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  • Nigeria pastor’s wife killed by Muslim mob

    by Morning Star News/Nigeria Correspondent, posted Monday, June 06, 2016 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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

  • Freed Boko Haram captives shunned, study shows

    by Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, February 17, 2016 (2 years ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Women and girls kidnapped and raped by Boko Haram jihadists are often rejected and ostracized in refugee camps and upon return to their communities and families, a new report released by UNICEF and International Alert reveals. Read More

  • Boko Haram burns children alive in Jan. raids

    by Diana Chandler, posted Monday, February 01, 2016 (2 years ago)

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    MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (BP) -- Boko Haram killed more than 100 people in firebombs, shootings and suicide bombings in northeast Nigeria at the end of January, the most deadly attacks near Maiduguri where a survivor told the Associated Press he heard the cries of children burning alive inside their homes.

    At least 86 bodies had been collected by Jan. 31 in the attacks the previous day on Dalori Village and two nearby camps housing 25,000 refugees, where charred and bullet-ridden corpses littered the streets, survivors and soldiers told the AP. Read More

  • Boko Haram remains 'resilient' after deadline

    by Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, January 06, 2016 (2 years ago)

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    BORNO, Nigeria (BP) -- Boko Haram reportedly remains a strong threat in northeastern Nigeria and neighboring countries despite Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari's claim that military leaders have largely met his deadline to have defeated the group by the end of 2015. Read More

  • Boko Haram resumes village raids, destruction

    by Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, December 03, 2015 (2 years ago)

    NORTHEAST NIGERIA (BP) -- Boko Haram has revived its once trademark hit-and-run raids on villages, killing at least eight people, kidnapping and displacing others, and burning homes in northeastern Nigeria and southeastern Niger villages Nov. 28-29, according to news reports. Read More