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Amazing discoveries within Boko Haram’s birthplace

Yushau A. Shuaib   Every time I have reason to travel to Maiduguri for an assignment, my family members become prayer warriors, and clarifications are sought around my dreams at such periods to check for what might be portents, while safety measures are devised against any possible untoward development.   As the birthplace of

Attacks in Burkina Faso — a simmering Islamist conflict

Sella Oneko Six people killed in a Sunday church service were the latest victims of terrorist attacks in northern Burkina Faso. While the attacks haven't made headlines, observers say they show rising insecurity in the region. It was Sunday morning, May 12, when about 20 attackers reportedly surrounded a church and shot

Even in defeat, Islamic State’s foreign fighters expanding

Jeff Seldin    It was March 2018, approximately five months after U.S.-backed forces had declared victory in the battle for the Islamic State terror group's Syrian capital of Raqqa. And Afghan officials had reason to worry. Intelligence suggested the fallout from that victory had been making its way, slowly but surely, to their

Humans are speeding extinction and altering the natural world at an ‘unprecedented’ pace

Brad Plumer Humans are transforming Earth’s natural landscapes so dramatically that as many as one million plant and animal species are now at risk of extinction, posing a dire threat to ecosystems that people all over the world depend on for their survival, a sweeping new United Nations assessment has concluded. The

Insecurity: Nigeria’s security agencies get additional N56.223b of N90b added in 2019 budget

Deji Elumoye Finally, the National Assembly, on Tuesday passed the 2019 Budget with a slight adjustment of its portfolio from N8.83 trillion to N8.91 trillion. The 2019 Appropriation Bill submitted to the National Assembly by President Muhammadu Buhari on December 19, 2018 has eventually been passed by the legislature, although it took

Boko Haram: Borno villages where women bury their dead

Ene Osang Editor's note: Ladi Yohanna is an Internally Displaced Person (IDP) living in the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) camp in Maiduguri, the Borno state capital, since 2014. This repor finds out how she survived the several Boko Haram attacks and became a displaced person. Women from Atagara and Agangera

Missing Chibok Girls: Five years of anguish, dashed hope

Chiemelie Ezeobi The  inability of the government to rescue the remaining 112 Chibok schoolgirls, five years after they were abducted by the Boko Haram terrorists, remains an albatross on the nation’s neck. Closure, they say, often happens when one makes peace or comes to terms with an unpleasant event. While this might

Jihadists violence triggers ‘unprecedented’ crisis in Burkina Faso

'The country has never had to deal with such massive displacement’ Philip Kleinfeld Attacks by Islamist militants, military operations, and waves of inter-communal violence have left hundreds dead and tens of thousands displaced since January in the West African nation of Burkina Faso, triggering an “unprecedented” humanitarian crisis that has caught many

Ghost ships of Lagos, a haven of crime

In Summary Shipwrecks are used as bunkers for stolen imported oil that is then sold on in Benin and TogoWeak regulation, expensive removal have turned Lagos coastline into a marine cemeteryThe wrecks attract water sports but are also an environmental hazard The two men in the motorised wooden canoe look around warily