Thinking through the Chadian stunt

April 22, 2020 Julius Ogar 0

The onslaught of Covid-19 is driving virtually every other headlines into the shadows. It makes no difference whether in the local or international media, except, of course, in the social media where the credulous and incredulous equally compete for space.Covid-19 has taken over the agenda setting role of the mass media and it seems nothing else is important. It is Read More

Buratai ‘leads battle to flush out Boko Haram in North East’

April 11, 2020 NAN 0

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, has relocated to the North East to oversee and direct the overall operation in the theatre and other army operations across the country. The Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Col. Sagir Musa, disclosed this in a statement on Friday. He said that Buratai disclosed this while addressing the troops of Special Super Read More

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Troops destroy Boko-haram logistics supplies, structures

March 28, 2020 Editorial III 0

The Nigerian troops on counter insurgency operations in the North-east have destroyed structures and logistics supplies of Boko-haram terrorists in air strikes at Valangide in the Sambisa forest, Borno state. According to a statement made available to journalists, Saturday in Abuja, the Acting Director Defence Media Operations Brig- Gen. Bernard Onyeuko, the mission, which was conducted on Friday in continuation Read More

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Boko Haram launches newspaper

March 27, 2020 Editorial III 0

The Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) has launched a bi-weekly digital newspaper in Hausa titled Wakiliyar Labarai, Ahmed Salkida, a journalist known to have access to Boko Haram, has reported. He said the launch of the newspaper speaks to their ambitious strategic plan in sustaining widespread followership. Hausa is the Chadic language spoken as a first language by Read More

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Sabotage: Troops overwhelm terrorists, suffer casualties in North-east

March 25, 2020 Editorial III 0

Troops of Operation Lafiya Dole have dealt crippling blow on Boko Haram Terrorists in the North-east, immobilizing a gun truck at Gorgi in Borno state, killing thousands of insurgents as a result. However, Nigerian troops suffered casualties as a result of an alleged informant in an ambushed attack on the logistic tail on a consolidation mission carrying supplies like fuel, Read More

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Insecurity: Senate c’ttee wants almajiri system scrapped, decentralisation of police command structure

March 19, 2020 Editor 0

The Senate Ad-Hoc Committee on Security Challenges has called for scrapping of Almajiri system of knowledge acquisition in the northern part of the country. This, it said, would block the recruitment avenue for Boko Haram insurgents. In the series of recommendations to be adopted by the Senate Thursday, the committee also called for the  decentralisation of the structural commands of the Read More

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Insurgency: 1, 000 Yobe pupils, students return to school

March 16, 2020 Editorial III 0

Over 1000 pupils and students have returned back to school after being displaced by the Boko Haram insurgents in Yunusari local government council of Yobe state. This happened after the North East Regional Initiative (NERI) handed over furniture and Instructional materials Worth million of naira to the school management of Kanamma primary and junior secondary school of the state. The Read More

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Troops kill 19 terrorists in failed attack on military location

March 6, 2020 Editorial III 0

Troops of the Nigerian Army with the support of the Air Task Force of Operation Lafiya Dole have killed 19 Boko haram terrorists when the terrorists attempted to infiltrate troops of 25 Task Force Brigade (Army Super Camp 2) in their location in  Damboa, Borno State. Media Coordinator of Nigerian Army Operations, Col. Aminu Iliyasu said in a statement that Read More

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CAN honours slain chairman, declares Jan. 21 day of prayers

February 21, 2020 Editorial III 0

The leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has declared January 21 of every year as the CAN National Day of Prayers for ‘the persecuted Christians’ in Nigeria. Special Assistant, Media and Communications to the CAN President, Pastor Adebayo Oladeji, made this known in a statement in honour of the late CAN Chairman, Rev. Lawan Andimi. He said the Read More

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Buhari commends ‘Doctors Without Borders’ over sacrifices in conflict areas

February 21, 2020 Editorial III 0

The sacrifices of Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders) in conflict areas in Nigeria are well appreciated, President Muhammadu Buhari, has said. Receiving Dr Christos Christou, International President of the organization at the State House in Abuja, Friday, the president said the sacrifices as individuals and as a group were quite enormous, particularly on non-profit basis. Commenting specifically on the Read More

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Despite criticism, we’ve made progress in North-east – Buhari

February 21, 2020 Editorial III 0

President Muhammadu Buhari, Friday, said despite criticism, his government has made substantial progress in the war against Boko Haram in the North-east. Buhari made the declaration while receiving International President of Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors without Borders), Dr Christos Christou, at State House, Abuja. “We know the pathetic situation of children not knowing where their parents are, or the communities Read More

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Happening Now: Again, Boko Haram invades Chibok, shoots, sets houses on fire

February 18, 2020 Editor 0

Korongilum, a community in Chibok local government area of Borno state is currently being attacked by suspected Boko Haram insurgents.  A resident told Blueprint on phone, Tuesday night, that the attackers came into the community around 6pm, shooting sporadically and setting many houses on fire.  A military source said troops from the Nigerian Army 28 task force brigade and 117 Read More

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Amnesty International working for terror groups – DHQ

February 14, 2020 Editorial III 0

The Defence Headquarters has accused Amnesty International (AI) of deliberately supporting the acts of terrorism perpetrated against Nigeria by the Boko Haram and the Islamic State of West African State (ISWAP) terror groups. The acting director, defence information, Brig.-Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu, in a statement, cautioned the group to put an end to its reckless distortion of facts in its bid Read More

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ASUU blames FG, states for insecurity as Police, vigilantes battle bandits in Niger

February 10, 2020 Editor 0

Barely five days after neutralising 250 suspected insurgents and related criminals in Birnin Gwari, Kaduna state, the police, supported by the vigilantes and local hunters engaged bandits believed to be insurgents, in fierce battles in Mashegu and Shiroro local government areas of  Niger state.  Blueprint learnt that the bandits, whom villagers said were members of the Islamic States West Africa Province (ISWAP), Read More

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Dragging CAN to Golgotha

February 8, 2020 Editor 0

CAN is not to be confused with the Consumers Association of Nigeria. The CAN under reference is the popular acronym for Christian Association of Nigeria. It is the umbrella body of all Christian organisations in Nigeria. All denominations belong to it. Even the Roman Catholic Mission (RCM) that rebelled against the body ostensibly because of the way the system was Read More

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As IGP, Senate broker truce on Amotekun, others… SCIA tells FG to declare emergency on security

February 6, 2020 Editor 0

The Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs Wednesday said President Muhammadu Buhari should declare a state of emergency on the nation’s security challenges. The position came three days after the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) carried out protest on the state of the nation’s security. Specifically, CAN said the sanctity of human lives was no more a rule in Nigeria Read More

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As CAN protests insecurity: Police nab suicide bomber in Kaduna church

February 3, 2020 Editor 0

Christians under the umbrella body of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Sunday protested the rising insecurity across the country and called on President Muhammadu Buhari and the governors of the 36 states to stem the tide and bring perpetrators to justice. Their call came as the Kaduna state police command Sunday arrested a suspected suicide bomber in Living Faith Church Read More

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One week after FG, S/West truce on Amotekun: Senate backs community policing, summons IGP, others

January 29, 2020 Editor 0

The Senate Tuesday threw its weight behind community policing in addressing the worsening security situation in the country. The body also said it would soon summon the Inspector General of Police Mohammed Adamu and other security chiefs for thorough dissection of the problem with a view to finding lasting solution to the seemingly endless security challenges. The lawmakers’ position came Read More

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Forum condemns killing of CAN chair

January 24, 2020 Editorial III 0

The Abuja Muslim Forum (AMF) has condemned the assassination of Reverend  Lawan Andimi, the chairman of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Michika local government area of Adamawa by Boko Haram terrorists, describing it as ungodly, barbaric and goes contrary to the teachings of Islam. The chief Ameer of AMF, Mr Luqman Ahmad, in a statement on Thursday said:  “We vehemently Read More

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Kidnapping: Adamawa residents abandon homes

January 22, 2020 Editorial III 0

The twin problem of kidnapping and banditry are forcing residents of Adamawa state to abandon their homes as Ibrahim abdul’Aziz reports. As Adamawa one of the states devastated by the dreaded Boko Haram terrorist group is recovering, the peaceful atmosphere is again being threatened by kidnappers and banditry. According to Babayo Aboki (not real name), “I heard a bang on Read More

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Sad! Boko Haram murders abducted CAN chairman

January 21, 2020 Editor 0

Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Michika Local Government Area of Adamawa State Reverend Lawan Andimi has been murdered by Boko Haram insurgents. Ahmed Salkida, the journalist noted for reporting on conflicts revealed this on Tuesday via his Twitter page. According to Salkida: “To break some news items can traumatise. I’m battling with one of such. Reverend Read More

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CSOs lament attacks in Damaturu-Maiduguri road

January 21, 2020 Editorial III 0

Yobe  state  Network of  Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) has lamented on the persistent serial attacks on motorists along  the Damaturu-Maiduguri Highway . A satement issued by the executive director of the Network, Comrade Baba Shehu read in part: ” It is unfortunate that innocent travelers are being attacked and sometimes brutally killed on daily basis. Yet, the government chose to Read More

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Gov. Emmanuel commends army for gallantry against insurgents

January 20, 2020 Editorial III 0

Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom state has acknowledged the gallant efforts of the Nigerian Army in repelling the insurgents from gaining territories in the country. Emmanuel spoke during 2 Brigade Combined West African Social Activity (WASA) 2019 at Wellington Bassey Barracks Sports Ground Ibagwa, Abak Local Government Area, at the weekend. He commended the men of the Armed Forces Read More