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New Year: PMB congratulates Nigerians, Vows To Fish Out Causers of Artificial Fuel Scarcity

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Predent of Nigeria, Muhammad Bihari in a nationwide broadcast congratulated citizens on the new year 2018 even as he expressed sadness over the hardship that many went through during the Yuletide due to what he described as artificial fuel scarcity.


The President said the general lack of fuel in most filling stations was not as a result of systemic failure but a deliberate action of some individuals to create hardship and tension in the country.

He said those behind the unpatriotic and inhuman act would not go unpunished when fished out.

Predent Bihari"s speech on this issue is partly excerpted here by Kareem's Pick Blog:-

"I join my fellow citizens this morning to welcome and celebrate the New Year 2018. This year promises to be pivotal in our quest for CHANGE.

"Unfortunately, I am saddened to acknowledge that for many this Christmas and New Year holidays have been anything but merry and happy. Instead of showing love, companionship and charity, some of …

Army to investigate twitter claims on soldiers extorting motorists in Borno state

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- That claim is not true - NURTW
By Blogger 
The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, said an investigative panel would soon be set up to investigate alleged claims by a Twitter handle accusing soldiers forcefully collecting money from commercial motorists before providing escort services. 
This was made known in a statement signed by the Director Army Public Relatinos, Sani Usman, and made available to journalists via a social media handle. 
After the opening most of the major roads that were once under the control of Boko Haram insurgents in December last year, the Nigeria military has been engaged in providing free escort services to both commercial and non-commercial vehicles traveling along most routes of Borno state. 
Though the escort service had been serverally criticised as very poor especially when civilian travellers are sometimes attacked, killed or abducted by Boko Haram gunmen, the military seriously take exception to the case of extortion by its soldiers…

Education gets highest allocation in Borno’s N170 billion budget for 2018

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By (Blogger)  As Published in Premium Times Governor of Borno state, Kashim Shettima, on Thursday presenting the budget of N170 billion for the 2018 fiscal year The Governor of Borno state, Kashim Shettima, on Thursday presented a budget of N170 billion for the 2018 fiscal year. The state’s education sector got the highest allocation of N26 billion. The proposed budget is lower than the current 2017 budget by over N13 billion which represents 7.38 percent reduction. Mr. Shettima, who presented the budget before the state House of Assembly, christened the new fiscal bill as Budget of Resettlement and Empowerment. He said the main thrust of the proposed budget would be the welfare of the IDPs especially their resettlement and restoration of their dignity which has been eroded by nearly a decade of ongoing Boko Haram insurgency. Giving a breakdown of the budget, the capital expenditure takes N108,408, 580, 000 while the recurrent expenditure takes N61, 870, 934,0…

Only 'Goodluck' was killed during Boko Haram's Molai attack on Christmas Day

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Kareem's Pick Blog was in Molai village as early as 7am on Tuesday and met a community whose peace was disrupted on Christmas day  still battling to get over their shock after an attack  by Boko Haram gunmen. 

Giant empty shells of Anti Aircraft bullets and those from AK47 littered the highway leading to the agrarian community located not more than 5km away from Maiduguri. 
About 500 Metres away from Molai, a military pickup van laid on its side with its beneath facing the direction of the city. Returning villagers who had fled their homes the previous night said the insurgents' firearm caused the pickup van to summersault and fell on its side during the shootout. 

A little ahead, into Molai village, a burnt motorcycle was also seen in the middle of the road. It belonged to the Boko Haram insurgents. 

Some few metres ahead of the motorcycles, just by the entrance of Molai village market, lies a corpse covered with some piece of sack sheet. 

"His name was 'Goodlu…

Update: Military says no life lost in Maiduguri Christmas day attack by Boko Haram

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By Blogger 

The military command in Maiduguri, Borno state, said the attack by suspected Boko Haram insurgents on Christmas day was repelled by soldiers and no single life was lost.

Kareem's Pick Blog led in breaking the story on Monday evening when the insurgents staged what seemed like an invasion attempt on the city of Maiduguri.

The late dusk attack forced residents of the suburb, mostly women and children, fleeing into the city in the dark hours.

According to the account of a soldier who pleaded anonymity, three persons lost their lives as insurgents attacked some vehicles conveying food stuff to Maiduguri from Biu town.

Though this claim has not been independently verified by Kareem's Pick Blog, the source said the three victims who were all burnt alive included a woman.

A statement was issued by the Theatre Commander of the counterinsurgency operation in northeast Nigeria, tagged Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General  Rogers
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The statement said the attack was moti…

Breaking: Nigeria soldiers battling Boko Haram attackers outside Maiduguri

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By Blogger

Monday's peaceful Christmas day celebration in Maiduguri, Borno state, was suddenly disturbed by the reports of Boko Haram insurgents attacking Molai, an outskirts village 5km away from the state capital.

The attack began at about 5.35pm when distant sounds of gun shootings pierced through the cold hazy weather in to township.

A soldier at a checkpoint not far away from the scene of the attack informed this Blogger on phone that the attack was being launched by a large number of Boko Haram gunmen.

The source said the Christmas day attack was long anticipated.

According to the anonymous soldier, a warning was sent into the city long before now that the attacks on the city during the Yuletide would come from two directions and one of them was Molai along Maiduguri-Biu highway.

"As I am talking to you now the attack is on, but thank God that our soldiers have been effectively mobilised towards that area and they are currently engaging them.

*We knew it would come bec…

Fire engulfs suburb of Abuja, Nigeria's capital as tribal youth clash on Christmas Day

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Images reaching Kareem's Pick Blog indicate that Bwari, a suburb of Nigeria's federal capital territory is up in flames as indigenous Gbagyi youth clash with the Hausas.

The cause of the #ChristmasDay clash is yet known.
Soldiers and police officers have been drafted to the area as residents desert the streets. 

But the images and video clips indicated that the clash was really devastating.
Details to follow later.

FREE: NGO builds 100 boreholes for Borno IDPs in memory of Syrian textile merchant whose grave was Muslim’s first in Manchester Cemetery

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By (Blogger) Abdulkareem Haruna
A non profit humanitarian organization, Foundation for Refugees Economic Empowerment (FREE), on Saturday turned on the 100th  boreholes it has so far drilled for communities where persons displaced by the Boko Haram insurgency reside in Borno state.
FREE is an NGO formed in memory of late Mohammad Yaseen Hallaby, a Syrian descent, who died in1902 and was buried in Manchester, United Kingdom. 
Residents of Sheraton New City, a burgeoning suburb at the outskirts of Maiduguri said the borehole cited in their neighbourhood would end their days want for clean water.
Only last week did the Borno state ministry of health and the WHO announced that the cholera outbreak that hit the state since August 2017 was finally brought to an end.
Largely blamed for lack of clean water in most communities besieged by IDPs, the last cholera outbreak claimed 62 lives of the over 5000 persons affected. 
Mary Mamza, a middle aged resident of Sheraton New City, Maiduguri, said they w…

Officials declare Borno free of cholera after disease claims 61 lives

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By (Blogger)  as Published on Premium Times December 21, 2017
The Borno government and the World Health Organisation (WHO) on Thursday declared the state free of cholera, four months after the disease claimed 61 lives.

The state government said no case of cholera has been reported in the last two weeks. Since August 15 when the outbreak of cholera hit the state, the ministry of health in collaboration with WHO said it had immunised over 900, 000 persons in the six local government areas that were affected by the disease. The affected areas comprise, Jere, Maiduguri Metropolitan Council (MMC), Dikwa, Monguno, Mafa and Guzamala local government areas of Borno state. Speaking at a joint press conference organised by the Borno state ministry of health and the WHO, the state’s director, medical response and humanitarian services, Mohammed Ghuluze, said “cholera outbreak is over in Borno state”. He said since the outbreak, the state government in collaboration with the WHO…

4 killed, 3 abducted as gunmen ambush military escorted WFP convoy in North-east Nigeria

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By (Blogger) Abdulkareem Haruna The World Food Programme (WFP) in northeast Nigeria confirmed that gunmen on Saturday ambushed their military-escorted convoy of food trucks taking supplies to an internally displaced camp at Ngala village of Borno state.
Four persons were confirmed killed during the attack while three others were abducted by the ambushing gunmen who were suspected to be Boko Haram. 
According to the WFP's Communication Officer at the Maiduguri area office, Mr Adedeji Ademigbuji, a driver of the Programme's hired truck and his assistant were among the four that lost their lives. 
But inside humanitarian sources who had first-hand knowledge of the incident  told Kareem's Pick Blog  that three other persons were abducted by the armed attckers who had probably outgunned the military escort. The ambushers took a truck that was loaded with fòod supplies and the three abductees to a destination yet known to the UN officials and the military. 
This incident was initiall…
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As Empathetic General Buratai Visits Wounded Soldiers in Kaduna Hospital  By (Blogger) Abdulkareem Haruna  It was a practical show of leadership with empathy at the 44 Nigeria Army Reference Hospital in Kaduna on Friday when the chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai used his most needed resting time to visit some of his sick soldiers who were hospitalised as a result of the injuries they had, at one point or the other suffered, while in action at the front lines. 
After hosting one of the  best Conferences ever organised under his office - the 2017 Annual Chief of Army Staff Conference - General Buratai did not rerun home for a deserving rest. There is more work to be done both in the office and even at the frontline. 
Cladded in simple brown mufti jacket that usually characterises his down-to-earth humility that is uncommon of a war General, Buratai moved from one bed to the other within the hospital ward as he exchange pleasantry with the recuperating soldiers and emp…

Nigeria soldiers Net 167 Boko Haram Fighters, 240 Family Members on Lake Chad Islands

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By (Blogger) Abdulkareem Haruna 
I should say this, obviously, is one of the largest single mass arrest of Boko Haram insurgents ever made by Nigeria troops in recent times. 
The authorities at the Lafiya Dole Counterinsurgency operations in northeast Nigeria said own troops had Saturday arrested a total of 403 persons who were either Boko Haram fighters or their families hiding on the islands of the Lake Chad. 
This news about mass arrest of Boko Haram came only 48 hours after a deployment of Nigerian troops located at Mainok village of Borno state had a fierce fight

with the insurgents who came attacking in several trucks on Wednesday night. Mainok is just 57km away from Maiduguri the Borno state capital where Boko Haram ideology was birthed. The military command in northeast Nigeria confirmed that many lives were lost on both sides of the fight. But details of casualty was not given

The military command said the Lake Chad Island arrest was made following a sustained air and ground coo…

Breaking!!; Boko Haram attacking a village near Maidugiuri

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Boko Haram gunmen are currently attacking Mainok village in Borno state state, northeast Nigeria 
Preliminary reports from sources familiar with the ongoing attack said the military are responding to the attack. 
Mainok is about 58.3km away from Maiduguri the city where Boko Haram was birthed. 
Mainok residents are among the few villagers that showed resilience by returning to their destroyed community years after Boko Haram forced them to leave late 2014.
Lets pray for the poor residents especially women and children who may be in a very dangerous situation trying to escape attack or crossfire bullets.

Detail to come