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Boko Haram Working To Seize Kano, Kaduna, Niger, Kogi And Nasarawa States—Says Intelligence Source

A high-level Nigerian security source told SaharaReporters that Nigeria’s intelligence agencies have received “credible reports that Boko Haram has developed an ambitious plan to overwhelm and take over Kano, Kaduna, Niger, Kogi and Nasarawa states.”

The source said the Islamist terrorist group plans to carry out its design by intensifying its bombings and choosing locations that would yield high casualty figures.

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Insurgents Kill Monarch, 11 Others In Fresh Borno Attack

Suspected Boko Haram militants yesterday killed 12 people in Garubula village of Biu local Government area of Borno State, a security source as well as a community member have just disclosed to SaharaReporters.

One source said some gunmen stormed the residence of a district head, Ibrahim Dawi, shot him several times, and then killed 11 other villagers.

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Death Of Rap Star ‘Da Grin’ Is Another Tragedy Blamed On Police In Mushin

The fatal night-time crash that involved a budding Nigerian rap artist named Olaitan Olanipekun, famously known as “Da Grin,” was caused by the police, sources and residents in Mushin say. Da Grin’s death is the latest casualty, in a long running battle between terrified residents, and a police force many believe that is out of control.   

Policemen at the Alakara Police Command in the Mushin area of Lagos State are notorious for illegal raiding, bribery, and even escapades of what some call ‘murder at night.’ Such is the wary view of some residents in the Mushin area that have come forward in a series of interviews with a SaharaReporters correspondent. The death of Da Grin, for many, may well be ‘the tipping point.’

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Boko Haram Battle Called A ‘Tough Fight’ By The U.S. State Department

The Islamic militant group, Boko Haram is believed to have been behind the shooting down of the Nigerian Air force helicopter that was on a training mission around Borno state, according to reports by the International Business Times, and Catholic World, including local daily claims.

Nigeria’s military helicopter ‘take down,’ coupled with the recent take-over of the town of Damboa, in the Borno State, was called part of ‘a tough fight’ by Marie Harf, the U.S. State Department Deputy Spokeswoman. Her comments came Wednesday during the department press briefing in Washington, monitored by a SaharaReporters correspondent.

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Students’ Protest: Ondo Poly Shut Down For Two Weeks

The Rufus Giwa Polytechnic Owo (RUGIPO) was on Tuesday closed down for two weeks following a students’ protest at the institution over high tuition.

The Rector of the Ondo State owned institution, Prof. Igbekele Ajibefun, told SaharaReporters in a phone interview that the school will remain closed until the authorities have reviewed the issues that eventually led to the protest.

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Nigerian Troops Clear Terrorists Bases In Balmo Forest: Capture Foreign Mercenaries

In the latest twist in the ongoing fight against Boko Haram terrorists, the Nigerian military announced that it has conducted major breakthrough just hours ago.  In a statement issued to the media, and one also obtained by SaharaReporters, military spokesmen say their persistence has paid off in the continuing fight.
 
The statement appears below:
   
“Troops have cleared and taken over Balmo forest in a military operation that lasted throughout the weekend.  Prior to the operation, Balmo forest stretching from Bauchi through Jigawa States with links to the fringes of Sambisa forest was used by terrorists as bases and hideouts for launching attacks.

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Tragedy And Protests In Abuja As Demolition Bulldozer Crushes Child, Followed By Death Of Mother

By SaharaReporters, New York

Protests broke out today along Kubwa Express Road in Galadima, a section of Abuja, after a bulldozer being used by a demolition squad of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) killed a child. The bulldozer was being used to demolish illegal structures built on a parcel of land that a source belongs to an unnamed “influential person.” The child’s mother then died shortly after by stabbing herself, the two tragedies triggering protests by squatters and onlookers in the area.

A source at the location told SaharaReporters that the “influential individual” who owns the land had connived with officials of the Federal Capital Territory by pretending that he was building an estate on the land.

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Boko Haram Kidnaps Three Emirs, Kills Emir of Gwoza

By SaharaReporters, New York

Members of the Islamist terrorist group, Boko Haram, today kidnapped three traditional rulers—called Emirs—in Nigeria’s volatile and violence-plagued northeast. Two of the emirs were later escaped unhurt, but the third, Muhammadu Idrisa Timta, the Emir of Gwoza, died at the hands of the kidnappers.

SaharaReporters learnt that Boko Haram gunmen seized the emirs as they made a trip to Gombe, the capital of Gombe State, to attend the funeral of the Emir of Gombe, Shehu Abubakar, who died last Tuesday in London. 

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New Twist In Ejigbo Pepper Sodomy Case: Victims’ Family Say They Aren’t Sure If Juliana Is Dead

Family of the victims in the famous case of the Ejigbo pepper torture, rape, and alleged murder case, have begun withdrawing their claim that one of the victims, Juliana Agonman, had died. Saharareporters learned of this development from sources familiar with investigations in the matter today.

The sources also told SaharaReporters that the ‘new claim’ had shocked all parties, including the civil society organizations that had been sympathetic to their plight since the attacks.

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Proposed Northern Governor Term Extensions Criticized By Festus Keyamo

By SaharaReporters, New York

The report of the planned extension of the tenures of the Governors of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States, due in large part to the recent activities of the Boko Haram is unacceptable, so says Festus Keyamo, a noted Civil Attorney. Keyamo is disturbed, and questions, openly, the proposal on both legal and constitutional grounds. In a press statement issued publicly, and obtained by SaharaReporters, Keyamo did not hold back his concerns. “Any such plan (regarding term extensions without elections) would be unconstitutional, illegal, null and void,” his statement read in part.

Yet, Keyamo did not stop there. His fiery press statement took aim at two key provisions much of the Nigerian public has not considered in this debate.

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Nigerian Police Allowed to Cross Border In Pepper Torture Murder Case Investigation

By SaharaReporters, New York

Officials of the Nigerian Police force, and the Federal SARS, on Wednesday, obtained clearance from Interpol in Cotonou, in the Benin Republic, to proceed with a forensic examination of a dead victim of the Ejigbo pepper sodomy case.

The Interpol, in the latest development here, also assigned an Investigative Police Officer, in Cotonou, to lead the Nigerian Police team in its cross-border operations into the Benin Republic. The Nigerian Police force as part of the investigation is to also to run a forensic check of the deceased victim. With the death of one woman in the ‘Pepper Torture’ case, police and prosecutors are looking at leveling the charge of conspiracy and murder in the shocking incident.

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President Goodluck Jonathan To Visit Chibok Town In Borno State Friday

By SaharaReporters, New York

Some security personnel have arrived in Maiduguri, the state capital of Borno, late today, and more are expected to arrive later tonight, Thursday evening. The arrival of federal security officers in the state capital, has not gone unnoticed. The federal personnel is usually linked to the presidential security detail, and it has caused quite a stir even outside Maiduguri. Their arrival has sparked rumors among local residents, civic leaders, and elected officials of possible actions to be taken in the coming days.

SaharaReporters has learned that President Goodluck Jonathan will visit with the families of the abducted schoolgirls on Friday, in a highly publicized appearance. The appearance of the so-called ‘advance men’ has drawn attention to the sometimes-mysterious movements of a president who has come under fire, and increased scrutiny, since the April 14th kidnapping.

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Soldiers Mutiny In Maiduguri

By SaharaReporters, New York

SaharaReporters has learnt that soldiers from the newly formed 7th Division of the Nigerian Army today mutinied in their barracks against Major General Abubakar Mohammed, their General Officer Commanding. Two soldiers who spoke to our correspondent revealed that numerous soldiers shot sporadically into the air at Maimalari Barracks, which is also home to the Artillery Corps, the Ordinance, as well as army signals in Maiduguri.    

The 7th Division was formed only recently as a unit devoted to fighting the war against Boko Haram. General Mohammed was appointed as the GOC in February 2014.

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Boko Haram Militants Routed By Vigilante In Northern Borno

A vigilante group made up of residents of Kalabalge, a town in Borno North, today mounted a fierce resistance to a siege by members of Boko Haram, inflicting severe casualties on militants from the fringe Islamist sect.

“We killed many of them [Boko Haram members] today,” one of the residents of the town who took part in the battle told a correspondent of SaharaReporters.

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