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Despite continuing Boko Haram attacks Maiduguri kids still find time to chill out

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By Blogger

These five boys,  all between the ages of 11 and 10 years became a spectacle at a wedding ceremony in Moduganari area of Maiduguri, Borno state capital during the weekend.
Their uniformly black Adidas T-shirts matched with white trousers and pairs of canvas boots as well as dark sun shades, made them look like some pop stars. 
They became a cynosure of the event.

With either a head scarf or face cap adorning their heads,  they walked proudly through a crowd of people that gathered at the venue of a local wedding.

They held their shoulders high as they bounced in their steps - not being shy of their uniquely incongruous dressing at an event that is supposed to be graced with traditional kaftan and caps.

They caught the attention of Kareem's Pick Blog and it was their greatest pleasure to be called for a photograph. 
A brief chat interview revealed that one of them was a younger brother to the groom. So they planned to put on that uniformed attire to grace his wedding. 

More than 60,000 IDPs in Pulka lack adequate food, water, shelter - MSF Boss

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The Head of Mission of Medicines Sans Frontiers (MSF), otherwise known as Doctors Witout Borders, in Nigeria, Mr. Luís Eguiluz, was last week in Pulka village of Borno state where he spent two days at the camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs). 

The mission head came with a mind blowing tale of how a swelling population of over 60 000 people are struggling to survive hunger, thirst and lack of decent accommodation.

Pulka became a major refuge camp for fleeing residents of various communities that are hitherto  being tormented by Boko Haram fighters.

Nigerian soldiers have since the recapture of Gwoza local government area made Pulka their base and all IDPs and returnees are given protection there.

From a village of about 30,000 farmers and ranchers, Pulka now has over 60,000 people living in camps that dotted the rocky community.

Mr Eguiluz, a passionate humanitarian actor, shared his experience with Kareem's Pick Blog Pulka. 

With about 15,000 children facing ha…

Tony Elumelu Foundation partners with Kenyan NGO on youth Enterprise

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By (Blogger) Abdulkareem Haruna
The Tony Elumelu Foundation, on Friday, signed a partnership agreement with a Kenyan non-profit organisation, Youth Enterprise Development Fund (YEDF). 
The partnership is to help youth in Kenya to build capacity for successful entrepreneurship through mentorship. 
Tony Elumelu is the Chairman of United Bank for Africa (UBA), and founder of the Tony Elumelu Foundation. 
Kareem's Pick Blog is among selected media outfits invited to monitor the collaboration signing event that was streamed live on Facebook at one of the business branches of  United Bank for Africa in Maiduguri. 
The Representative of UBA kenya, Timothy Kihiko, who spoke on behalf of the Tony Elumelu Foundation said the Youth Enterprise Development Fund (YEDF) and the UBA collaboration seeks to provide not only financial support to the youth "but also training, mentorship, incubation and counselling to help them turn big ideas into reality". 
According to him Kenya's entrepren…

How Boko Haram beat security, vigilant residents to carry out first major suicide attack on Maiduguri in 2018 ---------- 14 killed, 65 injured

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By Blogger
The very first attack by suicide bombers on the city of Maiduguri, Borno state, came at a time the military introduced a curfew regime that forces residents to retire indoors before the hour of 8pm.

Boko Haram had, before the curfew, usually sneaked in to attack Maiduguri and environs during the dark hours when everyone, including the armed security forces, was less vigilant. 
But with the upwards review of the curfew hours, the Boko Haram fighters also altered their strategy. 
Sadly both the civilian residents of Maiduguri and the security forces did not factor in the likelihood of the enemy changing their modus operandi while executing the new curfewed strategy that has been reviewed for the third time on its duration that was meant to last for only one week. 
The residents were totally caught off guard when four teenage females, who were primed with massive explosives, sneaked into their midst in the densely populated Muna Garriage commercial area as they were all hurryi…

Nigeria Army releases 244 Repentant Boko Haram fighters to government

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By Blogger Soldiers in Northeast Nigeria on Monday released 244 Boko Haram suspects who recently surrendered and denounced their membership of the deadly terror group.


The hand over of the ex-Boko Haram suspects was done in commemoration of the 2018 edition of Nigeria Armed Forces Remembrance Day that usually takes on 15 January. 
According to the Nigeria army officials, the released persons comprised 56 women, 118 adult males, 19 underaged persons and 51 children
Presenting the 244 repentant insurgents at the military cemetery Maiduguri, the venue of the armed forces remembrance, the Theatre commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General, Rogers Nicholas, said the release of the 244 repentant Boko Haram members was approved by the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai. 
He said the suspects were released after they were properly screened   and confirmed that their denouncement sincere. 
One of the released females told journalists shortly before they were taken away …

How 14-year-old girl helped Chibok girl escape Boko Haram

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By (Blogger) As Published in PREMIUM TIMES Newly-freed Chibok schoolgirl, Salomi Pogu and the 14 year old girl, Jamila Adamu The newly-freed Chibok schoolgirl, Salomi Pogu, who was abducted by Boko Haram in 2014 but rescued last week, has given details of how she managed to escape from her captors.Pogu, who was amongst over 200 school girls kidnapped by the militant group, is the latest of 107 girls to either escape, be rescued or freed.The Nigerian Army said Pogu and another Boko Haram captive, Jamila Adamu, a 14-year-old teenager who was found with a baby, were rescued on January 4.The two girls have now spoken exclusively to PREMIUM TIMES from a government safe-house where they are being accommodated by the Borno state government.The girls said they regained their freedom after many months of trying to escape from their abductors.Their narrative was that of two courageous young women from different backgrounds, bound by the same fate and determination to survive.Whi…

Armed Forces Day: Gov' Shettima, GOC 7 Div' pray for slain soldiers

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Armed Forces Day: Shettima, GOC 7 Div pray for slain soldiers By Blogger

Borno state governor, Kashim Shettima, and the General Officer Commanding (GOC), Major General Ibrahim Yusuf on Friday, led troops and retired soldiers in prayers to commemorate the 2018 armed forces Remembrance Day. 
Hundreds of soldiers gathered at the central mosque of MaiMalari Cantonment, the headquarters of the 7 Division Nigeria army, Maiduguri, where prayers was offered for the repose of all deceased soldiers who died in defence of the country.  Special supplication was also offered for the safety of all troops fighting on the front-line. 
The Chief Imam of the 7 Division, Colonel Usman Musa, in a special sermon reminded the congregation of the inevitability of death. He said every living human must taste death and "it doesn't matter whether one is a soldier or a civilian". 
"Let us remember and be conscious about death; we have to remember death in e everyday of our lives", said Colone…

Illegal gunrunners arrested amidst Nigeria's worsening armed conflict

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By Blogger

The arrest of a  gun runner and a local manufacturer of assault rifles by soldiers of the Nigeria army could be a major step towards unraveling the mystery behind the source of  arms used in the ongoing conflicts that is on the verge of tearing the country apart. 
On Wednesday troops of the Nigeria army intercepted a lone driver who was transporting some locally fabricated assault rifles. Luck ran out the driver, who confessed to be in the business for sometimes, when vigilant soldiers on a highway of Nasarawa state, in central Nigeria, stopped him for a search.

The gunrunner had during investigation revealed the source of the weapons to be a local blacksmith who had earned proficiency in fabricating assault and hunting rifles.

The two persons, Mohammed Bello - the gun runner, and Dan Asabe Audu - the gun fabricator both confessed that they usually supply the arms to one Mr.Damina Saminaka, a notorious gang leader who is presently at large. 

A military statement released by …

Gamboru Village And Tale of 3 Girls On A Suicide Mission

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By (Blogger) Abdulkareem Haruna
Three beautiful girls in their early teens were woken from their sleep on a chilly harmattan night by the Boko Haram commanders. 
It was md night.  But regardless of the unfriendly weather condition, they must be prepared for their great mission which must be carried out on Tuesday 9 January, 2018, unfailingly. 
From the past experiences and antecedents of various suicide bombings around Borno state, it usually takes at least a week to prime a young girl, or a pair of them or even a threesome, to carry out a suicide bombing attack in a particular location. 
And it was already about a week since the last time Gamboru village mosque was attacked of which about a dozen worshippers were killed therein. 
It probably had been  "Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar" all through last week  as the vile-hearted bomb masters crowded around their transistor radio cheering as they catch the news from the BBC or VOA Hausa services, telling the story of how their teena…

Why 'Killer' Fulani Herdsmen Are Untouchable - Doyin Okupe

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Former Spokesman of former President Goodluck Jonathan, Mr Doyin Okupe in a presentation at the  Chinua Achebe Centre for Leadership and Development made some disturbing revelations, which has not been independently verified by Kareem's Pick Blog, about the killings by Fulani Herdsmen and why authorities cannot question them. His presentation reads:- "For a long time, the Nigerian state has been under siege by Fulani herdsmen terrorists operating under a predictable pattern of reconnaissance, attack and withdrawal, leading to many deaths and social dislocations. Since January 2016, there has been documented deaths of approximately 1000 Nigerians from across the middle belt, the South-south, and Southeastern parts of the country from these coordinated Fulani herdsmen attacks. The Fulani herdsmen are credited with destabilizing the city of Jos, a once tourist destination.
"The failure to protect the citizens is the liability of the Federal Government of Nigeria and its arme…