Islamic terrorist organization Boko Haram reportedly kidnapped nearly 200 girls from a boarding school in northeastern Nigeria.
"They took away my daughter," said one woman from Chibok, who asked for anonymity due to the uncertain fate of the children, according to AFP.
"I don't know what to do," the mother added. "They should not allow our daughters' dreams to be shattered by these murderers."
CNN reported that as many as 200 girls were taken from Government Girls Secondary School in Chibok Monday night after heavily armed Boko Haram Islamists stormed the boarding school in trucks, vans and buses.
"The Boko Haram attackers came to town around 9 p.m. and made straight for the school where they had a gun battle with soldiers stationed at the school and killed two soldiers," said Chibok resident Maina Babagana.
A father, whose daughter was also taken in the raid, described the ordeal as a "nightmare," and said that the whole town of Chibok is in mourning.
Rising from its first Advisory Board meeting in Houston on Sunday evening, the leaders and the entire membership of the Christian Association of Nigerian-Americans, CANAN woke up Monday morning to the devastating news that another Boko Haram bomb attack had killed at least 71 and injured 124 innocent Nigerians in a satellite town close to Abuja.
We observe that this killing was set as Christians all over the world entered into the Passion Week leading to the Resurrection Sunday, Easter celebrations. We are therefore not unawares of the wiles of the enemy. Media reports say 16 luxury buses and 24 mini-buses including some intending to transport people to work and some possibly on their way home heading South were set ablaze in several explosions.
Initial indications are that those targeted in this barbaric attack included several Christians who were traveling to observe the Easter holidays with friends and family. Now and again, families who had expectations of a happy reunion during this time of Christian celebrations are being forcefully fed this cup of sorrow.
A soldier has claimed that he witnessed incidents that suggested some military commanders work with Boko Haram insurgents in the North-East.
The soldier told the Voice of America Hausa Service how his military unit in Borno State was ambushed by Boko Haram members.
He said the commander of a nearby military unit in Bama recently sought assistance from his unit in carrying out a raid.
The soldier, who did not give his name, said when the two military units joined up, they were given different uniforms. The Bama unit commander, according to him, gave his own troops green uniforms while his unit received tan “desert camouflage” uniforms.
When the troops reached the battle area, the soldier said the commander of the better-equipped Bama unit suddenly withdrew his forces, leaving the remaining troops to fend for themselves against Boko Haram fighters.
Speaking in Hausa, he said, “We had only light arms and our men were being picked off one after the other.”
The soldier also said he recognised some of the Boko Haram fighters as his former military trainers in Kontagora, a town near Abuja.
“We realised that some of them were actually mercenaries from the Nigerian army… hired to fight us,” he said.
The soldier also claimed that many of his colleagues were deserting the army because of their frustrations with what he said was the politicisation of the fight against the militants.
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) - An American university professor says hundreds of refugees from northeast Nigeria's Islamic uprising are worrying where their next meal will come from as are the equally impoverished families that have taken them in.
Margee Ensign of the American University of Nigeria in Adamawa state said by telephone Friday that the refugees are mainly women and children, indicating militants are targeting men. More than 1,200 people have been killed this year.
Ensign says households in Mubi town that averaged eight people have doubled with refugees. Residents say the food they had to last until the harvest has finished before the planting season starts.
For centuries, European and American missionaries have gone to Africa to spread the word of Christ. That trend is now working in reverse, with a Nigerian minister in Texas who plans to build churches as numerous as Starbucks coffee shops.
Drive an hour north-east of Dallas, and you will find yourself staring off into a barren, flat horizon. One out-of-place building rises above the landscape: a 10,000-seat auditorium.
It is the centrepiece for the Redeemed Christian Church of God in North America, a Pentecostal movement that started in Nigeria in 1952.
It is one of Africa's largest and most influential Christian movements, claiming more than five million followers worldwide, mostly in Nigeria.
A Federal High Court in Abuja has rejected the invitation by the Federal Government to try in secret, a lecturer at the Kogi State University, Dr Mohammed Yunus and two others charged with sponsoring the proscribed Boko Haram sects.
Ruling on the application by the Federal Government, the trial judge, Justice Gabriel Kolawole held that the court was mindful of the accused persons' right to fair hearing and the need to protect the identities of witnesses from the
general public as was the practice in advanced countries where the trial were on terrorism.
Cameroon security forces on Tuesday made a huge seizure of arms apparently meant for use by terrorists operating in Nigeria last weekend.
Over 288 rifles and 35 Rocket Propelled Guns as well as 35 locally made Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) were recovered after a fierce encounter at Abugasse, Cameroon, close to the Chadian border.
Other weapons recovered included pistols, mortar bombs, sub-machine guns and various calibers of ammunitions following the arrest of two suspects believed to be major arms suppliers to the terrorists in Nigeria.
The weapons, according to Military authorities were nabbed in Abugasse near the Chadian border with Cameroon. Also in their possession were over 50 Cameroonian passports as well as a Toyota Jeep.
According to a statement issued by the Defence Headquarters and signed by its spokesman, Major General Chris Olukolade, it was a boost to the quest of Nigeria to secure support of all the governments in the sub-region in the on-going counter-insurgency operations.
Political and opinion elders in Borno and Yobe states have alleged that helicopters drop arms and ammunition, food and medicine to areas known to be strongholds of the members of the violent Islamic sect, Boko Haram, in the North-East.
They said the authorities in the states could not claim ignorance of the development and that it was a bad omen if a convoy of about 20 to 30 Toyota Hilux vehicles could move freely without being detected despite the curfew in place.
The elders, who spoke at a press conference in Abuja on Monday, also asked the government to provide answer to the attack on the Maiduguri Air Force Base by insurgents, who reportedly de-mobilised and set ablaze aircrafts and other military facilities even with the existing state of emergency and curfew in the town.
Speaking under the aegis of Borno, Yobe People’s Forum, the elders also asked those in authorities to tell Nigerians those that authorised the withdrawal of security personnel from the Federal Government College, Buni Yadi, few hours before the recent attack that claimed the lives of 59 innocent children.
A former Chief of Air Staff, Air Vice Marshall Al-amin Dagash (retd.), spoke on behalf of the forum at the press conference.
Security was beefed up around the Presidential Villa and other parts of Abuja on Sunday morning as heavy shootings were recorded at the headquarters of the State Security Service.
The SSS headquarters, known as Yellow House, is located behind the Villa.
The access gate to the Villa through the Fire Service office in Asokoro was quickly shut while more heavily armed soldiers were seen at the gate leading to the nation’s seat of power through the Federal Secretariat.
Military helicopters were also seen hovering over the area.
One of our correspondents who attempted to access the SSS headquarters area through the Aso Drive was turned back alongside other motorists in front of the Millennium Park by armed SSS operatives.
The PUNCH learnt from a source that trouble started when one of the suspects in the SSS custody, believed to be a Boko Haram member, overpowered an operative who was in his cell to deliver food to him.
The suspect was said to have shot the operative with a rifle and went ahead to release his co-suspects.
Nigerian security forces and Islamist militants are violating international law in a struggle that’s killed at least 1,500 people so far this year, more than half of them civilians, Amnesty International said.
“The escalation of violence in northeastern Nigeria in 2014 has developed into a situation of non-international armed conflict in which all parties are violating international humanitarian law,” Netsanet Belay, research and advocacy director for Africa at the London-based group, said today in a statement.
This year’s death toll has more than doubled from the 600 people who Amnesty said were killed in January and February, as fighting between government forces and insurgents loyal to Boko Haram intensified this month in the northeast of Africa’s biggest oil producer.