Check out kids of your favorite Nigerian ‘Oga’ actresses -Photos

We all love Nigerian movies what we do not know is that most of these female actresses are mothers to grown up kids. This is despite how they act.

We take a look at famous Nigerian actresses and their kids.

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1. Omotola Jalade

If you have ever watched any of her screen performances you know she is talented. We are however shocked to learn that she has 3 grown up kids.

Nigerian actress Omotola Jalade with her son aand daughter
Nigerian actress Omotola Jalade with her son and daughter

2. Patience Ozokwor

Patience famously known as ‘Mama G’  has three biological children and adopted five other children who bear her name.

Below is a photo of her daughter.

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Nigerian actress Mama G with her daughter,son in law and her grandkids
Nigerian actress Mama G with her daughter,son in law and her grand kids


3. Mercy Johnson

The celebrated actress is a mother of three. She is married to Prince Odi Okojie.

 Nigerian actress Mercy Johnson and her kids
Nigerian actress Mercy Johnson and her kids

4. Genevieve  Nnaji

Genevieve Nnaji is a mother to a 23 year old girl.

She gave birth to her daughter Theodara Chimebuka at the young age of seventeen. Coming from a strict Catholic family she opted to keep her baby.

Gennevive Nnaji with her daughter Theodara Nnaji

Gennevive Nnaji with her daughter Theodara Nnaji

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9 dead, 50 plus cars burnt as fuel tanker catches fire in Nigeria

Nigeria is in mourning after an oil tanker truck caught fire in Nigeria’s commercial capital Lagos on Thursday leaving many dead and cars destroyed

The incident, which happened on a motor way that connects Lagos and the city of Ibadan, left 9 people dead while almost 53 vehicles burnt, an emergency agency official said.

A video seen by Reuters showed vehicles ablaze and thick black smoke billowing across a wide stretch of road.

According to Reuters Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) spokesman Adeshina Tiamiyu, a distress call was received at around 05:33 p.m. (1633 GMT).

“Nine people are dead and four injured are in hospital”, said Tiamiyu.

A spokesman for the Federal Road Safety Commission, Bisi Kazeem, said the crash happened around Otedola bridge on the section of the road heading out of Lagos.

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He said the cause of the accident was brake failure. He added that the tanker, five buses, two trucks, a tricycle and 45 cars were burnt out.

“As a government, we would not relent in putting measures in place to ensure safety of lives and property of all residents,” said Lagos state government spokesman Kehinde Bamigbetan in an emailed statement.

“We extend our deepest commiseration to the families of persons who lost their lives as well as properties to the incident.” The statement added that the state government was clearing damaged vehicles from the road.

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Fuel tanker catches fire leaves 9 dead more than 100 cars burnt

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Teacher Arrested For Cutting Fingernails of Students And Drawing Their Blood For Rituals

The rate at which bizarre things are happening in the world will make you want to get on your knees and pray.

A Nigerian teacher Blessing Omowera was on May 16th found in the process of drawing blood from students for the purpose of conducting a ritual. The primary school teacher who teaches at The God Heritage School has been doing this for a while before her wicked deeds were unearthed, reports Laila Ijeoma 

Trouble started on 16th May when a pupil complained to her father of body pains and the father went to the school to follow up on the case where  Blessings was prominently mentioned.Together with her accomplice Sola Kalejaiye, a teacher at St Monica Girls’ Grammar School and traditionalist they were accused of “carefully slicing two nursery and primary school fingers  and fingers nails before draining them of blood and keeping it in a bag.

It is believed they were under the instructions of a known cult in Nigeria. News of her arrest spread like a bushfire and immediately parents rushed to the school and to other neighbouring schools to pick their children for fear that the rituals had spread.

Logo of a cult

Immediately after confessing, people went to look for Teacher Blessings’ accomplice Miss Kalejaiye who got wind of her impending arrest  and surrendered to the police, accompanied by her lawyer who had a hard time trying to protect his client from the mob that threatened to lynch her.

Kalejaiye who had previously confessed to the crime later retracted her statement and was released on bail after the lawyer promised that they would avail themselves anytime they are needed by the court.





Facebook activates safety feature after Nigeria bombing

Facebook has activated its “Safety Check” feature for the first time in Nigeria, after a bombing likely carried out by Boko Haram killed more than 30 late on Tuesday.

“We’ve activated Safety Check again after the bombing in Nigeria this evening,” co-founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said in a post on the site.

The social network had come under criticism from those caught up in last Thursday’s blasts in Beirut that they were not offered the service but those in Friday’s Paris attacks were.

The tool allows users to check whether friends are safe after attacks or natural disasters such as earthquakes. Zuckerberg said at the weekend the feature would be used more widely in the future.

Tuesday night’s bombing at a crowded lorry park in Yola, northeast Nigeria, was the first attack this month and left at least 32 dead and some 80 others injured.

The explosion bore the hallmarks of Boko Haram Islamists, who have repeatedly hit civilian “soft targets” in their six-year insurgency.

At least 17,000 people have been killed and more than 2.6 million made homeless by the violence in that period, with suicide and bomb attacks an almost daily occurrence in the northeast.

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At least 47 dead in market bomb blast in NE Nigeria

At least 47 people were killed and dozens wounded in a bomb blast Tuesday in a part of northeast Nigeria frequently targeted by Boko Haram Islamists, a medical source and witnesses said.

The explosion ripped through the weekly market in the village of Sabon Gari, around 135 kilometres (85 miles) south of Borno state capital Maiduguri, during peak trading around 1:15 pm (1230 GMT), the sources said.

“We have received at least 47 dead bodies and at least 50 with injuries from the Sabon Gari market, where there was a blast this afternoon,” a nurse at Biu General Hospital, around 50 kilometres (30 miles) away, told AFP.

He said the injuries from the blast are mostly “severe” and that the death toll was expected to rise.

“The explosion happened inside the market at the mobile phone section, near the livestock section of the market,” said Yuram Bura, a member of a local vigilante group fighting Boko Haram alongside the army.

“It was concealed in a napsack used for spraying herbicides. It was smuggled into the market and apparently abandoned… This is no doubt the handiwork of Boko Haram.”

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Explosives found at church in Jos, central Nigeria: police

Explosives were found at a church in the central Nigerian city of Jos on Sunday, police and the Red Cross told AFP, adding that the device went off but there were no casualties.

“It was averted because the bomb was detected by the church’s security personnel. There were no casualties,” said Emmanuel Abuh, spokesman for the state police in Plateau, of which Jos is the capital.

The Nigerian Red Cross said the explosion happened at the Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA) premises in the Tudun Wada area of the city, near the building’s toilet.

“There was no one there and so no injured and no dead,” spokesman Nwakpa Okorie Nwakpa said in a text message.

The incident in the north of the city came a week after a suicide bomber blew himself up at a church in the northeastern city of Potiskum, killing the pastor and four other worshippers.

Jos was also targeted last Sunday by Boko Haram militants who fired on a mosque, including with a rocket-propelled grenade. They also hit a restaurant popular with travellers from the restive northeast.

The twin attack left 51 dead and 47 injured.

Boko Haram will likely come under suspicion for the latest incident, as it has repeatedly hit both churches and mosques in the past.

The Islamists claimed a failed suicide attack in the northeastern city of Maiduguri that killed two people on Saturday and a suicide bombing in Chad’s capital, N’Djamena that left 15 dead.

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Boko Haram raid on NE Nigeria village ‘kills 11’

Eleven people were killed in a Boko Haram raid on a remote village in northeast Nigeria, residents and a civilian vigilante assisting the military against the Islamists told AFP.

“We had just finished our evening prayers when Boko Haram gunmen invaded our village,” said resident Kyari Sanda from Ngamdu, 100 kilometres (63 miles) south of the Borno state capital, Maiduguri.

“They opened fire instantly. We lost 11 people and now almost half our village was set ablaze. They took all of our supplies.”

Danlami Ajaokuta, from the civilian militia force, confirmed the attack, which happened on Friday at about 8:00 pm (1900 GMT) and is the latest in northeast Nigeria in recent weeks.

The attack — and a botched suicide bombing on a bus station in Maiduguri on Saturday morning — took the death toll from Boko Haram attacks in Nigeria to nearly 580 since May 29, according to AFP reporting.

Muhammadu Buhari was inaugurated as president on that day and has vowed to end the Islamist insurgency, which has left at least 15,000 dead and made more than 1.5 million people homeless since 2009.

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Nigeria star awarded BBC’s women’s footballer of the year

Nigeria and Liverpool Ladies striker Asisat Oshoala has won the BBC Women’s Footballer of the Year award after a vote by fans around the world, the broadcaster announced on Tuesday.

The 20-year-old picked up the prize in Canada, where she is preparing for the women’s World Cup at which she will star for the Super Falcons.

She was the youngest player on a shortlist of Veronica Boquete (FFC Frankfurt and Spain), Nadine Kessler (VFL Wolfsburg and Germany), Kim Little (Seattle Reign FC and Scotland) and Marta (FC Rosengard and Brazil).

Oshoala, who signed for Liverpool in January, said she felt “very happy and appreciated” at winning, adding: “It’s a very good thing for me and also motivation for the World Cup.

“I had a very good 2014 and had the opportunity of going to the under-20’s Women’s World Cup with Nigeria and I also won the Golden Ball and Golden Boot, so I think maybe that added to the reason why people voted for me.”

Nigeria’s under-20s lost to Germany in the final.

The Super Falcons are making their seventh straight appearance at the World Cup, which starts on June 6, and hoping to improve on their best performance of reaching the quarter-finals in 1999.

They face the United States, Sweden and Australia in the group stages.

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Nigeria’s Jonathan says friends abandoned him after defeat

Outgoing Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan said Sunday that some of his friends deserted him shortly after he conceded defeat to his rival General Muhammadu Buhari in the March election.

Jonathan publicly conceded defeat to Buhari on March 31, a decision which was commended by local and foreign commentators and doused tension in the country.

“Some hard decisions have their own costs. No doubt about that. It is a very costly decision but I must be very ready to pay for it,” Jonathan said during a farewell church service in Abuja.

Jonathan’s public admission of defeat in the nail-biting election came more than six hours after he rang Buhari to concede, earning him widespread praise for statesmanship.

“If you take certain decisions, you should know that people close to you will even abandon you at some point. I tell people that more of my so-called friends will disappear.”

Many party faithful and erstwhile loyalists of Jonathan have either crossed over to Buhari’s All Progressives Congress or made harsh statements against Jonathan’s party or its leaders.

Jonathan said he was not surprised by the desertions or statements by his former loyalists, adding that former South African president Frederik de Klerk faced a similar situation when he decided to abolish minority rule in that country.

Jonathan said that de Klerk’s marriage to his wife, Marike, broke down after he took that decision.

“But that is the only decision that made South Africa to still be a global player. If by this time we still have minority rule in South africa, nobody would have been talking about South Africa in the present generation,” he said.

He said that ministers who served under him should brace themselves for “persecution” following his loss and his decision to concede defeat.

Buhari, a former military leader, is scheduled to be sworn into office on May 29.

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Husband Seeks Divorce Over Wife’s Alleged Use of Black Magic on Step Children

A 56-year-old businessman on Thursday told an Igando Customary Court in Lagos, that his wife had a black magic fetish. The man, Olabode said that after 18 years in a barren marriage, his wife, Folake charmed the children to love her and hate him.

He said that she was using charms on his children to love, respect and obey her while she did the opposite for him.

“My wife has added charm to the food she used to give my children to eat, they have excessive love, respect and obedience for her but my children failed to do same for me. She is using my children against me, anytime both families come to settle our quarrel, all my children will speak against me, supporting her by castigating me in their presence. Anytime we are arguing, she used to attack me first by slapping me; and when it degenerates into to physical combat, she will bite me, leaving scars on my body,” he said.

He pleaded with the court to dissolve the marriage because he was tired and could no longer cope with her.
Folake, 48, a trader, denied using charm on the children and that she married Olabode 18 years ago and started taking care of his four children because their mother was late.

“The children know me as their mother, they love, respect and obey me, even when their father later told them that I am not their biological mother, they still continue to take me as their mother and love me the more. I did not use charm on the children, if I wanted to charm anybody to love, respect and obey me, it is their father I will charm not the children,’’ Folake said.

She accused her husband of infidelity, claiming that he was dating two of her close friends and that anytime she confronted him he would resort to violence. She said her husband recently embarrassed her in the neighbourhood by telling people that she was not the real mother of his children.

The respondent added that her husband often used her childlessness to mock her. She however begged the court not to grant her husband’s wish as she was still in love with him. The case was adjourned to May 13th.

Nigerian voters try again after technical glitches

Nigerians hit by failures in new election technology return to the polls on Sunday, to allow them to cast their ballots in the country’s close-run presidential election.

President Goodluck Jonathan — who is running against former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari — and at least three governors from his ruling party were among those whose biometric details could not be checked by the devices, which are designed to combat electoral fraud.

Instead, they had to be processed by hand. Jonathan’s Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) called it a “huge national embarrassment” and a “vindication” of their position against the technology.

“There should have been a test-run for a smaller election before deploying it for an election of this magnitude,” said Jonathan’s presidential campaign spokesman Femi Fani-Kayode.

Buhari, Jonathan’s main opponent whose All Progressives Congress (APC) party had backed the voter identity card readers, however, suggested the row was overblown.

“All this, I think, negative thought about Nigeria election shouldn’t hold because of (a) problem in even a maximum of five states,” he said.

A 24-hour extension to the election was “in order”, he added after voting in his home state of Katsina, in the Muslim-majority north.

– Boko Haram –

The confusion over the malfunctioning technology added to problems in voting in Africa’s most populous nation which included election officials arriving late — or sometimes not at all.

Boko Haram, which has dominated the campaign trail, also loomed large, apparently holding good to their pledge to disrupt what it sees as the “un-Islamic” elections by launching a series of attacks.

On Friday, 23 people were beheaded and homes set on fire in Buratai, some 200 kilometres (125 kilometres) from the Borno state capital, although it was not clear if it was poll-related.

On Saturday, at least seven people were killed in a string of shootings that witnesses blamed on the Islamists in the northeastern state of Gombe. Three of the attacks were at polling stations.

An election official in the Nafada district, who asked not to be identified, said the gunmen were heard shouting: “Didn’t we warn you about staying away from the election?”

The Islamists have repeatedly targeted Nafada but the APC on Saturday blamed its political opponents.

– Enforced delay –

Sunday will again see tight security in place for the vote from 0700 GMT, given Nigeria’s past history of poll-related violence that in 2011 saw some 1,000 people killed after the result was announced.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had said the overall result would be announced within 48 hours of polls closing.

But the enforced delay, which will see those affected by the technical glitches accredited by hand, will likely stretch an already loose deadline.

INEC chairman Attahiru Jega told NTA state television in an interview on Saturday night that what happened to Jonathan was “regrettable and a national embarrassment”.

But he added that “in general, we believe that in spite of the challenges things have gone very well” and that turn-out was “quite large”.

The body’s spokesman Kayode Idowu said voting would take place on Sunday in “just about 300 polling units out of about 150,000” across the country.

“These include about 109 places where cards were not read. Barely 100 places with biometrics issue and others had issue with batteries,” he told reporters in the capital, Abuja.

“There are some states without any such incident at all.”

– Close-run –

The problems come with close interest in Nigeria’s presidential election, which is the mostly keenly fought in the country’s history.

Jonathan have portrayed the 72-year-old Buhari as yesterday’s man, warning that his reputation as a bulwark against graft and “indiscipline” is a cover for dictatorship.

Both men have been seen as neck-in-neck in rare pre-election polling with the real possibility that the PDP could be defeated for the first time since the return to civilian rule in 1999.

Observers have, however, seen the six-week delay in voting from February 14 on security grounds as a ploy for Jonathan to claw back lost ground using the greater power of incumbency.

Voting is also taking place for the country’s parliament.

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Voting suspended in some places in Nigeria: electoral commission

Nigeria’s electoral commission on Saturday said polling in the country’s presidential and parliamentary election had been suspended in some places because of glitches with new voter ID card readers.

The Independent National Electoral Commission said there had been “challenges” with the technology in “many” places, without specifying a number, that had led to the suspension of the accreditation process.

“In polling units where accreditation was suspended to the following day in accordance with the existing guidelines, arrangement will be made for voters to vote tomorrow (Sunday),” information commissioner Chris Yimoga told reporters in Abuja.

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Nigeria denies reports of new mass Boko Haram kidnapping

Nigeria’s government on Wednesday denied reports of a mass kidnapping in the country’s northeast, as Boko Haram militants flee a four-nation military offensive.

“There is no fresh kidnapping in Damasak,” Nigeria’s national security spokesman Mike Omeri told AFP, referring to the town recently retaken by forces from neighbouring Chad and Niger.

Reports suggested that the Islamist militants, who seized the town in Borno state earlier this year, made off with hundreds of children as they fled the troops’ advance.

But Omeri said Nigeria had no information about a mass abduction. A senator who represents the area and a senior intelligence source also cast doubt on the reports.

The contradictory claims shed light on the difficulty of establishing facts in the brutal, six-year conflict, with communications infrastructure devastated in the northeast and travel restricted.

Officials, the military and locals frequently give contrasting information.

The militants do have a track record of mass kidnappings, however, including the high-profile abduction of more than 200 schoolgirls in April last year from the Borno town of Chibok.

Details about the kidnapping were muddied for weeks by military and official denials of details reported by the affected families.

The disputes over what actually happened were finally laid to rest when Boko Haram released a video picturing dozens of the hostages, who were subsequently identified by relatives.

Omeri noted Boko Haram’s widely reported tactic of forcibly conscripting young boys during their hit-and-run attacks and attempts to indoctrinate them into the group’s radical ideology.

Many Boko Haram fighters are believed to be on the run as a result of the offensive by Nigeria, Niger, Chad and Cameroon, who have routed the insurgents from dozens of towns.

Several sources said it was possible, and perhaps even likely, that scores of Boko Haram conscripts were missing, feared kidnapped by the militants across the region.

But they denied a specific mass abduction in Damasak, where the Chadian military last week said that about 100 bodies, some of them decapitated, were found in a mass grave.

Senator Maina Lawan, whose constituency includes Damasak, said: “I will be extremely surprised that such a huge number of my constituents would be abducted without me being informed.

“It is very unlikely that Boko Haram would have abducted such a huge number of people from Damasak because most of the people had fled months ago when Boko Haram took over‎.”

A senior intelligence source in Borno’s capital Maiduguri said there was “no iota of truth” to the mass abduction claims.

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Man arrested for trying to sell his baby

A Nigerian man was nabbed as he was negotiating the sale of the baby he just had from his second wife.

The man is said to have planned the sale of the child with his first wife who is childless after three years of marriage.

Confessing to his crimes, the man named Ani told the police that it was poverty that made him agree to sell the child.

He said that he is jobless, has no money and was suffering along with my family.  He added on to say that the strange thought entered his mind and he realized that since the baby was his, he could do whatever I wanted with him.”

Ani confided in his first wife and she jumped at the idea and was saddled with the responsibility of finding a buyer.

However their bubble burst when a police informant got wind of the plan when Victoria found a buyer who agreed to pay Sh 500,000 for the baby

Are Kenyan men losing their women to West African’s

In our morning conversation with Maina and Mwalimu king’ang’i a Nigerian man called opposing yesterday’s discussion HERE on how a real man treats a lady. He had the perfect description of a real man. A real man is humble, respectful, sets a good foundation for his children and talks to his wife with respect.

A Kenyan man who called in right after described the man as weak. He said the West African was wasting his time advising Kenyan men. The man even went ahead and compared women to donkeys who need a little kick because they appreciate more, work better when beaten on their buttocks .

Kenyan men went up in arms against this guy. They describe the man as just smooth talking but no action which is the case with all the men from West Africa. Apparently the number of Kenyan women going after men from West Africa is negligible. We all remember how Kenyans reacted when Emmy Kosgei married Nigerian Pastor  Anslem Madubuko.

Are Kenyans losing their women to West Africa? What is it with men from that region that drives women crazy. Follow the interesting discussion below and give your sentiments.

Nigerian presidential election postponed until March 28

Nigeria’s electoral commission on Saturday announced a six-week postponement to the presidential elections, citing fears over security and the Boko Haram insurgency.

The chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Attahiru Jega, said security chiefs advised a delay as troops would not be available because of operations against the militants.

“If the security of personnel, voters, election observers and election materials cannot be guaranteed, the lives of innocent young men and women and the prospect of free, fair and credible elections will be greatly jeopardised,” he told reporters.

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Nigeria may push back deadline for voter ID handout: INEC

Nigeria’s election body said Wednesday that it may push back the deadline for distributing voter identity cards but denied media reports that the vote itself could be postponed.

The spokesman for Independent National Election Commission (INEC), Kayode Idowu, told AFP that the body may allow voter ID cards to be handed out after the current February 8 deadline.

However he described media reports about a possible election postponement as “completely false”.

The prospect of an election delay was first raised last month by National Security Advisor Sambo Dasuki, who said that INEC should look at delaying the polls because of problems in distributing voter cards.

Over the last two weeks, the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) has repeatedly accused the ruling party of orchestrating a campaign to delay the vote because of fears that President Goodluck Jonathan was facing defeat against rival Muhammadu Buhari.

Jonathan’s Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Wednesday maintained that it was not trying to influence INEC on a postponement decision.

“The decisions to postpone or delay the elections ‎are firmly within the purview of INEC,” PDP spokesman Femi Fani Kayode said.

“It has absolutely nothing to do with President Goodluck Jonathan, the PDP or anybody else. We have said all along that we believe that it is important that every Nigerian has the voter card.

“The only thing that we can say is to urge the INEC to ensure that (distribution) is done as quickly as possible,” he told reporters.

Several state governors have declared public holidays this week, allowing people to miss work and visit local election offices to collect their cards.

INEC has registered 68.8 million voters but logistical problems have plagued distribution in several areas.

In the northeast, hundreds of thousands of people displaced by the Boko Haram conflict are facing disenfranchisement.

There are currently no plans that would allow displaced people to vote outside their home district and INEC has not yet made clear which parts of the northeast are safe enough to host polling stations.

Meanwhile, fighting in the northeast, an opposition stronghold, is raging at a relentless pace, with troops from Chad crossing onto Nigerian soil to battle the Boko Haram Islamists following a deal between the two governments.

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Boko Haram frees 192 people held in NE Nigeria

Boko Haram has released nearly 200 hostages, most of them women, who were kidnapped from a village in the northeast Nigerian state of Yobe, a community leader and a military source told AFP Saturday.

A total of 192 people were released on Friday from two Islamist enclaves, where they had been kept since a January 6 raid on Katarko, 20 kilometres (12 miles) from the state capital Damaturu.

In all, 218 women and children were abducted.

“Boko Haram have released 192 of our women they kidnapped early this month,” Goni Mari, a Katarko community leader told AFP from Damaturu.

“They brought them in two batches in four trucks and dropped them at Girbuwa village, eight kilometres from Damaturu, from where we conveyed them to the city and they were taken into government custody.”

The raid on Katarko saw dozens of Boko Haram gunmen storm the village, where they killed 25 men and burnt homes and businesses before kidnapping the women and children.

The attack was apparently in retaliation over a raid by local hunters and vigilantes in nearby Buni Yadi, where several militants were killed and scores more arrested, vigilantes said at the time.

But with Boko Haram raids a near daily occurence in the restive northeast, and no precise figures on the numbers of people taken, the attack received little publicity.

Boko Haram fought running battles with troops in Damaturu the following Friday, again in an apparent reprisal to the Buni Yadi raid.

A military officer, who requested anonymity because he was not authorised to speak to the media, also confirmed the release of the hostages.

Mass abduction has been a feature of Boko Haram’s bloody six-year insurgency, with young men and boys forcibly conscripted to fight alongside the militants.

Women and young girls have been taken to be wives for the Islamists, with reports from those who were freed or escaped of forced labour, sexual and psychological abuse.

Mari said his wife, two daughters and seven-year old son were among the released hostages, who were taken by the authorities to a primary school.

But he said Boko Haram was still holding 26 young boys, including his 10-year old son. His seven-year-old son was rescued after his mother disguised him as a girl in hijab.

The official added that the hostages said they were released because they refused to fight alongside the militants, who called them “infidels”.

“From the information my wife told me, they were asked by their captors if they wanted to join Boko Haram and fight jihad with them,” Mari said.

“When they declined they packed them into four trucks and dumped them at Girbuwa and told them to go and meet their fellow infidels in Damaturu.”

A local politician from the area, who asked not to be identified, said Boko Haram kept the hostages in the town of Buni Yadi and Ajigin village, which they seized several months ago.

“They (Boko Haram) are still holding 26 young boys they abducted along with the released hostages in Katarko,” the politician confirmed.

Human Rights Watch said in a report published in October last year that more than 500 women and girls have been abducted since the start of the insurgency in 2009.

But other estimates put the figure far higher. Boko Haram’s most notorious mass abduction was in April last year, when it seized 276 schoolgirls from the town of Chibok, in Borno State, triggering global outrage.

Fifty-seven managed to escape but 219 are still being held. Last month at least 185 people, including women and children, were kidnapped during an attack in the town of Gumsuri, some 70 kilometres from Chibok.

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