#AceNewsReport – #BreakingUpdate NIGERIA:June.11: At least 43 people have been shot and killed in the latest Boko Haram attacks on the three villages of Matangale, Buraltima and Dirmanti, located in Nigeria’s restive Borno State.
The gunmen then looted homes and set them ablaze, according to witness accounts.
Earlier in June, militants killed at least 31 people in the city of Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State.
A suicide bomber hit a busy cattle market in the locality at the heart of the Boko Haram insurgency.
#AceWorldNews – NIGERIA (Maiduguri) – November 01 – Nigeria’s kidnapped schoolgirls have all been converted to Islam and married off, the leader of Nigeria’s Islamic extremists claimed in a new video message.
The leader of Boko Haram also denied he had agreed to any cease-fire with the government.
Abubakar Shekau dashed hopes for a prisoner exchange to get the girls released in the new video released late Friday night.
“The issue of the girls is long forgotten because I have long ago married them off,” he said, laughing.
Boko Haram’s kidnapping of 276 schoolgirls taking exams at a boarding school in the remote northeastern town of Chibok in April prompted international outrage and criticism of Nigeria’s government for not acting quickly to free them.
Unconfirmed reports have indicated that the girls have been broken up into several groups and that some may have been carried across borders into Cameroon and Chad.
#AceWorldNews – NIGERIA – October 27 – Further confirmation has been received following yesterdays post that at least 30 boys and girls have been kidnapped by Boko Haram gunmen from a village in north-east Nigeria during the weekend, CNN reported.
The gunmen invaded the town of Mafa, in the state of Borno, on Friday through Saturday, according to local leaders. In the past two days the insurgents stormed Mafa and“abducted 30 boys aged 13 and above and girls aged 11 and above,” Mafa local government chairman Shettima Maina said.
On Thursday, Boko Haram killed 17 people in the nearby village of Ndongo, and then looted and set it ablaze, Maina said.
#AceWorldNews – NIGERIA – October 26 – At least 17 people have been killed and dozens more abducted in an attack by suspected Boko Harem militants in Nigeria’s northeast Borno State, Alhaji Shettima Maina, the head of the local administration said Sunday, Reuters reports.
The latest bloodshed is among many of these latest in a series of attacks by suspected Boko Harem militants in northern Nigeria despite peace talks between the government and the extremist group in neighbouring Chad and the announcement of a ceasefire.
#AceWorldNews – NIGERIA (Abuja) – October 23 – A bomb exploded at a bus station in northern Nigeria’s Bauchi State late on Wednesday, killing at least five people and wounding 12, police said.
The blast, which struck the town of Azare, is likely to be blamed on Islamist Boko Haram militants, casting further doubt on government reports that it had reached a temporary ceasefire with the rebels in order to secure the release of more than 200 schoolgirls they are holding hostage.
Police did not comment on who was behind the attack.
#AceBreakingNews – NIGERIA(Abuja) – October 20 – The World Health Organization declared on Monday that Nigeria is free of Ebola, a rare victory in the months-long battle against the fatal disease.
Nigeria’s containment of the lethal disease is a “spectacular success story,” WHO Country Director Rui Gama Vaz told a news conference in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.
Nigeria reported 20 cases of Ebola, including eight deaths.
One of those who died was an airline passenger who brought Ebola to Nigeria and died soon after.
#AceNewsServices – NIGERIA – October 07 – Boko Haram Decapitate seven Muslims in North East of Nigeria – reports. The violence came as Nigerian Muslims marked the Eid al-Adha (the Feast of Sacrifice) festival, a public holiday in the country.
Most Islamic holidays in recent years have been marred by the Takfiri group, AFP reported.
The overnight raid targeted the town of Ngamdu in troubled Borno state, the area hardest hit in the extremists” five-year uprising.
In recent months, Boko Haram Takfiris have targeted reprisal attacks at locals who have fought alongside the military as vigilantes.
The terrorists are thought to be in control of more than two dozen towns and villages in the North-East, but the military has vowed to retake all lost ground as part of a continuing offensive launched in May of last year.
Muslims traditionally celebrate Eid al-Adha, one of the most important religious feasts, with the sacrifice of animals like sheep, rams, goats and cattle.
The act commemorates Prophet Abraham’s (PBUH) submission to divine order to sacrifice his son, Ismail (PBUH). However God provided Prophet Abraham with a ram to sacrifice instead after he successfully passed the divine test.
#AceNewsServices – October 04 – The World Health Organization (WHO) has announced that 3,439 people have been killed in the world’s worst Ebola outbreak on record, Reuters reports.
According to the UN body’s figures, Guinea tops the list with 739 deaths, followed by Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Nigeria.
Overall, 7,492 cases of the virus have been recorded, the WHO said.
#AceNewsServices – MILWAUKEE – September 25 – Giving back to underdeveloped countries and getting cash back! It can seem like a worthwhile investment, but if the money ends up in the wrong hands, you could end up in big trouble!
“They dangled the carrot just far enough in front of you to keep you interested,” Joe Mackey said.
Mackey thought he was investing in improving technology in Third World countries. In reality, he was caught in a scam.
“Renovating the old power plants that they have, bringing them up to the modern age so they function at peak capacity,” Mackey said.
“People would only have to pay 10 cents and there are so many people in Nigeria who needed power that it would make him millions and millions of dollars,” U.S. Postal Inspector Stephanie Barrett said.
Investors were promised big returns.
“The stockholders were told that they could expect three to four times the return of their money within a year of the power plants being built. So within two years they would receive probably $1 million dollars and it would just continue up from there,” Barrett said.
“It offered an opportunity for a better life for my wife, my kids and myself,” Mackey said.
But it was all a lie. Postal inspectors say the con-man running the scheme was just stealing their money.
“I felt angry. I felt foolish. I felt betrayed,” Mackey said.
Mackey wasn’t alone. More than 300 victims lost more than $1.5 million. Postal inspectors say an honest employee who worked for the ringleader went to police and said:
“The stockholders were not going to receive any of their money and the money that was actually being spent, was being spent on personal living expenses not for the company,” Barrett said.
Postal inspectors warn all consumers to do their research before investing, and always be wary of promises and big returns.
“The odds of getting a million dollars for a $3,200 share is very slim,” Barrett said.
The main suspect in this case pleaded guilty to mail fraud, securities fraud and money laundering.
He faces up to 20 years per fraud count and a maximum sentence of 10 years for money laundering.
#AceNewsServices – NIGERIA (Adamawa State) – September 17 – Over 50 women and an undisclosed number of children have been abducted by Boko Haram insurgents, This Day newspaper reported, citing locals of the Michika and Gulak communities in Adamawa State.
A security source said the sect members had called women last Saturday to collect food items from them at Gulak, the secretariat of Madagali Local Government Area, and then they selected some of the women.
Boko Haram have been in control of Madagali, Gulak and Michika, causing panic in other towns with thousands of people trooping to Yola, the state capital and beyond.
A resident who identified himself simply as Tija for fear being targeted said he got the news of the abduction while he was being trapped in a village near Gulak before his subsequent escape on Sunday.
“Some women brought the news that Boko Haram forcefully took some of them away including a sister in law to a friend of mine. The situation is getting worse by the day, our hope is that this problem will end one day”, he stated.
One witness said the victims were loaded on to trucks and taken away.
#AceWorldNews – NIGERIA(Maiduguri) September 14 – Two Hundred fighters of the Islamic extremist Boko Haram group, including a feared commander known only as Amir,have been killed in a Friday battle near the city of Maiduguri, north-eastern Nigeria, according to an officer and witnesses,who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.
The insurgents were reportedly advancing on the town of Konduga when they were confronted by Nigerian troops and members of civilian self-defence groups fighting alongside the soldiers.
Boko Haram in recent weeks has taken several towns in Nigeria’s north-east, as the group, inspired by the Islamic States(IS)group’s advance in Syria and Iraq, has pledged to create an Islamic caliphate.
#AceBreakingNews – NIGERIA (Kano) – September 11 – Nigeria’s military launched ground and air offensives against Boko Haram to recapture the north-eastern town of Michika, AFP reported, citing witnesses.
The town fell to the jihadist militants over the weekend. Hundreds of troops aided by military jets have been pounding Boko Haram positions in Michika in Adamawa state since Sunday, residents of nearby towns and villages said.
A huge military contingent has been deployed in Mararrabar Vimtim village, 20km outside Michika, to prevent any rebels slipping out of the town and heading towards the main commercial hub of Mubi.
#AceWorldNews – NIGERIA – July 01 – Nigeria’s military says it has raided a Boko Haram intelligence unit thought to be linked to the recent abduction of more than 200 schoolgirls.
Mr Ya’ari had been actively involved in the seizure of the girls as well as the killing in May of a traditional leader, the emir of Gwoza, the statement added.
More than 2,000 people have been killed this year in attacks blamed on Boko Haram militants.
Mr Ya’ari was a businessman who “participated actively in the abduction of schoolgirls” in the northern town of Chibok, the defence ministry statement said.
He used his participation in a civilian vigilante group fighting Boko Haram to cover up his work spying for the militants, the military said, adding that he had co-ordinated “several deadly attacks in Maidugiri”, the capital of Borno state, since 2011.
The defence ministry said they had also arrested women from the intelligence cell.
The military’s claims could not be independently verified.
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#AceWorldNews – NIGERIA (Maiduguri) – July 01 – A car bomb reportedly exploded in a market in Nigeria’s northeastern city of Maiduguri on Tuesday morning.
Dozens of people are feared dead, AP said, citing witnesses.
Officials blamed Islamic extremist group Boko Haram, whose birthplace is Maiduguri, for the attack.
The explosives were hidden under a pile of charcoal in a pick-up van, according to witnesses.
#AceWorldNews – NIGERIA – June 29 – Suspected Islamists killed at least ten people on Sunday in an attack on a village less than five kilometres (3 miles) from the town of Chibok in Borno state, where more than 200 school girls were abducted in April, according to survivors.
There are also reports of several churches in other villages outside the town being targeted with bombs and guns, Reuters reported.
#AceBreakingNews – NIGERIA – June 04 – Ten generals and five other senior military officers have been found guilty in courts-martial of providing arms and information to Boko Haram extremists, several Nigerian newspapers said Tuesday, though the military insisted there was no truth in the reports.
They follow months of allegations from politicians and soldiers who told The Associated Press that some senior officers were helping the Islamic extremists and that some rank-and-file soldiers even fight alongside the insurgents and then return to army camps. They have said that information provided by army officers has helped insurgents in ambushing military convoys and in attacks on army barracks and outposts in their north-eastern stronghold.
Leadership newspaper quoted one officer saying that four other officers, in addition to the 15, were found guilty of “being disloyal and for working for the members of the sect.”
Defence Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Chris Olukolade, who last week denied reports saying senior officers were being investigated, reiterated in a statement on Tuesday that defense headquarters “wishes to state once again categorically that there is no truth whatsoever in the report.”
He called it a “falsehood” concocted by those who “appear hell-bent on misleading Nigerians and the international community to give credence to the negative impression they are so keen to propagate about the Nigerian military.”
Nigeria‘s military often denies substantiated reports, such as on extrajudicial killings of civilians and detainees.
It is accused of such gross human rights violations that the U.S. efforts to help in the rescue of nearly 300 abducted schoolgirls have been limited by U.S. law restricting sharing of some types of information and technology with abusive security forces.
The alleged sabotage by senior officers could explain the military’s failure to curb a 5-year-old Islamic uprising by Boko Haram that has killed thousands despite a year-long state of emergency in the north-east.
Additional news (BBC) June 04 – Boko Haram militants have killed dozens of people in fresh attacks on villages in Borno state in northern Nigeria, the BBC has learnt.
In one attack, gunmen reportedly fired on a crowd in a church compound.
#AceWorldNews – NIGERIA – June 02 – Gunmen opened fire on a church service in the north-eastern Nigerian village of Attangara, killing nine people, Reuters reported, citing police.
“As we were holding service, we started hearing gunshots and everybody fled, some through the windows, and ran into bush,” resident Matha Yohana said of Sunday’s attack.
The village lies in the Gwoza hills, near the Cameroon border and is now the main stronghold of the radical Islamist sect Boko Haram.
Yesterday reported at least 14 people have been killed in a bomb attack on a bar that was screening a televised football match in north-eastern Nigeria, police say.
The attack place in the town of Mubi in Adamawa state, close to the border with Cameroon.
Adamawa is one of three states that have been placed under emergency rule because of an insurgency waged by Islamist Boko Haram militants.
However, no-one has yet said they carried out the latest attack.
“So far we have 14 dead while 12 are injured, some of them critically,” said the police spokesman for Adamawa state, Usman Abubakar.
Some reports put the death toll higher.
According to the BBC’s Nigeria correspondent, Will Ross, it is hard to get eyewitness accounts because of an overnight curfew in the area.
#AceWorldNews – NIGERIA – May 30 – A Muslim emir and two policemen have been killed in north-eastern Nigeria in a suspected attack by Boko Haram militants.
All of the dead were heading to a funeral when armed men opened fire on their car.
All died from gunshot wounds. “The Emir of Gwoza was killed around 9 am today following a bloody attack by some gunmen believed to be members of the Boko Haram,” the Borno state government said in a statement, Reuters reported.
Boko Haram kidnapped more than 200 girls from a secondary school in Chibok in remote northeastern Nigeria in mid-April and had threatened to sell them into slavery.
Since they were taken, at least 500 civilians have been killed by the sect.
On Thursday, Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan said that a full-scale operation had been launched and attempted to reassure parents that the children would be freed.
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#AceBreakingNews – NIGERIA – May 29 – Boko Haram gunmen killed 35 people in attacks on three villages in Nigeria’s restive northeast Borno state near the border with Cameroon, a military source and residents said on Thursday.
Dozens of Boko Haram gunmen dressed in military uniform stormed Gumushi, Amuda and Arbokko in all-terrain trucks and motorcycles, opening fire on residents and torching homes with petrol bombs, they said.
“Boko Haram attacked the three villages Wednesday morning in which 35 people were killed, including 26 in Gumushi,” a military officer in the state capital Maiduguri told AFP on condition of anonymity.
“The insurgents hurled petrol bombs into homes, setting them ablaze and shot residents as they tried to escape,” he said.
He said the gunmen raided Gumushi around 6:00 am (0500 GMT) where they killed 26 residents.
Local media however put the death toll in Gumushi at 42.
Witnesses said the gunmen also launched coordinated attacks on the neighbouring farming villages of Amuda and Arbokko, 125 kilometres from Maiduguri, killing nine people and destroying scores of houses.
Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan said on Thursday he had ordered “a full-scale operation to put an end to the impunity of terrorists on our soil,” Reuters reported. In a televised speech to mark Democracy Day, Jonathan said he was “determined to protect our democracy, our national unity and our political stability, by waging a total war against terrorism.”
The president reassured the parents of 219 schoolgirls being held by Boko Haram that his forces would free them. The north-east of the country has already been under a state of emergency and Nigerian forces are hugely overstretched.
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