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Director, Defence Media Operation, Major General John Enenche, who made this known at a media briefing, also indicated that the DHQ has provided three additional treatment and isolation centres of its own.

Troops kill 80 terrorists, arrests four cultists, others in one week

The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) has said that troops on internal security operations across the country have killed 80 terrorists, bandits and other criminals disturbing the peace of the country. The soldiers also arrested four cultists, recovered several arms and ammunition and rescued three kidnapped persons during the operations conducted between January 7 and 14, DHQ announced on Wednesday.

Niger Delta militants pull out of peace talks with Nigerian government, threaten to resume...

National Coordinator of RNDA, self-styled “Major General Johnmark Ezonebi, in a statement, said: “The peace talk was recently threatened by the appointment of Mr Akwa Effiong Okon as sole administrator for NDDC, and the non-recognition of Niger Delta in the policy statements by President Buhari during the January 1 broadcast to the nation.”

Niger Delta militants bomb ex-leader’s home

A coalition of militants in Niger Delta has bombed the country home of a former militant leader in Bayelsa State, “General” Ogunbos, who they claimed abandoned his boys to suffer in the creeks and is living big in the city.
Picture made available by the Algerian Ministry of Defence on April 30, 2019, shows soldiers taking part in manoeuvres at an undisclosed location in Algeria. (File-AFP)

Three Algerian soldiers killed in anti-terror operation

Algeria’s defence ministry has said three soldiers have so far been killed in an ongoing anti-terror operation in the northern Tipaza region.
President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday in his New Year broadcast decried the level of violence in the country, saying insecurity is setting Nigeria back at “critical points” through the destruction of public and private investments.

President Buhari sympathises with Niger Republic of 70 killed in terror attack

Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, in a statement said Buhari in his reaction to the incident on Sunday in Abuja, said, “I am profoundly shocked by the large scale death of innocent people at the hands of these callous militants who have no regard for the sanctity of human life.”
Total SE asked some staff to vacate its $20 billion (about R293 billion) Mozambique liquefied natural gas (LNG) project as Islamist militants are staging attacks increasingly closer to the site.

Total asks Mozambique staff to leave as attacks draw near to LNG project

Fighters linked to Islamic State raided a town less than 5 kilometers from the construction camp this week of what is Africa’s largest private investment, ratcheting up risks for the planned LNG export terminal on Mozambique’s northern coastline. While the heavily guarded site hasn’t been attacked yet, militants have made threats that they may do so.

CSOs reveal individuals behind insecurity in Nigeria

A Coalition of 92 Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) led by Centre for Credible Leadership and Citizens Awareness (CCLCA), has blamed politicians for insecurity in Nigeria.
FILE PHOTO - Buffaloes are seen on the island of Bhasan Char in the Bay of Bengal, Bangladesh February 14, 2018. REUTERS-Stringer

Bangladesh to ship new group of Rohingya refugees to remote island

Bangladesh will move a second group of Rohingya refugees to a low-lying island in the Bay of Bengal on Tuesday, officials said, despite calls by rights groups to stop the relocation on safety grounds.
Nigerian soldiers stand at the ready at the headquarters of the 120th Battalion in Goniri, Yobe State, in Nigeria's restive northeast. (Audu Marte, AFP)

At least 10 dead in Boko Haram attack in Nigeria

The jihadist group Boko Haram killed at least 10 people including four security personnel in raids on three villages in northeast Nigeria, local and security sources told AFP on Sunday.

Over 7 million voters elect a new president for Niger

With an economy slowed down by the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic – compounding an already difficult situation occasioned by the effect of climate change and the falling price of the country’s major export commodity, uranium – whoever succeeds President Mahamadou Issoufou will have his job cut out for him.
Mozambique said its security forces repelled an attack by Islamist insurgents on a town close to the site where Total SE is building a $20 billion (about R292 billion) natural gas facility.

Mozambique troops fight off attack near LNG project

Mozambique said its security forces repelled an attack by Islamist insurgents on a town close to the site where Total SE is building a $20 billion (about R292 billion) natural gas facility.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for practically leading from the front and ensuring that the abducted Kankara schoolboys regained their freedom.

Nigeria school abductions sparked by cattle feuds, not extremism – officials

The kidnap of 344 schoolboys in northwest Nigeria had the appearance of an Islamist militant attack. There was even a video purporting to show some of the boys with members of Boko Haram, the extremists behind the 2014 kidnapping of more than 270 schoolgirls in the northeast.
A Somali security officer stands at the scene of a car bombing attack in Mogadishu, Somalia. AFP

Somali hotel rises again after al Shabaab bombing

A former minister in Somalia whose hotel was damaged in a bomb attack by the Islamist group al Shabaab says he is rebuilding and expanding, in an unusual show of business confidence in a country where violence is a daily challenge.

Militants attack US-NATO base in Afghanistan

Militants on Saturday struck a main U.S.-NATO base in Bagram district of Afghanistan’s Parwan province, north of Kabul, with five rounds of rocket fires, a provincial government spokesperson confirmed.
Gunmen raided the boys’ secondary school in Kankara town, Katsina state, on Friday last week and marched around 350 of them into the vast Rugu forest. It was not clear if all of them had been recovered in the rescue operation.

Freed Nigerian schoolboys arrive back home a week after abduction

Dozens of kidnapped school boys arrived back home on Friday a day after security forces rescued them in northwest Nigeria.
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has pointed out the need for government to institute an enduring reward system for war veterans to justify the ultimate sacrifices that they make in keeping Nigeria safe and united.

Governor Wike calls for establishment of reward system for war veterans

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has pointed out the need for government to institute an enduring reward system for war veterans to justify the ultimate sacrifices that they make in keeping Nigeria safe and united.
A demonstrator holds a sign during a protest to urge authorities to rescue hundreds of abducted schoolboys, in northwestern state of Katsina, Nigeria, December 17, 2020. REUTERS-Afolabi Sotunde

Nigerian security forces rescue more than 300 schoolboys kidnapped by gunmen

Security forces on Thursday rescued nearly 350 schoolboys who had been kidnapped by suspected Islamist gunmen in northern Nigeria and taken into a vast forest, the governor of Katsina state said.
Former Governor of Zamfara State, Senator Ahmed Sani Yerima, says there has never been any agreement in the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to zone the presidency to the South-West region in 2023.

2023: There was no pre-merger agreement in APC on zoning – Senator Yerima

A former Governor of Zamfara State, Senator Sani Yerima, has denied that the All Progressives Congress (APC) had any premerger agreement to rotate the presidency between the north and the south.

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Troops of Operation Whirl Stroke and 177 Battalion on Wednesday killed two bandits in a raid on their hideout at Angwan Mada in Nasarawa State, defence spokesman, Maj.-Gen. John Enenche, disclosed in a statement on Thursday in Abuja.

DHQ: Military airstrike eliminates scores of terrorists in Borno

The Defence Headquarters says the Air Component of Operation Lafiya Dole has eliminated scores of Boko Haram terrorists in an air strike on Jakana axis of Borno on Wednesday.

Junaid Muhammad: President Buhari’s appointments not based on merit

A Second Republic lawmaker, Junaid Muhammad, says the Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Sokoto, Matthew Kukah, was right to say that President Muhammadu Buhari, had been promoting nepotism in his appointments. He, however, said Kukah’s analysis was not right.
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Michael Okpara university fixes date to resume physical classes

Nearly ten months after gates of Nigerian public universities were shut by the protracted nationwide strike embarked on by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), the management of the Federal University of Agriculture Umudike aka Michael Okpara University of Agriculture (MOUA), Umudike, has said academic activities will resume on January 25, 2021.