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Old 05-17-2014, 11:32 AM   #1
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Nigeria is likely to refer the Islamist militant group Boko Haram to the United Nations Security Council for sanctions, a Western diplomatic source said on Saturday. "Nigeria has agreed in principle to a draft resolution at the U.N. Security Council to impose sanctions on Boko Haram," a the source said. Nigeria, currently a member of the 15-country council, will have to make the request first before possible sanctions can be examined, the source said.

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'Boko Haram' gunmen kill senior Muslim cleric in northeastern Borno
May 30, 2014: Boko Haram gunmen on Friday killed a Nigerian Islamic monarch in their northeastern stronghold of Borno in an attack that also targeted two other Muslim royals who escaped unhurt, the state government said.
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The Emir of Gwoza, Idrissa Timta, was shot dead in the Tashan Alade area of Borno state while travelling by road to the funeral of another senior cleric, Borno's government said. The Emir of Uba, Ali Ibn Ismaila Mamza, and the Emir of Askira, Abdullahi Ibn Muhammadu Askirama, were also in the convoy but were not harmed. "The gunmen... specifically targeted the vehicle conveying the three emirs and opened fire," said a statement from Borno's state secretary, Baba Ahmed Jidda.

Timta "was killed around 9am today following a bloody attack by some gunmen believed to be members of Boko Haram", the statement added. The Islamist rebels, who have killed thousands in a five-year uprising, have repeatedly targeted Nigeria's Islamic monarchs, whom they accuse of betraying the faith by submitting to the authority of the secular government. A suicide bomber tried to kill Nigeria's third most powerful emir, the Shehu of Borno, Umar Garbai El-Kanemi, as he left Friday prayers in July 2012.

The monarch survived the attack that left five people dead. The convoy of the Emir of Kano, Nigeria's number two Islamic leader, was targeted in an attack last year. The attack follows calls from activists for Nigeria's Islamic royals, including the Borno monarch, to play a greater role in curbing Boko Haram's violence and helping secure the release of the 219 schoolgirls held hostage by the insurgents.

The leader of Nigeria's Muslims, the Sultan of Sokoto, Sa'ad Abubakar III, called for unity in the battle against Boko Haram in a public address at the National Mosque last weekend, urging his followers to support the government. Prominent displays of support for the government from the country's top cleric may have caught the attention of some Boko Haram commanders.

'Boko Haram' gunmen kill senior Muslim cleric in northeastern Borno - The Times of India
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Boko Haram leaves 1 million Nigerian children without schools
April 13, 2016 -- Nigeria's eight-year war against Boko Haram insurgents has left one million children with little or no access to schools, Human Rights Watch said this week.
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In an 86-page report released Tuesday, the New York-based advocacy organization noted that Boko Haram, whose grip on northeast Nigeria has been significantly lessened after a weeks-long counterinsurgency campaign by African coalition forces, has devastated Nigeria's rural educational systems.

Boko Haram brutality since 2009 has been responsible for the destruction of 910 schools and the closure of about 1,600 more; the deliberate murder of 910 teachers; and the fleeing of 19,000 more and the abduction of at least 2,000 civilians, many of them young female students.


"In its brutal crusade against western-style education, Boko Haram is robbing an entire generation of children in northeast Nigeria of their education," said Human Rights Watch researcher Mausi Segun. The report prominently features the abduction of 276 girls from the Chibok Government Secondary School on April 14, 2014, an incident that brought worldwide attention to the conflict in Nigeria. It states 219 remain captives two years later, and that "many have been forced to convert (to Islam) marry their captors."

It adds that Nigerian troops have used schools for military purposes, violating a federal law and opening schools to the risk of attack, and calls for the Nigerian government to commit to more school security and nationwide improvements in education.

Boko Haram leaves 1 million Nigerian children without schools - UPI.com
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