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US joins war against Boko Haram, Ansaru

After years of diplomatic patchwork and foot-dragging, the United States, yesterday, formally declared war on Boko Haram, classifying the Nigerian-based Al Qaeda affiliate, a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO). The declaration would make Washington mobilize resources and intelligence to combat the ninth deadliest terrorist group in the world. A statement issued by the US State Department, yesterday, in Washington, said the US government was invoking Section 219 of the Immigration and Nationality Act, as amended, and section 1(b) of Executive Order 13224 to designate Boko Haram and Ansaru as Foreign Terrorist Organizations (FTOs). The Federal Government which had hitherto mounted pressure on the US against taking such action, also issued a statement through Nigeria’s Ambassador to the US to explain why it accepted the US classification of Boko Haram and

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MASSOB vs APGA: Ojukwu jnr warns Uwazurike not bite finger that fed him

THE first son of the late Ikemba Nnewi, Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, Chief Emeka Ojukwu jnr Wednesday in Nnewi warned the leader of the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, Chief Ralph Uwazurike not to bite the finger that fed him, saying that if the report credited to him (Uwazurike) was true, then the MASSOB leader has chosen to be an ingrate. Uwazurike was quoted on Monday as saying through his director of information, Mr. Uchenna Madu, that MASSOB has disowned the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, a political party that recognizes Ojukwu as its leader both in life and

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UN Boko Haram offensive drives 40,000 refugees into Niger

Nigeria’s army offensive against Islamist militants, Boko Haram has pushed nearly 40,000 refugees over its northern border into Niger, a UN agency said, in a drive that is straining food supplies in the drought-prone country. Reuters reported that the United Nations estimated in June that there were 6,000 refugees from Nigeria but the figure has soared as President Goodluck Jonathan has stepped up attacks on Boko Haram militants. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in its latest monthly report that of a total 37,332 refugees, nearly 29,000 are officially Niger nationals and the rest are Nigerian.

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Gunmen kill 2 soldiers, 2 civilians in Rivers

No fewer than four persons were reportedly killed by suspected gunmen in Rivers State in the early hours of yesterday along Agip/Saipen area of Port Harcourt. The victims include two soldiers and two civilians. Daily Sun gathered that the bandits caught the soldiers unaware, as they tried to escape through Nkpordiagha waterfront, in Rumuolumeni community in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of the state. The deceased civilians, according to a source, were hit by stray bullets as the fleeing hoodlums shot sporadically to escape. It was also gathered that the gunmen were fleeing after a foiled kidnap attempt around the area, before they met the unsuspecting soldiers. But, another anonymous source said that the suspects were fleeing after a successful robbery operation and escaped