NAF at 56: The reinvention of one of Africa’s finest airforces

May 19, 2020 Tahir Ibrahim Tahir 0

  On May 5, 2020, the Nigeria Airforce in Abuja, winged a female helicopter pilot, Flying Officer Chinelo Nwokoye. This is just 8 months after NAF winged its first female fighter pilot, Flying Officer Kafayat Sani, and its first female combat helicopter pilot, Flying Officer Tolulope Arotile. With the inscription ‘land soft party hard’ on the motif on her shoulder, Read More

Venezuelan envoy condemns Trump’s drug, terrorism accusations

April 6, 2020 Binta Sahama 0

  The Boliviarian Republic of Venezuela has denounced accusations of drug trafficking and terrorism levelled against it by the Trump administration.  A statement by the envoy of Venezuela in Nigeria, David N. Velasquez, quoting President Nicolas Maduro Moros, stated that the objective of the false allegation was “to divert attention to the global pandemic Covid-19 and simulating the judicialisation of the Read More

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Breaking: 8 months after, Police arraign suspected kidnap kingpin Wadume

March 16, 2020 Editor 0

You still remember Bala Hamisu popularly known as Wadume whose chase and eventual capture led to death of special Inspector General of Police squad in Taraba last year. He and 18 others have finally been arraigned before a Federal High Court in Abuja by the Nigerian Police Force for terrorism, murder, kidnapping and illegal arms running before . Wadume arrived the Read More

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Buhari expresses grief over death of 13 French military personnel in Mali

November 27, 2019 Editorial IV 0

President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed shock and sadness over the death of 13 French soldiers in Mali on Tuesday after a helicopter accident during an operation against terrorists in the country. Reacting to the incident, the president said: “I am deeply saddened by the news of this helicopter accident that claimed the lives of 13 French soldiers during an operation Read More

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Group moves to curb extremism, violent ideology in Borno

October 3, 2019 Editorial III 0

In response to the Nigerian Army’s call on religious leaders to activate the known kinetic approach to counter-insurgency through a narrative that would counter violent ideologies, a Borno based organisation, Kalthum Foundation for Peace (KFP) has launched a new project aimed at countering violent extremism in the north-eastern state. The Chairperson of the Foundation, Ummu Kalthum Muhammad, disclosed this while Read More

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Terrorism: Army plans N1bn for manufacturing of combat vehicles – Buratai

April 27, 2019 Editorial II 0

Nigerian Army is sourcing for N1billion to boost capacity of its vehicle manufacturing company to produce more combat vehicles to counter terrorists and other insurgents, the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai has said. Nigeria has recently been bedeviled by different forms of insurgencies; Boko Haram, kidnapping, armed banditry, armed robbery and cattle rustling. But demonstration of locally Read More

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Sri Lanka Easter bombing: ISIS claims responsibility, reveals masterminds as mass burial of victims gets underway

April 23, 2019 Editor 0

ISIS has released a picture which it claims shows seven suicide bombers alongside the mastermind who co-ordinated the Easter Sunday atrocity in Sri Lanka. The image was released by the Amaq news agency – Daesh’s official mouthpiece – and is said to show extremist cleric Zahran Hashim, who has been identified as the man who planned the attacks. It later Read More

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Death toll soars to over 200 after Sunday Easter bomb explosion at Sri Lanka

April 21, 2019 Editor 0

At least 207 people have been killed and 450 hurt in explosions at churches and hotels in Sri Lanka, police say. At least eight blasts were reported. Three churches in Negombo, Batticaloa and Colombo’s Kochchikade district were targeted during Easter services. The Shangri-La, Kingsbury, Cinnamon Grand and a fourth hotel, all in the capital Colombo, were also hit. A national Read More

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Breaking: Anxiety as Terrorists strike in Kenya, kidnap Cuba doctors

April 12, 2019 Editor 0

Suspected Somali Al-Shabaab jihadis kidnapped two Cuban doctors in northeastern Kenya on Friday and killed their police escort officer, officials said. Kenya and Somalia are working together to pursue the abductors, they said. The operation happened as the two doctors — a general practitioner and a surgeon — were going to work in the town of Mandera, near the border Read More

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Buhari meets King of Jordan, secures more support to fight terrorism in Nigeria

April 6, 2019 Editor 0

King Abdullah II bin Al-Hussein of Jordan said at a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday that his country would continue to support Nigeria with hardwares to ensure that the global war against terrorism is successfully prosecuted. President Buhari Saturday extended appreciation to King Abdullah II bin Al-Hussein of Jordan for the continuous support Nigeria received from the country Read More

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‘US report on Nigeria aimed at legitimising terrorists, extremists’

March 29, 2019 Editor 0

Nigerian scholars abroad, under the auspices of Association of Nigerian Scholars in Diaspora (ANDS), have faulted the recent report by the US Department of State on corruption and human rights violation under the President Muhammadu Buhari-led federal government.    A report by the US Department of State entitled, “2018 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices,” accused the Nigerian government and the military Read More

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New Zealand attacks: How I nearly ‘kissed’ death – Taxi driver

March 17, 2019 Editor 0

As the bullets tore into worshippers during Friday prayers at Al Noor mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, taxi driver AbdulKadir Ababora from Ethiopia threw himself to the floor and wedged himself under a bookshelf used to hold Korans, praying he would see his wife and kids again. Somehow that decision saved his life and he emerged from the carnage unscathed. Read More

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Troops inflict heavy casualty on terrorists in Yobe

February 17, 2019 Editor 0

Five members of Boko Haram terrorists have met their water-loo after they, along with others attempted to attack a military base at Buni yadi, in Gujba Local Government Area of Yobe State. Army spokesperson, Col. Sagir Musa said the incident  happened at about 6:05 pm on Saturday.   “Though, the terrorists appeared prepared for the attack as they approached the military Read More

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3 terrorists, 4 civilian killed as troops repel attack in Maiduguri

February 16, 2019 Editorial III 0

Three Boko haram terrorists were neutralised during a gun battle between Boko haram terrorists and troops of 251 Task Force Battalion and Civilian JTF in Maiduguri. Army spokesperson, Col. Sagir Musa who confirmed this in a statement, said the terrorists in a desperate move to scuttle the elections, used Person Borne Improvised Explosive Device (PBIED) and attacked Jidimari community in Jidari Polo Read More

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Buhari condoles with Kenyans over terrorists attacks

January 17, 2019 Editor 0

President Muhammadu Buhari has commiserated with the government and people of Kenya on the deadly terrorist attack on a hotel and office complex in Nairobi. Condemning the attack as “wicked, cruel and dastardly by evil people,” the Nigerian leader assured President Uhuru Kenyatta that the thoughts of the people of Nigeria are with Kenyans at this moment of their national Read More

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Borno: B/Haram serves Jakana, Mainok residents quit notice

January 10, 2019 Editor 0

Residents of Jakana and Mainok towns of Borno state, located along Maiduguri-Damaturu road, linking Jos-Kano-Kaduna-Abuja, have alerted security agencies in Maiduguri of the quit notice served on them by the Boko Haram insurgents to vacate the towns or get killed. Multiple sources in Jakana, told our correspondent in Maiduguri on Tuesday night that the terrorists quietly sneaked into the town, and Read More

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Terrorism in Nigeria, West Africa and Africa: The big fight ahead

January 9, 2019 Editorial IV 0

President Donald Trump has trumpeted the American stand – ISIS has been defeated as such, he is pulling out American troops from Syria, all together, 2000 strong forces. But wait a minute. Is ISIS defeated or these terrorists have been scattered? Without sounding alarmist, many of these terrorists must have been killed in Syria and Iraq by America and other Read More

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Buratai moves newly promoted officers to North East 

December 7, 2018 Editor 0

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai has said that some of the newly promoted senior officers will be moved to the North East to strengthen the ongoing counter terrorism operations. Buratai revealed this in Abuja, after he decorated the 29 newly promoted Major Generals and some of the Brigadier General with their new ranks. He said: “Some of Read More

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Buratai: Fake news, security ‘politics’ demoralizing our troops

December 2, 2018 Editor 0

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai has said that fake news on social media and politicization of security issues by some influential persons in the country are some of the factors demoralizing troops fighting terrorism in the North east. Speaking during an interview in Maiduguri Borno state after visiting the locations of the Armed Forces Special Forces Read More

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El-Zakzaky: Conference report recommends prosecution of IMN leaders, members for terrorism

December 2, 2018 Editor 1

To curb the growing tide of extremists activities in the country, participants at a one day seminar for Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), Community Based Organizations (CBOs), Faith Based Organizations (FBOs) and other critical stakeholders held in Abuja have recommended prosecution of IMN Leaders and members for terrorism. A communique issued at the end of the seminar and signed by Jonathan Read More

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APC scribe commends Buhari on Dapchi girls’ release

March 27, 2018 Editorial IV 0

  National Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Alhaji Maimala Buni, has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for the release of the Dapchi school girls. “The release of the girls underscores the commitment of government to the safety of the girls who were abducted last month. “President Muhammadu Buhari visited Yobe state and Dapchi community last week to sympathise with Read More

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OPINION: Appreciating VSF interventions in Adamawa

March 10, 2018 Blueprint 0

  Be so good that no one can ignore you. That’s what the Nigeria Foundation for the support of victims of terrorism, popularly known as Victims Support Fund (VSF) represent in Boko Haram ravaged areas of North East, particularly in Adamawa State. When VSF was established in 2014 the time was ripe and the need so dear for such visionary Read More

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Military Kill Scores of Boko Haram Terrorists, Arrest 200, Rescue 2000 Captives, Recovers Weapons in Borno

January 4, 2018 Blueprint 0

The Theater Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Rogers Nicholas has Thursday said that the military in the on going   joint operations by the joint team of the  Nigerian army, air force, police , SSS, civil defence,  civilian JTF and the media have rescued over 2000 civilians as captives both men, women and children from the captivity of boko Read More