Thursday, 17 January 2019

2019 Elections: U.S. Expresses Concerns Over Neutrality of Nigeria’s Security Agencies

The United States government has expressed concern over the neutrality of security services ahead of Nigeria’s general elections beginning with the presidential and National Assembly polls on February 16.

Tuesday, 15 January 2019

National Security Under Scrutiny As Nigeria Votes

Recent Killings in Nigeria_Credit_Vanguard Newspaper
In Nigeria, where religious and ethnic identity often determines support for a candidate, Mudi Bawa might well have been expected to vote for Muhammadu Buhari in 2015. Both are northern Muslims. 

Boko Haram Insurgents Attack Damasak, Rann Villages, Borno State

Reports reaching PREMIUM TIMES from credible military sources say that Boko Haram insurgents last night carried out yet another attack on two Borno villages.

Piracy: Russian Embassy, Nigerian Authorities Track Kidnapped Sailors

The Russian Embassy in Nigeria is collaborating with the government to track down the location of crew members taken hostage from the “MSC Mandy” near the coast of the Republic of Benin between January 1 and 2.

Armed Bandits Invade Sokoto Community, Northwest Nigeria, Kill 26


Suspected armed bandits, Sunday, killed 26 persons, including a one-year-old girl at Warwana, Tabkin Kwasa and Dutsi villages in Gandhi District of Rabah Local Government Area of Sokoto State.

Thursday, 10 January 2019

Insurgency in Northeast Nigeria ‘Has Created A Humanitarian Tragedy' - United Nations


The upsurge in violence in north-east Nigeria, which was brought to global attention five years ago with the abduction by Boko Haram extremists of the Chibok schoolgirls, tens of thousands of innocent civilians continue to flee. This situation has prompted “grave concern” from the United Nations envoy in Nigeria.

Nigeria Ships Highly Enriched Uranium To China


Nigeria shipped its highly enriched uranium (HEU) back to China, making it the 33rd country, plus Taiwan, to become HEU free.

Wednesday, 9 January 2019

Eurasia Group Forecasts The Biggest Geopolitical Risks of 2019: The Nigeria, Buhari, Atiku Connection

Leading geopolitical and political risk advisory firm, Eurasia Group founded by Ian Bremmer asserts that, the global geopolitical environment is at its most dangerous in decades. Here is a look at Eurasia’s top predictions for risks that could impact the world in 2019. Risk number 10 on the list chronicles what might pan out if either of the two top presidential candidates in Nigeria's forthcoming presidential election, Buhari or Atiku wins.

Tuesday, 8 January 2019

Boko Haram Insurgents Give Borno Community 3-Day Ultimatum To Relocate

Boko Haram insurgents have reportedly given residents of Jakana village along Maiduguri, Damaturu road till Wednesday to relocate or face its wrath.

Nigeria Lost $2.8bn To Oil-Related Crimes in 2018 —UN Report

The United Nations says Nigeria lost an estimated 2.8 billion dollars in revenues in 2018, mainly due to oil-related crimes.

The ISWAP Blitzkrieg on Baga: Matters Arising


The year 2018 ended on a sour note along the shoreline of Lake Chad. For the last fortnight the reports of conflict near the town of Baga have caught analysts by surprise.

Sunday, 6 January 2019

Armed Bandits Overrun 8 Local Councils in Katsina State; 2019 Elections Threatened

Katsina State, Nigeria. Image credit: BBC
Barely 24 hours after Governor Bello Masari of Katsina raised the alarm on the invasion of the state by armed bandits from neighbouring Zamfara, the state government has expressed doubts if the general elections scheduled to begin with the presidential polls next month will hold in parts of the state because of the precarious security situation across some eight local government areas.