Nigeria confirms release of 21 Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram

Nigeria confirms release of 21 Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram

Jihadist group Boko Haram released 21 kidnapped Chibok schoolgirls to the Nigerian government following a prisoner swap, an official in the president’s office said Thursday. The Chibok girls were released as part of a prisoner swap deal struck between Boko Haram, the International Committee of the Red Cross and the Nigerian and Swiss governments, said […]

Boko Haram region poised for world’s worst crisis, says UN

Boko Haram region poised for world’s worst crisis, says UN

Without more donor support the emergency situation caused by Boko Haram will become the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, a top UN official said Friday, as a massive appeal remained just a quarter funded. United Nations assistant secretary general Toby Lanzer said the suffering in northeast Nigeria and surrounding areas was the worst he had ever […]

Boko Haram video ‘shows Chibok schoolgirls’, demand release of fighters

Boko Haram video ‘shows Chibok schoolgirls’, demand release of fighters

The Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram released a video on Sunday that purported to show recent footage of dozens of schoolgirls still missing after being kidnapped from the town of Chibok more than two years ago. The girls, wearing full-body veils but with their faces showing, can be seen seated behind a masked Boko Haram […]

Uncertainty over Boko Haram leadership as IS group ‘names new leader’

Uncertainty over Boko Haram leadership as IS group ‘names new leader’

The Islamic State group’s online weekly Al-Naba has named a new leader for their West African affiliate, fuelling speculation about the fate of Boko Haram’s longtime commander Abubakar Shekau. The jihadist magazine made the announcement on Tuesday in an interview with Sheikh Abu Musab al-Barnawi, whom it referred to as the new “governor of West […]