ya'ari headed a "terrorists' intelligence cell" for the Islamic extremists while masquerading as a member of the self-defense Youth Vigilante Group. That confirms suspicions that the vigilantes have been infiltrated by Boko Haram. Soldiers have told the AP that some of their comrades also belong to Nigeria's homegrown Islamic extremist group.
Cananusa.org, New York-June 19, 2015----Members of the Christian Association of Nigerian-Americans, CANAN are alarmed at the horrendous killings of 9 believers in church on Wednesday in Charleston, South Carolina.
America's relative reverence for a place of worship, and the nation's peace has been rudely interrupted by the action of the alleged gun man, 21-year old Dylann Roof. This young man reminds us again of the rather troubling but real racial divisions and angst that still exist in the dark crevices of some within this most beloved country.
Among those who were killed execution-style at a Bible Study were the Pastor, who is also a lawmaker in the state, church ministers and others totaling 6 females and 3 males with ages ranging from the 20s to the 80s.
Grace slept through the sounds of gunfire in the night. Exhausted from final exams at her boarding school in Nigeria, she awoke when her roommate Mary prodded her, "Get up!"
Suddenly, the girls saw a gang of men spreading across the school grounds. "They said they were soldiers. They said they were there to protect us," Grace says. "They told us all to stay together."
The chief of Army Staff, Kenneth Minimah, on Thursday visited troops engaged in the war against terrorism in various North Eastern part of Nigeria.
The visit termed “operational visit” was also aimed at boosting the morale of soldiers fighting insurgents in the region, army spokesperson, Sani Usman, said.
Commending the troops for their efforts in turning the tide against insurgents, Mr. Minimah encouraged them not to relent in the tasks.
Troops visited by the army chief included the 7 Division Strike Group and 121 Special Force Battalion comprising of the Armed Forces and Nigerian Army Special Forces located in Pulka, 26 Task Force Brigade in Gwoza, 28 Task Force Brigade and 174 Battalion in Mubi.
Five African countries have agreed to set up a joint military force led by Nigeria to fight the Islamist militant group Boko Haram.
The leaders reached the deal at a summit hosted by Nigeria's new president Muhammadu Buhari, who made tackling it a key campaign pledge.
Most of the troops will be from Nigeria with Chad, Cameroon, Niger and Benin also contributing.
Thousands of people have been killed and hundreds kidnapped by the group.
The decision that the force should be led by a Nigerian commander came after Mr Buhari rejected calls for leadership to rotate between the countries.
But the leaders agreed the force would be based in the Chadian capital, N'djamena, rather than Baga in northeast Nigeria.
Boko Haram, the radical Islamic sect that controls parts of Nigeria,
became the largest affiliate of the Islamic State in March, after months
of strengthening its media presence and courting the jihadist group.
Before the Islamic State
Boko Haram’s few early videos were of low quality and were disseminated haphazardly. They featured the erratic behavior of the group’s leader, Abubakar Shekau, and were so badly edited that at least one rival jihadist group used a clip from a Boko Haram video to mock Mr. Shekau.
After the Islamic State announced its goal to build a caliphate, Mr. Shekau actively expressed support for Islamic State leadership. In July 2014, Boko Haram began adding the Islamic State’s flag and signature Islamic chant to its videos.A month later, Mr. Shekau described territory Boko Haram had recently seized as a dawla, or a state, of Islam. Jacob Zenn, an analyst at The Jamestown Foundation, says this phrase was a clear reference to the Islamic State, which is also known as ISIS.
NATIONAL chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, has said the Boko Haram insurgents will be in for surprises, for daring the resolve of President Muhammadu Buhari to end the insurgency.
He said this while fielding questions from State House correspondents, after the party's National Working Committee (NWC) visited the president, in Abuja, on Tuesday.
Oyegun said it was obvious that the insurgents were daring the president’s resolve.
“We spoke about security all throughout the campaign. It is obvious that the insurgents, as you call them, are trying his resolve and I have a feeling that they will be in for surprises,” he said.
According to Oyegun, officials of the party visited Buhari to pay their respect and pledge support for his administration.
The chairman said the president briefed the party officials on some topical national issues and they were pleased.
GUBIO, Nigeria (Reuters) - Boko Haram militants have killed at least 43 people in a five-hour assault on the town of Gubio in northeastern Nigeria's Borno state, witnesses said on Tuesday.
Thousands of people have been killed and several million displaced in a six-year Boko Haram insurgency that once saw the group control an area the size of Belgium in the northeast of Africa's biggest oil producer. But the Islamist insurgents have since lost most of their gains to military counter-offensives.
The latest attack, which a military source said involved a convoy of around 50 Boko Haram members storming Gubio, lasted for around five hours on Saturday afternoon and ended about 9.30 p.m., local resident Malam Yusuf Mohammed said.
Several news media have provided the information, which was initially published on News Rescue. Based on the available data, Nigerian number one terrorist was nabbed by the Nigerien troops at Abadam, Borno state, and taken across the border to Bosso, Niger Republic.
The official sources, including the Defence Headquarters, have been silent on the matter so far.
It is worth noting that Shekau was claimed . However, even despite the claims about the terrorist’s death, “Shekau” kept reappearing in the Boko Haram videos. Following which it was alleged that the sect head has many impersonators.
Borno State Governor Kassim Shettima has said there is the likelihood that the over 200 female students of the Government Secondary School, Chibok abducted by the Boko Haram fighters on April 14, 2014 may be held in bunkers in Sambisa Forest.
He therefore called on the military to go after the Boko Haram Islamic insurgents and liberate the girls.
Shettima claimed that the insurgents had killed over 300,000 people in the North-East, with his state recording 70,000 out of the figure.
He said that the 13,000 figure being reported in the media as the number of lives lost to insurgency in the North-East was therefore a far cry.
The governor spoke on Tuesday evening while presenting a paper entitled, “Holistic approach for the reconstruction and rehabilitation of the North-East ravaged by terrorism and insurgency: The national and international policy options/perspectives,” in Abuja.