Nigeria's Islamist terror group Boko Haram, which has killed at least 1,000 Christians and Muslims since May 29, could be defeated in just three months, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai has said.
The terror group has been "substantially degraded" and could be defeated "before the end of the year ," Buratai told BBC in an interview.
Last month, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari told the country's military to defeat Boko Haram within the next three months. more >>
Over 1,000 people have been killed by terror group Boko Haram in the first 100 days of Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari's reign, while close to 2.1 million have been internally displaced. Buhari had promised that he would find a way to drive out the Islamic terror group from his country, but so far the terror group's raids have continued in full force.
The International Organization for Migration revealed on Friday that displaced people have risen to 2.1 million in the northeastern states of Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Taraba and Yobe, as well as the central state of Nassarawa and Abuja.
"The increase ... can be attributed to the intensification of attacks carried out by the insurgents, as well as to improved access to previously inaccessible areas of Borno state, where the IDP population is now well over 1.6 million," IOM said. more >>
A Nigerian pastor and president of the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria has said that Boko Haram has killed as many as 8,000 members of the congregations he oversees, destroyed 70 percent of his churches, and left most of the pastors under his care without a job.
"Seventy percent of our churches have been destroyed in Adamawa, Yobe and Borno states by Boko Haram; over 8,000 of our members were killed; one hundred and seventy-six of the girls kidnapped in Chibok are our members," the Rev. Samuel Dali said, according to Naij.com.
While Dali kept up hopes that the Nigerian military will be able to finally defeat the terror group, which has waged war on the government and the country's Christians since 2009, he noted that many church facilities across Adamawa, Yobe and Borno states have been destroyed in various raids. more >>
A Nigerian Catholic priest who served at two Louisiana parishes for 11 years before returning to his home country was shot and killed by unknown assailants in an apparent road ambush in Southern Nigeria last weekend.
The Rev. Dennis Osuagwu, who was serving in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Owerri in Nigeria's Imo state and worked at the General House of the Missionary Sons of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, was traveling in the town of Nekede last Saturday when he was ambushed and shot dead at point blank range.
The Nigerian news agency Pulse.ng reports that the bullet that killed the 57 year old, who was also on staff at Imo Polytechnic School, entered through the right side of his body and exited from the left side of his face. more >>
According to residents in the Nigerian town of Kukuwa-Gari in the northeastern Yobe state, Boko Haram gunmen rode into the town on motorcycles last Thursday and opened fired, killing at least 160 people, including 60 children.
The residents claim that there were at least 17 radical Islamist gunmen that began spraying bullets and forced villagers to flee to a nearby river, where six other Boko Haram gunmen were positioned to shoot all those who tried to flee from danger.
"We were getting ready to observe evening prayers, all of a sudden we started hearing sounds of gunshots," one unidentified resident told BBC. "We all ran for our dear life into the bush. The following morning we returned home and discovered corpses of 60 children. They all drowned in the river in their effort to escape the attack." more >>
Notorious Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau has been driven out of power and replaced by a new leader, the President of Chad Idriss Deby has claimed.
"There is someone apparently called Mahamat Daoud who is said to have replaced Abubakr Shekau and he wants to negotiate with the Nigerian government," Deby said in a statement, according to The Telegraph on Saturday. "For my part, I would advise not to negotiate with a terrorist."
Shekau's Boko Haram has terrorized Nigeria and the surrounding countries for over six years, killing well over 13,000 civilians, among whom are both Christians and Muslims. Under Shekau's leadership, the terror group's mission has been to drive out all followers of Christ from Nigeria. more >>