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Borno Gov escapes death as Boko Haram attacks own convoy, kills 3

February 14, 2019 Editor 0

Governor Kashim Shettima eventually escaped unhurt but some on his convoy could not after Suspected members of the Boko Haram sect launched an attack on them on Tuesday, killing three persons, including an aide of the governor identified as Usman Bagidos. TheCable reports that the incident happened while the governor and his campaign team were on their way to Gamboru Ngala. Shettima, Read More

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Ex-Nigerian Envoy dies, buried in Borno

January 20, 2019 Editor 0

A Borno elder and former Nigerian ambassador to Chad, Gaji Galtimari, has passed on. He died on Saturday night in Maiduguri, at the age of 81 years, after a brief illness. He was buried in Maiduguri after a well attended funeral service led by the Chief Imam of Borno and attended by top dignitaries, including the Borno State Governor, Kashim Read More

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B/Haram infiltrating fringes of Maiduguri – Army

January 11, 2019 Editor 0

The military has spoken of credible information and evidence that, ina bid to further intensify their psychological war and instil fear onthe citizens, insurgents have infiltrated some villages in the fringesof Maiduguri city. Deputy Director Public Relations, Theatre Command Operation LAFIYADOLE, Colonel Onyena Nwachukwu in a statement yesterday said the BokoHaram elements “have clandestinely been going about threateninginnocent residents, warning Read More

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Insurgency: Troops reclaim Kukawa, Zare, Gudumbali, Kross Kauwa

January 11, 2019 Editor 0

The gallant troops of the newly formed Nigerian Army Special Forces Command (NASFC) of Operation Lafiya Dole, have dealt a deadly blow on terrorists in Baga and other captured towns in Borno state. The Boko Haram elements, now operating under the notorious Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP), had in the last two weeks or thereabout, been occupying Baga Read More

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Just Now: Buhari puts off scheduled visit to Edo, heads to Borno Wednesday

November 27, 2018 Editor 0

President Muhammadu Buhari has put f his official visit to Benin city, Edo state capital. The reason for the cancellation was yet to be ascertained but Blueprint gathered that it won’t be unconnected to the death of several Soldiers recent in Metele Borno. A tweet on official APC tweeter handle @APCNigeria a while ago disclosed, “President Muhammadu Buhari has canceled his Read More

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Don’t play politics with fallen Heroes, group tells Atiku, PDP

November 24, 2018 Editor 0

A civil society group, the Coalition Against Terrorism and Extremism in Nigeria (CATE) has warned the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and it’s presidential candidate Atiku  Abubakar to quit playing politics with fallen national heroes. Ahead of the 2019 elections, the opposition appears hell bent on dragging the ruling party to the mud – despite a recent pre-dusk raid on 157 Read More

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Boko Haram kills 27 in Borno village

July 22, 2018 Blueprint 0

No fewer than 27 people were reportedly killed in an ambush by gunmen suspected to be Boko Haram in Gajibo village, about 12km away from Dikwa town located along Gamboru Ngala highway , Borno state. The suspected Boko Haram terrorists were said to had attacked a convoy of about 60 vehicles transporting passengers and goods from North-east Nigeria to Chad, Read More

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Northern Nigeria lacks formidable structure for writers –Dzukogi

July 18, 2018 Blueprint 0

BM Dzukogi, a former Association of Nigerian Authors’ General Secretary, is the pioneer chairman of the Northern Nigeria Writers Summit. He is also the founder of the Hill-Tops Art Centre based in Minna, Niger state. He is a facilitator of numerous literary initiatives. In this interview with IBRAHIM RAMALAN, he speaks on the forthcoming 3-Day Northern Nigerian Writers’ Summit (NNWSummit). Read More

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Operation Last Hold: 32, 609 IDPs return home

July 9, 2018 Blueprint 0

Not fewer than 32, 609 former Internally Displaced Person (IDPs) have voluntarily returned to their ancestral homes in Northern Borno state, within two months of inauguration of Operation Last Hold by the Nigerian Army. Operation Last Hold, humanitarian operation, was inaugurated in May 1, 2018, to facilitate quick return of IDPs to their ancestral homes and economic recovery of Northern Read More

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31 killed, 48 injured in Borno village bomb blasts

June 18, 2018 Blueprint 0

At least 31 persons were killed and about 48 others injured after suspected Boko Haram suicide bombers on Saturday attacked Abachari village in Damboa Local Government Area of Borno state, residents and witnesses have said. The suicide bombers, said to be six by the army, reportedly targeted people returning home after a Sallah fair in Damboa. According to the police, Read More

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Shettima, enjoy your ride

February 17, 2018 Blueprint 0

When the Borno state Governor, Alhaji Kashim Shettima, expressed the wish not to bequeath the Boko Haram to his successor like his predecessor, Sen. Ali-Modu Sherriff, did in 2011, I said to myself: “Hmmm… this sounds like a wishful thinking.” You can’t blame me for being pessimistic. Considering the resilience of the insurgents, even after they had been degraded, it Read More