End of insurgency in sight – COAS

March 15, 2021 Blueprint 0

The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Ibrahim Attahiru, Sunday, assured that the war against insurgency would soon come to a successful end. Attahiru, who gave the assurance in Damaturu, Yobe, while addressing troops of Sector 2 of Operation Lafiya Dole, commended the troops for their recent gains in neutralising insurgents. “I’m very pleased, your commanders have told me what you Read More

Nigerian military recaptures Marte, kills several terrorists

February 24, 2021 Blueprint 0

Nigerian troops Tuesday successfully recaptured Marte from Boko Haram/Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) insurgents. Marte is a local government area in Borno state, Nigeria, and it is located on the western coast of Lake Chad. ISWAP fighters armed with machine guns had on January 16 overran a military base in the area. At least seven persons were killed Read More

Leadership: Learning from the IBB model

February 11, 2021 Hadiza Mohammed 0

I read an interesting piece recently in an online journal. A veteran colleague of mine in x-raying the security situation in the country praised in fulsome terms the regime of Gen. Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida (IBB) under whose tenure Nigeria had domineering influence in world affairs especially in the area of global peacekeeping operations. The piece kept me thinking if it Read More

Gov Zulum’s victory bell at Biu

January 26, 2021 Charles Ibekwe 0

Since the onset of the Boko Haram insurgency in North-East, Nigeria in 2009, Nigeria has witnessed a period classified as one of the most trying in its history. I would say that the Boko Haram insurgency was underestimated. Consequently, conventional tactics were deployed in an asymmetric war. And the outcome of such military deployment remains a topic for another day. Read More

Marte: Coalition hails troops for victory over Boko Haram insurgents

January 17, 2021 Editor 0

The Coalition Against Terrorism and Extremism (CATE) has hailed the Nigerian Army for another successful onslaught on Boko Haram terrorists in Marte local government area of Borno state. The centre, in a statement on Sunday, said the insurgents suffered decisive damage but urged the troops not to allow them to regroup.  Troops of Operation Tura Takaibango in conjunction with Air Task Force Read More

Group hails Buratai, military for restoring peace in Yobe

December 27, 2020 Editor 0

Some stakeholders from 17 Local Government Areas (LGAs) in Yobe state have applauded Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, and the nation’s military for restoring peace in the state.   The group, under the auspices of Yobe Progressive Association (YPA) consented that the troops have done well in securing lives and property in the state.   In a statement signed by its Read More

Troops kill 9 insurgents, seize weapons in Borno

December 18, 2020 Blueprint 0

The Defence Headquarters has disclosed that troops of Operation Fire Ball eliminated nine Boko Haram and Islamic States West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorists in two encounters in parts of Borno state on Thursday. The acting director, Defence Media Operations, Brig.-Gen. Bernard Onyeuko, in a statement on Friday, said more gun trucks and cache of arms and ammunition were also captured Read More

Formula-100: Solution to growing banditry, insurgency in North

December 17, 2020 Idris Bugaje 0

About 200 years ago, in 1826, the North was described by the Scottish explorer, Hugh Clapperton, in his memoirs, thus: “a woman can walk alone on foot from Kano to Sokoto without fear of molestation”. This shows the level of peace, tranquility and social justice established under the Sokoto Caliphate. What a turn of events! Today, the same North has Read More

Understanding why wailers are after Zulum

December 14, 2020 Philip Agbese 0

Bigoted partisans have come to free reign in Nigeria. Very unconscionably and irresistibly, these partisan lees which have populated Nigeria delight in politicizing national security. It is the only explication which sufficiently accounts for their unbearably selfish outrage and mouthing of inanities on resurgence of insecurities in the country. These dregs in the country have a single plank of reasoning. Read More

Terrorism: PDP berates presidency for blaming slain farmers

November 30, 2020 Abdulrahman Zakariyau 0

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has stated that it is alarmed by a statement attributed to the presidency on the gruesome beheading of 43 innocent Nigerians by insurgents in Zabarmari, Borno state. Senior Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu while responding to questions from the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) on the killing said the murdered Read More

Zulum convoy attack: Lead calls for Boko Haram to surrender, group tells Borno elders

September 28, 2020 Editor 0

The Patriotic Elders Council (PEC) has charged fellow elders from the North-east to lead the call for Boko Haram terrorists to surrender.  In a statement signed by its Secretary General, Chief Simon Shango, and made available to newsmen on Monday, the PEC challenged leaders and stakeholders from the region to rise up against the terrorists.  The PEC’s call followed the recent attack Read More

Amnesty, CSOs hail Buhari, military for eradication of Boko Haram from Yobe

September 16, 2020 Editor 0

The Global Amnesty Watch (GAW) and a coalition of civil society organisations have commended President Muhammadu Buhari and the military for totally wiping out Boko Haram insurgents from Yobe state.  The group made this known on Wednesday at the end of a tour around the state wherein it accessed the situation on ground in post-Boko Haram era and the peace process in place. Read More

FG sets up technical group to coordinate humanitarian activities

September 2, 2020 Paul Okah 0

A 27-man National Humanitarian Co-ordination Technical Working Group (NHCTWG) has been inaugurated to provide technical support to the National Humanitarian Coordination Committee (NHCC) constituted by President Muhammadu Buhari. In a statement made available to Blueprint Wednesday, which was signed by the Special assistant on Media, Nneka Ikem Anibeze, the Working Group, which was inaugurated Tuesday September 1, 2020 by the Read More

MNJTF facilitates return of nurse abducted by terrorists

August 28, 2020 Musa Umar Bologi 0

The Multinational Joint Task Force (MJTF) has said thst it has facilitated the return of a Nigerian Nurse abducted by Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) since the beginning of 2020. Spokesperson of the MJTF, a military coalition formed by countries within the Lake Chad region to fight terroriam and  headquartered at Ndjamena, Chad Republic,  Col.  Mohammed Dole said the Read More

B/Haram attacks Magumeri, burns hospital, GSM mast

August 19, 2020 Sadiq Abubakar 0

Suspected Boko Haram terrorists invaded Magumeri town, the headquarters of Magumeri local government area in Borno state, setting some places, including the  functioning GSM  mast in the town ablaze. The insurgents also burnt down a fully equipped general hospital, which was equipped by the Borno state government and carted away a tractor which was provided by the state government to Read More

Borno, Boko Haram and how Gov Zulum should come to equity

August 18, 2020 Okey Okechukwu 0

Borno state once regarded as the “home of peace and hospitality” can definitely not boast of that anymore. It is a little over a decade now that the war against insurgency began, in the same period it has been more of a roller coaster for this particular state. At the peak of the Boko Haram insurgency in 2012, 2013 and Read More

Borno: In Zulum’s shoes, what else would you do?

August 13, 2020 Isa Gusau 0

Before reacting to that question-headline, please, take a little while to walk in the ‘shoes’ of Borno governor, Professor Babagana Umar Zulum. A few persons have been writing to condemn what they perceive as Zulum’s political incorrectness. They refer to the governor’s expression of concern over ceaseless killings of the people he serves and swore to protect; and on gun Read More

CSOs decry SaharaReporters over negative reportage against military

August 12, 2020 Agi Onda 0

A rights group, Conference of Civil Society for Peace, Security and National Development, has taken a swipe at an online news platform, SaharaReporters, describing it as having penchant for publishing unverifiable stories against the Nigeria military. The group in a statement reacting to a publication by the platform that several soldiers were reportedly killed in an ambush by suspected Boko Read More

Amnesty International providing support to B/Haram, group alerts

June 29, 2020 Baba Yusuf 0

The Citizens Against Fake Activists has said Amnesty International is choking Nigeria with its support for Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists, as the nation can no longer breathe. At a time where the Black Lives Matter movement has gained prominence worldwide over incidences of police brutality against African-American people, CAFA said AI surprisingly remains mute. Instead, the activists revealed that the humanitarian Read More

Breaking: Boko Haram invades checkpoint in Borno, opens fire on Soldiers

June 13, 2020 Editor 0

Boko Haram on Saturday stormed a Military checkpoint and opened fire on Soldiers on duty in Mongonu, Borno state. This is happening just after three days the dreaded terrorists killed at least 81 people in a Borno vilage with many kidnapped. According to TheCable, a security source revealed that the insurgents unleashed their firepower in the town around 12:30pm. Details Read More

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FG re-states commitment to support, protect IDPs, others

June 5, 2020 Bashir Mohammed 0

The federal government has reiterated its commitment to providing support, protection and lasting solution for refugees, IDPs and other categories of persons that had been forced to relocate to their original homes. The federal commissioner of the National Displaced Persons (NCFRMI), Alhaji Basheer Garba Mohammad, disclosed this Friday during the distribution of agricultural items to persons of concern at Kura Read More

Military kill 20 terrorists in northern Borno

May 18, 2020 Musa Umar Bologi 0

Troops of 130 Battalion with the support of Army Super Camp in Baga, have killed 20 Boko haram/ Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) fighters during a fierce battle at North-west axis of Baga town in Northern Borno state. Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Maj. Gen. John Enenche said in a statement that the offensive took place on 17 May Read More

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B/Haram: Borno advocates political options

March 19, 2020 Editorial III 0

Eleven years after the Boko Haram insurgents started their onslaught in the North-east, the governor of Borno state, Babagana Umara Zulum, has called for adoption of political options to end the crisis. Zulum in his address at the three-day international conference on “Insurgency and counter-insurgency in Nigeria: critical perspectives on Boko Haram,’’ held in Abuja, said more of non-kinetic strategies Read More