By Ulf Laessing ABUJA, May 15 – Boko Haram jihadists are likely to step up cooperation with Daesh should the latter extremist group gain a stronger foothold in Libya, a senior British official said on Saturday. Boko Haram, which has been waging a seven-year insurgency in northern Nigeria, last year pledged loyalty to Daesh. Little is
By Ulf Laessing ABUJA, May 14 – There are signs that Nigeria’s Boko Haram jihadists are sending fighters to join Daesh in Libya, and of increased cooperation between the two groups, a senior U.S. official said on Friday. Nigeria has asked the United States to sell it aircraft to fight Boko Haram, which has been waging
By Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani ABUJA, Nigeria, April 14 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Three mothers of schoolgirls abducted from Chibok in northeast Nigeria two years ago said they had identified their daughters in a video released by Islamist group Boko Haram, the first possible sighting of the girls since a video in May 2014. About 15 girls featured in
By Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani LAGOS, April 13 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – When Dauda Yama retrieved his mobile phone from a neighbor’s house in January this year, he noticed a missed call from his daughter Saratu who had been missing for almost two years. The last time he spoke with Saratu was on April 14, 2014,
By Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani YOLA, Nigeria, Feb 22 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – For the first time in his life, 17-year-old Muhammed Sani can identify the letters of the English alphabet, read simple sentences in English, such as: “I want to eat” and “I want to go home”. He can also work out simple mathematical sums.
By Abdoulaye Massalaki NIAMEY, Feb 22 – Niger closed its land borders and ramped up security on Sunday for an election in which President Mahamadou Issoufou is running for a second term promising to crush Islamist militants and reduce the country’s deep poverty. Security forces patrolled cities and villages in case of unrest or militant attacks. Some voters
The Nigerian group abducts and rapes women to boost recruitment and demonstrate its domination BY Hilary Matfess “They have a look in their eyes—they look like they are possessed,” says Amira, a Nigerian woman held captive by Boko Haram fighters for several years. “They would even drink the blood of the people they killed,” she adds, using her
N’DJAMENA, Dec 23 (Reuters) – Four militants detonated suicide bombs after being found out by a group of locals on a Lake Chad island, killing three of the attackers but no one else, official and security sources said on Wednesday. The maze of islands and waterways on the shrinking shores of Lake Chad are a