U.S. on Friday announced additional 30 million dollars to support the people of northeast Nigeria, where years of brutality by Boko Haram and other militant groups has created a dire humanitarian crisis.

The U.S. Embassy in a statement in Abuja said that the additional funding brought the total U.S. humanitarian contribution in Nigeria to more than 298 million dollars since October 2015.

“This new funding will support the UN World Food Programme (WFP) in Nigeria, which is providing critical food assistance, nutrition support, and vouchers that can be used to buy food where local markets are functional.

“This assistance is also helping communities return to their agricultural livelihoods where security allows.

“Humanitarian efforts are vital in northeast Nigeria, where approximately 8.5 million people require assistance, including 5.2 million people who need emergency food assistance, and more than 1.7 million people who are displaced,” the embassy said.

According to the statement U.S., since October 2015, has been the largest donor for the humanitarian response in the Lake Chad Basin region.

It added that U.S had provided more than 452 million dollars for people affected by the ongoing crisis.

It stated that the U.S. remained committed to working with the Government of Nigeria and other donors to provide humanitarian assistance to avert famine and support vulnerable communities.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that in April, the WFP reported a shortfall of approximately 224 million dollars to fund emergency operations, including life-saving food and nutrition assistance, in Nigeria through October.

In response to resource constraints, WFP began reducing some food rations for targeted populations during April.

The UN says food security is expected to deteriorate in mid-2017, and an estimated 5.2 million people in Adamawa, Borno, and Yobe states could face acute food insecurity between June and August.

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The Defence Headquarters has reassured Nigerians that there is no “resurgence of insurgency’’ in the North-east, particularly in Borno in spite of pockets of attacks and suicide bombings in the state.

At least five soldiers were killed and another 40 injured when a Boko Haram jihadist rammed an explosives-laden pick-up truck into a military convoy in northeast Nigeria, security sources told AFP on Friday.

Three suspected suicide bombers, on Monday, lost their lives after a failed attack in Borno state, Maiduguri.

The Borno Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), said it had arrested a 15-year -old girl, Fatima Kabir believed to be a former wife of a Boko Haram factional leader, Malam Mamman Nur.

Any hope of the remaining 197 Chibok school girls being rescued anytime soon is far remote as the Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan Ali, has foreclosed the girls coming home now, saying that it may take years to find the other girls still in captivity.

The UK government on Friday restated its commitment to support Nigeria in the fight against Boko Haram and terrorism.

Federal government is working hard to reopen Government Girls’ Secondary School (GGSS), Chibok, Borno state where Boko Haram abducted 276 schools in April 2014.

No fewer than 61 Boko Haram suspects have died in detention at Giwa Barracks in Maiduguri, Borno state, due to Cerebrospinal Meningitis (CSM) outbreak in the state.

Operatives of the Department of State Security Service, DSS, foiled an attempted attack by ISIS-linked Boko Haram terrorist group on the embassies of the United States of America and the United Kingdom, the security agency has said.

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