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Terrorism; UK Pledges More Aids to Nigeria


Britain’s Foreign Secretary, William Hague has reportedly announced a new package of assistance to help Nigeria tackle Boko Haram menace.

News24 reported that Hague, who made the announcement in London during the global summit to end sexual violence against women, said Nigeria’s army would receive extra training, especially in counter-insurgency, while more children would be given schooling.

The promise came as Boko Haram militants are still holding over 200 school girls in Shambisha forest in Chibok, Borno state hostage. The girls were abducted on 14 April this year.

Report by The Telegraph indicated that the British government would also provide assistance to Nigeria’s regional security and intelligence co-operation.

According to the report, the decision was announced after Hague met with ministers from Nigeria, Chad, Benin, Niger and Cameroon penultimate day of the summit he was co-hosting with Angelina Jolie.

Similarly, it said African countries have agreed to work together to come up with comprehensive information about the insurgents, as well as run task force regional patrols.

Bloody insurgency has erupted in the north eastern part of Nigeria since 2009. Since external aid began, Britain and United states have been providing aircraft and other supports in search of the abducted girls.


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