07 January 2016: Gunmen abducted a Swiss woman identified as Beatrice Stockly in Timbuktu. Al-Qa’ida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) claimed responsibility in a video the group released on January 26th, 2016

09 January 2016: AQIM released a video of the Swedish and South African hostages. Both hostages were kidnapped in Timbuktu, Mali November 26th, 2011. AQIM demanded not to involved France in the negotiations.

09 January 2016: Yahya Abu al-Hammam, head of katibat Grand Sahara of AQIM in Mali, conducted first interview since the French intervention in Mali in January 2013

09 January 2016: investigators reported a proof to confirm al-Murabitun to be behind Malian November 20th, 2015 Radison Blu hotel attack in Bamako, Mali. Mali’s chief prosecutor said that a scrap of paper with an Arabic inscription was found on the bodies of the two men that conducted the attack. The note sought the release of two prisoners who are members of al-Murabitun. Katibat Grand Sahara of AQIM, in collaboration with al-Murabitun, already claimed responsibility.

12 January 2016: Unknown gunmen attacked Malian forces checkpoint near Gao. Reportedly, gunmen seized weapons after Malian officers abandoned the post.

13 January 2016: Two men have been indicted on charges of complicity in terrorism for the attack on Radison Blu hotel in Bamako, Mali. The two suspects were arrested November 26th, 2015.

15 January 2016: Gunmen attacked a market in Dioura, Mopti region, killing a guard from the Water and Forests Agency. Members of the MLF suspected to be behind the attack.

15 January 2016: Suspected AQIM gunmen attacked Malian security forces while escorting humanitarian convoy near Goundam, Timbuktu. Two soldiers and two attackers reportedly killed. Three Malian soldiers wounded and three attackers arrested

15 January 2016: Ansar al-Din claimed to have targeted and destroyed a French military vehicle north of Kidal killing unknown number of French soldiers. France did not confirm the incident

On 15 January 2016, same day as Ouagadougou attack, Australian couple was kidnapped in Baraboulé, northern Burkina Faso on the borders with Mali. AQIM claimed responsibility.

19 January 2016: Unconfirmed reporting stated that a MINUSMA vehicle struck an improvised explosive device (IED) near Kidal injuring unknown number of peacekeepers. MINUSMA did not confirm the incident.

19 January 2016: Gunmen killed three Malian gendarmes in ambush in Mopti region. Ansar al-Din Macina branch claimed responsibility.

21 January 2016: Ansar al-Din Macina branch claimed to have attacked Malian forces checkpoint in Konna an seized weapons.

21 January 2016: Unidentified gunmen targeted weekly market at Bonna commune in Macina Circle. One civilian killed and one gendarme injured

21 January 2016: Two rockets reportedly fired at MINUSMA camp in Aguelhoc. No casualties reported.

21 January 2016: MINUSMA vehicle struck an IED on Ménaka – Ansongo transit route. No casualties reported

23 January 2016: Unknown gunmen attacked the residence of the Public Prosecutor in Gao. A guard reportedly returned fire, killing one attacker.

On 25 January 2016 Malian forces claimed to have arrested four individuals in Kayes while traveling through Mali then through Niger to allegedly join Boko Haram. The suspects were a Gambian, a Guinean, and two from Guinea Bissau.

On 27 January 2016, reportedly the MLF distributed leaflets at local mosques in village Kewa, Mopti region. The message was to encourage local parents to send their children to Medrassas. In Mali Medrassa is often used to refer to traditional schools run by local chiefs or religious leaders, and there is no confirmation these schools are encouraging or being a source of radicalization

28 January 2016: Malian Army vehicle came under attack by unknown gunmen at a checkpoint east of Timbuktu. One Malian soldier killed.

01 February 2016 Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) now controls the territory it held in 2011 and territory it seized in early 2015. It also is enforcing shari'a in al Mukalla, Hadramawt. Meanwhile, the Islamic State in Iraq and al Sham (ISIS) in Yemen may be looking to reassert itself after two months of limited activity.

04 February 2016 It’s the response to the al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) attack in Burkina Faso on 15 January that left 30 people dead. Until the assault on the Cappuccino restaurant and the Splendid Hotel, next door on Ouagadougou’s trendy Kwame Nkrumah Avenue, Burkina Faso, like Senegal, felt safe from the jihadist violence that has destabilised other countries in the region.

04 February 2016 At least 14 people died in triple suicide bomb attacks in Guité and Mitériné last weekend. terrorist Boko Haram jihadists have multiplied suicide bomb attacks in the Lake Chad Basin countries since the beginning of 2016.

01 – 05 February 2016: French forces discovered and destroyed rockets southeast of Tessalit, Kidal Region

05 February 2016: Suicide bomber and a VBIED targeted MINUSMA police camp in Timbuktu. Four attackers and one Malian soldier killed, and three soldiers injured. AQIM claimed responsibility of the attack.

05 February 2016 Unidentified gunmen carried out simultaneous attacks across Timbuktu in northern Mali at a UN police base and an army checkpoint, leaving at least one injured, local media reports.

05 February 2016 The U.N. mission in Mali says U.N. and Malian forces have retaken a police base in Timbuktu that was briefly seized by unknown assailants Friday morning.

06 February 2016 Jocelyn and Ken Elliott, both in their 80s, were abducted in the north of the West African country, near the border with Mali, last month Mrs Elliott stood with Niger's President Mahamadou Issoufou at a news conference in Dosso, southwestern Niger, as officials said they were intensifying efforts to secure the release of her surgeon husband.

07 February 2016: Allegedly, a former collaborator with AQIM been assassinated in Boni near Douentza, Mali. AQIM suspected to be behind the assassination after the group believes he became a traitor.

09 February 2016: Malian Military vehicle struck an IED in Mondoro, central Mali, near the borders with Burkina Faso. Three Malian soldiers killed and two injured.

10 February 2016 Malian officials say three soldiers have been killed after their vehicle hit a landmine in the central region of Mopti. Two others were wounded and have been taken to a hospital.

11 February 2016: Gunmen in two 4×4 vehicles carried an attack on Malian customs checkpoint in Hombori. Two civilians and one Malian customs officer killed. Militants also burned a vehicle

11 February 2016: Allegedly an unknown militant killed when mishandled an IED between Gao and Sévaré

11 February 2016 58 Dead In Suicide Bombing At Refugee Camp For People Fleeing Violence In Nigeria - Two young female attackers detonated explosives at the Dikwa camp for internally displaced persons fleeing the Boko Haram militant. At least 58 people have been killed and  78 more had been injured at a camp for internally displaced people in northern Nigeria after two women detonated suicide bombs.  

11 February 2016: Two unknown militants executed an officer of Water and Forests Agency in Sokolo, central Mali.

11 February 2016 A customs officer and two civilians were killed in an attack by suspected jihadists in northern Mali on Thursday, customs and military sources said.

11 February 2016: Unidentified militants on motorcycles allegedly attacked group of civilians returning from Abalagh market in Niger. Seven civilians reportedly killed in what appeared to be a result of inter-community tensions. The incident took place on the border between Niger and Mali.

12 February 2016: Unknown militants ambushed Malian military convoy on Timbuktu – Goundam transit route. Three Malian soldiers killed and two injured.

12 February 2016 Gunfire and explosions tore through a UN peacekeeping camp in the northern Malian city of Kidal on Friday, killing at least six people, according to officials.

12 February: Ansar al-Din carried an attack on MINUSMA camp using VBIED suicide bomb and rockets. Seven peacekeepers killed and 30 injured.

13 February 2016: Communities of Tondo and Kalandja villages, Niafunké Circle, clashed over herding dispute. Four killed and 20 injured

13 February 2016 SIX UN peacekeepers were killed and some 30 wounded on Friday when suspected Islamists attacked their base in northern Mali, officials said, while three Malian soldiers died in an ambush as jihadists intensify attacks in the restive region.

Feb 18  Nigerian Soldiers Capture Alagarno, Boko Haram’s Deadliest Stronghold- Troops of the Nigerian military made remarkable achievements when they captured Alagarno, the spiritual headquarters and deadliest training camp of the Boko Haram. During the raid on Alagarno and general areas around Sambisa forest, troops were able to arrest  two elders and notorious leaders of the insurgent group. several vehicles, motorcycles, stockpiled foodstuffs, arms and ammunitions were recovered.

14 February 2016: MINUSMA/Barkhane vehicle struck an IED in Kidal city.

15 February 2016  The United Nations says two U.N. peacekeepers injured in an attack last week on a U.N. base in northern Mali have died, bringing the death toll to seven.         

Deputy spokesman Farhan Haq said Monday that all seven killed in the shelling of the camp in Kidal early Friday were from Guinea.

16 February 2016: Unknown gunmen assassinated head of Douassak Tuareg clan in Inekar, near Ménaka.

16 February 2016 Cameroon's special forces have killed 162 Boko Haram militants in Nigeria's northeastern town of Goshi, destroying bomb factories and weapons to retake the extremist stronghold, the government said.Two members of Cameroon's military were killed, he said. The two, including a senior commander, were reported killed after their convoy hit a vehicle Sunday.

17 February 2016 Officials at Joint Special Operations Command had found the uncatchable man — they were sure of it. Mokhtar Belmokhtar, the legendary Algerian militant, had eluded capture across North Africa and the Sahel for a dozen years, defying reports of his death to continue his campaign of kidnappings and guerrilla attacks. The United States and its allies had missed him before.

18 February 2016 He was uncatchable. Mokhtar Belmokhtar, the legendary Algerian militant, had eluded attempts to kill or capture him across North Africa and the Sahel for a dozen years, continuing his campaign of kidnapping and guerrilla attacks.

18 February 2016: A rocket targeted MINUSMA camp in Tessalit, Mali causing no casualties reportedly.

19 February 2016: Unknown gunmen attacked Malian Army checkpoint in Ménaka. Two Malian soldiers killed and 3 injured. Group identified as Mouvement de la jeunesse pour la libération totale de l’Azawad allegedly claimed responsibility.

19 February 2016: An IED discovered and dismantled in Kidal city.

19 February 2016 At least one Malian soldier was killed by suspected jihadists Friday in the country’s restive north, hours before France’s prime minister visited French troops deployed in the region to help quash the Sahel’s Islamist threat.

20 February 2016 French Prime Minister Manuel Valls on Saturday pledged greater military assistance to the former French colony of Burkina Faso and other countries in the Sahel region in the face of a growing Islamist insurgency.

20 February 2016: MINUSMA logistics convoy struck an IED 6km north of Tabankort while heading to Kidal. No casualties or damages reported.

22 February 2016: Sahara Media said French forces clashed with suspected members of AQIM 150km north of Timbuktu.

23 February 2016: Militants suspected to be members of AQIM attacked Malian Army checkpoint in Léré. Three soldiers reportedly killed and two injured. Also two militants supposedly injured but managed to escape. Suspects arrested at Ber three days later and two taken vehicles were recovered then handed back to the Malian Army by members of the Coordination of Movements of Azawad (CMA)

23 February 2016: Malian Army vehicle struck an IED near Doro while traveling to Gao. One soldier injured.

23 February 2016 The Algerian army has been reinforcing security measures along the country's eastern and southern borders with Libya, Mali and Niger as a precaution against possible terror attacks, an Algerian security source said.

24 February 2016: Unknown gunmen seized two vehicles of International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) while in a mission at Taboye, Gao region. Vehicles were later recovered by members of Groupe Autodéfense Touareg Imghad et Alliés (GATIA).

24 February 2016 At least three soldiers were killed and two others injured when unidentified gunmen attacked a checkpoint in Mali, a soldier reportedly said on Wednesday.

24 February 2016 Ahead of a drill to teach West African police about forensics by blowing up a car filled with crash test dummies posing as suicide bombers, FBI agents met an unexpected question: why bother to investigate if the militants are already dead?

25 February 2016: French vehicle struck an IED near Tabankort. French forces did not report the incident.

25 February 2016: Chadian peacekeeper killed his superior and a doctor at MINUSMA camp in Kidal. Chadian peacekeepers reportedly were unhappy with living conditions at the camp.

26 february 2016 The Nigerian Army has said that it has rescued 1,890 people who were being held by the Boko Haram insurgents.

The Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Col. Sani Usman, said in a statement on Friday that the captives were rescued at various locations in the North-East in the past two weeks.

29 February 2016: MINUSMA vehicle of Chadian peacekeepers struck an IED in Taghlit, located on Aguelhoc-Tessalit transit route. Three peacekeepers injured.

29 February 2016: French forces reportedly targeted an AQIM camp north of Timbuktu. Two AQIM commanders, Abu al-Nour and Marwane al-Misri, were killed during the operation.

29 February 2016: Al-Murabitun spokesman identified as Abu Dejana al-Qasimi (al-Saudi) escaped an operation conducted by French forces in Tilemsi area, Gao region.

17-29 February 2016: Villages in Ménaka area witnessed several violent incidents between different ethnic groups based in the area. Local observers said at least 100 people killed, including civilians and children. Reportedly in one incident at least 10 people killed. On 27 February 2016 unknown gunmen allegedly killed eight civilians near Ménaka. Supposedly the attack took place on Ifokritine and Silatine transit route. Six more killed in clashes on 25 February 2016.

01 March 2016: MINUSMA vehicle struck an IED on Aguelhoc – Tessalit transit route. Six peacekeepers injured

03 March 2016: Suspected MLF members attacked gendarmerie checkpoint in Ké-Macina village, Segou region, central Mali. Reportedly, four Malian security forces killed and weapons seized by the MLF

04 March 2016: MINUSMA vehicles struck an IED in Kidal. Claimed by Ansar al-Din.

04 March 2016: Truck transporting civilians struck an IED on N’Tigart route, 25km from Ansongo. No casualties reported. Source: Radio Aadar Koukia

04 March 2016: Armed men attacked civilians traveling to weekly market of Echall. After taking their belongings, bandits also took their vehicle. Radio Djimba Bado

04 March 2016: Armed bandits fired and injured a civilian who refused to give up his belongings at Fatakara village, 15km from Goundam. Radio Djimba Bado

07 March 2016: Unidentified militants on motorcycles targeted Military post at Missini, Mali on the borders with Cote d’Ivoire.

08 March 2016: Ansar al-Din launched rockets on a remote base of Barkhane at Ajrir, 60km east of Kidal. [Ansar al-Din claimed the attack]

08 March 2016: Malian police seized 50kg of drugs. The suspect is of Burkinabe citizenship

10 March 2016: Allegedly unknown gunmen kidnapped a local identified as Houssein Badi and his son near Timbuktu. French forces supposedly arrested two individuals suspected to be involved in the kidnapping.

10 March 2016: Malian forces arrested livestock bandit near Ansongo. Source: Radio Aadar Koukia

11 March 2016: Local witness said unknown gunmen targeted Malian Army checkpoint near Sévaré, Mopti region, central Mali. An area where the MLF have been operating and conducting similar attacks since January 2015.

13 March 2016: Chadian peacekeeper opened fire on three of his colleagues at MINUSMA camp in Tessalit. Two killed and one injured.

13 March 2016: Armed bandits reportedly targeted a bus transporting civilians at Herba village, near Ansongo. Source: Radio Aadar Koukia

13 March 2016: Three gunmen carried an attack on Grand-Bassam beach resort, Cote d’Ivoire. Reportedly, at least 21 were killed, including foreign nationals, 3 attackers, and 3 soldiers, while 33 injured. AQIM claimed responsibility of the attack. AQIM released the statement in 4 languages: Arabic, French, English, and Spanish. AQIM also released images of the 3 attackers, 2 belong to al-Murabitun under Mokhtar Belmokhtar, and 1 under Grand Sahara brigade led by Yahya Abu al-Hammam.

15 March 2016: MINUSMA forces discovered an IED 200m from Aguelhoc camp.

16 March 2016: Allegedly members of CMA exchanged fire between themselves at Ber, 60km east of Timbuktu. At least one reportedly killed. Reasons for tensions remain unclear and a meeting was held the following day to resolve the issue.

18 March 2016: Four armed bandits robbed group of civilians near Djirsi Koyra, Bourem commune. One civilian injured. Source: Radio Alfarook

18 March 2016: Three armed bandits attacked group of civilians at Bougoumeyra near Goundam. Source: Radio Djimba Bodo

20 March 2016: Ansar al-Din fired two mortars on MINUSMA camp in Tessalit, Kidal Region. Supposedly rockets fell 100m off the target. [Ansar al-Din claimed the attack]

21-26 March 2016: Four suspects involved in the attack on Grand Bassam hotel, Cote d’Ivoire arrested. Based on initial investigations and according to Ivorian security officials the planner of the attack, and Ouagadougou attack, is based in Central Mali. Security forces released an image of main suspect, identified as Dallah Kounta (see image bellow)

21 March 2016: Three gunmen carried an attack on Nord-Sud hotel in Bamako. The hotel is headquarters of a European Union Training Mission in charge of training Malian security forces. One attacker killed, one arrested, and one escaped.

21 March 2016: Local witness stated that suspected members of unknown VEO were behind the assassination of the son of Ouroualey village chief. Village chief is identified as Hamadou Boura and his son as Amadou

22 March 2016: A vehicle taken by unknown bandits on Goundam – Timbuktu route. Members of the MNLA recovered the vehicle by Toukabangou and returned it to its owner. Source: Radio Bouctou

23 March 2016: Malian Army vehicle struck an IED in Ménaka. At least one Malian soldier injured. [Ansar al-Din claimed the attack]

23 March 2016: Malian Army vehicle struck an IED in Ménaka. At least one Malian soldier injured. [Ansar al-Din claimed the attack]

23 March 2016: Civilian vehicle transporting water struck an IED in Aguelhoc, Kidal region.

24 March 2016: Local witness reported that unknown gunmen attacked and burned merchandise storage at Talhandak, Kidal region on the borders with Algeria. The town is a transit hub for licit goods and fuel from Algeria into northern Mali. Also, the village has presence of AQIM and Ansar al-Din fighters.

25-26 March 2016, Malian forces arrested two suspects involved in the AQIM attack on Grand-Bassam hotel, Cote d’Ivoire. First suspect was arrested at Gossi and the second at Goundam.

25 March 2016: French [Barkhane] armored vehicle struck an IED at Infazarane, near Gao. No casualties or injuries reported. Source: Radio Naata

25 March 2016: French [Barkhane] armored vehicle struck an IED at Infazarane, near Gao. No casualties or injuries reported. Source: Radio Naata

27 March 2016: Local witness reported that armed bandits carried an attack on village Djanké, located between Léré and Niafunké

28 March 2016: Malian military vehicle struck an IED on Douentza – Timbuktu route. Four Malian soldiers killed. [Ansar al-Din claimed the attack]

29 March 2016: Malian security forces arrested a key leader of southern branch of Ansar al-Din. Leader was identified as Souleymane Keita, and was arrested on the borders with Mauritania near Sokolo, Segou region couple days ago before being transferred to Bamako March 30th. Souleymane Keita is reportedly head of Katibat Khalid Ibn Walid, but often referred to as Ansar al-Din southern branch. Allegedly, Keita was heading to Timbuktu before trying to reach Iyad ag Ghali in Kidal region.

29 March 2016: Local witness reported armed robbery against humanitarian convoy between Gao and Bourem

30 March 2016: Local witness reported that an MNLA member was taken 40km north of Kidal. Other sources claimed it was an armed robbery to take his motorcycle.

30 March 2016: Armed bandits attacked a vehicle transporting civilians in Bourem. While no casualties or injuries occurred, passengers were robbed of their money

31 March 2016 The Nigerian Army has rescued about 11,595 persons held hostage by the Boko Haram terrorists within the last one month as part of its offensive to mop out the remnants of the insurgents in various parts of the northeast region.

01 April 2016: Ansar al-Din launched rockets on MINUSMA camp in Aguelhoc, Kidal Region. Ansar al-Din claimed responsibility

04 April 2016: Two gunmen targeted Douentza deputy. The assassination attempt failed but one civilian killed.

04 April 2016: Three gunmen seized ambulance that belongs to community health center (CSCOM in French) in Timbuktu.

04 April 2016: Reportedly members of Ganda Izo and Ganda Lassal Izé exchanged fire near Bourem. Two reportedly killed.

04 April 2016: Malian forces arrested a Nigerian citizen suspected to be a member of an unidentified VEO operating in central Mali. The suspect was identified as Nazim Abou, an engineer with possession of compromising documents.

07 April 2016: Reportedly, French forces killed five militants from an unknown group in Boughessa area on the borders with Algeria. The area is an Ansar al-Din and AQIM brigade al-Ansar stronghold.

07 April 2016: Reportedly, Malian forces arrested seven individuals suspected to be members of an unknown jihadist group at Haboité village, on the borders with Mauritania. Important ammunition and arms supposedly also recovered. Comment: Reportedly, two of the suspects killed when the eight escaped from custody. The remaining six was re-captured.

07 April 2016: Allegedly, Malian forces killed and arrested unknown number of suspected jihadists in Gao region. The operation was conducted jointly with French forces.

07 April 2016: MINUSMA vehicle struck an IED between Taghlit and Igheghar, Kidal region. Ansar al-Din claimed the attack.

08 April 2016: MINUSMA vehicle struck an IED near Taghlit. Ansar al-Din claimed the attack.

10 April 2016: Unknown gunmen attacked MINUSMA convoy of seven vehicles on Timbuktu – Bambara Maoudé – Douentza transit route. Three civilian contractors [drivers] reportedly injured and three vehicles burned.

10 April 2016: Unknown gunmen assassinated son of former Tessalit deputy, Hamdy Ag Baye in Borj Badji Mokhtar, Algeria. The son was identified as Aziz Ag Baye Hamdy, his father was also assassinated in January 2015 that AQIM claimed responsibility for.

11 April 2016: Members of the platform allied with the Malian government exchanged fire with members of the CMFPR2 of the CMA. Causes of the incident are unclear but this indicates the difficulty to control armed members from both sides.

12 April 2016: Three French soldiers killed after their armored vehicle struck an IED while traveling from Gao to Tessalit, Mali. Ansar al-Din claimed responsibility.

12 April 2016: Three mortars fired at MINUSMA camp in Ansongo. Reportedly mortars missed target and no physical or human damages recorded.

12 April 2016: unknown gunmen ambushed Chadian soldiers of MINUSMA in Aguelhoc. No casualties reported.

12 April 2016: Civilian vehicle struck an IED in Aguelhoc. One civilian killed.

12 April 2016: A young kid of 13 years old lost his arm when remaining of explosives exploded in his hand in Tessalit.

11-12 April 2016: French forces of operation Barkhane clashed with suspected jihadists near Boughessa. Two vehicles belonging to AQIM or Ansar al-Din recovered. Note: This incident could be related to 07 April incident when French forces reportedly killed five suspected members of Ansar al-Din or AQIM.

12 April 2016: MINUSMA vehicle struck an IED on Tessalit – Aguelhoc transit route. Local witness said two killed and one injured.

13 April 2016: Suspected members of the MLF carried an attack on Malian forces checkpoint in Boni, central Mali. Ansar al-Din spokesman claimed the attack and stated that at least five Malian soldiers killed and others injured. Malian security sources said on the other hand one attacker killed and five arrested.

13 April 2016: Local witness reported unknown gunmen killed two Tuareg civilians returning from local market 60km of Gossi, central Mali.

15 April 2016: French forces and Ansar al-Din clashed in Abeibera, Kidal region. An Ansar al-Din member identified as Atta Ag al-Mehdi was reportedly killed.

15 – 16 April 2016: Ansar al-Din kidnapped four ICRC local staff. One was released immediately and the three others freed on 22 April 2016.

16 April 2016: Armed bandits targeted school director and abducted his motorcycle before letting him go. The incident took place between Ansongo and Tessit, the victim is director of local school at Temera, and the attackers allegedly were speaking Fulani. Radio Aadar Koukia.

17 April 2016: Vehicle of SATOM abducted by unknown armed men on Goundam – Timbuktu route. Radio Bouctou

19 April 2016: Dozens of armed bandits robbed a local merchant between Dogofri and Léré, central Mali. Bandits seized unknown amount of fuel, seven solar panels, cash, and one cellphone. Radio Issa Ber

April 20, 2016 Chad Intercepts ISIS Weapons Going To Boko Haram Chad has intercepted a large cache of different types of weapons sent from ISIS affiliate in Libya and going to Boko Haram insurgents in the Lake Chad region.

20 April 2016: Four armed men attacked and robbed CSCOM at Garbakoira village, 35km from Diré. The attackers looted the pharmaceutical depot. No victims or injuries reported. Radio Alfarook

21 April 2016: A civilian traveling on a camel killed by two unknown gunmen in Goundam. Radio Djimba Bodo

20 April 2016: Reportedly, one killed and one injured in armed assault in Dioura, Tenenkou commune, Mopti region. Radio Kounari de Sévaré. Local witness reported to be ethnic tensions between Bambara and Fulani members and that casualties was higher than what was reported, seven.

22 April 2016: A MINUSMA driver died from sustained injuries from a previous IED explosion last week. Radio Aadar Koima

23 April 2016: Two Malian soldiers killed and one injured in an ambush on Timbuktu – Goundam route. Ansar al-Din claimed responsibility.

24 April 2016: A member of unidentified group killed while trying to plant an IED on Gao – Ansongo route. The individual supposedly mishandled the IED. Radio Aadar Koukia

26 April 2016: Mortars fired at MUNISMA camp in Kidal. Ansar al-Din claimed responsibility.

26 April 2016: Two vehicles taken by two armed bandits found at Inekar, near Ménaka. Drivers rescued by locals while bandits escaped when both vehicles got stuck in sand. The two vehicles belong to Gaakoy Company. Source: Radio Koukia

28 April 2016: Suspected MUJWA members attacked Nigerien forces on the borders with Mali north of Tahoua region. One gendarme killed and two injured.

29 April 2016: Local witness reported armed men attacked NGO workers near Doro, 45km south of Gao. Two injured during the attack, the supervisor is still missing, and two vehicles burned

01 May 2016 Since Al-Mourabitoun merged with Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) in December 2015, the latter has experienced significant momentum.[1] Its increased number of terrorist attacks, its intensified operations in Mali, the move of its activities to other parts of the African continent (especially in the Sahel region[2] and Western Africa, such as Burkina Faso), and its success in attacking Western-affiliated institutions as well as claiming many lives and destroying property, indicates an increase in AQIM’s power.

01 May 2016 General Patrick Brethous said groups were now selecting easy targets beyond the reach of his Operation Barkhane because they had been outmanoeuvred on home turf.“It’s perhaps precisely because they are under pressure that they (jihadist groups) do that.

01 May 2016 It pains Nigerian princess Modupe Ozolua every time she hears about the suicide bombings, killings and kidnappings by the Boko Haram militant group in her ancestral homeland.

01 May 2016 The Army said yesterday that its men have cleared Doksa 1, 2 and 3 as well as Sabon Garin Doksa all in Borno State of the remnants of Boko Haram terrorists hiding in the area.

01 May 2016 The Nigerian army says it has discovered a large pit where Boko Haram militants dump victims of their horrendous attacks in Jadda. According to Daily Post, the army said this in a statement, adding that it also discovered and freed hostages.

O1 May 2016 In an interview conducted on Daily Trust of Saturday, April 23th, 2016 with Malam Sani Yakubu, Sheikh Zakzaky’s elder brother, who, without feeling any shame or showing maturity - which is expected of elders, blamed his younger brother simply for being Shiite.

01 May 2016 Farmlands liberated from Boko Haram fighters in Yobe State will have to be de-mined before farming activities can commence again, the Deputy Inspector General of Police Operation, Sontoye Wakama, has stated.

01 May 2016 The Nigeria Police Force will begin the deployment of personnel to areas liberated by the Nigerian Army in Yobe next week in its bid to re-establish civil authorities.

DIG Sotonye Wakama, the Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Operations, made the disclosure at a meeting with stakeholders in Damaturu on Saturday.

01 May 2016 At least 30 ethnic Fulani herdsman were killed by Boko Haram militants in northern Nigeria last weekend when they raided the village of Alau in Borno state.

02 May 2016 France's Jean-Marc Ayrault and Germany's Frank-Walter Steinmeier have started their West African tour in Mali. Both have underlined their countries' commitment to the further stabilization of the region.

01 May 2016 Two BH suicide bombers who detonated their explosives about 200kms from Kolofata this morning only succeeded in killing themselves.

02 May 2016 Yemeni security forces look at smoke billowing from the desert of Al Alam, east of the southern port city of Aden on Friday during a controlled explosion to destroy explosives and mines laid by Al Qaida militants in the Lahj province.

03 May 2016 Twenty flags of U.N. partner nations and the Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS, blew in the warm Burkina Faso wind between two formations of soldiers representing various participating militaries.

03 May 2016 The ECOWAS Commission, European Union (EU) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) are jointly working on a strategy to check the prevalence of small arms and light weapons in the hands of non-state actors and its implication for peace and security in the region.

03 May 2016 The foreign ministers of Germany and France during a visit to Bamako on Monday called on Mali to fully implement a peace accord between the government and rebel groups.Frank-Walter Steinmeier and his French counterpart, Jean-Marc Ayrault, underlined their countries‘ commitment to the further stabilization of the West African country, but added that there was a lot of work left to be done.

03 May 2016 In its battle against Boko Haram in Nigeria’s north east, the Nigerian troops have made shocking discoveries after killing some terrorists. In a press statement issued on Tuesday, May 3 by Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman, the military spokesperson, the Nigerian army intercepted Boko Haram logistics team and killed three members of the gang, with two others escaping.

03 May 2016 Boko Haram insurgents entered the villages of Kuyape and Tahe last night stealing bags of millet but with no human casualties.

04 May 2016 Authorities in northern Cameroon say a local self-defense group used a poisoned arrow to kill a woman with explosives strapped to her body.

04 May 2016 One of the soldiers who stepped on some improvised explosive devices planted by Boko Haram terrorists has been confirmed dead. Making this confirmation was Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman, who stated that of the four soldiers who stepped on the explosive, only one could not make it alive while the remaining three sustained injuries.

04 May 2016 The Nigerian troops have reportedly set an ambush for Boko Haram terrorists in Sambisa forest, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports. This much was revealed by Tukur Buratai, the chief of army staff, while fielding questions from journalists on Wednesday, May 4.

05 May 2016 The Nigerian army in a bid to completely wipe off Boko Haram terrorists carried out a long range patrol at Ngula and Kukuruk villages in Alagarno general area leading to the discovery of a hospital used by the terrorists.

05 May 2016 The battle against insurgency in Nigeria’s northeast took another twist on Wednesday, May 4, when Boko Haram terrorists opened fire on Nigerian troops in Sambisa forest.

05 May 2016  During the operation, about 400 persons held hostage by the insurgents were freed by the soldiers and quite a number of the Islamist sect fighters were killed in the process.

05 May 2016 At least one Nigerian peacekeeper is said to have been injured in an attack by suspected jihadists on a United Nations mission camp in Timbuktu on Friday, a source told the AFP.The attackers, about seven, drove up to the entrance of the UN base in the former Hotel Palmeraie at about 6:30 local time and detonated their vehicle, a UN spokesperson told the Reuters news agency.

05 May 2016 Malian authority arrested a terrorist suspected (Yacouba Toure) number two in the Ansar Dine of the South terrorist group, linked to Al Qaeda in neighbourhood near the country’s international airport. Yacouba Toure has been involved in several attacks in southern, Burkina Faso and has been major force in logistics. This is happening while the spread of jihadists activity spreads in the south.The arrest follows that of Souleymane Keita, described as the top jihadist leader in southern Mali, in March.

06 May 2016  the obama administration on thursday sanctioned a man described as a senior leader for north african branch of AQIM.

06 May 2016 The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has dragged the Federal Government to the ECOWAS Community Court of Justice in Abuja over “failure to prevent, account for and investigate killings, raping, maiming of Nigerians and other residents, and destruction of property across the country by herdsmen, the military and police”.

07 May 2016 One Mohammed Zure, a suspected Fulani herdsman who allegedly took part in the recent mayhem unleashed on an Enugu community, has reportedly revealed how he and his syndicate planned and carried out the attack.

07 May 2016 The Nigerian military has launched a military offensive aimed at putting pressure on the Islamist militant group Boko Haram as well as rescue unarmed civilians kidnapped by the militants, according to military spokesman Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman.

07 May 2016 The United States plans to sell Nigeria aircraft specifically designed for guerrilla war as Abuja struggles to fight Islamist Boko Haram, US officials on Friday.

07 May 2016 No fewer than 16 suspected Boko Haram fighters, who were reported to have been fed up with their heinous activities, have surrendered to troops in Balazala and Ahamdaga Makaranta villages.

08 May 2016 The Court of Appeal in Lagos has affirmed the judgment of a Federal High Court in Lagos convicting and sentencing three members of dreaded terror group, Boko Haram to 25 years imprisonment each.

08 May 2016 People suspected to be herdsmen, yesterday, attacked Coromo and two other villages in Gassol Local Government Area of Taraba State, killing about 12 persons and wounding about 18 others seriously.

08 May 2016 At least 500,000 households displaced by the Boko Haram insurgency will benefit N17,000 each from the World Food Programme in 2016, an official has said.

The World Food Programme is a project of the United Nations that addresses hunger and promotes food security.

08 May 2016  The menace of Niger Delta Avengers, the newest militant group in the oil-rich region,  has forced Royal Dutch Shell to evacuate most of its staff from a production facility. The evacuation was carried out by three helicopters on Saturday. The exercise will continue on Sunday in the firm's facilities across the Niger Delta region.

08 May 2016 A landmine reportedly planted by fleeing Boko Haram insurgents has killed seven returning internally displaced persons in Goniri town of Gujba Local Government Area, Yobe State.

09 May 2016 As the ‘Operation Crackdown’ continues the routing of Boko Haram insurgents from their hideouts, three leaders of the sect, along with four others have surrendered to the troop in Borno State.

09 May 2016 The troops of 21 Brigade, 7 Division, have continued their offensive operations against the Boko Haram terrorists still hiding in the Sambisa forest.

09 May 2016 The Director General of National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, Alhaji Mohammed Sidi, on Monday, said that over 800 repentant Boko Haram insurgents are currently undergoing skills acquisition training.

09 May 2016 At least six persons were killed and many others wounded when some unidentified gunmen attacked Korum, Orawua and Gidan Bature villages in Gassol Local Government Area of Taraba State on Sunday.

09 May 2016 Punch reports that the policemen were ambushed by their assailants in Okobe, Ahoada West LGA of Rivers state, along the East-West road at about 3am. The victims were coming from Yobe state where they went on a special duty and were on their way back to Yenagoa, the Bayelsa state capital when they were attacked.

10 May 2016 Two female suicide bombers from Madawaya village in Nigeria who entered Homaka-Blabline village in Cameroon yesterday morning died after a failed suicide mission in Cameroon. According to Cameroonian investigative journalist, Bissong Etahoben, one of the suicide bombers was killed after the bomb strapped on her detonated while the second one was killed by a member of the village vigilante group. No other casualty was recorded.

10 May 2016 According to a statement released this morning by the Nigerian Army, Troops of 1 Brigade Nigerian Army in conjunction with the Nigeria Police in Zamfara State, today carried out an operation in Maru village which was targeted at suspected cattle rustlers and armed bandits.

10 May 2016 Cameroonian authorities have called on traditional and religious leaders in the country to assist in the fight against Boko Haram.

10 May 2016 Mali's intelligence service announced on 8 May the arrest of Yacouba Touré, the number two of a faction belonging to jihadist group Harakat Ansar al-Din (Ansar Dine) in the south of the country.

10 May 2016 Mali's security forces said they arrested a senior member of Islamist militant group Ansar Dine who trafficked weapons for attacks in Mali and over the border in Burkina Faso.

10 May 2016 Mali will boost spending in its 2016 budget by 4 percent, partly to cover implemesntation of a peace agreement with armed groups in the country's north, the finance minister said on Tuesday.

10 May 2016 Regional leaders and their international counterparts will meet in Nigeria this weekend during an international security summit aimed at addressing rampant extremism in West and Central Africa.

10 May 2016 The Defence Headquarters had condemned online reports that 800 Boko Haram members had been granted amnesty.

It said the story was false and called on the public to disregard it, stressing that it would not tolerate acts of terrorism or criminality by any group.

10 May 2016 Gunmen suspected to be militants on Tuesday, killed three soldiers at Foropa, Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa State.

11 May 2016 Nigerian business magnate, Aliko Dangote has donated 10 million dollars to help families affected by the insurgency waged by Nigeria’s Islamist militant group, Boko Haram.

11 May 2016  Amnesty International on Wednesday urged Nigeria to shut down a military detention facility for Boko Haram suspects after nearly 150 people, among them children and babies, died there in custody.

11 May 2016 The Federal Government on Tuesday said that rampaging herdsmen killing people at will in their host communities are not Fulani herdsmen but Boko Haram insurgents.

11 May 2016 The troops of 7 Division Garrison in conjunction with the ever dedicated Civilian JTF maintaining security and vigilance averted yet another attempt by the Boko Haram terrorists to unleash suicide bomber into the peaceful community of Sulaimanti, outskirts of Maiduguri city early today morning.

11 May 2016 Many people have been injured after a suicide bomber suspected to be Boko Haram member blew himself up near a mosque in Sulimanti ward of Maiduguri, the Borno state capital.

11 May 2016 The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has deployed 200 of its personnel to Boko Haram liberated towns in Borno.

11 May 2016 The troops of 7 Division Garrison in conjunction with the  ever dedicated Civilian JTF maintaining security and vigilance averted yet another attempt by the Boko Haram terrorists to unleash suicide bomber into the peaceful community of  Sulaimanti, outskirts of Maiduguri city early today morning, May 11.

11 May 2016 Yacouba Toure, the second in command for the Al-Qaeda-linked Ansar Deen group in Mali’s south has been arrested outside  Bamako by Malian Special Forces.

11 May 2016 A Mali official says two soldiers have been killed and one wounded after their vehicle hit an improvised explosive device in the north.

11 May 2016 Amnesty International on Wednesday urged Nigeria to shut down a military detention facility for Boko Haram suspects after nearly 150 people, among them children and babies, died there in custody.

12 May 2016 A suicide bombing at a government compound in Nigeria’s northeastern city of Maiduguri killed at least four people on Thursday, residents said.

12 May 2016 This afternoon, combined team of Nigeria policemen maintaining security duties at the entrance of Borno State Government Secretariat, (which was known as Musa Usman Secretariat) in Maiduguri, intercepted and prevented a male suicide bomber from entering to attack workers based on suspicion.

12 May 2016 The Niger Delta Avengers has threatened to blow up the oil blocs of former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, Minister of Defence, General Theophilus Danjuma, ex-Minister of Petroleum, Alhaji Riwalnu Lukman, other Northerners and South-Westerners in Niger-Delta region.

12 May 2016 Barely 24 hours after a suicide bomber was killed in a failed suicide attempt at a mosque in Sulimanti ward of Maiduguri in Borno state,A suicide bombing at a government compound in Nigeria’s northeastern city of Maiduguri killed at least four people on Thursday, residents said.

12 May 2016  lawmakers in the Congress of the United States of America may soon vote on a bill that will allow President Barack Obama and his government to set aside all or part of the Abacha loot recovered in the U.S. for victims of the Boko Haram insurgency.

12 May 2016 The Nigerian Army on Thursday announced that a combined team of policemen maintaining security duties at the entrance of Borno State Government Secretariat, in Maiduguri, intercepted and prevented a male Boko Haram suicide bomber from entering the place to attack workers.

13 May 2016 The Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) fighting the Boko Haram insurgents in the Northeast Nigeria and neighbouring countries of Chad, Niger and Cameroon said it has liberated at least, 4,690 hostages this year alone.

13 May 2016 Musa Usman Secretariat, the largest state government administrative complex in the northeast region, came under attack on Thursday as a female suicide bomber blew herself up, killing a police officer and injuring 19 others, officials and eyewitnesses said.

13 May 2016 According to terrormonitor.org, the Islamic State IS has claimed responsibility for the bomb attack at the Borno state government secretariat in Maiduguri earlier today. Two police officers lost their lives in the incident. The group also released photo of the suicide bomber.

13 May 2016 The news that four employees of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) had been kidnapped in northern Mali on 16 April resonated locally and in the international community.

13 May 2016 Walter Dorn,  a professor at the  Royal Military College of Canada & the Canadian Forces College, has noted that Canada’s rank in contributions to peace operations has now fallen to an all-time low (77th). That new low is outlined in the latest figures from the United Nations.

13 May 2016 A high-level delegation of U.S. diplomats will huddle with their African counterparts in Nigeria this weekend in hopes of escalating the fight against Boko Haram, just as analysts say signs of real progress are finally emerging in the fight against the brutal jihadi terror group.

13 May 2016 Lake Chad Research Institute, LCRI, Maiduguri, Borno State, has said the activities of the Boko Haram insurgents stalled the cultivation of over 400 hectares of wheat in Marte Local Government Area and some parts of the north east.

13 May 2016 A Nigerian schoolgirl who twice escaped mass Boko Haram kidnappings is speaking out about her harrowing ordeal to a House Foreign Affairs committee.

13 May 2016 Boko Haram on Friday claimed responsibility for Thursday’s suicide bombing in Maiduguri, Borno State, which killed 15 people.The sect said, “After planning in advance, it was possible for the brother Abu Anas al Ansari to detonate his explosive belt in the middle of the apostate Nigerian parliament gathering in Maiduguri.”

13 May 2016 French President Francois Hollande, US Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Britain's top diplomat Philip Hammond are among the senior foreign dignitaries expected in Abuja.

14 May 2016 This was the case despite "impressive" gains against the group, Mr Hollande said after meeting his Nigerian host Muhammadu Buhari.

Leaders of countries making up a force against the Islamist group are among those attending Saturday's summit.

14 May 2016 The U.N. Security Council is strongly condemning attacks by the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram and expressing alarm at its links to the Islamic State group ahead of a summit in Nigeria to evaluate efforts to combat the extremists.

14 May 2016 The UN Security Council on Friday said it was alarmed by Boko Haram's ties to the Islamic State Group and threw its support behind a Nigerian-led regional summit to confront the threat.

14 May 2016 The multinational forces fighting the Islamic extremists of Boko Haram have arrested five of the group's leaders and freed dozens of captive women and children, Cameroon's government announced Saturday.

14 May 2016 Troops of 21 Brigade and rugged team of Armed Forces Special Forces (AFSF) on Operation CRACKDOWN inside Sambisa forest while on harbour for refitting, came under Boko Haram terrorists attack at about 1.45am today morning. However, the gallant troops successfully repelled the attack.

14 May 2016  In continuation of Operation CRACKDOWN deep inside Sambisa forest, troops have arrested one of the declared wanted Boko Haram terrorists leaders, and also conducted patrols and clearance operations within the theatre of operations.

15 May 2016 Cameroon’s government said on Saturday that multinational forces fighting the Islamist extremists -Boko Haram – had arrested five of the group’s leaders and freed 18 women and 28 children.The government spokesperson Issa Tchiroma said the forces raked through the insurgent’s bases in the northern Madawaya forest earlier this month when the women and children were found.

15 May 2016 The Nigerian Army authority yesterday disclosed that a displaced man found wandering in the bush would be held in custody until he gives a convincing account of how he came about the sum of N1.9 million found in his possession.

15 May 2016 Multinational forces fighting the Islamic extremists of Boko Haram arrested five of the group's leaders and freed dozens of captive women and children, Cameroon's government said Saturday.

15 May 2016 President Muhammadu Buhari has assured that Nigeria will join forces with other countries to eliminate Boko Haram and other terrorist attacks in West Africa.

He also reiterated commitment to the rescue process for the abducted Chibok girls, pledging the federal government will not spare any effort to bring them back home.

15 May 2016  In a city where nightclubs and mosques coexist peacefully, Islamist violence long felt like a foreign problem — something residents watched on news clips from the Middle East or other parts of ­Africa.

15 May 2016 As regional and western powers met in Nigeria to craft a strategy over the fight against Boko Haram, one thing was certain – the Islamist group must be defeated at all costs. France is leading the pack and has pledged military cooperation with Nigeria to assist in the fight.

16 May 2016 Nigerian troops combating Boko Haram terrorists repelled an early morning attack by the terrorists while on harbor inside the Sambisa forest, a military spokesperson has said.

16 May 2016 President Muhammadu Buhari said on Saturday that there was no credible intelligence linking Boko Haram’s source of weaponry to the Islamic State reported Premium Times.Boko Haram had last year pledged edged allegiance to IS, the group based in Iraq and Syria but which has carried out terror attacks in several parts of the world.

16 May 2016  The Federal Government is considering integrating members of the Civilian Joint Task Force (JTF) into the Nigerian military and police after the war against the Boko Haram.President Muhammadu Buhari made this disclosure at the weekend while responding to questions at a press conference after the 2nd Regional Security Summit in Abuja on Saturday.

16 May 2016 The United Nation Security Council has called on the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), in coordination with the African Union, to accelerate joint efforts to adopt a common strategy to combat the threat posed by Boko Haram.

16 May 2016 A statement by police said that the storm on Sunday afternoon local time left another five injured.The dead have been identified as constables Md Samidul Islam and Motathar Hossain.

16 May 2016 nigeria has been hit the hardest. Borno is the epicenter of the boko haram related violence with over 14,000 media documented deaths.

16 May 2016 The Yobe Government on Monday said over N30 billion was lost to Boko Haram insurgency in the state in the last six years.

Gov. Ibrahim Gaidam disclosed this while receiving Mr Toby Lancer, United Nations Assistant Secretary General for Humanitarian affairs, in Damaturu.

17 May 2016 A joint military task force from Cameroon and Nigeria captured Boukar Kaou, a Boko Haram leader, during a raid in which 58 militants died, according to Cameroon’s government

17 May 2016 Boko Haram has increased its use of child suicide bombers tenfold over the past year despite more military operations targeting the militants in the Lake Chad Basin Region, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in a Monday press release.

17 May 2016 Over 9 million people in the Lake Chad region are in urgent need of food aid.

This is according to the UN which says that half the residents in the region are facing chronic food insecurity and malnutrition as violence continues to escalate.

17 May 2016 Nearly one in five suicide bombers used by the terror group Boko Haram is a child with more than half of them being girls, according to a UN report.

The number of children used by Boko Haram as suicide bombers has risen tenfold in one year and more than 75 per cent of them are girls, according to UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

17 May 2016 One Adamu Mai Bisco was on Monday arrested by the Yobe State Police Command for allegedly hacking his mother, father and sisters to death with a shovel while they slept.The incident happened at their home in Bataiya area of Potiskum town of the state, the Nation reports.

17 May 2016 The Movement for Actualisation of Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) yesterday attacked President Muhammadu Buhari for saying that Boko Haram sect has no link with ISIS terrorist group.

“Buhari’s statement that Boko Haram has no link with ISIS proves his alleged sympathy for the group.”

18 May 2016 The girl, who was reportedly found breast feeding a child, said their captors shielded them from the military.According to Tunji Olarenwaju, a member of the strategic team of the Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG) movement, Nkeki made the revelations under interrogation. Soldiers working together with a civilian vigilante group rescued the girl and her four-month-old baby near Damboa in the remote northeast, army spokesman Sani Usman said. They also detained a "suspected Boko Haram terrorist" called Mohammed Hayatu who claimed to be the girl's husband, he added.

18 May 2016 Hayatu, one of the Boko Haram commanders also known as “Amir” reportedly escaped with his wife from the Sambisa forest and surrendered to Civilian Joint Task Force members in Balle, a village in Damboa.

18 May 2016 The Nigerian army has said troops on special clearance operations, ‘Operation Crackdown’ within Sambisa forest, cleared Boko Haram insurgents out of their Njimia camp.

18 May 2016 No fewer than 15 Boko Haram militants were killed by the Nigerian troops on Tuesday, May 17, inside the notorious Sambisa forest in Borno.

18 May 2016  In less than a year Burkina Faso experienced attacks by different extremist groups, including al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), the Macina Liberation Front (MLF) or Ansar al-Din south, and al-Murabitun of Adnan Abu Walid al-Sahraoui. Attacks on Burkina Faso reported to be carried by foreign nationals but recent report of Burkinabe leader within Ansar al-Din confirms recruitment efforts by extremist groups in the country.

18 May 2016 No fewer than 15 Boko Haram militants were killed by the Nigerian troops on Tuesday, May 17, inside the notorious Sambisa forest in Borno. According to Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman, the acting director army public relations, the encounter happened on Tuesday while the Nigerian soldiers were on a mission to clear the group’s camps at Njimia and Alafa.

19 May 2016  On May 12, the German parliament voted by a large majority to expand the deployment of the German Army (Bundeswehr) in Africa. Four-hundred-and-ninety-six deputies supported the extension by one year of the European Union’s (EU’s) training mission in Mali (EUTM), to which the German army will contribute 300 soldiers.

19 May 2016 Five United Nations peacekeepers from Chad were killed and three were wounded in northern Mali on Wednesday when their vehicle hit an improvised explosive device and unknown gunmen opened fire, the United Nations said in a statement late on Wednesday.

19 May 2016 Islamist group Ansar Dine on Thursday claimed responsibility for an ambush in northeastern Mali that killed five Chadian UN peacekeepers.

19 May 2016 Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) demonstrated that it remains a force to be reckoned with by executing spectacular attacks in key areas in Mali, Burkina Faso and, most recently, Cote d’Ivoire.

19 May 2016 A 195-strong peacekeeping force left Changchun, capital of China's Jilin Province, on Wednesday for a United Nations mission in Mali.

20 May 2016 While on an assessment visit to Yobe State, the Executive Director of the Trust Fund, Mr Sunday Ochoche, said that the aim of the assessment tour was to support the process of normalcy with a view to making the stay of the returnees a comfortable one.

19 May 2016 At least six civilians were killed and seven injured in an attack by Boko Haram Islamist fighters in Niger on Thursday evening, according to the country's army.

Four of the victims were burned alive and two were shot dead during the attack near the south eastern garrison town of Bosso, close to the border with Nigeria, according to an army statement broadcast on state TV and radio Friday.

20 May 2016 At about 11.00am today, Thursday, May 16, troops of 231 Battalion, 331 Artillery Regiment (AR), Detachment of Armed Forces Special Forces (AFSF) 2, Explosive Ordinance (EOD) Team and Civilian Vigilante group of Buratai, conducted clearance operations at Shettima Aboh, Hong and Biladdili general area in Damboa local government area of Borno state.

20 May 2016 Members of the Chibok community under the aegis of Kibaku Area Development Association, KADA, yesterday said the rescued Chibok girl, Amina Ali, has no husband. Chairman of KADA, Tsambido Abana, while speaking with reporters, said Mohammed Hayyatu who was rescued alongside Amina should be referred to as a sexual exploiter not a husband because Amina had no husband before she was abducted.

20 May 2016 A Nigerian Army spokesman confirmed to NBC News that a second girl from the group of 276 schoolgirls kidnapped more than two years ago was rescued Thursday.

20 May 2016 Japan has extended a grant of $1.5 million to support food distribution and provision of agricultural inputs to most vulnerable internally displaced persons (IDPs) and host families in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe.

20 May 2016 The head of the Chibok Abducted Girls Parents group Yakubu Nkeki told the AFP that the army contacted him before an announcement was made on May 18 about the rescue of the first girl, Amina Ali. He said: “We were able to identify her and then establish her parents.”

20 May 2016 The United States government has committed about $500 million to the Boko Haram insurgency since 2009, the US Charge d'Affaires to the African Union has said.

20 May 2016 At least six civilians were killed and seven injured in an attack by Boko Haram Islamist fighters in Nigeria on Thursday evening, according to the country’s army.

20 May 2016 President Muhammadu Buhari, in a May 14 press conference reported in the Nigerian media, gave insights into his thinking. He sees the potential for formally integrating the CJTF into the military and the police. He said, “For those who have received military training, it will be advised either to recruit them if they are within the age bracket of recruitment in the military or the police.”

20 May 2016 Two Judges of Kogi State Judiciary are feared kidnapped as efforts by the security operatives to see them come back to their homes yesterday proved futile.

They were traveling from Idah headquarters of Idah local government, Kogi State to a community near Ocha hills notorious for armed robbery, before the incident happened.

Friday 20th May 2016 The MINUSMA determined to continue its peacekeeping mission in Mali the head of the United Nations’ Multidimensional Integrated Mission for the tabilization in Mali, Koen Davidse said Friday 20th May 2016 in Dakar that MINUSMA was determined to continue its mission in favor of the peace in Mali. The situation in Mali is "very complicated" because this is a very big country, and it requires cooperation among all the security forces. According to him "We need cooperation between barkhane (French force), the Minusma and Malian forces.

 Friday 20th May 2016 Militant group claims attack on UN peacekeepers in in Kidal, Mali - Ansar Dine, armed group based in northern Mali, on Friday 20th claims responsibility for Wednesday's 18th attack on a UN peacekeeping convoy that killed 5 UN peacekeepers. The group is known for carrying out attacks on Malian military and other groups opposed to it in the name of implementing Sharia law in Mali. Since the beginning of the year, gunmen have attacked UN peacekeeping mission in Mali’s Kidal region over a dozen times, killing 12 staff.

21 May 2016 Tragedy hit the sleepy town of Oke Ako in Ikole Local government area of Ekiti State on Friday night as suspected Fulani herdsmen attacked the town and killed one resident.

21 May 2016 Six people were killed on Friday in a village in southern Niger in an attack thought to have been carried out by Boko Haram militants, the Defence Ministry said.

The six victims died from gunshot wounds or being burned alive, the ministry said. Another seven people were wounded in the attack and have been evacuated.

21 May 2016 The U.N. Security Council on Thursday condemned in the strongest terms a deadly terrorist attack on U.N. peacekeepers in north Mali, underlining the need to bring the perpetrators to justice.

21 May 2016 Mr. Davidse was speaking at the 29th coordination meeting of UN heads of missions in West Africa. "We will continue to talk with stakeholders for peace.

21 May 2016 Cameroonian Yeguie Issa says he has not seen his only brother since they were contacted a year ago by visitors to their village and were offered $500 per month to join Boko Haram.

21 May 2016 A member of the House of Representatives, Dickson Tarkighir, believes President Muhammadu Buhari is not doing enough to curtail the menace of armed herdsmen in the country. Speaking in Abuja, Tarkighir claimed that Buhari’s inaction regarding the catastrophic activities of herdsmen was the cause of apprehension in parts of the country over calls for the establishment of the grazing reserve routes for herdsmen.

21 May 2016 A coalition of some organisations in Northern Nigeria under the auspices of Northern Consensus Movement has called on the Federal Government to treat violent groups, particularly in the south-eastern part of the country like Boko Haram.

21 May 2016 Take us away from this hell,” said Boussam, a mother of seven cradling skeletal goats in Niger’s Assaga camp, where thousands of desperate refugees fleeing Boko Haram Islamist insurgents are living in hunger.

She spoke to AFP in the south eastern camp near the border with Nigeria where some 6,000 people are crammed in UN tents in baking sun after being displaced by the violence.

22 May 2016 A woman has narrated how she was kidnapped by suspected Boko Haram militants, stripped and strapped with explosives, and asked to bomb a popular textile market in Kano.

22 May 2016 Francis Adigun, a gallant Nigerian soldiers who’s a member of the Armed Forces Special Force, lost his life during the recent rescue operation of women and children from Boko Haram.

22 May 2016 When Boko Haram attacked Falmaya Baba Gama's village last year in northeast Nigeria, executing a dozen men and burning down the market, thousands of people fled across the border into Niger, with some forced to leave behind their children amid the chaos. The 30-year-old and her seven children arrived safely in the region of Diffa, but almost one year on, they are hungry, scared of further violence and haunted by the bloodshed they witnessed.

22 May 2016 According to a Facebook user, Muaza Alhaji Misiya, the suspected terrorist who gave his name as Hassan Muhammad said his father who he simply identified as Mallam Muhammadu is a security guard at the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital.

Sunday 22 May 2016 ECOWAS Parliament urges members to enhance efforts in economic devt - Members of the ECOWAS parliament have called on member states to enhance efforts in addressing recurring issues that have stalled economic development in the sub-region. Members made the call while deliberating on issues focused on in the country reports presented by member states at the parliament’s ongoing 2016 first ordinary session in Abuja on Friday.

23 May 2016 The Nigerian Army has just issued the statement below announcing the death of a major bomb maker for the terrorist Boko Haram sect.

23 May 2016 The governor of the Nigerian state of Borno, the heartland of terrorist group Boko Haram, says he is attending Istanbul’s current World Humanitarian Summit to seek aid for the resettlement of 2 million people ravaged by the seven-year insurgency and for rebuilding nearly 100 communities destroyed by the crisis.

23 May 2016 Two out of five traditional rulers in Borno State sacked from their palaces by Boko Haram insurgents have returned to their domains after 17 months of exile.

23 May 2016 The recent recovery of two abducted girls from the clutches of the Islamist group Boko Haram prompted rejoicing and gave hope to grieving families still waiting to learn whether their daughters are alive.

23 May 2016 The recent recovery of two abducted girls from the clutches of the Islamist group Boko Haram prompted rejoicing and gave hope to grieving families still waiting to learn whether their daughters are alive.

Monday May 23, 2016 EU sets sights on West Africa’s gun problem - A €5.6 million EU funded programme in West Africa is pushing for the voluntary surrender of small and light arms that are in the hands of civilians in exchange for incentives like social amenities and development activities for residents. The Weapons Collection Programme is being chaperoned by the West African economic bloc, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) within the broader context of “Disarmament and Community Development” or “Weapons for Development”. Launched in 2014, the programme is aimed at taming proliferation of small arms across the belt which had traditionally threatened peace, security and stability, according to the bloc. The project has been tactical in approach, concentrating heavily on training communities, especially villages and border towns, about the dangers of dealing with small arms and their impact on armed violence, then empowering security institutions to enhance and guarantee safety. This has been followed by a call to the residents to voluntarily surrender these weapons in exchange for community based projects that are deemed to be more rewarding than the use of weapons. Seven countries in West Africa are benefitting from the programme and include Mali, Liberia, Guinea, Niger, Sierra Leone, Ivory Coast and Nigeria.

24 May 2016 The Nigerian navy will set up an operation base along the Lake Chad Basin to ramp up its fight against Islamist militants, Chief of Naval Staff Vice Admiral Ibot-Ete Ekwe Ibas told reporters Monday in the northeastern city of Maiduguri.

24 May 2016 the army received a major morale boost after they paraded one of the missing Chibok girls who was found by a vigilante group roaming the vast Sambisa forest…The army then said she was another Chibok girl, but it turned out she was not.

24 May 2016 The Niger Government has arrested scores of Boko Haram militants and would hand them over to the International Criminal Court, President Mahamadou Issoufou, has said.

24 May 2016 More than 400,000 people in Boko Haram-hit northeast Nigeria will receive food aid to avert the threat of famine as the lean season approaches, the United Nations' World Food Programme (WFP) said on Tuesday.

24 May 2016 s the Military pushes into the Sambisa Forest enclave of Boko Haram terrorists’, the Nigerian Air Force said on Tuesday that it has intensified efforts to get its Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) fitted with missile guided weapon systems for combat roles.The Chief of Army Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar made this known on Tuesday at a meeting with the management of the National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA).

24 May 2016 All things considered, the Niger Delta Avengers are no different from the Boko Haram criminality in the Northern part of Nigeria, and if I wanted to be too strict, I would say that the Niger Delta Avengers are more deadly, more destructive,  more dangerous and consequently more devilish.

24 May 2016 A Lagos-based Non Governmental Organization, Gabasawa Women and Youth Empowerment Foundation, on Tuesday presented medical facilities worth hundreds of millions of naira to the Adamawa State Government to support the health care provision of victims of insurgency in the state.

Tuesday 24th May 2016 Malian extremist to seek forgiveness at the Hague for destroying heritage sites - Ahmad Al Faqi Al Mahdi will become the first person to admit to war crimes charges before the International Criminal Court (ICC) based in The Hague at a joint hearing and sentencing due to be held in the coming months. A Malian extremist will seek forgiveness from his people for attacking the world heritage site of Timbuktu when he pleads guilty at an unprecedented case before an international war crimes court, his lawyer said Tuesday.

Tuesday 24th May 2016 Algeria: Mali - Confidence Reposed in Algeria Requires More Efforts to Speed up Peace Agreement Implementation – Algeria is considering speeding up the Agreement implementation and thus to overcome some difficulties that hamper reaching necessary objectives relating to peace and security, and the institutional and administrative segments.

Wednesday 25th May 2016 Grand Bassam attackers identified –

25 May 2016 insurgents invaded the communities around 7pm on Tuesday, May 24, and set ablaze many houses after killing 13 residents and injuring scores of others.

Wednesday 25th May 2016 ECOWAS members urged to harmonise efforts against child trafficking, labour - ECOWAS Member States have been urged to harmonise efforts and enhance implementation of legal texts governing child trafficking and labour to eliminate the scourge in the sub-region. The call was made at a regional seminar jointly organised by the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), the International Labour Organisation (ILO), ECOWAS Parliament and UNICEF in Abuja on Wednesday. Sixty per cent of the 168 million are involved in agriculture and most of our countries depend on agriculture as the number one sector in our economies

25 May 2016 A 16-year-old girl was kidnapped with her 1-month-old baby by Boko Haram from her home in northern Cameroon 18 months ago, taken to Nigeria, married off to an extremist fighter and then trained to be a suicide bomber.

25 May 2016 Gen. Lucky Irabor, the Theater Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, made the call while speaking at the foundation laying ceremony of the Nigerian Army Officers Wives Association (NAOWA) Nursery School and a Day Care Centre at the Maimalari Barracks, Maiduguri. Irabor said that those who failed to surrender would pay the price for being stubborn.

25 May 2016 The Nigerian military has vowed to continue its onslaught on groups threatening the peace of the country. The military made the vow on Wednesday, May 25 that the Niger Delta militants, Boko Haram and killer herdsmen would be brought down.

25 May 2016 The brother of Amina Ali simply identified as Noah has accused the military of mistreating him and that he doesn’t know the whereabouts of his mother and sister.

Thursday 26 May 2016 Nigeria suspends funds contribution to ECOWAS - No longer at ease with the management style of the Economic Community for West African States (ECOWAS), Nigeria has resolved to withhold its financial contributions to the sub-regional body. Responding to complaints of lose funds management and alleged shortchanging of Nigerians at the sub-regional body, he said the federal government, which is the largest financial contributor to the sub-regional body, has made its position clear to the new administration of ECOWAS on the urgent need for a re-jig of its management.

Thursday 26 May, 2016 French forces lead new military operations in northern Mali - French forces mobilize significant resources in new military operations in northern Mali after the latest attack that resulted in the death of three French soldiers and other casualties among the peacekeepers and of the Malian army. These operations take place mainly in the regions of Gao and Kidal in northeastern Mali. Terrorists have been "neutralized" according to a foreign military source. In the massif of the Adrar of Iforas, vehicles belonging to terrorists have been targeted and weapons caches were discovered. The new French military operations occur after the attacks against the French, UN and Malian forces which had made a total of fifteen deaths in the last thirty days.

26 May 2016 We are still pretending that Khalid al-Barnawi and the several Shekau's acted independently. A year of the war against Boko Haram by the new Buhari administration, we have not yet arrested a single sponsor of Boko Haram, nor named one, local or foreign.

26 May 2016 French forces mobilize significant resources in new military operations in northern Mali after the latest attack that resulted in the death of three French soldiers and other casualties among the peacekeepers and of the Malian army.

26 May 2016 Members of the Nigerian militant group the Niger Delta Avengers have shut down facilities owned by one of the world’s biggest oil companies. People living near Chevron’s Escravos terminal in the oil-rich southern Nigerian region of the Niger delta reported hearing a loud blast during the night.

26 May 2016 Medicins sans frontières (MSF)/Doctors Without Borders has bemoaned rising attacks on its facilities in Niger, one of neighbouring countries affected by Nigeria’s Boko Haram terrorists. The medical group reported its health post in Yebi, which serves a population of about 20 000 people, was also completely destroyed in a recent attack that claimed the lives of at least six people were killed and severely eight others.

26 May 2016 Contrary to claims by police authorities and the federal government that the recent wave of herdsmen attack of isolated communities across the country were carried out by foreigners, identities of the five suspects involved in the Nimbo attack, an Enugu Community, confirm speculations that Nigerians were actually behind the attacks.

26 May 2016 ChiefBisong Etahoben MNJTF Commmander Maj.-Gen Lamidi Adeosun says member nations now freely share intelligence leading 2 current success in fight against BH.

Thursday 26 May 2016 Attacks on oil facilities in Nigeria still continue even as the government beefs up security around oil fields. The most recent attack happened on Thursday, and the rebel group Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) claimed responsibilty.@NDAvengers blew up other #NNPCGas and Crude trunkline close to Warri. Pipeline that was heavily guarded by Military. The Niger Delta stakeholder's meeting is an insult to the people of Niger Delta. What we need is a Sovereign State not pipeline Contracts.

Friday 27th May 2016 Ivory Coast arrests driver over beach resort attack - Ivory Coast police arrested a driver who allegedly transported weapons used in a jihadist attack on the Grand-Bassam beach resort that killed 19 people in March, security sources said. "Ivorian security sources inform that one of the members and also the driver of the vehicle which transported the weapons during the terrorist attack of 13 March 2016 in Grand-Bassam was arrested by the Ivorian police today 26 May 2016," said the statement seen by AFP, without giving details on where he was arrested.

Nigerian man stripped of British citizenship, suspected of plotting Paris-style terror attack - A Nigerian man linked to a group of British Islamists has been stripped of his UK citizenship amid fears he would return to London to execute a Paris-style terror attack, a court has heard.

The man, known as L2 for legal reasons, was deemed such a security risk that Home Secretary Theresa May personally signed an order removing his British nationality in 2013. L2, who is said to have lived and worked in Tower Hamlets, East London, during his time in Britain, is now challenging the Home Office decision at a hearing at the Special Immigration Appeals Commission (Siac) in London.

Friday 27 May 2016 Another suspect has been arrested in connection to the March shootings at Grand Bassam in Ivory Coast, security sources say. A total of 83 suspects have been arrested ever since the attack took place. Among them are two Malians who are said to be fully involved during the preparation for the attacks. “According to information gathered so far, it is clear that the suspect vehicle was located in Mali and Burkina Faso during the time of the attack. Ivorian authorities have strengthened border control and security measures in efforts to prevent future attacks.

Friday 27 May 2016 Five Malian soldiers were killed and four wounded on Friday in a mine explosion in northern Mali after two of their vehicles ran a planted landmine between the Ansongo and Indelimane localities.Large areas are still beyond the control of Malian and foreign forces, despite the signing in May 2015 a peace agreement between the government camp and the former rebels believed to permanently isolate the jihadists.

Saturday 27  May 2016 Security forces in Niger killed around 12 fighters of the Islamist militant group Boko Haram who launched an attack in the southeastern region of Bosso, close to the border with Nigeria. Three members of the security forces were lightly wounded during Friday’s battle and government forces captured machine guns, rocket propelled grenade launchers and mobile telephones from the enemy. Bosso is part of the Diffa region, which houses many refugees and internally displaced people who have sought to evade Boko Haram violence elsewhere. The region has been targeted numerous times in attacks blamed on the militants.

27 May 2016 The Boko Haram insurgents have inched closer to Maiduguri, razing five villages in the suburb of the town.

The insurgency group, which many had thought had been depleted, on Tuesday this week undertook a daring attack on five villages about 10 kilometres away from Maiduguri, the capital of troubled Borno State.

Friday 27 May 2016 Niger has recorded a total of 60,970 migrants passing through its territory to other neighbouring countries between February and April 2016. Through its Displacement Tracking Matrix, authorities noted that of this total, 44,890 were recorded leaving Niger, while 16,080 were migrants entering the country.Niger is a transit country for West African migrants travelling to and from Algeria and Libya.For both transit points, the majority of migrants were men. In terms of the age distribution, the majority were between the ages of 18 and 59. Some vulnerable people were also identified, including children, female headed households and elderly people.The main nationalities of those travelling towards Algeria were Nigeriens (37 percent), Malians (13 percent), Cameroonians (10 percent), Burkinabes (10 percent) and Guinea Bissauans (6 percent). Of those coming into Niger from Algeria, the main nationalities were Nigerien (40 percent), Malian (11 percent), Cameroonian (8 percent), Burkinabes (7 percent) and Gambians (6 percent). Over 70 percent of those surveyed paid more than USD 345 for their migration journey to the transit points. The average cost of migration was ranging between USD 85 and USD 345.

28 May 2016 A civil society organisation, Sterling Centre for Law and Development, is advocating the rehabilitation of children who have been displaced by the Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria’s northeast.

28 May 2016 The Nigerian Army has conducted a special training on counter-terrorism operations for officers and recruits. The exercise is part of efforts by the Nigerian military to expose the young soldiers to conventional ways of fighting terrorism in the northeast.

Saturday 28th May 2016 Troops Ambush Boko Haram Terrorists Cross From Sambisa To Alagarno - Nigerian Army has disclosed that  troops staged an ambush against Boko Haram terrorists  around Nyaleri.At least two terrorists were killed,many others were wounded and their weapons were equally recovered. Acting Army Spokesman, Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman said “Following information of suspected Boko Haram elements crossing point across Maiduguri-Bulabulin-Damboa road,    troops of 81 Battalion and 251 Task Force Battalion, both of 25 Task Force Brigade, staged a deliberate ambush against the terrorists logistics elements on motorcycles and bicycles crossing from Sambisa forest to Alagarno general area around Nyaleri

Saturday 28th May 2016 ECOWAS Appeals to Nigeria to Pay Its Debts - The President of ECOWAS, Mr Marcel De Souza, on Thursday, expressed frustration over debt being owed to the commission by defaulting nation members. De Souza was speaking in Abuja when he led a delegation from the commission to a courtesy visit on the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Mrs Khadijat Abba-Ibrahim. He said that Cote D’Ivoire, Cape Verde and Senegal were major defaulters, but the greater challenge was Nigeria. He added that the bills of peace building troops sent to Guinea Bissau and Mali were yet to be paid, stressing that peace would always come with a cost.

28 May 2016 Air France located box with German Army explosives in Bamako: The German military issued an alarm after a box with explosives was lost on an Air France flight. This happened on May 28. Today, Air France initiated a search for a lost bag. Air France was able to find the item at the Air France Cargo Center at the airport Bamako, Mali.

Saturday 28th May 2016 Mali family blame UN peacekeepers for death in custody - Five Chadian peacekeepers were killed in the ambush in northeast Mali on May 18 and a sixth died of his wounds on May 24, according to the latest toll from the UN mission in Mali (MINUSMA. The family of a Malian civilian who died after being arrested by peacekeepers following a deadly jihadist attack claimed his death was due to abuse in custody as the UN Friday promised to "shed light" on the incident. Five Chadian peacekeepers were killed in the ambush in northeast Mali on May 18 and a sixth died of his wounds on May 24, according to the latest toll from the UN mission in Mali (MINUSMA). Three suspects were arrested, one of whom "died on May 19 in the hours following his apprehension" while the other two were released, MINUSMA said last week as it announced the launch of an internal inquiry. The victim was an elderly Tuareg shepherd named Almoustapha Ag Intisniyiken, who was detained with his son and another relative, his family told AFP.

Sunday 29 May 2016 Five people have been killed when a motorcycle ran over long planted mine that was undetected new military checkpoint in Biu in Borno state.Five people, a woman, her baby and two men and a soldier who was wounded and died of his injuries in hospital.

Sunday 29 May 2016 Five peacekeepers were killed and one seriously injured in an ambush on MINUSMA in central Mali on International Peace Keepers Day, 30 km west of Sevare city in the Mopti region. The peacekeepers are suspected to be Togolese on a peace mission in the area. This is the first time that Minusma peacekeepers have been killed in central Mali. This new attack comes after five Malian soldiers were killed on Friday in northern Mali by a mine explosion.

29 May 2016 United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), has expressed worries that the continued violence in the Northeast region of Nigeria, has led to the displacement of more than 1.2m children in the zone.

29 May 2016 German Government says it has so far supported 1,500 students affected by insurgency in the north east under the safe-school initiative since it was set up in 2014.

30 May 2016 Boko Haram terrorists group yesterday, in a major democracy day disaster, bombed a military facility in Biu, Borno State, killing a soldier and four others. An operational update by the Nigerian Army, through the Director of Army Public Relations,DAPR, Colonel Sani Usman, confirmed the bombing, saying that many others were also wounded in the early morning blast.

30 May 2016 Perhaps taking a clue from Nigerian, authorities in Niger Republic have indicated that they are set to launch a major offensive against Boko Haram. According to the government of Niger, the offensive against the Islamist group will also involve military forces from neighbouring countries.

30 May 2016 No fewer than seven persons have been confirmed dead following protest by members of the Movement for the Actualisation of Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), in Asaba on Monday.

30 May 2016 The police in Owerri made the disclosure of the arrest on Monday, May 30, claiming that the members of the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) were disturbing the peace.

30 May 2016 Christina Ijabla was held kidnapped by Boko Haram for two years. She's told DW about life in an Islamist militant prison camp and how she had seen the elusive Chibok girls, whose seizure sparked international outrage.

30 May 2016 Of the 795 BH suspects held in the Maroua prison alone, only 125 have been formally charged, tried and sentenced to prison terms.

31 May 2016 Boko Haram again attacked village Yébi. Reportedly six civilians killed while number of the injured is unknown. Again, Boko Haram again carried the attack at night around 10:00pm and clashes with security forces of Niger lasted until 04:00am. Number of Boko Haram conducted the attack were reportedly around 40.

31 May 2016 President Muhammadu Buhari has been called upon to order an investigation into the role being played by the various stakeholders in Borno State in the intractable nature of the Boko Haram insurgency.

31 May 2016 In a French military base outside Niger’s capital Niamey, an ongoing anti-insurgent operation is underway. Dubbed operation Barkhane, French troops are now using drones to patrol the skies of northern Niger to target Islamist militants from al-Qaeda and Boko Haram who often carry out attacks in the West Africa.

31 May 2016 A growing number of Islamic clergy (especially the Sufi) in Mali are organizing and actively resisting the spread of radical Islamic beliefs. In the north, Islamic terrorists destroyed numerous Sufi shrines during 2012. The Sufis (and Shia and other Islamic sects) are considered heretics and often persecuted by Sunni conservatives.

31 May 2016 Time is up for Muhammadu Buhari, Nigeria’s president and former army general, who promised before his inauguration on 29 May last year to stamp out Boko Haram within 12 months – and has singularly failed to do so, despite a tough military crackdown in the country’s north-east.

31 May 2016 No fewer than 772,224 children registered by National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) are living in internally displaced persons (IDPs) camps in the northeast of Nigeria.

31 May 2016 The President Muhammadu Buhari-led federal government has adopted 10 Chibok girls who survived abduction by the Boko Haram, The Cable is reporting.

31 May 2016 A militant group in the Niger Delta has issued a renewed threat to international oil companies as Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari reportedly plans a visit to the troubled region.

01 june 2016 Three people have been killed in two separate attacks on UN targets in the city of Gao in Mali, the UN says. In the first incident, which occurred on Tuesday, a UN peacekeeper was killed by rocket fire at a UN security forces' base in the eastern city.

01 June 2016 Attackers in Mali killed one Chinese U.N. peacekeeper and injured four in an early morning attack on their base Wednesday, China's Foreign Ministry said. Spokeswoman Hua Chunying described the attack as "an act of terrorism and a serious crime that cannot be tolerated."

01 June 2016 The United Nations mission in Mali deployed attack helicopters after two assaults on UN bases in the northern city of Gao left at least four people dead.

01 June 2016 The Republic of Jordan says it will collaborate with Nigeria in a bid to end terrorism in the country. A high power delegation from His Royal Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan on Tuesday met with the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin at the Defence Headquarters (DHQ) in Abuja. During the meeting, both countries explored areas of collaboration on ending the threat posed by the Boko Haram terrorists.

01 June 2016 Every time the Nigerian military raids Boko Haram hideouts in northeast Nigeria, soldiers report intriguing stockpiles quite apart from the predictable guns, bombs, and machetes. Often these include magical amulets and trinkets, and, frequently, quantities of Viagra and similar sex-enhancing pharmaceuticals. SALW

01 June 2016 Niger Delta Avengers, the new militant group that has claimed responsibility for a string of attacks on oil and gas installations in the Niger Delta, has, again, says it has destroyed more oil wells.

01 June 2016 The Nigerian Army on Tuesday insisted that it will continue to use force until leaders of resurgent militant groups in the Niger Delta region are arrested.It dismissed negotiation with the militant group, Niger Delta Avengers, which has launched several attacks on oil installations and weakened crude oil production in the region. Negotiation vs War

01 June 2016 Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb said on social media that they had engaged in “battle” with “crusader occupation forces” in the northern Mali city of Gao on Wednesday, according to SITE Intelligence Group, an extremist monitoring firm.

01 June 2016 Two months after its installation in Tripoli, the Libyan unity government has been finding difficulties stabilising the country due to frequent attacks from the Islamic State.

In an effort to remedy this situation, , the UN envoy, Martin Kobler, has urged the warring factions to unite.

01 June 2016 Nigerian troops deployed in Borno State have rescued several abducted persons, arrested suspected Boko Haram terrorists, and recovered weapons and equipment, the army said in a statement.

01 June 2016 The International Criminal Court says it hopes to complete the trial of an Islamic radical accused of involvement in the destruction of historic mausoleums in the Malian desert city of Timbuktu in just a week because the suspect plans to plead guilty.

01 June 2016  The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, on Wednesday, said the Army was on the trail of Boko Haram terrorists who fled Sambisa and were hiding in Taraba.

Buratai said this when he paid a courtesy visit to Governor Darius Ishaku of Taraba, in continuation of his tour of Army formations in the state.

01 June 2016 Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) claimed responsibility on Wednesday for an attack on two United Nations' sites in northern Mali where a peacekeeper from China and three civilians were killed and over a dozen others wounded.

01 June 2016 Fearful of the Mediterranean crossing and confused by reports of a European refugee lockdown, Syrians are seeking the precarious safety of Mali – which is itself on humanitarian life support and faces severe security challenges.

01 June 2016 Senegalese court on Wednesday sentenced a geography teacher to a year in jail for condoning terrorism while serving as an imam in his spare time. Senegal

01 June 2016 a border police post located at Intangom, 4 km from the Malian border in the province of Oudalan in Burkina Faso was attacked by unidentified individuals. During the attack, three policemen were killed and property damaged

02 June 2016 The UN Security Council will be working on recommendations on capacity building for the UN peacekeeping mission in Mali as well as increasing its troop levels, French Ambassador to the UN Francois Delattre said here on Wednesday. Delattre, also the president of the Security Council for June, said the recent attacks in Mali have indicated that the mission, known as MINUSMA, is working in a particularly difficult context.

02 June 2016 United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has asked the Security Council to add just over 2,500 peacekeepers to the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Mali, which has been hit by a series of deadly attacks, according to a new U.N. report. Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) claimed responsibility on Wednesday for an attack a day earlier on two U.N. sites in northern Mali where a peacekeeper from China and three civilians were killed and over a dozen others wounded.

02 June 2016 The Emir of Gwoza Local Government Area of Borno State, Alhaji Muhammadu Idrissa Timta has said none of his Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, including himself and his immediate family will return to Gwoza until Boko Haram terrorist are completely wiped out. Return to Communities

02 June 2016 Every time the Nigerian military raids Boko Haram hideouts in northeast Nigeria, soldiers report intriguing stockpiles quite apart from the predictable guns, bombs, and machetes. Often these include magical amulets and trinkets, and, frequently, quantities of Viagra and similar sex-enhancing pharmaceuticals.

02 June 2016 Aminata Traore, a former Malian minister of Culture and Tourism, has criticised the current structure of the United Nations going as far as calling for a rival global governance entity to be formed. She went on the ‘rival UN’ tangent after stating that she wanted to add her voice to the news that the United Nations was aiming to get its first female Secretary General to replace outgoing Ban Ki-moon. The UN Palava

02 June 2016 Police in Burkina Faso say they have arrested six “foreigners” suspected of being behind jihadist attacks in January that left 30 people dead. According to a press statement released by the police on Wednesday, the suspects arrested on Monday had sheltered the attackers, three of whom were killed during the January 15 raid, and were in contact with the mastermind of the plot. Burkina Faso

02 June 2016 The United Nations peacekeeping mission in Mali is asking for more troops, equipment, armor and aerial surveillance in the wake of deadly attacks by Islamic extremists.

02 June 2016 The UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-Moon, on Thursday urged President Muhammadu Buhari to assist and support the social reintegration of women and girls who have survived Boko Haram captivity. Ban made the call while addressing the UN Security Council open debate on sexual violence in conflict, in connection with the agenda item: Women, Peace and Security, in New York.

02 June 2016 Nigerians may have to get used to living in the dark.

Unless President Muhammadu Buhari, 73, can subdue armed militants attacking gas facilities that supply the nation’s power plants, his plans to remedy an electricity shortage he called a “national shame” in his inauguration speech a year ago will be stillborn. In March, Buhari said he would increase power generation by 2,000 megawatts this year and raise it by 2019 to 10,000 megawatts, double this year’s peak in early February.

02 June 2016 Ansar active in the financial North of DFA has adopted against the French army in the  Abebarh area near Kidal, one landmine and the second mortar Hawon.

03 June 2016 Militant group Niger Delta Avengers have vowed to bring Nigeria’s oil production to zero after it announced on Thursday that it had blown up two crude pipelines in Bayelsa state. The group said via Twitter that “at about 2:00am today, @NDAvengers blew up the Ogboinbiri to Tebidaba and Clough Creek to Tebidaba Crude Oil pipelines in Bayelsa State.”

03 June 2016 The Nigerian Army on Thursday said one soldier paid the supreme sacrifice when troops of the 112 Battalion on patrol from Mafa to Dikwa in Borno State, ran into an ambush by Boko Haram insurgents in Ajiri village. The Army in a statement by Major NC Agwu, said although the insurgents were successfully cleared from the ambush, an officer and three soldiers sustained injuries in the encounter. One member of the Civilian JTF accompanying the patrol team, was also injured.

03 June 2016 Malnutrition in Niger has reached a critical point. The United Nations has sounded an alarm over the situation and says that malnutrition among children in the country has reached the maximum threshold.

03 June 2016 The Nigerian army on Thursday announced that militants have attacked a boat belonging to Nigeria’s state oil firm NNPC in the Niger Delta on Wednesday, killing at least six people.

03 June 2016 The troops of 202 Battalion of 21 Brigade in Operation LAFIYA DOLE have ambushed Boko Haram elements in which they killed 3 and arrested one of the terrorists at Sabsawa-Boarding road and BOCOBS-Ngurusoye road on between 1-2nd June 2016. Although they successfully cleared the ambush, one soldier died in the process, an officer and 3 soldiers sustained various degrees of injury. One of the civilian JTF accompanying the patrol team was also injured.

The team killed 8 Boko Haram terrorists and recovered arms and ammunitions at the ambush site. The recovered items include, 1 Rocket Propel Grenade (RPG), AK-47 Rifles, 2 Rocket Propel Grenade bomb, 3 AK-47 Rifle Magazine and 120 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition.

The troops also discovered 3 Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) concealed by the edge of the road which were safely detonated by the Explosive Ordnance Device (EOD) team.

03 June 2016 One soldier was killed while another one was seriously injured after suspected cattle rustlers attacked a joint security patrol team at Madaci village of Faskari local government area in Katsina State on Thursday June 2nd.

03 June 2016         Chinese military has sent a specialist medical team to Mali on Thursday to join Chinese peacekeepers there and help deal with casualties from a Tuesday terrorist attack. Led by a senior Defense Ministry official, the team will work with the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali and the Mali government to ensure the safety of the attacked peacekeepers. China's Foreign Ministry said four of its peacekeepers were injured and called for an investigation into the attack late on Tuesday on the base in the town of Gao. The country said it has 2,400 peacekeepers stationed in Africa.

03 June 2016  Niger Delta Avengers blew up a Shell installation after they said, the multinational oil giant refused to heed their warning to stop repairs on a installation they had earlier blown up. ‘‘At 3:00 am today @NDAvengers blow up the SPDC forcados 48” Exportline. We warned SPDC not to go ahead with repair works but they refuse,’‘ a tweet from the group read.

03 June 2016 The United Nations peacekeeping mission in Mali is asking for more troops, equipment, armour and aerial surveillance in the wake of deadly attacks by Islamic extremists.

03 June 2016 Since the month of May, at least 20 people, among them Malian forces, UN peacekeepers and civilians working for the United Nations, have lost their lives in various terrorist acts in North and Central Mali. Most security observers who spoke to Xinhua believe terrorist networks have changed their strategy after a period of calm.It all began with the cold blood assassination of commander Mahamadou Camara, a military doctor, on the night of May 15 in Gao, northern Mali.

03 June 2016 Ban Ki-moon has called for increasing the number of U.N. soldiers in Mali by 2,049 personnel, which would raise the force’s authorized strength to 13,289. The Secretary-General further called for the addition of 480 U.N. police, which would raise the ceiling for police in the U.N. mission, known as MINUSMA, to 1,920 personnel.

03 June 2016 British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Paul Arkwright, has cautioned the federal government against the use of military option as a measure to tackle the resurgence of militancy and other criminality in the Niger Delta region.

British High Commissioner said this in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, shortly after his courtesy visit to the Alake of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo. Balance use of Force

03 June 2016 Erstwhile Senator from Bayelsa east senatorial district, Nimi Barigha Amange has described restive youths in the Niger Delta as agitators who should not be seen as militants, adding that President Muhammadu Buhari’s move to treat them the same way he is handling Boko Haram insurgents was wrong.

He said, “They are two different things. They are agitating. It is like the IPOB in the Southeast, they are agitating. It is lack of equity that is causing all these pockets of agitations.”

03 June 2016 A woman local reports have identified only as Bridget was beheaded by an angry Muslim mob in a busy market in Nigeria’s Kano state Thursday after she allegedly blasphemed against Muhammad during a dispute with a customer.

03 June 2016 Boko Haram attack in Niger 'kills 32 soldiers. 32 soldiers from Niger and two from Nigeria were killed in a Boko Haram attack by “hundreds of assailants” on the southeastern town of Bosso close to the border with Nigeria, the Niger defense ministry said on Saturday.

04 June 2016 In response to the humanitarian needs in the Lake Chad Basin region, including those related to the growing insecurity caused by Boko Haram, Canada has announced plan to provide more than 26 million dollars for humanitarian assistance in 2016.

Ezinne Uluocha, Public Affairs Officer, Canadian High Commission in Nigeria, in a statement to DAILY POST on Friday, said the financial support “will help to provide food, drinking water, hygiene, sanitation and health services, treatment for acute malnutrition and support for livelihoods for vulnerable populations, including refugees, internally displaced persons and communities hosting refugees. Humanitarian

04 June 2016 Over the past year West Africa has suffered terror attacks on nations previously untouched by jihadists, as well as confronting an Islamist insurgency that began in northeast Nigeria but has spread to several neighbouring countries.

That meant greater intelligence sharing and military co-operation is required, said the incoming head of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) commission, which implements policy decisions agreed by its 15 members.

04 June 2016 Militants of the Nigeria-based Boko Haram Takfiri group have reportedly captured a rural town in southeastern Niger after launching a large-scale offensive in the troubled border area.

Local residents said Boko Haram extremists mounted an all-out attack against Bosso, located around 1,365 kilometers (848 miles) from Niger’s capital, Niamey, on Friday afternoon, forcing Nigerien military forces to withdraw from the area without any resistance.

04 June 2016 The Nigerian Defence Headquarters on Sunday said it had uncovered plots by the extremist Boko Haram sect to bomb locations in Nigeria during the forthcoming Ramadan fast.“Information available to this Headquarters indicated plans by terrorists to use the Ramadan periods which usually attracts gathering of large number of persons during morning and evening worships and prayers to carry out large scale bombings,” Rabe Abubakar, Nigeria’s director of military information said in a statement sent to PREMIUM TIMES on Saturday.

04 June 2016 Ansar active in the financial North of DFA has adopted against the French army in the  Abebarh area near Kidal, one landmine and the second mortar Hawon.

05 June 2016 The military, in a  joint operation involving the Army, the Air force and Civilian JTF, yesterday,  escaped  an ambush launched by Boko Haram terrorists against troops at their camp in Chukungudu, Sambisa Forest vicinity, killing 19 terrorists, including one of their wanted Commanders.

05 June 2016 The prime minister of Libya’s U.N.-backed government said in comments published Sunday that “total victory” against the Islamic State group in its main Libyan stronghold is near, as forces close in on the coastal city of Sirte.

05 June 2016 While Niger Delta Avengers continue attacking oil pipelines, the All Progressives Congress (APC) has accused the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of sponsoring the new militant group. Premium Times reports that the South South zone of the APC held a meeting in Benin City, Edo state.

05 June 2016 Thirty Nigerien soldiers and two Nigerian soldiers were killed in a Boko Haram attack on Friday night against the south-eastern town of Bosso, close to the border with Nigeria, Niger’s Defence Ministry said on Saturday.

05 June 2016 Over 1,000 families and Internally Displaced Persons in the North East part of the country have benefited from the philanthropic gesture of a Non Governmental Organization, Peace Rehabilitation and Reconstruction Initiative.

05 June 2016 The Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) has noted that the liberation of the Niger Delta people has taken a new swing with the emergence of new groups all over the region. The NDA warned other emerging groups to desist from kidnapping and attacking soldiers.

06 June 2016 The Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) on Sunday urged Muslims in Borno to be vigilant and wary of beggars around Mosques during the fasting month of Ramadan to prevent suspected attacks from Boko Haram members. The state's NSCDC Commandant, Mr Ibrahim Abdullahi, made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Maiduguri.

06 June 2016 The Federal Government will today host a dialogue for victims of Boko Haram insurgency at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja. Minister of Interior Lt. Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau (retd.) said the dialogue, which would be held in collaboration with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, has become imperative in view of the adverse effects of the Boko Haram insurgency on the livelihood of the population of the Lake Chad Basin, consisting of Niger, Chad, Cameroon and Nigeria. Community ownerhsip building

06 June 2016 i don’t normally write love letters to honorable men, but you guys, the Niger Delta Avengers, are a special breed. I don’t know how to put into words, the thank you you deserve by your patriotic gesture of safeguarding the Nigerian oil pipelines and wells without any contract. You guys have shown the Nigerian government a shortcut to economic development by pointing your explosives and other sophisticated weapons on Nigeria's oil pipelines.

06 June 2016 The federal government has revealed that it will not use military action against killer Fulani herdsmen as it believes the police was capable to deal with the menace.

06 June 2016 Niger military is planning serious counter-attack on Boko Haram insurgents after 30 Nigerien soldier were killed during a fierce battle with terrorists in the south-eastern town of Bosso on Friday night. Describing the recent attack as one of the deadliest in the country Defence Minister Hassoumi Massoudou said: “We must continue to fight, this insult must be expunged, there is nothing to be done, it must be avenged.”

06 June 2016  Mali's former Prime Minister Moussa Mara said Chinese peacekeepers under the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) were more than bringing peace to the West African country. "Chinese peacekeepers are not only a force of peace, they are also a force of development. They understand that maintaining peace not only means weaponry and sending soldiers, but also means improving the livelihoods of locals, winning their hearts," Mara said in an exclusive interview with Xinhua on Saturday.

06 June 2016 In the past two days upon arrival in Bamako, capital of Mali on the morning of June 3, local time, a team sent by the Chinese military has worked effectively with investigating the process of the terrorist attack, coordinating the aftermath settlement of the casualties, guiding the Chinese peacekeeping contingent to strengthen security and defense, etc..

06 June 2016 People living in the region of Diffa in Niger continue to be affected by insecurity related to activities by the terrorist group Boko Haram around the Lake Chad, according to reports by the United Nations relief wing. The first attacks in the Nigerien territory, particularly in the Diffa region, occurred in February 2015. Since that date, around 30 security incidents have been recorded, with an upsurge of Boko Haram attacks since April 2016. Boko Haram on the people

06 June 2016 The Nigerian Air Force (NAF), as part of preparations towards inducting new platforms, is expanding the apron at the military wing of Yola International Airport to enhance air operations against Boko Haram insurgency in the Northeast and is inducting more aircraft into its inventory.

06 June 2016 The EU's Council approved on 6 June an additional EUR4.93 million for EUCAP Sahel Mali, the union's security mission in Mali, to counter fears of growing instability in the country.

Launched in April 2014, EUCAP Sahel Mali trains the country's national guard, gendarmerie and police forces, while liaising closely with EUTM Mali, the EU's military training mission. Both are headquartered in Bamako. Humanitarian support to Sahel

06 June 2016 Boko Haram has retaken the town of Bosso in Southeastern Niger after overnight exchange of fire in the town they once held. This development was disclosed by the Mayor of the town and a military source on Monday.

The insurgents took the town near the Nigerian border on Friday in one of its most deadliest attacks in recent times. They killed as many as 30 Nigerien soldiers and two Nigerian soldiers.

07 June 2016 Contrary to claims that Nigerian troops have cleared-off Boko Haram terrorists in all the nooks and crannies of Adamawa State, local officials have confirmed that the insurgents are still ravaging the Adamawa-Borno border communities, abducting women and attacking returning farmers. Reports at the weekend said three women were abducted in a border community between Adamawa and Borno States.

07 June 2016 The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) has expressed concern over the renewed and unprovoked attacks on oil installations by the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA). In a statement by Jomo Gbomo, its spokesman, the group disclosed that many members of the Avengers were former commanders and fighters of MEND that accepted amnesty from the federal go+vernment in 2009 without a clear knowledge of why they took up arms in the first place, Vanguard reports.

07 June 2016 According to Vanguard, the US embassy to Nigeria on Tuesday, June 7, in a statement issued by the embassy’s public affairs Unit in Abuja said is it was monitoring reports of attacks and other incidents in the Niger Delta, adding that it shared the concerns of all Nigerians about these attacks.

07 June 2016 Brigades aligned with Libya’s UN-backed government said on Saturday they had captured Ghardabiya air base from ISIS to the south of the militant group’s stronghold of Sirte. Spokesman Mohamed al-Gasri said the capture of the base, about 20 km (12 miles) from the centre of Sirte, was strategically significant since it cut off supply routes for ISIS and “trapped them further” within the city.

07 June 2016 Boko Haram has retaken the town of Bosso in Southeastern Niger after overnight exchange of fire in the town they once held. This development was disclosed by the Mayor of the town and a military source on Monday. The insurgents took the town near the Nigerian border on Friday in one of its most deadliest attacks in recent times. The killed as many as 30 Nigerien soldiers and two Nigerian soldiers.

07 June 2016 The new militant group, Joint Niger Delta Liberation Force (JNDLF), that threatened to launch six missiles tuesday, has vowed to target key government institutions, including the State House, Abuja. Also listed for hit in Abuja are the Defence Headquarters, Department of State Services (DSS), Police Headquarters, the National Assembly Complex, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) Towers, Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Supreme Court/Appeal Court, NLNG office and Agip headquarters.

07 June 2016  The attack is coming one day into the Islamic month of Ramadan. Residents said the insurgents stormed the town yesterday by 9:00PM, shooting sporadically, before attacking the Divisional Police Station of the area and some shops in the town. Two security men were missing.

07 June 2016 suspected militant leader was paraded by the Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) Delta in Warri on Monday, June 6 along with six other suspects arrested for other crimes, including one of the alleged killers of some security personnel and civilians at Batan community.

07 June 2016 Troops of the Nigerian Army have in the last 48 hours carried out raids of various Boko Haram camps during which three Boko Haram insurgents were reportedly killed as soldiers rescued dozens of abducted civilians. The operation, which took place mostly in the northern flank of Borno state, led to the recovery of over 300 vehicles, cache of arms and other terror enhancing devices.

07 June 2016 Governors of the South-South region who met with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the State House today called for the majority of corruption cases in the region to be dropped by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Sahara Reporters has reported. The meeting was attended by the governors of Edo, Ondo, Delta, Akwa Ibom, Rivers, Bayelsa and Abia states, as well as the deputy governor of Cross River state.

07 June 2016 Boko Haram kingpin arrested in Borno: The Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) on Sunday said it had arrested a 56-year-old Boko Haram kingpin in Aski Uba Local Government Area of Borno. The Commandant of the NSCDC in Borno, Mr Ibrahim Abdullahi, said that the suspect was apprehended at Mussa village.

07 June 2016 Ansar al- din adopt two operations against the French near Kidal. The first operation led to the destruction and injury of the French merchandise. The second operation has resulted in the direct damage of the stationed in the region called Abebarh.

08 June 2016 The discussions are engaged with the Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, the United nations representative to Dakar in Senegal and with the United nations mission in Mali,” Kabore said Sunday, as he returned to Ouagadougou from Senegal.

08 June 2016 tella Uzochukwu, a former electronics engineer, is doing something profound. She is teaching girls how to code in defiance of Boko Haram, whose brutal crusade against western-style education — among other things — has robbed children of education in northern Nigeria.

08 June 2016 Chad has sent 2,000 troops to Niger to prepare a counterattack against Boko Haram after the militant group seized a Nigerien town, two senior military sources said on Wednesday.

The sources, one at Chadian military command in N'Djamena and another in the Lake Chad region where Boko Haram operates, told Reuters the troops arrived on Tuesday and were advancing on Bosso, a town near Lake Chad that has been the scene of clashes in recent days.

08 June 2016 Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has urged countries of the Lake Chad Basin for greater cooperation for the protection of people displaced by the boko- haram insurgency in the region. Speaking at a Regional Protection Dialogue in Abuja, United Nations Humanitarian agencies said the challenges in the Lake Chad Basin have gone beyond the need for food and shelter to include long term displacement concerns and fast demographics growth.

08 June 2016 The UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) has expressed concern for some 50,000 people, who have been forced to flee a town in Niger after a devastating attack from armed group Boko Haram.Adrian Edwards, UN refugee agency (UNHCR) spokesman, told reporters in Geneva on Tuesday that tens of thousands of people were forced to flee the town of Bosso, in south-eastern Niger, after the armed group attacked a military outpost based over the weekend.

08 June 2016 The Niger Delta Avengers have declined Nigeria government’s offer for talks aimed at ending a series of attacks on oil infrastructure in the Niger Delta region.The militant group said on Wednesday via Twitter that they are not willing to negotiate with any committee and added that they had blown up another Chevron facility.

09 June 2016 One year on, Mali is still struggling to implement a fragile peace deal aimed at ending a cycle of internal uprisings and allowing the government to combat the growing threat of Islamist militants. Periodic violence continues in the north, carried out by Islamist militants who have also staged a series of high profile assaults in Burkina Faso, Mali and Ivory Coast.

08 June 2016 Chad has sent 2,000 troops to Bosso in Niger Republic  to help the country in the fight against Boko Haram.

09 June 2016 After Boko Haram killed more than two dozen soldiers in Niger last week, it claimed the attack in the name of Islamic State-West Africa Province — a title meant to tell the world it is an arm of the Syria-based extremist group. But U.S. officials tell Reuters they see no evidence that Boko Haram has received significant operational support or financing from Islamic State, more than a year after the brutal West African group’s pledge of allegiance to it.

09 June 2016 Nigeria continues to remain in a fix concerning how best to deal with the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) just as agencies, departments and even states have also declared their helplessness concerning the effect of attacks on oil installations.One of such government parastatal is the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) which has announced that it lost a whooping N20 billion in just one month of the attack.

09 June 2016 The Niger Delta is once again seeing attacks on oil installations by militants, most notably the Niger Delta Avengers.  The controversial group is making Nigerians everywhere consider what can be done to avoid conflict.  Naij.com reader Paul Toruwei has sent us his thoughts, read his words. The National President of the Niger Delta development movement (NDDM) Mr Paul Toruwei condemned the recurrent bombings of oil pipeline facilities across the Niger Delta region by militants, saying that there were other means of handling this kind of issue.

09 June 2016 In a landmark ruling, the ECOWAS Community Court of Justice has awarded $200,000 as compensation to each of the families of eight persons who were killed on September 20, 2013 by Nigerian security agents during a raid on an uncompleted building in Abuja in a search for Boko Haram insurgents. Issuing the verdict in a case brought by a Nigerian Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) against the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the Nigerian Army and the Department of State Security Services, a three–member panel of judges of the Court also asked the government to pay another 150,000 dollars each to the 11 persons who sustained injuries during the raid.

09 June 2016 The National Human Rights Commission has commenced the process of collating data of missing persons since the beginning of Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria. Addressing journalists in Abuja, Thursday, the executive secretary of the commission, Ben Angwe, said the commission wants to determine the exact figure of Nigerian citizens affected by insurgency.

09 June 2016 The Theatre Commander of the Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Lucky Irabor, said in a news conference that troops operating in the axis have snuffed out their livelihood making life unbearable for them.

09 June 2016 The minister of agriculture and rural development, Audu Ogbeh has revealed why the Federal Government cannot stop herdsmen who are not Nigerians. Ogbeh said on Thursday, June 9, 2016, that the ECOWAS Transhumance Protocol allows for the free movement of citizens from member countries.

09 June 2016 police arrests killers of army colonel: The Chief of Army Stuff specifically wishes to thank the Inspector General of Police’s Intelligence Response Team (IRT) and the Kaduna State Command Special Investigation Bureau (SIB) operatives for their dedication to duty and professionalism that led to the arrest of the criminals that abducted and killed the late senior officer in Kaduna metropolis, Kaduna State on 27th March this year.

09 June 2016 B'Haram shows off weapons captured during raid in Yobe: On Thursday, June 9, Terror Monitor, an organization which monitors activities of worldwide terrorists groups, posted on its official Twitter handle some photos tagged the “spoils of war captured from Yobe attack”.

10 June 2016 This month marks the one-year anniversary of a fragile peace accord between the Mali government and Tuareg separatists. But after twelve months to make progress, you wouldn’t know it.

French forces had allegedly driven extremists out of northern Mali, but the attacks have not abated. Several extremist groups are still very active in northern Mali, with roots traced back to al-Qaeda. And they are causing problems for everyone.

10 June 2016 Hard fighting militant group, Niger Delta Avengers says it has bombed the Obi Obi Brass Trunk line belonging to Agip ENI. According to the group in a tweet via its Twitter page said the bombed oil line is Agip’s major crude oil line in Bayelsa.

10 June 2016 Avengers threaten to divide Nigeria: Avengers threaten secession as militants bomb NPDC facilities”. The attacks on oil and gas facilities in the Niger Delta continued Thursday evening with the bombing of a pipeline belonging to the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company, a subsidiary of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation.  

10 June 2016 solar panel, guns and others found in boko haram camp: Nigerian troops of 156 Task Force Battalion of 29 Task Force Brigade in conjunction with Civilian JTF and local vigilante in the area, today, June 10 conducted a clearance operation to Yajiwa in Alagarno forest in Borno state. According to a statement sent to NAIJ.com by the acting director, Army public relations, Colonel Sani Usman, during the operation, 8 Boko Haram terrorists camps beyond Yajiwa were cleared.

10 June 2016 Silent BH crisis hit cameroon: Unabated attacks by Boko Haram in Cameroon have sparked soaring food insecurity and driven 190,000 people from their homes, creating fertile ground for recruitment by the jihadists, the UN warned. Nigeria-based Boko Haram fighters have in recent months carried out fewer spectacular attacks and suicide bombings in neighbouring Cameroon.

But the UN humanitarian coordinator for the country Najat Rochdi said the jihadists were attacking villages and burning homes and fields across northern Cameroon on a daily basis.

10 June 2016 Boko Haram displaced facing food crisis: A civilian vigilante and a soldier said the deaths were occurring in the town of Banki where they are based, some 130 kilometres (80 miles) southeast of the Borno state capital, Maiduguri.

Troops liberated the remote town near the Cameroon border last September.

10 June 2016 Niger, Chad to fight in Nigeria against Boko Haram:

 Niger's defense minister says his country and Chad will send troops to neighboring Nigeria to fight Boko Haram extremists.

10 June 2016 Nigeria frees total of 197 Boko Haram hostages as clearance ops continue: Nigerian troops have carried out clearance operations to destroy remnants of Boko Haram terrorist camps and enclaves in several villages in Bama Local Government Area of Borno State, All Africa reports. To this end, the security forces have rescued over 197 hostages and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in parts of the North-east.

11 June 2016  Army rescues hostages, kill BH members: The Nigerian army has continued its onslaught against the dreaded Boko Haram group with its latest operation leading to the death of some members and the rescue of a woman and her baby. In a statement by Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman who is the acting director of the army public relations, he said the engagement with the terrorist occurred on Friday, June 10 when intelligence report revealed that some terrorists dislodged at Chukungudu and Hausari villages were moving towards Muska village in Gamboru Ngala local government area.

11 June 2016 boko haram kills four women in borno: Fourteen Boko Haram gunmen on seven motorcycles stormed Mairari village, 80 kilometres from Maiduguri, the state capital late Friday and picked four women from their homes and slit their throats, they said. The women were aged between 27 and 45.

11 June 2016 Mother of Chibok Girl Kidnapped by Boko Haram: The Christian mother of one of the estimated 218 Chibok schoolgirls who remain in the clutches of the jihadist group Boko Haram after being kidnapped from Nigeria’s Borno state more than two years ago told Breitbart News Saturday that her faith in God has helped and consoled her through the ongoing ordeal.

11 June 2016 Mali pro-government militia kills eight Islamists in clash: A Malian pro-government militia has killed eight Islamist fighters in a gunbattle in northern Mali, two security sources said on Sunday. Clashes between the militia and the Macina Liberation Front erupted on Saturday in Gourma-Rharous village, in the Timbuktu region of Mali which has long been plagued by Islamist militants, a military source and one from the militia told Reuters by telephone.  They had no details of how the clashes started.

11 June 2016 German Ammunition Missing After Air France Flight to Mali: A crate containing hundreds of pieces of ammunition went missing during an Air France flight taken by German soldiers to Mali, the German military said Saturday. "We are still looking for it," said a spokesman for the army's logistics department, confirming a report in the Welt am Sonntag newspaper. The German troops left Berlin for Bamako on May 28 aboard a commercial Air France flight that stopped in Paris.

11 June 2016  Bodies Of 42 Fishermen Kidnapped By Boko Haram Found In Lake Chad:

The bodies of 42 fishermen, who were killed by the Islamist group, Boko Haram, have been pulled from Lake Chad in Cameroon, the country's military has announced. The men had been seized on 8 June from the village ofDarak, located near the Nigerian border, by militants who also killed 10 fishermen in nearby Touboun Ali on 6 June and 32 soldiers in Bosso, Niger on 3 June.

12 June 2016 Mali: Conflict puts over 250,000 orphans at risk: Fighting over the past four years has killed hundreds of people in Mali. There are fewer battles involving government troops, separatists and al-Qaeda fighters but the war is far from over. As a result, more than 250,000 children in Mali are living without a father, mother or both parents, according to the United Nations.

12 June 2016 Germany vows closer G20, peacekeeping cooperation with China: Visiting German Chancellor Angela Merkel said here on Sunday that her country stands ready to have closer cooperation with China in hosting the G20 summit and in peacekeeping in Mali. The pledge came as Merkel started her ninth trip to China since she took office in 2005. Delivering a speech in the university of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, she said that Germany will be working closely with China, the host of this year's G20 summit, on the ambitious goals and rich agenda for the event.

12 June 2016 Nigerian Soldiers Sacked For Stealing Anti-Boko Haram Money: Nigeria's army says it is firing many senior officers accused of corruption and stealing billions of dollars meant to buy arms to fight the Boko Haram Islamic insurgency. Army spokesperson Colonel Sani Kukesheka Usman says "quite a number" were sacked on Friday, mainly major generals, brigadier generals, colonels, lieutenant colonels and one major.

12 June 2016 UN, Nigeria agree to return of 80.000 Boko Haram refugees: Nigeria says it has agreed to Cameroon's voluntary return of 80,000 Nigerian refugees who have fled the Boko Haram Islamic insurgency, the Associated Press reports. Nigerian officials had said Cameroon was threatening to force the repatriation. Cameroon previously has dumped thousands on the border.

12 June 2016 Niger Delta militants announce ceasefire: The militants had earlier vowed to launch six missiles in the region and to also lock down Nigeria’s airspace, but it said it resolved to do otherwise after the federal government proposed talks. Meanwhile, the group said government would have to follow its demand if it wants the peace to be continued.c

12 June 2016 61 malnourished infants hospitalised: Sixty-one malnourished infants have been hospitalized on the orders of Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima, after he relocated 478 children and 219 adults, all of them malnourished due to two years captivity in the hands of Boko Haram insurgents before they were rescued by the Nigerian Military. A statement from the governor’s office which indicated this, said the victims were moved from Bama to a special care unit in Maiduguri, that dozens of buses conveyed them to a newly opened special care unit in Maiduguri.

12 June 2016 MEND forms a team to hold talks with government: The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) on June 12, Sunday, had announced the set up of the team for the talks with Federal government over Niger Delta crisis, Sahara Reporters reports. Jomo Gbomo, the spokesperson of the group, in a statement said that the move came after useful preliminary talks held with high-ranking officials of the incumbent government.

13 June 2016 NDLEA intercepts drugs suspected to be consumed by terrorists: NDLEA Commandant in the state, Mr Ishaku Kwajafa, made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Jalingo on Sunday. Kwajafa said the items included 144.012 kg of cannabis and 539.656 kg Psychotropic (Tramadol). He said the command was working round the clock to ensure that the state was free from social vices, adding that 89 people were being prosecuted in various courts over the substances.

13 June 2016 Niger president in France with Boko Haram top of the agenda: Niger’s President Mahamadou Issoufou is beginning an official visit to France on Monday, with talks on ending the recent surge in attacks by Boko Haram militants in his country set to dominate discussions with French President Francois Hollande. The visit by the west African leader comes 10 days after the attack of Boko Haram in the city of Bosso on the border with Nigeria, which left 32 soldiers dead and dozens more wounded.

13 June 2016 Nigeria's Boko Haram victims bounce back with businesses in camps: With more than one million people living in camps around Nigeria's northeastern city of Maiduguri, having fled their homes due to Boko Haram attacks, some are finding innovative ways to rebuild businesses from scratch. Many of the displaced arrived at the camps with no money or possessions, leaving them totally dependent on the government and humanitarian organisations for their day-to-day survival. Despite the harsh conditions of the camps, which host up to 30,000 residents, entrepreneurial spirit is not in short supply.

13 June 2016 Anxiety as the Niger Delta militant groups divided:Many of the militants were angry that some powerful units have hijacked the struggle to the damage for the region and were merely using them as negotiation tool. The Reformed Egbesu Boys of Niger Delta is reportedly fighting with the NDA and JNDLF over their positions. The group is on the same position with JNDLF on stopping of the bombings, it disagreed with it on the release of leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra Nnamdi Kanu, and ex-national security adviser Sambo Dasuki as well as some others.

14 June 2016 Niger Delta militant group demands foreign mediators for talks with gov't: A Nigerian militant group based in the Niger Delta has called for foreign mediators to foster talks with the government in order to end conflict in the oil rich region. Known as the Niger Delta Avengers, the group has claimed responsibility for recent attacks on oil and power installations in the region. They claim their mandate is to liberate the Niger Delta people for a greater share of oil wealth and pollution.

14 June 2016 U.S on direct military intervention against Boko Haram: The American officials have spoken about the possible direct intervention in Nigeria against the deadly Boko Haram sect. The Reuters reports that the U.S. attention was mainly focused on Libya, home to IS’s strongest associate outside the Middle East and where the U.S. carried out air strikes.

14 June 2016 Mali: Divided Opinions Over France's Condemnation On Mali Rebels' Duplicity: Condemnation by the French defense ministry of the duplicity of Supreme Council for Azawad Unity (HCUA), one of the main rebel groups that signed Mali peace agreement last year, has been received with mixed reactions among Mali observers.

14 June 2016 Boko Haram kidnaps three women near Chibok town in north Nigeria:boko Haram jihadists killed at least four villagers on Tuesday and kidnapped three women near the northeastern Nigerian town of Chibok where the group snatched more than 200 girls two years ago, residents and survivors said.Boko Haram fighters attacked the Kautuva village at dawn, set houses ablaze and fired on residents, according to villagers and a member of a vigilante group working with the army.

14 June 2016 5 Soldiers Injured As Troops Kill 6 Boko Haram Fighters In Borno State: the terrorists who came through Banki axis of Sambisa forest, attempted to inflict damage on our troops. But the vigilant soldiers rose to the occasion and dealt decisively with the terrorists by killing 6 of them.“They also recovered 1 Fabrique Nationale (FN) rifle with registration number 167229, two belts of 148 rounds of 7.62mm (NATO) ammunition and 1 FN rifle magazine loaded with 7.62mm ammunition (Special). The troops also blew up 3 Vehicles laden with Improvised Explosives Device (VBIEDs).

14 June 2016 Food aid to double in Niger after fresh Boko Haram attacks:  Food aid will be doubled for people uprooted by Boko Haram violence in southeast Niger after recent attacks forced 50,000 people to flee their homes, the United Nations' World Food Programme (WFP) said on Tuesday.

15 June 2016 Nigerian Army Says 43 People Escape From Boko Haram Militants: A group of 43 men, women and children, escaped from Boko Haram militants who’d held them captive in Madube, northeastern Nigeria, the West African nation’s military said. Nigerian soldiers also “intercepted 14 internally displaced persons” during a separate patrol in the same region, army spokesman Sani Kukasheka Usman said in an e-mailed statement.

15 June 2016 Security Council urges political solution to Guinea-Bissau crisis: Following a briefing yesterday by the head of the United Nations peacebuilding office in Guinea-Bissau, the Security Council has encouraged national actors to abide by the constitution and rule of law, while striving to find a political solution to the crisis in the country. Yesterday, the 15-member body heard from Modibo Touré, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of the UN Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Guinea-Bissau (UNIOGBIS), who warned that the longer the country’s political crisis continues, the more likely the country could see setbacks to its development and economic gains.

15 June 2016 Malnutrition hits Boko Haram rescued in Nigeria:  Nearly 700 people, most of them children, are receiving treatment in hospital in northeast Nigeria for severe malnutrition after being rescued from Boko Haram, the Borno state government said. Sixty-one "critically malnourished" young children and babies were among 478 children, 196 women and 23 men brought to the state capital Maiduguri from the town of Bama on Monday, it said in a statement.

15 June 2016 Consensus reached on interim regional authorities for Mali: The Malian government together with rebels and armed groups have reached a consensus on the establishment of interim authorities for the northern parts of the country. The agreement reached on Tuesday will see interim leaders assume administrative roles over the regions. The interim government will be in place in local authorities of the five administrative regions of northern Mali, members of the interim authority will be appointed by consensus.

15 June 2016 Benin boosts security after 'terror warning': enin has put its security forces on alert after being warned of a "new terrorist threat", according to an internal armed forces memo and a senior army officer contacted by AFP on Wednesday.

15 June 2016 Boko Haram opens radio station: Boko Haram has established a radio FM station, according to a report monitored on the Hausa service of the Voice of America. Residents in Tolkomari, which is in the far northern part of Cameroon, have confirmed receiving broadcast messages from the sect via the radio station on 96.8 frequency modulation. The VoA report said the station broadcast mainly propaganda materials to counter media reports of victories by troops from Nigeria, Chad, Cameroon and Niger Republic against the Boko Haram militants.

15 June 2016 Army adopts new approach to crush insurgents: The Nigerian Army has adopted the “manoeuvrist approach” to warfare in its bid to checkmate the renewed security and safety threats in the Niger Delta and the north-east. According to the Sun, the chief of army staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, disclosed this to newsmen shortly after the graduation ceremony of Junior Course 81/2016 at the Armed Forces Command and Staff College (AFCSC), Jaji, Kaduna state.

15 June 2016  ECOWAS Court seo to begin hearing in Niger Deltans’ case against FG: The ECOWAS Community Court of Justice, Abuja, will on Thursday begin hearing in a case between some Niger Delta people and the Federal Republic of Nigeria over the alleged violation of the fundamental human rights of the entire Niger Deltans.

15 June 2016 Nigeria troops ‘recover key Boko Haram communication gadget: Six Boko Haram insurgents were killed Wednesday evening, while several others fled with injuries sustained from gunshots, as soldiers of the 7 Division Nigeria Army stepped up offensive in the ongoing Operation Crackdown’ counterinsurgency in parts of the volatile northeast Nigeria, officials said.

15 June 2016 4th batch of Chinese peacekeeping medical workers to Mali arrive: Chinese peacekeeping medical workers receive a patient at a hospital of the United Nations Peacekeeping Mission in Gao, Mali, June 15, 2016. The fourth batch of Chinese peacekeeping medical workers to Mali has arrived in Gao and began to receive patients

15 June 2016 Violation of IDPs rights: ECOWAS Court dismisses suit against FG: The plaintiff, Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Projects (SERAP), in suit no ECW/CCJ/APP/31/15, asked the court to hold the Federal Government responsible for the violation of the human rights of IDPs. According to the plaintiff, an NGO, over three million IDPs affected by the ongoing campaign against Boko Haram, have been neglected and unprotected. The plaintiff alleged that government attitude contributed to the increase in the plight of the IDPs.

16 June 2016 34 migrants, including 20 children found dead in Niger desert: 34 migrants were found dead last week in the Nigerien desert in an attempt to travel to neighbouring Algeria, the Nigerien Ministry of Interior said in a statement. Among the 34 found near Assamaka, a border post between Niger and Algeria, are five men, nine women and 20 children who “probably died of thirst, as is often the case,” it was suggested.

16 June 2016 Kidnapped Swiss Missionary "Still Alive": The militant group, al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), has released a new video on June 16th, purporting to show that a Swiss nun whom they kidnapped in January is still alive and in good health.

16 June 2016 Army carry out fresh clearance operations against Boko Haram: A statement issued by Sani Usman, Nigerian army spokesperson, on Thursday, June 16, reads: “In a follow up operation to ensure proper clearance of suspected Boko Haram terrorists hideouts and prevent the fleeing terrorists escaping from Operation Crackdown, troops of the 155 Task Force Battalion, carried out a swift clearance operation at Kircha Dungus village and surrounding environment, yesterday evening.

16 June 2016 Niger Delta Avengers strike again, bomb NNPC pipeline: The Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) have launched another attack on an oil installation in Akwa Ibom state. In the early morning of June 16, Thursday, the militants announced they have attacked the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) pipeline located in Oruk Anam local government area of the state.

16 June 2016 Air force to deploy more troops to northeast- Chief of Air Staff: The Nigerian Air Force is to deploy more troops to the Northeast to strengthen the Nigerian Army in the fight against insurgency in the region, the Chief of Air Staff, Sadiq Baba Abubakar has said. The Chief of Air Staff made the disclosure Thursday in Kano while commissioning of some projects at Kano Air Force Base, said the deployment will commence today.

16 June 2016 Over 700 repentant Boko Haram insurgents have surrendered: The Director of Defence Information, Rabe Abubakar, has said that more 700 repentant Boko Haram insurgents in the North-East have surrendered to the military.Mr. Abubakar, a brigadier general, said this when he paid a courtesy call on the managing director of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Bayo Onanuga, in Abuja on Thursday.

16 June 2016 Mali urges UN to impose sanctions, beef up peace mission: Mali's prime minister urged the UN Security Council on Thursday to impose sanctions against anyone blocking a year-old peace deal and to strengthen the peacekeeping mission after a spate of attacks. Prime Minister Modibo Keita warned of deteriorating security on the ground after 28 peacekeepers were killed in attacks this year in Mali, making it the deadliest UN mission in the world.

16 June 2016 Food, safety elude Nigerians who fled Boko Haram attack: Tens of thousands of Nigerians who fled a deadly Boko Haram attack are in “great distress,” with many lacking food and health care, Niger’s interior minister said during a visit to the displaced Thursday. Boko Haram attacked a military post in Bosso in Niger’s Diffa region on June 3, killing 26 soldiers including two from neighboring Nigeria, in one of the jihadi group’s deadliest attacks in the country.

16 June 2016 Boko Haram massacre women in northeast Nigerian village: Boko Haram militants have shot 18 women dead at a funeral in north-eastern Nigeria, rampaging through a village, setting houses on fire and shooting at random, according to witnesses and local government officials. The attack took place on Thursday evening in the village of Kuda in Adamawa state. Some women were still missing, resident Moses Kwagh said.

16 June 2016 Thousands of Malian refugees in Mauritania to be repatriated: Mali, Mauritania and the UN refugee agency signed a tripartite agreement on Thursday for the voluntary repatriation of Malian refugees from Mauritania. The framework will see the three parties accompany the return of the refugees under safe conditions. According to UNHCR, there are over 40,000 Malian refugees in Mauritania. The refugees fled the nation in 2012 onwards, due to insecurity in the north and lack of basic administration and social services.

16 June 2016 Boko Haram kills seven people in Niger: The military said that seven policemen were killed while twelve others injured in a fresh attack on a villager in Niger by the members of the deadly Boko Haram sect. Officials said that the attack occurred on June 16 in a village in the region of Diffa that hosts displaced people who have been made to abandon their home by the insurgents.

17 June 2016 Nigerian army arrests suspected oil militants: The Nigerian army has on June 17, Friday, announced the arrest of 19 suspected oil militants in the Niger Delta region. The soldiers foiled an attempt to blow up a pipeline operated by the Nigerian subsidiary of Italy’s Eni and arrested suspected pipeline thugs and oil thieves.

17 June 2016 New Video Released of Swiss Woman Abducted in Mali: An online monitor of jihadi groups says al-Qaida's north Africa wing has released a new video of a Swiss woman taken hostage in Mali in January.In the video flagged by SITE Intelligence Group and posted on social media late Thursday, Swiss national Beatrice Stockly noted a date of May 17 and said she could not bear too much heat, but was well.

17 June 2016 Civilian JTF kill 2 suicide bombers near CBN quarters:The onslaught against Boko Haram terrorists has continued to yield positive result as two suicide bombers were shot dead by members of the Civilian Joint Task Force (JTF). According to Sahara Reporters, the two male suicide bombers strapped IEDs to their bodies and stormed Kusari area near CBN Staff Quarters in Maiduguri.

17 June 2016 boko haram attack in southern Niger leaves seven dead: Boko Haram Islamist militants attacked a police camp in the southeastern Niger village of Ngagam, killing seven officers, the Interior Ministry said on Friday. The attack late Thursday came about two weeks after the worst raid this year by the Islamist insurgents in the West African nation left 26 soldiers dead in the town of Bosso, also in the southeast, and forced about 50,000 people to flee

17 June 2016 air force lunches air strike in northern borno: The Nigerian Air Force has launched the second phase of its operation in the counter terrorism war with focus on the northern axis of Borno State. The operation, tagged “Operation Gama Aiki” is to flush out insurgents from the area, notorious as a major stronghold of the outlawed group

17 June 2016 Nigerian army denies illegal deduction of soldiers’ salaries: The Nigerian Army has denied reports that the salaries of soldiers in 1 Mechanized Division, Kaduna, had been illegally deducted from.The division described the report as false and unfounded.This was contained in a statement signed by its spokesperson, Abdul Usman, a colonel, on Thursday.

17 June 2016 Boko Haram Rendered 49,000 Children Orphans In Borno – Osinbajo: Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo has said the government is focused on the North East, stating that rebuilding the region is of paramount concern and Japanese support would be welcomed alongside other local and international contributions in the effort. Osinbajo said this while receiving a delegation from the Japan International Cooperation Agency on Friday at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

18 June 2016 borno Govt probes diversion of rice meant for boko haram victims: The Borno Government has directed security agencies to investigate alleged diversion of large quantities of rice meant for feeding Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the state. The rice, supplied by the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) for the feeding of the IDPs in the state, was allegedly diverted by some government officials.

18 June 2016 Boko Haram kills two in Nigeria village raid:At least two people were killed in a Boko Haram raid on a village in northeast Nigeria on the border with Cameroon, residents told AFP on Monday. The attack happened early on Saturday in Wumbi in the Kalabalge district of northern Borno state and forced hundreds of residents to cross into Cameroon, they said. "Boko Haram gunmen attacked our village around 4:00 am (0300 GMT) and killed two people while everybody crossed the river into Cameroon," resident Konto Yamani told AFP by telephone.

18 June 2016 Boko Haram Kills 24 Mourners in Madagali: “Eyewitness accounts reveal that the insurgents in their hundreds stormed the village at about 10 pm Thursday night and killed 24 persons , while 10 persons sustained various degrees of injuries from the attack. The eyewitness claimed that 18 bodies were immediately discovered after the attack but later more dead bodies were uncovered in the bush bringing the figure to 24.”

18 June 2016 Herdsmen Kill Village Head, Five Others in Benue: Suspected herdsmen weekend killed a village head and five others at Dusa Villages in Turan council ward of Logo Local Government Area of Benue State, in a renewed attack in the area. It was gathered that the communities were attacked in the early hours of yesterday by the marauders who stormed the area shooting sporadically and chanting war songs.

19 June 2016 IDPs From Gwoza Reluctant To Return Home: Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camping in Abuja have appealed to the government to put measures in place to enable them return to their homes in Gwoza, Borno State. Making the plea on Sunday, Secretary of the camp, Mr Enoch Yohana, who refuted claims that they have refused to return to their communities in the northeast, said that although they were excited by the turn of events, they could not make the decision to return home because their part of the northeast has not been fully liberated from the Boko Haram terrorists.

19 June 2016 TROOPS CARRY OUT BOKO HARAM TERRORISTS CLEARANCE OPERATIONS: Troops of 114 Task Force Battalion of 28 Task Force Brigade in conjunction with members of vigilante group in an effort to keep the road open and secure, today, Sunday 19th June 2016, carried out a clearance operation along Bitta-Damboa axis. The troops carried out clearance patrol from Bitta up to Junction point at Gambori village, Borno State.

19 June 2016 Algerian FM to visit Bamako to bolster peace in northern Mali: As the first anniversary of the final signing of the Mali Peace and Reconciliation Agreement approaches, the Algerian Foreign Affairs Minister, Ramtane Lamamra, is expected to begin a two day official visit starting Monday, to the Malian capital, Bamako. The Algerian brokered deal signed by an alliance of Tuareg led rebels and the Malian government on June 20 last year, is aimed at bringing stability in the country’s vast northern desert which historically has had several Tuareg uprisings and continues to face the threat of Islamist militants linked to al-Qaeda.

19 June 2016 Boko Haram attacks slow down economic activities in Niger's Diffa: Diffa has for several years been under constant threats of the Boko Haram insurgents who have been responsible for deadly attacks and suicide bombings. The growing insecurity worries have scared off a part of the population out of the city, and the already fragile economy of the country is on the decline.

19 June 2016 Nigerian Govt Asked to Deal With Boko Haram Sponsors: The Centre for Social Justice, Eq

uity and Transparency (CESJET) has warned that the Federal Government must deal decisively with the crisis entrepreneurs in Borno state if the Boko Haram insurgency is to be defeated. A statement issued by CESJET on Sunday noted that the recent renewed Boko Haram attacks are evidence that Borno crisis entrepreneurs are not ready to quit their inhuman business of war mongering.

19 June 2016 Nigerian military commiserates with Adamawa community over recent Boko Haram attack: The Nigerian military has visited Kuda Village in Madagali Local Government Area of Adamawa State and commiserate with the people over the recent Boko Haram attack on the community. The Commander of the 28 Task Force Brigade, Felix Omoigui, visited the community during the weekend, the Acting Director of Army Public Relations, Sani Usman, said. During the visit, Mr. Omoigui had interaction with leaders of the community and vigilante groups and also carried out assessment tour of the affected areas where the insurgents killed and wounded many. He assured the people that the military and indeed the security agencies would do everything possible to protect them, while vowing to apprehend the assailants.

20 June 2016 Security agents discover powerful Boko Haram spiritual book: A book used by Boko Haram insurgents to make people join their group has been discovered by Nigerian officials. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the discovery made by the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSDC), who informed that the ‘spiritual book’ may have been used by Boko Haram to indoctrinate their victims.

20 June 2016 Nigeria bombs Boko Haram convoy, 15 terrorists killed, many wounded: The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has carried out its first major air campaign under the recently launched ‘Operation Gama-Aiki’ mission, during which 15 Boko Haram insurgents were killed. The terrorists were killed as an Alpha Jet bombed their convoy in the northern part of Borno state, officials said.

20 June 2016 Mali Sliding From Troublesome To Terrible: Because Mali has become the most dangerous UN peacekeeping mission the UN is trying to get member states to provide another 2,500 troops to expand the UN force there. The Mali government also wants the UN to allow peacekeepers to be more forceful with uncooperative groups (especially Tuareg) up north. Currently there are 12,000 peacekeepers in Mali, mostly in the north. There are a thousand French special operations troops there who are not part of the peacekeeping force and concentrate on finding and destroying Islamic terrorists.

20 June 2016 Armed group emerged in central Mali to defend Fulani people: a new armed group emerged in central Mali, Alliance Nationale pour la Souvegarde de l’Identité Peule et la Restauration de la Justice (ANSIPRJ), roughly translated to the National Alliance for the Protection of Fulani Identity and the Restoration of Justice. The movement is reportedly a political-armed group, non-jihadist, and not seeking independence from Mali.

20 June 2016 Army may relax restrictions in North East – COAS:  the Nigerian Army may relax restrictions placed on some insurgency – prone areas in the Northeast, it emerged Monday. According to the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt. Gen Tukur Buratai, with the degradation of the Boko Haram insurgents, it  is possible to review and relax  some restriction placed on human and vehicular  movement in some parts of the region.

This was disclosed during an interactive session between House Committee on Army and the COAS.

20 June 2016 14 times Niger Delta Avengers struck: But the security challenge affecting the government mostly, is the constant attacks on oil pipelines by a faceless group named – Niger Delta Avengers (NDA). The activities of the NDA has further crippled an already battered economy struggling to hold its own due to the mismanagement of past and present government officials.

20 June 2016 Algerian foreign minister in Mali to assess reconciliation progress: The meeting coincides with the 1st anniversary of the signing of the Peace and Reconciliation Agreement in Mali, resulting from the Algiers peace agreement in 2015.“We have just completed a year in which the foundations of serious development work and systematic implementations were put through legislative, regulatory and institutional actions, that were taken by the Republic of Mali, through developments on the ground and also at regional and international level as well,” Ramtane Lamamra said.Lamamra will also meet with members of the agreement’s monitoring committee, “to assess the progress achieved in its implementation and identify means to speed up the process.

20 June 2016 Likely renewed civil war in north and central Mali threatens military and UN troops and aviation assets: The 20 June 2015 Malian peace agreement marked its first anniversary with the emergence of a new ethnic-Peul armed group, called the National Alliance for the Defence of Peul Identity and Restoration of Justice (Alliance nationale pour la sauvegarde de l'identité peule et la restauration de la justice: ANSIPRJ). Malian president Ibrahima Boubacar Keita on 20 June marked the first anniversary of the peace agreement signed in Algiers, Algeria's capital, between the government, pro-union armed groups, and pro-separatist Tuareg-Arab groups.

21 June 2016 One Year After Mali Peace Agreement, Challenges Remain: The UN will send more troops and continued support against terrorists in Mali it announced this week, on the one-year anniversary of the U.N.'s intervention in the West African country.

"On the occasion of the first anniversary of the Agreement on Peace and Reconciliation in Mali, the Secretary-General welcomes the renewed commitment to peace expressed by the President of Mali, Ibrahim Boubakar Keïta, and his Government," Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon said in a statement

21 June 2016 Burkina Faso to send 140 officers to join UN peacekeeping missions in Mali: Burkina Faso is the eleventh troop-contributing country, as part of United Nations peacekeeping missions.The West African country has already contributed 1,740 soldiers to UN peacekeeping missions in Mali.

21 June 2016 Troops clear armed bandits in Zamfara, kill 9: The troops of 1 Division in conjunction with other security agencies have been making tremendous progress in continuation of the concerted efforts of clearing cattle rustlers, armed bandits and kidnappers in the north western geopolitical region. A statement by the acting director army public relations, Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman said troops of 223 Battalion, 1 Brigade, Nigerian army embarked on a patrol to Maru local government area of Zamfara state.The troops encountered and engaged notorious armed bandits who have been wreaking havoc on the communities, killing 9, while a few escaped with gunshot wounds.

21 June 2016 Boko Haram breaks up, Islamic State wades in: There appears to be internal wrangle in the camp of deadly Boko Haram sect as they have reportedly split. A big group is said to have split away from shadowy leader Abubakar Shekau over his failure to adhere to guidance from the Iraq- and Syria-based Islamic State, a senior U.S. general said.

21 June 2016 The military stole N70m cash, mastermind bunkering in Niger Delta - Gbaramatu chief: Mulade, who is the chairman of the Kokodiagbene community in the kingdom, spoke to our reporter when NAIJ.com recently undertook a three-day investigation in the creeks of the Niger Delta into issues concerning the continuing military occupation of the area.

21 June 2016 Don’t dialogue with Niger Delta Avengers – Group tells Buhari: NDYP stated that if the federal government goes to the dialogue table with the NDA, other militant groups will take up arms and face the government, asking for their own fresh demands.

21 June 2016 Hunger, Thirst Plague Refugees Escaping Boko Haram in Southeast Niger : The Boko Haram militant group's insurgency has forced nearly 300,000 people to seek refuge in the Diffa region of southeast Niger, an area already dealing with chronic food insecurity. Aid agencies are struggling to provide adequate water and food to tens of thousands of people who fled a fresh attack in the border town of Bosso this month.

21 June 2016 We’ve dealt with Boko Haram, their ideology is next – VP Osinbajo: Vice President Yemi Osinbajo says the immediate task of the federal government is to wipe out the ideology of Boko Haram, having largely crippled the insurgent group. Osinbajo was quoted to have said this at the presidential villa in Abuja on Tuesday, while hosting Australian foreign affairs assistant secretary, Matthew Neuhaus.

21 June 2016 CP allays fear over Boko Haram threat in Akwa Ibom: Akwa Ibom State Commissioner of Police, Murtala Mani, has dismissed any form of Boko Haram attack in the state, saying the recent torching of five churches in parts of the state has no connection with the Islamic terrorist group. He made the disclosure yesterday in Uyo after decorating 19 newly promoted Superintendents of Police (SPs) with their new ranks. According to him, the affected worship centres were attacked by hoodlums who, perhaps, capitalised on their porousness, as none of them had a perimeter fence.

21 June 2016 Uncertainty Hangs Over Truce With Nigeria’s Avenger Oil Militants:

A cease-fire between Nigeria’s government and a militant group that has claimed responsibility for a series of crippling attacks on oil infrastructure may be on shaky ground. A senior official with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation told VOA on Tuesday the government had reached a truce with the Niger Delta Avengers militant group.

22 June 2016 Multinational force conducting operations against Boko Haram: Brigadier-General Abdou Sidikou Issa, tactical chief of staff for troops based in Niger's southern zone of Diffa, a region plagued by the Islamist militant group, said troops from Chad and Nigeria were involved in the operation. It began in secret almost a week ago. This is not the first time the nations in the Lake Chad basin -- Niger, Nigeria, Chad and Cameroon -- have joined forces against Boko Haram, a violent Islamist group which started in Nigeria seven years ago and has since launched deadly attacks in all four countries.

22 June 2016 Nearly 200 die of starvation at Nigerian refugee camp: Doctors Without Borders reported that a fifth of children suffered from malnutrition at a camp for those fleeing Boko Haram. The militant group has killed over 20,000 people and displaced millions in the region.

22 June 2016 Boko Haram on the FM Dial: The Nigerian terrorist group and sworn ISIS affiliate Boko Haram is now broadcasting on FM radio to spread their propaganda through vulnerable border regions in West Africa.The Hausa-language Voice of America reported that residents in northern Cameroon reported finding not music but Boko Haram PR when they tuned into 96.8 FM. It's believed to have been on the air since early this month.

22 June 2016 Belgium to increase presence in Mali: A statement from Mali presidency said the Belgian cooperation program for 2016-2019 will increase the country’s support to Mali to 31 million euros. The money will go towards supporting the implementation of the Mali peace and reconciliation agreement. Part of the money will also go towards supporting security initiatives, decentralization, rights of women as well as activities of the UN Peacekeeping mission in Mali.

22 June 2016 251 Task Force Intercepts Escaping Boko Haram Terrorists Families: Today, in the early hours troops of 81 Battalion and 251 Task Force Battalion deployed at an Observation Post sighted a group of persons approaching its Checkpoint at Liwanti village along Damboa-Bulabulin road, Borno State. On arrival, they were received and treated humanely based on International Humanitarian Laws and Rules of Engagement. On preliminary investigation, it was discovered that the 69 of them were indeed family members of Boko Haram terrorists escaping from Sambisa. Out of that number, 7 of them are men, 18 women, 7 grown up boys and 37 children.

22 June 2016 Meanwhile, Back in Mali: For most Americans, the battle in Mali with militant Islamist terrorists is as an obscure and peripheral sideshow in the Global War on Terror. However, the UN peacekeepers and French troops deployed there know the Mali sideshow is most deadly.

22 June 2016 Multinational Joint Task Force Claims Big Victories In Final Onslaught On Boko Haram: The superior firepower of troops deployed for Operation Lafiya Dole, the code name of the crackdown on Boko Haram insurgents, has caused a huge number of the terrorists to flee their hideout in Sambisa Forest towards Lake Chad in the northern part of Borno State on the Nigerian/Niger Republic border.

22 June 2016 Three Australians among group of mine workers kidnapped in Nigeria: Three Australians and one New Zealander are among a group of mine workers kidnapped by gunmen during a deadly attack in Nigeria. The Australian prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, confirmed the men, who are believed to have been working for Perth-based mining company Macmahon Holdings, had been captured near Calabar in Nigeria’s south. The families of those taken have been notified and the Australian high commissioner is at the scene, he said.

22 June 2016 Chibok Girl, Amina Ali Nkeki ‘Disappears’ After Rescue From Boko Haram: The family members of a Nigerian school girl who was abducted by Boko Haram and then escaped are demanding information from the country’s government over her whereabouts according to a report by The Guardian, UK. Ali was found by Nigerian soldiers on May 17 as she wandered with her 4-month-old baby and the infant’s father, a Boko Haram fighter, through the Sambisa Forest, where the extremist Islamic group is based. The fighter was killed and Ali was flown to Abuja for a meeting with President Muhammad Buhari, but she has not been seen since.

23 June 2016 Security Officers undergo Arms Security Refresher Training in Liberia:  As part of preparations for the physical collection of small arms and light weapons within selected communities in the country, the National Commission on Small Arms (LiNCSA) in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has conducted a three-day refresher training for state security forces in Liberia.

23 June 2016 Malian leader calls for speedy execution of peace treaty: In a speech to the nation, Keita said he had decided to “make the implementation of the agreement an absolute priority.“One year since the signing of the agreement, delays in implementation of the agreement and extension of terrorist threats across the entire country demonstrates that the path to peace is still full of pitfalls.”

23 June 2016  France deploys unitary rocket launchers as part of Operation Barkhane: the French Ministry of Defence has announced that three unitary rocket launchers (URL) were deployed to Tessalit in northern Mali as part of Operation Barkhane this year. Barkhane is an anti-insurgent operation led by the French armies in the Sahel region in Africa. Nearly 3,000 soldiers, 20 helicopters, 200 logistics vehicles, 200 tanks, six fighter jets, three drones and ten transport aircraft took part in the operation.

23 June 2016 Boko Haram Splinters With ISIS Over Child Suicide Bombers Disagreement: Boko Haram has suffered an internal split after a group rebelled because leader Abubakar Shekau failed to adhere to guidance from Islamic State, a senior US general said on Tuesday.

There is a concern that the splinter group might work more closely with ISIS, including by adopting its transnational focus, which has been absent from Boko Haram so far.

23 June 2016 Military clears more communities: The Nigerian military again recorded a major breakthrough in its battle to rid the north-eastern part of the country of Boko Haram. In conjunction with the civilian Joint Task Force (civilian-JTF), the 103 battalion, 7 division based in Konduga carried out what Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman, acting director of army public relations, called a massive clearance operations of the suspected hideouts in Kursori, Bashirari, Malatari, Goneri, Kajimari, Lawan Kolori and Yale villages within Konduga local government area of Borno State.

23 June 2016 The truth behind the Niger Delta Avengers crisis: An investigation by NAIJ.com has revealed that the new militant group named the Niger Delta Avengers and other militant groups involved in the current crisis, are acting on behalf of Tompolo, although he has on several occasions publicly denied involvement with the group.

24 June 2016 Troops Strike Boko Haram Enclaves In Borno: A joint patrol team of Sector 1 of 27 Task Force Brigade and Army Headquarters Strike Group has stormed some villages in Borno State and cleared Boko Haram terrorists’ enclaves. The villages include Buhari, Matari and Kaidiri, located some kilometres to Damasak, Borno State.

24 June 2016 A Strange Battle Is Going On Over the Girls Who Escaped Boko Haram and Came to the U.S: After the #BringBackOurGirls campaign brought world attention to the plight of the Chibok students, 10 of the escaped girls were brought to America to continue their education, at least partly thanks to the efforts of Emmanuel Ogebe, a Nigerian human rights lawyer who practices in the U.S.Ogebe has won several awards, inspired plays and admiring news articles. He accompanies the girls on their speaking engagements and has brought some to testify before Congressional subcommittees. The girls scored meetings with Rand Paul among others, and Ogebe claims to have had a phone call from former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown.Now it appears that most of the girls no longer wish to be associated with him.

24 June 2016 Soldiers ambush Boko Haram fighters, kill 10, capture 2: Lucky Irabor, theatre commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, disclosed this at a news conference in Maiduguri, the state capital.He said some of the items recovered from the suspects were six AK47 magazines, 56 rounds of 7.62mm special ammunition, a bundle of detonating cord and a manual booklet on how to make improvised explosive device (IED).

24 June 2016 Boko Haram insurgency, Niger Delta militancy and the manifestation of corruption: In many Nigerian cultures, there is this concept that one should grip offenders by the wrist as opposed to holding them by the elbow since they will not be able to easily wriggle free when held by the wrist.

24 June 2016 Austrian special forces prepare for deployment in Mali: The Austria Army has deployed a reconnaissance team to conduct a ground appreciation study ahead of the possible deployment of up to 20 members of special forces (Jagdkommando) to fight resurgent terrorist groups in northern Mali.

24 June 2016 Cameroon Says Boko Haram Group Kills Four Civilians in Attack: Authorities in Cameroon’s Far North said suspected Boko Haram militants killed at least four civilians in fatal incursions early Friday. The separate attacks happened in the areas of Gouzoudoum and Kaldjiwa, Far North Governor Midjiyawa Bakari said by phone, citing witness accounts. Heavily armed men also ransacked provision stores, carting away foodstuff, livestock and motorcycles. They also torched several homes and wounded two people, he said.

24 June 2016 Cameroon Military Launch Special Operations Against Boko Haram In The Lake Chad Area: Cameroonian armed forces, launched last Friday, a special operation in the Lake Chad area to neutralize Boko Haram, sources tell Cameroon Concord.Special forces from the Cameroonian military, from the Sector 1 of the Joint Multinational Forces (FMM) based in Mora (Far North) region, supported by the Alpha operations and Emergence 4 units  grouped together last Friday to launch the military offensive against the insurgents.The operation according to military sources is the  largest, ever conducted by the Cameroonian defence forces since the outbreak of the war against Boko Haram.

25 June 2016 Islamist group Ansar Dine threatens France, UN in new video: The head of Islamist group Ansar Dine, Iyad Ag Ghaly, has released his first video in 22 months, reiterating threats against France and the United Nations' peacekeeping mission in Mali. In the footage given to AFP at the weekend, Ag Ghaly singles out a violent protest in Kidal in northeastern Mali in April against French forces and the 12,000-strong peacekeeping mission, known as MINUSMA, as an example of ways to confront "the crusaders' military machine.

25 June 2016 Boko Haram Landmines Inflict Heavy Toll on Cameroon:  In its war against Nigeria-based Boko Haram, Cameroon must confront a danger that becomes evident only when it is too late: homemade landmines that have already claimed a hundred lives in the northern part of the country.On Feb. 14, a pick-up truck carrying 12 soldiers from the Cameroonian army’s elite BIR unit was blown up by a Boko Haram landmine near the town of Kerawa.

25 June 2016 1,200 graves found in Bama, says MSF: An international medical humanitarian organisation, Médecins Sans Frontières, has said there are no fewer than 1,200 graves in Bama, Borno State, including 480 which was said to contain children.The humanitarian agency, in a statement, added that there was a daily discovery of graves and that a “catastrophic” humanitarian emergency was unfolding at a camp for internally displaced persons in the north-eastern state.

25 June 2016  Police will soon recover police training school overrun by Boko Haram : The Acting Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, on Saturday reiterated the readiness of the Nigeria Police Force to recover the Mobile Police Training School at Gwoza, Borno State.Idris disclosed this at the Passing-Out of the Squadron Commanders Seminar/Combat Operation Course 02/2016 at Ila-Orogun in Osun State.He reiterated the determination of the police under his watch to accord more attention to special police unit.

26 June 2016 21 Brigade Kills 6 Boko Haram Terrorists, Liberated Over 5,000 Hostages:

 Troops of 21 Brigade and Civilian JTF today conducted a fighting patrol to Zangebe, Maiwa, Algaiti and Mainari villages in which they killed 6 Boko Haram terrorists and wounded several others. The troops also liberated over 5,000 persons held hostages by Boko Haram terrorists and recovered 5 motorcycles and similar number of bicycles.

26 June 2016 Suicide bombers killed by own bombs in Maiduguri: Muslim faithfuls were performing the vigil prayers associated with the last ten days of the holy month of Ramadan, two deafening blasts echoed all over Maiduguri as two suicide bombers on a mission to attack innocent persons got killed by the explosives they wore on their bodies.It did not occur to many that the blast was from an improvised bomb until much later on Monday when their corpses were found shredded by the bombs they coupled with their hands.

26 June 2016 Defeating insurgency and Buhari's winning strategy: Anyone familiar with the lightning speed with which Boko Haram was advancing and capturing territories prior to Mr President’s assumption of office will remember that the projection was for the terror group to have overrun the larger part of the country one year from the referenced period. Cities as far south as Lagos and Port Harcourt were already bracing for the possibility of attacks.

26 June 2016 14 killed in clash over land in central Mali, police say:  A police official says 14 people have been killed in a clash over land in central Mali.Moussa Ag Infahi, the police director-general, said Sunday that the fighting between residents of two villages in Djenne, in the Mopti region, occurred Saturday. He did not provide details on how the 14 were killed, though he noted the death toll was provisional and could change.It is the beginning of the planting season in the area, a period when land conflict is common.

27 June 2016 Dramatic Rise of Terrorist Attacks in Africa Over Past Six Years, IHS Says: In 2009, IHS Jane’s Terrorism and Insurgency Centre recorded 171 militant Islamist attacks across Africa that caused 541 fatalities. In 2015, there were 738 attacks, which resulted in 4,600 fatalities. Attacks have increased over 200 percent and fatalities by more than 750 percent.

27 June 2016  Boko Haram Fighters Target Niger After Fleeing Nigerian Bases: “Boko Haram is on the defensive and trying to replenish their reserves,” Vincent Foucher, a political analyst at the Brussels-based International Crisis Group, said by phone from Senegal. The organization is facing “a regional response that’s become much more coherent.”Fishing and farming in the fertile Lake Chad region have almost ground to a halt, causing hunger among the 280,000 people who have sought refuge in the area.

27 June 2016 Boko Haram insurgents now ‘disguise’ as hunters: Rabe Abubakar, defence spokesman, gave this warning in a statement. He said that the insurgents were adopting this strategy to evade easy detection.“Following the coordinated military offensive against the remnants of Boko Haram terrorists in Sambisa forest, the fleeing terrorists now disguise as vigilantes or hunters to evade easy detection,” Abubakar said.

27 June 2016 Military will locate, destroy Boko Haram radio – NAF chief: The Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, has disclosed that the Nigerian military and other security and intelligence agencies are making every effort to locate and destroy the reported Boko Haram terrorists radio.Abubakar stated this at the weekend while fielding questions from journalists during the graduation of 10 student pilots Course 41B from 301 Flying Training School and the inauguration of projects at the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Base, Kaduna.

27 June 2016 NGOs using pictures of malnourished IDPs to make money: Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State on Monday said some Non-Governmental Organisations have been taking advantage of the pains of Internally Displaced Persons in the state to defraud foreign philanthropists.The information was contained in a statement issued by Malam Isa Gusau, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Communication.

27 June 2016 Chinese peacekeepers injured in Mali terrorist attack return to Beijing: .  Chinese peacekeepers, who were injured in a terrorist attack in Mali last month, are greeted after returning to Beijing, capital of China, June 27, 2016. Four injured Chinese peacekeepers, with two in serious conditions, returned to Beijing on Monday. Chinese UN peacekeeping soldier Shen Liangliang, 29, was killed in the terrorist attack on the night of May 31 in the northern Malian town of Gao, when a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device was detonated at a United Nations camp.

27 June 2016 AU Hails Positive Developments in Peace Agreement Implementation in Mali: The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, hailed the recent positive developments in Mali, reaffirming AU's commitment, in close cooperation with Algeria, to assisting the Malian parties in their peace and reconciliation efforts, said the AU in a communiqué on Monday.

27 June 2016 Displaced persons can live anywhere in Nigeria: Brigitte Mukanga-Eno, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees’s Deputy Representative on Protection, on Monday said Internally Displaced Persons had the right to live anywhere in Nigeria. Mukanga-Eno told the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos that since the situation in the North East had forced them from their communities, they could move to safer communities.

28 June 2016 Niger Delta militants open fire in Ogun state: The Nation reports that the gunmen suspected to be Niger Delta militants took over part of Ebute – Ibafo in Obafemi Owode local government area of Ogun state and stopped the government convoy from accessing the community.

28 June 2016 Niger Delta Defence group lists demands:Niger Delta Defence group has listed fresh demands to the government of President Muhammadu Buhari. In a statement made available to NAIJ.com the group said the government should as a matter of urgency visit the demands or face massive action which shall cripple the economy and bring it to a standstill.

28 June 2016 3 die, 7 abducted as Boko Haram attack hunters: Two hunters and one Boko Haram died as seven hunters were said to have been abducted by the insurgents when tens of insurgents on a hunting outing at the outskirt of Maiduguri were said to have been attacked by insurgents in broad daylight. A senior member of the hunters association in the state, Malam Abba Abatcha told Daily Trust that when he and other hunters drove in vehicles to Alau Dam at the outskirt of Maiduguri along Bama road, armed men believed to be Boko Haram insurgents attacked and opened fire on them.

28 June 2016 Troops Clear Boko Haram Terrorists In Ngoshe And Gava: troops of 121 Task Force Battalion, 26 Task Force Brigade, accompanied by a large number of Civilian JTF from Gwoza, embarked on a very aggressive patrol that dislodged remnants  Boko Haram terrorists hibernating at Ngoshe and Gava villages, located close to Gwoza on the mountainous terrain.

28 June 2016 Boko Haram Resort To Seizing Petrol From Motorists In Yobe:With the Nigerian security agencies tightening their noose around Boko Haram by putting them on the run and cutting off their source of supplies, the insurgents have now resorted to obtaining petrol by force from motorists in some parts of Yobe State. Security and local sources said the insurgents operate on routes leading to Kusur, Burko, Zurgur, Damokwarwa, Gumsa, Dargo and Dilari villages in the southern part of Gaidam local government area of Yobe State.

29 June 2016 Police arrest 10 Boko Haram suspects in Zaria: No fewer than 10 suspected Boko Haram members who reportedly fled Sambisa Forest in Borno State have been arrested by the Nigerian Police Force in Dogarawa area of Sabon Gari, Zaria. Daily Trust leant that the men were arrested following   intelligence report. “Some good Samaritans volunteered information to us on the activities of the suspects. We immediately mobilised with about 100 mobile police and we successfully surrounded the house the suspects were living in.

29 June 2016 Nigerian troops clear six villages: Clearing operation to flush out the fleeing Boko Haram terrorists from the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) Area of Responsibility (AOR) continues to yield positive results. The troop of Sector 1 with its relocated Tactical Headquarters in Makary, Northern Cameroon intensifies clearance operations along the borders between Nigeria and Cameroun to block the fleeing terrorists.

29 June 2016 Buhari's body guard linked to Boko Haram arrested: Vanguard learnt that the presidency could not be reached to confirm the arrest of a body guard to President Muhammadu Buhari, who has been allegedly linked to the Boko Haram terrorist group.NAIJ.com authoritatively gathered that sources close to the presidency said the issue currently is a security issue and only the National Security Adviser (NSA) could comment on it.

29 June 2016 Ten killed in a suicide attack in Cameroon's Far North: At least ten people were killed in a suicide bomb attack Wednesday night in a town in the Far North region of Cameroon close to the Nigerian border. A Boko Haram suicide bomber detonated himself in the night at Djakana close to the Nigerian border, killing ten people,” a secured source speaking on condition of anonymity told AFP.

29 June 2016 UN Increases Troop Levels in Mali by 2,500: The United Nations Security Council voted Wednesday to increase the U.N.'s peacekeeping force in Mali by more than 2,500 troops, a move aimed at countering increasing attacks by Islamic extremists on civilians and peacekeepers and more aggressively enabling a peace agreement between the government and rebels.

29 June 2016 3 Killed, 6 Hurt in Attack on Malian Military Near Timbuktu: The Malian military says a convoy came under attack not far from the town of Timbuktu in the country's volatile north. Lt. Col. Diarran Kone, an adviser to the Malian Defense Ministry, confirmed the attack Wednesday. Security officials in Timbuktu said three soldiers were killed and six others wounded.

29 June 2016 Security Council extends mandates of UN peacekeeping operations in Darfur, Golan and Mali: The Security Council took action today on three United Nations-led peacekeeping operations, extending the mandates of operations in Mali, Darfur, and the Golan Heights.In a unanimous vote, the 15-member Council adopted resolution 2295 (2016), under which it decided to extend the mandate of the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) for one year, until 30 June 2017.

29 June 2016 Two Indians kidnapped in Nigeria, possibly by Boko Haram: Two Indian nationals are said to have been kidnapped in Nigeria by militants owing allegiance to the terror group Boko Haram on Wednesday.One of the two men abducted is a 44-year-old engineer from Visakhapatnam, Mangipudi Sai Srinivas, and the other has been identified as Anish Sharma, his colleague. Both are employees in a cement plant in Gboko town in Benue state in north central Nigeria.

29 June 2016 Army kills two Boko Haram terrorists, recovers military uniforms in Borno: The troops under the 118 Task Force Battalion, 8 Task Force Division had laid ambush for the terrorists at Garere Junction and in their attempts to cross over to another location with some logistics items, the army took on them. A statement by the Director of Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Usman, said during the operation, the troops killed 2 and wounded one of the Boko Haram terrorists.

29 June 2016 French happy with multiple rocket launcher performance in Mali: French forces in Mali are happy with the performance of its Unitary Rocket Launcher (URL) variant of the Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS), which it deployed to Mali for three months to support the Barkhane Force it has deployed there.

30 June 2016 Troops Repelled Attempted Incursion By Boko Haram Terrorists: The troops dealt decisively with the fleeing terrorists and recovered arms and ammunitions from them in an encounter that lasted for about 3 hours.Quite a number of the Boko Haram terrorists were killed, while several others escaped with gun shot wounds. Unfortunately, 8 soldiers and 2 Civilian JTF were however wounded in action during the encounter. They have since been evacuated for proper medical attention. They are in stable condition and responding to treatment.

30 June 2016 Buhari, Osinbajo meet service chiefs over security: President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo have attended a crucial meeting with the nation’s security chiefs to find a lasting solution to the crisis in the Niger Delta region.

30 June 2016 Boko Haram threat subdued but not eradicated, French army warns: The threat of Islamist group Boko Haram has decreased but has not been eradicated. This was the assessment of General Patrick Brethous, the commander of the French anti-insurgent military operation in the Sahel region, on Wednesday.“Their threat has not been eradicated, but has decreased and Boko Haram has the capacity to cause harm,” the Operation Barkhane commander said on Nigerien television after a meeting with Niger’s President Mahamadou Issoufou.

30 June 2016 1 DIVISION TROOPS CLEAR ARMED BANDITS OUT OF GOBIRAWAN KWACHA: Troops of 1 Division Nigerian Army involved in Operation SHARAN DAJI, the outfit to clear cattle rustlers, armed bandits and kidnappers in the north west geo-political region in the country, yesterday cleared armed bandits in Gobirawan Kwacha, Dansadau District of Maru Local Government Area of Zamfara State. During the encounter in the forest, the troops were able to kill 3 armed bandits and recovered 1 AK-47 rifle, 1 AK-47 magazine and 11 rounds of 7.62mm (Special) ammunition.

30 June 2016 Barkhane commander promises to reduce potential terrorists in Mali: The French Major General Patrick Brethous, commander of the Barkhane anti-terror operation, on Wednesday promised to reduce the number of terrorists in Mali, after meeting with the Burkina Faso president in the capital city of Ouagadougou.

30 June 2016 Ten held in Burkina over West Africa jihadist attacks: Authorities in Burkina Faso have arrested 10 people over a jihadist attack on a hotel and cafe in the capital and a separate rampage at a resort in neighbouring Ivory Coast, the interior minister said Thursday.

01 July 2016 Children in Boko Haram-hit northeast Nigeria face death from hunger unless aid arrives soon: U.N.: Tens of thousands of children in northeast Nigeria will die of malnutrition this year unless they receive treatment soon, the United Nations said on Friday after reaching areas of the country previously cut off from aid by Boko Haram violence.Over the last year Nigeria's army, aided by troops from neighboring countries, recaptured most of the territory that was lost to the militant group, which has waged a seven-year insurgency aimed at creating an Islamic state in the northeast.

01 July 2016 Buhari sends team to assess condition of Boko Haram victims in Bama: Following the recent spotlight of the United Nations and other humanitarian groups on the worsening conditions of people in displaced camps in Nigeria’s northeast, President Buhari on Friday sent a delegation to assess the conditions of the Bama Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp.The delegation was led by the Presidential Special Adviser on Social Investments, Mrs. Maryam Uwais who reiterated the government’s commitment to bring relief to the thousands of rescued Boko Haram captives hosted in the IDP camp.

01 July 2016 Boko Haram invade Borno village, steals foodstuffs, livestock: Boko Haram struck Dile village in Askira-Uba local government area of Borno State torching some buildings and stole all foodstuffs and livestock in sight.It was gathered that the insurgents who shot sporadically during the siege on the village met an empty village as all the residents had fled into the hills and surrounding bushes.A drunkard, a son of the late village head (Lawan) was however not too lucky as he was too drunk to flee when others were and was caught by the insurgents who woke him up from his deep slumber before shooting him dead.

01 July 2016 No Boko Haram role in abduction of 2 Indians in Nigeria, says govt: India on Friday ruled out involvement of terror group Boko Haram in the abduction of two Indians from Gboko, a town in the Benue state of north-central Nigeria, and said it appears that “local criminals” were involved. The duo -Mangipudi Sai Srinivas (from Andhara Pradesh) and his colleague Anish Sharma (from Karnataka)- were travelling to Dangote Cement Plc Plant in a car from their residential quarters around 7.20 pm on Wednesday when a group of armed men kidnapped them at a traffic signal.

01 July 2016 We are being cheated, donate to us directly – IDPs beg individuals, organizations: The Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) have appealed to spirited individuals and organisations planning to contribute towards their well-being to deal directly with them rather than going through questionable Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) that may not have their best interest at heart.

01 July 2016 Armed Attackers Kill 2 Gendarmes, Wound Soldier in Mali: A local official says two armed men on motorcycles have killed two gendarmes and wounded a soldier in the northeast Mali town of Menaka.Menaka governor Daouda Maiga said Saturday the gunmen escaped after the attack late Friday. He said the soldier is being transferred to a hospital in neighboring Gao.

01 July 2016 850 Burkina Faso peacekeepers to join UN mission in Mali: The Burkinabe soldiers, who are expected to be deployed under the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA), completed their training on July 1, the country’s defense ministry said.Burkina Faso, which shares a long border with Mali, is engaged in the fight against insecurity in the latter nation where part of the northern region has been under control of terrorist groups since 2012.

02 July 2016 Escapees tell how Boko Haram threatened them with magic book: Boko Haram abductees in Borno State who managed to escape - or were released by their captors - are relieved, but remain traumatised by their experience in the hands of terrorists. Mostly able-bodied youth, they told Daily Trust that they were taken by the insurgents from towns and villages on the assumption that they are either prominent or influential in their communities, or have access to charms and amulets. Those who refused to cooperate were taken to a camp of sorts, where ‘scholars’ would through arcane means hypnotise stubborn new catches using a book called ‘Guduma’ (Hausa for ‘hammer’).

02 July 2016 Gen. Buratai leads cleanup of Nyanya, FCT target of repeated Boko Haram attacks: Putting aside the recent controversies over his ownership of property in Dubai, United Arab Emirate, the Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen TY Buratai is leading his men in the celebration of 2016 edition Nigerian Army Day Celebrations, NADCEL, an annual event which was first celebrated on 6th July 1978, in remembrance of that historic first shot on 6thJuly, 1967 which marked the commencement of the country’s 30-month civil war.

02 July 2016 Military won’t allow Boko Haram, IPOB, NDA, others overrun Nigeria – Air Chief: The Chief of Air Staff (COAS), Air Marshal Sadiq Abubakar, on Saturday said no individual or group would be allowed to undermine the sovereignty of the country.Abubakar, who is the Reviewing Officer of the Basic Military Training 35/2016 recruits at the Nigerian Air Force Base in Kaduna, made this assertion during their passing out parade.

03 July 2016 Apprehension over 772 Boko Haram suspects in Maiduguri prison: There is tension in Maiduguri over the detention of about 772 suspected Boko Haram terrorists, their wives and children in the Maiduguri Maximum Security Prison, Daily Trust on Sunday gathered. This is in addition to others, who are confined in a yet to be ascertained centre for de-radicalisation, as well as several other women said to be wives of Boko Haram insurgents, all in Maiduguri.

03 July 2016 Boko Haram insurgents come to Lagos every day, says army: Edet said members of the sect who flee the superior power of the military in the north-east come to Lagos. He made the assertion at the inter-denominational service organised to commemorate the Nigerian army celebration day at Saint Charles Lwanga Catholic Church, Ikeja cantonment. “Almost on a daily basis, we arrest Boko Haram members that flee into Lagos just like they flee to other places,” he said.

03 July 2016 Aisha Buhari presents N30m cash support to Chibok girls’ parents: Aisha Buhari, the wife of President Muhammadu Buhari, on Sunday presented about N30 million cash support to parents of the abducted Government Secondary School Chibok students in Borno State.

04 July 2016 Troops kill 4, recover arms in ambush against Boko Haram in Kukawa: Nigerian troops yesterday ambushed and killed four Boko Haram terrorists in Kukawa, inflicted gunshot wounds on several fleeing terrorists and recovered 1, 440 litres of PMS and arms from the terrorists after a gun battle.

04 July 2016 Presidency breaks silence on arrested Boko Haram suspect: There are indications that one of the suspected Boko Haram members arrested in Kogi state in April 2016 is related to one of the presidential bodyguards. A source within the presidency has confirmed that the allegations sparked further background checks and minor reshuffle of security detail around the State House.

04 July 2016 Joint task force kills 6 Boko Haram militants, recover weapons: Troops of the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) on Operation ‘Gama Aiki’ in the Lake Chad Basin Commission (LCBC) region ambushed and killed six Boko Haram militants and recovered weapons and ammunition.A statement from MNJTF spokesman, Colonel Muhammad Dole, said troops in Sector 1 in Makary, Cameroun, Sector 3 Baga, Nigeria; Sector 2 Bagasola Chad and Sector 4 in Diffa, (Niger) are making spirited efforts to consolidate on recent successes recorded in the battle field against Boko Haram militants.

04 July 2016 How three female terrorists blew up selves in IDPs camp: The Nigerian Army troops have foiled a suicide bomb attack near Monguno Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp, Borno state, while the people were fetching water in the morning.According to the Army spokesman, Colonel Sani Usman, the attempted attack which was carried out by three female suicide bombers, occurred on Monday, July 4, at about 6:15am.

04 July 2016 Cameroon Repels Boko Haram Attack on Border Post: Cameroon says Boko Haram fighters attacked a command post on its northern border with Nigeria. The attack followed a series of targeted military operations in the area that the government says destroyed at least 10 bomb-making laboratories.

04 July 2016 Nigeria Vigilantes Ponder Future After Fighting Boko Haram: Two weeks ago, Umar Muhammed caught a suspected Boko Haram member who was trying to enter the northeastern city of Maiduguri with a bomb.“I grabbed him and took him to my commander,” Mohammed said in his native Kanuri language. Security forces detonated the explosive.

05 July 2016 'Bad blood' fears fuel abuse of children born of Boko Haram rape: Having been kidnapped by Boko Haram, held for almost a year, and raped by several militants, 28-year-old Aisha Umar could have been forgiven for believing her ordeal was over wh

en she escaped and returned to her hometown in northeast Nigeria last year.But the mother-of-four was forced to flee her home in the town of Gwoza a fortnight ago when a man threatened to murder her two-year-old boy Mohammed, the son of a Boko Haram fighter.x

06 July 2016 Two Dutch soldiers killed in Mali peacekeeping accident: Two Dutch soldiers were killed and another seriously injured during a training exercise in Mali on Wednesday afternoon, the latest casualties in a mission that has become the most deadly place for United Nations peacekeepers to serve.More than 11,000 soldiers are serving in the Mali mission,

which aims to support the Bamako government in its fight against Islamist militants in northern Mali, who have staged assaults in the capital, as well as in Burkina Faso and Ivory Coast.

06 July 2016 Borno residents celebrate Sallah freely in 5 years: Residents of Borno State, NorthEast Nigeria, for the first time in five years, celebrated Sallah festival freely.The state, which is worst hit by Boko Haram insurgency, had been closed to vehicular movements and outdoor celebration during all festivities, be it Islamic and Christian, due to fear of terror attacks.

07 July 2016 Mali refugees cautious about return, despite peace deal: When militants harassed pastoral nomads in a neighbouring village in northern Mali a few weeks ago, Sow, a father of four, packed his bags and fled – despite a peace accord struck a year ago.“I heard that the Peuhl community was targeted in the village next to ours and I decided to flee,” says Sow, who sought safety at this camp in neighbouring Mauritania and expects others to follow.One year after the UN-brokered Algiers Peace and Reconciliation Agreement in Mali was reached, some 130,000 Malians who had run from the conflict in their country continue live in exile, mainly in Burkina Faso, Mauritania and Niger.

07 July 2016 Tensions, Armed Groups Emerge in Central Mali: When it comes to Mali, attention has focused on the conflict in the north, but over the past year tensions have been climbing in the central part of the country as well. New armed groups have emerged in the face of continued banditry and disputes over resources.

08 July 2016 Six killed Boko Haram detonates bomb in mosque: A Boko Haram suicide bomber has killed himself after he was prevented from gaining entry into a mosque in the Damboa area of Borno state. In a statement issued by Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman who is the spokesperson of the army, he said the incident happened today, Friday, July 8.

08 July 2016 NAF strikes at Boko Haram location in northern Borno:The Nigerian Airforce (NAF) says the Air Component of Operation Lafiya Dole has carried out air strikes on a Boko Haram location in Northern Borno. A statement signed by its Director of Public Relations and Information,x Group Capt. Ayodele Famuyiwa and made available to newsmen in Abuja on Friday, said the strikes represented another major success in NAF’s air campaign against the insurgents in Northern Borno.

08 July 2016 Tributes paid to five Togo soldiers killed in Mali: Five United Nations peacekeepers who were killed in an ambush in central Mali were on Friday given full military honours at a ceremony in Togo.The commemoration took place near Togo's presidential palace and was attended by President Faure Gnassingbé, senior members of the country’s armed forces and a delegation from the Malian army.

08 July 2016 Yobe to resettle 300,000 persons displaced by Boko Haram: Governor Ibrahim Geidam of Yobe on Friday said the state government has commenced the process of returning over 300,000 displaced persons to communities formerly held by Boko Haram insurgents.The governor, represented by his deputy, Alhaji Abubakar Aliyu, said this in Damaturu when the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai paid him a courtesy visit.

09 July 2016 BOKO HARAM MAY NOT BE THE ONLY ISIS-AFFILIATED GROUP IN NIGERIA:  alleged ISIS recruiter has been arrested by the Department of State Services in Nigeria. The ‘scout,’ Abdussalam Enesi Yunusa, was studying Information and Media Technology at the Federal University of Technology, Minna in Niger State. However, while in school, he became a member of an extremist cell group along with four others who have been described as ISIS agents in Nigeria and the West African region.

09 July 2016 Nigerian troops repel Boko Haram attack, killed 16 terrorists: The Army headquarters on Saturday afternoon released the statement below announcing the killing of 16 Boko Haram terrorists who attacked troops stationed at Rann, in Kala Balge local government areas of Borno State.

10 July 2016 16 Boko Haram fighters, 2 soldiers killed in Nigeria shootout: Nigerian officials said 16 Boko Haram extremists and two soldiers have been killed when the extremists tried to ride explosives-laden motorcycles into an army base in the country’s volatile northeast.An army spokesman, Col Sani Kukasheka, said in a statement today that soldiers at the base in Rann in Borno state repelled the extremists with a gunfight that went on for hours.He said two soldiers were killed when a suicide bomber drove into a truck and exploded.

10 July 2016 MNJTF Defence chiefs pledge to intensify efforts against Boko Haram: The Council of Chiefs of Defence Staff (CDS) of Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF), Troop Contributing Countries (TCC), has resolved to intensify collective efforts aimed at clearing the remnant of Boko Haram terrorists in the region.

10 July 2016 18 killed as Boko Haram terrorists attack military base: Remnants of Boko Haram terrorists said to be in their numbers attacked troops location at Rann, Kala Balge Local Government Area of Borno State. A statement on Saturday said the terrorists came with Motorcycles Borne Improvised Explosive Devices, Anti-Aircraft Guns and other weapons at about 5pm.

10 July 2016 Two Malian soldiers were killed by suspected Islamists in central Mali: “Two members of the National Guard (a component of the Malian army) were killed on Saturday in Dinangourou (central Mali), near the border with Burkina Faso by terrorists,” a Malian military source told AFP.“The attackers were from Burkina (Faso) and might have returned to the country by now,” the source added.Information on the attack and the death toll was confirmed by a local councilor who said it was a very fast operation by the assailants who were probably well informed.

10 July 2016 Thousands protest against Boko Haram in Niger: Thousands of people marched in Niger’s capital on Saturday to protest against Boko Haram, which has launched deadly raids into the country from Nigeria.The protesters drawn from various parts of the west African country expressed their support to the national army that is fighting the militants.“This is to tell all people especially from Diffa, the security forces and the civil servants that we are together and we will continue to support them,” said Tahar Sabra, one of the protesters.

10 July 2016 Dangote Appeals For help To Tackle Hunger in Nigeria’s IDPs Camps: Worried at the reported unhealthy conditions of the Internally displaced persons in various camps across the country, President of Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote has called on well-meaning Nigeria to rise up to the occasion and assist government in ameliorating the situation in IDPs camps.

11 July 2016 'Terrorists' kill deputy mayor in Mali: A local official in central Mali was killed in an attack that left his body "riddled" with bullets, security sources said. Deputy mayor of the Wouro-Mody commune Kola H. Dia became the latest victim of jihadist and criminal groups which take advantage of Mali's dire security situation by frequently targeting symbols, of state power including government officials and soldiers.

11 July 2016 Six suspected Boko Haram members arrested in Lagos: Six suspected members of the Boko Haram sect were weekend apprehended by a Civilian Joint Task Force at different locations in Lagos. The suspects, who all confessed to be indigenes of Borno State, disclosed that they fled Bama, Baga and Konduga local government council areas of Borno State, following the offensive of military operatives against insurgents in the state.

11 July 2016 Avengers vow to stop Buhari from exporting oil: Reports credited to Vanguard have it that the Niger Delta Avengers will prevent President Muhammadu Buhari from exporting crude oil from their region. The militants who have been unrepentant with their vandalisation of oil installations and pipelines in the Niger Delta region are roaring that since the president has refused to have a real dialogue with stakeholders in the region, they’ll keep stopping the president’s plans.

11 July 2016 Niger Delta leader attacks NDA: According to Punch, the coordinator, concernned Niger Delta leaders, chief Mike Loyibo, has condemned the path of destruction toed by the NDA. And their destruction of pipelines and other critical national assets by the militant group, the Niger Delta Avengers.

11 July 2016  Nigerian attacks raise fears of new 'terror' threat: more than 80 people are thought to have been killed in a series of brutal attacks in Benue State in central Nigeria, which locals say were perpetrated by groups of nomadic herdsmen.Although northern herdsmen have fought with locals over land and grazing rights for decades, what was a low-level conflict has recently spiralled into a full-blown crisis, leading to claims the men are “the new Boko Haram”.

12 July 2016 2 killed in northern Mali protest: Two people were killed and 12 injured in protests in northern Mali on Tuesday, the military said. The demonstrations in Gao, the largest city in the country’s north, against the installation of interim authorities across the region turned into a violent confrontation with the army, Abderahmane Souleymane, a military officer, told Anadolu Agency.

12 July 2016 U.S DONATION TO BOOST AFL OPERATIONS IN MALI: The Liberian Government has announced that it plans to use some military equipment donated to it by the United States Government through its embassy here to boost the operations of its troops in Mali.Liberia has maintained about 50 troops in Mali since June 2013, the first after the civil conflict ended here some 13 years ago. The troops are part of a 12,000-strong U.N. force, known as MINUSMA, which took over peacekeeping duties from an African regional mission deployed after France launched an offensive in January of 2013 to drive Islamist rebels from northern Mali.

12 July 2016 Soldiers kill dozens as Boko Haram attacks troops base in Borno: Dozens of Boko Haram fighters were reported killed Tuesday as soldiers of the Nigerian Army night engaged the suspected terrorists in hours of shootout.The insurgents met their waterloo after they attacked a military base in recently recaptured Kangarwa in the north of Borno State, officials said.It was the biggest fight for the troops in recent weeks, army authorities said.Two soldiers died in the fighting as the insurgents invaded the base with suicide bombs.

13 July 2016 Buhari government commences talks with ND militants: Brig.-Gen. Paul Boroh (rtd.), presidential aide on Niger Delta matters and coordinator of amnesty programme, has stated the federal government commenced negotiations with the militants. He stated that the talks are organizing through the dialogue committee with a view to halting the lasting hostility and bombing of oil pipelines in the region. According to him, the Nigerian authorities have no plan to bring in more Niger Delta militants into the amnesty programme, comprising the Niger Delta Avengers.

13 July 2016 Court rules on Boko Haram sponsor’s bail August 4: The Federal High Court, Abuja, on Wednesday picked August 4 for ruling on the bail application filed by a suspected Boko Haram sponsor, Salami Abdullahi. Gabriel Kolawole fixed the date after hearing the submissions of the defence and prosecuting counsel, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.Kolawale also fixed October 25 and November 3 for continuation of trial.

13 July 2016 25 Boko Haram fighters killed as troops repel attack: According to the acting director army public relations, Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman, 25 Boko Haram fighters were killed in the attack which started at about 6.30pm and saw an exchange of heavy gunfire between troops of 119 Task Force Battalion and the insurgents.

14 July 2016 More than 1,000 people accused of supporting Boko Haram held in horrific conditions: More than 1,000 people, many arrested arbitrarily, are being held in horrific conditions and dozens are dying from disease and malnutrition or have been tortured to death, as part of the Cameroonian government and security forces crackdown on Boko Haram, Amnesty International revealed in a new report published today.The report Right cause, wrong means Human rights violated and justice denied in Cameroon’s fight against Boko Haram details how the military offensive against Boko Haram has resulted in widespread human rights violations against civilians in the Far North region of the country.

14 July 2016 Nigerian Army Ambushes Boko Haram, Captures Gun Trucks: Following reliable information about movement of remnants of suspected Boko Haram terrorists, troops of 118 Task Force Battalion, 7 Brigade, laid an ambush for the terrorists today morning. The troops laid the ambush about 3 kilometres away from Goneri town, South West of Kukawa Local Government Area, where they encountered the unsuspecting terrorists in 2 gun trucks and on motorcycles and engaged them.

14 July 2016 Dutch to withdraw seven 'essential' helicopters from Mali: Dutch forces are preparing to withdraw seven "essential" helicopters from the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Mali, with no clarity yet on how they will be replaced, the United Nations said on Thursday."The Netherlands has indicated its intention to withdraw its attack and military utility helicopter units," U.N. peacekeeping spokesman Nick Birnback said.

15th July 2016 Multinational Force Fighting Boko Haram Gets Mixed Results: Nigeria and its neighbors pledged last year to come together to defeat Boko Haram, but experts say regional cooperation appears to be happening in fits and starts.Collaboration across borders has long been seen as key to ending the Boko Haram insurgency, which started in Nigeria but has since spread through the country’s porous borders into neighboring Niger, Chad and Cameroon.

15th July 2016 DHQ hands over freed Boko Haram suspects to states: The Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Gabriel Olonisakin, on Friday handed over three cleared Boko Haram suspects to their states.The suspects are – Bakura Tijani, Saidu Lawal and Muhammed Umoru from Yobe and Borno States respectively, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.Olonisakin said the gesture was to further demonstrate the level of adherence, observance of rule of law and transparency by the military in the prosecution of fight against terror in the Northeast.

15th July 2016 Multinational JTF troops repel Boko Haram attacks in Baga: The Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) troops on Friday said it had successfully repelled Boko Haram terrorists’ attacks in Baga.This is contained in a statement signed by Col. Muhammad Dole, the Chief Military Public Information Officer of the task force and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).According to the statement, “in continuation with conduct of Operation GAMA AIKI by Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) in its Area of Operation (AOO), the troops of sector 3 in Baga, (Nigeria) had successfully repelled Boko Haram terrorists attacks and cleared more villages around Kangarwa and Doron Naira villages.

15th July 2016 Yobe salutes female students’ courage to remain in school: The Yobe State Government on Friday lauded female students in the state for exhibiting courage in continuing their education in spite of attacks on schools by insurgents.The state Deputy Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Aliyu, gave the commendation while presenting food and non-food items to students of Government Girls Secondary School, Buni-Gari.Aliyu.

15th July 2016 Nigeria says arms deals irregularities had serious consequences: Irregularities in Nigerian military procurement deals as armed forces were fighting Islamist militant group Boko Haram had serious consequences, Information Minister Lai Mohammed said on Friday.President Muhammadu Buhari, a former military ruler, took office last year after pledging in his election campaign to crack down on corruption and defeat Boko Haram, which has killed more than 15,000 people and displaced about two million in the last seven years.

15th July 2016 IDPs in Nigeria complain of poor feeding despite interventions: Internally Displaced Persons in various camps in Adamawa State have called for improved feeding with good food nutrients.Some of the IDPs told the News Agency of Nigeria in Yola that they were getting three square meals daily, but that the food lacked vital nutrients.

15th July 2016 Troops overpower Boko Haram in Sambisa forest: The Civilian Joint Task Force (JTF) alongside Nigerian troops have weathered the storm to conquer Boko Haram insurgents in Sambisa forest, Borno state. In a statement issued by Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman, the military spokesperson, the troops and other security operatives ambushed and killed some Boko Haram members in the region.

16th July 2016 Fragile Peace in NE Nigeria: Nigeria's military has clawed back swathes of territory held by Boko Haram, opening up routes once infested with Islamist fighters, allowing life to resume for people in the remote region.But locals in the northeast say the Islamists are still a security risk and far from defeated, sounding a note of caution to government and military claims that victory is near.

16th July 2016 Mali: The North Loses Patience:  Throughout the country most people are still unhappy with their government, which has failed to act on the corruption and generally inept performance that caused the rebellion and army mutiny in 2012. This is keeping armed separatist and Islamic groups in business. While the violence is still most common up north, it is spreading south.

16th July 2016 Two abducted Indians released in Nigeria, Boko Haram not responsible: Two Indians, abducted last month from Benue state of Nigeria, were released on Saturday, the external affairs ministry said. “Mr Mangapudi Srinivas and Mr Kaushal Anish Sharma, who were kidnapped in the morning of 29 June from an area called Boko, near Makurdi in Benue state of Nigeria, were released today morning at 1030 hrs IST.

16th July 2016 Mali ends state of emergency: The state of emergency that was in place in Mali after the terrorist attack at a popular hotel in Bamako that left 20 dead has not been extended.

The state of emergency was declared in Mali for the first time for ten days, following the terrorist attack on the Radisson Blu Hotel in Bamako, on 20 November 2015, and then on 21 December for another ten days. On 31 December, it was extended until 31 March, and then on 4 April for ten days.

17th July 2016 Al-Qaida Reports Death of Commander in Mali: A group that monitors online extremist activity says al-Qaida's North Africa branch has reported the death of a commander in Mali.The SITE Intelligence Group on Sunday quoted a statement from al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb saying Abu Bakr al-Shinqiti was killed during a raid on a Malian army barracks near the border with Burkina Faso. SITE said he was Tunisian.The statement did not specify the date or location of the raid, nor did it report any Malian casualties.

17th July 2016 Nigerian Army Kills Boko Haram Spy In Borno: the patrol team of 157 Task Force Battalion, 7 Brigade, on Monday ambushed and killed a Boko Haram terrorist spy at Barwati village, Kukawa Local Government Area.The insurgent, who was on reconnaissance mission to infiltrate the troops’ position, was killed while trying to gain entry into military location.

17th July 2016 Police To Provide Security In Liberated Towns: The Acting Inspector General of Police Ibrahim Idris, says the police is already establishing civil authority in communities liberated from the Boko Haram terrorists in affected states.The police chief told journalists in Maiduguri that the move is to relieve the military and to also enable displaced persons return home in the shortest possible time.

17th July 2016 NEMA presents relief materials to IDPs camps in Borno: The National Emergency Management Agency on Sunday presented relief materials to hundreds of Internally Displaced Persons in six satellite camps in Monguno, Borno State.Alhaji Muhammad Kanar, the NEMA North-East Zonal Coordinator, presented the materials to the IDPs at a ceremony in Monguno, headquarters of Monguno Local Government Area.

17th July 2016 Boko Haram suicide bomber caught with hidden explosives: Troops of 101 battalion, 7 division garrison, who were on foot patrol along with some members of the Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF), on Sunday, July 17 intercepted a suspected male suicide bomber at Sabon Gari, Jidari, Borno state. This success was achieved hours after members of the CJTF alongside Nigerian troops weathered the storm to conquer Boko Haram insurgents in Sambisa forest, in the state.

18th July 2016 249 Suspected Boko Haram Cleared Were Released: Today, a total of 249 cleared suspected Boko Haram terrorists and accomplices were released by the Joint Interrogation as approved by the Chief of Army Staff in Maiduguri.Those cleared and released include 169 males, 46 women and 34 children. Further breakdown shows that 203 of them were from 18 Local Government Areas of Borno State, while 44 were from other States as follows; Adamawa 2, Jigawa 2, Lagos 1, Oyo 1 and Yobe 38. However, 2 of them were from the Republic of Cameroon.

18th July 2016 Nigeria army kills 12 Boko Haram militants, rescues 22 hostages: The Nigerian Army said its troops on Monday, July 18 killed 12 Boko Haram terrorists and rescued 22 hostages including women and children. It said however, four of its soldiers sustained injuries, while many of the terrorists escaped with gunshot injuries in several clearance operations in Borno State.

18th Jul

y 2016 Nigerian troops intensify onslaught on fleeing Boko Haram terrorists, kill 2, injure several: Nigerian troops executing the ongoing operations to mop up fleeing Boko Haram insurgents have killed two armed insurgents and injured many others amidst harsh weather conditions around Sambisa forest.In Marguba village of Kaga local government area, Borno State, which shares common borders with Sambisa forest, the soldiers, supported by Civilian-JTF operatives, were able to subdue a roving gang of Boko Haram fighters in an ambush attack.

18th July 2016 Nigeria’s struggles with a conflict more dangerous than the Boko Haram insurgency:  the last year, the threat of the Boko Haram insurgency in northern Nigeria has gradually waned, yet a more deadly and far-reaching conflict has emerged. In the last month well over 100 people across three states have been killed by suspected nomadic herders, largely from the northern Fulani ethnicity and Muslim.

19th July 2016 Islamist militant group Ansar Dine claims Mali attack: Islamist militants killed 17 Malian soldiers and wounded 35 when they attacked an army base in the center of the country, firing on troop positions, burning buildings and pillaging shops, the government said.The attack is the biggest for months on the army in Mali, a country that faces a growing threat from Islamist groups based in the desert north.

19th July 2016 Troops gun down 12 Boko Haram insurgents, rescue 22 captives — Military: Troops of the Nigeria Army and operatives of the Civilian-JTF had on Tuesday gunned down 12 Boko Haram gunmen in a foiled ambush attacks in remote villages of Borno state, officials said.The troops, in the same operation, rescued 22 civilians who had been under the captivity of the insurgents.

19th July 2016 Thousands facing starvation in former Boko Haram controlled areas in Nigeria - Unicef: Almost a quarter of a million children in Nigeria’s Borno state, which was once controlled by the Islamic militant group Boko Haram, are suffering from severe malnutrition, the United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund (Unicef) has warned.Unicef said out of 244,000 children found to be suffering from acute malnutrition in Borno, almost one in five, or roughly 49,000, would die if they failed to get quick medical assistance. Some 134 children on average will die every day from causes linked to acute malnutrition if the response is not scaled up quickly," said Manuel Fontaine, UNICEF Regional Director for Western and Central Africa, who just returned from a visit to Borno state.

19th July 2016 Pipeline attacks spark pollution menace from spillage in Nigeria: The latest pipeline attack in southern Nigeria has sparked a pollution menace from oil spillage in the region, according to an official from the petroleum industry.The Monday attack which is still unclaimed targeted the pipeline operated by the Pipelines and Products Marketing Company, a subsidiary of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation.

19th July 2016 Buhari must head negotiation group - ND group: A Niger Delta group named the United Niger Delta Energy Development Security Strategy (UNDEDSS), has proffered a list of solutions to the crises plaguing the region. UNDEDSS said for the crises in the Niger Delta to be brought to a quick resolution, the first step is that President Muhammadu Buhari should personally chair the dialogue team and also appoint credible Special Adviser from the region.

19th July 2019 UN fears ISIS in Libya could relocate from Sirte: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned on Monday that Islamic State fighters could set up new cells across Libya and north Africa as they are driven from their stronghold of Sirte.Ban outlined the threat from foreign terrorist fighters (FTF) in Libya in a confidential report to the Security Council, obtained by AFP.

19th July 2016 Soldiers arrest suspected Boko Haram fuel suppliers: Soldiers manning one of the entry checkpoints to the city of Maiduguri on Tuesday intercepted a large consignment of petroleum products being ferried by two suspected persons to Boko Haram insurgents in some yet-to-be identified locations, officials said.The two suspects — the driver of the delivery truck, Muhammadu Adamu, and the supplier of the products, Tijjani Gambo, — claimed ignorance of the identity of their customers.

19th July 2016 38 women and children rescued from Boko Haram terrorists: The Nigerian army has continued its onslaught against Boko Haram terrorists as its latest offensive operation resulted in the rescue of 38 women and 42 children. In a statement issued by Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman who is the spokesperson of the army, he said the clearance operation code-named Operation Tiger claws was carried out on Tuesday, July 19 at Garere village in Kukawa Local Government Area of Borno state.

19th July 2016 Mali Armed Groups Agree to Restore Calm in Kidal:  Niger brokered an agreement between the two armed groups (Azawad Movements and the Platform) in Mali fighting over control of Kidal. The agreement was signed on the 17th of July. They have agreed to work together in manning the checkpoints and installing an interim authority.

20th July 2016 Police quiz Delta pastor for allegedly funding Avengers: A bishop of a new generation church in Warri was quizzed by the Delta state police detectives over reported sponsoring of the militant group Niger Delta Avengers (NDA). The Punch reports that the bishop (name suspended), comes from Ogbinbiri community of Egbema (Ijaw) Kingdom in the Warri North council area of the state and is the presiding bishop of the New Salvation Zion Church of Christ at Igbodu area of the city.

20th July 2016 Cameroon Pressured for Accountability in Fight Against Boko Haram: Although Cameroon has received praise for its military action to push Boko Haram out of the northern part of the country and neighboring Nigeria, Amnesty International is criticizing the Cameroonian security forces for crimes including extrajudicial killings, torture and holding prisoners in inhumane conditions.

20th July 2016 Mali Extends State Of Emergency After Series Of Deadly Attacks: Mali is extending a state of emergency after a series of deadly attacks — including an assault on an army camp on Tuesday that killed 17 soldiers.The West African country is observing three days of mourning over that attack, NPR's Ofeibea Quist-Arcton reports.Around 35 people were wounded in the army camp assault, The Associated Press reports.

20th July 2016 Nigeria army kills 12 Boko Haram militants, rescues 22 hostages: Military Headquarters detailing the operations, said: “Troops of 7 Division Strike Group Team B (7 DSGB), attached to 21 Brigade, along with 4 Civilian JTF, carried out a clearance operation of suspected remnants of Boko Haram terrorists in Warpaya, Zenteleye, Mubarka, Jadawa and Yerwa villages. During the operations, they encountered and engaged elements of Boko Haram terrorists in Jadawa and Yerwa in which they killed the terrorists. Unfortunately 4 soldiers were wounded in action.

20th July 2016 We can stop Niger Delta militants if we are invited: Gani Adams, coordinator of the Oodua Peoples’ Congress (OPC), has said that the socio-cultural group is ready to take war to Niger Delta militants’ hideouts should the federal government invite them.

20th July 2016 Separatist fighting breaks out in Mali: Fighting has erupted between pro-government militia and rebels in northern Mali, violating a truce. The battle erupted as the African nation declared a state of emergency after 17 Malian soldiers were killed by rebels.

21st July 2016 Nigerian soldiers missing after Boko Haram ambush: An unknown number of Nigerian soldiers are yet to be accounted for after an ambush by Boko Haram insurgents in a community in Borno State, the army has said.The army said it was battling to save the lives of 19 other soldiers injured during the clash on Thursday. Operatives of the Civilian-JTF, embedded with the military squad, were also badly injured in the deadly encounter in a village called Nguro Gongon.

21st July 2016 Mali opens terror probe after 17 soldiers killed:  Mali announced Thursday it had opened an investigation into the deaths of 17 soldiers killed in an attack on their base in the centre of the country, as separate violence flared in the north.Two armed groups claimed to have carried out Tuesday's raid on a military camp in Nampala, central Mali, which also left dozens wounded.

21st July 2016 Boko Haram Degraded, Victims Returning Home, Interior Minister Says: Boko Haram has been ‘degraded’ and their victims are being rescued throughout the North-East, according to a statement by the federal government.This was announced by the Minister of the Interior, Lieutenant-General Abdulrahman Dambazau, at the Regional Seminar on Media Engagement in Crisis Management, an event organized by the Centre for Crisis Communication (CCC) in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

21st July 2016 Declare State-of-Emergency for North East reconstruction – VSF: The Victims Support Fund has advised the Federal Government to declared a State-of-Emergency for the reconstruction of the devastated North East region.The region was destroyed largely by the activities of the dreaded sect, Boko Haram.

22nd  July 2016  PENGASSAN says it’s afraid of Niger Delta militants: Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) has said that oil workers are jittery over Niger Delta Avengers’ threat. The association advised federal government to take seriously the threat by Avengers that oil workers should vacate oil fields and terminals. Francis Olabode Johnson, its president stated this at the third Women in PENGASSAN National Conference in Abuja.

22nd July 2016 Top Niger Delta commander gives revealing interview: One of the leaders of the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) has granted an interview to the BBC news. The group claimed that it is standing behind a series of attacks comprising one attack on a pipeline that shut down one of Nigeria’s main oil export terminals. Commander Johnson Biboye, his pseudonym, has stated that his group was responsible for several recent attacks. He denied giving more details quoting operational security.

22nd July 2016 16 Killed in Fighting Between Rival Tuareg Groups in Mali:  At least 16 people were killed and 17 wounded in northern Mali in fighting that ended Friday morning between rival Tuareg groups, according to an officer in the U.N. peacekeeping mission in the West African country.The battle in Kidal began Thursday afternoon, said the U.N. officer who insisted on anonymity because he is not authorized to speak to the press.

22nd July 2016 Mutual Mistrust Reignites Fight in Kidal, Mali: All afternoon and into the evening, Kidal residents hunkered down in their homes, waiting for the clashes raging at their doorsteps to subside.“They were fighting inside town, next to my house. I could hear the cartridges bouncing off the street. The fighting lasted for hours,” Mohamed Ag Balssaty, a former official reached by phone in the Malian city, said of Thursday's fighting.

22 July 2016 Fears for peace deal as fighting flares in Mali’s north: Tuareg rebels battled pro-government militia fighters in Mali's desert north on Friday, locals said, the second day of clashes raising fears for a fraying peace deal.Gunfire erupted in the town of Kidal after days of growing tensions between the Tuareg-dominated Coordination of Azawad Movements (CMA) and rival Gatia militia fighters

23rd July 2016  UNICEF, Gombe enrol 2,935 IDPs children in schools: The United Nations Children’s Fund in collaboration with the Gombe State Ministry of Education have enrolled 2,935 children of Internally Displaced Persons in Gombe State in schools.Hannatu Atiku, the representative of the Ministry of Education, stated this while listing the achievements recorded in the Education sector during the Mid-Year review meeting of activities organised by UNICEF, Bauchi Field Office.

23rd July 2016 DSS arrests Niger Delta, Boko Haram militants: A statement on Saturday from the Service signed by one Tony Opuiyo,  also said the Service arrested a Boko Haram militant planning attacks in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja.
‎Opuiyo said the arrests were made due to ongoing tactical operations to degrade the capabilities and hide outs of criminal gangs and syndicates across the Federation.
He said ‎‎on 21st July, 2016, one Jones Abiri aka General Akotebe Darikoro was arrested by the Service in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State. ‎

23rd July 2016 DSS foil Boko Haram plot to attack Abuja: In an update of its recent operations across the country as listed in a statement it issued on Saturday, the DSS said it arrested one Bulama Mohammed Ramat, also known as Muhammad Bashir Muhammadu at the popular Jabi Motor Park in Abuja while plotting to attack the FCT with other member of the extremist group on Thursday.

23rd July 2016 Former Civilian-JTF Members Join Nigerian Army: A total number of 250 ex-members of the Civilian-JTF, who had been assisting the Nigerian military in the fight against Boko Haram in Borno State, have concluded military training and have been fully inducted into the Nigerian Army.The newly-recruited troopers on Friday visited the Government House Maiduguri, on a “thank you” visit to the state governor, Kashim Shettima.

24th July 2016 5 Nigerian soldiers missing after Boko Haram ambush rescued: The Nigerian army has announced the rescue of five of its soldiers including a unit commanding officer who went missing after they were ambushed by Boko Haram on July 20.In a statement, army spokesman Colonel Sani Usman said they initiated measures including air assets and special forces to search and rescue the missing soldiers who were ambushed at Guro Gongon in the north east of Nigeria.

24th July 2016 Borno orders workers to return to local governments liberated from Boko Haram: The Borno State Government has directed all civil servants in the 10 local government areas of the state liberated by the military from Boko Haram to return to work with immediate effect.Usman Zannah, the state Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, gave the directive while fielding questions from the News Agency of Nigeria on Sunday in Maiduguri.

24th July 2016 Adamawa Begins Reconstruction Of Schools destroyed By Boko Haram: The Adamawa State Government has commenced the renovation and reconstruction of secondary school buildings in the state destroyed by the dreaded Boko Haram terrorists.The Deputy Governor, Mr Martins Babale, accompanied by other government officials in an inspection visit, went round the state to assess the extent of damages and also inspect the renovation carried out at one of the schools.

24th July 2016 Adegboruwa begs Buhari to grant amnesty to Boko Haram insurgents: Lagos-based human rights lawyer, Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, has enjoined President Muhammadu Buhari to consider granting amnesty to Boko Haram insurgents so as to achieve lasting peace in the volatile northeast region of Nigeria.In a statement on Sunday, the lawyer anchored his appeal on the fact that a year after Buhari’s presidency, it is becoming clearer that the insurgents may not be totally defeated.

24th July 2016 Troops kill two Boko Haram terrorists in Borno: Troops of Operation LAFIYA DOLE on Sunday killed two Boko Haram terrorists during its clearance operation in Musafanari, Borno State.Disclosing this in a statement, the Army’s acting spokesperson, Col Sani Usman said the terrorists were gunned down while trying to “cross into Sambisa forest from Komala and Musafanari axis” of the state.

24th July 2016 Northern group hails Buhari over CJTF, advocates Amnesty for B’Haram: The Northern Inter faith and Religious Organisation for Peace has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for the absorption of some members of the Civilian Joint Taskforce known as civilian JTF fighting the Boko Haram insurgency in the north east into the military and Department of State Services (DSS), saying such move is in the interest of peace after the war on terrorism has been won.

25th July 2016 Regional armies struggle in last push against Boko Haram: You'll all be able to go home soon. Boko Haram is nearly finished," Niger's Interior Minister Mohamed Bazoum told a crowd of refugees seated quietly on dusty, sun-baked flats.His words of optimism were belied by the dozens-strong security detail required to protect him as he toured his country's southern border.Seven years into an insurgency that spread from Nigeria into Chad, Niger and Cameroon, regional armies are now in a final push to defeat Boko Haram, a once obscure Islamist sect turned deadly militant group.

25th July 2016 Angry mob almost lynched Boko Haram terrorist in Lagos: An angry mob almost beat to death the suspected member of the deadly Boko Haram sect Musbau Ishola in the Mile Two area of Lagos state on July 25, Monday. The Punch reports that the suspected militant, identified as Ishola, who wore a turban on an army cap, also had a long beard.

25th July 2016 Army rescues Emir’s wife, daughter from Boko Haram den: The Nigerian Army on Monday rescued the wife and daughter of Shehu of Bama from the Boko Haram enclave in Borno.The Emir’s wife and two of her children were abducted by Boko Haram fighters two years ago.While the queen and her daughter have regained their freedom, the second child, the son was killed by the insurgents few months after the abduction.

25th July 2016 No More Boko Haram Camps in North-East – Army: The Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Col. Sani Usman, on Monday in Lagos said there were no longer camps of Boko Haram terrorists in the North-Eastern part of the country.Usman made the assertion while addressing newsmen at the inauguration of Strategic Communication Course for senior officers at the Nigerian Army School of Public Relations and Information (NASPRI), Bonny Camp, Lagos.

25th July 2016 Regional Armies Struggle with Last Push in Campaign against Boko Haram: Surrounded with dozens-strong security detail for protection, Niger’s Interior Minister Mohamed Bazoum addressed a crowd of refugees seated quietly on dusty, sun-baked flats.“You’ll all be able to go home soon. Boko Haram is nearly finished,” Said Bazoum, a statement which was perceived to be overly optimistic.Seven years into an insurgency that spread from Nigeria into Chad, Niger and Cameroon, regional armies are now in a final push to defeat Boko Haram, a deadly ultra-hardline militant group.

25th July 2016 Niger Delta crisis: Army will use force if dialogue fails – COAS: The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, has said that the Nigerian Army would not hesitate to use force should the dialogue between the Federal Government and militants fail.Buratai also appealed to the Niger Delta militants to embrace democratic means in their demands and desist from engaging in violence.

26th July 2016 Mali nabs top Ansar Dine militant: Malian special forces have captured a top commander of the Ansar Dine jihadist group, which is responsible for several attacks. A deadly attack on a military base last week was claimed by Ansar Dine. Mali accuses Barry of being behind numerous attacks, including one last week on a military base near the border with Mauritania that left 17 soldiers dead and another 35 wounded. The attack was claimed by Ansar Dine and another group.

26th July 2016  Peace, security still a far cry in the North Cameroon: A year after the suicide attack in the northern Cameroon town of Maroua on 25 July, 2015 that left 33 people dead, residents of the town’s district of Pont Vert are remembering the victims.

They organized a silent march in the city’s streets from the Pont Vert area, where a female suicide bomber struck. Among the 33 victims 11 were in this district.After last year’s attack, a number of measures have been taken by authorities in the region to strengthen security. Curfews have been imposed everywhere, as well as strict controls and searches on all those entering and leaving the area. Certain freedoms have also been limited in the area, with the ban on motorcycle taxis to move people and goods.The area which has been menaced by the Boko Haram owing to its proximity to the border with Nigeria, has seen economic activities go down as the border remains closed. Reports for cameroon june and July.

26th July 2016 Airbus to provide Heron 1 UAS for German military deployment in Mali: Airbus Defence and Space has received a contract from the German Defence Procurement Agency (BAAInBw) to provide Heron 1 surveillance drones for use in military missions in Mali.German soldiers are being deployed to Mali as part of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission (UN MINUSMA).

26th July 2016 Dutch helicopter withdrawal threatens to undermine UN Mali mission

The Netherlands plans to withdraw its helicopters from Mali at the beginning of 2017 due to the heavy strain the deployment had taken on its helicopter fleet, according to Dutch Ministry of Defence spokesman Colonel Jos van der Leij.

26th July 2016 Mali peace talks continue after renewed clashes in the north: A monthly meeting of the committee monitoring Mali’s peace agreement continued on Tuesday, with the aim of trying to break an impasse between the conflicting parties.This comes after renewed fighting pitting Tuareg rebels and pro government militias erupted last week in the northern town of Kidal, leaving at least 20 people dead.According to Ahmed Boutache, the president of the peace monitoring committee, the latest clashes have dealt a heavy blow to the whole peace process which has already been delayed and additional effort has to be put in place to achieve peace in Mali.

27th July 2016 Presidential panel establishes Boko Haram ties with Al-Qaeda: In a 50 page report drawn up by the Presidential Fact Finding Committee during Jonathan’s time in office, was obtained exclusively by PREMIUM TIMES. It is on record that Boko Haram has regional and international links with Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), an Al-Qaeda affiliate, and has cooperated with other terrorist groups,” the committee said in its report. It said a collaborative and cooperative regional approach would be most effective in ensuring that “there is no safe haven for terrorists in and around the shores of Nigeria”.

 27th July 2016  Leader of Mali's Ansar Dine hauled before judicial police in Bamako: The Malian security source has disclosed that the leading member of insurgent group Ansar Dine who was arrested in central Mali on Tuesday has been transferred to the capital, Bamako.Mahmoud Barry, alias Abu Yehiya, leader of Ansar Dine Macina, a combat unit of the militant group, has been arraigned before a judicial police on Wednesday, barely 24 hours after his arrest.Abu Yehiya was arrested following an operation by special forces of the State Security in an area that Ansar Dine operates specifically between Nampala Dogofri localities and the central Segou region, AFP reports.

27th July 2016 UK reaffirms support against Boko Haram: Newly appointed United Kingdom Minister for Africa, Tobias Ellwood, has pledged his country’s support to Nigeria in the fight against terror.He said in order to boost Africa’s economies, it was crucial to improve stability and security across the continent.Thus, UK would continue to work with the African Union (AU) and through its role on the UN Security Council (UNSC) on these issues.

27th July 2016 UK not doing enough for conflict-stricken northern Nigeria, MPs warn: Britain is not doing enough to help northern Nigeria, where millions of people have had their lives ruined by the Islamic militant group Boko Haram.The gap between Nigeria’s poor and conflict-stricken north and more prosperous south could widen, a report by the international development committee said.

28th July 2016 UPDATE On Clearance Operations Of Remnants Of Boko Haram Terrorists: In continuation with clearance operation of the remnants of Boko Haram terrorists hibernating in remote border towns and villages, troops of Operation LAFIYA DOLE have cleared Kareto town since Monday 25th July 2016.This was stated in a press release issued by the Acting Director Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman on Thursday in Abuja.

28th July 2016 MNJTF recaptures Damasak from Boko Haram: Muhammad Dole, the force’s chief military public information officer, disclosed this in a statement, saying the troops have also cleared the sect members from the surrounding villages.

“In continuation with clearance operation of the towns and villages by MNJTF, the troops of the sector 4 in Diffa (Niger) have successfully cleared Dutse Village, captured and occupied Damasak town today (Thursday) by 1000hrs,” he said.

28th July 2016 Iran expresses support for Mali in fight against terrorism: Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has said that the Islamic Republic is ready to help Mali in its fight against terrorism.“Iran is ready to cooperate with Bamako in fight against terrorism and extremism,” IRNA news agency quoted Zarif as saying at a meeting with Mali’s Prime Minister Modibo Keita in Bamako.

28th July 2016 Nigerian army special forces start exercise crocodile smile: A statement released by Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman, the acting director on army public relations, reads in part: “The Nigerian army will from this weekend commence another training exercise code named “Exercise crocodile smile” in 82 division and part of 2 division areas of responsibility traversing the South-South geo-political region.

28th July 2016 France to partner Prison Service in fight against terrorism:

Mr Gérard le Mer, Interior Security attached to the Embassy of France in Nigeria has stressed the need for collaboration with the NPS in order to share and compare notes on radicalisation and necessary counter narratives aimed at fighting terrorism.

28th July 2016 UNTWO targets Boko Haram devastated North East for tourism boost:

Mr Taleb Rifai, the Secretary General of World Tourism states that Maidugri, Borno will be hosting the international conference on ‘Tourism as a Tool for Peace and Reconciliation’. They want to develop the North East regions of Nigeria.

28th July 2016 Many wounded as Boko Haram attacks UN team, soldiers in Bama: A team of United Nations, UN, officials were attacked on Thursday by Boko Haram, DAILY POST can exclusively report.The officials’ convoy, escorted by heavily armed soldiers, came under heavy attack as they made their way to Bama.

An impeccable source told our correspondent Thursday night that the officials, working for the United Nations Children’s Fund, UNICEF, were ambushed at an area close to Bama, under Konduga local government area of Borno State.

29th July 2016 After Boko Haram Ambush, U.N. Suspends Aid Missions To Northeastern Nigeria: The United Nations suspended food and relief aid to dangerous and hard-to-access areas in northeastern Nigeria, amid a catastrophic humanitarian crisis affecting half a million people. The move comes after Boko Haram ambushed a humanitarian convoy.

29th July 2016 Nigerian troops capture more towns from Boko Haram: This is contained in a statement signed by the Acting Director of Army Public Relations, Col.Sani Kukasheka Usman.

Usman said the town was liberated from the insurgents on July 25.He said the exercise was in continuation with clearance operation of the remnants of the Boko Haram terrorists hibernating in remote border towns and villages.“The gallant troops are stabilising the immediate environment, while others are maintaining blocking positions at various areas,” he said.The Army Spokesman also said that troops of Operation GAMA AIKI under the auspices of the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) had successfully cleared Dutchi and Damasak towns.

29th July 2016 Boko Haram: Saraki reacts to attack on UN envoy: Dr Abubakar Bukola Saraki, the Senate President on Friday, July 29,  called for calm as the United Nation’s announced that it would be suspending aid deliveries in Nigeria.The UN’s decision comes after a United Nation’s Children’s Fund (UNICEF) humanitarian convoy was attacked while traveling from Bama to Maiduguri in Borno State. Saraki in a statement by his media office, condemned the attack in the strongest possible terms, stating that it was unacceptable to endanger the lives of aid workers, who were only trying to assuage the situation in the northeast.

29th July 2016 Troops ambush Boko Haram militants in Pulka: The Nigerian army says troops on blocking position in Pulka on Friday ambushed and killed two fleeing Boko Haram militants.A statement from army spokesman Colonel Sani Usman said: “It is equally believed one of the terrorists escaped with gunshot wounds.”He said the troops also recovered 1 AK-47 rifle with registration number S 77411, a General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG) with registration number FN 131908, one Motorcycle, 1 Bicycle and 5 Fabrique Nationale (FN) rifle magazines.

29th July 2016 Niger extends state of emergency in Diffa region hit by Boko Haram: Niger has extended a state of emergency in the southeastern region of Diffa for three months after a series of attacks by Boko Haram, the government said late on Friday.Attacks by Boko Haram since late May have emptied the towns of Bosso and Yebi near the Nigeria border in the Lake Chad region. Some 69,000 have fled, according to a report on Friday by the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

30th July 2016 Mali extends state of emergency for eight months: Mali lawmakers have voted to extend a state of emergency until March 2017 due to ongoing violence. The measure allows police to search homes without a warrant, and bans protests.The 99 MPs present at an extraordinary session of the National Assembly in Bamako voted to maintain the state of emergency until March 29, 2017.

30th July 2016 One of the world’s most stunning structures is under threat: For thousands of years, residents of Djenné, Mali have lived in homes made of mud. So naturally Djenné is the site of the largest mud-brick building in the world, the Grand Mosque – an UNESCO World Heritage. But the city’s most famous structure may soon be destroyed.

Scholars and architects consider the mosque to be one of the greatest achievements of the Sudano-Sahelian architectural style. But as rebel groups like al-Qaeda move into the area the future of the building is no longer clear, according to Curbed.

30th July 2016 Nigerian Army relocates special forces training school to former Boko Haram stronghold: The Nigerian Army has moved its Special Forces Training School to Buni Yadi, a town once controlled by Boko Haram in Yobe State.Created at the peak of the Boko Haram insurgency, the Special Forces is considered one Nigerian Army’s most effective fighting unit.

30th July 2016 Fighting between rival Tuareg groups kills 6 in NE Mali: Fighting broke out Saturday in northeastern Mali between a coalition of Tuareg rebels and a Tuareg group allied with the government of this West African country, killing at least six people.The fighting took place in Edjerer, about 50 kilometers (31 miles) northeast of Kidal, between the government-allied group GATIA and the Coordination of Azawad Movements, a coalition of groups seeking autonomy in northern Mali that includes ethnic Arabs and Tuaregs.

31st July 2016 Mali protagonists agree on setting up interim authorities, joint patrols: The tenth session of the follow-up committee for Mali peace and reconciliation agreement on Tuesday reached a consensus on joint patrols, the principle of disarmament, demobilization and resettlement and setting up of interim authorities in northern Mali.

31st July 2016 Boko Haram acting like good people, entering border towns of Nigeria, other countries: Sequel to the capture from Boko Haram and subsequent occupation of Damasak town and surrounding villages by Sector 4 of the Multinational Joint Task Force Headquarters, MNJTF, troops of OP LAFIYA DOLE (Nigeria) are currently consolidating their defences in the cleared town and stabilising the area.Colonel Muhammad Dole, MNJTF Public Information Officer, in a Saturday night, however noted that remnants of Boko Haram Terrorists fleeing the general area of operation are relocating to remote settlements along the borders of the MNJTF member countries, mostly disguising as normal civilians.

31st July 2016 Army captain shot dead in northern Mali: A captain of the Malian army was shot dead by unidentified gunmen in Timbuktu in northern Mali Sunday night. According to a Malian officer, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to the media,"Hamatta Ag Oumalha, a Tuareg military captain of the Malian army was shot dead by four armed men… who came on a motorcycle while he was outside his home in Hamabangou, a popular neighborhood in Timbuktu.”

31st July 2016 Troops recover cache of arms and ammunitions in Gamboru: This is contained in a statement signed by Col. Sani Usman, Ag. Director, Army Public Relations Officer and made available to newsmen on Sunday in Abuja.The statement said the troops conducted raids at Gamboru town early on Sunday morning following a tip off.``The troops recovered 3 AK-56 rifles and 2 AK-L rifles with registration numbers; AK-L-AGB 1172, AK-L PU2879, AK-56-2556688, AK-56-22622832 and AK-56-22622315, respectively.``They also recovered 235 rounds of 7.62mm (Special) ammunition and 7 AK-56 rifle magazines.`The Nigerian Army wishes to commend those good citizens that alerted the military for the timely and useful information that led to this recovery.

31st July 2016 Boko Haram: Borno IDPs get UN cash assistance: The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, said on Sunday that many Internally Displaced Persons in the state had benefited from its different cash support programme aimed at improving their living condition.

01 August 2016 US Fears ‘Losing’ Mali to Islamic Extremists: US government officials fear that Mail is may be taken over by jihadist groups such as Boko Haram and the Daesh, US Under Secretary of State for Civilian Security, Democracy and Human Rights Sarah Sewall said at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).

01 August 2016 Nigerian troops thwart Boko Haram attempted attack on Borno village: The Nigerian Army on Monday announced that its troops blocked an attempt by the extremist Boko Haram sect to attack a village in the North Eastern state of Borno.The spokesperson for the Army, Sani Usman, said in a statement sent to PREMIUM TIMES, “Today, Monday 1st August 2016, at about 8.00pm, troops of Operation LAFIYA DOLE accompanied by Civilian JTF successfully thwarted an attempt by Boko Haram terrorists on Yauri Community at the outskirts of Maiduguri city, Borno State.

01 August 2016 MEND claims deal with government on Niger Delta: The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) has claimed that as a part of negotiation deal on Niger Delta crisis the government of Muhammadu Buhari agreed to release the leader of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu.

02 August 2016 Army, DSS, Police take over Warri over protest by militants: Following intelligence report that ex-militants plan to protest the non-payment of their monthly allowances men of the Nigerian Army, Navy, Police and Department of State Services have over the city of Warri, Delta state. According to a report by Vanguard, the security operatives who are stationed in strategic locations in the city plan to stop any unlawful protest by the militants.

02 August 2016 Herdsmen kill 26 in Kaduna, Adamawa states: Gunmen believed to be herdsmen have attacked communities in Adamawa and Kaduna states killing at least 26 and injuring scores of other residents. Many have also been declared missing in the two attacks reported by Vanguard. The report said 15 persons died in an attack on Kodomun village and its environs within Demsa local government area of Adamawa state, while 11 people were slaughtered  in three villages around Godogo town, Jema’a local government area of Kaduna state.

02 August 2016  FG begins feeding of repentant Boko Haram members: According to a statement on Tuesday by Sani Datti, spokesman of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), the agency presented food and non-food items to 800 surrendered insurgents.“The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has presented food and non-food items to the military for Operation Safe Corridor Programme meant to de-radicalise, rehabilitate and re-integrate 800 repented and surrendered Boko Haram insurgents to fast-track peace process in the northeast,” he said.

02 August 2016 Buhari Approves Committee For Profiling Of Special Detainees: The Minister of Interior, Lt Gen Abdulrahman Dambazau (rtd), disclosed this in Abuja.According to Gen. Dambazau, this is an initiative of the Ministry of Interior aimed at fast-tracking the profiling of detainees linked to the Boko Haram insurgency.

02 August 2016 Nigerian army forces suspected militants to flee Arepo:Following the five days of the intense bombardment of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) the Nigerian soldiers have destroyed the defence of the bloodthirsty hoodlums at Arepo in Ogun state. The Punch reports that the Special Boat Service of the Nigerian Navy led the ground attack against the vandals on August 2.

03 August 2016 UN supply truck set on fire; MINUSMA supply truck attacked and set on fire while heading to Timbuktu.

03 August 2016 ISIS picks new Boko Haram leader: The new leader is Abu Musab al-Barnawi, who was former spokesman for the group. Al-Barnawi takes over from Abubakar Shekau who was reported killed some time ago.

03 August 2016 Troops arrest high profile Boko Haram terrorists: Men of the Nigerian army say it has arrested a high profile suspected Boko Haram terrorist, Mohammed Mohammed Zauro at Sabon Gari, Damboa Local Government Area, Borno state. According to the military, the suspect was picked up  at about 8.30am on Tuesday.

03 August 2016 Niger's forgotten war: Muslim refugees flee border violence after Chibok-style schoolgirl abduction: I must leave everything in God's hands now." That was the final sentence of a conversation I had with Chief Ibrahim, from a town in the south of Niger on the border with Nigeria. A month ago, he was forced to uproot his town of 3,000 inhabitants and move them north, further into Niger and away from the border.

03 August 2016 New Leader of Nigeria's Boko Haram Islamic Extremists Threatens to Bomb Churches, Kill Christians While Stopping Mosque Attacks

03 August 2016 We are not intimidated – Avengers: The Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) have challenged the Nigerian army to show the public the photos of the killed militants. The group in a statement made available for NAIJ.com said that military can’t intimidate the militants. Brig.Gen Mudoch Agbinibo, the spokesperson of the NDA, announced the launch of the new Twitter account @agbiniboND, saying that Twitter can’t stop or block their struggle.

03 August 2016 US warns citizens to stay away from 20 Nigerian states: The directive was contained in an updated travel warning released on Wednesday, August 3, 2016.The warning reads in part: “The Department of State warns U.S. citizens of the risks of travel to Nigeria and recommends that U.S. citizens avoid all travel to Adamawa, Borno, and Yobe states because the security situation in northeast Nigeria remains fluid and unpredictable.

03 August 2016 5000 OPC members armed for war against militants: 5000 members of the Reformed Oodua People’s Congress (ROPC) have converged in Ogun state to confront militants who have been causing havoc in the Arepo and Imushin communities.Punch reports that the members of the group arrived the state in 100 buses, looking ready for battle.

04 August 2016 Ansar Dine shows captured Malian army soldiers: Ansar Dine, a mainly Tuareg jihadist front for Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), has released a video showing Malian Army soldiers that were captured in last month’s large-scale attack on a military base in southern Mali. Ansar Dine has previously stated its Katibat Macina (Macina Battalion), which is mainly an ethnic Fula group, perpetrated the attack.

04 August 2016 Recent clashes in the north are hampering the deployment of humanitarian assistance: Northern Mali has been going through a serious crisis since 2012. Although the crisis initially began with demands for independence, it has in time evolved to take on different forms: a pro-independence but also religious movement, a battle for control of trafficking routes, and [a vehicle for] community exploitation against a backdrop of limited resources and crime.Meanwhile, acts of criminality against humanitarian organisations continue.

04 August 2016 ‘Lagos is a tempting target for sect, ISIS,’ Security expert says: Ekhomu  urged the Federal Government to take the appointment of a new Boko Haram leader by the Islamic State(ISIS) seriously. He made the call via a statement issued on Thursday, August 4, 2016, adding that the FG should respond to the development by placing the nation’s security agencies on high alert.

04 August 2016 Lake Chad 'forgotten' as world focuses on Boko Haram-hit Nigeria: Nearly 250,000 children in Nigeria's northeast Borno state, where food is in short supply, suffer from life-threatening malnourishment and many are dying, the United Nations and Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) said last month. But the The world must not forget about the impact of the Boko Haram insurgency on West Africa's Lake Chad region where 100,000 people are uprooted, as fears of famine rise in northeast Nigeria, aid agencies said on Thursday.

04 August 2016 UN raises alarm over illicit proliferation of small arms in Nigeria: The United Nations has raised alarm over the illicit proliferation of Small Arms and Light Weapons, SALW, in Nigeria, saying that more than 350 million out of the estimated 500 million of such weapons in West Africa is domiciled in the country.According to the UN, this has highlighted, more than ever before the critical need not only to control the flow of arms in the non-state sector, but also the state owned actors through the effective management of the armoury and weapon stockpiles.

05 August 2016 New Boko Haram leader is son of founder: The man named by the Islamic State as Boko Haram's new leader is the son of the latter group's founder, Mohammed Yusuf.Abu Musab al-Barnawi was declared "governor" of the Nigerian organization in an Islamic State magazine. He is the son of Yusuf, who founded Boko Haram in 2002 and was killed by police in 2009, CNN reported Friday, citing an unidentified source.

05 August 2016 Nigeria's Muslim Government Targeting Christians; A Pass to Boko Haram: The failure of Nigeria's Muslim President Muhammadu Buhari to tackle the Islamist fanatics of Boko Haram has resulted in an estimated 50,000 children facing death by starvation, according to Western aid officials.A total of 500,000 people have been made homeless during Nigeria's bitter seven-year conflict with Boko Haram, and aid workers now fear the vast majority of them are in urgent need of food, shelter and medical care.

06 August 2016 Boko Haram: EU provides additional €12.5m aid for IDPs: The European Commission has said it would give an additional €12.5m as humanitarian aid to support Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Nigeria, Niger and Cameroon as a result of Boko Haram activities.The EC in a statement on Friday in Abuja, said the additional aid became necessary as activities of the terrorist group has severely caused the displacement of millions of people.The commission noted that €9m will be provided to support people in Nigeria, €2m in Cameroon and €1.5m in Niger.

06 August 2016 Ivory Coast jails two soldiers for 10 years for Al-Qaeda ties: Two soldiers in Ivory Coast have been jailed for 10 years for associating with, and failing to denounce, suspected members of an Al-Qaeda cell which killed 19 people at a beach resort town in March, the military prosecutor said.Gunmen shot swimmers and sunbathers before storming into several hotels in Grand Bassam, 40 km (25 miles) from the commercial capital, Abidjan, on March 13.

06 August 2016 If Boko Haram Kills Christian, Burn Churches, We'll Slay Muslims, Raze Mosques - N-Delta Militant Group: THE Niger Delta Revolutionary Crusaders, NDRC, Saturday, vowed that it would carry out reprisal attacks on Muslims and mosques in the Niger Delta region if Boko Haram kills Christians and burn down churches in the north, as threatened by its new leader, Abu Masab el Barnaw, last Wednesday.

06 August 2016 Army assures on reconstruction of Chibok school: The Nigerian Army on Saturday expressed optimism that the Government Secondary School, Chibok in Borno State will re-open for academic activities in September.Brigadier General Victor Ezugwu, the General Officer Commanding , 7 Division of the Nigerian Army, told newsmen in Maiduguri that this was based on progress of its reconstruction.

07 August 2016 Army determined to capture gunmen behind Kaduna attacks: The Nigerian Army says it is determined to arrest the gunmen behind the attacks on three villages in Jema’a Local Government Area of Kaduna State. Over the past few months, suspected herdsmen have consistently attacked the villages, forcing them, to flee their homes.Villagers from the affected villages said they had become homeless and refugees in Godogodo, Gidan Waya, and neighbouring towns.

07 August 2016 MINUSMA vehicle struck an IED: between Aguelhoc and Tessalit in Kidal region. 1 peacekeeper killed and 4 injured, all of Chadian nationality. Ansar al-Din claimed the attack.

07 August 2016 Yobe IDPs return to farms : Hundreds of returnees displaced by the activities of Boko Haram insurgents in some communities in Yobe have returned to their farmlands a survey by the News Agency of Nigeria finds.A NAN correspondent who visited Goniri, Katarko, Gotula and Ngurbuwa villages reports that many of the returnees, who left their settlements almost three years ago, have massively re-engaged in farming activities.Malam Umar Usman, a resident of Nguburwa, told NAN that they returned to their farms after relocating to their communities.

07 August 2016 Chadian UN soldier killed in Mali: The UN said its Chadian peacekeeper was killed and the four others were wounded near the Malian town of Aguelhoc when their vehicle struck an improvised explosive device early on Sunday.About two hours later, a second UN vehicle was left with only minor damage when it triggered a roadside bomb outside the town of Kidal, where the UN's mission is based. No immediate claims of responsibility were made.

07 August 2016 GUN RUNNERS AND ARMED BANDITS ATTACKED TROOPS IN BOSSO LGA:  Following covert surveillance and intelligence reports on the activities of some gun runners and armed bandits in Kopa, Dagma and Gagaw villages of Bosso Local Government Area, Niger State, troops of 31 Artillery Brigade, 1 Division Nigerian Army, in conjunction with Nigeria Air Force detachment on Internal Security  Operation MESA went on quick cordon and search in the affected areas to recover suspected weapon cache and arrest the suspected persons and the armed bandits.

08 August 2016 Appointment of Boko Haram leader exposes divisions in Nigerian group:  Boko Haram's appointment of a new leader and his apparent rejection by the group's figurehead exposes wide divisions among the Nigerian jihadists as they come under pressure from the country's military.The promotion of Abu Musab al-Barnawi, who is thought to favour more targeted attacks than the wholesale violence of figurehead Abubakar Shekau, was announced in the weekly magazine of Islamic State. Boko Haram, which has regularly staged suicide bombings in crowded areas, pledged loyalty to IS last year.

08 August 2016 NEMA supplies additional food to Borno IDPs: The National Emergency Management Agency says it has supplied additional food to the Borno State Government to tackle food shortage at the Internally Displaced Persons camps in the state.The NEMA North East Information Officer, Ibrahim Abdulkadir, stated this in a statement issued on Sunday in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.Abdulkadir said the items were presented to the state government by the NEMA Zonal Coordinator, Mallam Muhamad Kanar.

08 August 2016 Military’s plan to rehabilitate Boko Haram members: Concerned Professionals Congress (CPC) said yesterday the initiative by the Defence Headquarters to rehabilitate, de-radicalise and re-integrate about 800 repentant Boko Haram combatants into the society will quicken the peace process and boost reconstruction efforts in the Northeast.Describing the initiative as novel, bold and courageous, they said it would inspire hope, to strengthen faith and restore confidence among Nigerians in the unity, stability and indivisibility of the country.

08 August 2016 1 jihadi dead in attacks, clashes with army in central Mali:  An Islamic extremist group says at least one of its fighters has been killed in clashes with Mali's army in the West African country.The SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors jihadists' activity online, said Monday that the extremist group Ansar Dine had reported on its Twitter account that its fighters had engaged in two battles with the Malian army since Sunday.

08 August 2016 FG warned to ‘stop Shiite sect before they form another Boko Haram: The Coalition Against Terrorism and Extremism (CATE) has urged the federal government to immediately bring an end to the trekking embarked upon by members of the Shiite sect also known as Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN).

08 August 2016 Shekau appears in new video:  In the 24 minutes video, which first featured a masked man surrounded by armed men in a non-descript location, Shekau’s Boko Haram told ISIS leader, Abubakar al-Baghdadi, that it will not follow the leader he appointed for it because he doesn’t follow what they call authentic creed.

09 August 2016 We’ve stopped Boko Haram from regrouping—BURATAI:The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, yesterday, insisted that the Nigerian Army had defeated Boko Haram terrorist group and stopped it from re-grouping 99anywhere in the country to cause havoc.Buratai spoke in Jos, the Plateau State capital, when he paid a courtesy visit to the Gbong Gwom Jos, His Royal Majesty, Da Jacob Buba, in his palace in Jishe, while on a familiarisation tour of military units and formations under the 3 Division of the Nigerian Army.

09 August 2016 5 Malian soldiers missing after clashes with rebels: At least five Malian soldiers are missing after clashes with a extreme group, security sources said on Tuesday.Intense fighting broke out between the Macina Liberation Front, an affiliate of Ansar Dine -- a extremist group linked to Al-Qaeda in the Maghreb Islamic (AQIM) -- and the Malian army Monday after extremists ambushed a military convoy in the Mopti region.

09 August 2016 3 Arrested After Jihadi Flag Hung From Hotel in Mali Capital: An intelligence official says soldiers have pursued extremists who entered a hotel in Mali's capital and hung a black jihadi flag from the roof before escaping into the neighborhood.

09 August 2016 Food shortage hits Boko Haram: Intelligence sources say Boko Haram camps in the North-East have been hit with food scarcity forcing indoctrinated members of the militant sect to continue to move out in droves.According to a Tuesday Daily Mail report, while some Boko Haram suicide bombers and militants were seen heading for Europe, others had begun to travel to join and fight for the Islamic State in Syria.

09 August 2016 We are moving all IDPs back to Gwoza – Ndume: Senator Muhammad Ndume, representing Borno South Senatorial district, on Tuesday announced plans to relocate Internally Displaced Persons from Gwoza living in camps in Lagos, Abuja and Maiduguri back home.Ndume made the announcement while addressing newsmen in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.

09 August 2016 Nigerian army issues statement over BH planned attacks: The Nigerian army headquarters (DHQ) has uncovered plans by the deadly Boko Haram sect to attack public places in Abuja, the south east state of Imo and security posts in the north of Nigeria.

09 August 2016 Mali Finds Bodies of 5 Soldiers in River After Attack: An army official says the bodies of five soldiers have been found in a river in central Mali after an attack by Islamic extremists.Army spokesman Col. Souleymane Maiga said Wednesday that extremists attacked an army convoy between Tenenkou and Diafarabe on Sunday. He said fighting continued into Monday, leaving one soldier wounded and five missing.

10 August 2016 Boko Haram sets up base in Bauchi forest: The Boko Haram insurgents are establishing a new base in Bauchi state, a senator revealed yesterday.Senator Isa Hamma Misau (APC, Bauchi Central) said the insurgents were relocating to the area from their stronghold in Sambisa Forest.

10th August 2016 Terrorists fleeing to Europe: Some members of Nigerian terrorist sect, Boko Haram are fleeing to Europe, a report has said.According to the UK Daily Mail, the terrorists include children as young as 10 who have been trained as suicide bombers.

10th August 2016 Refugees become Boko Haram suicide bombers: Intelligence sources have said that the members of the deadly Boko Haram are suffering from food scarcity thus making the insurgents to continue to move out in droves. Daily Mail reports that while some Boko Haram suicide bombers and terrorists were spotted heading for Europe, others had commenced to travel to join and fight for the Islamic State in Syria.

10th August 2016 Nigerian Army on red alert after intelligence warns of deadly Boko Haram attacks: The Nigerian Army has issued a red alert across the country after "very credible" intelligence reports warned of imminent Boko Haram attacks on the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), which includes Nigerian capital Abuja. The warning comes amid rising tensions within the Islamist terror group over leadership disputes.

10th August 2016 Cameroon; 4 people killed in Boko Haram attack: At least four people were killed in Cameroon’s Far North Region in an attack attributed to Boko Haram, security sources told Anadolu Agency on Wednesday.“Elements of the terrorist group entered the Cameroonian village of Gambarou located between the towns of Waza and Mora, killing at least four villagers and setting fire on 60 houses,” Bouba Dobekreo, a commander of a regional joint force said.

11th August 2016 Nigerian court tries 20 soldiers over Boko Haram crimes: Nigeria has inaugurated a seven-man court martial to try 20 soldiers, including four officers, for various offenses believed to have been committed in their fight against Boko Haram militants in the northeast region.“The nature of the offenses include murder, loss of arms, defilement, assault occasioning to bodily harm and desertion, amongst others,” army spokesman Sani Usman said in a statement late Wednesday.

11th August 2016   Urgent aid needed for Boko Haram survivors in Niger: Caritas is appealing for urgent aid to help thousands of people displaced by worsening conflict in the Diffa region of Niger.Caritas Niger (CADEV), the national arm of Caritas, says there have been several deadly attacks by Boko Haram militants recently forcing thousands to flee their homes in Niger and neigbouring Nigeria.

12th August 2016 10,000 Kidnapped Boys of Boko Haram: In a forest of thorn trees somewhere far outside this city, the Boko Haram insurgency ran a boot camp for about 100 boys. Children as young as 5 years old learned to handle assault rifles and march through the woods in flip-flops. Their teacher was only 15.

12th August 2016 Polio is back in Nigeria because Boko Haram kept kids from being vaccinate: Polio is back in Nigeria, just when the World Health Organization thought the virus might be gone completely. Two kids have been paralyzed by the virus for the first time in two years, the WHO announced today. Both live in northeastern Nigeria, where it has been hard to vaccinate kids because the area is controlled by terrorist group Boko Haram.

12th August 2016 Troops arrest Boko Haram landmines, IDE experts: Nigerian soldiers carrying out clearance operations against Boko Haram terrorists in the North east, have arrested five terrorists who specialize in planting landmines, IEDS and other explosives along routes used by troops.

12th August 2016 NEMA reunites 200 children with parents in Borno: The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said on Friday it had reunited more than 200 children with their parents after being separated by the Boko Haram insurgency.The Head of Operations, Adamawa and Taraba office of the agency, Sa’ad Bello, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Yola that the successful reunification was conducted with the collaboration of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) under Restoring Family Link Programme.

12th August 2016 Cameroon's vigilante groups call for help to fight Boko Haram: In northern Cameroon, bands of viligantes armed with homemade weapons are calling for more support from the authorities to fight Boko Haram. The governor of the country's extreme north visited the groups, promising more financial support while reminding the groups of their responsibilities.

 13th August 2016 Dozens killed' in clashes between rival groups in Mali: Dozens of people have been killed in a violent clash between a pro-government militia group and a separatist umbrella organization in northern Mali.

The clashes started on Tuesday in Kidal between fighters of the pro-government group, GATIA, and armed members of the separatist Coordination of Movements of Azawad (CMA), Fahad Ag Almahmoud, GATIA secretary-general, told Anadolu Agency.

13th August 2016 Mali to hold local polls in November despite unrest: Voters in Mali will be asked to go to the polls in local elections across the vast Sahel nation in November, despite the threat of attacks by armed Islamists, the government has announced.

13th August 2016 Boko Haram releases new video showing kidnapped Chibok schoolgirls:

Boko Haram has released a video appearing to show the Chibok schoolgirls who were kidnapped by the Islamist group in April 2014. In it, the militant group claim a number of the girls have been killed by Nigerian government air strikes.

14th August 2016 Civilian JTF arrested for supplying Indian hemp to Boko Haram: Three officials of Civilian JTF engaged by Borno State government under the Borno Youth Empowerment Scheme, (BOYES), to assist the military and other security operatives in identifying and arresting Boko Haram insurgents have been arrested by operatives of the National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency, (NDLEA) for supplying insurgents with Indian hemp.

14th August 2016 Nigerians Declared Wanted By Army Over Boko Haram Story: two of the three Nigerians declared wanted by the Nigerian Army for their “connections” to Boko Haram have responded on Facebook, one of them saying he has already arrived in Maiduguri to meet the army, and has been well received. In a press statement on Sunday, the Army said journalist Ahmed Salkida, Ahmed U. Bolori and Aisha Wakil were wanted because they possessed information relating to the conditions and exact location of the Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram in Borno State in 2014.

14th August 2016  Nigeria army says its troops have killed 16 Boko Haram remnants: Sani Usman, army spokesman, said this in a statement on Monday.He also disclosed that an officer and 11 soldiers were wounded in the counter.“Troops of Operation Lafiya Dole at a harbour in Kangarwa yesterday successfully repelled suspected remnants of  Boko Haram terrorists attack,” he said.

15th August 2016 Many will forget Chibok girls when the effect of this video is over: Speaking at the presidential villa in Abuja on Monday, Mohammed said the rescue of the girls has been a priority to the current administration.He said that unlike those who resumed discussions about the victims after the footage went into circulation, the office of the national security adviser had been doing its best to ensure that the girls are reunited with their parents.

15th August 2016 U.S to send FBI team to Nigeria: The U.S. Government ​has said it would send officials from its Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and other security experts to provide technical assistance to the Nigerian Government to deal with terrorism.

15th August 2016 Boko Haram Trying to Turn Self-Defense Militia:  Cameroon has been arresting or dismissing members of local self-defense militia in the country's north amid fears that Boko Haram may be trying to turn some of them against their communities.Local authorities told VOA the crackdown follows an investigation by security agencies.

15th August 2016 Japanese Govt Donates $3 Million to Assist Victims: The Japanese Government on Monday announced a donation of three million dollars in support of victims of Boko Haram insurgency in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States.The Japanese Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Sadanabu Kusaoke, made the announcement at the launch of the project in Maiduguri.

15th August 2016 Avengers issue strong statement, warn navy: The Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) in the morning of Sunday, August 14 challenged the commander of Operation Delta Safe, Rear Admiral Joseph Okojie and commanding officer, Nigerian Navy Service (NNS) Delta, Commodore Joseph Dzunye, telling both men to come to the creeks of the Niger Delta, instead of operating from the cities and apprehend “sleeper” agents, who they call as Avengers members to in order to get favour from their top officers.

15th August 2016 Boko Haram attacks Nigeria immigration staff convoy killing 5 civilians: Five traders have been killed after a Boko Haram ambush of a Nigerian immigration staff convoy travelling to Maiduguri in the northeast on Monday.According to witnesses, the traders had taken advantage of the official convoy to travel to the capital of the Borno State,AFP reports.

16th August 2016 Chibok girl's parents react to first glimpse of daughter in two years: Esther Yakubu gazes longingly at the familiar grainy photograph of her daughter and sings a favorite tune as she thinks of her.But two long years after Maida and more than 200 of her classmates were kidnapped by Boko Haram, another image is now foremost in her mind: that of the teenager at gunpoint, pleading for her freedom.

16th August 2016 Boko Haram attack each other: There is tension within Boko Haram due to the presence of two leaders One of the groups released a video showing its attack against the other Shakau insists he remains the leader of Boko Haram In what may be perceived as a supremacy battle, two factions of Boko Haram terrorists are waging war against each other.

16th August 2016 Nigerian Christians return to rebuild lives in communities liberated from Boko Haram: Nigerian Christians displaced by Boko Haram are beginning to return home.They are being encouraged by the government, which has won back territory from the insurgents but which is also struggling to provide enough aid.World Watch Monitor received a first-hand account from church worker Isaac*, describing day-to-day living now that the population is back in a mostly Christian part of Adamawa, one of the states most affected by the Islamist insurgents.

16th August 2016 Upset Chibok Girls' relatives and activists say government needs to be more proactive: This follows the release of yet another video on Sunday, by Islamist militants Boko Haram, who abducted the girls two years ago.“Honestly I think they are too upset to be angry, they’re just overwhelmed and they feel helpless and that was what I kept hearing last night: ‘what can you do for us? What are we going to do? How can you help us?’ That’s their cry, you know, and there’s a lot of crying going on. It’s like, you know, it’s like ‘please help us, help us find our daughters,” said Chief Executive of the Murtala Mohammed Foundation, Aisha Oyebode.

17 August 2016 Reportedly, French forces discovered and seized weapons at Tabankort, Gao region. GATIA claimed the weapons belong to its fighters and the operation is allegedly an attempt to weaken the pro-government militia that is in ongoing war against the CMA

17th August 2016 Military 'can't swap Chibok girls for Boko Haram fighters: The Nigerian military has said it cannot swap captured fighters of the dreaded Boko Haram terrorist group for the missing Chibok girls, Premium Times report.The defence chief Abayomi Olonishakin said such sensitive decision is only a political one. He however said the military is going on with its operation in the North-East.News24 reported that Boko Haram released a new video showing the girls that were kidnapped over two years ago.

17th August 2016 Refugees claim abuse by soldiers as Mali's conflict spreads: “I was beaten so many times by Malian soldiers,” says Aissata Diallo* who arrived last month with four children under the age of six from Nampala, in Mali’s central Ségou region. “The soldiers come to your home. If they cannot find the men, they tie up the women and hit and kick us. My brother’s wife had a miscarriage after she was beaten with a club.”

17th August 2016 Armed groups in Mali open talks after fighting recently in Kidal: The talks are essentially aimed at ending the fighting and restoring dialogue between the two parties in order to create the necessary trust to resolve all pending issues,” the statement said.All parties expressed their willingness to engage in frank and fruitful discussions to achieve objectives of the meeting, the statement added.The international community gave assurances of its support to the ongoing efforts, the statement concluded, while also announcing the continuation of talks to achieve the desired goals.Last week, the Malian government issued a statement condemning the fresh fighting that resulted in loss of human lives.

17th August 2016 Army rescues 28 Boko Haram hostages in Borno: The Nigerian Army says its troops have rescued about 28 persons from terrorist group, Boko Haram.A statement from the Nigerian Army said the individuals were rescued during a clearance operation of the remnants of Boko Haram terrorists in the northeast of the country.The individuals comprising of 2 men, 9 women and 17 children were rescued at Bama Local Government Area, Borno State.

17th August 2016 Over 100 militants invade Akwa Ibom Govt House: Information just coming in has it that no fewer than 100 militants have invaded the Akwa Ibom state Government House in a violent protest, leading to break down of  law and order in and around the Government House and Uyo, the Akwa Ibom state capital in general.

17th August 2016 Nigerian Air force denies killing of Chibok girls : The Nigerian Air force has debunked claims by Islamist group, Boko Haram that some of the abducted Chibok girls were killed during a recent air raid its personnel carried out. NAF described the video as a ruse and another mischievous effort by Boko Haram to draw public attention to itself.

17th August 2016 Fulani herdsmen leader surrenders arms to government: A Fulani herdsman leader in Zamfara state by the name Alhaji Ruwa, has out of his own volitiion surrendered his ammunition to troops of the 223 Battalion, 1 Brigade Division of Nigerian army.Ruwa also vowed to make sure his followers will do the same thing in the shortest possible time.

17th August 2016 Freed Chibok girl says she still misses her Boko Haram ‘husband’: The first Chibok school girl rescued from Boko Haram in more than two years says she still misses the man she was forced to marry during her captivity, who is suspected of being an Islamist militant.

17th August 2016 27 Boko Haram killed in ambush, says army: Twenty-seven Boko Haram militants have been killed in Cameroon’s Far North region near the Nigerian border, security sources told Anadolu Agency Wednesday."27 fighters were eliminated in the night from Tuesday to Wednesday near Fotokol, near the border with Nigeria, during an ambush by the MNJTF," said Bouba Dobekreo, a commander of the Multinational Joint Task Force.

17th August 2016 One dead in protest in Mali capital over arrest of talk show host: One person was shot dead in Mali's capital on Wednesday and others were wounded as police opened fire to disperse a protest over the arrest of a talk show host who is a critic of the government, three Malian rights groups said in a statement.

18th August 2016 Avengers to declare Niger Delta Independence on Oct 1: The militant group, Niger Delta Avengers, ‘(NDA) has vowed to declare the Niger Delta region an independent entity on October 1, 2016. In a statement released on the website of the Avengers on Thursday, August 18, Mudoch Agbinibo, spokesman of the Avengers, said that the Niger Delta no longer wants to be part of Nigeria.

20 August 2016 Malian customs seized 25 boxes of ammunition in a transportation vehicle traveling from Senegal to Mali. However, supposedly the boxes belong to peacekeeper of MINUSMA

18th August 2016 Buhari reveals what he plans for internally displaced persons: President Muhammadu Buhari has revealed that he plans to make life meaningful again for victims of the Boko Haram insurgency.Speaking on Thursday, August 18, 2016 in Abuja, the president who received the outgoing Egyptian ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Asharaf Abdelkader Salama at State House, said his administration will restore confidence in the IDPs by fast-tracking their voluntary return, rehabilitation and reintegration into the society.

18th August 2016 9 killed in inter-communal clashes in Mali: Nine people were killed in clashes between Fulani and Bambara, two rival communities in central Mali, local sources told Anadolu Agency late Thursday."Everything started when elements of the Bambara tried to steal cattle from the Fulani living in Tandia, in the northern part of Segou [central Mali], " Bakaye Cisse, head of  the National Alliance for the Protection of Fulani Identity and Restoration of Justice (ANSIPRJ) .He added that the clashes left eight Bambara and one Fulani dead and seven Bambara injured.

19th August 2016 Nigeria expecting 12 attack helicopter gunships from Russia: The Nigerian Air Force is making efforts to boost its capacity in order to meet its responsibilities and to defeat Nigeria’s adversaries. Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Saddique Abubakar, who made the revelation yesterday, August 18 said it is necessary to tame all the security issues threatening the peace of the nation.

19th August 2016 Nigeria’s military gains against Boko Haram uncover vast humanitarian needs: The United Nations refugee agency said today that it is increasingly alarmed at the unfolding situation in north-east Nigeria where the advancing military campaign against Boko Haram has exposed “catastrophic” levels of suffering among a population outside humanitarian reach over months or years.“While many areas are still beyond reach, in Borno and Yobe states, the picture of suffering is shocking,” Adrian Edwards, a spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), told reporters in Geneva.

19th August 2016 Military receives equipment to clear Boko Haram landmines in Northeast: A massive de-mining exercise of farmlands and other stronghold battle areas of Boko Haram  by the Nigeria Army in the north east will soon commence, just as the army has already taken delivery of  sophisticated equipment for the exercise. The Theatre Commander, ‘Operation Lafiya Dole’ , Major General Lucky Irabor disclosed this on Friday at a briefing with journalists  at the Media Centre of the Operations Headquarters in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.

19th August 2016 Nigerian air force wipe out 300 Boko Haram terrorists in Borno: Air Marshal Sadiq Abubakar, the chief of air staff, has reported about a series of successful airstrikes against Boko Haram in the last few weeks. According to Mr Abubakar, up to 300 militants were killed during airstrikes in Borno state this Friday.

20th August 2016 France Denies 2 Soldiers Were Killed in Mali:  A Mali jihadist group’s claims that it killed two French soldiers are untrue, a spokeswoman for the French Chief of Defense Staff said on Saturday.The group Ansar Dine said they killed the two soldiers in a fight near the Amechach base in the north of Mali, but the spokeswoman said this information was “false.”

20th August 2016 Army vows Boko Haram will be punished for killing Chibok girls: The Nigerian Army says the outlawed Boko Haram group will be punished for killing 40 of the Chibok girls in their custody.The Theatre Commander of the counterinsurgency war, Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Lucky Irabor, who made the vow, told a news conference that the days of the Boko Haram insurgents were numbered.

20th August 2016 Boko Haram kills 10, abducts 13 near Chibok: Boko Haram Islamists have killed 10 people and abducted 13 others in a raid on a village near the northeast Nigerian town of Chibok where the militants kidnapped over 200 schoolgirls in 2014, locals told AFP Sunday.Armed jihadists on motorcycles invaded Kubrrivu at dawn on Saturday, firing on the residents as they were sleeping and looting and burning homes before fleeing into the bush with 13 women and children seized from the village.

20th August 2016 Boko Haram set Borno village ablaze women kidnapped: The fight against Boko Haram seems not have ended as the terrorist struck in a village in Borno and killed seven persons. According to Sahara Reporters, the attack happened in the early hours of Saturday, August 20 in Kuruburu village of Damboa local government area of Borno.

21st August 2016 Nigerian Military uses desperate measures to combat Boko Haram: The Nigerian Military have been faced with a daunting task to protect its people from Boko Haram’s claws. It is a mission of great adversity because it is difficult to tell who is aligned with the extremist group and who is a victim. Boko Haram is an advocate of bloodshed killing boys who refuse to join their cause. This leads the Nigerian army to assume that any boys and young men found alive to be tied to the group.

21 August 2016: Unconfirmed report said members of Ansar al-Din intercepted a fuel supply convoy for GATIA [Malian government backed militia] near Nigerien borders. Allegedly vehicles were burned and 5 occupants executed.

21st August 2016 Dialogue won’t stop our rescue mission – Buratai: Chief of Army Staff ( COAS),  Lt. General Tukur Buratai on Saturday said that there was no going back on the rescue mission irrespective of any call by Nigerians to dialogue with the rampaging insurgents in the North East of the country.This was even as he added that over 20,000 persons abducted by the Boko Haram insurgency have been rescued by the military.

21st August 2016  Suspected Boko Haram suicide bomber kills three in Cameroon attack: At least three people have been killed and 20 wounded in a suicide blast in northern Cameroon, officials have warned. A suicide bomber on a motor bike blew himself up on a bridge near the market in Mora, in the Far North Region.

22nd August 2016 French-Chadian Coordination to Fight Boko Haram: Nouakchott-Boko Haram carried out a terrorist attack in northern Cameroon on Sunday, leaving three civilians dead and around 20 others wounded, hours after French President Francois Hollande and his Chadian counterpart Idriss Deby announced that their countries would coordinate in the fight against terror.The Elysee Palace said in a press release that the two leaders discussed in Paris on Saturday “the fight against Boko Haram and current operations by the Joint Multinational Force, which includes the neighboring states of Lake Chad.”

22nd August 2016 Malian jihadist says sorry for destroying Timbuktu: A Malian jihadist pleaded guilty Monday to attacking the fabled city of Timbuktu and begged forgiveness as the world was shown sickening videos of him tearing down centuries-old Muslim shrines with a pick-axe.At the opening of his unprecedented war crimes trial before the International Criminal Court (ICC), Ahmad al-Faqi al-Mahdi also urged other Muslims not to follow such "evil" ways.

22nd August 2016 DSS ‘arrests’ Boko Haram spiritual leader: A statement signed on Monday by Tony Opuiyo, its agent, said the secret police also disclosed that it rounded up some members of kidnapping gangs in Benue, Akwa Ibom and Calabar states.“Following threat messages against some members of the diplomatic corps in Abuja and Lagos, this service responded and subsequently apprehended one Aikhoje Moses, on 19 August 2016, at Azagha by-pass off the Benin-Asaba expressway in Edo state.

23rd August 2016 Group's leader Abubakar Shekau believed to be fatally : The leader of the Boko Haram group is believed to be fatally wounded in an airstrike carried out by the Nigerian military in the country's northeast, according to a news-media report citing senior official sources.The report said a number of fighters were targeted last week in the Sambisa Forest near Gambaru in Borno state, near the border with Cameroon.

23rd August 2016 Fulani herdsmen kill RCCG pastor, two others in Kaduna: Gunmen suspected to be Fulani herdsmen on Sunday night reportedly killed three persons among them, one Pastor Luka Ubangari of the Redeemed Christian Church of God,  Unguwan Anjo, near Godogodo in the Jema’a Local Government Area of  Kaduna State.The cleric was said to have been ambushed, shot and killed while on his motorcycle  after an evangelical visit to Golkofa, also in the area.

23rd August 2016 Borno AG calls for PDP Chairman’s arrest: The Attorney-General (AG) and Commissioner of Justice in Borno state, Kaka Shehu Lawan has called for the arrest of factional Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Chairman, Ali Modu Sheriff.According to Lawan,Sheriff, a former governor of the state, is responsible for the spread of terrorist sect, Boko Haram.

23rd August 2016 Troops repel Boko Haram attack, kill two commanders:Troops of Operation Lafia Dole have killed two senior Boko Haram commanders and several other insurgents at Darul Jamel on the fringes of Sambisa forest in Borno. Col. Sani Usman, Acting Director, Army Public Relations, said in a statement in Abuja that this was after the troops had successfully repelled an attempted attack on their location.

23rd August 2016 Terrorists attack village near Chibok, take three: Boko Haram has attacked a village near Chibok, the emblematic Nigerian town from which the militant group abducted almost 300 schoolgirls in 2014, killing at least four people.Members of the extremist organization raided Kautuva, which lies close to Chibok in Nigeria’s northeastern Borno state, on Tuesday, setting houses on fire and kidnapping three women, villagers and a vigilante group pursuing the militants told Reuters. A resident who gave his name as Ali Pagu said that some survivors managed to flee the militants to Chibok.

24th August 2016 WFP needs $52m to support 700,000 Boko Haram victims in Nigeria: The World Food Program (WFP) reports that it requires $52 million between now and the end of the year to continue providing life-saving assistance to people affected by the Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria’s north east.According to the WFP, the humanitarian situation relative to food insecurity in the region is classified as being in the ‘emergency phase.’ They further note that a food assessment it carried out also portends soaring food prices in Boko Haram hit areas.

24 August 2016: Ansar al-Din claimed to have destroyed French vehicle near Abeibera. Claim was not confirmed by independent sources or by French government.

24th August 2016 Slovak soldiers leave mission in Mali: Slovakia began participating in the mission following last year’s terrorist attacks in France. The mission of Slovakia’s soldiers in Mali will end on August 31. They will not be replaced by a new rotation as no one has requested the country to continue the mission, the SITA newswire reported.

25th August 2016 ICC to deliver judgement on Mali's Al Mahdi: - The Trail Chamber VIII of the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Wednesday said it will deliver judgment on the case involving Mali's rebel, Ahmad Al Mahdi, on 27 September, following the conclusion of the trial which began on 22 August at The Hague, Netherlands.

25th August 2016 Ezekwesili slams Buhari, Jonathan over missing Chibok girls: Convener of the Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG) group, Oby Ezekwesili has expressed great disappointment in the way President Muhammadu Buhari is handling the issue of rescuing the missing Chibok schoolgirls.

25th August 2016 Soyinka asks Buhari to change his government’s style: Nobel laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka has challenged to fast-track his government’s action on the Niger Delta militants, Channels TV reports. Soyinka asked the president to be more proactive in dealing with the problems of the oil-rich region.

25th August 2016 Angry IDPs protest, take over Kano-Maiduguri expressway:Information just coming in indicates that hundreds of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) have left the IDP camps.

They are protesting on the streets to protest. Their complaint is that they are suffering from hunger and thirst in their various camps.

25th August 2016 Herdsmen invade Enugu community, many killed:Many people have been feared dead, as suspected Fulani herdsmen allegedly attacked Enugu Atakwu community, in Nkanu West Local Government Area (LGA)

The attack reportedly took place on Thursday morning, August 25, the attackers are said to have killed a seminarian of the Catholic Church and several others.

25th August 2016  Algeria Addresses Terrorism Issue in Mali: The Algerian foreign affair minister, Ramtane Lamamra, addressed here issues of terrorism, extremism and the Mali question, with the head of the UN Mission there (Minusma), Mahamat Saleh Annadif, reported the media today.Lamamra received Annadif Saleh in audience, also special representative of the UN Secretary General for Mali.

26th August 2016 109 Boko Haram members to be executed in Cameroon: Cameroonian journalist, Bisong Etahoben, has claimed that a Cameroonian court has sentenced 109 supposed ISIS-affiliated Boko Haram members to death.Nigerians have praised the brutal measures by Cameroon by denouncing the Nigerian system that supposedly mostly release caught terrorists or make them go under unsuccessful deradicalization programs.

26th August 2016 Nigerian soldiers prepare for operation in Niger Delta: The training, which was launched last month, is aimed at training Special Forces and other units of the Nigerian military in Amphibious and Internal Security Operations in riverine environment and also check criminal activities like abducting, militancy and piracy and other forms of criminal activities in support of the civil authority.

26th August 2016 CAN President blasts US secretary of state: The US secretary of state, John Kerry has come under heavy attack by the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), over his recent visit to Nigeria. Mr John Kerry  was told off by CAN, who say that his recent visit to Nigeria was discriminatory, personal and divisive. Rev Supo Ayokunle, the President of CAN, alleged that Kerry’s actions during his visit would further the federal government’s plan to continue to persecute the teeming population of Nigerian Christians.

26th August 2016 Massive child trafficking scam uncovered in IDP camps: Government officials managing IDP camps have been accused of participating in an ongoing child trafficking scam in the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps.According to information posted to its official Twitter handle on Thursday, August 25, an organisation called Orodata Science claimed that there was evidence that government officials and leaders of groups operate an elaborate system through which they smuggle children out of IDP camps to make money.

27th August 2016 Women, children 'tainted' by Boko Haram become Nigeria outcasts: Starving and alone, five-year-old Umar was left for dead in a camp for internally displaced people in northeast Nigeria.The reason? He is the son of a Boko Haram fighter.It took a Boko Haram widow to rescue Umar. Fatima Salisu had been held captive by the insurgents for 16 months and was forced to marry an Islamist fighter before she escaped to the camp outside the northeastern city of Maiduguri.

27th August 2016 Govt Re-Opens Eight Satellite Prisons in North East: The Federal Government has announced the re-opening of eight satellite prisons in Bauchi State for the North East. The prisons were earlier shut, due to the wave of Boko Haram insurgency in the zone.Controller-General of the Nigeria Prisons Service (NPS), Ja'afaru Ahmed, announced this in a statement signed by the spokesman, Francis Enobore, in Abuja.

27th August 2016 Canada to become a top Western contributor in peacekeeping missions: A new plan to deploy up to 600 peacekeepers in United Nations missions will allow Canada to leap into the front ranks of Western contributors to peacekeeping missions, even though it hasn’t yet figured out where to send the troops. A year after a campaign promise to revive Canada’s long-neglected peacekeeping tradition, the federal Liberal government is beginning to invest money and soldiers in its pledge.

27th August 2016  Boko Haram landmine kills four Chadian soldiers: A landmine planted by Islamist group Boko Haram killed four Chadian soldiers on patrol near Chad's border with Niger on Saturday, two security sources said.They were traveling in a vehicle that rode over the mine atcc, in the Lake Chad region, which has been plagued by the militants since 2009.The Nigerian-based Boko Haram wants to create a breakaway Islamic state in the region and once occupied an area the size of Belgium.

27th August 2016 Ex-US diplomat warns against Boko Haram attack in Lagos: John Campbell has warned that a splinter group within the Boko Haram sect may lead to severe attack in Kano and Lagos. The former United States ambassador to Nigeria noted that although the terrorists seem to have two factions with one led by the long-time leader, Abubakar Shekau and the other recognised by ISIS, Abu Musab, al-Barnawi, they may likely regroup and attack further than the north east.

27th August 2016 Five killed, seven injured in Mali community clashes: Five civilians were killed and seven injured in clashes in central Mali between farmers and minority ethnic Fulani cattle herders, regional officials said on Sunday.Mali's government said in a statement that it had deployed security forces to the region to prevent further clashes without blaming any groups for the violence, which took place on Saturday.

28th August 2016 Nigeria Would Let Boko Haram Pick NGO Intermediary In Talks To Free Chibok Girls: Nigeria would let Boko Haram choose a non-profit organization as an intermediary in any talks on the release of about 200 schoolgirls kidnapped from the northeastern village of Chibok in 2014, President Muhammadu Buhari said on Sunday.Buhari first said last year that his government was ready to negotiate with Islamist militants Boko Haram over the girls, but the group has not commented on the proposal.

28th August 2016 Sardauna Foundation donates N20 million to Boko Haram victims: Some officials of the Sardauna Foundation on Friday visited the Borno State capital, Maiduguri, where they condoled the family of late elder statesman, Shettima Ali Monguno, who died last month.Led by the chairman of its board of trustees and former governor of Niger State, Babangida Aliyu, the foundation, named after the late Sardauna of Sokoto, Ahmadu Bello, also paid a courtesy call on the Borno State government.It donated N20 million to the government to assist people displaced by the Boko Haram insurgency that has ravaged Borno and other north-eastern states.

28th  August 2016 Nigerian billionaire, Dangote, visits Maiduguri, meets ex-wives of Boko Haram fighters: Businessman Aliko Dangote spent Sunday in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, visiting several Internally Displaced Persons’ camp in the city.Mr Dangote, who was accompanied by legendary British singer of the U2 fame, Sir Paul David Hewson, popularly known as Bono, also visited a rehabilitation centre where former wives of Boko Haram insurgents are being deradicalized.

29th August 2016 Beware of fleeing Boko Haram members’ attacks, OPSH warns residents: Residents of Plateau State have been warned to be on the alert and report any suspicious persons to relevant authorities to avoid any breach of the fragile peace as fleeing Boko Haram members from the North East are seeking refuge in the state.The Commander of Operation Safe Haven, OPSH, Major-General Rogers Nicholas, gave the charge, weekend, in Jos while speaking with journalists during his maiden media briefing on current security developments in the state.

29th August 2016 Cameroon closes its largest cattle market to deter Boko Haram thefts, attacks: Cameroon shut down the biggest cattle market in the Far North region because suspected Boko Haram militants have been seen trading stolen livestock to finance weapons and food.The closing of Meme in Mayo-Sava, where a double bombing in February killed 24 people, came as authorities believe the Islamist group is poised to resume attacks in the region, Governor Midjiyawa Bakari said by phone on Monday. Four people were killed and two seriously injured on Aug. 21 after a suspected militant detonated explosives outside the main market in the town of Mora.

29th August 2016 Gunmen kill CJTF commander Buhari in Kaduna state: Buhari Ahmadu Tanko the Commander of Civilian Joint Task Force (JTF) in charge of Kakuri  community, Kaduna South Local Government Area of Kaduna state, has been murdered. The Nation reports that Tanko was reportedly killed by some yet to be identified assailants. The Kaduna state police command spokesperson, ASP Aliyu Usman confirmed the incident.

29th August 2016 Nigerian militants would be treated like boko haram-buhari: president moh’d Buhari has vowed to treat ND militants as terrorists and deal with them in similar manner if they refuse to negotiate with the federal government.

29th August 2016 Military establishes school for Boko Haram victims: Thousands of internally-displaced people (IDPs) in Barma Local Government Area of Borno State have received a boost after troops of 21 Brigade, 7 Division Nigerian Army, established a temporary school.The school comprised six military tents in which soldiers not on essential duty served as teachers.

29th August 2016 Nigerian army bombs new camp of Boko Haram: The Nigerian Air Force launched air strikes on new Boko Haram camp located between Malam Fatori and Kangarwa in Northern Borno during the night operation on August 29. The attack followed an intelligence report that survivors of a similar NAF Mi-17 helicopter attack on August 20 had converged at the new location, which is about 4-6km away.

29th August 2016 Army raids militant camps: The troops with help of Nigerian Navy helicopters, their speed and gunboats, raided suspected oil bunkerer and militant camps at Afiagbene, Burutu local government area of Delta state on Monday, August 29.

29 August 2016: MINUSMA supply truck struck an IED at Tabrichat, village located 8km south of Tabankort, Gao region. 3 civilians killed according to local source.

29 – 31 August 2016: Two Malian Army vehicles set on fire August 31st by unknown armed members between Mondoro and Boni, at village M’Beebi, Mopti region. Reportedly, Malian Army convoy was traveling between the two villages before the two vehicles got stuck in sand. The convoy continued and left 25 soldiers to guard the vehicles who were attacked by unknown group. 3 soldiers injured and fled with others to Boni while 5 soldiers remain missing

30th August 2016 Militants attack NPDC facility, threaten to blow up more: The Niger Delta Greenland Justice Mandate (NDGJM) has blown up a iNgerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC) crude-oil facility in Ughelli North Local Government Area of Delta State.The militant group also threatened to carry out more attacks on pipelines along Port=Harcourt and Warri.

30th August 2016 20 dead as military attacks cattle rustlers: At least 20 cattle rustlers have been killed by men of the Nigerian Army in Zamfara state during a military operation. The commanding officer, 223 Light Tank Battalion, Lt-Col Aliyu Adamu who disclosed that the rustlers’ den was also destroyed in Dansadau forest.

30st August 2016 Herdsman arrested with AK 47 rifle, live ammunition in Enugu: A herdsman has been arrested with an AK-47 assault rifle and 24 rounds of live ammunition in Enugu. The Police Public Relations Officer, Enugu State Police Command, Mr. Ebere Amaraizu, who announced the arrest on Tuesday, identified the herdsman as Ibrahim Adamumale.Adamumale, said to be about 20 years old, is from Nasarawa State.

30th August 2016 Army begins offensive against herdsmen: The Defence Headquarters is planning to set up a special task force to deal with the cases of the Fulani herdsmen attacks across the country.The acting director, defence information, Brig.-Gen. Rabe Abubakar, told the Punch on Tuesday, August 30, that the task force, which is expected to address the attacks by herdsmen, is code named ‘Operation Accord’.

30th August 2016  2,000 Borno IDPs return to Banki border town: The Borno State Government on Tuesdayreturned about 2,000 Internally Displaced Persons from Bama to their respective communities in the border town of Banki, after the military had successfully reclaimed the area from the Boko Haram terrorists.

30th August 2016 Chinese peacekeeping medical detachment to Mali saves landmine attack victim: Chinese peacekeeping medical detachment to Mali received a seriously wounded person who suffered from a landmine attack at 6:40 a.m. on August 29, local time. After a seven-hour intensive treatment, the injured person’s condition was finally under control.

31st August 2016 Boko Haram ready for peace - Hajiya Aisha Wakil: Terror group, Boko Haram who have killed thousands in North-East region of Nigeria and kidnapped 219 school girls are believed to be ready to dialogue with the Federal Government. This is according to Hajiya Aisha Wakil, who is believed to be close to the Boko Haram leadership who spoke with The Nation newspaper.

31st August 2016 Troops raids ex-militant's residence, arrest 5 suspects: The Nigerian army said its troops of 222 battalion, 4 brigade Nigerian army involved in the field training exercise of operation crocodile smile has carried out raids and patrols in some communities in Delta state and arrested five militants. In a statement signed by Sani Usman, the acting director army public relations, it read that the troops carried out patrols through Edje-Ewu-Opere waterside and Araya communities in Ughelli South and Isoko South local government areas of Delta state.

31st August 2016 Nigerian army commander says only weeks left for Boko Haram: Nigeria's army expects to seize Boko Haram's last few strongholds in the northeast over the next few weeks, the commander in charge of crushing the jihadist group's seven-year insurgency said on Wednesday.The army missed a December deadline set by President Muhammadu Buhari to wipe out the group, which wants to set up an Islamic caliphate in the area around Lake Chad, but has retaken most of its territory - at one point the size of Belgium.

31st August 2016 Red Cross gets over 2,000 requests on missing persons: Head of delegation of the Red Cross in Nigeria, Karl Mattli said the organization located some 315 individuals and reunited 193 of them, including Ibrahim Aminu was reunited with his grandmother Falmata Ahmaduram years after their family was torn apart by Boko Haram insurgent attacks in the North East.It has also opened 726 new tracing files for people looking for missing relatives, Mattli said in Abuja at a ceremony to mark the International Day of Missing Persons.

01 September 2016 Nigeria targets officials accused of stealing food from Boko Haram victims: Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered police to arrest and make an example of government officials accused of stealing food aid intended for victims of Boko Haram in northeast Nigeria, the president's spokesman said on Thursday.The Nigerian Senate last week launched an investigation into allegations of food aid being stolen and sold by state officials in Borno state, where aid agencies have warned of starvation, malnutrition and dwindling food supplies for the displaced.

01 September 2016 Shekau Is Dead, Army Insists: Major General Lucky Irabor, Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, Nigeria's military operation set up to battle Boko Haram, on Thursday insisted that Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau is dead.He insisted that the individual originally identified as Shekau has indeed been killed.

01 September 2016 boko haram ready for peace “set to return chibok girls”: boko haram are reportedly ready for talks with the nigerian government. A development that could lead to the release of the chibok girls. The nation reported that hajiya aisha wakil who is believed to be close to the militants says that the militants are ready for dialogue.

01 September 2016 Armed Fulani herdsmen are Boko Haram militants in disguise – Rotary President, Shatu Garba: Some residents from the Northeast geo-political zones on Thursday in Ibadan, called for caution among Nigerians over the invasion of armed herdsmen into the Southern part of the country.The residents spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) at a workshop on “Conflict Prevention, tolerance, peaceful coexistence and Alternative Dispute Resolutions for traditional rulers and CSOs in Southwest”.

01 September 2016 Anxiety as troops deploy weapons to Niger Delta: The Nigerian army has commenced a massive deployment of weapons against armed militants in Nigeria’s oil rich Niger Delta region, The Guardian reports. A long convoy of about 32 articulated vehicles was spotted on the Port Harcourt-Warri dual carriage. The convoy includes long-range tanks, armoured personnel vehicles and an assortment of arms.

02 September 2016 Jihadists reportedly capture town in central Mali: Suspected jihadist forces have reportedly captured the central Malian town of Boni after attacking and setting fire to administrative buildings in town. Jihadists briefly held the town before retreating and the Malian military is now said to be back in control of Boni.

02 September 2016 Nigerian army confirms death of Boko Haram's leader Abubakar Shekau:  Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau is dead, a Nigerian army commander confirmed Friday.Shekau was reported injured and "fatally wounded" in an Aug. 23 airstrike which killed several other Boko Haram leaders.

02 September 2016 Cameroonians Escaping Boko Haram Find No Peace When Returning Home: Hundreds of Cameroonians living in northern Nigeria, near territory controlled by the Boko Haram terrorist group, are escaping atrocities and returning to their villages of birth with the hope of finding peace. Rights groups, however, say the returnees are rejected by their communities and face several forms of violence.

03 September 2016 Mali president fires defence minister after gunmen seize village: Mali's President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita has fired Defence Minister Tieman Hubert Coulibaly after suspected Islamist militants briefly seized the village of Boni in the centre of the country on Friday, state television said late on Saturday.Coulibaly is being replaced by Abdoulaye Idrissa Maiga, a former minister for territorial administration, who was also the president's campaign director at the 2013 election.

03 September 2016 an army battalion of 625 formed for peacekeeping in mali: an invitation has been extended to sri lanka’s army troops to engage in a peacekeeping mission in mali.

03 September 2016 Five dead in first east Niger Boko Haram attack in three months: The militant group has reportedly carried out an attack in eastern Niger. It's the first such attack since a June offensive by the group that sent tens of thousands fleeing from the region.Five villagers were killed and two others wounded in an attack by suspected militants from the Islamist group Boko Haram in eastern Niger, officials said Saturday.

03 September 2016 Islamic State’s Sahara branch claims first attack in Burkina Faso: Islamic State forces loyal to Adnan Abu Walid al Sahrawi, the emir of the Islamic State’s Sahara branch, claimed an attack in Burkina Faso yesterday according to Mauritanian news agency Al Akhbar. The claim, which has not yet been confirmed in a statement from the Islamic State, marks the first time this fledgling branch has claimed an attack in its one year of existence.

04 September 2016 Some Officers Selling Arms to Boko Haram:  Nigeria's military says some officers are selling arms and ammunition to Boko Haram, indicating the corruption bedeviling the country's fight against the Islamic extremists continues despite government efforts to halt graft.

 04 September 2016 DSS smashes kidnap gangs, nabs Boko Haram IED specialist: The Department of State Services (DSS) yesterday said it had smashed several kidnap gangs and terrorist elements in recent operations across the country.A statement  from an official of DSS, Tony Opuiyo, said  on  August 22, one Samuel Asuquo, a kidnap kingpin, was arrested at Nasarawa Bakoko village in Cross River State.

05 September 2016  Trial of 4 officers, 16 soldiers begins Monday: The trial of four officers of the Nigerian Army, and 16 soldiers, over alleged offences related to the ongoing counter-terrorism operation (Operation Lafiya Dole) in the North East, begins on Monday.It was gathered that the offences, upon which the accused personnel will be tried, were allegedly committed in the theatre of operation.

05 September 2016 Nigerian forces detain reporter over Boko Haram link: Nigerian news reports say security forces have detained a journalist over alleged links to Boko Haram and purported knowledge of the kidnapped Chibok schoolgirls.Sahara Reporters, an online news site, quoted a passenger as saying that security forces Monday detained Ahmad Salkida on an airplane that landed in Abuja, the capital, from Dubai, where he lives.

05 September 2016 Group's Approach FG With Offer To Facilitate Boko Haram Swap Deal – Presidency: President Muhammadu Buhari’s recent comment that his government is willing to swap detained Boko Haram commanders with over 200 abducted Chibok schoolgirls, has aroused interest in a number of individuals and groups who have approached the Federal Government with offers to facilitate the deal, his spokesman has said.

05 September 2016 Borno residents displaced two years ago by Boko Haram return to liberated Konduga: The internally displaced persons, IDPs, from Konduga Local Government Area of Borno State on Monday commenced their journey back to liberated communities, two years after they were forced to flee by Boko Haram insurgents.

05 September 2016 WHO confirms 3rd polio case in Nigeria: Boko Haram prevents mass vaccination campaign.

05 September 2016  Tebu armed movement in Niger released threatening video: Video started circulating on the messenger application Whatsapp of Tebu armed movement. The group was supposedly created in 2008 but never really conducted any violent attacks against Nigerien authorities. In the video, a representative of the group confirmed the group was indeed established back in 2008 and its members are disappointed at the Nigerien government for not addressing their claims.

06 September 2016 Fulani herdsmen invade Abuja national stadium for grazing: A report by New Telegraph states that Fulani herdsmen have invaded the national stadium in Abuja to feed their cattle.According to the report, sometimes the herdsmen overwhelm the stadium security officials who try to stop them from their activities, especially at the Package B section of the stadium.

06 September 2016 Split in key separatist group likely to polarise Mali's Tuareg rebels, increasing war and terrorism risks: Two leaders of the Tuareg separatist Mouvement National pour la libération de l'Azawad (MNLA) in northern Mali split off from the organisation on 2 September and created a new armed group known as the Mouvement pour le salut de l'Azawad (MSA).

06 September 2016 Mali to Deploy Additional Troops to Center After Militant Raid: Mali will deploy more soldiers to the center of the country following an attack in which militants briefly occupied a town, a breach of security President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita deemed so severe he fired his defense minister.

06 September 2016 Refugees from Boko Haram return home, excited but fearful:  Excited but fearful, refugees from Boko Haram piled into yellow school buses with their bundles of belongings, returning after two years to homes that have been torched, wells destroyed, livestock looted and fields that still may not be safe from the Islamic insurgents.

06 September 2016 Troops arrest Boko Haram militant on 'wanted list': The Nigerian Army has said troops on Tuesday 6th September 2016, arrested a Boko Haram suspect Muhammed Bulama in Yobe State, he is number 105 on the wanted list.A statement on Wednesday from Army spokesman, ‎Colonel Sani Usman, said Bulama was arrested with two other suspected Boko Haram militants; Ardo Abba Muhammed and Muhammadu Kaigama, in Azare community, Gujba Local Government Area of Yobe State.

07 September 2016 Military denies arresting journalist linked with Boko Haram: The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) has denied arresting Ahmed Salkida, a journalist declared wanted by the military over alleged connections to Boko Haram militants, reports Daily Trust. Brigadier General Rabe Abubakar,  Defence spokesman said the military has no knowledge of his arrest.

07 September 2016 Boko Haram Fighters Surrender to Nigerian Army as Factions Clash: About 18 members of the Boko Haram Islamist militant group and their families surrendered to Nigerian soldiers after clashes in the northern state of Borno between factions loyal to the group’s founder, Abubakar Shekau, and the new head Abu Musab Albarnawi.

07 September 2016  Troops Arrest Niger Delta Militants, Boko Haram Leaders:The Nigerian Army yesterday said troops of the 4 Brigade in Abia State have arrested one Gabriel Ogbudje (an ex-militant leader) and the alleged leader of the "Otugas Fire Force", a militant group threatening to attack the Utorogu Gas Plant.

07 September 2016 “Enough is enough” Police IG warns BBOG protesters: The Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has said the activities of the #BringBackOurGirls (BBOG) group are becoming a threat to public peace and order.

Speaking on Wednesday, September 7, during a visit by the national president of the National Council of Women Societies (NCWS), Gloria Shoda and other members of the council executive to his office in Abuja, Idris said the police will not just sit and watch the BBOG group trample on other peoples’ rights through over-dramatization of emotions.

07 September 2016 NGO in final bid to secure SA al-Qaeda captives freedom:  Gift of the Givers is to make one last attempt to try to secure the release of South African, Stephen McGowan, and Swede, Johan Gustafsson, who were kidnapped from a restaurant in Timbuktu in 2011 by al-Qaeda.A Dutch national was also taken hostage, but later freed. A German tourist was killed.Gift of the Givers founder, Dr Imtiaz Sooliman, said towards the end of July this year, the humanitarian organisation’s negotiator had met the intermediaries of the captors in Mali, in the Islamic Maghreb.

08 September 2016 70 trucks of grains for Adamawa Boko Haram victims lost in transit: THE 70 trucks of grains sent to Adamawa State as part of the Presidential initiatives for victims of Boko Haram insurgency have been reported missing in transit, Vanguard investigation has revealed.  The revelations came against the backdrop that the few bags of grains that were distributed in the state some months back did not get to the targeted persons, but given out to party loyalists and their cronies.

08 September 2016 Army set to deploy 10,000 soldiers in Niger Delta: The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, has revealed that 10,000 troops will be deployed in Niger Delta by 2017, The Punch reports. According to him, the government has so far deployed 3,000 military personnel as part of its operation, codenamed, ‘Operation Crocodile Smile’ in the region.

08 September 2016 Nigerian army records big success against Niger Delta militants: Colonel Sani Usman, army’s spokesman, has announced that the troops of 2 Brigade, have recorded a success in a training exercise code named “Operation Crocodile Smile”. The soldiers have during the last 48 hours discovered and destroyed 74 illegal refineries in Niger Delta region.

08 September 2016 Canada to take leadership role in UN peacekeeping operations and host upcoming summit: Canada will host a summit on peacekeeping next year as it continues its strategy to play more of a role in United Nations operations.But Conservative MPs are criticizing the Liberal government for continuing to keep Canadians in the dark on where Canadian troops and police will be headed to on such missions, and when.

08 September 2016 Attacks in Kasserine province by Okba Ibn Nafaa indicate group's attempt to revive insurgency in central Tunisia:  a Twitter account associated with Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) released a statement claiming that the Okba Ibn Nafaa Brigade, AQIM's branch in Tunisia, was responsible for an ambush on Tunisian soldiers that took place in Kasserine province on 29 August.According to Tunisian media, a roadside improvised explosive device (IED) targeted a Tunisian Army's armoured vehicle on patrol in the Mount Sammana area of Kasserine, bordering Algeria.

09 September 2016 Three Malian troops killed in ambush: Three Malian troops were killed Friday after jihadist fighters ambushed them in the centre of the country, military sources said.The three were part of a unit escorting a convoy from Gao in the north to the central town of Douentza, a military source told AFP from Gao.The ambush occurred not far from the town of Boni, which jihadists briefly seized control of last week before troops retook it with backup from UN peacekeepers.

09 September 2016 156 schools remained closed following threats from Boko Haram: Reports have revealed that about 156 schools remained closed across the country of Cameroon following threats received from terrorist group, Boko Haram.The disclosure was made via a tweet shared by Cameroonian investigative journalist, Bisong Etahoben.

09 September 2016 Army kills 7 kidnappers in Bauchi, nab Boko Haram terrorist: The troops of the 33 brigade were said to have killed the kidnappers during a patrol of some villages in the state on Friday, September 9.Vanguard quotes a statement from army public relations officer, Col. Sani Usman as saying that the troops were tipped off about the location and activities of the kidnappers at Lame Burra forest near Dutsen Ganye, Gunduru and Kati Layin villages in the state.

10 September 2016 Gunmen kill 3 soldiers, injure 2 in central Mali 'ambush':  Mali's defense ministry says three soldiers were killed and two seriously injured in an attack by unidentified gunmen near the central town of Boni.A ministry statement said the "ambush" occurred Friday morning on the road linking Douentza and Gao in the central Mopti region.Northern Mali fell under the control of Islamic extremists in 2012, prompting a French-led intervention that drove them from cities and towns.

10 September 2016 3,000 women, girls missing in northeast: About 3,000 women and girls have been confirmed missing in Nigeria’s north eastern state, a report has stated. According to the Non-violent Peace Initiative (NPI), the non-governmental organisation that came up with the finding, Boko Haram insurgency has been responsible for the displacement of the females since they started terrorising the country.

10 September 2016  Nigerians Return Home to Perilous Northeast: Families will return to find their homes and farmland destroyed, with basic services wiped out, a U.N. spokesman said.Hundreds of Nigerians who fled Boko Haram in northeast Borno State have returned to devastated towns and villages in recent days after the army seized back the militant group's last remaining strongholds, said the United Nations.

11 September 2016 12 Boko Haram camps cleared by MNJTF, two soldiers killed by IED: No fewer than 12 Boko Haram Terrorists camps have been by troops of the Multinational Joint Task Force.So also were four Boko Haram terrorists seeking to attack camps of Internally Displaced Persons arrested by the troops.However, two soldiers lost their lives in the process of operations, under Operation GAMA AIKI.A statement by the Chief Military Public Information Officer of the MNJTF, Colonel Muhammad Dole, said: “The effects of difficult terrains and unpredictable weather conditions continue to pose serious challenges to the conduct of Operation GAMA AIKI.

11 September 2016 Borno State Begins Reconstruction Of Houses Destroyed By Boko Haram: The Borno State has commenced the reconstruction of 500 houses destroyed by the Boko Haram insurgents.The Caretaker Chairman of Gubio Local Government Area, LGA, of Borno State, Mr. Zanna Modu, said the degrading of the activities of Boko Haram insurgents is hastening the reconstruction of residential houses and public structures destroyed by insurgents in the communities in the local government area.

11 September 2016 Boko Haram blamed after road attack in NE Nigeria:  Boko Haram was on Sunday blamed for an attack on motorists in northeast Nigeria which left one person dead and underlined the Islamist group's continuing security threat to civilians.Gunmen on Saturday opened fire on a convoy of vehicles travelling to the Borno state capital, Maiduguri, from the garrison town of Monguno, 140 kilometres (about 85 miles) to the northeast."They shot dead a driver and injured two women and a child travelling with him," said bus driver Kabir Hassan, who arrived at the scene shortly after the attack.

11 September 2016 Gunmen kill woman, 5-year-old boy in Niger refugee camp: A spokesman for the U.N. refugee agency says that a woman and a 5-year-old boy were killed when unidentified gunmen attacked a security post near a refugee camp in Niger.Benoit Moreno says the victims of Saturday night's attack were refugees at the Tabarey-barey camp, which houses around 10,000 refugees from Mali.

12 September 2016 Boko Haram attack Muslims celebrating Eid el-Kabir: affiliated Boko Haram attacked a convoy of vehicles travelling to Maiduguri from Monguno in northeastern Nigeria to celebrate Eid el-Kabir.A witness at the scene confirmed the attack.“They shot dead a driver and injured two women and a child travelling with him,” he said.

12 September 2016 Army discovers new Boko Haram tactic, kills suicide bomber: The Nigeria army has discovered a new tactic Boko Haram insurgents are using to get into populated areas and cause havoc even as it recorded major victories in the past week. According to acting director army public relations, Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman, the insurgents now disguise as mad people to enter into gatherings.

12 September 2016 Infighting Among Boko Haram Factions Leaves Several Fighters Dead: Infighting between Abubakar Shekau, ex-leader of Boko Haram, and ISIS-linked Abu Musab al-Barnawi militants continued on Sunday and led to a series of fellow militants killings in Borno State.10 people, described by locals as “associate Boko Haram members” were reported to have been killed near the Nigeria-Niger border, by insurgents for allegedly shifting their loyalty from Shekau to al-Barnawi.

12 September 2016 Troops Foil Suicide Bomb Attack in Borno | Army Says Boko Haram Terrorists Now Disguise as Lunatics: The Nigerian Army said its troops have foiled a suicide bomb attack at a checkpoint in Dikwa Local Government Area of Borno.This is contained in a statement issued by Army spokesman, Colonel Sani Usman in Abuja on Monday.Usman said the female suicide bomber was killed while two soldiers and a civilian were injured in the incident.

12 September 2016 In Northern Mali, Youth Feel Left Out of Progress: The West African nation of Mali has undergone an extraordinary transformation since 2012. Events have included a military coup, a foreign military operation to battle Islamist insurgents in the north and a presidential election; but, many young people in Mali who have lived through the turmoil are now asking, “What about us?”

13 September 2016 Nigerians facing desperate hunger accuse officials of stealing food: People fleeing Boko Haram protest over ‘starvation’ in camps amid claims of officials diverting rations, as UN warns the country is on the brink of famine. Nigerian officials have been accused of stealing food from desperate people who are living in camps after fleeing the terrorist group Boko Haram.Camp residents, who fled their homes and have been living under flimsy shelters for years, have resorted to angry protests against “starvation”.

13 September 2016 Buhari happy with Air Force personnel fighting Boko Haram, says CAS: The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, has told Air Force personnel involved in  the fight against Boko Haram insurgents in the Northeast that President Muhammadu Buhari is very happy and appreciates their efforts. Abubakar made the statement on Tuesday during an Eid El Kabir celebration lunch with Air Force troops at Yola Air Force Base. The CAS was represented by Chief of Policy and Plans, NAF headquarters, AVM James Abubakar.

13 September 2016 Another Boko Haram suspect arrested during Sallah:  An additional Boko Haram suspect was apprehended by the Civilian Joint Task Force (CFTF) in the Bama local area of Borno State after being accused of murder and stealing vehicles, Naij reports.The CJTF arrested two more Boko Haram members in Maiduguri who confessed to killing 35 people during the capture of Bama in 2014.News24 reported that on Monday the Nigerian Army announced the killing of a female suicide bomber on Sunday in the Dakwa area of Borno State.

13 September 2016 Boko Haram terrorists killed in clearance operation: In a bid to rid Boko Haram elements from the country, soldiers engaged some terrorists who have been terrorising some parts of Yobe State. In a statement by Colonel Kukasheka Usman who is the spokesperson of the army, he revealed that troops on Operation Lafiya Dole carried out a clearance operation on Wednesday, September 14.

13 September 2016 7 Niger soldiers killed by Boko Haram: Seven Niger soldiers were killed and eight others wounded in two separate attacks by Boko Haram Islamists over the past week, the army has said.The two attacks took place in the southeastern Diffa region near the border with Nigeria, according to a military statement released late on Tuesday.Five of them were killed in an ambush on Monday morning carried out by "members of the Boko Haram terrorist group" which also left six others wounded.

14 September 2016 Boko Haram Releases New Video, Threatens To Capture Of President Buhari: In a new video released by the deadly Boko Haram sect, the Islamic terrorist group has said they were plotting to capture President Muhammadu Buhari.

The footage, narrated in Hausa, is said to have been shot somewhere in Borno State, northeast Nigeria where the sect has its based. It showed suspected terrorists praying on what the narrator said is an Eid ground on Sallah day on Monday.

14 September 2016 Troops kill 15 bandits, 4 Boko Haram terrorists in fierce attacks: Fifteen bandits and 4 Boko Haram members have been killed by troops within the Northeastern region of Nigeria.Troops of the 223 Light Tank Battalion , Gusau, Zamfara, killed 15 bandits in two separate operations in the state, the Commanding Officer of the battalion, Lt Col Abdullahi Adamu, said.

15 September 2016 Boko Haram Capabilities 'Virtually Eliminated'-COAS: The Nigerian military has made tremendous progress against the Boko Haram terrorist group, the country’s chief of army staff told VOA Daybreak Africa.Visiting our Washington studio, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai praised the collaboration with troops from neighboring Cameroon, Chad and Niger.

15 September 2016 New Islamic State Leader Creates Conflict Within Nigerian Terrorist Group:  a terrorist group that operates primarily out of Syria but has several affiliated operations throughout the Middle East and Africa — named a new leader for Boko Haram, replacing Abubakar Shekau, who was at the helm when the group pledged allegiance to the foreign group last year. The coronation quickly created a rift in the Nigerian terror group, leading to bloody clashes between supporters of both leaders that have killed at least a handful of militants.

`15 September 2016 Buhari accused of releasing Boko Haram terrorist:  The Indigenous People of Biafra, (IPOB) has alleged that President Muhammadu Buhari released a convicted Boko Haram terrorist, Kabiru Umar aka Kabiru Sokoto.The group, which is agitating for the Biafra Republic, said the president is playing double standard as he has refused to release the Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) was abducted in Lagos by agents of Department of State Services (DSS) on October 14, 2015 and was subjected to physical and mental torture to the point of near-death.

15 September 2016 Ceasefire and let peace prevail, UN, Peace Institute tell Boko Haram, Avengers: The UN and the Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR) on Thursday in Abuja, urged aggrieved persons and groups in the country to ceasefire and allow peace to reign. Speaking at a news conference on the commemoration of the forthcoming 2016 International Day of Peace, Director-General of IPCR, Prof. Oshita Oshita, said IPCR had embarked on several peace-building interventions.

16 September 2016 Nigeria Describes 3 Failed Negotiations With Boko Haram on Kidnapped Girls:  Two and a half years after more than 200 girls were kidnapped from a school in northeastern Nigeria, the government on Friday described for the first time the failed efforts to negotiate for their release.Nigerian officials revealed that talks had been underway since July 2015 between the government and Boko Haram terrorists to gain the release of the girls taken from a school in Chibok.

16 September 2016 Nigerian Army Frees 566 People Held by Islamist Group Boko Haram: The Nigerian army released 566 persons, including 355 babies, held by islamist militant group Boko Haram in several camps across northeastern Borno state.They were handed over on Friday to the state’s governor Kashim Shettima at a rehabilitation center run in partnership with the UN’s children agency, Unicef, where they will receive medical care, reporters attending the ceremony were told.

16 September 2016 38 Boko Haram fighters killed in south Niger: Thirty-eight Boko Haram Islamist fighters have been killed during military search operations carried out by Niger and Chad troops in the Diffa region of southeast Niger this week, an official said Friday.Two soldiers were lightly wounded in the action and “on the enemy side; 38 terrorists killed,” Niger defence ministry spokesman Moustapha Ledru said on state television.

16 September 2016 Konduga, Boko Haram spokesman, rearrested in Ndume’s house: The embattled self -confessed spokesman of the Boko Haram Islamic sect, Ali Sanda Umar Konduga (a.ka Al-Zawahiri) who was sentenced to three years imprisonment without option of fine and released last week, was rearrested at the Maiduguri residence of Senator Mohammed Ali Ndume by some good Samaritans and Policemen attached to Government Reservation Area (GRA) Police Station.

16 September 2016 #BringBackOurGirls Takes Protest To New York Ahead Of Buhari’s Trip To UN: protesters affiliated with the #BringBackOurGirls movement demonstrated in front of the Nigerian Consulate-General in New York on Wednesday afternoon to deliver a petition addressed to President Muhammadu Buhari demanding that his government shore up efforts to rescue the abducted Chibok girls and all others held captive by Boko Haram.

17 September 2016 See how air force bombarded high level Boko Haram meeting with fighter jets: The military has taken effort to rid the country off the operation of terrorists and its latest offensive targeted Boko Haram fighters who were having a meeting.In a statement and video released by the air force, it was revealed that the offensive badly damaged the terrorists as those that managed to escape scrambled away in fear.

17 September 2016 Niger-Chad troops kill 38 Boko Haram terrorists: Niger's Defense Ministry Spokesperson Moustapha Ledru announced the news on the country’s national television on Friday, adding that the counter-terror operations were launched on September 12 in the vicinity of the villages of Gueskerou and Toumour in Niger’s southeastern region of Diffa, near Lake Chad and the Nigerian border.

18 September 2016 Troops rescue 43 Boko Haram captives, recover 500 cows: Troops of the Nigerian Army have rescued 43 captives from the Boko Haram insurgents in the North East.The Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Col. Sani Usman, who said this in a statement on Sunday, added that the troops rescued 500 cows from fleeing Boko Haram members in Mafa.He said that the military decided to carry out the operation on Sunday after eight suspected Boko Haram insurgents abducted some herdsmen at gun-point at Dalakalari General area of Mafa Local Government Area of the state.

18 September 2016 Japan, UNDP support 1,400 peasant farmers in North East: The Japanese Government and the UN Development Programme have begun distribution of agricultural imputs to 1,400 vulnerable farmers affected by the Boko Haram insurgency in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States.Sadeeq Shehu, a UNDP Programme Analyst, made this known in Yola on Sunday while distributing agricultural inputs to 350 farmers affected by insurgency in Adamawa State.

18 September 2016 Mali unveils restored mosque nearly destroyed by jihadists: The doors of a revered 15th-century mosque hacked apart by jihadists in Mali's ancient city of Timbuktu four years ago were unveiled on Monday restored to their former glory.The "secret door" of the Sidi Yahia mosque in the fabled caravan city fell victim to a spree of destruction in 2012 by Al-Qaeda-linked Ansar Dine, one of several radical Islamist groups which seized key northern cities that year.

19 September 2016 Boko Haram insurgents launch attacks in northeast Nigeria:  Boko Haram insurgents launched three attacks within hours in northeast Nigeria, beheading a village chief and his son, ambushing a convoy under military escort, and gunning down eight Christians returning from a Sunday church service, witnesses and the army spokesman said Monday.On Monday, the Musllim extremist insurgents shot and killed six civilians and wounded three soldiers traveling in a convoy, army spokesman Col. Sani Kukasheka Usman said. It happened on the highway about 45 kilometers (28 miles) south of Maiduguri, the biggest city in the northeast and birthplace of Boko Haram.

19 September 2016 Boko Haram kills eight Christians in Nigeria: Reports suggest the terrorists came on motorbikes and gunned down people who were walking home from a church in Kwamjilari village.A number of survivors fled to the nearby town of Chibok in the northeast of the country.

20 September 2016 Troops Engage Boko Haram Terrorists In Fierce Battle: The Nigerian Army says troops have engaged Boko Haram terrorists in a fierce battle at Mallam Fatori yesterday.Acting Director Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman disclosed this in a press release on Tuesday in Abuja.According to him, as part of Operation  GAMA AIKI, troops of Operation LAFIYA DOLE and Multinational Joint Task Force captured Mallam Fatori in northernmost part of Borno State after a fierce battle closely covered by air operations.

20 September 2016 Another Enugu community comes under herdsmen attack: Two villagers have been reportedly kidnapped while another is feared dead following an attack by suspected Fulani herdsmen on another Enugu community. The Sun reports that the attack which occurred in Aku community in the Igbo-Etiti local government area of Enugu state led to farmers being attacked by herdsmen in their farms.

20 September 2016 Obama, Buhari at U.N. discuss fight against Boko Haram: U.S. President Barack Obama said on Tuesday that he and Nigerian President Mohammadu Buhari had discussed ways of countering the Boko Haram militant group.Speaking to reporters after a meeting with the Nigerian leader on the sidelines of the annual United Nations General Assembly, Obama also praised Buhari for allowing flexibility in exchange rates.

21 September 2016  13,000 churches affected, 1,500 schools shut, 611 teachers killed: Over 14 million Nigerians are directly affected by humanitarian crises in the North-east region of the country, two international humanitarian groups have reported.The 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative from the United States and the Stefanus Foundation, based in Nigeria, gave the figure on Monday in Abuja.

21 September 2016 Boko Haram rated ‘world’s most lethal terrorist group’; deadlier than ISIS, Al-Qaeda: Two United States, U.S-based humanitarian organisations, 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative and Stefanus Foundation, have identified Boko Haram as the most lethal terrorist group in the world.The organisations disclosed this to a group of journalists while speaking about the challenges faced by victims of terrorism in Nigeria.According to the Executive Director of the Stefanus Foundation, Mark Lipdo, “Global Terrorism index shows that Boko Haram is the world’s most lethal terrorist group, followed by ISIS, while Al-Qaeda ranks third and the Fulani militants mostly in the middle belt rank 4th”.

21 September 2016 Nigerian children in former Boko Haram strongholds are finally headed back to school:  Inuwa Kubo, Borno’s commissioner for education, says the schools have been renovated in preparation for the students’ return on Sept. 26. The state government says the resumption of public schools will weaken the monopoly of private schools that have “taken undue advantage of the closure to hike school fees.”

21 September 2016 Governor Shettima moves office to Bama, begins major reconstruction: Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima on Wednesday temporarily ‎relocated his office to Bama town, an urban centre, severely destroyed by Boko Haram insurgents during their nearly two years occupation before it was liberated by the military late, 2015. Bama town, located 74 kilometers away from Maiduguri, is one of the third most populated local government areas next to Maiduguri Metropolitan Council and Biu in southern part of the State.

21 September 2016 UN fears Mali clashes could hurt peace process:  The UN voiced concerns over Mali's shaky peace deal Wednesday following deadly clashes between groups that have signed up to the agreement.The clashes last week -- between pro-government group GATIA (the Imghad and Allies Tuareg Self-Defence Group) and ex-rebels from the Coordination of Azawad Movements (CMA) -- left around a dozen fighters dead around the flashpoint northeastern town of Kidal.

22 September 2016 Nigeria says would welcome U.N. help in negotiating schoolgirls' release: Nigeria's president said on Thursday he would be open to U.N. bodies coming in to act as intermediaries in any talks with Boko Haram Islamist militants on the release of about 200 kidnapped schoolgirls.Muhammadu Buhari has vowed to free the girls, whose abduction almost two and a half years ago from the northeastern village of Chibok triggered international campaigns and piled pressure on his predecessor Goodluck Jonathan.

22 September 2016 Tension in Abuja as Shiites take over streets: The Vanguard reports that Shiites demanded the immediate release of their leader, Sheik Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, who has been held out of touch by the Nigerian army since last year December. The group earlier expressed fear that El-Zakzaky might die due to his bad health.

22 September 2016 Nigerian army repels Boko Haram attack, kills 15 terrorists:Nigerian troops involved in Operation Lafiya Dole in joint cooperation with a Multinational Joint Task Force have repelled the attack of the Boko Haram sect on Abadam, Borno state on September 22, Thursday.Nigerian army spokesman Sani Usman said this in a statement made available to NAIJ.COM, He revealed that the soldiers dealt a conclusive blow to Boko Haram members who attempted to attack an army location.

22 September 2016 Military reclaims Mallam Fotari: The defence Headquarters (DHQ) said it has recaptured Mallam Fotari, a northern part of Borno State from the hands of Boko haram.The troops of operation “Lafiya Dole” and the multinational joint task force Wednesday, engaged in a fierce battle with Boko Haram terrorists which was closely covered by air operations.The Director Defence information Brigadier general Abubakar Rabe, in an interview said, the terrorists have been dislodged and the military has taken full control of the area.

23 September 2016 UN Mali mission uncovers arms cache near restive city: The United Nations' Mali mission announced Friday the discovery of a large arms cache in the flashpoint city of Kidal, where rival groups have clashed in recent weeks over the country's shaky peace deal.The most recent  fighting -- between pro-government group GATIA and ex-rebels from the Coordination of Azawad Movements (CMA) -- left around a dozen fighters dead on September 16 near the northeastern city.

23 September 2016 Ban urges implementation of peace agreement to resolve instability in Mali: The promotion of peace and stability in Mali is crucial to its people, for the region and for the world, United Nations Secretary-General Bank Ki-moon said today, urging the parties involved in the country's reconstruction to implement the foundations that have been laid out regarding the way forward.“Mali needs our continued support,” the UN chief said at a ministerial meeting at UN Headquarters in New York this morning on the implementation of the Agreement for Peace and Reconciliation in Mali.

23 September 2016 In Northern Mali, Youth Feel Left Out of Progress: The West African nation of Mali has experienced major changes since 2012.The changes have included a military overthrow of the government, a presidential election and a foreign military operation against Islamist rebels in the country’s north.A peace agreement designed to end the conflict in Mali was reached in 2015. But many young people there feel left out of the promised benefits of peace.

23 September 2016 Fear and shortages as Boko Haram displaced return to ruins: After Nigerian forces liberated this once thriving city from Boko Haram militants, displaced resident Saeed returned home to gutted buildings and burned out cars. He is clear about what the city needs: “We need everything.”The 38-year-old is among thousands of people, both returnees and those displaced from nearby villages, facing immense challenges in Gwoza, a city 40 kilometres from the border with Cameroon, which was liberated by Nigerian forces in March.

24 September 2016 Ansar Dine shows spoils taken in central Mali: Ansar Dine, a largely Tuareg front group for al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), has released a video showing spoils captured by one of its battalions in the central portion of Mali. It is among the first video releases for the jihadist group’s relatively new Al Rimaah Media outlet.The jihadist group says that the video shows the spoils captured by its mainly ethnic Fulani Macina Battalion (also known as Katibat Macina), which is also known as the Macina Liberation Front, after an ambush on Malian troops near the town of Teninkou on Aug. 7.

24 September 2016 UN chief thanks Niger for aiding efforts to fight extremist group, peacekeeping operations in Mali: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Saturday thanked Niger for its assistance in the international effort to fight the extremist group Boko Haram and its contribution to the UN peacekeeping operation in Mali. In his meeting with Nigerien President Mahamadou Issoufou, Ban reiterated the United Nations commitment to support the strengthening of democracy in Niger, UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric told reporters here.

24  September 2016 Boko Haram militants shoot Christians returning home from church in Nigeria, killing 8; 2 other attacks claim 10 lives: They were lying in ambush. When the Boko Haram militants on board motorbikes saw a group of Christians returning home from church service, they opened fire, killing eight of them, according to survivors.The incident, which took place in Kwamjilari village in Nigeria, was just one of three attacks launched on Sunday and Monday by the Muslim extremists, the New York Times reports. The two other attacks killed at least 10 people, Nigerian military authorities said

24 September 2016 UN urges timely,full implementation of peace accord in Mali:The secretary-general made the appeal in his meeting here with Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita at UN Headquarters in New York late Saturday, Dujarric said. The meeting took place on the sidelines of the annual high-level debate of the UN General Assembly."The secretary-general welcomed the steps undertaken by the Malian government to implement the peace agreement," the spokesman said. "He underscored the importance of all parties fully implementing the peace agreement and of an inclusive approach to ensure lasting peace in Mali. He called for clear timeliness and benchmarks for the implementation of the agreement.

24 September 2016 Donors pledge $163m for Boko Haram victims:  International donors pledged over $160 million for life-saving support for millions of people in west Africa whose lives have been thrown into turmoil by the Muslim extremist group Boko Haram on Friday — but that’s just one-third of the amount needed for the rest of this year.UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson called the upheaval in the Lake Chad Basin, which straddles Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad and Niger “one of the worst crises in today’s world” and said it must not become a “forgotten crisis.” Over nine million people across the basin urgently need humanitarian aid,

25 September 2016 4 Chadian troops killed in Boko Haram attack: Nigeria's Boko Haram jihadists have killed four Chadian soldiers in a cross-border raid in the volatile Lake Chad region, a security source told AFP on Sunday."Around 8:00 pm (1900 GMT) on Saturday night, Boko Haram members attacked the Djoroye border post near the Niger border in the Lake Chad region killing four of our soldiers," the source said."The Chadian army killed seven Boko Haram fighters," the source said. The military did not comment, refusing to confirm or deny the attack.

25 September 2016 4 soldiers, 22 Boko Haram killed as troops repel attack at logomani: A statement from Army spokesman, Colonel Sani Usman, said at about 1.00am today, Sunday 25th September 2016, some suspected remnants of Boko Haram fighters attacked the troop’s location at Logomani, in a three waves attack using 36 hand grenades and rocket propelled launchers.

25 September 2016 Boko Haram Releases New Video, Claims Shekau Is Alive: A man claiming to be Shekau appeared healthy in the video, speaking in Arabic, Hausa and Kanuri languages.It is not clear when it was recorded, but the Islamic State terror group, to which Boko Haram has pledged allegiance, had announced that Shekau had been replaced as leader by Abu Musab Albarnawi.

26 September 2015 How female IDPs offer camp officials, elders sex for food: According to Leadership newspapers, which cited a situational Assessment survey on IDP’s in the region conducted by NOI Polls, about 66 percent of camp officials, 28 percent from host communities and 6 percent of elders are taking advantage of the vulnerability of the women.A group of 15 International Non-Governmental Organisations (INGOs) had on Saturday, September 24, said that no fewer than 6 million people in the region face threat of severe hunger arising from insurgency.It is believed that the pitiable condition of the displaced women forced them to giving in to sexual advances as long as it would guarantee them food.

26 September 2016 Armed men kill soldier, civilian in Mali's Timbuktu: An army spokesman says armed men in Mali's northern city of Timbuktu have killed a soldier and his cousin.Col. Souleymane Maiga said Monday that the men were targeted at a home Sunday night.A neighbor said four men in a truck shot the soldier outside then followed the cousin inside, killing him and injuring a child.A local leader says the two men were a part of the Arab community in Timbuktu. No one claimed responsibility for the attack, but the leader said the attack bore the marks of one by al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb. The leader and the neighbor spoke on condition of anonymity out of security concerns.

26 September 2016 BAF replaces 117 peacekeepers, deploys 3 helicopters in Mali: Bangladesh Air Force (BAF) replaced an 117-member contingent, led by Group Captain AFM Shamimul Islam, at the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Republic of Mali, says a press release of Inter Services Public Relation (ISPR).As part of the replacement, 111 BAF members left Dhaka for Mali by UN chartered aircraft last night. Earlier, a six-member advance team left Dhaka for Mali on September 18.

26 September 2016 Boko Haram attacking village near Chibok: Information reaching PREMIUM TIMES indicate that armed gunmen suspected to be members of the Boko Haram are currently attacking Kuburvwa Village.The village is 10 km from Chibok Town, where over 200 female students were kidnapped in Borno in April 2014. According to an official of the Vigilante Group of Nigeria in Borno State, Abbas Gava, who spoke to PREMIUM TIMES on phone from Maiduguri, the gunmen invaded the agrarian village at about 6.30 p.m.

26 September 2016 Police defuses 67 landmines buried by Boko Haram in Bama army barracks: The Commissioner of police in Borno State, Damian Chukwu, has said that operatives of the Explosive Ordnance Department (EOD) under his command defused 67 Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) buried by Boko Haram insurgents at the military barracks in Bama.Mr. Chukwu, who spoke to journalists on Sunday evening, said the explosives which have since been evacuated, may have been planted in the barracks shortly before troops of the Nigeria military liberated Bama town.

26 October 2016 Qaeda, Islamic State gaining ground in country: Mali President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita warned the United Nations on Friday that the failure to fully implement a nationwide peace accord was helping al-Qaeda and Islamic State-affiliated groups spread their influence in the country. U.N. peacekeepers are deployed across northern Mali to try to stabilize the vast region, which was occupied by separatist Tuareg rebels and al Qaeda-linked Islamist militants in 2012 before France intervened in 2013.

27 September 2016 More soldiers killed, wounded by Boko Haram in Maiduguri encounter: Barely 24 hours after the Nigerian Army announced the death of 4 soldiers and 22 terrorists in a clash in Borno, anothèr officer and 3 soldiers have been killed and 16 soldiers wounded after a fierce fight in Maiduguri. In another development, 4 vigilantes were killed and 9 others sustained injuries when troops rebuffed an attack on Godogodo community in Kaduna state on Sunday.

27 September 2016 Boko Haram hoists flag in 3 Borno villages: The Boko Haram group has reportedly hoisted its flags in 3 villages in Borno State after over-running the villages on Monday, reports BBC.During the attack on the villages, eight people, including a village elder were slaughtered .The villages - Kubirivour, Boftari and Kuburmbalah - are near Chibok town, from where the militants captured more than 200 schoolgirls in 2014.

27 September 2016 Boy Boko Haram employed as suicide bomber arrested: Ibrahim, a boy who appears to be a teenager, and who was on a suicide mission, has been arrested. The boy who spoke incoherently in Hausa language was said to be a confirmed Boko Haram boy, according to Muazu Alhaji Misiya, who posted the photos and video of the boy’s confession on his Facebook page.

27 September 2016 Free abducted Chibok girls – Osun Muslims beg Boko Haram insurgents: The Vice President of the Osun Muslim Community, Alhaji Mustafa Olawuyi, on Monday urged the leadership of Islamic terrorist group, Boko Haram, to free the school girls abducted from Chibok, Borno State in 2014.Speaking at a press conference in Osogbo, the Osun state capital, Olawuyi, said the girls had been in captivity for long and it would be better for the group to free them.

28 September 2016 Military planning to provide air transport for French counter-terror mission:  As the Liberal government contemplates which United Nations peacekeeping mission to join, the Canadian military is gearing up to support a major French counter-terrorism operation in northern Africa.Defence officials say planning is underway for Canada to send military transport aircraft to help France in its fight against Islamic militant groups in five countries: Mauritania, Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger and Chad.

28 September 2016 Boko Haram could kill 75,000 kids next year: As many as 75,000 children will die over the next year in famine-like conditions created by Boko Haram if donors don’t respond quickly, the UN Children’s Fund is warning. That’s far more than the 20,000 people killed in the seven-year Islamic uprising.

29 September 2016 Troops Arrest Boko Haram Militants At Cattle Market: The Nigerian Army has said troops on Operation Lafiya Dole with assistance of Civilian (JTF) arrested three suspected members of the Boko Haram militants in a cattle market.

A statement from Army spokesman Colonel Sani Usman said the suspects include Abba Go Dallagio, Abba Fanned and Alhaji Nwariye.

29 September 2016 US calls on Mali government to sever ties with northern militia: The US ambassador to Mali has accused the government of maintaining relations with a militia widely blamed for rising tensions that risk undermining a fragile peace process in the country's desert north.His comments were the latest indication that key donors to the West African state are taking a harder line towards the government, which denies all ties to Gatia - a mostly Tuareg militia opposed to pro-independence fighters in the north.

29 September 2016 New US drone site to extend reach in Africa: A new base under construction in Niger could be capable of hosting armed U.S. drones, a sign that a counterterrorism mission in western Africa, focused until now on surveillance, has the potential to turn lethal, according to a news report.The military is building a new site to host U.S. unmanned aircraft in Agadez, Niger, a strategic outpost that also puts Libya in the sights of long-range MQ-9 Reaper drones, according to The Intercept, an investigative news site.

30 September 2016 Famine killing tens of thousands in Boko Haram region: Tens of thousands of people are dying of hunger in the area of west Africa where Boko Haram militants are active, the U.N. humanitarian coordinator for the region, told a news conference on Friday.About 65,000 people are in a "catastrophe" or "phase 5" situation, according to a food security assessment by the IPC, the recognized classification system on declaring famines.

30 September 2016 Chad, Niger forces kill 123 Boko Haram in crackdown: A joint military operation between Chad and Niger has killed 123 Boko Haram militants since July and recovered a significant quantity of weapons, Niger's Defence Ministry said on Friday.Allied Chadian-Nigerien forces launched an offensive against the Islamists after a surprise attack in Niger killed 30 of the country's troops in early June, its deadliest ever attack there.

01 October 2016 Army releases 348 suspected Boko Haram detainees: The Nigerian Army on Saturday freed 348 suspected Boko Haram members as a gesture to celebrate the country’s 56th Independence anniversary.The detainees included 114 male, 107 female and 127 children.They were handed over to the Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima, at the Ramat Square, Maiduguri by the acting General Officer Commanding, the 7 Division of the Nigerian Army, Brig. Gen. Victor Ezegwu.

01 October 2016 Over 70,000 orphans in Maiduguri – Governor Shettima: Borno State governor, Kashim Shettima has said that there are over 70,000 orphans living in Maiduguri and Monguno camps, in addition to about 500,000 internally displaced persons, IDPs across the state.Shettima was speaking on Saturday, when the joint senate committee on women affairs, primary healthcare and environment paid him a courtesy visit.

01 October 2016 Boko Haram region could become world's worst crisis: Without more donor support the emergency caused by Boko Haram will become the world's worst humanitarian crisis, a top UN official said Friday, as a massive appeal remained just a quarter funded."I have worked in Darfur," Lanzer told reporters, referring to the war-torn Sudanese region. "The scale and the depth of suffering that I have seen (in Nigeria) is unparalleled in my experience."

01 October 2016 Established Links With Boko Haram Thrice for Exchange of Chibok Girls: The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has reiterated the federal government's commitment to rescuing the abducted Chibok girls from Boko Haram terrorists, revealing that the present administration on three occasions established links with Boko Haram for the exchange of the abducted girls with the arrested members of the terrorist group.

02 October 2016 Buhari’s Independence Day claim on Boko Haram untrue: Boko Haram was defeated by last December – only resorting to cowardly attacks on soft targets, killing innocent men, women and children. — President Muhammadu Buhari during his 2016 Independence Day speech.President Muhammadu Buhari’s repeated claim that his administration has defeated Boko Haram has raised several eyebrows.

02 October 2016 Buhari’s Independence Day claim on Boko Haram untrue:  Boko Haram was defeated by last December – only resorting to cowardly attacks on soft targets, killing innocent men, women and children.” — President Muhammadu Buhari during his 2016 Independence Day speech.President Muhammadu Buhari’s repeated claim that his administration has defeated Boko Haram has raised several eyebrows.

02 October 2016 Revenge against Nigeria's military leads some to Boko Haram: A new study indicates that the desire for revenge against Nigeria's heavy-handed military is a leading reason that people join Boko Haram's Islamic extremist group.Nearly 60 percent of 119 former Boko Haram fighters interviewed in Nigerian rehabilitation camps cited revenge against the military as having a strong, or being the only, influence in their recruitment.

03 October 2016 Victim Support Fund empowers 1000 women: The Victim Support Fund (VSF) has empowered over 1,000 women, particularly those widowed by Boko Haram, through its Women Economic Empowerment Prorgramme (WEE). Prof. Sunday Ocheche, Executive Director, VSF, made the fact known, yesterday in Abuja. He said the programme, one of VSF’s core agenda, was aimed at improving the livelihood of women, particularly those who lost their husbands and breadwinners through insurgency.

03 October 2016 Army arrests suspected Boko Haram terrorists in Borno: The Nigerian army has arrested a suspected Boko Haram terrorist in Borno.The terrorist, Adamu Nuhu was picked up on Sunday afternoon at Kwaya Kusar Local Government Area, Southern Borno State following a tip off by well meaning Nigerians. According to a statement by the Army spokesman, Colonel Sani Usman three women suspected to be spouses of wanted Boko Haram terrorists and logistics suppliers were also arrested at Miringa market by vigilante members in the town.

03 October 2016 Troops Intercept Bauchi Kidnappers, Boko Haram Terrorists: Soldiers from the 33 Brigade Nigerian Army deployed at Forward Operation Base (FOB) Ningi, monday encountered suspected kidnappers at Dutsen Makurd, Ningi Local Government Area.A statement by the Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman,said the suspected kidnappers, upon sighting the troops, opened fire, leading to a severe exchange of gunfire between both camps.

03 October 2016  army says Niger, Chad forces kill 126 extremists since July:  Niger's army says joint operations with Chad's military have killed about 126 Islamic extremists since July.Niger army spokesman Michel Ledru Moustapha said Monday that forces from Niger, Chad and Nigeria have re-occupied several cities in northern Nigeria after Boko Haram extremists killed more than two dozen soldiers in Niger's town of Bosso in June. Bosso borders Nigeria, where Boko Haram originates. Moustapha also says joint forces have captured two of the Boko Haram extremists.

03 October 2016 Troops Arrest Boko Haram Kingpins - Kill 5 Kidnappers: Nigerian soldiers fighting terrorists in the North-East of the country, yesterday, arrested a Boko Haram kingpin and three women suspected to be logistics personnel and arms suppliers for the group.The arrest occurred just as five members of a kidnapping gang, who also engage in banditry, were killed by soldiers during a shootout in Bauchi State.

04 October 2016 Faced with Boko Haram, Cameroon recruits 1,800 commandos: The Government of Cameroon has announced it will be recruiting 1,800 commandos into the elite unit of the armed forces – the Rapid Intervention Battalion, #BIR. Joseph Beti Assomo, Minister Delegate at the Presidency in charge of Defense, disclosed the development in a communiqué he issued over the weekend.

04 October 2016 UN peacekeeper killed, 8 wounded in north Mali attack: Attacks targeting a camp in northern Mali operated by the United Nations peacekeeping mission on Monday killed one soldier from Chad and wounded eight others, U.N. officials said.Olivier Salgado, spokesman for the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Mali, said Monday that after a mortar attack on the camp in Aguelhok, in the northern Kidal region around 2 p.m., two vehicles hit improvised explosive devices. The UN said Tuesday a second peacekeeper had died following an attack on a base in northeastern Mali, as it reported serious failings in its most dangerous ongoing mission. More than 11,000 UN police and military are currently serving in Mali, attempting to guarantee security in lawless swathes of the vast Sahel nation.

04 October 2016 Boko Haram deploys women to fight almost as often as men in response to tighter security: Female members of Boko Haram are almost as likely as men to be deployed as fighters in northeast Nigeria, challenging a widespread perception that these women are mainly used as cooks, sex slaves and suicide bombers, researchers said on Monday.While men in the Islamist group dominate in leadership and training roles, women may outnumber them in other senior roles, such as recruiters and intelligence operatives, according to a report based on interviews with 119 former Boko Haram members.

04 October 2016 Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau; The jihadist too violent for ISIS: The disputed leader of Boko Haram knows how to cheat death - and do it in style.After the Nigerian army declared him "fatally wounded" on Aug. 19, Abubakar Shekau appeared in a new video last week to mock the government that has claimed to have killed him at least four times already. "To the despot Nigerian government: Die with envy. I'm not dead," a man purporting to be Shekau says in the video.

04 October 2016 U.S. AUTHOR TO DONATE PROCEEDS OF BUHARI BIOGRAPHY TO BOKO HARAM VICTIMS: The proceeds of a new biography of Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari will be donated to victims of the Boko Haram insurgency in the northeast of the country, the book’s American author said at its launch Monday.Prominent figures from Nigeria—including two former presidents—attended the launch of Muhammadu Buhari: The Challenges of Leadership in the Nigerian capital Abuja.

05 October 2016 Air Force launches ‘Operation forest storm’: The Nigerian Air Force on Tuesday launched a new operation ‘Operation Forest Storm’, aimed at eliminating the inflow of Boko Haram insurgents from the northern part of Borno State to the South.This was revealed by the Chief of Training and Operations, Headquarters Nigerian Air Force, Air Vice Marshal Ahmed Abdullahi Iya at the NAF base Yola in Adamwa state while briefing newsmen.

05 October 2016 How officials steal food meant for people displaced by Boko Haram, IDPs narrate: Internally displaced persons in Borno State, sacked from their communities by Boko Haram, have accused camp officials of continuously stealing and selling food meant for them.President Muhammadu Buhari had in early September ordered the new Inspector General of Police to arrest all persons accused of stealing food meant for IDPs in the state.The order was given shortly after the Nigerian Senate fumed over the same theft cases in the displaced persons’ camps.

05 October 2016 Unbelievable! Soldiers tired of fighting, flee Boko Haram war: Nigerian soldiers are again running away from fighting Boko Haram insurgents in the northeast because of a new psychological threat, The Sun is reporting. According to the report, unlike in the past, the soldiers are not running away from the insurgents because they lacked weapons to fight but because the war has dragged on for too long and has become tiring for them.

05 October 2016 Buhari rejected Boko Haram’s N1.7trn ransom for Chibok girls: More revelations have arisen as to why negotiations to secure the rescue of the abducted girls may have stalled.This is due to the terrorist sect, Boko Haram demanding €5billion (about N1.7 trillion) from the Federal Government to free the abducted 219 Chibok girls.These facts are contained in the autobiography of President Muhammadu Buhari, titled, “Muhammadu Buhari: The challenges of leadership in Nigeria”, authored by Prof. John Paden.

05 October 2016 Land mine kills 3 soldiers, injures 5 in north:  An army spokesman in Mali says three soldiers have been killed and one injured when their vehicle hit a land mine.Col. Abdoulaye Sidibe said the incident occurred Wednesday in the northern Timbuktu region. It comes one day after armed men ambushed the convoy of a local official west of Timbuktu, killing one soldier and injuring two others.

06 October 2016 Nigerian army launches airstrikes against Boko Haram, illegal oil refineries: The Nigerian army has complemented ground offensives with aerial bombardment of suspected Boko Haram sites in the Sambisa forest and illegal oil refineries in the Niger Delta region.The Nigerian Air Force announced the start of the Operation Forest Storm on Sunday which will last for some days to wipe out Boko Haram in north eastern Nigeria, local news portal Pulse Nigeria reported.

06 October 2016 There is no Boko Haram beyond Sambisa – Nigerian army: The Nigerian army has said that the deadly Boko Haram sect had no known base “beyond the Sambisa forest”, the Punch reports. Maj. Gen. Lucky Irabor, the head of Nigeria’s counter-insurgency operation in the north-east, disclosed this during the press conference in Maiduguri, the Borno state capital.

06 October 2016 Liberated communities safe for IDPs return – Theatre Commander: The Nigerian Army has said it is safe for displaced persons, IDPs, to return to their homes in the north-east.The Theatre Commander of the north-east campaign, tagged ‘Operation Lafiya Dole,’ Lucky Irabor, stated this on Wednesday while addressing journalists in Maiduguri.He said the “pockets of attacks” by Boko Haram in the north-east do not threaten the returnee IDPs.“It is very safe for IDPs to return to their liberated communities,” Mr. Irabor, a Major General, said.

06 0ctober 2016 Germany to open Niger base to support UN Mali mission:  Germany will build a military base in Niger to support the UN mission fighting jihadists in neighbouring Mali, Berlin's ambassador to Niamey said Wednesday.Bernd von Munchow-Pohl also announced in a speech to mark the anniversary of Germany's reunification seen by AFP that German Chancellor Angela Merkel would visit Niger in the next few days.

06 October 2016 Nigerian Army Owes Us Two Months’ Allowances, Say Troops Fighting Boko Haram: Troops involved in the fight against Boko Haram insurgents in Borno State have alleged that they are being owed two months’ allowances by the Nigerian Army and have called on the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant-General Tukur Yusuf Buratai, to intervene.Some of the aggrieved soldiers claimed that they have not been paid their allowances for August and September.

07 October 2016 WHO provides medical supplies to 15,000 Boko Haram victims: The World Health Organization, (WHO) reports that it has delivered emergency medical supplies to two main Internally Displaced Peoples (IDP) camps in Borno State in north eastern Nigeria.Mafa and Dikwa IDP camps, are located in the Boko Haram ravaged northeastern state of Borno. They fall within two of the 15 areas liberated this year and hosts more than 75,000 internally displaced persons (IDP).

07 October 2016 troops intercept three suicide bombers in Borno: Three female suicide bombers attempted to attack a military location at Gwoza, Gwoza Local Government Area, Borno State on Thursday.A statement from acting director, Army public relations officer, Col Sani Usman Kukasheka said that the suicide bombers who came through Pulka axis were sighted by members of vigilante from a distance and alerted the troops about the impending catastrophe.The statement said, “The very observant vigilante also noted that the women looked suspicious, walking awkwardly with bulging hijab and distinct from other female farmers.

07 October 2016 Nigeria gets N16B from Germany to resettle IDPs: Nigeria has received a commitment of €47.6 million (N16.23 billion at the official exchange rate of N341.14 to one euro) from Germany to support the resettlement of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the country.The Leader of a German delegation, Mrs Renate von Boddien, disclosed this in Abuja on Thursday, October 7, during a meeting of the Nigeria-Germany Consultations on Development Cooperation.

07 October 2016 Niger soldiers killed in attack on refugee camp: Unknown assailaints have opened fire on security forces guarding a camp for Malians fleeing militants in their own country. Niger is beset by extremists flowing over its borders from several neighboring countries. More than 20 soldiers were killed on Thursday when gunmen attacked a refugee camp for displaced Malians, Prime Minister Brigi Rafini said."We received information of an attack on the camp in Tassalit. For the moment we are told there are 22 dead, but that is not a total death toll," said Rafini in an address broadcast on state-run television. "The death toll could increase."

07 October 2016 Four soldiers, 22 insurgents dead as Army battles Boko Haram in Borno: Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau has released a new video, rejecting not only government reports of his death, but also claims he remains "fully prepared" to face any military onslaught on his militant group."To the people of Chibok: You have not seen the worst yet", Shekau says, ending with gales of laughter.

08 October 2016 Dutch to cut role in U.N. peace mission in Mali: The Dutch government said on Friday it would continue its peacekeeping mission in Mali in 2017 but will withdraw its helicopter contingent at the start of the year, leaving the United Nations struggling to find replacement aircraft. Canada was mentioned as a potential supplier of the helicopters after the United Nations first announced the Dutch intention to remove their helicopter forces in July. But Ottawa has not made a firm commitment.

08 October 2016 Attack against the Tazalite refugee camp: On October 6, around 14h00 local time (13h00 GMT), unidentified gunmen aboard light trucks and possibly motorcycles attacked the refugee camp of Tazalite in the Department of Tassara, Tahoua Region. The camp is inhabited by around 900 families numbering a total of approximately 4.000 Malian refugees, predominantly Tuareg from the Gao Region, this according to statistics provided by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) as of August 31.

08 October 2016 Ex-Mali rebel leader killed in mine explosion: The military leader of a former Islamist rebellion in northern Mali was killed Saturday by a mine explosion in Kidal in the country's north, military and ex-rebel sources said. Cheikh Ag Aoussa's car "was hit by a mine and he died on the spot" after he left the office of the UN's MINUSMA mission, according to an African military source who is part of the deployment.

09 0ctober 2016 World Bank donates $50m to states affected by Boko Haram insurgency: The World Bank has donated the sum of $50 million Dollars to assist six states of Borno, Yobe, Adamawa, Bauchi, Taraba and Gombe affected by Insurgency under the FADAMA programme.The leader of the World Bank delegation, Dr. Adetunji Oredipe, who stated this to Journalists in Yola, Adamawa State, said the reason for carrying out such project is to deal with the negative impact of insurgency that have affected the people of the North-eastern states.

09 October 2016 Army commends media over Boko Haram reportage: The Nigerian Army on Monday commended the Nigerian media for its objectivity in the coverage of the ongoing counter-insurgency operations in the North-East. The commandant of the Nigerian Army School of Public Relations and Information, Col. John Agim, made the commendation while speaking in Maiduguri.

09 October 2016 'Terrorists killed over 100 of my Chiefs' - Borno monarch: The Shehu of Borno, Alhaji Umaru Ibn Garbai Elkanemi has disclosed that over 100 of his chiefs were killed by Boko Haram.He said he lost the chiefs within the seven years of the terrorists' activities, adding that it will be a huge task for the Borno people to accept the repentant members of the group back in their communities.

09 October 2016 Nigerians still living in fear of Boko Haram - UNHCR: Contrary to claims by the presidency that Boko Haram insurgents have been totally defeated, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has said that the war is not yet over, According to UNCHR, the group still racks up fear in people in the region who live daily afraid that the dreaded terrorist group might return and attack them again.

09 October 2016 'Boko Haram Cameroonian journalist' faces trial: The trial of Ahmed Abba, a Cameroonian journalist of the RFI began again on Wednesday, October 5 in the nation’s capital Yaounde. His lawyers and the director of RFI have requested for his release. Abba is standing trial for alleged complicity with the Islamist group Boko Haram.

10 October 2016 Boko Haram - Navy Commences Deployment of Troops to Lake Chad Naval Post: The Nigerian Navy has finally commenced the deployment of its personnel and other logistics to Lake Chad Basin naval post to effectively counter the activities of Boko Haram terrorists and other criminal elements in the maritime area.The Chief of Naval Staff (CNS), Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas, disclosed this on Monday during the inauguration of the 2016 CNS Strategic Directive 2, at the Naval Headquarters in Abuja.

10 October 2016 Suicide bomber dies in attack on Swedish troops in Mali: On Monday night a Swedish patrol on a mission in Timbuktu city was exposed to a suicide bomber. No Swedish soldiers were injured in the incident,” read a statement by the Armed Forces.It added that the troops were being looked after by the Swedish unit in Mali.

10 October 2016 Digital Peacekeeping Researchers Spend Week with UN Peacekeepers in Mali:  UNU Institute on Computing and Society (UNU-CS) Director Michael Best and  Senior Research Assisstant Andrew Bayor paid a one-week research visit to the Multidimensional UN Integrated Stabilization Mission (MINUSMA) in Mali. During their visit, Best and Bayor conducted a series of qualitative focus-group meetings exploring the promise of information and communications technology (ICT) innovations to support United Nations Peacekeeping operations.

10 October 2016 Once terrorized by Boko Haram, women and children now detained as being dangerous: Beyond the tall, concrete walls of a fortified compound, the authorities are holding a special group of detainees: the wives and children of Boko Haram commanders.Guards stand ready at the gate. Curls of razor wire line the walls. Civilian militia members with AK-47s hanging from their shoulders meander about.

11 October 2016 Boko Haram members Recruited by Friends and Family: A recent study supported by the government of Finland has found widespread misconceptions regarding what drives people to join Islamist militant groups like Boko Haram.Boko Haram is Nigeria’s militant Islamist group, wreaking havoc across the nation through a series of abductions, bombings, and assassinations. The group opposes anything associated with Western society, including any social or political activity. Its military campaign’s sole focus is to wipe out any “non-believers” from the Nigerian state."There’s a widespread tendency to oversimplify what drives Nigerians to join a group that advocates such extreme violence like Boko Haram.

11 October 2016  Troops kill two terrorists in Borno: Troops of Operation LAFIYA DOLE on clearance patrol around Ladin Buta and Juwano villages in Jere Local Government Area of Borno State on Tuesday encountered some remnants of Boko Haram terrorists.The troops engaged the group, which was believed to be terrorizing the residents through wanton killings, kidnappings and armed robberies.

11 October 2016 Scores of Boko Haram terrorists killed as Air force intensifies bombardment of Sambisa Forest: As the Nigerian Military prepares to storm Boko Haram’s remaining locations in the Sambisa Forest, the Nigerian Air force has intensified the bombardments of the camps of the terrorists, killing scores in the process.The attack, according to sources, rattled the insurgents, who had hitherto believed that their locations were unknown to the Air Force.

11 October 2016 Boko Haram attack village in Maiduguri, kill 5: Once again the dreaded Boko Haram terrorist sect has struck. This time they attacked the Kwashebe village in the Jere local government area of Maiduguri state. According to Daily Post about five villagers died in the attack on Kwashebe, which happened around 10.30 am, on Tuesday October 11, was brutal and quick according to eyewitnesses present during the attack.

11 October 2016 NIGERIAN STATE GOVERNMENT ‘ACTING LIKE BOKO HARAM,’ SAYS SHIITE SPOKESMAN: The spokesman of a Nigerian Shiite group says that the state government in Kaduna, northern Nigeria, is acting like Boko Haram after outlawing the group.The Kaduna state government declared on Friday that the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN)— the country’s main Shiite movement—was an “unlawful society” and that members of the group would be arrested and prosecuted.

11 October 2016 13 dead in Shiites attack: A number of people have been confirmed dead as some angry youths, on Wednesday, October 12, set ablaze the home of leader of the Shi’a Islamic sect, Mukhtar Sahabi, along Zango road, in Tudun Wada, Kaduna state. According to Premium Times, four have been killed, however, a BBC source reports a death toll of 13.

12 October 2016 Stronger than Boko Haram! New terrorists appear in Nigeria, attack the government: Nigeria soon will be shocked and suffer a lot of damage as new terrorists appear and can destroy the country. Tope Aladenusi, the expert of Deloitte Nigeria, has prepared a research called. The expert stresses that reality is that there is a new type of terror that is brewing and evolving at an alarming speed all around the world; this threat is more sophisticated and can cause exponentially more damage than Boko Haram.  The author notes that  new generation of terrorism may not be in close combat but will be in cyber- space.

12 October 2016 Bomb blast rocks Maiduguri in Borno state: National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has confirmed the blast on its official Twitter handle. NEMA has confirmed that not fewer than eight people have lost their lives in the blast at the car garage and several others injured. The injured have been taken to the hospital, it said.

12 October 2016 5 killed as bomb blast rocks Maiduguri motor park: The Police in Borno on Wednesday confirmed the killing of five persons after a suspected female suicide bomber detonated her explosives near Muna garage, in Maiduguri.Mr Victor Isuku, the spokesman of the state Police Command, confirmed the incident in a statement.“Please be informed that at about 0830 today (Wednesday), there was an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) explosion on board a Golf 1 motor vehicle with reg. No JERE 349 XA, body S/No RTEAN 7179 taxi colour.

12 October 2016 vigilante group today killed 1 BH terrorist: Members of the Magdeme village vigilante group today killed 1 BH terrorist during an incursion into the village by Boko Haram.

12 October 2016 Air Force warns Boko Haram members to surrender before total raid: The Nigerian Air Force on Wednesday said it had opened a window for Boko Haram members wishing to surrender, after intensive bombardment at their Sambisa forest hideout in Borno.The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadiq Abubakar, disclosed this at a news conference in Maiduguri.He said “we have conducted intensive bombardment that lasted more than eight days at the Sambisa forest.

12 October 2016 US outlines six ways for Nigeria to defeat Boko Haram: US government experts have highlighted in a report named 'Country reports on terrorism 2015' six ways that the Nigerian government can effectively eradicate its Boko Haram threat, Naij reports.The US Bureau of counter-terrorism and countering violent extremism released the report for governments to effectively fight against any terror threat that might be faced.

13 October 2016 Buhari travels to Germany to discuss Boko Haram, IDPs with Merkel: According to a statement by Femi Adesina, special adviser to the president on media and publicity, Buhari will be accompanied by Kashim Shettima, governor of Borno state; Rochas Okorocha, governor of Imo state; and representatives of the national assembly.While in Berlin, the president will confer with Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel on issues of shared interests between Nigeria and Germany, including further cooperation on security, the humanitarian situation of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and rehabilitation of the north-east, as well as trade and economic relations between both countries.

13 October 2016 Merkel wants to expand ties with Chad: German Chancellor Angela Merkel has promised Chadian President Idriss Deby humanitarian aid and close military cooperation. Chad will receive 8.9 million euros ($9.8 million) for food aid and water supplies. Merkel also said that they had spoken "intensively" about military equipment.Chad is seen as an ally of the West in the struggle against terrorism. The country heads the UN stabilization mission in northern Mali (MINUSMA) to which Germany contributes 650 troops.

13 October 2016 Boko Haram releases 21 Chibok girls:According to BBC, the girls were released in the early hours of Thursday, October 13. More than 200 girls were abducted from their schools in Borno state in 2014 by the terrorists and while some of them have reportedly died, the rest have been held by the dreaded group.Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram more than two years ago have been freed in a swap for detained leaders of the Islamic extremist group, the government and military said Thursday.

13 October 2016 4 killed as convoy ambushed in central Mali, army says: A Mali army spokesman says four soldiers have been killed and nine wounded when armed men attacked a convoy in the central Segou region.Col. Abdoulaye Sidibe said an army vehicle hit a land-mine Thursday, and assailants then shot at the convoy traveling between Diabaly and Nampala. He said three of nine wounded soldiers are in serious condition.

14 October 2016 EU celebrates return of 21 Chibok girls, commits more support to Nigeria: The European Union (EU) has expressed joy at the release of 21 abducted girls by insurgent group, Boko Haram. The girls were released after over two years in captivity to the Nigerian government on Thursday.‘‘Amongst all the troubles in the world today we celebrate. It is time to give these girls hope, life, a future. We wish for the safe return of the girls to their families and their full reintegration into society.

14 October 2016 Former Boko Haram captives cry out: Some female captives who escaped  from Boko Haram camps in 2015 have cried out for government assistance, Daily Trust reports. An 18-year-old girl, simply known as Ummu, who was kidnapped from Madagali when she was 16 and said she became pregnant in captivity. She confessed that her and the baby since she gave birth to after her dramatic escape have been living in poverty.

14 October 2016 Boko Haram militants released in Chibok girls deal, source says: Conflicting information is emerging about what Boko Haram received in exchange for releasing 21 Chibok schoolgirls in Nigeria this week after holding them for two years."A number of Boko Haram commanders" were freed as part of Thursday's release of the girls, a source close to the negotiations between the Islamist militant group and the Nigerian government said on condition of anonymity.

14 October 2016 Nigeria denies paying ransom and freeing Boko Haram leaders for Chibok girls: The Nigerian government has denied reports that it paid millions of dollars and released senior extremist leaders to convince Islamist militants to free 21 girls abducted more than two years ago.The girls, who were released early on Thursday morning, were among 276 female students taken from their hostel in a government boarding school in the small town of Chibok in April 2014 by Boko Haram. They were handed over to the government at a remote location in northern Nigeria.

14 October 2016 Christian aid worker kidnapped from home in Niger: An American Christian aid worker has been abducted from his home in Abalak, Niger, and has been taken across the desert into Mali. On Friday night, armed men killed two guards and kidnapped Christian missionary Jeffery Woodke. The American aid worker was in Niger to help local tribes through the ongoing drought and food shortages, The Independent details.

15 October 2016 American NGO worker kidnapped in Niger: An American NGO worker was kidnapped in the Niger town of Abalak, northeast of the capital Niamey, before being taken by his abductors to Mali, a security source told AFP.“It is too early to determine the identity of the kidnappers, who have returned to Mali. The authorities have put the region on maximum alert”, the source said, asking not to be named.Niger’s long, porous borders make it occasionally vulnerable to the armed violence that has rocked neighbouring states including Mali in recent years.

15 October 2016 Only 83 Chibok girls left for bargain, sources say as talks to resume: Of the roughly 197 Chibok schoolgirls who still are unaccounted for after Islamist militants kidnapped them in Nigeria two years ago, only 83 will be negotiated for when the West African nation's government resumes talks for their release, two sources with direct knowledge of the negotiations said.

15 October 2016 Callous military officers rob dead soldiers of N339m:  The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested some military officers for diverting the benefits of soldiers that died on the warfront fighting Islamist insurgents Boko Haram in the north east. The Nation reports that the commission arrested two military officers and four others for reportedly  opening fake accounts to divert N339million benefits of next-of-kin of deceased military officers and men within two months.

15 October 2016 US aid worker kidnapped in Niger: Armed assailants abducted a US aid worker from his home Friday night in the West African nation of Niger, killing a police officer and a guard before fleeing west toward neighboring Mali, Niger's interior ministry said.Witnesses in Abalak described the abductors forcing the aid worker to strip down to his undergarments before putting him in their four-wheel drive vehicle, a government source told CNN on condition of anonymity.

16 October 2016 Boko Haram Suicide bomber killed in Adamawa: Vigilante troops of Operation Lafiya Dole intercepted and neutralised a male suicide bomber at Madagali, Adamawa State. The suicide bomber was spotted by a  soldier, attempting to infiltrate troops forward defensive line along Madagali-Limankara road,” he said.He added that the suspect was gunned down by the soldier as he  failed to stop when halted.

16 October 2016 Southern Kaduna attackers are Boko Haram terrorists not Fulani herdsmen: The Senator representing Southern Kaduna senatorial district, Mr Danjuma La’ah has said that the Boko Haram terrorists and not Fulani herdsmen‎ were behind the persistent maiming, killing and destructions of lives and property in his constituency.The Senator, who disclosed this in an interview with DAILY POST in Kafanchan, Sunday said, “The situation is frustrating looking at the strategic way of carrying their activities on our communities.

16 October 2016 Humanitarian groups using Boko Haram crisis to make money, says Borno govt: The Borno Government announced on Sunday that it had taken steps toward harmonising the operations of 42 humanitarian organisations providing support for victims of Boko Haram in the state. Alhaji Mali Gubio the Chairman of the state Humanitarian Response Committee, made the plan known shortly after the inaugural meeting of the committee in Maiduguri. Gubio, a former Borno Head of Service in the state, expressed sadness that some of the organisations were taking advantage of the Boko Haram crisis to make money without rendering tangible help to the victims.

16 October 2016 Boko Haram to release more Chibok girls if FG meets demand: Boko Haram terrorists have tabled two conditions to the federal government before they can release 83 more Chibok girls. The country was thrown into excitement following the release of 21 of the 200 girls who were abducted from their school in 2014 in Chibok.

17 October 2016 Niger Prison Holding Malian Islamists Attacked by Gunmen: Niger’s interior minister said gunmen, some wearing belts with explosives, attacked a high-security prison outside the capital, Niamey, early Monday, leaving an unknown number of people dead.“The Koutoukale prison where numerous terrorists, notably Malians, are being detained was attacked at 4 a.m. this morning,” Mohamed Bazoum wrote on his Facebook page on Monday. “The enemy was pushed back.”

17 October 2016 US embassy in Mali issues travel alert after citizen is kidnapped in Niger: The United States (US) embassy in Mali has cautioned citizens to be careful of their movements. The call comes in the wake of the abduction of a US citizen in neighbouring Niger last Friday.‘‘The US Embassy in Bamako is aware of reports of the kidnapping of a U.S. citizen in neighboring Niger.  The U.S. Embassy reminds U.S. citizens of the continued threat of kidnapping and attacks targeting Westerners in Mali,’‘ a statement said.

17 October 2016 Boko Haram Faction Ready to Free 83 More Chibok Girls:A faction of Boko Haram is ready to negotiate the release of 83 more of the girls kidnapped from their school in Chibok, northeast Nigeria, in April 2014, according to a presidential spokesman.Boko Haram militants abducted 276 girls from the Government Secondary School in Chibok, with 57 escaping almost immediately afterwards.

17 October 2016 Friend weeps as young Major is killed in ambush: A horrified Orowale Suleiman Kolapo, has poured his heart out regarding the death of the young Major Erasmus which filtered in on Friday, October 7. Below is his short speech regarding the irreparable loss not only for the bereaved family of the slain soldier, but a huge loss for the nation in its entirety.

17 October 2016 20 soldiers killed, others wounded - Boko Haram boasts: Boko Haram claimed it killed 20 soldiers in Borno state and wounded dozens of others in a fierce clash on Sunday, October 16. In a statement released on Monday, October 17, by the group using the name Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), the insurgents said they were still a threat to the northeastern region, The Punch reports.

17 October 2016 How several Nigerian soldiers drowned in River Yobe after Boko Haram attack: A yet unknown number of Nigerian soldiers drowned in the Yobe River in North-East Nigeria as they tried to escape intense fire from Boko Haram fighters on Monday, PREMIUM TIMES can authoritatively report.Also, no fewer than 22 soldiers are currently recuperating in a hospital in neighbouring Niger Republic following the attack.

18 October 2016 FG begs Nigerians not to jeopardize release of Chibok girls: The federal government has pleaded with Nigerians not to do things that will jeopardize the release of more Chibok girls that are still in captivity of Boko Haram Islamist insurgents. Sahara Reporters reports that the Information and culture minister Lai Mohammed made the appeal on Sunday, October 16 in Abuja at a special thanksgiving church service celebrating the reunion of the 21 girls with their families.

18 October 2016 Prosecute El- Zakzaky now – Group tells FG: A group, More voices, has warned the federal government to take seriously the threat posed by the activities of the Islamic sect, Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), before the sect transforms into a full blown terrorist group.

18 October 2016 Gunmen kill 2 in Kaduna village, steal 100 cattle: No fewer than 20 armed men, suspected to be herdsmen, Sunday night, invaded Galwyi community, in Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State, killing two persons and injuring two others.They also carted away about 100 cattle, a community source told Vanguard, yesterday. The state police spokesman, Aliyu Usman, who confirmed the incident, said only one person was injured.

18 October 2016 Christian missionary preaching to Muslims gets kidnapped by drug dealing Islamic jihadists: A CHRISTIAN missionary who was preaching to Muslims was kidnapped by gunmen and then handed over to a drug-trafficking Islamic jihadist group. Jeffery Woodke, 55, was kidnapped from his home in Niger by gunmen suspected to be linked to jihadist group The Movement for Unity and Jihad in West Africa (MUJAO). American Mr Woodke was taken from his home in the town of Abalak by a group of armed men in a Toyota Hilux pickup truck.

18 October 2016 Nigeria, Mali, Somalia listed 'epicenters' of terrorism: Nigeria, Mali and Somalia were Tuesday listed as “epicenters” of violent extremism in Africa by the UN Development Program (UNDP), the organization said.Mandisa Mashologu, the deputy director for the UNDP in Nigeria, said the Boko Haram terror campaign in Nigeria had affected at least 14.8 million people, including at least seven million in need of dire humanitarian assistance.

18 October 2016 100-plus girls unwilling to leave Boko Haram: Nigeria's government is negotiating the release of another 83 of the Chibok schoolgirls taken in a mass abduction two-and-a-half years ago, but more than 100 others appear unwilling to leave their Boko Haram Islamic extremist captors, a community leader said Tuesday.

19 October 2016  Boko Haram overruns Nigerian military base in northeast:  Nigeria’s Boko Haram Islamic extremists have overrun a remote military camp in the northeast, leaving 13 soldiers wounded and an unknown number missing, the army said Wednesday.

19 October 2016 France says ready to keep troops in W.Africa for as long as needed:  France appeared on Wednesday to accept that it would need to keep thousands of troops in Africa's Sahel region for an indefinite period given the ongoing instability and preponderance of Islamist militants.The region, a politically fragile area whose remote desert spaces spanning from Mauritania in the west to Sudan in the east host a medley of jih3adist groups, is seen as vulnerable to further attacks after strikes on soft targets in Burkina Faso and Ivory Coast earlier this year.

 19 October 2016 Chibok girls freed by Nigeria's Boko Haram risk rejection back home:  The 21 Nigerian schoolgirls freed by Boko Haram militants last week after two-and-a-half years' captivity urgently need support to reintegrate into their communities where they risk abuse and rejection, aid groups and psychologists said on Tuesday.Around 220 girls were seized from their school in 2014 in Chibok in northeastern Borno state, where Boko Haram has waged a seven-year insurgency aimed at creating an Islamic state, killing thousands and displacing more than 2 million people.

19 October 2016 One of the rescued Chibok girls reveals location of the other girls: The Nigerian Air Force should stop the bombardment of the Sambisa forest, the notorious stronghold of the deadly Boko Haram sect, one of the rescued Chibok girls said. According to her, the remaining Chibok girls in captivity are located there and the army may kill them instead of the insurgents.

20 October 2016 How several Nigerian soldiers drowned in River Yobe after Boko Haram attack: A yet unknown number of Nigerian soldiers drowned in the Yobe River in North-East Nigeria as they tried to escape intense fire from Boko Haram fighters on Monday, PREMIUM TIMES can authoritatively report.Also, no fewer than 22 soldiers are currently recuperating in a hospital in neighbouring Niger Republic following the attack.

20 October 2016 Chibok leader says girls are willing to return home: The chairman Chibok local government, Hon. Yaga Yarakawa, has debunked statements that Chibok schoolgirls were unwilling to return back home. Speaking exclusively to Leadership on Thursday, October 20, Yarakawa said that he was positive that the remaining abducted girls are not married out by their captors and will return back home safely.

20 October 2016 Nigeria's allies save 22 soldiers from Boko Haram: Premium Times has obtained the information about how the Nigerien army carried out three rescue operations to recapture no fewer than 22 Nigerian soldiers from the Boko Haram insurgents. A top military source familiar with the development said that the Nigerian troops were operating an outpost in Gashigar, Borno state, near the border with Niger, when the Boko Haram fighter in their hundreds advanced rapidly towards them, making the3 soldiers leave their position with some diving into the nearby river.

20 October 2016 Jihadist group suspected to have kidnapped American missionary: A jihadist group known as Movement for Unity and Jihad in West Africa (MUJAO) is believed to be behind the kidnapping of American aid worker in Niger. Jeffery Woodke, who has lived in Niger since 1992, was abducted from his home in Abalak last Friday.

20 October 2016 HOW FRANCE IS FIGHTING MILITANT ISLAMISM IN AFRICA: France would be forgiven for prioritizing other military interests ahead of North and West Africa, with Islamist attacks on its home soil and its leading role in the coalition fighting the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) in Syria and Iraq.

20 October 2016 Nigerian Senate passes North-East development bill: The Nigerian Senate on Thursday, October 20, has passed the North-east development commission bill seeking to revive the North east part of the country after being destroyed by Boko Haram insurgents The bill which was laid by Murtala Nyako (APC-Adamawa), chairman of the committee on special duties, scaled third reading after disagreements over funding sources and headquarters.

21 October 2016 Nigerians forced to flee Boko Haram now face another risk — starvation: After being forced to flee their homes, witnessing brutal violence and the destruction of their communities, many in northeastern Nigeria are now facing another pressing risk — severe malnutrition and even starvation.It's estimated that some 2.6 million people have been made homeless by the Islamist militant group Boko Haram, as they waged their seven-year long insurgency. People forced to flee headed in whichever direction was safe at the time.  

21 October 2016 2 Jigawa girls return after 2 years in B/Haram captivity: Two female teenagers of Jigawa state origin, Fatimah, 14 and Zainab, 8, yesterday returned home after spending two years in the hands of members of Boko Haram, Daily Trust gathered. The duo who hailed from Gofai area of Dutse metropolis  were said to have been abducted with their mother while on a visit to Maiduguri in Borno state.  The victims were entrapped when they boarded a vehicle belonging to members of Boko Haram in Maiduguri.

21 October 2016 83 Nigerian soldiers still missing days after Boko Haram attack: At least 83 Nigerian soldiers, including a commanding officer, are still missing days after they came under a Boko Haram attack, PREMIUM TIMES can report.Top level military sources monitoring the development told this newspaper that the soldiers were still missing in action as of Friday morning, four days after the attack.

22 October 2016 21 Boko Haram terrorists’ collaborators arrested: Troops of the Nigerian army have, yesterday, arrested 21 Boko Haram terrorist collaborators in Borno state. This was made available to newsmen in a statement issued by the Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman.

22 October 2016 Army artillery HQ built in Buratai's town against Boko Haram: Chief of army staff General Tukur Buratai has launched a newly built headquarters of the 331 Artillery Tactical Forward Operation Base (FOB) at his hometown Buratai in Biu local government area of Borno state. Premium Times reports through the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the FOB which General Buratai launched on Saturday, October 22 once operated out of his house in the town which was partially destroyed by Boko Haram terrorists some time back.

22 October 2016 Nigeria approves N4 billion to tackle malnutrition in northeast: The Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, says the federal government has approved N4 billion to provide health and tackle malnutrition in parts of northeast Nigeria.Hundreds have died in the past months from severe malnutrition in the Internally Displaced Persons’ camps.

22 October 2016 Bangladeshi UN peacekeeper dies in Mali: A soldier of Bangladesh Army engaged in the peace mission of the United Nations in Mali has been killed in a road crash during his duty on 13 October, said an ISPR press release on Wednesday.It said the body of Mohammad Abul Bashar, 30, was brought back to Bangladesh on 22 October and was buried at his village home in Titas, Comilla, on 24 October after his namaz-e-janaza in Dhaka Cantonment Central Mosque and at his village, Purakandi.

23 October 2016 Canada to partner with France in waging war in Africa: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau pledged his Liberal government will dramatically expand its collaboration with France in military interventions in Africa, during a visit by French Prime Minister Manuel Valls to Canada earlier this month.While Valls held discussions with Trudeau and senior government leaders on a range of issues, including the Canada-EU trade agreement, the main purpose of Valls’ trip was to finalize plans for Canada’s participation in French-led counter-insurgency operations in former French colonies in West and Central Africa.

23 October 2016 Widows of victims of Nigeria's Boko Haram say aid overdue: After her husband was killed by a Boko Haram suicide bomber late last year, Hajjagana Mbasaru was forced to pull her children from school and rely on friends to feed them. Like other widows of civilians fighting the Islamic extremists in northern Nigeria, she spent long months waiting for any kind of government support.

23 October 2016 7 Boko Haram terrorists killed by hunters in Adamawa: According to Daily Trust, the attack occurred around 12pm as the terrorists attacked the village and set houses ablaze. Residents were forced to flee for safety as the terrorists shot at villagers. It was reported that the villagers alerted the hunters who have been helping the army in the fight against insurgency.

23 October 2016 FG donates grains to Madagali IDPs: The Federal Government on Sunday donated three trucks-load of grains to returned Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Madagali Local Government Council of Adamawa. Mr Sa’ad Bello, the NEMA Camps Coordinator in charge of Adamawa and Taraba, presented the items in Gulak town, Headquarters of Madagali.

23 October 2016 Send 21 released girls to school abroad, Chibok tells Buhari: After going through a harrowing experience in the hands of their Boko Haram captors for around two years, the Chibok community has demanded that President Muhammadu Buhari send the 21 rescued girls abroad to continue their education.

23 October 2016 83 Nigerian soldiers missing after Boko Haram attack: Senior military officers say 83 soldiers are missing after Boko Haram Islamic extremists attacked a remote base in northeastern Nigeria.Officers said the soldiers were unable to fight back because they were poorly equipped. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to give information to reporters.

24 October 2016 BURKINA FASO POLICE TARGET EXTREMIST NETWORKS AFTER FIREFIGHT WITH JIHADIS: Police in Burkina Faso killed a suspected Islamist militant in a firefight Sunday as part of a drive to rein in extremist networks following several attacks.The country’s police chief Lazare Tarpaga told Reuters that police had killed “one jihadist” and were pursuing two other men involved in the firefight in the capital, Ouagadougou.

24 October 2016 Blood flows as residents, Fulani herdsmen clash: Some members of the Osisa community, in Ndokwa-East local government area of Delta state reportedly launched a reprisal attack on Fulani herdsmen. This is coming few days after some women held the Secretary to Delta Government, Festus Ovie Agas, and other government officials hostage over alleged killing of their people by the herdsmen.

24 October 2016 Burkinabe security dismantles al-Qaeda linked recruiters ring: An extremist network that had been trying to recruit people for al-Qaeda linked movements in the Sahel has been dismantled in Burkina Faso.This is according to the AP news agency which quoted Burkinabe officials as saying they are still pursuing three other suspects who are nationals from the country.Security officers shot at one man who was carrying a gun and a grenade on Saturday following information they received from the public.

24 October 2016  Battered Madagali LG calls for help: The Chairman of Madagali Local Government Council in Adamawa State, Alhaji Yusuf Mohammed, on Monday called on the Federal Government to assist in rehabilitate infrastructure damaged in council by Boko Haram insurgents.Muhammed told the News Agency of Nigeria in Gulak, the council’s headquarters, that life was very difficult for returnees in the local government, one of those liberated from Boko Haram.

24 October 2016 See photos of Horrible food given to Nigerian soldiers fighting Boko Haram: Some Nigerian soldiers have lamented to the media on the horrible living conditions they are experiencing as they fight Boko Haram in the far north. The soldiers appealed to the president to come to their aid as they can’t bear the situation anymore. Below are statements from the soldiers(who pleaded anonymity) and photographs of the terrible, rationed food they have to eat. “Our Situation has only gone from bad to worst, things improved then went bad”

”The one sachet of cowbell choco they used to give us daily has been stopped for over six months.The food they cook and serve us here can’t sustain human life, poorly prepared supplied cold.When we are fighting Boko Haram food supply should not be our worry, they are failing us badly.

24 October 2016 Army unveils preparations for fresh onslaught against militants: The Army confirmed that it has big plans for the militants on Monday, October 24 when it released pictures of specialized training and assault weapons that are bound to blow away the insurgents in minutes. The Army released the photos of some soldiers receiving tactical training from a foreign military expert and some others testing their strength in a tug of war.

24 October 2016 Burkinabe security dismantles al-Qaeda linked recruiters ring: An extremist network that had been trying to recruit people for al-Qaeda linked movements in the Sahel has been dismantled in Burkina Faso.This is according to the AP news agency which quoted Burkinabe officials as saying they are still pursuing three other suspects who are nationals from the country.Security officers shot at one man who was carrying a gun and a grenade on Saturday following information they received from the public.

24 October 2016 Ex-president's spokesman arrested over Boko Haram funds: Nigeria’s anti-corruption watchdog, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has confirmed holding a former presidential spokesperson, Reuben Abati, over alleged mismanagement of funds through his office.‘‘Dr. Reuben Abati, yesterday, Monday, October 24, 2016 honoured an invitation by the EFCC at the agency’s Headquarters in Abuja, Nigeria. He is presently telling operatives of the Commission his role in the alleged mismanagement of the nation’s resources through his office,’‘ the EFCC disclosed on their official facebook page.

24 October 2016 Armed assault on tollgate near Malian capital underscores risks of terrorist attack: three people were killed and four wounded on 24 October by a group of assailants who opened fire on a toll station at Sanankoroba, 30 kilometres from Mali's capital, Bamako, and made off with millions of CFA francs.The attackers' identities are unknown and the authorities are unclear whether they were a criminal gang or Islamist militants, as they reportedly shouted jihadist slogans and said they were "looking for whites".

25 October 2016 Army arrests 2 officers, 2 soldiers for ‘collaborating’ with Boko Haram: The Nigerian army says it has arrested two of its officers and two of its soldier for working in cahoots with Boko Haram.Sani Usman, army spokesman, said this in a statement on Tuesday.He said two policemen and 24 civilians were also arrested for the alleged offence.Usman did not disclosed their identities, but he said more suspects would be arrested.

25 October 2016 NDLEA nabs 5 Boko Haram drug suppliers: The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) yesterday said it arrested five drug dealers with 2500kg of illicit drugs meant for Boko Haram insurgents in Borno state.Borno state Commissioner for Justice and Attorney General, Kaka Lawan Shehu stated this while speaking with newsmen at a press conference in Maiduguri. He said the arrest followed intelligence information received by the state NDLEA command which led to the arrest.

26 October 2016 Top Army officials make contradictory claims on missing soldiers: In what appears an attempt to muddle up information about the disappearance of 83 soldiers after a Boko Haram attack, two senior officers of the Nigerian Army have given uncoordinated and contradictory statements on the matter.While the man who officially speaks for the Nigerian Army claimed the army would not release true figures of the missing soldiers, a major general several hundred kilometres away said only “39” soldiers went missing in action.

26 October 2016 Nigerian Army probes how 83 soldiers disappeared after Boko Haram attack: The Nigerian Army has opened an inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the disappearance of scores of soldiers after a Boko Haram attack last Monday, PREMIUM TIMES can report.The Army has also replaced the commanding officer who was amongst the 83 soldiers that went missing in the attack.

26 October 2016 Truck of refugees hits Boko Haram mine in northeast Nigeria: Military officials say a truck carrying refugees to a newly liberated town exploded a land-mine in northeast Nigeria and wounded several people.It’s the third attack in two weeks on returnees blamed on Boko Haram Islamic extremists. A taxi-van of refugees exploded Oct. 12 outside Maiduguri, killing eight people and an armored personnel carrier escorting refugees hit a land-mine, injuring several soldiers.

26 October 2016 Korean military vows to assist Nigeria defeat Boko Haram: The leader of a military delegation from the Democratic Republic of Korea, Major General YO Song Chol, has commended the Nigerian Armed Forces for its exceptional roles in regional and global peacekeeping operations, which has accorded Nigerian Military positive image in the comity of global Armed Forces.He also eulogized Nigerian military’s professional competence that was leading to the defeat of the deadly Boko Haram terrorists in the North Eastern part of Nigeria.

26 October 2016 Germany ready to send helicopters to U.N. mission in Mali: Germany has agreed in principle to send military helicopters to Mali to help a U.N. peacekeeping mission seen as vital to counter Islamist militancy and tackle the migration crisis, it said on Wednesday.It will provide the aircraft if no other country comes forward to replace seven transport and attack helicopters being withdrawn by the Dutch military early next year, Defence Ministry spokesman Jens Flosdorff said.

26 October 2016 Mali receives first of two Super Pumas: Mali’s Air Force has taken delivery of its first Airbus Helicopters H215 Super Puma helicopter as part of efforts to revitalises its capabilities.The aircraft was officially handed over on 17 October during a ceremony attended by Minister of Defence Abdoulaye Idrissa Maïga at Air Base 101 at Bamako Senou International Airport.

27 October 2016 Nigeria rejects US report on use of child soldiers: Nigeria is not taking lightly the recent report by the United States Department of Labour (USDOL) that the country is engaging in the use of child soldiers following its challenges with insurgency. Nigeria, the most populated in Africa, has grappled with the Boko Haram for years. Its military only recently began recorded huge successes in the fight against the terrorists mostly in the northeastern part of the country.

27 October 2016 APC commends President Muhammadu Buhari: The All Progressives Congress (APC) has commended President Muhammadu Buhari on the inauguration of the presidential committee on Northeast Initiative. This initiative will coordinate interventions in the region ravaged by insurgency and the commencement of the social intervention programme, following the federal government’s release of N25 billion of the 2016 budgetary allocation for the programme.

27 October 2016 Boko Haram Attacks Signal Resilience of ISIS and Its Branches: The military convoy was rumbling across a river near the border last month when soldiers suddenly realized they were surrounded. More than 100 Boko Haram fighters, some of them on horseback, had encircled the vehicles, ready to strike.

27 October 2016 Indonesia withdraws helicopters from UN mission in Mali: The UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) is facing a growing shortage of helicopters after the Indonesian Army Aviation withdrew its three Mi-17V-5s that were deployed in Timbuktu for 12 months.An officer with the Indonesian Medium Utility Helicopter Unit (INDO MUHU) that was contributed to MINUSMA told IHS Jane's that the helicopters were flown to Bamako on 21 October and disassembled so that they could be loaded on a chartered Antonov An-124-100 transport aircraft, which left for Indonesia on 26 October.

28 October 2016 UNICEF frees 876 children held by Nigeria for possible Boko Haram ties: The United Nations has negotiated the release of nearly 900 children detained by Nigeria's army and security forces after they have retaken land from Boko Haram militants, a senior official said.The 876 children had been held in the barracks in Maiduguri, UNICEF's Manuel Fontaine said after visiting the northeastern city.

28 October 2016India  third in terror deaths after ISIS-Boko Haram areas: India ranks third among world nations most inflicted with terrorism and insurgency related deaths, after the areas ridden with violence by ISIS and Nigeria's Boko Haram, the Supreme Court was told on Friday.

28 October 2016 Burkina Faso receive France, Canada funding to fight terrorism: 33Burkina Faso has received funding from France and Canada to finance the construction of border posts.The country has faced recurrent jihadist attacks since 2015 mainly in the north near the border with Mali and Niger.The 300,000 euro funding agreement was signed on Thursday.

28 October 2016 Gunmen Kill Seven People in Kaduna Village Attack: At least seven people have been killed and several others injured following an attack by suspected herdsmen at Kaninkon village in Jema’a Local Government Area of Kaduna state.

29 October 2016 ‘Shekau dead or alive, Boko Haram has been defeated: Following incessant attacks and killings by Fulani Herdsmen, the Southern Kaduna Elders Consultative Forum (SKECF) has called on the Kaduna and federal governments to urgently intervene in order to put an end to the ongoing genocide in the Southern part of Kaduna state.

29 October 2016 Female suicide bombers suspected in deadly Nigeria blasts: Female suicide bombers are suspected to be behind the twin explosions that rattled the northeastern Nigerian city of Maiduguri on Saturday near a refugee camp and a fuel depot, officials said.The attacks targeted the city's Bakassi Internally Displaced Persons camp and the Nigerian National Petroleum Corp.'s Mega Filling Station, the Nigerian army said in a statement.

29 October 2016 Lake Chad Basin Remains Vulnerable to Boko Haram: Chadian President Idriss Deby said Saturday that the multinational joint task force fighting the Boko Haram insurgency in Cameroon, Chad, Nigeria and Niger was finding it difficult to crush the terrorists, who are hiding in communities around the Lake Chad basin.Deby, who was speaking at the end of a visit to Cameroon, said it was imperative for the population to help the military by denouncing suspected Boko Haram fighters.

29 October 2016 Borno employs 1000 female Boko Haram victims: The Borno Government on Saturday said it had employed 1, 000 women among the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) as Street Vanguards to boost sanitation in the state capital.Alhaji Nasiru Surundi, the Sole Coordinator of the Borno State Environmental Protection Agency (BOSEPA), stated this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Maiduguri.Surundi said the IDPs who were selected based on their applications, were posted to strategic locations in the state capital to clean the surroundings .

30 October 2016 B'Haram recruiting youths to supply fuel in Borno: Youths in Maiduguri, the Borno state capital, are now being recruited by Boko Haram to supply fuel in Gamboru Ngala area of the state, Borno command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps has revealed. Speaking to the News Agency of Nigeria in Maiduguri on Sunday, October 30, Ibrahim Abdullahi, the commandant of the NSCDC said the command had intercepted a reasonable quantity of fuel packaged in a carton of groundnut oil, bound for Gamboru Ngala local government area in the state.

30 October 2016 Boko Haram attacks troop on Operation Lafiya Dole: A Boko Haram ambush on troops on clearance operation has led to the death of nine security operatives The attack was carried out in Talala and Ajigin area of Borno on Sunday, October 30 as the troop engaged in clearance operation.In a statement by Colonel Kukasheka Usman who is the army spokesperson, he said 5 soldiers, 3 vigilantes and 1 civilian (Joint Task Force) JTF lost their lives. 19 soldiers and 1 Civilian JTF also sustained injuries.

30 October  2016 Malian jihadist group agrees to cease-fire demanded by imam: Members of an al-Qaida-linked Islamic militant group have agreed to a cease-fire in Mali at the behest of an influential imam.A statement attributed to the group's leader Iyad Ag Ghaly appeared on the Malijet website Sunday saying that his Ansar Dine fighters would abide by the request.Ansar Dine, which is linked to al-Qaida, is one of the most prominent jihadist groups operating in Mali, where a French-led military operation in 2013 forced the militants from power but failed to eliminate them completely.

30 October 2016 Troops kill bomber outside camp of refugees from Boko Haram: Troops shot and killed a man with explosives boldly showing strapped to his torso Sunday, as he tried to enter a refugee camp in northeastern Maiduguri city where another suicide bomber killed five people a day earlier.The Sunday morning bombing is the fifth explosion in three weeks in Maiduguri, the birthplace of the Boko Haram Islamic extremist group blamed for the bombings. Maiduguri is also the headquarters of the military campaign to halt the insurgency.

30 October 2016 Twenty Killed In Boko Haram Ambush: Least 20 people were killed on Saturday when Boko Haram terrorists ambushed Operation LAFIYA DOLE troops in Borno State, military and vigilante sources have reported.No fewer than 10 troops and 7 civilians were killed in the attack.The troops were attacked at about 3:15 p.m. on Saturday in the remote village of Talala in Damboa local government area on the Borno State-Yobe State border.

31 October 2016 Boko Haram refugees in Nigeria raped by officials: Human Rights Watch (HRW) has accused Nigerian officials of sexually exploiting women and girls living in camps for victims of Boko Haram in the war-torn northeast.HRW said in a report published on Monday that it documented 43 cases of women and girls in seven internally displaced persons' camps in Maiduguri, the epicentre of a seven-year battle with Boko Haram, who had been abused by camp leaders, policemen and soldiers.

31 October 2016 Nigerian soldiers sexually abusing women fleeing Boko Haram: Nigerian soldiers and police raped and abused women and girls that fled violence by Boko Haram insurgents and are now residing in displacement camps, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on Monday. Women and girls fleeing Boko Haram's seven-year-old armed campaign are taking refuge in seven camps in Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State in Nigeria.

31 October 2016 Buhari orders swift probe into sexual exploitation of Boko Haram victims: Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari, has ordered for investigations to be conducted into a Human Rights Watch (HRW) report alleging that security officers has sexually abused women and girls in displaced people's camps in the northeast.Buhari who described the report as “deeply worrying” said he had instructed the police and state governors to immediately investigate the infractions raised by the report.

31 October 2016 5 soldiers, 4 vigilantes killed, many injured in Boko Haram ambush in Borno: It was a very sad day for troops fighting the war on insurgency in North East when on Sunday, 5 soldiers were killed along with 3 vigilante members and one Civilian JTF member while 19 soldiers sustained gunshot and other injuries during an ambush by the terrorists. In another operation which took place at Pulka, troops of Operation Lafiya Dole on patrol from Bama to Pulka, intercepted suspected Boko Haram terrorists drugs and other logistics suppliers from Firgi and Zawan axis, Bama Local Governmnet Area of Borno State, at a suspected terrorists crossing point, trying to cross into Sambisa forest on Sunday afternoon.

31 October 2016 Islamic State recognizes oath of allegiance from jihadists in Mali: The Islamic State’s Amaq News Agency has officially recognized an oath of allegiance sworn on behalf of a group of jihadists operating in Mali and neighboring countries.Abu Walid al Sahrawi first swore bay’ah (an oath of allegiance) to the so-called caliphate more than seventeen months ago, but Abu Bakr al Baghdadi’s enterprise did not advertise it until yesterday. Amaq released a short statement acknowledging Sahrawi’s oath, as well as a video of him reading his pledge.

31 October 2016 240 Boko Haram terrorists surrender to MNJTF: The Nigerian military on Monday, October 31, said 240 members of the dreaded Boko Haram terrorist group surrendered to the Multi National Joint Task Force. A statement by the chief military public information officer Muhammadu Dole said the terrorists surrendered after an operation by the ground troops and joint air operation of the MNJTF’s operation Gama Aiki.

31 October 2016 Don't give Boko Haram, N-Delta militants access to chemical weapons: The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has warned the Federal Government against ignoring the possibility of the Boko Haram insurgents and Niger-Delta militants using biological and chemical weapons for terrorism.The ECOWAS Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security Mrs. Halima Ahmed gave the warning Monday, at the ECOWAS Secretariat Abuja at the opening of a week-long “International workshop on Assistance and Protection Against Chemical Weapons”.

31 October 2016 Nigerian militant group threatens more attacks if army campaign continues:  A Nigerian militant group threatened on Monday to step up attacks on oil facilities in the Niger Delta if the president pursues a military campaign, casting a shadow over peace talks between the government and groups due to start on Tuesday.In written responses to Reuters questions, Mudoch Agbinibo, spokesman for the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA), said President Muhammadu Buhari must "come down from...his iron-horse of ethnic and religious bigotry".

01 November 2016  Insurgent Group Accepts Cease-fire but With Conditions: The head of Mali's top Islamic body says insurgent group Ansar Dine has accepted a proposed cease-fire.Mahmoud Dicko, president of Mali's Islamic High Council, told VOA's French to Africa service on Sunday that he asked Ansar Dine for the truce and received a letter of acceptance from the group's leader, Iyad Ag Ghali.

01 November 2016 Mali Islamists say still waging war, dismiss ceasefire report: An al Qaeda-linked militant group has said it is still waging war in Mali, dismissing a report that it had agreed a ceasefire as "completely baseless".Ansar Dine released a statement expressing its "utmost surprise" at the announcement by the head of the West African nation's top Islamic authority, according to a report by the SITE monitoring group late on Tuesday.

01 November 2016 Malian jihadist group denies 'ceasefire' claim: The Malian jihadist group Ansar Dine has denied agreeing to a ceasefire with the government, a Mauritanian news agency and extremist monitoring group said Tuesday.It follows the announcement Monday by influential Malian imam Mahmoud Dicko that a letter from the militant outfit received at the end of September had proclaimed a unilateral ceasefire, a claim immediately questioned by Malian security analysts.

01 November 2016 19 women and children rescued from Boko Haram: The Nigerian army has intensified its effort to wipe out Boko Haram terrorists from the country as its latest operation resulted in the death of six terrorists. In a statement by Colonel Kukasheka Usman who is the spokesperson of the army, he said the operation codenamed Hard-knock was carried out in the Momo and Tunshe villages around Marte general area of Borno state.

02 November 2016 Troops rescue 38 women, children from Boko Haram: Troops have rescued 38 women and children held by Boko Haram in military operation to clear pockets of “insurgents hiding” in the border areas of northern Borno State.The troops neutralised six Boko Haram insurgents, while others fled with gunshot wounds, and abandoned 22 motorcycles, flags and other items.

02 November 2016 Boko Haram Kidnaps About 135 Persons, Kills 8 in Cameroon: In the early hours of Tuesday in the Northern parts of Cameroon, suspected Boko Haram fighters raided the village of Chakamari, kidnapped about 135 persons while leaving another eight dead. This attack is one of such attacks that have plagued Cameroon and other member states of the Multi National Task Force.

02 November 2016 Security Council Issues Presidential Statement Condemning Repeated Ceasefire Violations in Mali by Armed Groups: Strongly condemning repeated ceasefire violations in Mali by armed groups over the last few months, the Security Council urged those factions, as well as the Government to expeditiously carry out all their commitments under the 2015 Agreement on Peace and Reconciliation for the country.Through a statement read out by Fodé Seck of Senegal, Council President for the month of November, the 15-member body cited attacks by the Plateforme and Coordination groups in the Kidal area of the Sahelian country and urged an immediate halt in hostilities.

02 November 2016 Successful First mission in Mali for the German Armed Forces Heron 1 MALE: Similar to the operator model for the Heron 1 in Afghanistan, Airbus DS Airborne Solutions GmbH (ADAS), a subsidiary of Airbus Defence and Space, is responsible for the provision, maintenance and overhaul of the system in Mali.  This operation follows a specific agreement signed on 21 July by the Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) and ADAS. The deployment of the Heron 1 in Mali is planned initially until February 2018.

03 November 2016 Troops Intercept Boko Haram Terrorists At Brimari Borno State: This is according to Acting Director Army Public Relations. Colonel Sani Usman.“On sighting the patrol, the insurgents engaged the troops in a shootout that lasted for about 15 minutes before they were overpowered by the superior fire power of the patrol.

03 November 2016 Police opens investigation into alleged IDPs’ abuse: Other issues to be investigated by the team, include exploitation, harassment, gender based violence and professional misconduct on Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in some of North-eastern states contained in a report published by the Human Right Watch against Camp officials, vigilante groups, Soldiers and Policemen among others.

03 November 2016 Soldier Killed In Foiled Suicide Attack In Borno: A statement by a spokesman for the Nigerian Army, Colonel Sani Usman, said troops at a military location ‘gunned down’ a suspected suicide bomber who made attempts to attack the military formation.According to the statement, the incident occurred on Thursday, at about 9.45pm.

04 November 2016 Boko Haram kills top Army commander: his was revealed on Saturday, November 5 by Sani Usman, army spokesman, who said Ali was killed in an encounter with the insurgents late on Friday, November 4. Ali led one of the army’s fiercest-ever battles with Boko Haram in February 2015 that led to recapturing of Baga.

04 November 2016 One of the schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram has been found — with a 10-month-old baby:One of the 276 schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram in 2014 was found and rescued Saturday from the Islamic extremist group's hideout in the remote Sambisa forest in northeast Nigeria, military officials said.With the girl was her 10-month-old baby — fathered by a Boko Haram fighter, according to the Associated Press.

04 November 2016 Army attacks Boko Haram, rescue 85 women, children:The army conducted a raid on Boko Haram hideouts forcing them to flee with gunshot wound 85 people mostly women and children were rescued The vehicles of the terrorists were destroyer.

04 November 2016 Troops kill 37 Boko Haram terrorists, free one female sex slave: Troops of the 27 Task Force Brigade of the Nigerian Army have killed 37 terrorists in Borno South during a clearance operation nicknamed: “Operation Karya Gwuiwa.”The troops also captured one Boko Haram terrorist, Musa Jubril, and freed one female believed to be a sex slave in the captivity of the sect.

O5 November 2016 We need to work together to defeat Boko Haram - Buratai: Lieutenant General Yusuf Buratai noted that some Nigerians were aiding terrorists  The chief of army staff said all Nigerians must support the fight  He expressed sadness on the killing of Lt Col. Abu Ali

05 November 2016 14 Boko Haram members, 5 troops killed in Boko Haram attack: The Nigerian Army on Saturday said 14 Boko Haram members and 5 soldiers were killed after Boko Haram militants attack a military location in northern Borno state.A statement from Army spokesman, Colonel Sani Usman ‎ said on Friday at about 10.00pm suspected Boko Haram terrorists attacked a 119 Battalion Nigerian Army location at Mallam Fatori, northern Borno State.

05 November 2016 French soldier dies in an attack in northern Mali: France's defense ministry says a French soldier was fatally injured in an attack in northern Mali after a mine was detonated at his passing armored vehicle during a supply mission.The minister said Saturday the "attack" took place north-east of the Malian town of Kidal the day before and that Fabien Jacq, a 28-year-old staff sergeant with the French Barkhane force operating in the country, died overnight.

05 November 2016 AQIM executes Tuareg prisoners in video: Several Tuareg captives were executed by al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) in a new video released by the Sahara branch of Al Andalus Media, the official media wing of the terrorist group. The captives were accused of spying for French, Malian, and Mauritanian forces in northern Mali.One of the purported spies is shown speaking to one of AQIM’s Sharia officials, then later sentenced to death for allegedly aiding in the deaths of several AQIM fighters.

06 November 2016 Seven killed in rebel military camp attack: Seven soldiers have been killed and seven others wounded after a military camp was attacked by assailants in the North of Mali on Sunday.The attack occurred around Gourma Rhaous at Timbuktu.According to local and security sources, the insurgents burnt and went away with some military equipment .Calm returned to the region few hours later.

06 November 2016 NSCDC trains 500 private guards on crime prevention in Borno: The Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Borno Command, on Sunday said it had started training 500 private guards on protective and effective crime prevention in the state

06 November 2016 UN peacekeeper, two civilians killed in attack on military convoy in Mali: More than 11,000 UN police and military are currently serving in Mali, attempting to guarantee security in lawless swathes of the vast Sahel nation.Seven other peacekeepers, also from Togo, were wounded in the attack in the central Mopti region, according to the statement by the UN mission, known by the acronym MINUSMA.After a mine or improvised explosive device was detonated, attackers opened fire on the convoy, the UN said, without identifying the assailants.

06 November 2016 Islamic extremists attack near Mali capital, no dead: An official in Malia says that Islamic extremists attacked a town about 150 kilometers (93 miles) north of Bamako, the closest attack to the capital since March.Amadou Sangho, spokesman for the interior security ministry, said Monday that no one was killed in the attack by assailants who entered and escaped Banamba in three vehicles Sunday.A Malian soldier says the Macina Liberation Front was responsible for the attack on the national guard and gendarmerie posts. The soldier, speaking on condition of anonymity because he is not permitted to speak to press, says jihadis also broke into a bank and a jail.

06 November 2016 Boko Haram razes village near Chibok: Boko Haram extremists killed two soldiers and razed a village adjoining the northeast Nigerian town of Chibok where the group kidnapped more than 200 schoolgirls two years ago, residents said Sunday.The Nigerian army meanwhile said it had retaken some villages from the extremist group in the Lake Chad region in operations on Friday and Saturday and "rescued" 85 people, including women and children. It also claimed nearly 40 extremists were killed in other operations.

07 November 2016 Nigerian army hit by loss of 46 soldiers to Boko Haram: The Nigerian army has lost almost 46 soldiers to Boko Haram insurgents, including a high profile lieutenant- colonel.The officer, a recipient of the Chief of Army Staff Award, for exceptional bravery and excellence, led the army units that recovered Gamboru-Ngala, Baga and several communities from the insurgents.

07 November 2016 Despite Mali peace accord, more flee persistent violence: Tuareg mother Fatimata and her cattle herder family hid out in the desert of northern Mali after violence between armed groups erupted four years ago, waiting for the situation to improve.But despite a UN-brokered Peace and Reconciliation Agreement in June last year, which sought to end years of uprisings in the remote region, she is among a growing number of people fleeing what they say are worsening tensions there.

07 November 2016  Ban strongly condemns attack that kills two civilians and one peacekeeper: United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has strongly condemned the deadly attack yesterday in northern Mali that claimed the life of two Malian civilians and killing one peacekeeper from Togo while injuring seven others.“The Secretary-General condemns in the strongest terms the deadly complex attack” north of Douentza, in the Mopti region, and “reiterates that attacks targeting United Nations peacekeepers may constitute war crimes under international law,” said Mr. Ban's spokesperson in a statement issued overnight.

07 November 2016 Ansar Dine claims string of attacks across Mali: A series of recent attacks targeting French, UN, and Malian forces throughout Mali has been claimed by the jihadist group Ansar Dine. The assaults ranged from the Kidal Region in the extreme north to the Timbuktu Region. Additional attacks blamed on Ansar Dine, but not yet claimed, have occurred as far south as just outside the capital, Bamako.

07 November 2016 Gunmen free 21 prisoners in raid on southern Mali town: Gunmen attacked a bank and a prison in the southern Mali town of Banamba in the early hours of Monday, freeing 21 prisoners and looting cash, a security ministry spokesman said.Amadou Sangho told Reuters by telephone that the assailants had arrived in three armed vehicles and on four motorbikes from Nara, near the Mauritanian border, shortly after midnight.

07 November 2016 Army releases 1271 detainees in Maiduguri: The Nigerian Army said on Monday that it had so far released about 1271 detainees after clearing them of any link with the Boko Haram terrorists group. Brig.-Gen. Victor Ezugwu, the General Officer Commanding (GOC) 7 Division of the Nigerian Army, Maiduguri, disclosed this while speaking at a forum for the reintegration of children associated with armed forces or armed groups in Maiduguri.

08 November 2016 Nigerian Air Force repels Boko Haram attack: The fighter aircraft of the Nigerian AirForce (NAF) repelled attack by the the deadly Boko Haram sect on their ground troops at Kangarwa in northern Borno state. Ayodele Famuyiwa, the NAF spokesman, revealed this in a statement made available to NAIJ.com on November 7, Monday.

08 November 2016 Panic, injuries as Air Force, mock terrorists storm Lagos airport: It reports that passengers got more than they bargained for at the usually serene Lagos airport when mock terrorists stormed the airport and shot sporadically into the air.Not fewer than three airline passengers were hurt including an elder woman on a wheelchair who lost a tooth after slipping from her chair.

08 November 2016 Gunmen kill five Niger soldiers as Mali insurgency spreads: Heavily armed gunmen riding motor bikes and other vehicles raided a village and killed five soldiers in Niger near the border with Mali early on Tuesday, the interior ministry said, amid signs of a growing Islamist insurgency in the region.Dozens of attackers entered Banigabou, about 20 km (12 miles) from the frontier before dawn - gunshots rang out for two hours, said residents.

08 November 2016 Ansar Dine claims attack on southern Mali town: Islamist militant group Ansar Dine has claimed responsibility for an attack on a town in southern Mali in which 21 prisoners were freed from jail, according to a social media posting monitored by the SITE Intelligence Group.Six attackers tried to release two prisoners from jail in the town of Banamba on Sunday, Mali's Justice Minister Mamadou Ismael Konate said, but the prisoners had already been moved to another town.

08 November 2016 Boko Haram kills 2 in Cameroon's Far North Region: Two civilians were killed, three soldiers injured and 100 houses were set on fire early Tuesday when Boko Haram fighters raided a village in Cameroon's Far North Region, a senior military official told Anadolu Agency.The attack took place in Limani village near the Nigerian border, Col. Bouba Dobekreo, commander of a regional joint force said.

08 November 2016 Why Boko Haram is launching fresh attacks: Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, has attributed Boko Haram's renewed attacks in the northeast to the support the sect is getting from some individuals.Buratai stated  this in Abuja Monday, November 8, at the Army Resource Centre on the sideline of a meeting with a security delegation from the Atlantic Council, African Centre in the United States of America.

09 November 2016 Nigeria Police train local hunters on intelligence gathering: In continuing efforts to rid the north-east of Boko Haram insurgents and bolster security in the region, the Nigerian Police have conducted a five-day basic intelligence gathering programme for 251 members of vigilante groups from Adamawa and Taraba states.

09 November 2016 ITF trains 1,100 youths in Borno: The Industrial Training Fund (ITF) has trained no fewer than 1,100 youths in Borno in various vocational skills, the ITF Area Manager in the state, Malam Aminu Hassan, said on Wednesday.Hassan said in Maiduguri during the launch of the fifth phase of the National Industrial Skills Development Programme that the beneficiaries were vulnerable victims of Boko Haram insurgency.He said 700 women and 400 men, drawn from the 27 local government areas of the state, were trained by the organisation.

09 November 2016 UNDP rekindles Boko Haram-ravaged communities’ hope through solar power: Several months after Hong, one of the seven local governments in Adamawa State that was overran by armed insurgents was liberated, some of the communities are yet to return to full normal life. Olufemi Adeosun, in this report, writes on the efforts of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to bring succour to the people in those areas.

09 November 2016 Boko Haram suicide bombers kill 4 in Borno: Borno state police public relations officer DSP Victor Isuku confirmed the incident and said the explosion occurred on Tuesday, November 8 evening.“The 2 male suicide bombers detonated the improvised explosive device on them killing themselves and 2 other innocent persons on the spot while 6 others sustained various degree of injuries.

09 November 2016 Bakassi Strike Force surrenders arms to military: A Niger Delta militant group, Bakassi Strike Force (BSF), has surrendered part of its arms to show its desire to lay down their arms if the Federal Government addressed their concerns.Lt.-Col. Olaolu Daudu, the spokesman of Joint Military Force in the Niger Delta confirmed the development to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Yenagoa.

10 November 2016 Boko Haram's female suicide bombers kill pastor and others in fresh attack in Nigeria: a female Boko Haram suicide bomber blew herself up outside the Bakassi IDP camp where 16,000 people live, killing five men. After 30 minutes, a second bomber blew herself up near a fuel depot. A Church of Christ in Nigeria pastor was among those killed in the fresh bombings, the World Watch Monitor details.

10 November 2016 Police discover bomb near Shoprite in Abuja: According to Daily Post, the Nigerian Police anti-bomb squad, just found a parcel suspected to be an Improvised Explosives Device (IED), under the Jabi bridge, near the Shoprite shopping mall, Abuja.

10 November 2016 Islamic Terrorists Survive On Failure: Although the most serious problems facing Mali are economic and political what tends to get the most media attention is the continuing Islamic terrorist violence. There is no chance Islamic terrorists will again take control of any part of the country but they can be disruptive.

11 November 2016 Bomb explodes behind barracks in Maiduguri: According to Sahara Reporters, the attack took place in the morning in the Borno state capital on Friday, November 11. While information concerning the latest attack is sketchy, the dreaded Boko Haram terrorists group is the prime suspect.

11 November 2016 Soldiers kill three female suicide bombers in Maiduguri: Premium Times reports that the explosion could be heard across the capital as the three women were killed after their bomb went off as a result of the shooting. Victor Isuku who is the police spokesperson in the state confirmed the killing of the terrorists.

11 November 2016 Fulani herdsmen in Nigeria increasingly militant, says advocacy group: Advocacy group Jubilee Campaign released a statement this week noting that a militant group associated with Fulani herdsmen has become increasingly dangerous.“With the presence of the Boko Haram terrorist organisation, the world’s deadliest terrorist organization, Nigeria contains two of the top terrorist groups in the world,” the statement read. “The Fulani militants have gotten little international attention due to a focus on the Boko Haram, allowing their activities to grow unchecked.

11  November 2016 Canada committed to three-year deployment in Africa: Canadian troops headed to Africa will operate in dangerous territory where peacekeepers have been killed, says Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan.In an exclusive interview with the Star from Vancouver Sajjan said Canada has committed to a three-year deployment that will be reassessed each year to ensure it has an “enduring” impact.

11 November 2016 Centre trains 200 Islamic clerics on counter-radicalisation: The Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) is to train 200 Islamic Clerics in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe on how to counter radicalisation messages by the Boko Haram insurgents.Speaking to newsmen Friday at the training organised for some of the clerics in Adamawa, the Project Coordinator, Mr Ikponmwosa Omoigiade, said that the project being executed by CDD was sponsored by the Japanese Government through the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).

11 November 2016 cameroon army in battle with boko haram: One Boko Haram terrorist was last night killed and four others captured during fighting with the Cameroon army in Bia village.

12 November 2016 Fallen Nigerian soldiers honoured by advocacy group Bring Back Our Girls: Campaign group, Bring Back Our Girls, on Saturday held a commemorative event to honour Nigerian soldiers who have been killed in the fight against Boko Haram.The event which comprised a meeting and candle-lit vigil, saw pictures of the fallen soldiers printed on banners, similar to what the group has done for the missing Chibok schoolgirls, hoisted at the venue where the group usually meets in Abuja.

12 November 2016 Why Boko Haram is killing more Nigerian soldiers: Nigeria has been in mourning since Saturday when news broke that Muhammad Abu-Ali, a lieutenant colonel, and Nigerian Army’s most efficient fighter died in battle alongside five soldiers during an exchange of battle with the terrorist Boko Haram.Military insiders said the Army has launched an inquiry into the circumstances that led to the death of the country’s bravest commander and five of his troops.

12 November 2016 Boko Haram bought powerful weapons with $12.5million ransom says military experts: The recent increase in the killing and disappearance of Nigerian soldiers by Boko Haram has been linked to the ransom paid to Boko Haram in exchange for the release of some Chibok girls, senior military sources have revealed, reports Punch Some highly ranked military men told Punch that despite denials by the Federal Government, money was paid to the sect to secure the release of the abducted girls.

12 November 2016 Media undermining war against Boko Haram with false reports – DHQ: The attention of Defence Headquarters has been drawn to a news story by the Punch newspapers alleging that ransom was paid by the government in exchange for the recently released of 21 of the abducted Chibok girls. This unsubstantiated story, to say the least is quite unfortunate.

12 November 2016  Nigeria's Slum Demolitions Leave 30,000 Homeless:  Amnesty International says as many as 30,000 people in Nigeria's commercial capital of Lagos are homeless after their community was set ablaze and demolished this week.It was not immediately clear how the fire began in the Otodo Gbame community, but residents told the London-based rights group that police officers blocked them from trying to put it out. They said police then returned with a demolition team.

12 November 2016 Hundreds of Boko haram fighters surrendered in Chad: Hundreds of Boko Haram fighters and their families have surrendered in Chad in the past month, security and UN sources said, in a sign the military campaign against them is making headway.Boko Haram, which has killed and kidnapped thousands of people, had seized an area approximately the size of Belgium in northeastern Nigeria by last year but has since lost significant ground amid growing regional military pressure.

13 November 2016 Central Mali gripped by a dangerous brew: As the conflict in northern Mali endures, another hot spot south of the Niger river is attracting increasing attention. It involves two main areas in the centre of the country: the Macina heartland (Fulani historical-political region, between Mopti and Segou) and the Hayré (northeast of Mopti).The wave of dissent began shortly before the French military intervened against jihadis who had taken control of northern Mali in 2012.

13 November 2016 Deadly Islamic Militant Group Flaunt Weapons And Items Captured From Army In Mali: Six attackers tried to release two prisoners from jail in the town of Banamba on Sunday, Mali’s Justice Minister Mamadou Ismael Konate said, but they had already been moved to another town.Ansar Dine said in its statement it had killed one soldier and captured another in the attack and had taken three vehicles and other gear.

13 November 2016 NSCDC partners MACBAN to fight terrorism: The Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Borno Command said that it would strengthen partnership with the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) to fight terrorism in the country.The Commandant of the Corps in Borno, Mr Ibrahim Abdullahi stated this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Maiduguri.

13 November 2016 Emergency aid for family members and victims, following a suicide attack by Boko Haram: The diocese of Maroua-Mokolo is situated in the north of Cameroon on the frontier region with Nigeria. It continues again and again to be the victim of attacks by the Islamist terrorist group Boko Haram. It is of course true that the armed, military-style attacks by the terrorists have diminished in the region, since Boko Haram has now been seriously weakened by the joint military action of troops from Nigeria, Cameroon, Niger and Chad. However, now there are an increasing number of suicide attacks instead. Often it is young people, and even girls, who deliberately blow themselves up in crowded places, taking many others with them to their deaths.

13 November 2016 War has just begun – Shekau warns Trump: Abubakar Shekau, the leader of the Nigerian jihadist group Boko Haram, has reacted to the election of Donald Trump as the United States president. In an audio message published on the group’s YouTube page on Sunday night, November 13, Shekau said they will “not be fooled by people like Donald Trump or anyone in the coalition who is fighting our brothers in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan or anywhere else.

13 November 2016 Resurgent Boko Haram - Military On Edge Over Dangerous Moles Within: Information has emerged that the military authorities are alarmed at the sophisticated network of Boko Haram terrorists' moles within the defence, security and intelligence structures of the country.This is coming as some senior officers have lamented harassment and threat of early retirement for allegations that they discussed the state of the armed forces with family members and friends.

14 November 2016 Nigerian army presence prompts Niger Delta attacks: A Nigerian armed group said the continued presence of the army in the southern Niger Delta energy hub has undermined peace talks and prompted attacks on oil-and-gas facilities in the region.The Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) spoke out days after the oil minister urged fighters to stop attacks following strikes on the Trans Forcados Pipeline, the most recent of which was claimed by the group.

14 November 2016 Shiite members clash with police killing many: The report said the clash happened on Monday, November 14 in the northern city with many already feared dead.Those reportedly killed so far include many of the Shiite members and a policeman.The report quoted a witness as saying the began around Tamburawa, located at kilometer 20, Kano-Zaria road and on the outskirts of the state, just as the police tried to stop their march.

14 November 2016 Nigerian soldiers fighting terrorists demand decent treatment: Cpl. Ibrahim Usman has urged Nigerians to treat soldiers the same way their are treating Chibok girls in an interview with reporters on Monday, November 14.Mr Usman was admitted to military hospital, Maimalari Cantonment,  about three weeks ago after he was badly wounded in fight against Boko Haram terrorists.

14 November 2016 Boko Haram kills ANOTHER top Army commander: Army sources said the Lieutenant Colonel and commanding officer of 114 TF battalion of the Nigerian Army was ambushed on Monday, November 14 morning and killed between Bita and Piridang. “His vehicle stepped on an improvised explosive device, but he was not hurt,” a source told PREMIUM TIMES. “He came out to assess the damage on the vehicle and Boko Haram opened fire and killed him in the process.”

15 November 2016 Nigerian Air Force attack Boko Haram: The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has carried out an aerial bombardment of Boko Haram hideouts in Borno state. The news of this offensive against the terrorists is coming just as the military lost another high-ranking officer, Lieutenant Colonel B.U. Umar.

15 November 2016 A New ISIS Branch in the Sahel: The Islamic State of Iraq and al Sham (ISIS) informally recognized a new branch operating in the Sahel region of West Africa on October 30, 2016. The group had been operating under the ISIS name for over a year, but only demonstrated any real attack capability in September and October 2016. ISIS may have waited until the group proved potential value before broadcasting its presence in the Sahel. It may wait for the group to develop further before formally recognizing it as a wilayator province.

15 November 2016 Canadian troops could face wide range of heavy weapons if deployed to Mali: Canadian troops could face a terrifying arsenal of rebel-held weapons, from rockets and artillery to shoulder-fired missiles and anti-tank mines, if they are deployed as expected in a peacekeeping operation in the West African nation of Mali.

16 November 2016 Boko Haram kills 22 in Borno villages: Premium Times reports that the attacks occurred between Monday, November 14 and Tuesday, November 15 in Monguno local government area of the state. According to Abbas Gava, a top official of the Vigilante Group of Nigeria in Borno, the villages attacked were Dasa and Duwabayi.

16 November 2016 Buratai says 60 per cent of Boko Haram not Nigerians: Nigeria’s chief of army staff Lt. General Tukur Buratai has revealed that majority of the members of the Boko Haram insurgents troubling the northeast are not from Nigeria.The Punch reports through News Agency of Nigeria that Buratai said this on Wednesday, November 16 while receiving Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General Dr. Mohammed Ibn Chambas at the headquarters of the Theatre Command of Operation Lafiya Dole at the Maimalari Cantonment.

16 November 2016 Gunmen storm Niger, kill 6, steal 700 cattle: The Kukoki community, Shiroro Local Government Area (LGA) of Niger state has been attacked by some suspected cattle rustlers.Mark Jagaba, the council’s chairman, made the disclosure to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday, November 16.

16 November 2016 Air Force bombs Boko Haram terrorists: In a statement by on its social media page, the air force confirmed that an aircraft was used to attack the terrorists who were having a meeting under a tree in the state on Wednesday, November 16. “The Nigerian Air Force fighter jets have attacked a number of Boko Haram Terrorist (BHT) locations in Northern Borno, killing several insurgents. On 16 November 2016, an Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft reported a gathering of BHTs under a tree at Kadari.

16 November 2016 Shiites claim child shot dead in clashes with police: A pro-Iranian Shiite group alleged on Tuesday that Nigerian police had shot dead a two-year-old girl after firing into a crowd during a religious procession in the northern city of Kano.A leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) and procession organiser Sanusi Abdulkadir said police had opened fire on thousands of people without provocation and took away corpses from the hospital.

16 November 2016 Canadian peacekeepers to Mali: After the previous Conservative government scaled back Canada’s peacekeeping missions,  the current Liberal government subsequently announced a new commitment to international peacekeeping.In addition to contributing millions of dollars to UN peacekeeping, the announcement indicated Canada would commit some 600 soldiers and additional police to a United Nations mission in Africa.

17 November 2016 Mali under threat as peace deal founders, fighting flares: With Mali's hard-fought peace deal foundering and jihadist groups back on the offensive, the west African country could be headed for fresh chaos, experts say.Malian, French and UN forces deployed to safeguard the country after a 2013 jihadist offensive in its vast arid north have increasingly come under attack this year.Only last week, militants with the Al-Qaeda-linked group Ansar Dine briefly seized a town alarmingly close to the capital, Bamako, raiding a police station, bank and a prison.

17 November 2016 Young boy arrested by security officials cries out his innocence: According to him, he is just an Almajari (someone seeking financial help) and was only going about trying to get his daily bread when he was detained.They boy, whose name was not mentioned, said he was not afraid of what could be done to him. He said what happened to one of the Prophets of God will also happen to him (The Prophet’s name is Yusuf, who was thrown into prison for unjust reasons).

17 November 2016 Army arrests 37 Boko Haram suspects in Lagos, Ogun: Thirty seven Boko Haram suspects have been arrested by the 81 Division of the Nigerian Army in Lagos and Ogun states within the last 15 months.The outgone General Officer Commanding (GOC) 81 Division, Maj.Gen. Isidore Edet, disclosed this on Wednesday, November 16, in Lagos in during his hand over to his successor, Maj.Gen. Ebenezer Oyefolu.

18 November 2016 Police foil multiple suicide attack on Maiduguri: Three suicide bombers suspected to be Boko Haram members have attempted to hit the Federal High Court in Jidari Polo area of Maiduguri, the Borno state capital on November 18, Friday. According to Sahara Reporters, the bombers could not do much harm as Nigerian police contingent stationed in a Catholic church nearby killed the attackers made up of a male and two females before they could impose damage to anybody.

18 November 2016 Nigeria, third most terrorized country in 2015, behind Afghanistan and Iraq: Nigeria suffered the third-biggest impact from terrorism in the world last year, after Iraq and Afghanistan, a new report says.According to the the Institute for Economics and Peace’s Global Terrorism Index, close to 30,000 people died worldwide last year from terror related deaths making 2015 the second deadliest year on record.The report also says that Somali was the seventh most affected country, after Pakistan, Syria and Yemen.

18 November 2016 Canadian troops, helicopters urgently needed in war-torn Mali:  Canada's troops and helicopters are urgently needed to protect and ferry peacekeepers at risk of ambush from Islamist militant forces as they travel through war-torn Mali, a top United Nations official says.Atul Khare, the under secretary general of the UN's department of field support, said he's looking for Canadian help during an interview at the Halifax International Security Forum Friday.

19 November 2016 Mali ethnic militia group says it will lay down its arms: A militia in central Mali that represents ethnic Peuhls said on Saturday it would lay down its arms in a boost for government attempts to bring peace to the country.The National Alliance to Safeguard the Peuhl Identity and Restore Justice was one of three groups that claimed an attack on an army base in central Mali in July in which 17 soldiers were killed. The other two groups were Islamist.

19 November 2016 In Mali, waning fortunes of Fulani herders play into Islamist hands: For centuries, Fulani cattle herders and the farmers of central Mali -- both dependent on the Niger River for precious water -- have had a deal.The Fulani graze their cows on the greenery that springs up after the river recedes from its floodplains. As it gets munched the farmers plant their crops, now fertilized by cow dung, so long as they do not block access to the nomads' routes.

19 November 2016 One Year After Mali Hotel Attack, U.S. Victim's Legacy Grows: In the year since Anita Datar was killed in an attack in which at least two gunmen took 170 people hostage at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Mali, the U.S. citizen has been repeatedly honored for the work that brought her to the West African nation, including the establishment of a fellowship to ensure her legacy lives on.Datar, who was originally from western Massachusetts and grew up in New Jersey, dedicated her life to public service. At the time of the attack, in which 21 people were killed, Datar worked as a senior manager at the consulting firm Palladium Group.

19 November 2016 Boko Haram sets ablaze village 15km from Chibok: The deadly Boko Haram insurgents have attacked a Makalama village just 15 kilometres from the notorious Chibok town in Borno state, the Cable reports.A resident of the village, Hassan Usman, revealed this to reporters, saying that the attack occurred on November 19.

20 November 2016 Another suicide bomber killed in Maiduguri: A suicide bomber has been gunned down by vigilant Nigerian security operatives in Maiduguri, Borno state. According to PR Nigeria, the  suicide bomber attempted to penetrate a Transit Camp of Internally Displaced People (IDPs) along Muna Garage.

20  November 2016 7 Boko Haram terrorists killed by soldiers: The Nigerian Army engaged Boko Haram in Borno leading to the death of seven terrorists. In a statement by Col Sani Usman who is the spokesperson of the army, he said troops of 119 Battalion Group of 8 Division deployed to Kangarwa village engaged in a gunfight with the terrorists.

20 November 2016 FG begins education advocacy programme to orientate IDPs: The Federal Government will commence an education advocacy program for school-aged children displaced in the North East States of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe. By means of a writing and speech competition between the children in those states, this programme will adopt the children themselves as the main advocates of education and voices countering every form extreme violence.

20 November 2016 Army moves to take over Sambisa forest: Gen. Gabriel Olonisakin who is the chief of defence staff has announced that an “Operation Crackdown’’ has started to put an end to Boko Haram insurgency in the country. Daily Post reports that the chief of defence staff revealed this after he inspected some military fighting equipment at the headquarters of the Theatre Command, Operation Lafiya Dole.

20 November 2016 CDS Olonishakin declares 50 new Boko Haram fighters wanted: This is in addition to those declared wanted previously. The Chief of Army Staff Lt Gen Tukur Yusuf Buratai, had in October, 2015 declared 100 members of the Boko Haram insurgents wanted.Olonishakin, according to Daily Trust, made the declaration on Monday, November 21 at an event held at Theater Op Command in Maiduguri, Borno state.

20 November 2016 Many killed, several injured as Nigerian troops, civilian JTF, storm Boko Haram market: At least eleven Boko Haram fighters were killed Saturday as troops of Nigeria’s 103 battalion destroyed a market cum camp operated by the terrorist sect in northern Borno, people familiar with the matter have told PREMIUM TIMES.An unconfirmed number of terrorists were also wounded during the battle in Yale, about eight kilometres south of Bama and 12 kilometres south west of Dikwa, while arms, ammunition and other equipment were recovered, military insiders said.

21 November 2016 Fulani herdsmen kill 3, abduct 10 in Abuja: Suspected Fulani herdsmen have attacked three villages in Kuje Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, killing 3 persons and abducted no fewer than 10 persons  with a week. According to Daily Sun, the herdsmen attacked Darka Village on Sunday, November 13 when a  28-year old man, Zakariyya Nuhu, was killed Six persons were kidnapped.

21 November 2016 Boko Haram places order for sex-enhancing drugs: This report, according to the online news medium, was revealed after a recent interception of two men by officers attached to 112 Task Force battalion on their way to Minari from Anadawa village on a motorcycle. The men’s mission, a top military insider revealed, was to secure the purchase of drugs for libido enhancement, and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases among other ailments.

21 November 2016 UN mission donates equipment to radio stations in bid to return peace to Timbuktu: The United Nations peacekeeping mission to Mali (MINUSMA) has donated equipment to eight local radio stations to strengthen the partnership between regional stations and the UN Mission to ensure the country is better informed.Inexpensive but powerful advocacy tools in Mali - community radio stations remain the most effective means of disseminating information to local populations and aid cultural identification.

21 November 2016 Belgian Government Contribution Helps Saves Lives In Mali:  The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is happy to announce that the Belgian Government has contributed USD 2.2 million to help nearly 115,000 vulnerable persons in Mali.“The Belgian Government has been working alongside the Malian Government for more than 20 years. It remains committed to Mali and its people and will continue supporting populations, especially vulnerable communities in northern Mali who bear the brunt of the crisis,” Myriam Bcquelaine, Chief of Belgium’s Diplomatic Corps in Mali in said.

21 November 2016 Attacks kill 5 soldiers and a civilian in Mali during key vote: At least five Malian soldiers and a civilian were killed in separate attacks aimed at sabotaging Mali’s municipal elections, security forces said on Monday.The West African country went to the polls on Sunday in its first election since 2013. Voters are electing 12,000 councillors across Mali as the government wrestles with implementing a 2015 peace deal with militant groups. The nation has suffered from ongoing attacks by various armed groups despite a UN-led international military intervention.  

22 November 2016 Malian air force buys pricey French chopper to fight local jihadists: A fully-loaded “Super Puma” military helicopter is the latest addition to Mali’s beleaguered air force which has been struggling to defeat rebels in the country’s central and northern region.

22 November 2016 Army declares 46 soldiers missing after Boko Haram attack: The Nigerian Army has officially declared 46 soldiers missing following a Boko Haram attack on their base in Gashigar, Borno state around five weeks ago, Premium Times reports. The Army is said to have just officially informed the families of one officer and 45 soldiers and has asked their loved ones to send in the bank details of their next of kin for ‘remittance of accrued payments’.

22 November 2016 8 women and children rescued from Boko Haram in Sambisa: Some brave local hunters have rescued five women and three children from the captivity of Boko Haram inside the feared Sambisa forest. “Our men rescued them last week as they were fleeing the fierce battle between soldiers and Boko Haram insurgents in Sambisa,” Tarfa said. “So we are now taking the five women and three children to concerned authorities for proper rehabilitation. They told horrible stories of Sambisa.”

22 November 2016  N'Delta militants kill 4, injure others in attack on oil facility: Reuters quotes local sources and security officials as saying on Wednesday, November 23 that the attack occurred late on Monday, November 21 at an installation at Omoku, near Port Harcourt in River state.The gunmen were said to have stormed the facility dressed in military camouflages but when the NSCDC officials discovered that they were not soldiers, they engaged them in a gunfight.

22 November 2016 vehicle of cameroonian soldiers hit land mine:Eight Cameroonian soldiers were this afternoon wounded when their vehicle hit a land mine in Zamga, Far North Region of Cameroon.

22 November 2016 cameroonian soldier killed in boko haram attack: Six Cameroonian soldiers including a captain and the leader of a vigilante group were killed last night in a Boko Haram attack on Darak.

23 November 2016 Bomb explodes at bus garage in Borno: According to Sahara Reporters, the bomb exploded in the bus garage around 9 pm on Wednesday, November 23. Detail of the attack is still sketchy although Boko Haram terrorists are suspected to have carried it out. Earlier, the Nigerian Army engaged Boko Haram in Borno leading to the death of seven terrorists.

23 November 2016 Army vows to end suicide bombing in Nigeria: The Nigerian Army has assured that suicide bombing will soon be a forgotten problem as it said it has found a way to deal with the menace. Maj.-Gen. Lucky Irabor who is the Theater Commander of the Operation Lafiya Dole gave this assurance in Maiduguri, Borno state.

23 November 2016 Nigerian Navy sends troops to fight Boko Haram: The Nigerian Military said on Wednesday that it deployed Naval troops to Borno as part of its renewed efforts to end the Boko Haram terrorism in the North-East.The Theater Commander of the Operation Lafiya Dole, Lucky Irabor, a Maj. Gen., told journalists in Maiduguri that the troops were inducted into the theater as the maritime component to strengthen its operation.

24 November 2016 Number two of Mali Ansar Dine faction arrested: The number two of a faction of the Malian rebel group Ansar Dine operating in northern Mali was arrested Thursday, according to military and security sources.The man was being questioned over an ambush on November 20 in which five soldiers and one civilian were killed as they transported ballot boxes following voting in municipal elections near Timbuktu.

24 November 2016 Borno will close down IDP camps in 2017 - Shettima: Borno state governor, Alhaji Kashim Shettima has promised that all Internally Displaced Person (IDP) camps in the state would be closed down by May 29, 2017.The governor made the promise while speaking to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday, November 25 in the state capital, Maiduguri. According to the governor, his government had placed priority on the reconstruction of communities destroyed by Boko Haram insurgents, to facilitate the return of IDPs to their towns and villages.

24 November 2016 Cameroon Police Thwart Two Female Bombers in North: Two female bombers were thwarted as they tried to stage a double suicide attack in Cameroon’s Far North Thursday, with one blowing herself up and the second shot dead by troops, security sources said. “At around 7:30 am (0630 GMT), two young suicide bombers entered the town of Mora” with the aim of blowing themselves up, but they were identified, a military official told AFP.

25 November 2016 Canadian soldiers appear headed to Mali: The federal cabinet will decide soon where to send Canadian soldiers in Africa, with Mali emerging the most likely prospect for the military peace support operation, the Star has learned.The range of options, prepared by Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan and Global Affairs Minister Stéphane Dion, may be brought to cabinet by as early as Tuesday or the following week, sources said.

25 November 2016 2 youth vigilantes died in Boko Haram attack: Boko Haram terrorists engaged in a fire fight with members of a youth Vigilante group in Chibok local government area of Borno state leading to the death of many insurgent. Vanguard reports that the incident happened on Thursday, November 24 in Shawa village which is very close to Sambisa forest leading to the death of many terrorists.

26 November 2016 Soldiers caught in bomb explosion in Borno: The soldiers, it writes, ran into the land mine between Banki junction and Bama as they carried out an escort patrol from Pulka to Maiduguri. Five soldiers were badly injured and have been taken to Bama for first aid by a patrol team from that area.

27 November 2016 French strike likely killed al-Qaeda ally Belmokhtar: Algerian militant Mokhtar Belmokhtar, one of al-Qaeda’s key allies in North Africa, is thought to have been killed in a French airstrike, a U.S. official said on Monday.The official, speaking to AFP on condition of anonymity, confirmed a report in the Wall Street Journal that U.S. intelligence had helped France target the jihadist.

27 November 2016 30 Boko Haram troops killed in ambush of Nigerian government convoy:  Thirty suspected Boko Haram militants died when the Nigerian army repelled an ambush of traveling government members near Bama, a local official said."We were traveling from Pulka to Maiduguri when militants attacked our convoy with improvised explosive devices and sporadic gunshots, just after [passing the village of] Ngurosoye, but the troops repelled them, killing up to 30 of the terrorists," said Saeed Salisu, chairmen of the government of Gwoza, in northeastern Borno state.

28 November 2016 Nigerian army develops new tactic to fight Boko Haram: The army is currently changing its tactics in a way of tracking and eliminating the rest of the Boko Haram group, according to Tukur Buratai, the chief of army staff.The news were made public during  the media workshop, organised by the Nigerian Army School of Public Relations and Information (NASPRI) at 81 Division Officers’ Mess, Lagos, on Monday, November 28.

28 November 2016  Boko Haram Resurgence - Military Accepts Errors, Identifies Fault-Lines: The Chief of Defence Staff, General Gabriel Olonisakin, on Monday said the Defence Headquarters has identified lapses that have led to recent failures in the joint operations of the Armed Forces of Nigeria in the prosecution of the war against the terrorists in the North -East.He stated this while delivering a keynote address at the opening ceremony of the Advanced Joint Operations Planning Course in Abuja.

28 November 2016 Buhari holds talks with Boko Haram to free more hostages: Adesina has noted that the Nigerian authorities would henceforth treat sponsors of the sect as terrorists the moment they are identified as such. He was speaking in Lagos, during an interview with media men after his presentation at a seminar organised by the Directorate of Army Public Relations (DAPR).

28 November 2016 Stealing from victims of Boko Haram insurgency:  Once again, another disturbing revelation that emerged in recent weeks of the massive stealing of funds meant to provide succour for the victims of the Boko Haram terror war by officials has exposed the shame of our nation.After a recent visit to the IDPs’ camps in Maiduguri, Borno state, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of internally displaced persons, Professor Beyani Chaloka, had reportedly lamented: “Food is scarce and many survive on one basic meal per day, while medical care is insufficient.

28 November 2016 Military To Sustain Onslaught Till IDPs Return Home: The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshall Abubakar Baba Sadiq, says Nigerian military will continue with its onslaught against Boko Haram insurgents until all Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) are free to return to their communities. He made the remarks during the commissioning of an Aircraft Hanger at the flight line of the Nigerian Air Force Base in Yola, Adamawa State named after late Group Captain Kehinde Olowo, who was killed in the line of duty.

29 November 2016 240,000 Nigerians who fled Boko Haram still outside the country: - Nearly a quarter million Nigerians remain refugees in neighboring countries after fleeing Boko Haram, a government agency reported.Nigeria's National Emergency Management Agency said in a report that it identified 239,834 refugees -- including 20,804 in Chad, 80,709 in Cameroon and 138,321 in Niger. It added that 28,951 former refugees have returned to Nigeria.

29 November 2016 France gives Cameroon equipment worth $700,000 to combat Boko Haram: France has made a donation of military hardware to the Cameroonian Armed Forces as part of efforts aimed at combating the Boko Haram insurgent group.This is the second transfer of material support this year and forms part of the bilateral Franco-Cameroonian military cooperation, reinforced by the signature of a defence partnership agreement on May 21st 2009.

29 November 2016 Another social crisis looms after Boko Haram, says Buhari: President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday raised the alarm that another social crisis looms in the country if the two million Nigerians displaced by the Boko Haram sect currently in refugee camps were not properly resettled. According to a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, the President spoke at a meeting he had with the world leader of the Tijjaniya Islamic Movement, Sheikh Sharif Ibn Mohammad, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

29 November 2016 ‘We are spending Christmas, New Year in North East,’ Army chief says: Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai has said that senior members of the army will spend Christmas with soldiers on duty in the North East.Buratai made the comment on Tuesday, November 29, while unveiling special packs of bottle water produced in honour of soldiers fighting Boko Haram.

29 November 2016 Troops advancing into major Boko Haram enclave: The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, has said that troops have commenced advancing into Sambisa Forest, one of the major enclaves of Boko Haram terrorists.Buratai disclosed this on Tuesday in Abuja while unveiling packs of bottle water provided through private initiative in appreciation of troops fighting the terrorists in the region. According to the Army Chief, the advancement is an onslaught to finally flush out remnants of insurgents from the forest and rescue all those abducted in that area.

30 November 2016 Militants in trouble as Navy begins test of 13 warships: The Nigerian Navy has commenced an exercise to appraise the combat-readiness of its special forces and platforms, in preparation for the task ahead.Officers of the Nigerian Army Amphibious Brigade, Nigerian Air Force Maritime Patrol Aircraft, police and operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) among others are also participating in the event codenamed, ‘Exercise Eagle Eye’.

30 November 2016 Boko Haram weakening, despite suicide bombings – Shettima: Borno state governor Kashim Shettima says Boko Haram is facing a stage of “waning years” after a spate of military campaign against the insurgent group besieging parts of the north east, especially his home state of Borno.His comments came in talks with top directors of the United Nations humanitarian management systems in Abuja on Tuesday to assess humanitarian response so far in Borno.

30 November 2016 US Embassy in N'Djamena Chad - shots fired by suspected terrorist at police guards: Breaking News reported by the Jewish Breaking News Twitter account on 30 November, indicates that shots fired in N'Djamena, the capital city of #Chad in West Africa were aimed towards police guarding the US Embassy. Initial reports seemed to point at the motorcyclist being a suspected terrorist.

30 November 2016 Militants strike north Mali airports with suicide truck, rockets: Militants have struck two airports in northern Mali with an explosives-laden truck and rockets, residents and a security source said on Wednesday, in attacks that caused no victims but pointed to desert jihadists intensifying their insurgency.In Gao, the offices of the U.N. peacekeeping mission located next to the airport terminal were razed by Tuesday evening's truck-bomb explosion which forced the airport to close.

30 November 2016 AQIM claims two attacks in northern Mali: Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) has claimed two attacks that occurred yesterday which targeted the airports of Timbuktu and Gao in northern Mali. The jihadist group claimed a suicide attack in Gao, while a rocket barrage targeted a French base at the Timbuktu airport.In Gao, a suicide car bomb detonated at a checkpoint close to UN facilities at the airport. No one was killed in the blast, but nearby UN buildings were badly damaged. According to Reuters, the car bomb was able to make it past checkpoints at the entrance of the airport.

01 December 2016 Clashes in north Mali leave 2 dead as Gao airport closed: Clashes between armed groups near the northern Malian city of Gao left at least two dead and a dozen injured, and the local airport was closed after being hit in a jihadist attack, sources said Thursday. Fighting erupted Thursday between the towns of Tessit and Intillit among unidentified militias, an elected official who asked not to named said.

01 December 2016 Boko Haram attacks destroy farm communities, bring famine risk: Fati Adamu has not seen three of her six children nor her husband since Boko Haram militants attacked her hometown in northeast Nigeria in an hail of bullets.Two years on, she is among thousands of refugees at the Bakassi camp in Maiduguri, the city worst hit by a seven-year-old insurgency that has forced more than two million people to flee their homes.

01 December 2016 Helicopter Aid Reaches 45,000 in Boko Haram-hit Northeast Nigeria: Flying in aid workers by helicopter to remote, hard-to-reach areas previously cut off from help by Boko Haram violence across northeast Nigeria has provided more than 45,000 people with aid over the past week, the United Nations said Thursday.Many of those receiving aid have received little or no assistance so far, the U.N. World Food Program (WFP) said.

01 December 2016 Boko Haram attacks hinder aid delivery in southeastern Niger - agencies:  A spate of attacks by Boko Haram in southeastern Niger in recent months is hindering the delivery of aid to more than 200,000 people forced from their homes, aid agencies said on Thursday.Niger's Diffa region is hosting around 220,000 displaced people - split almost evenly between uprooted Nigeriens and Nigerian refugees - who have fled violence by the Islamist militants on both sides of the border, the United Nations says.

01 December 2016 Royal Engineers train Nigerian troops in IED: Engineers from 101 (City of London) Engineer Regiment (Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD)) are training Nigerian troops to beat terrorist bombs during a short deployment.The Sappers are sharing their expertise in search and EOD with Nigerian forces, who will use these skills in their efforts to counter Boko Haram. The Royal Engineers deployed to provide a three-week intensive course to teach the skills used by British troops to find and defeat Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs).

01 December 2016 NAF intensifies air strike in support of operation rescue finale: The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has intensified air operations in support of Operation Rescue Finale so as to create an enabling environment for troops to undertake final onslaught against the remnants of Boko Haram Terrorists (BHTs) in the Sambisa forest.

01 December 2016 Court orders immediate release of El-Zakzaky; Shi'ite leader, wife to get N50m: A Federal High Court in Abuja has ordered the immediate release of Ibrahim El-Zakzaky who is the leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria  also known as Shi’ites.El-Zakzaky and his wife were detained by military operatives on December 14, 2015 following a clash between members of the group and military officers.

02 December 2016 UN Wants $1 Billion for Boko Haram Victims Next Year: The United Nations wants to provide $1 billion worth of supplies to victims of Boko Haram jihadists in northeast Nigeria next year as part of its Humanitarian Response Plan for 2017.The hope is that the aid will reach nearly seven million people who have been affected by the militant group’s insurgency, which has killed more than 15,000 people and forced more than two million to flee their homes over a seven-year period.

02 December 2016 Fulani herdsmen attack Abia community, farmers injured: Fulani herdsmen have attacked Ozu Item in Bende council in Abia state forcing some people to flee.Vanguard reports that the attacks left some farmers with life-threatening injuries as crops worth several thousands of naira belonging were also destroyed by the herdsmen and their cattle.

02 December 2016 Ganduje Warns Of Influx Of Boko Haram Insurgents In Kano: Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State on Friday briefed President Muhammadu Buhari on emerging security challenges in the state occasioned by increasing influx of Boko Haram insurgents into Falgore forest in the state.

03 December 2016 El-Zakzaky’s detention capable of breeding another Boko Haram – Court tells FG: A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja yesterday ordered the unconditional release of detained leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, Sheik Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, within 45 days from today.The court also awarded N25 million damages each, in favour of Zakzaky and his wife.Trial judge, Justice Gabriel Kolawole in a judgement delivered on fundamental suit brought against the federal government by the applicants over their illegal detention since December 2015, also ordered the FG to build a decent accommodation that the applicant and his family would settle into after their release.

04 December 2016 Kidnapped by terrorists, rescued by troops, stolen by ‘opportunistic stranger: For many victims of the Boko Haram insurgency in north-eastern Nigeria, the tragedy never seems to end. It simply takes on new dimensions. Take the case of 32-year-old Maria David Zaya, whose two-year-old daughter, Precious, was kidnapped by militants of the Islamist group in September 2014, while she was visiting her in-laws in Madagali in Adamawa State.

04 December 2016 Poverty, prejudice drive more women to join Boko Haram militants: Failing to improve the lives of girls and women trapped in poverty and domestic drudgery in northeast Nigeria could drive them into the ranks of extremist grode bombers, according to rights groups including Amnesty Internationalups, analysts said on Monday.Many girls and women have been abducted by the jihadist group Boko Haram and used as cooks, sex slaves, and even suicide bombers.

04 December 2016 Borno records 512 new HIV cases in IDPs’ camps: Malam Barkindo Saidu, the Executive Secretary, Borno State Agency for the Control of HIV/AIDS, says 512 new cases of HIV infections have been recorded in Internally Displaced Persons camps in the state.He spoke on Sunday in Maiduguri while briefing newsmen.Saidu said that the cases were recorded after voluntary screening in some IDPs’ camps in the state.

04 December 2016 NEMA prepares ground for home return of Gwoza IDPs: The National Emergency Management Agency said on Sunday that it was working on plans for the return of Internally Displaced Persons from Gwoza camp in Borno State back to their respective homes.

04 December 2016 Army, air force and Boko Haram in fierce battle in Borno: Scores of Boko Haram fighters were killed during a fierce fight with soldiers of the 119 task force battalion.According to Premium Times sources, the figthing took place in the Kangarwa area of Borno state at about 4pm on Sunday, December 4

05 December 2016  Shiite movement of Nigeria officially named an insurgent group: The decision of the state government is part of the white paper released on the clash between the group led by Ibraheem El-Zakzaky and the military over time.Premium Times quotes the white paper as saying: “For all intent and purpose, the IMN is an insurgent group and ought to be treated as such.”

05 December 2016 Christian youths set to revenge if attacked again in Kaduna: There is some unease in Kaduna, following threats by Christian youths who are vowing to resort to violence ny time Fulani herdsmen attack any village in the Southern Kaduna Local Government Area of the state.The Punch reports that they premised their threat on the alleged complacency or complicity of the security agencies and politicians in the attacks.

05 December 2016 Algerian troops discover heavy arms on Malian border: Algerian Defense Ministry on Monday said its troops seized a load of war weapons on the borderline with Mali. "Part of anti-terrorism efforts and border security, vigilant army troops discovered on Monday a bunker full of arms and ammunition in the southern province of Adrar, near the Malian border," the ministry said. The troops retrieved 20 Kalashnikov machine-guns, 13 ammunition boxes and 516 bullets of different calibers, it said.

05 December 2016 Nigerian Army Chief Wants Boko Haram Wiped Out By Year-End: Nigerian Chief of Army Staff Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai ordered the military to wipe out all elements of Boko Haram from the country by December. In a statement Sunday, Buratai called on the country's soldiers to end the insurgency that has been ongoing for the last seven years.

05 December 2016 Russia and Pakistan now selling warplanes to help in Boko Haram fight: Nigeria has turned to Russia and Pakistan to purchase aircraft following the US refusal to sell weapons to the West African nation. Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar said Nigeria bought warplanes and helicopters that will be used to counter terrorism in the country.Nigeria has been fighting a seven-year-long insurgency by Boko Haram terrorists, blamed for the death of at least 20,000 people.

06 December 2016 Mali rivals must stick to peace deal: French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian on Tuesday urged Mali's warring factions to stick to a peace deal to end a long and bloody conflict.Northern Mali fell to jihadist groups linked to Al-Qaeda from March 2012. These forces were driven out of key towns when France led international military intervention the following year.But barely a week goes by without attacks despite a peace pact signed in May and June last year after lengthy negotiations in Algiers between the government, groups backing it and Tuareg rebels.

06 December 2016 Suspected Islamist militants free 93 prisoners from Mali jail: Suspected Islamist militants freed 93 prisoners during an attack on a jail in the central Mali town of Niono early on Tuesday, officials said.The prison break was the second of its kind in recent weeks in Mali, where militant groups based in the desert north have extended their campaign into central and southern regions, complicating international efforts at peace.

06 December 2016 Nigeria grapples with starvation amid Boko Haram battle: The United Nations has warned that northern Nigeria faces the "largest crisis in Africa" as the government's war with Boko Haram has become increasingly bogged down In northern Borno state, the epicentre of a conflict that has spread to three neighbouring countries - Chad, Cameroon and Niger - Nigeria's army has unleashed a barrage of air and land assaults.

06 December 2016 Nigerian military to open key road abandoned for 2 years: Habib Kekeno, the Caretaker Chairman of Kukawa Local Government Area of Borno on Tuesday said the military would reopen Maiduguri/Baga road on December 24 following relative peace in the state.Mr. Kekeno, who disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Maiduguri, said the council had completed all the arrangements to reopen the road.

06 December 2016 Soldiers, policemen arrested for raping displaced women: The Inspector General of Police Ibrahim Idris has said that the force has made multiple arrests in the issue of abuse of women and girls in Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps.News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that two policemen, three army personnel, one prison official, one Air Force personnel, a staff of Borno Ministry for Agriculture and two members of the Civilian JTF have been arrested for sexually abusing women and girls displaced by the Boko Haram insurgency.

07 December 2016 President Sirleaf Commends ECOWAS Efforts against Terrorism: The Chair of the Authority of Heads of State and Government, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, has commended efforts made to curb terrorism in the sub-region.Sirleaf spoke to newsmen during her two-day official visit to the ECOWAS Commission in Abuja, Nigeria, on Sunday.She said that information sharing among member states had contributed immensely to the peace and security being enjoyed by member states.

07 December 2016 Defence college trains senior mission leaders for ECOWAS operations: The National Defence College (NDC) on Monday commenced  two weeks senior mission leadership training to enhance the management of peace support operations in the ECOWAS sub-region.The commandant of the college, Rear Admiral Samuel Alade said the course is tailored at addressing capacity gap in the mission leadership and management within the ECOWAS planning elements.

07 December 2016 Police arrest Fulani herdsmen weapon supplier: The police in Enugu have apprehended one Alhaji Samaila Garuba for allegedly supplying weapons to Fulani herdsmen.The state has been terrorised by killer herdsmen in the past with news of attack on humans and farmlands renting the air.The Punch reports that Mr. Ebere Amaraizu who is the spokesperson of the Enugu state police command said a herdsman, Ibrahim Adamu, who was arrested with an AK-47 in the Udi area of Enugu on August 29, implicated Garuba as the one who supplied the weapon to him.

07 December 2016 Scores killed, 26 arrested, hundreds rescued: The Theatre Commander of Operation LAFIYA DOLE, Maj-Gen Lucky Irabor, has disclosed that scores of Boko Haram terrorists have been killed in recent operations within the theatre. Irabor noted that asides the deaths, 26 other insurgents were arrested in various ground and aerial operations in Sambisa Forest in the last two weeks.

07 December 2016 Troops rescue 801 persons from terrorists in Borno: The Nigerian Army said on Wednesday that it had rescued additional 801 persons held hostage by the Boko Haram terrorists in its ongoing anti-terrorism operations. Maj.-Gen. Lucky Irabor, Theatre Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole in the North-East made the announcement while briefing newsmen in Maiduguri.

08 December 2016 Nigeria’s President Says Boko Haram Is Finished as a Fighting Force: Almost exactly a year after he proclaimed that the Nigerian military had “technically defeated” Boko Haram, President Muhammadu Buhari has again insisted that the end is coming for the Islamist militant group.

08 December 2016 Resident doctors provide free medical services to orphans in Borno: The Borno Chapter of the Association of Resident Doctors (ARD) on Wednesday said it provided free medical services to no fewer than 200 children made orphans as a result of the Boko Haram insurgency.The ARD President in the state, Dr Ibrahim Kuburi, stated this during a visit to the Fatima Ali Sherrif Motherless Babies Home in Maiduguri.

08 December 2016 Dutch regulars to replace special forces in Mali: Soldiers from the Netherlands' 11 Luchtmobiele Brigade (11th Airmobile Brigade) will join the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) to staff a new Long Range Reconnaissance Task Group (LRRTG).

08 December 2016 Boko Haram Brainwashing Boys to Kill Their Christian Teachers: Boko Haram, the Nigerian Islamic extremist group, has been training young boys to return to their schools and kill their former teachers and students, many of them Christians, according to a new report. The Los Angeles Times reports that Boko Haram, whose name translates to "western education is sin," accuses Christians of guiding the nation's education system, which contradicts several of the radicals' beliefs, such as that the Earth is flat.

09 December 2016 U.S. lawmakers okay five-year action against Boko Haram: The United States’ House of Representatives has passed a legislation directing the country’s Secretaries of State and Defence to jointly develop a five-year strategy to assist Nigeria’s government in its fight against Boko Haram.The measure is also aimed at providing assistance to members of the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) and international partners, who had offered support to counter the regional threat of the Boko Haram insurgency.

09 December 2016 Boko Haram twin bomb blast kills 10: Emerging reports suggest that a twin bomb blast has ripped through a market in Madagali town. Police say that about 10 people have been killed following the twin bomb attack. Madagali lies some 276 km from the Adamawa State capital, Yola.The town, which is close to neighbouring Borno State, was one of several others held by Boko Haram at the height of the group’s brutal insurgency.

09 December 2016 Bomb Blasts Kill 30 in Northeast Nigeria: two women suicide bombers blew themselves up at a bustling market in northeast Nigeria's Madagali town on Friday morning, killing at least 30 people and wounding 67, an army spokesman told The Associated Press.The attack comes as Nigeria's government claims it is routing the Boko Haram Islamic extremists blamed for the blasts. Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday night called it "an act of desperation." In a message of condolence, he also vowed Nigeria's military is working "at slamming the final nail in the coffin of Boko Haram."

10 December 2016 Boko Haram brainwashes boys into killing Christian teachers: Boko Haram is targeting young boys who either dropped out of school or who still have not graduated and is convincing them to kill their former Christian teachers. Yagana Sanda, a teacher in Bama in northeastern Nigeria, recalled how her school was attacked three years ago by gunmen who shot teachers in their offices and classrooms. She also recalled the chill she felt when she recognized her former students Tukur and Gomna among the assailants, Los Angeles Times details.

11 December 2016 Niger Feels Ripple Effect of Boko Haram as Fears of Food Shortage Spread: Only 2 years old, Fatouma Ouseini lay in a hospital room, undernourished and listless from fever.She is among the nearly half a million children expected to endure the food crisis that has plagued the Lake Chad region in the past year, aid groups say, a disaster brought on by Boko Haram’s relentless campaign of killing, kidnappings and looting of entire villages.

11 December 2016 Two girls of just SEVEN blow themselves up in a suicide bomb attack at a market in Nigeria: Two seven-year-old girls have blown themselves up in a suicide bomb attack at a market in Nigeria.The explosions in the Maiduguri, which lies in the Boko Haram stronghold of Borno state, killed both the girls and one other person, while 18 were left injured. Boko Haram are believed to be behind the attack, but they are yet to claim responsibility.

12 December 2016 EU and Mali sign deal to deport failed asylum seekers: The EU has signed a deal with Mali that will see it provide funds to the African country in return for its agreement to accept failed asylum seekers and aid in fighting human smugglers. The deal, signed on behalf of the EU by Dutch foreign minister Bert Koenders after talks in Bamako, also envisages EU support to Mali on development, biometric passports and improving security.

12 December 2016 Buratai to troops “Finish-off Boko Haram”: Nigeria’s Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai has charged soldiers to finish off Boko Haram remnants on time to enable Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) return to their homes. The army chief gave the charge when he visited troops of the 81 battalion in Damboa Local Government Area in Borno state.

12 December 2016 Soldiers will be rotated every 6 months - Buratai: The Chief of Army Staff Tukur Buratai has assured Nigerians that the insurgency in the North-East will come to an end in 2017.Buratai, during his visit to 81 Battalion on Monday, December 12, promised all soldiers fighting against terrorists that they would also return to the Barracks next year.

12 December 2016 UN calls for quick response to North East food crisis to prevent famine: The United Nations has called for prompt response of the international community to the food crisis in North East Nigeria to prevent famine in the region.The Assistant Secretary-General and Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Sahel, Toby Lanzer, disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja on Monday.

12 December 2016 France donates military equipment to Cameroon: France has donated 15 vehicles, weapons and equipment to Cameroon’s Special Forces as part of assistance to combat Boko Haram militants.The vehicles, which included ten Peugeot P4 all-terrain vehicles, three ACMAT VLRA tactical trucks and two Renault TRM 2000 light trucks, were handed over on 29 November to Defence Minister Joseph Beti Assomo by French Ambassador Gilles Thibault.         

12 December 2016 Suspected Boko Haram members kill another Nigerian Lieutenant Colonel: According to the report, the officer is O. Umusu, a lieutenant colonel and commanding officer, 118 Task Force in Borno state. He was killed alongside his security details, by an IED in an ambush Monday evening, December 12. O.Umusu and his security details were returning from Maiduguri to their location towards Baga, when the incident happened between Sari and Gudumbali.

13 December 2016 Fleeing Boko Haram Terrorists Now Disguise As Menial Workers: Nigerians have been urged to be wary as fleeing members of the Boko Haram terrorists from the Sambisa forest now disguise as menial workers, infiltrating villages in the North East.This information was released by the Defence Headquarters.A statement by the acting defence spokesman, Gen. Rabe Abubakar on Tuesday in Abuja, said the escaping terrorists did that to attack communities and towns in the region.

13 December 2016 Army rescues women, girls in Sambisa operation: The Nigerian army has continued its operation in Sambisa forest to rid it off the presence of Boko Haram terrorists resulting in the rescue of 605 women and children. The forest has been the stronghold of terrorists in the north east with Chibok girls reported to be hidden there.

14 December 2016 Nigerian Army suspends operations against cattle rustlers and bandits in Zamfara: The Nigerian Army has brokered a peace deal between warring factions in Zamfara state after many deaths from consistent cattle rustling attacks.The Army held a dialogue at Gobirawa Chali village, Dansadau Emirate, Maru Local Government Area of Zamfara State led by the Deputy Governor Mallam Ibrahim Wakkala Muhammad on Wednesday, December 14.

14 December 2016 The People Are Revolting: The EU is trying to professionalize the Mali military and has 580 trainers there to improve the skills of the troops. At this point about half the 18,000 Mali military personnel have had some of this training and the assessment of the trainers is that it will take at least ten years of effort to professionalize the military.

14 December 2016 Scores Feared Dead In Boko Haram Attack On Remote Borno Village Near Chief Of Army Staff’s Home: Scores of people may have been killed on Tuesday when Boko Haram militants attacked a military base in the remote Borno State village of Kamuya, a military source told SaharaReporters.The militants stormed the area, which is about 10km to Buratai, the hometown of Chief of Army Staff Lt. Gen TY Buratai, in Biu Local Government Area at about 10 a.m.

14 December 2016 Boko Haram kills Operation Lafiya Dole commander, aide in Borno: Suspected members of the Boko Haram sect on Monday laid an ambush between Sari and Gudumbali areas of Borno State, killing another Lieutenant Colonel, Otos Umusu, and his unnamed security aide while heading to their base in Baga.Our correspondent learnt that Umusu, who was the Commanding Officer of the 118 Task Force Battalion, Operation Lafiya Dole, in Borno, and his aide were killed by an Improvised Explosive Device planted on the road.

15 December 2016 Algerian al-Qaeda boss seriously injured but alive: Mokhtar Belmokhtar bedridden after French air strike but is still alive, according to nurse who treated him He has been reported killed on many occasions, only to resurface battered but alive to fight another day. Now evidence from a nurse suggests the latest US reports of the "likely" demise of Mokhtar Belmokhtar, the Algerian boss of an al-Qaeda affiliate, are wide of the mark.

15 December 2016 We want to know how Buhari handles Babachir Lawal - Saraki: Senator Bukola Saraki has sent a message to President Muhammadu Buhari that the country is expecting how the case of Babachir Lawal accused of corruption will be treated. Lawal who is the secretary to the government of the federation was indicted by the Nigerian Senate’s ad-hoc committee on the Humanitarian crisis in the North East on handing out of fraudulent contracts in the IDP camps in the northeast.

15 December 2016 Police flag off ‘Change Campaign’ in Borno: Borno state Police Commissioner, Damian Chukwu, has expressed gratitude to members of the Civilian JTF in Borno state for their collaboration and cooperation through timely and useful information which has assisted the police in averting attacks by members of the dreaded Islamic sect, Boko Haram in the state.

15 December 2016 Borno locks down as soldiers fighting Boko Haram go on rampage: The soldiers are reported to be shooting sporadically in all direction in extreme protest against the way they are being treated by the senior officers of the Army. According to the report, the soldiers had complained of maltreatment and then "began to shoot indiscriminately, threatening to kill any officer who stands on their way.

15 December 2016 'Boko Haram Can't Disrupt Development in North East': Despite the insurgency in the North East region, the presidential sub-committee on economic development has insisted that the blueprint to return the region to its past glory cannot be chained down.The chairman of the panel and representative of Gombi/Hong Federal Constituency of Adamawa State, Yusuf Buba Yakub, stated this yesterday in Jalingo during his tour of destroyed towns and villages.

16 December 2016 Jihadists launch coordinated assault in Burkina Faso: A military post in northern Burkina Faso close to the borders with Mali was the target of a coordinated assault early this morning. At least 11 Burkinabe soldiers and one gendarme were killed in the attack, which was attributed to jihadists. Reuters reported Friday’s attack about 19 miles from the Malian border began at around 5 a.m. local time and was carried out “by about 40 heavily armed individuals who have not yet been identified,” the army told them in a statement.

16 December 2016 Murder of Fulani Christian mayor in Mali increases concerns over creeping Islamic extremism: The motive behind the murder of a Fulani Christian politician in Mali last month remains unknown, but locals suspect an Islamist agenda.Moussa Issah Bary, the 47-year-old deputy mayor of Kerana (near the Burkina Faso border), was shot dead by six unidentified men on motorbikes on 16 November. He is survived by a wife and eight children.

16 December 2016 With Boko Haram on Backfoot, Cameroon, Nigeria Reopen Border: The border between Nigeria and Cameroon has been completely reopened for the first time in three years. It’s a key sign of progress in the war against Boko Haram. Officials from the two countries met this week in Yaounde to review security issues.They were welcomed by a military band before sitting down to discuss Boko Haram.

16 December 2016 Nigeria Discovers Oil in Former Boko Haram Heartland: Nigeria’s government says it has discovered crude oil in Borno state, the northeastern state that has borne the brunt of Boko Haram’s seven-year insurgency.Jamila Shua’ra, the permanent secretary of Nigeria’s petroleum ministry, announced the find during a presentation at the Petroleum Technology Development Fund in the capital Abuja on Thursday, Nigerian newspaper Leadership reported.

17 December 2016 ‘No time for enjoyment until Boko Haram is defeated’: The Acting General Officer Commanding (GOC) of 7 Division of the Nigerian Army,Brig-Gen. Victor Ezugwu, has said there would be “no enjoyment for soldiers” in the Theatre Command until Boko Haram is defeated and peace restored to the Northeast region of the country.

17 December 2016 Boko Haram threatens to kill fleeing members: Boko Haram leaders have threatened to kill any member of the group fleeing Sambisa Forest to other hide outs in the north-east.The threat by the Boko Haram leaders follows the on-going operation rescue finale by the Nigerian Army in the Sambisa forest which has put pressure on the insurgents.

18 December 2016 2 female suicide bombers blow selves up before reaching target: The Punch reports that the incident was confirmed by the police public relations officer (PPRO) of the Borno police command, Victor Isuku. The police spokesperson said the suicide bombers were stopped at the outskirt of Maiduguri before they could carry out the act.The suicide bombers had targeted a checkpoint in the city, but failed to reach the point before the bombs went off injuring three bystanders.

18 December 2016 Nigerian city overwhelmed by victims of Boko Haram: Ali Bukar did not know anyone when he arrived in Maiduguri with 43 people in tow and not a coin in his pocket.Mr Bukar was fleeing the murders of civilians by the Boko Haram in northeast Nigeria, taking his wives, his sons, their wives and grandchildren with them.They slept in a car park "until a man took pity on us", he said.About a million people have flooded the capital of Borno state to escape the insurgency that Boko Haram has waged since 2009.

18 December 2016 Mali may let Burkina troops chase jihadists into its territory: Mali's president said Sunday he could let Burkina Faso forces pursue jihadist fighters when they flee across the border into his country, days after militants massacred 12 Burkinabe soldiers.Around 40 fighters attacked a base some 30 kilometres (18 miles) from the Burkina-Mali border on Friday in what local authorities called the biggest ever jihadist attack on the army.

18 December 2016 Boko Haram still carry out attacks in Madagali, Adamawa – Lawmaker: Despite the efforts of soldiers, Boko Haram member still carry out sporadic attacks in Madagali, Adamawa State, a lawmaker has said.The lawmaker who represents Madagali/Michika Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Adamu Kamale, also said that Madagali Local Government Area is the worst affected by insurgency in the state.

18 December 2016 What ECOWAS leaders agreed on Boko Haram, Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, others: At the end of their 50th ordinary session, leaders of West African countries, ECOWAS, took decisions on member countries including Gambia, Mali, and Guinea Bissau.In the communiqué released after their meeting in Abuja, the leaders called on Gambian leader, Yahya Jammeh, to ensure the president-elect is sworn-in on January 18 in conformity with the Gambian constitution.

18 December 2016 Nigeria to get 3m euros from Germany for procurement of military equipment: Germany is to provide Nigeria with three million Euros for the  procurement of surveillance equipment, mobile medical care unit and other support services for the country’s armed forces.The Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali, announced this on Sunday at joint news conference with the German Defence Minister, Ursala Von dar Leyen, at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.

19 December 2016 Defense Minister visits German soldiers in Mali: Germany's Minister of Defense Ursula von der Leyen arrived in Northern Mali on Monday for a visit with German troops stationed in the region. Criticism of their mission has been mounting in Germany."We need to have patience," the minister said, apparently trying to prepare soldiers for a long-running mission. Von der Leyen noted that it would take time until Mali would be able to maintain safety on its own.

19 December 2016 Germany's army union slams conditions for soldiers in Mali: The head of Germany's support organization for soldiers has criticized the poor conditions for Germans serving in Mali. They lack water, leadership and a plan, the group has said. Germany's military union, or Bundeswehrverband (DBwV), joined several politicians on Monday in criticizing the government's approach to the army's participation in a United Nations mission in Mali, which is still reeling from an armed conflict in 2012.

19 December 2016 Mali Will Not Help EU Identify, Return Illegal Malians: Mali said Monday will not help the European Union identify and return illegal Malian migrants to the country. Ongoing talks on the issue are part of larger efforts by the EU to curb migration via cooperation with key countries of origin, a strategy that resulted in a multi-million-dollar deal with Niger earlier this month.

19 December 2016 Children give presents for soldiers fighting Boko Haram: Pupils of Children International School, Lekki in Lagos state donated sanitary kits worth about N2.5 million to soldiers fighting Boko Haram by forfeiting their lunch money.  The contribution was coordinated by a Lagos based non-governmental organisation known as Volt Club, which conveyed the items to Maiduguri on behalf of the pupils.Volt Club’s Head of Assessment, Bhila Khipani, said the donations were made by the pupils, following the club’s advocacy campaign calling young Nigerians to show supports for troops in the battle field.

19 December 2016 150,000 refugees’ve returned home— Buhari: About 150, 000 Nigerian refugees who fled the country due to Boko Haram insurgency have returned home, President Muhammadu Buhari, said yesterday. The President also stated that Nigeria was guided by international best practice and standards in Bama IDP Camp: Cross Section of women at Bama IDP Camp in Maiduguri during Minister’s Tour of Bama. Photo by Gbemiga Olamikan.

20 December 2016 Nigeria must tackle poverty, underdevelopment to defeat Boko Haram – UNHCR: To defeat Boko Haram, the Nigerian government must tackle poverty, insecurity and underdevelopment, a UN official has said.The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Filipo Grandi, made the call on Monday in Abuja, while briefing the media at the end of a visit to the Lake Chad Countries of Nigeria, Niger, Chad and Cameroon.

20 December 2016 Jailed 70 soldiers write Buhari, appeal for presidential pardon: The 70 soldiers currently held in Ikoyi and Kirikiri prisons have written President Muhammadu Buhari, urging to him to grant them pardon. The soldiers, who were all involved in the fight against insurgency in the North East, were earlier sentenced to death by a court-martial but had their sentences reduced to 10 years imprisonment.

20 December 2016 Nigerian Army reacts to video of soldiers lamenting in battle front: The video had trended all through Tuesday, December 21, 2016 with Nigerians criticising President Muhammadu Buhari as the soldiers claimed that they lacked logistics and food which had seen some officers faint and collapse in exhaustion. In the video, some officers could be seen lying lifelessly on the ground while other lament that they are dying not from Boko Haram attack but for lack of food and water.

20 December 2016 Tuareg Rebels Step Back From Panel Implementing Mali Peace Accord: The main separatist group in northern Mali, the Coordination of Azawad Movements (CMA), has suspended its participation in a committee charged with implementing a 2015 peace accord, according to a statement seen Tuesday by Reuters.The document, dated December 19 and signed by CMA President Alghabass Ag Intalla, an elder of the Tuareg ethnic group, cited rising violence and a lack of progress on reforms among other reasons for its decision.

20 December 2016 See the new Defence Special Force to face Boko Haram: The Regiment Training Centre (RTC) has graduated 4 batches of trainees comprising 209 students who successfully completed different regiment training organised by the Centre in collaboration with the British Military Advisory Training Team (BMATT). According to the Air Force, the courses include Basic Regiment Officers’ Course and Basic Regiment Airmen/Airwomen Course designed to expose participants to theoretical and practical training in Force protection, weapon handling, and marksmanship.

20 December 2016 Police confirm deaths of two female suicide bombers in Borno: The Borno State Police Command has confirmed the deaths of two female suicide bombers, suspected to be on a mission for Boko Haram, who blew themselves up in an attempt to invade Maiduguri.The Police Public Relations Officer of the Borno State Police Command, Victor Isuku, made this known to newsmen on Monday in Maiduguri.Isuku said that the suicide bombers were halted at the outskirt of Maiduguri, the state capital.

20 December 2016 Hope rises for IDPs as EFCC signs MoU with WFP: The Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu, has pledged the Commission’s support for the World Food Programme towards ensuring that all support deployed by its donors and the government of Nigeria reaches its beneficiaries without any threat of corruption.Magu made the pledge on Tuesday while signing a Memorandum of Understanding with the WFP at the EFCC’s Head Office, Abuja.

20 December 2016 Buratai warns against delay in payment of troops’ salaries: CHIEF of Army Staff, Lt General Tukur Buratai, yesterday, warned against delay in payment of salaries and allowances of troops engaged in the fight against insurgency in the North East. Buratai, who spoke while declaring open, a seminar on Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System, IPPIS, for army personnel, in Abuja, insisted that prompt and accelerated payment of salaries and allowances to the fighting troops was one of the ways of boosting their moral.

4,January 2017 Soldiers have today shot dead three female suicide bombers at Bakin Dutse in Madagali Local Government Area of Adamawa State. three women were intercepted at Bakin Dutse village, just five kilometers to Gulak, the headquarters of Madagali Local Government Area, where villagers converge every Wednesday to shop at the markets. Major Badare Akintoye, the Army Public Relations Officer at the 28 Task Force Battalion in Mubi, confirmed the incident to Daily Trust."We gunned down three female suicide bombers. Our soldiers are on alert and commercial activities are going on there," he stated.

6, January , 2017 Two female suicide bombers on Friday killed 45 people and wounded 33 others when they detonated their explosives in a crowded market in Nigeria's restive northeast.

While there was no immediate claim of responsibility, the blasts bore all the hallmarks of Boko Haram, which regularly uses women and young girls to carry out suicide attacks in its seven-year insurgent campaign in the troubled region. "At least 30 people have been killed in the suicide blasts carried out by two female suicide bombers in the market," military spokesman Badare Akintoye told AFP. "Several people have been injured in the attack," said Akintoye by phone from a military base in the town of Mubi, 100 kilometres away. A local government official and the National Emergency Management Agency [NEMA] confirmed the attack.

8 January , 2017 Multiple explosions hit Borno capital: The explosions, which were set off by suicide bombers, occurred on Sunday, January 8, 2017.

One suicide bomber is said to have attacked a Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF) check point around the Muna garage area while a group of bombers attacked Kalleri ward.

11 January 2017. 4 Female Suicide Bombers Die in Northern Cameroon: YAOUNDE —

Four female suicide bombers were killed Wednesday after crossing into northern Cameroon from Nigeria, according to local officials. The news underscores the continued threats in Nigeria's border areas. The governor of Cameroon’s Far North region, Midjiyawa Bakari, told VOA that self-defense groups spotted the four young women crossing the border in pairs early Wednesday. Three of them detonated their suicide vests, killing only themselves, the governor said, while the fourth was shot and killed by soldiers. He said he is congratulating the military and self defense group who have dedicated their lives to fight the terrorists. He said the population should know that the war against Boko Haram has not ended, so they should double their vigilance knowing Cameroon is still fighting the war. Cameroon Minister of Communication and government spokesperson Issa Tchiroma told VOA that troops have been pushing back on the cross-border threat.

12 January, 2017  Two Nigerian Army officers have reportedly lost their lives after an IED planted by Boko Haram terrorists exploded in Borno state

Report suggests that the bomb went off in Golgore River Bank in Damboa local government area in central Borno state at about 11.15am

The two Nigerian Army officers affected were part of the eight officers and 144 soldiers attached to the Nigerian Army 27 Brigade Task Force

12 January 2017 Boko Haram terrorists have killed two people and abducted three school girls in fresh attack on Adamawa state, reports say.

The attack occurred in Madagali local government area of the state.

13 January 2017, The Nigerian army engaged in a shootout with Boko Haram terrorists killing 10 of them while others escaped with gunshot wounds.

In a statement by Brigadier General Sani Kukasheka Usman, who is the director of army public relations, he said weapons used by the terrorist were recovered while they were also on the trail of those who escaped.Elements of 119 Battalion and 133 Special Forces Battalion of 7 Brigade, Nigerian Army, on Operation LAFIYA DOLE deployed at Kangarwa, Kukawa Local Government Area, Borno State, with the assistance of the Nigerian Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance planes dealt a decisive below on Boko Haram terrorists that dared attack on their location yesterday.

14 January 2017. The Ivory Coast's government and mutinying troops have reached a final deal at talks in Bouake, government sources said, shortly after talks were interrupted by gunfire at barracks across the country. Hours before the agreement, troops sealed off the northern city of Korhogo and the second largest city, Bouake, where they surrounded the building in which the defence minister was negotiating the deal. However, he left the talks unharmed. "A deal has been reached in Bouake between the chief of staff, the defence minister and the troops," a source close to the presidency told AFP late on Friday.

15, January 2017. Just as the federal government celebrated fallen heroes on Armed Forces Remembrance Day across Nigeria on Sunday, January 15, gunmen attacked a meeting of Civilian JTF members and killed many

The CJTF helps the Nigerian Army in tracking down and arresting Boko Haram members across the northeast Nobody has claimed responsibility for the attack yet but the Boko Haram has been known to attack CJTF members for working with the military

15 January 2017. The dreaded Boko Haram terrorists are said to have killed 16 people in Cameroon, a Cameroonian newspaper has said.three people killed including three women were beheaded in a locality called Gnam-Gnam, 10 kilometers away from the famous park of Waza.

16, January 2017. A twin bomb blasts have reportedly killed many at the mosque of the University of Maiduguri, Borno state.

Sources say the second bomb exploded at the Gate 5 of the institution, killing only the suicide bomber, It was also gathered that a professor of veterinary medicine identified as Mani is among those dead..

16 January 2017. 30 Zambian Women Stranded in Mali: MORE than 30 Zambian women married to Malian men are stranded in that country after either being widowed or divorced.

This came to light when Foreign Affairs Minister Harry Kalaba, who was in Bamako, Mali, to attend the Africa-France Summit on behalf of President Edgar Lungu, met Zambians living in that country. Mr Kalaba met 35 women who expressed their anguish at the lives they living in Mali, many of them unable to return to Zambia because of missing travel documents.

17 January 2017. Lt. Col. Mai Touray Picked By Men in Black Suits. Lieutenant Colonel Mai Touray, a resident of Faji-Kunda, was picked up by a group of men in black suits and taken away to an unknown destination on Sunday, 15 January, 2017 around 9pm, a family source revealed.

19 January 2017. Mali: Death Toll From Suicide Blast At Gao Army Base Rises: The death toll from Wednesday's bomb attack on a military camp in northern Mali has risen to 77, a French army spokesman said. The area hit by the blast houses government soldiers and armed groups who conduct mixed patrols under a UN-brokered peace deal aimed at curbing violence in the region.

19 January 2017. Militants Claim Responsibility for Mali Suicide Bombing. Al-Qaeda linked fighters have claimed responsibility for the attack on an army barracks in the north that led to 60 deaths, as France has hinted at possible sanctions against opposition forces in the country

18 January 2017.  The country's online newspaper, Freedom, has reported that the commander of President Yahya Jammeh's Republican Guards, General Saul Badjie, has distributed hundreds of military uniforms to fighters arriving from other West African countries.

18 January 2017: Islamist Group Abuses, Banditry Surge: Nairobi — Islamist armed groups in northern and central Mali have executed numerous people and are increasingly imposing restrictions on village life. The Malian government has largely been unable to protect vulnerable civilians in northern and central Mali, while security forces summarily executed at least 10 suspected Islamists and tortured many others during counterterrorism operations in 2016.

18 January 2017. France Weighs UN Sanctions Regime for Mali: France is considering a United Nations Security Council draft resolution that would set up a sanctions regime for Mali to target opponents of the June 2015 peace deal signed between the Malian government and rebels, the ambassador said on Tuesday. The peace accord was intended to end years of fighting in the north, but its implementation has been piecemeal. Mali regained control of the north after a French-led military intervention in January 2013 drove out jihadists, but insurgents remain active across large parts of the region.

22, January 2017 A Cameroonian helicopter on a mission to fighting Boko Haram terrorists have crashed. The military helicopter crashed on the country’s border with Nigeria killing the commander of the troops Jacob Kodji and other four officer

23 January 2017. The Federal government of Nigeria as urged the Bring Back our Girls group #BBOG to see government as partners and stop acting like an opposition to the government

24 , January 2017. Boko Haram terrorists have killed not fewer than eight people in an attack on a village in Askira Uba local government of Borno state.

25  January 2017. 3 dead as 2 suicide bombers attack Maiduguri

25 January 2017. Nigeria: Heavy Gunfire in Yobe As Army Foils Boko Haram's Attempt to Capture Military Base: There was intense exchange of gunfire in Borno on Wednesday night as a huge number of suspected Boko Haram terrorists descended on a military base in Yobe with the intention of dislodging the troops there and taking over the location.

28 January 2017. Attackers believed to be Boko Haram members have killed unknown number of people and injured several others in an ambush on motorists in Borno state the ambush occurred along Maiduguri-Damboa-Biu road between old Nigerian Telecommunications (NITEL) mast called Dogon Wire and deserted Bullabulin village.

31 January 2017 A suspected Boko Haram bomber has reportedly attacked a group of Muslims having their early morning prayers at a mosque opposite the University of Maiduguri. The incident happened in the early hours of Tuesday, January 31 just days after an earlier incident happened inside the university that ended the life of a professor of veterinary medicine, Professor Aliyu Mani, and others, male suic*de bomber entered the mosque located in Dalori quarters opposite the university and detonated the improvised explosive device while the congregation observed their prayers.

31 January 2017.  Nigerian Army troops, Civilian JTF drive Boko Haram out of Gulumba, The operation was held in conjunction with members of the Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF).The success of the operation was confirmed by Facebook user and top civilian JTF member in Borno state Muazu Alhaji Misiya.

1 February 2017 Boko Haram sponsors arrested in Borno state; Two prominent politicians and a traditional ruler affiliated with the Boko Haram group have been arrested during a military raid in Borno state, the politicians who are known in government circle, were arrested early this week by detectives and troops from Operation Lafiya Dole, the counter-insurgency military team one of the arrested alleged collaborators who is also an Islamic spiritualist, had fled the state when he learnt military men were on his trail.

1 Febryary 2017 Troops of 25 Task Force Brigade, 7 Division encountered fleeing Boko Haram while they also recovered weapons and vehicles belonging to the terrorists.

Three soldiers were confirmed dead while other officers who were injured are receiving medical treatment.

1 February 2017. Peace in Mali - One Step Forward, Two Steps Back: A week later, on 26 January, Malian intelligence services arrested two individuals suspected of planning a terrorist attack in the capital, Bamako. According to preliminary findings of the investigation, the individuals are suspected to belong to al-Mourabitoun, a group allied to al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb. This group had claimed responsibility for the 18 January attack on the Operational Coordination Mechanism (Mécanisme opérationnel de coordination - MOC) camp in Gao. On the day, about 600 soldiers from the Malian army, the Coordination of Movements of Azawad (CMA) and the Self-Defence Groups' Platform (Platform) were gathered in the barracks to prepare for their first deployment as joint patrols.

2 February 2017.5 Officials of UN, Boundary Commission Killed in Cameroon

 Five officials of the United Nations, the National Boundary Commission and Adamawa State Ministry of Land and Survey have been confirmed killed, while on a delineation mission to the border towns between Adamawa and the Republic of Cameroon,some of the victims of the attack have been confirmed to be indigenes of Kenya, Cameroon, Adamawa, Jigawa and Kano states.

2 February 2017.  Gunmen kill 2 foreigners, 5 others in Adamawa. Report from Adamawa state is that unknown assailants have killed two white men who are believed to be contractors and five other officials of the state’s Ministry of Land and Survey. the seven were killed in a village in Toungo local government area of Adamawa state while on official assignment.One of the victims was identified as Zakaria, a Director of the Adamawa State Ministry of Land and Survey.

The officials were said to be demarcating the boundary of some villages between Cameroon and Niger when the incident happened.

2 February 2017. Soldier gets jail sentence for fleeing Boko Haram. A Nigerian soldier, Egbechi Oze, has been sentenced to jail by an army general court martial sitting in Maiduguri, Borno state after he fled his duty post, the private was absent for 270 days when he fled his post because of Boko Haram and took refuge in a state in the south east.

2 February 2017. Army recovers weapons, vehicles after engaging Boko Haram. The Nigerian Army has neutralised 35 Boko Haram terrorists and wounded several others during a clearance operation at Buk in Borno state. In a statement by Brigadier General Sani Kukasheka Usman who is the director of army public relations, he said the incident happened on Wednesday, February 1.

Troops of 25 Task Force Brigade, 7 Division encountered fleeing Boko Haram while they also recovered weapons and vehicles belonging to the terrorists.

Three soldiers were confirmed dead while other officers who were injured are receiving medical treatment.

 02 February 2017. US mourns as special forces soldier is killed by Boko Haram: The United States Army has reported the loss of a Special Forces officer who was killed in a non-combat accident in Niger, Army Times reports that Warrant Officer 1 Shawn Thomas, 35, was killed in a vehicle accident in Niger, according to a statement released by US Africa Command. Another soldier was injured in the accident, which occurred during a “routine administrative movement” between partner force outposts, the release stated.

3 February 2017.Top Boko Haram member who attacked Adamawa market arrested. senior member of the Boko Haram terrorist group who took part in the December 2016 bombing of a market in Madagali, Adamawa state, has been arrested. Simply identified as Ibrahim, the suspect who was arrested on January 20, is said to have confessed to playing a role in the attack on the market on Friday, December 9, 2016, killing over 30 persons.

3 February 2017. Theater Commander Operation Lafiya Dole, Maj- Gen. Leo Irabor point to a former Boko Haram fighter, Muhammed Abubakar, who was amputated by the insurgents for backing out of the group’s activities, during a press conference in Maiduguri.

06 February 2017. Fleeing Boko Haram insurgents raze Yobe village. Fleeing Boko Haram suspects in a convoy of Toyota Hilux vehicles and motorcycles attacked Sasawa village in Damaturu Local Government Council of Yobe State, setting ablaze several houses and shops on Sunday night. Sasawa is a farming community, 48 kilometres north of Damaturu, the state capital. Military sources in Damaturu said yesterday that the insurgents invaded the village through the southern exit of Sambisa Forest, which was captured last December. “Even though we cannot ascertain the level of casualties, but most of the houses and shops in the village were burnt down by the fleeing insurgents, while some of the villagers escaped into nearby bush,” said the military source in Damaturu. He said that troops of Operation Lafiya Dole have been deployed to the village in the early hours of yesterday

7 February 2017. U.S-Based NGO commends Nigerian military on civilian protection. A U.S.-based NGO, the Center for Civilians In Conflicts (CIVIC), on Monday commended the Nigerian military for its commitment to the protection of civilians during armed conflicts.

CIVIC Team Leader in Nigeria, Mrs Chitra Nagarajam, gave the commendation in Maiduguri at the opening of a two-day workshop on protection of civilians in armed conflicts for officers and men of the Nigerian Army.

07 February 2017. Boko Haram: Borno to provide free education to 23,000 displaced orphans: The Borno Government says it will offer nursery and primary school scholarships to 23,000 orphans taking refuge in Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps in the state. Ahmed Satomi, the Chairman, State Emergency Management Agency, SEMA, disclosed this on Sunday in Maiduguri in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria. Mr. Satomi said the gesture was aimed at catering for the education of the vulnerable children who did not have anybody to sponsor their education. He said the orphans, who were unaccompanied children found in various Boko Haram liberated towns, would be engaged in meaningful activities that would make them forget their traumatic experience. The SEMA official explained that the agency, in collaboration with other Non-Governmental Organisations, NGOs, was doing everything possible to cater for the welfare of the orphaned children. “The children are all Boko Haram victims; some of their parents were killed while some of them had fled without any traces.“We are doing what we can through our Child Protection Centre that offers training, counselling and other psychosocial support for the children.

07 February 2017. Five West African states to set up Sahel anti-terror force.: Some West African countries have agreed to form an anti-terrorism force to jointly fight jihadist militants in the Sahel region. “The G5 Sahel joint force will intervene in northern Mali in particular and in the Sahel, to carry out a fierce fight against the various terrorist groups that operate in the Sahel zone,” Malian President Ibarahim Boubacar Keita, who was appointed leader of the G5 Sahel, said Tuesday on national radio. Mali, Niger, Chad, Mauritania and Burkina Faso decided to set up the G5 Sahel counter-terrorism unit during a summit in Mali’s capital, Bamako, late on Monday.

The G5 Sahel leaders said they will request authorisation from the UN Security Council to “immediately” activate the joint force, which is meant to collaborate tightly with the UN peacekeeping mission in Mali (MINUSMA).

08 February 2017 Nigeria’s Boko Haram is broke – UN : The Boko Haram sect is currently plagued by financial difficulties, Jeffrey Feltman, UN under-secretary-general for political affairs, has said.Feltman said this on Tuesday, while briefing the security council on the UN secretary-general’s fourth report on the threat the group poses to international peace and security efforts to “check and roll it back”.The UN envoy also noted that Boko Haram was under intense military pressure, but warned against undermining its capacity to launch fatal attacks.“ISIL-affiliate Boko Haram is attempting to spread its influence and commit terrorist acts beyond Nigeria,” he said.“And Boko Haram remains a serious threat, with several thousand fighters at its disposal.

08 February 2017. I was paid N200 to detonate bomb, says suicide bomber: An 18-year-old Boko Haram suicide bomber, Amina, who was intercepted by men of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) on Tuesday in Maiduguri, said she was given N200 for the mission. She told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Maiduguri that she was abducted two years ago by the sect members in Madagali, Adamawa, and taken to Sambisa forest. “They gave us N200 each which they said we should use to buy food for ourselves. “It took us three days to come to Maiduguri on a motorcycle. We were directed by the sect members to detonate our explosives any where we saw any form of gathering.

08 February 2017. Cameroon Ups Support for Vigilantes Against Boko Haram: MORA, CAMEROON —  Officials in northern Cameroon say Boko Haram is hitting back against regional military pressure with suicide attacks. Rarely a week goes by without reports of a bombing. To protect border communities, Cameroon is reinforcing the capabilities of local self-defense groups who help the military. Music is played to welcome 200 recruits of the self-defense group in Mora on Cameroon's northern border with Nigeria. Among the thousands witnessing the exercise is Far North region Governor Midjiyawa Bakari. The governor told the recruits President Paul Biya has instructed him to visit all border localities to congratulate and encourage self-defense groups and traditional rulers that have been courageously defending people from Boko Haram.

09 February 2017. Seven army recruits killed, 20 injured as Nigerian troops, Boko Haram battle in Borno. At least seven newly recruited Nigerian soldiers were killed in battle Thursday night after troops of the Nigerian Army and Boko Haram terrorists engaged in a prolonged exchange of gunfire in northern Borno State. No fewer than 20 others were injured in the gun battle which occurred along the Maiduguri-Dikwa road in the North-Eastern State, Dikwa is 70 kilometres east of Maiduguri, three other soldiers, including a female, were declared missing after the incident, our sources said.After the soldiers emerged from their vehicles, a prolonged fire-fight ensued, with seven of them falling in battle, and 20 others suffering varying degrees of injuries.

The army then sent reinforcement to the scene, but by the time those soldiers arrived, the Boko terrorists had fled into surrounding bushes and villages, making away with a gun truck, a mine detector, some AK 47 rifles, explosives and other weapons.<