Almost 900 children who were recruited into the ranks of an anti-Boko Haram militia in Nigeria have been released, UNICEF said Friday. The 894 children, including 106 girls, were recruited by the Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF) in Maiduguri in northeast Nigeria
Formerly a safari, the Sambisa forest, which covers an area of about 600,000 square kilometres, was captured by Boko Haram in 2013. After the Nigerian Army partially reclaimed the infamous kidnapping and killing field, the Nigerian government is now ready to restore the reclaimed forest to its old glory.
Last Sunday marked five years since Boko Haram jihadists kidnapped 276 schoolgirls from their school in northeastern Nigeria. While some are back, 112 are still missing. The mass abduction sparked a global outcry and the #BringBackOurGirls social media campaign and remains Boko Haram's biggest publicity coup.
Tanitoluwa Adewumi, was crowned chess champion for kindergarten through third grade days back in New York. The Nigerian boy fled to the US with his parents in 2018 went undefeated at the state tournament last weekend, outwitting children from elite private schools with private chess tutors.
A security alert from the U.S Embassy and consulate in Nigeria has noted that the Islamic State West Africa and Boko Haram have stated plans to disrupt Nigeria's upcoming elections by attacking infrastructure and places of gathering such as markets, hotels, and malls.