MRA names Ministry of Defence as winners of ‘FOI Hall of Shame’

Media Rights Agenda (MRA) today named the Ministry of Defence as the 70th inductee into its “Freedom of Information (FOI) Hall of Shame”, accusing the Ministry of refusing to submit itself to civilian oversight by failing to abide by its duties and obligations under a democratically enacted Law. In a statement in Lagos, Mr. Ayode Longe, MRA’s Programme Director, told the Ministry that the mere fact that its functions touch on security and defence matters does not exempt it from the requirements of transparency and accountability, adding that as a…

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Army hands over 104 Dapchi School girls to FG

Army hands over 104 Dapchi School girls to FG

Army hands over 104 Dapchi School girls to FG By Sunday Popoola, Abuja The 104 released Dapchi girls were handled over to a Federal Government by the Nigerian Army in Maiduhuri. Yobe Governor, Ibrahim Gaidam and several members of his cabinet are away in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, as his state erupted in joy over the release of the schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram on 19 February. Gaidam was in Malaysia to receive a Gold Merit Award conferred on him by the Lincoln University College of Malaysia, based in Petaling Jaya…

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Women group begs Buhari over detained 1,300 suspected Boko Haram terrorists

Women group begs Buhari over detained 1,300 suspected Boko Haram terrorists

Women group begs Buhari over detained 1,300 suspected Boko Haram terrorists By Musa Muhammed, Abuja A group of women from Bama Local Government Area of Borno State has begged President Muhammadu Buhari to order Nigerian military to free their relatives who had been in detention since 2015 on the suspicion of being members of Boko Haram. The group under the aegis of Knifar Movement,n an open letter addressed to the President, posited that they had done everything to convince the military that their husbands were not insurgents. The group, which…

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FG confirms 110 Dapchi schoolgirls missing after Boko Haram attack

FG confirms 110 Dapchi schoolgirls missing after Boko Haram attack

FG confirms 110 Dapchi schoolgirls missing after Boko Haram attack By Newsdesk with agency report The Federal Government has confirmed that 110 students of the Government Science and Technical College in Dapchi, Yobe State, are so far unaccounted for, after insurgents believed to be from a faction of Boko Haram invaded their school on February 19. The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, announced the figure after a meeting in Damaturu  between a Federal Government Delegation and representatives of Yobe state government,  the college, the parents, security agencies and Bursari local government, where Dapchi is situated.…

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Buhari orders 24-hour monitor for Dapchi schoolgirls

Buhari orders 24-hour monitor for Dapchi schoolgirls

Buhari orders 24-hour monitor for Dapchi schoolgirls By Newsdesk with agency report President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered more troops and surveillance aircraft to the entire North East territory  on a 24-hour basis, to recover the schoolgirls abducted from the Government Girls Technical College, Dapchi in Yobe State. Buhari said this on Friday as he also gave assurance to  the families of the students abducted on Monday by Boko Haram insurgents, almost four years after a similar abduction of 275 schoolgirls from Chibok Girls Secondary School, in Borno State. According to him,…

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Army to deploy 3000 troops to Operation Lafiya Dole in Borno State

Army to deploy 3,000 troops to Operation Lafiya Dole in Borno State By Aminu Abubakar, Maiduguri No fewer than 3,000 troops would be inducted into the Operation Lafiya Dole this week, to replace those who had stayed long. The Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, Maj.-Gen. Rogers Nicholas, disclosed  this in an interview with newsmen during his visit to Borno State. Nicholas said with the capture of camp Zairo ”the soul and mind of Boko Haram have been broken in Sambisa forest. They don’t have a place to hide. We are still…

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Boko Haram sets free three UNIMAID lecturers, 10 Police wives

Boko Haram sets free three UNIMAID lecturers, 10 Police wives

Boko Haram sets free three UNIMAID lecturers, 10 Police wives Sunday Popoola,Abuja Three lecturers of the University of Maiduguri kidnapped when on a mining exploration by Boko Haram have been freed,just as the  militant group also released 10 women, kidnapped in a raid by the militant group on a military/police convoy on Damboa Road, near Maiduguri. The Department of State Services, (DSS) on Thursday  briefed President Muhammadu Buhari on the release,  following negotiations, with the  terrorists. As in past freedom deals, the International Committee of the Red Cross, ICRC was involved.…

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Boko Haram factional leader, Shekau, threatens to attack, Abuja, Lagos,others

Boko Haram factional leader, Shekau, threatens to attack, Abuja, Lagos,others

Boko Haram factional leader, Shekau, threatens to attack, Abuja, Lagos,others By Bimbo Ogunnaike with agency report The most wanted factional leader of Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau, has  threatened Nigeria again, asking his men to shoot and kill infidels in Abuja, Lagos and other parts of the country. However,  an analysis of the video he released on Wednesday  showed that Shekau has not directed his message to cells of  Boko Haram, but to volunteers, sympathetic to the terrorist group, an indication of how far the group has been weakened by Nigeria’s…

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Soldiers hit Boko Haram armoury, kill fighters

Soldiers hit Boko Haram armoury, kill fighters

Soldiers hit Boko Haram armoury, kill fighters By Newsdesk Troops of the Nigerian Army have destroyed a Boko Haram Improvised Explosive Device (IED) making-factory and several fighters killed in the process. The Deputy Director of Public Relations at the Theatre Command of Operation Lafiya Dole, Col. Onyema Nwachukwu, said on Wednesday, that the soldiers recorded the feat on Tuesday as part of earlier successes made in the conduct of Operation Deep Punch II in the last four weeks. Nwachukwu noted that the offensive and clearance operation has led to severe…

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Nigeria pays U.S govt. $496m to acquire 12 fighter jets

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Nigeria pays U.S govt. $496m to acquire 12 fighter jets By Newsdesk The Minister of Defence,  Mansur Dan-Ali has confirmed that Nigerian paid the United States government $496 million for the acquisition of 12 Super Tucano fighter jets. The fighter planes are to be used by the Nigerian Air Force in the on-going military operations against the Boko Haram insurgency in the North-east. The retired Brigadier General said on Monday at the special town hall meeting held for the military and security agencies in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital. Dan-Ali…

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Army rescues 30,000 women, children from Boko Haram

Nigeria pays U.S govt. $496m to acquire 12 fighter jets

Army rescues 30,000 women, children from Boko Haram By Abubakar Sanni, Maiduguri At least 30,000 women and children have been rescued from Boko Haram by the troops of operation Lafiya Dole in Sambisa Forest in the last two years. Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali,  made the disclosures on Monday  during a town hall meeting for the military and security agencies in Maiduguri, Borno State. Dan-Ali said that the Nigerian military had recorded remarkable success in degrading Boko Haram insurgents in the North-East, adding that: “It is pertinent to state that…

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