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May 30, 2014

Cameroon weakest link in fight against Boko Haram: Nigeria

ABUJA (Reuters) – Nigeria’s head of counter-terrorism on Friday accused neighboring Cameroon of failing to make a serious effort to drive Boko Haram insurgents from its territory.

Sarkin-Yaki Bello, Coordinator-General Counter Terrorism Centre, said regional efforts against the Islamist insurgency had improved over the years but more needed to be done.

May 29, 2014

Nigeria’s president orders full scale offensive on Boko Haram

ABUJA (Reuters) – Nigeria’s president said on Thursday he had ordered “a full-scale operation” against Boko Haram Islamist militants and sought to reassure the parents of 219 schoolgirls being held by the group that their children would be freed.

Speaking on Nigeria’s Democracy Day, Goodluck Jonathan said he had authorized security forces to use any means necessary under the law to ensure that Boko Haram, which operates in the country’s northeast is defeated.

May 28, 2014

Boko Haram too extreme for ‘al Qaeda in West Africa’ brand

ABUJA (Reuters) – When Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan branded Boko Haram “al Qaeda in West Africa”, it was sure to turn up the alarm among Western policy-makers, if its kidnapping of more than 200 schoolgirls was not enough.

Yet while Jonathan’s remarks, made at a meeting of regional leaders in Paris this month, hold some truth, analysts say Boko Haram is overall not an al Qaeda affiliate in West Africa – nor is it likely to become one.

May 26, 2014

Nigeria military says knows where girls are, rules out force

LAGOS (Reuters) – Nigeria’s military knows where the more than 200 girls abducted by Boko Haram are but has ruled out using force to rescue them, the state news agency quoted Chief of Defence Staff Air Marshal Alex Badeh as saying on Monday.

Seven weeks since Boko Haram militants abducted more than 200 girls taking exams at secondary school in the remote northeastern village of Chibok, little is known of their whereabouts or what the military is doing to get them out.

May 22, 2014

Nigeria’s Boko Haram kills 29 in village attack: sources

MAIDUGURI (Reuters) – Suspected Boko Haram gunmen have shot dead 29 farm workers as they tilled their fields in a village in the remote northeast, a police source said on Thursday.

The source at police headquarters for Borno state, in the heart of the insurgency, said around 10 more people had been wounded in Wednesday’s attack on Chukku Nguddoa, in which most of the village, including its grain store, were razed.

May 20, 2014

Nigeria’s neglected Israeli drones won’t help find girls

JERUSALEM/LAGOS May 20 (Reuters) – Nigeria bought Israeli
surveillance drones years ago that might have been used to hunt
for more than 200 girls held by Islamist rebels, but poor
maintenance has left them grounded, two official sources and the
aircraft’s manufacturer said.

“To the best of our knowledge, these systems aren’t
operational,” Tsur Dvir, marketing officer for Aeronautics
Defense Systems, a firm based south of Tel Aviv that supplied
Nigeria with Aerostar unmanned aerial vehicles, said on Tuesday.

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      "“I am the Bureau Chief for Nigeria since Nov. 2011. Before that I covered West Africa for 2 years from Ivory Coast, Iraq for 2 years (from Baghdad), and east and central Africa for 5 years, including Uganda, eastern DRC, South Sudan, Kenya and Madagascar.”"
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