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  • Chibok girls shown in Aug. 14 Boko Haram video

    by Diana Chandler, posted Monday, August 15, 2016 (one year ago)

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    ABUJA, Nigeria (BP) -- Dozens of girls said to be among those kidnapped in 2014 from a Chibok boarding school are shown in a video Boko Haram released Aug. 14 offering the girls in exchange for the release of imprisoned terrorists.

    An armed and masked Boko Haram member speaking on the video said some of the 219 or so Chibok girls still missing after the April 14, 2014 abduction had been killed in airstrikes by the Nigerian military and 40 had been married, but he did not specify the number of girls who remained alive, the Associated Press reported. Read More

  • Censoring Islamic sermons new anti-jihad tactic

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, August 12, 2016 (one year ago)

    BORNO, Nigeria (BP) -- The governor of Boko Haram's birthplace Borno has formed a board to monitor and censor Islamic preaching in hopes of preventing the jihadists from spreading violent Islamism and recruiting fighters, Nigeria's Channels TV reported. Read More

  • Boko Haram fractured & weakened, analysis says

    by Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, August 04, 2016 (one year ago)

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    NORTHEAST NIGERIA (BP) -- A disputed report by the Islamic State group that it has appointed a new leader for Boko Haram in Nigeria indicates Boko Haram is fractured and weakened, BBC News said in an analysis today (Aug. 4).

    Abubakar Shekau, Boko Haram leader since 2009, released an audio message Aug. 3 saying he is still in charge of the terrorists, hours after IS proclaimed Abu Musab al-Barnawi the new leader of Boko Haram, identified as the IS West Africa Province, BBC News said. Read More

  • Nigeria 'worst' humanitarian crisis, activists say

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, July 01, 2016 (one year ago)

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    FALLS CHURCH, Va. (BP) -- Boko Haram violence has created a multifaceted humanitarian crisis in Nigeria that the 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative (21CWI) and former Congressman Frank R. Wolf describe as the "gravest" in the world.

    The assessment is based on the 21CWI June report "Nigeria: Fractured and Forgotten" taken from onsite research conducted in 10 states in northern and middle Nigeria in 2016.

    Malnutrition, the lack of educational opportunities for nearly a million children, and what the 21CWI described as perhaps the second-largest number of internally displaced persons in the world characterize the region, 21CWI wrote in its report. Read More

  • Nigeria pastor’s wife killed by Muslim mob

    by Morning Star News/Nigeria Correspondent, posted Monday, June 06, 2016 (2 years ago)

    KANO, Nigeria (BP) --- Nigerian officials scrambled to calm religious tensions after Muslims in Kano state killed a Christian pastor’s wife on a baseless “blasphemy” charge, according to reports.

    Bridget Agbahime, a kitchen utensil vendor at Kano city’s Kofar Wambai Market, was killed June 2 after she asked a Muslim engaged in ritual Islamic cleansing, identified as Alhaji Dauda, to move his ritual from her shopfront. She had had similar conflicts with the suspect.

    On this occasion she politely asked him to move the ritual to a corner as she still had customers at the end of the work day, according to online reports. Dauda became upset but left after a crowd began to gather. Read More

  • 1 Chibok girl found alive in Nigerian forest

    by Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, May 19, 2016 (2 years ago)

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    BORNO, Nigeria (BP) -- One of the 219 missing Chibok schoolgirls Boko Haram kidnapped has been found alive in Nigeria's remote Sambisa Forest, the French press agency AFP reported May 18.

    The schoolgirl, now 19, was found May 17 at night by civilians assisting the military and was reunited with family members before being transported to a military base in Damboa, the AFP quoted a Chibok community leader. Read More

  • Boko Haram aiding Islamic herdsmen, expert says

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, April 29, 2016 (2 years ago)

    AGATU, Nigeria (BP) -- A weakened Boko Haram is finding new life by empowering Muslim Fulani herdsmen in attacking farmers -- many of them Christian -- and taking their farmland in communities across the nation, Nigerian relations expert Adeniyi Ojutiku told Baptist Press.

    "There is every suspicion that the same people that are behind Boko Haram, which are these Islamic leaders, are the same ... Read More

  • Boko Haram: After 2 years, Chibok girls 'all well'

    by Diana Chandler, posted Tuesday, April 19, 2016 (2 years ago)

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    CHIBOK, Nigeria (BP) -- Esther Yakubu has not seen her daughter Dorcas since Boko Haram kidnapped the girl with 275 classmates from the Chibok boarding school in Nigeria two years ago, but Yakubu professes faith that the Lord is with her child.

    "I know that the angel of the Lord Almighty is with you, and He will continue to be with you wherever you are," Yakubu told the international Pathfinders Justice Initiative for women. "But I would like to advise you, wherever you are, please be strong in the Lord and He will see you through.... The Lord is your strength, and I have that hope in me that I will see you again and I will rejoice in the Lord Almighty." Read More

  • Repentant Boko Haram fighters offered rehab

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, April 08, 2016 (2 years ago)

    ABUJA, Nigeria (BP) -- Boko Haram members who surrender to the Nigerian military and repent of their terrorism will be offered rehabilitation, life skills and reintegration into society through government training camps, a Nigerian Defense Headquarters (DHQ) spokesman told the BBC. Read More

  • Fulani herdsmen kill 300 Nigerian Christians

    by Diana Chandler, posted Tuesday, March 15, 2016 (2 years ago)

    BENUE, Nigeria (BP) -- Muslim Fulani herdsmen, believed to be buoyed by Boko Haram insurgents posing as the nomadic cattlemen, continue to occupy farmland in Benue state, Nigeria, two weeks after killing more than 300 Christian farmers there in a longstanding land dispute. Read More