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shekauA message allegedly from the head of Nigeria’s Boko Haram terror group Saturday pledged his group’s allegiance to Islamic State.

The pledge to IS came in an Arabic audio message with English subtitles alleged to have come from Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau and posted Saturday on Twitter, according to the SITE Intelligence monitoring service.

boko-haram-fighters-01Residents and an intelligence officer say Boko Haram fighters are massing at their headquarters in the northeast Nigerian town of Gwoza in preparation for a showdown with multinational forces.

Former President Thabo Mbeki addressing the 2015 Obafemi Awolowo Prize for leadership Award in Lagos. Picture via Thano Mbeki facebookFormer President Thabo Mbeki of the Republic of South Africa- Mr Thabo Mbeki yesterday received the Obafemi Awolowo Prize for leadership Award in Lagos, Nigeria. He is this year recipient of the coveted award won previously by writer and Nobel laureate, Wole Soyinka.

Friday, 06 March 2015 10:08

Ex-SANDF soldiers fighting Boko Haram

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E-South Africa Defence Force soldiers in trainingFormer South African Defense Force soldiers are reportedly playing a major role in fighting terror group Boko Haram in Nigeria.

The soldiers are reportedly part of a multi-national task team who have been hired by Nigeria to help train their soldiers to fight Boko Haram.

Nigerian forces have been struggling to contain the Boko Haram insurgencyBoko Haram fighters have killed 68 people, many of them children, in northeast Nigeria, as militants begin amassing in the strategic town of Gwoza against a possible assault by government forces.

The atrocity in Njaba, 50 kilometres from the Borno state capital Maiduguri, happened at dawn on Tuesday and also saw attackers raze the village, witnesses and vigilantes said.

Dead Boko Haram CombatantsThe military on Friday made further gains in its offensive against the terrorist Boko Haram sect by routing them from Bara, the headquarters of Gulani Local Government Area of Yobe State and Gulak, the headquarters of Madagali Local Government Area of Adamawa State.

Boko Haram's female bombersA crowd beat to death a teenage girl accused of planning to be a suicide bomber and then set her body ablaze Sunday, according to police and witnesses at a northeastern Nigerian market.

A second suspect, also a teenage girl, was arrested at Muda Lawal, the bigge

Thursday, 26 February 2015 10:08

Nigeria's Ex-President Shagari Clocks 90

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Shehu-Shagari-birthday-01Alhaji Shagari became the first democratically-elected president following the end of Nigeria-Biafra War in 1970. He was in office from 1979 till December 31, 1983, when he was overthrown in a military coup that was led by General Muhammadu Buhari. Ironically, Buhari is now the presidential candidate of the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC).

Thursday, 26 February 2015 09:00

Obama assassination threat

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One man offered to shoot Barack Obama to pledge allegiance to the Islamic State.Brooklyn men charged with supporting Islamic State group after terrorist plot uncovered.

Three men arrested by the FBI for attempting to join the Islamic State allegedly had plans to shoot US President Barack Obama and commit a terrorist attack in New York.

Bomb-blast -burning01Suicide bombers struck two bus stations in different parts of northern Nigeria on Tuesday, killing at least 26 people in attacks President Goodluck Jonathan blamed on Boko Haram, the Islamist militant group he said would soon be defeated.

In the first, a suicide bomber rushed onto a bus in the northeastern town of Potiskum before setting off a blast that destroyed the bus and killed 16 people, according to security and hospital sources.

boko-haram-shekarauTroops have been mandated to ensure that Boko Haram leader  Abubakar Shekau is captured alive.

Ground troops are expected to advance on Sambisa and Gwoza any moment from now, it was learnt yesterday.