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Boko Haram releases hostages in Nigeria

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 2/12/18, 09:14 am

Boko Haram released three university lecturers and 10 women kidnapped during different raids in Nigeria last year, the Nigerian government said on Saturday. In July, the extremist group kidnapped the lecturers as they worked on oil prospect evaluations in the Lake Chad area for the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation. That same month, Boko Haram kidnapped 10 women during an attack on a military and police convoy in northeast Maiduguri.

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Boko Haram leader: 'I am tired of this calamity’

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 2/08/18, 11:37 am

The leader of the Nigerian-based extremist group Boko Haram in a video released Wednesday disputed the Nigerian military’s claim it has seized total control of the group’s stronghold. In the 10-minute video, Abubakar Shekau said the militants are still in the Sambisa forest in Nigeria’s northeast. “If you have killed us, why are we still alive?” he asked. Shekau called on fighters throughout the country to continue to stage attacks and be ready to die in order to establish a caliphate. Despite the call for persistent fighting, Shekau expressed frustration with the process.

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Judge blocks deportation of Indonesian Christians

International | Many of the immigrants came to the United States in the 1990s
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 2/06/18, 04:12 pm

A U.S. federal judge last week temporarily halted the deportation of 50 Indonesian Christians in New Jersey who argue they could face persecution if they return to their homeland. The ruling is the latest in an ongoing case that is similar to others around the world.

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