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Nigeria sets aside $1bn to fight Boko Haram

Nigeria's state governors have approved the release of $1bn (£740m) to help the government fight militant Islamist group Boko Haram.

The money will come from what is known as the excess crude account, which is a reserve of money earned from selling oil.

The sum is almost half the money in the account.

Although President Muhammadu Buhari has said that the war against Boko Haram had been won, the group continues to mount attacks and carry out suicide bombings in northeastern Nigeria and in neighbouring countries.

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