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May 23, 2013
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As Nigeria goes into second week of military offensive against radical Islamist movement, Boko Haram, statements from the military have highlighted a series of gains, particularly in north-eastern Borno state.
In a televised statement on Tuesday, President Goodluck Jonathan said, "I hereby declare a state of emergency in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states." He orders army into those states saying latest violence from Boko Haram group is declaration of war.
Another political party in Nigeria has merged with the Action for Progressive Change, the APC.
Gunmen have kidnapped the wife, daughter and driver of a supreme court judge on a road in southern Nigeria apparently hoping for a ransom payment, police said Sunday.
Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Abayomi Akeremale, confirmed that 28 policemen have been found alive. Akeremale said the 28 policemen were held hostage, but released today.
Nigeria has lost at least 30 policemen in an ambush by a local militia in the central Nasarawa state, officials said.
They said they have been harassed and humiliated in recent times across Nigeria. The group said instead of wasting time and energy on homosexuals, the Nigerian government should rather provide the dividends of democracy and accountability to its citizens.
According to reports from north-eastern Nigeria, at least 55 people were killed after an early morning attack by militants from the Boko Haram Islamist movement on the town of Bama in Borno state. Boko Haram’s main target was the prison in Bama and the movement succeeded in releasing 105 prisoners.
Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan arrived in Nigeria on Tuesday for a state visit aimed at consolidating ties between two of the biggest economies in sub-Saharan Africa.
Mechanical failure was likely to have caused the fighter jet to crash near Mali's border while it was on a non-combat mission, reports say.