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Nigeria-Niger – Boko Haram kills 30 in attacks on Niger villages

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Boko Haram militants attacked two villages in southern Niger’s Diffa region overnight, killing at least 30 civilians, two security sources said on Thursday.

It was the second major cross-border attack by the Nigerian Islamist group this week, following twin suicide bombings in Chad’s capital on Monday that killed at least 34 people.

The attackers drove into the villages in the Gueskerou area with cars and motorbikes and shot residents before setting fire to the mostly straw thatched houses where others were hiding, the sources said.

“In all, at least 30 were killed. Some of them died when the houses were set alight,” said one of the security officials. The source said he expected the death toll to rise because a number of survivors had serious burns.

Gueskerou is along the banks of the Komadugu River separating Niger from Nigeria.

Despite a regional military operation to beat back Boko Haram, southern Niger has been attacked dozens of times this year. Its government has declared a state of emergency for the region and has arrested more than 600 people it accuses of links to the group.

Nigeria – APC governors call for overhaul of whole economy

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APC governors demand “total overhaul” of Nigerian economy

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Governors of states controlled by the All Progressives Congress, APC, have called for the total “overhaul” of the Nigerian economy in order to save the states of the federation from imminent collapse.

The governors made the call at the end of their meeting, which held on Tuesday at the Imo state governors lodge, Asokoro Abuja.

Addressing journalists at the end of the meeting which lasted for over five hours, chairman of the APC governors Forum, Rochas Olorocha of Imo state, said the governors are concerned and worried with the dwindling revenue of the states which has impacted negatively on the lives of the people.

“The matter has become so serious that urgent action must be taken for a bailout for the states,” he said.

Mr. Okorocha also said the governors reviewed the state of the economy and were therefore urging that “urgent steps should be taken and we are calling for a total overhaul of the system to block all the leakages in the nation’s economy”.

The Imo state governor said they have realised that what the states are going through is as a result of the poor management of Nigeria’s economy in recent times.

“The APC government has come to meet a near empty treasury and it has become very worrisome,” he said.

Mr. Okorocha, did not however, give specific details of how the economy should be overhauled.

The chairman of the APC governors’ forum also added that the meeting discussed the recent election of new leaders for the national Assembly and extended the forum’s congratulations to the newly elected president of the Senate and Speaker of the House of Representatives.

He however noted that the governors were aware that the election generated tension within the party, adding, “so we have resolved to embark on a process of reconciliation to make sure that we have come back as members of the same family like we have always been”.

US to give $5m to Nigerian-led anti-Boko force

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Nigerian troops on the frontline against Boko Haram in Borno State, northeast Nigeria
Nigerian troops are likely to make up the bulk of the force
The US says it will give $5m (£3.2m) towards a multi-national task force being set up to fight Nigeria’s militant Islamist group Boko Haram.

Boko Haram “was not just a Nigerian problem”, US official Linda Thomas-Greenfield said.

The group was blamed for suicide bombings which killed more than 20 people in neighbouring Chad on Monday.

Chad will be the headquarters of the Nigeria-led force of around 7,500 troops from five countries.

The formation of the force has gained momentum since Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari took office last month.

Nigeria’s previous administration, led by Goodluck Jonathan, was seen to have dragged its heels over the creation of the force, as it feared it would undermine Nigeria’s sovereignty, correspondents say.

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The US also turned down a request by Mr Jonathan’s administration last year to sell it weapons because of the poor human rights record of its military.

The issue led to a diplomatic row, with Nigeria accusing the US of refusing to help land a “killer punch” against Boko Haram.

G7 ‘wish list’

Ms Thomas-Greenfield, the US assistant secretary of state for Africa, said the US was in talks with Mr Buhari’s government on how it could assist more in the campaign against the militants.

It comes after President Buhari’s visit last week to the G7 summit in Germany where he said Nigeria would welcome more international support in the struggle with the jihadists.

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Bombers on motorcycles targeted Chad’s capital

The multi-national force is expected to be made up of troops from Nigeria, Niger, Chad, Cameroon and Benin.

Chad, Cameroon and Niger have been helping Nigeria recapture territory from Boko Haram, but their activities have so far been largely uncoordinated.

The African Union (AU) backed the creation of a multi-national force in January, saying Boko Haram required a “collective, effective and decisive response”.

Boko Haram’s six-year insurgency has left some 13,000 people dead and 1.5 million homeless, rights groups say.

The group has pledged allegiance to Islamic State, which is fighting to establish a global caliphate.

Nigeria – Inspector-General tells Nigerians to report corrupt policemen

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Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Solomon Arase

The Inspector – General of Police, Solomon Arase, has urged Nigerians to assist the police to become better by reporting corruption, bribery and bad conduct in the force.

Arase said this in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, on Monday during a sensitisation workshop on Reporting Corruption in the Police, using the stopthebribes Platform.

The workshop was organised by the CLEEN Foundation in partnership with the stopthebribes Platform, a forum created by the IG to instil discipline and professionalism in the force.

The IG said many of the officers and men of the Nigeria Police Force were currently undergoing punishment for cases of proven corruption and unwholesome conduct.

He, however, did not give details about the officers affected or the type of sanctions apportioned to them. He said the details of the offending policemen had been published in the police gazzette.

Arase, who was represented by an Assistant Superintendent of Police, Mr. Toye Jolaoye, said not all policemen were corrupt, adding that he was “committed to seeing a transformed, disciplined and professional police force” in the country.

He appealed to members of the public to avail themselves of the use of smart phones and android phones to report any erring police officer or station or command to the stopthebribes Platform for action.

“Mechanisms are in place to ensure confidentiality of information and identity of complainants,” he said.

The Programme Officer, CLEEN Foundation, Gabriel Akinremi, said report on corruption and bad conduct in the police could be sent to the stopthebribes Platform through email, sms, phone calls, Twitter and Facebook.

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Nigeria – Boko Haram kill 37 in villages near Maiduguri

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Gunmen on motorcycles and trucks raid villages surrounding Maiduguri in Borno state, where group has a strong presence.


Suspected Boko Haram gunmen have killed 37 people in raids on five villages around Maiduguri, the capital of northeast Nigeria’s Borno state, a military source and a local village defence group said.

Fighters from the armed group, who arrived in four-wheel drive vehicles and on motorcycles, fired into houses and shot fleeing locals during Wednesday evening and the early hours of Thursday, the military source said on Friday.

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“Reports indicated a total of 37 people were killed by the insurgents during the separate attacks,” said the source who asked to remain unnamed.

Malum Idrissa, a member of a village defence group known locally as the Civilian Joint Task Force, also told the Reuters news agency that the death toll was 37 and said the villages were around 90km from Maiduguri.

Details of the attack emerged a day after new President Muhammadu Buhari held a summit with regional counterparts to set up a joint military force to counter Boko Haram.

The armed group has killed thousands and left around 1.5 million displaced during a six-year rebellion during which it has tried to create an Islamic state in the northeast of Africa’s most populous nation and top oil exporter.

Maiduguri, the city closest to the scene of the attacks, this week became the new site of the Nigerian military command centre for operations to fight Boko Haram.

More than 80 people were killed in bomb blasts in the city last week, amid a resurgence in activity by the area.

Source: Reuters

Nigeria – APC backtracks and accepts Saraki as Senate President

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The All Progressives Congress on Friday said it has recognised Bukola Saraki as the duly elected ‎president of the Senate, a reality the party has to live with.

The party had earlier rejected the emergence of the Senate President and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara.

The party had released a statement stating that the duo was not the candidates chosen at the party’s straw poll, held shortly before the inauguration of the Senate and the House of Representatives respectively.

At the party’s straw polls held at the international conference centre Abuja, on the Saturday preceding the inauguration which took place on a Tuesday, Ahmed Lawan was chosen as the candidate for the Senate President, while Femi Gbajabiamila was chosen as the candidate for the Speaker of the House of Representatives.

The two chambers however rejected the choices and elected Messrs Saraki and Dogara.

While the APC rejected the election, some APC senators threatened to challenge Mr. Saraki ‘s election in court.

However, the national chairman of the APC, John Oyegun, while fielding questions from journalists after the submission of the Ahmed Joda’s transition committee report, at the Defence House Abuja, announced that the party had made a U-turn on the matter.

He said it was time to face reality and work with the current leadership of the National Assembly while the party tries to resolve the issue internally.

“Of course he has been duly elected by his colleagues,” Mr. Oyegun said. “We have a reality and we must live with it.”

He noted that the party had come in contact with its own fair share of challenges and “this too shall pass away”.

On this being the beginning of the end of APC, Mr. Oyegun said, “No, it is not the first or second time we have passed through and we came out strong. This may not even be the last time, we come out every time stronger and more determined.”

He said the party was sorting out what had happened as a family.

“People say they are going to court which is their right, but as a party we are looking at everything and we are coming out strong,” he said.

On Mr. Saraki’s aborted visit to the APC secretariat on Thursday, Mr. Oyegun said his visit had not been convenient for the party at the time.

“Nothing went wrong,” Mr. Oyegun said. “There were a lot of consultations and you can’t be in two places at the same time and so it was not comfortable for us, but we have been talking. We don’t want to make a song and dance of it, everything is being put in proper perspective.”

Nigeria to lead five nation force to fight Boko Haram

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Boko Haram crisis: Nigeria to lead regional force
  

 Nigerian troops on the frontline against Boko Haram in Borno State, northeast Nigeria

Nigerian troops are likely to make up the bulk of the force

Five African countries have agreed to set up a joint military force led by Nigeria to fight the Islamist militant group Boko Haram.

The leaders reached the deal at a summit hosted by Nigeria’s new president Muhammadu Buhari, who made tackling it a key campaign pledge.

Most of the troops will be from Nigeria with Chad, Cameroon, Niger and Benin also contributing.

Thousands of people have been killed and hundreds kidnapped by the group.

The decision that the force should be led by a Nigerian commander came after Mr Buhari rejected calls for leadership to rotate between the countries.

But the leaders agreed the force would be based in the Chadian capital, N’djamena, rather than Baga in northeast Nigeria

Analysis: Will Ross, BBC News, Nigeria

  
Muhammadu Buhari speaking at the conference on Boko Haram

Mr Buhari spoke of the need for a compaign “on all fronts” against the militants

Calling this meeting at short notice is a sign that ending the Boko Haram insurgency is the number one priority for Nigeria’s new president, Muhammadu Buhari.

Since being sworn in less than two weeks ago he has flown to Chad, Niger and Germany to attend the G7 summit.

All of these meetings focused on building an international alliance to fight Boko Haram.

During the last two weeks more than 100 people have been killed in gun attacks and bomb blasts carried out by the jihadists.

They set a July deadline for the parties to contribute troops.

At the conference, Mr Buhari stressed the need for better sharing of intelligence to stop the flow of money and weapons across borders.

He said a campaign “on all fronts” was needed to bring the six-year insurgency to an end.

Chad, Cameroon and Niger have been helping Nigeria recapture territory from the insurgents, but a plan to create a large joint military force had stalled.

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