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July 26, 2017

Boko Haram
Nigeria-Military-Borno-Boko-Haram Boko Haram's Abubakar Shekau: Dead or Alive?

Since 2009, the Nigerian security services have regularly reported that they have killed Boko Haram leader and warlord Abubakar Shekau. However, Shekau, or at least a Shekau-like figure, would then s…

April 27, 2015

Sub-Saharan Africa
Shekau Screen shot Where is Abubakar Shekau?

There is increased speculation about the whereabouts of Abubakar Shekau in the Nigerian media. His last media broadcast was in early March when he pledged allegiance to the self-proclaimed Islamic St…

November 8, 2017

Nigeria-Restructuring-Cocoa-Economy-States Fifty-Seven Years After: The Case for Restructuring Nigeria

Fifty-Seven years after independence from Britain, it's time for Nigeria to restructure and return to a stronger form of federalism.

October 20, 2017

US-Casualties-Niger-Special-Forces U.S. Casualties in the Sahel Highlight Jihadi Persistence

The American military presence in Niger is attracting increasing attention in the United States following an ambush that killed four American soldiers. The tone of President Donald Trump’s condolence…

August 28, 2017

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
Boko-Haram-Chibok-Girls-Nigeria Boko Haram Factions May Seek State Cooperation

According to conventional wisdom, the insurrection based in northeastern Nigeria and the Cameroon known as Boko Haram comprises at least three large factions, and there may well be more. One, perhaps…

September 23, 2014

Sub-Saharan Africa
Shekau Wanted Boko Haram’s Abubakar Shekau Dead or Alive?

With his gruesome videos and fierce rhetoric, Abubakar Shekau is the public face of Boko Haram, the Islamist insurrection against the Nigerian secular state centered in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states…

May 5, 2014

Sub-Saharan Africa
Schoolgirls take part in a protest demanding the release of abducted secondary school girls from the remote village of Chibok, in Lagos May 5, 2014. Abubakar Shekau Claims Boko Haram Kidnapped the Nigerian School Girls

In a video sent to Agence France Press, Boko Haram warlord Abubakar Shekau claimed responsibility for the kidnapping of up to three hundred school girls from a boarding school in northeast Nigeria. U…

August 6, 2013

Sub-Saharan Africa
A poster advertising for the search of Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau is pasted on a wall in Baga village on the outskirts of Maiduguri, in the north-eastern state of Borno May 13, 2013. Boko Haram’s Abubakar Shekau: Dead Again?

This is a guest post by Jacob Zenn, an analyst of African Affairs for the Washington D.C.-based think tank, The Jamestown Foundation, and a contributor to the West Point CTC Sentinel. On August 1, N…

June 20, 2017

Bribery and Election Rigging in Nigerian Diezani Alison-Madueke Bribery and Election Rigging Stand Trial in Nigeria

A trial now underway appears to provide granular detail about the role of bribery in rigging elections. Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) Dele Belgore is standing trial after allegedly collecting N450…

August 18, 2015

Sub-Saharan Africa
Africa - Abubakar Shekau Nigeria’s Abubakar Shekau Is Back, If He Ever Left

Boko Haram warlord and public face, Abubakar Shekau, was last heard from in March, when he pledged allegiance to the so-called Islamic State.  His silence since then led to speculation that he was de…