Wednesday 30 January 2019

Terrorists, Politicians, Planning To Disrupt Nigeria Elections — National Security Adviser

The National Security Adviser, Maj. Gen. Babagana Monguno (retd.), on Tuesday said security forces had received intelligence that some politicians were planning to use terrorists and bandits to cause violence during the forthcoming general elections.

Bandits Kidnap Bride, 3 Nursing Mothers, Others in Zamfara

Forty-eight hours after seven people were kidnapped at a viewing centre in the Birnin Magaji Local Government Area of Zamfara State, no fewer than 13 people, including a bride and three nursing mothers, were abducted in Majema, Zurmi Local Government Area of the state on Monday.

Saturday 26 January 2019

1.9m Persons Currently Displaced In Northeast Nigeria – UNHCR

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has said that about 1.9 million persons are currently displaced in the northeast.

Thursday 24 January 2019

Nigeria Declares Lassa Fever Outbreak, Activates Emergency Response

Lassa Fever Outbreak in Nigeria - Image credit: BellaNaija
Nigeria on Tuesday declared a Lassa Fever outbreak in the country. This followed the increase in the number of Lassa Fever cases reported in states since the beginning of the year, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control said.

20,000 Nigerian Girls Trafficked To Mali For Prostitution - NAPTIP

Nigeria's anti-trafficking agency, the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) says it has received concrete intelligence that around 20,000 Nigerian girls have been forced into prostitution in Mali.

Monday 21 January 2019

Breaking: New Police Boss Oders Disbandment of FSARS, Others

The acting Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, has ordered the immediate disbandment of the Federal Speciall Anti-robbery Robbery Squad (FSARS), Special Investigation Panel (SIP) and Special Tactical Squad (STS).

Nigeria Set To Ban Private Foreign Security Experts, Accuses Them of Aiding Insurgency

A new regulation is coming to flush out expatriates operating private security outfits in the country, the Federal Government has said.

Sunday 20 January 2019

Nigeria 2019 Elections: US Warns of Boko Haram Attacks, Issues Advisory To Its Citizens

The United States of America has warned its citizens in Nigeria to be conscious of threats by members of Boko Haram and ISIS West Africa.
In a statement published on Friday, January 18, 2019, on its official website in Nigeria, the US said Boko Haram insurgents had threatened to attack public places.

Coalition of Niger Delta Militants Warn Buhari Not To Rig 2019 Election

The umbrella body of militant groups in the Niger Delta, Coalition of Niger Delta Agitators (CNDA), has warned President Muhammadu Buhari not to attempt rigging the election, else the country would be ‘bloody’.

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.