Last year, around $15 billion was stolen from the public purse under the previous Nigerian government through fraudulent arms procurement deals.
Boko Haram, which has killed 15,000 people since 2009 in an insurgency, had kidnapped 270 girls from the town of Chibok in northeast Nigeria in April 2014.
The girls were among a group of 270 schoolgirls kidnapped in 2014 by Boko Haram, which has waged an eight-year-old war to create an Islamist caliphate.
Boko Haram, which is loyal to ISIS, has kidnapped hundreds of men, women and children as it tries to carve out an Islamist caliphate.
Some 4.7 million people in northeast Nigeria depend on food aid, which is sometimes blocked by militant attacks, held up by a lack of funding or stolen.
Despite the military and neoconservatives sharing hostility toward certain states, they don’t always see eye to eye, especially in terms of garnering multilateral support.
Children who escape Boko Haram are often held in custody by authorities or ostracised by their communities and families.
Instead of discussing how discontented people from specific Islamic sects resort to Islamist terrorism, counterterrorism scholars should move on to study the nature of violence itself.
In Somalia, extreme poverty and despair forces families to marry off their daughters for money so that the rest of the family can survive.
The presence of Boko Haram militants has prevented farmers from planting crops or accessing Lake Chad to provide water for their animals. Fishermen have also been prevented from accessing the lake which is shared between Cameroon, Niger, Nigeria and Chad.
Wars in Yemen, northeastern Nigeria and South Sudan have devastated households and driven up prices, while a drought in East Africa has ruined the agricultural economy.
Boko Haram fighters attacked Rann, a town in northeastern Nigeria two days after the air force accidentally killed dozens of people there.
A regional military commander said it was too early to determine the cause of the incident, and that a number of civilians and humanitarian workers had been killed.
Sunday marks 1000 days since Boko Haram abducted the girls; but those have been freed are not completely free.
Army spokesman Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman identified the latest girl to be freed as Rakiya Abubakar and said she has a six-month-old baby.
Boko Haram has used scores of women and girls as young as seven in suicide bombings that have killed hundreds this year.
Overshadowed by the wars in Syria and Iraq and the global refugee crisis, Lake Chad barely made the headlines this year, but aid organisations said the crisis was “on an epic scale” with “terrifying rates of child malnutrition”.
“The negotiations are ongoing and the Department of State Service, DSS is full of optimism that they will be successful,” Garba Shehu, a spokesman for President Muhammadu Buhari, said.
The WHO said it had worked with Borno’s health ministry to gather information about medical services available there.
Boko Haram militants attacked northeastern Nigeria in hail of bullets. The UN says 75,000 children could die from hunger within the next few months.
Amnesty said the military fired live ammunition, with little or no warning, to disperse members of the Indigenous People of Biafra.
The eastern region of the Democratic Republic of Congo has been plagued by dozens of armed groups that prey on locals and exploit mineral reserves.
The Global Terrorism Index said worldwide there had been 29,376 deaths caused by terrorism in 2015, a drop of 10% and the first fall in four years.
The clashes occurred on the outskirts of Kano, as members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria conducted an annual procession to Zaria.
Human Rights Watch found forty-three cases in total, out of which 4 girls were drugged and raped and 37 were coerced into sex.
A faction of the militant group released 21 of the girls on Thursday after the Red Cross and the Swiss government brokered a deal.
Initial reports had said the government had swapped Boko Haram fighters for the girls’ release, but the government had denied this and said the army operation against the militant group will continue.
ISIS and other militants are now increasingly using child bombers, perhaps to build ranks, preserve adult fighters or catch security forces off guard.
The video shows the schoolgirls Boko Haram abducted in April 2014 with a masked gunman who demands the release of captured fellow fighters in return for the girls.
Amidst allegations of excessive brutality, a judicial inquiry has also claimed that the Nigerian army is responsible for 348 Shi’ite Muslim deaths.
Ugochukwu Michael provides a one-of-a-kind matchmaking service for HIV positive patients in the African nation.
The African countries continue an ill-equipped struggle against Boko Haram, as people are forced to flee repeatedly.
The hostages were abducted by a militia group in Central African Republic, which has seen an upsurge in violence since 2013.
Private contractors can provide immediate relief to a conflict-torn region, but run the risk of damaging the very fabric of the international state system in the long run.
The internal division was illustrative of limits of Islamic State’s influence over Boko Haram so far.
Boko Haram, which last year pledged loyalty to the radical group Islamic State, has kidnapped hundreds of men, women and children in their campaign to carve out an Islamist caliphate.
The Nigerien government, however, denied that Boko Haram had taken over Bosso, and said in a statement that the town was “completely under control” on Monday evening.
Niger’s President Mahamadou Issoufou said Boko Haram had not only caused significant upheaval in Diffa and destroyed schools and health clinics, but also paralysed the region’s economy.
Previous military attempts to storm Sambisa forest have met with mixed success, with soldiers making significant in-roads but failing to finish off the Islamist militants after running into bands of well-armed guerrillas, mines and booby traps.
Boko Haram kidnapped 276 girls from their school in Chibok, northeast Nigeria, in April 2014, part of a seven-year-old insurgency to set up an Islamic state.