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How Nigeria evacuated whole town to screen for Boko Haram members

•Soldiers force Jakana residents to displaced person camp for identity checks Ruth McLean and Ismail Alfa Nigerian soldiers have evacuated the entire population of a town in the north-eastern insurgency-hit state of Borno without warning. The military said people were evacuated ahead of operations, but residents of Jakana said they were taken to

ISWAP claims it killed 18 Nigerian soldiers, others

Jihadist group Islamic State said Thursday that it had killed 13 Nigerian soldiers and five troops from a west African anti-militant force in attacks over recent days. Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), which split from Nigeria-based Boko Haram in 2016, has carried out a series of attacks in the last

Boko Haram Attacks: You’re insensitivity to soldiers’ death, Afenifere tells Buhari

Jude Johnson The pan-Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere, has slammed the Federal Government for the events surrounding the killing of over 100  Nigerian soldiers after Boko Haram terrorists attacks at military base in Borno State last week. To this end, the group accused President Muhammadu Buhari of allegedly not showing much concern over

Nigerian soldiers fighting Boko Haram flee duty post

Mukaila Ola The Nigeria military may have ceded new territory to Boko Haram terrorists as soldiers are said to have abandoned a military post in Kangarwa, a village bordering Chad. A military source claimed that the soldiers in Kangarwa decided to abandon their post to avoid being overrun by the Islamic State

Metele Attack: SERAP seeks probe of military spending

Godsgift Onyedinefu    The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, (SERAP) has in an open letter to President Muhammadu Buhari requesting him to urgently set up a commission of inquiry to investigate the spending of defence and military budgets between 1999 and 2018 to promote transparency and accountability in the sector.   SERAP said the

Boko Haram Attacks: ‘Soldiers now cry to God as colleagues die like chickens…’

•Casualties painful but inevitable--Buratai Editor's note: The illustration picture was captured from a 2017 Kannywood movie titled 'Abu Hasaan' and not at the theatre of operations.   Jude Johnson Some of the Nigerian soldiers deployed to the counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency operations against Boko Haram terrorists in parts of the North East have voiced their

And the Demystification of Nigerian Soldiers Continues…

By Chidi Omeje As the Editor of Nigerian Defence Magazine, I recall asking the then Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Oluseyi Petinrin, in an interview, what he thought about the continuous deployment of troops to tackle every internal security challenge in Nigeria. In a measured voice, he stated that much

My life is in danger, ex-IPOB member cries out

Freeda Nzemo   The former member of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mr. Chidozie Oliver Mbah, has cried out to the international community, particularly to the United Nations (UN), to save his life and that of other IPOB members from the hands of Nigeria military officials who are determined to punish