Wednesday 31 December 2014

Boko Haram's Bloodiest Year Yet: Over 9,000 Killed, 1.5 Million Displaced, 800 Schools Destroyed in 2014

The Nigerian Security Network, an organization monitoring the casualties surrounding the Boko Haram insurgency, estimates that 2014 was the deadliest year so far in the terrorist group's five year insurgency in Northeast Nigeria.

Monday 29 December 2014

Boko Haram: Saudi Arabia Refuses To Grant Flight Permit For Nigerian Arms Procured From Pakistan

Saudi Arabian Flag
Nigeria’s effort at ending the Boko Haram insurgency has run into another hitch with the refusal by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to grant over-flight permits to cargo planes conveying military equipment and armoured tanks procured by the Nigerian government from Pakistan.

Sunday 28 December 2014

Saturday 27 December 2014

Terrorist Leader With $3M Bounty On His Head Surrenders In Somalia

NAIROBI, Kenya — A Somali intelligence official says a leader with the Islamic extremist group al-Shabab, who has a $3 million bounty on his head, surrendered in Somalia.

Sultan Of Sokoto Denounces Boko Haram, Says Sect Not Islamic

Sultan Sa'ad Abubakar
The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar, has said that the Boko Haram sect has no doctrine that resembles that of true Muslims.

Friday 26 December 2014

Boko Haram: Nigerian Army Exonerates Commanding Officer For Petitioning President Jonathan

The Nigerian Army on Thursday distanced the Commanding Officer of the 103 Battalion, Lt. Col Anthony Wende, from a petition purportedly written to President Goodluck Jonathan, on why the counter insurgency operations in the North-East had not yielded the desired results.

Thursday 25 December 2014

Pakistan Announces A National Plan To Fight Terrorism, Says Terrorists’ Days Are Numbered

Pakistani political parties reached an agreement Wednesday to set up a special military tribunal court to handle terrorism cases in the country. The agreement is part of a national action plan to fight terrorism, which comes a week after the deadly attack on a military school in Peshawar that killed 149 people, 133 of them children.

Wednesday 24 December 2014

Jordanian Pilot Captured by Islamic State After Warplane Crashes in Syria

IS Fighters with Captured Pilot
Islamic State militants captured a Jordanian pilot after his plane went down during operations by the U.S.-led coalition against the group on Wednesday in northeastern Syria, Jordan’s military said. The Raqqa Media Center, which is sanctioned by Islamic State, claimed the group shot the plane down with antiaircraft guns and the pilot ejected near the city of Raqqa—the capital of a province by the same name that is the seat of Islamic State’s self-proclaimed caliphate.

Lt. Col., 15 Others Jailed Over Chibok Girls’ Abduction

Chibok School Girls
The  Nigerian Army has sentenced three officers and 13 other soldiers to two years’ imprisonment each   over the April 14, 2014 abduction of over 200 schoolchildren from their hostel in Chibok, Borno State, by Boko Haram insurgents.

Home Security Tips During The Xmas Holiday

Christmas holidays are a special time when families and friends come together to celebrate the season. It is also the time of year where families and friends are most generous and practice the tradition of gift giving. It should be a joyous and happy time for all of us.

BEWARE! Islamic State (ISIS) Scouting For Fighters In Nigeria

Mr. Mike Omeri
The federal government has warned that agents of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) are scouting in the country to recruit Nigerian youths as fighters for the terrorist group.

Tuesday 23 December 2014

Security Alert! Military Restricts Movement In Borno OverBoko Haram Planned Attacks During Xmas

Nigerian military yesterday announced four days restriction of movement in Borno State following an intelligence report that suggested planned attacks by Boko Haram.

Secret Tricks CIA Spies Use To Beat Airport Security Checks

Airport security is supposed to prevent individuals with malicious intentions from entering or leaving a country, but that doesn’t mean all security measures used in airports are fool-proof. In fact, WikiLeaks has published not one, but two internal CIA documents that teach agents how to act and what to do in order to make sure they’re able to fool airport security while traveling from country to country using fake passports, and how to keep their cover intact in the process.

Frankfurt Airport Security 'Failed To Detect 50% of Dangerous Weapons' - Undercover Inspection

German hub airport could lose its Schengen zone border-free status, according to reports, following EU investigation into security failings. Frankfurt airport has imposed manual searches of passenger bags after an undercover inspection reportedly found that dangerous weapons and other banned items passed through security undetected 50 per cent of the time.

Sony Cyber Attack: Obama Mulls Reshuffle Of ‘State Sponsors Of Terrorism’ List

Amid a historic thaw with Cuba and an unprecedented cyberattack blamed on the North Korean government, the White House this week said it was considering the first reshuffle of the U.S. ‘state sponsors of terrorism’ list since former President George W. Bush removed North Korea in 2008.

Monday 22 December 2014

2015 Predictions For Islamist Terrorism Worldwide

In 2014, we saw the threat of al Qaeda continue to spread via affiliate groups in the Middle East, Asia and Africa. We also witnessed the unexpected resurgence of ISIS in Syria and Iraq. According to global risk firm Verisk Maplecroft, terrorism-related deaths worldwide increased by almost 25% between Nov 1, 2013, and Oct 31, 2014. What's in store for 2015? Here's what we can expect of Islamist terrorism in the coming year:

BREAKING: Bomb Explosion Rocks Gombe Motor Park, Scores Killed

Scores of people are feared killed after an explosion ripped through a crowded motor park in Gombe
town, Gombe State, residents have said.

Sunday 21 December 2014

Illegal Private Security Firms Threaten Nigeria’s Security – NSCDC

The existence of illegal security outfits in Nigeria is a threat to national security, Ime White, the Public Relations Officer of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Akwa Ibom Command, has said.

Nigerian Jailed For Duping Australian $800,000

Justice Kudirat Jose of a Lagos High Court has convicted and sentenced Promise Ntuen Ekemini to one year imprisonment for hijacking the e-mail of a lawful owner of a property, located in Western Australia valued at $800,000( Eight Hundred Thousand United States Dollars), and attempting to sell the property.

Saturday 20 December 2014

Boko Haram Militants Executing Elderly In Gwoza, Nigeria

Boko Haram Takfiri militants in Nigeria have lined up elderly people in northeast of the country, shooting them in cold blood.

Thursday 18 December 2014

Boko Haram Kidnaps 185 Women And Children, Kills 32 People

Boko Haram overruns a village in pickup trucks, shooting at men. The insurgents douse houses with gasoline and set them on fire. They round up women, girls and boys and kidnap them News takes days to get out, since telecommunications towers had been destroyed. 

Mutiny: Nigerian Army Sentences 54 Soldiers to Death, Five Discharged and Acquitted

In another solemn end to a General Court Martial, the Nigeria military has sentenced 54 soldiers of the Nigerian Army to death, having found them guilty of mutiny and refusal to fight Boko Haram terrorists in Borno State, while five others were discharged and acquitted.

Wednesday 17 December 2014

Breaking News: Boko Haram Leader, Shekau Releases New Video; Vows To Attack Emir Sanusi of Kano

Emir Sanusi Lamido Sanusi
Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau, has threatened to attack the Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, in retaliation for the Emir’s call on Kano residents and other Nigerians to arm and defend themselves against the terror organization.

Nigerian Government Negotiated With Fake Boko Haram Representatives - DSS

Indications emerged yesterday that the Federal Government negotiated with fake members of the Boko Haram terrorist group in its bid to proffer solution to the scourge of terror that has bedeviled the nation since 2009.

Tuesday 16 December 2014

Sydney Siege And The Global Rise Of 'Lone Wolf Terrorism'

The Sydney siege seems to be the latest in a series of attacks this year by jihadists responding to call for “lone wolf” attackers to strike back at the West. An increasing number of "lone wolf" terrorists are responding to the West's battle against the Islamic State by launching attacks at home.

"Why We Could Not Defeat Boko Haram"- Nigerian Army Commander Writes President Jonathan

President Goodluck Jonathan

1.    Sir, I am constrain to write you this letter which I consider it a matter of more than great importance for me to inform you and put to record issues that are happening in the North East (Operation Zaman Lafiya). I choose this medium to write you this open letter because I have written similar letter but no action was taking which I believe some forces have blocked it are now after my life. Sir I have served in 7 Division as staff officer and presently I am the commanding officer of 103Bn in the field.

Pakistani Doctor Linked With CIA Who Helped Track Osama Bin Laden Under Threat

Dr. Shakil Afridi
A Pakistani doctor, who was sentenced to 33 years in jail for helping CIA track down former al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden in 2011, may be rescued or killed in a "covert or overt operation", officials have warned.

Chadian Mercenaries Annex, Administer Nigerian Border Towns

Some Nigerians fleeing the insurgency in the Northeast have relived their experiences in the town and villages occupied by the Boko Haram insurgents. The insurgents taken over many communities in Borno and Yobe states. Among them are Chadian mercenaries who now run some border towns.

Sunday 14 December 2014

Countering Violent Extremism And Terrorist Recruiting In The Digital Age

 Assalamu alaykum. It is an honor to be with you here tonight and I want to thank Hedayah, the United Arab Emirates, and all of you for convening this incredibly important forum. This event– particularly with all of the creative young people here – is an example of why I remain optimistic despite all of the challenges we face around the world. We’ve gathered as representatives from all walks of life to stand up for the sanctity of life and to build innovative approaches for countering destructive ideologies.

To Defeat Boko Haram: Put Square Pegs In Square Holes, Wield The Big Stick!

Food For Thought: A General (Leader) is as good or as bad as his foot soldiers (followers). According to Philip Armour, ''No general can fight his battles alone. He must depend upon his ability to select the right man for the right place''.

Saturday 13 December 2014

Ex-Militant, Tompolo, Acquires Six Warships

A former Niger Delta militant, Mr. Government Ekpemupolo, alia Tompolo, has bought seven decommissioned Norwegian battleships, Saturday PUNCH has learnt.

‘There Is Possibility Of Boko Haram Insurgency Spreading Beyond The North’

The Executive Director of Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, Barrister Anyakwee Nsirimovu spoke with ANN GODWIN in Port Harcourt on the way out of the consistent attack by the insurgents ahead of 2015 polls. 

Badeh Inaugurates Inter-Agency Body On Human Rights For Security Agencies

Air marshal Badeh
CHIEF of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh yesterday inaugurated Nigeria’s first ever inter-agency civil-military cooperation community, charging them to institutionalise respect for the rule of law during internal security operations by the nation’s defence and security agencies.

Boko Haram: Army Uncovers Plot To Invade Five States

Major Gen. Olukolade
The Nigerian Army has discovered a plan by the Boko Haram insurgents to attack 25 communities and villages spread across five states in the troubled North-East zone.

180 Suspected Boko Haram Militants Killed in Cameroon

Cameroonian soldiers have killed at least 180 militants suspected to be members of the Boko Haram sect in the northern part of the country, a military source said Friday.

Friday 12 December 2014

United States To Help Cameroon with Anti-Terrorism Training

The head of the United States Africa Command (AFRICOM) said the U.S. will boost support for Cameroon’s efforts to fight the Nigerian terrorist group Boko Haram. General David Rodriguez announced the United States will supply equipment and logistics training during a visit to Cameroon this week.

Security, Funding Threat To 2015 Elections —Jega

Attahiru Jega
Commission (INEC), Professor Attahiru Jega, has identified insecurity and funding as challenges facing the conduct of the 2015 general election in the country.

Mother Of Six Jailed For Promoting Terrorism On Facebook

Runa Khan
An “extremist” mother-of-six who took pictures of her toddler son holding a toy gun and daydreamed about sending his eight-year-old brother to fight jihad when he grows up has been jailed for five years and three months for promoting terrorism on social media.

Thursday 11 December 2014

Who Is Responsible For The Upsurge in Terrorism in Kano, Nigeria?

Since mid-November there has been a flurry of terrorist attacks in Kano, Nigeria’s second largest city, the metropolis of the northern half of the country, and an ancient center of Islamic culture.

Breaking: Multiple Bomb Blast Rocks Jos, Nigeria

(Reuters) - An explosion shook the city of Jos in Nigeria's central state of Plateau on Thursday evening, a Reuters witness said.

150 Million PayPal Accounts In Danger of Hijacking

A vulnerability that would have enabled a hacker to completely bypass the authentication system in PayPal has been patched, resulting in a $10,000 bounty for the white-hat that found it. Worth every penny, too: the flaw put 150 million PayPal customers in danger of having their accounts hijacked with a low-effort, simple gambit.

Risky Business: Report Reveals Security Shortcomings Among Global Firms

A new study from security vendor Trustwave has highlighted an alarming lack of preparedness on the part of global IT and security professionals which could be exposing them to an increased risk of data breaches.

Security Flaws Discovered on Alibaba’s Marketplace

An Israeli research firm said Wednesday that it found security flaws on Alibaba Group’s international marketplace that exposed merchants and shoppers to serious risks.

Wednesday 10 December 2014

IG of Police Cautions Nigerians Against Receiving Explosive-Laden Hamper As Xmas Gift

Suleiman Abba
The Inspector-General of Police,  Suleiman Abba, has cautioned Nigerians to be vigilant while receiving gifts from unknown persons that may pose as friends during the Yuletide season, to avoid explosive-laden hampers as gifts.

BREAKING: Fresh Explosion Rocks Kano City Centre

An explosion has gone off at one of the busiest locations in Kano, residents and security officials have told PREMIUM TIMES. The blast occurred at a place known as “fillin parking” along Ibrahim Taiwo Way, a major intersection leading to the popular Kano Kantin Kwari Market.

Anti-terror Measures: How Technology Helps Fight The Counter-Terrorism War

Davey Winder examines how technology can
help and hinder in the fight against terrorism. Science is being used to counter "technically aware terrorists", as part of a wider technology push for countering international terror threats, according to the UK government's recent Protecting the UK Against Terrorism policy document.

Nigerian Troops Uncovers List And Sketches Of Town To Be Attacked By Boko Haram

Troops operating in the North-East have captured documents containing list and sketches of communities and towns apparently slated for attack, from fleeing terrorists in Adamawa.

16 Absolutely Outrageous Abuses Detailed In The CIA Torture Report

Listing every horrifying detail in the Senate Intelligence Committee's summary report on the CIA's torture program would be impossible. There's just too much. To get a sense of the gravity of the abuses, however, here are 16 of the most egregious behaviors detailed by the report.

1. The CIA put hummus in a detainee's rectum