The Nigerian Army on Friday said its troops had captured 220 Boko Haram insurgents in various clearance operations in the northeast region. Col. Onyema Nwachukwu, the Deputy Director, Army Public Relations, Operation Lafiya Dole, made the disclosure in a statement issued in Maiduguri. Nwachukwu said that troops captured 167 insurgents after raiding their enclaves in Lake Chad Basin while 53 others were captured in northern parts of Borno State. He disclosed that troops also extricated 67 women and 173 children, who were family members of the insurgents. Nwachukwu said that the troops have intensified offensive to clear remnants of the insurgents in the region, noting that the operation has yielded positive results. “Troops of Operation Lafiya Dole have intensified offensive on Boko Haram ...Read More
A retired officer who does not want his name mentioned said purchasing arms should not be an exclusive priority. “I can tell you that most of the arms currently being used by Boko Haram in the northeast belonged to our troops. The terrorists stole them after attacks on army formations and ambushes. “We must, therefore, put a strategy on the ground to stem this tide by renewing our approach to guerrilla warfare and arms handling,” the retired military chief said. “And I am really not convinced that we are prioritising our actions. It is not just about arms procurement but intelligence gathering,” he said. According to the officer, going by the recent deadly attacks in places like Mubi, Biu and other locations in Borno and Adamawa states, something is fundamentally wrong. Another security ex...Read More
Some retired military officers also said yesterday the governors’ approval for $1 billion for arms is government admittance that the terror group is still powerful. Salihu Bakari, a retired army officer, said it was good that the civilian authorities admitted that the Boko Haram is still a national threat. “I may sound naïve but this singular approval is an admittance of the obvious by our political leaders, that the Boko Haram is still deadly,” he said. He said it was good news that the governors were probably briefed by Nigeria’s security chiefs on the security architecture of the country and therefore resolved to do the needful. “I am sure that they were briefed and that was why they agreed that such huge money should be used. Constant procurement of arms by serious countries is a legit...Read More
In Nigeria The Nigerian Governors Forum yesterday approved $1 billion (N362 billion) from the Excess Crude Account to fight Boko Haram insurgency in the northeast. This is coming at a time the Nigerian authorities and military hierarchy severally declared that the anti-insurgency war has ended and the Boko Haram terror group defeated. There was no official statement on what the $1 billion would be used for last night. Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki said they approved the fund to “support the effort” of the federal government in the anti-terror campaign. However, multiple military and defence sources told Daily Trust last night that the money would be used in purchasing military hardware that includes anti-mine tanks and fighter jets. The money was approved by the governors during a meet...Read More
Some hunters from Gur village in Biu Local Government Area of Borno in conjunction with hunters from Damaturu on Thursday intercepted suspected Boko Haram terrorists cattle rustlers and killed one of them. Army Spokesman Brig.-Gen. Sani Usman said in a statement on Friday that the encounter took place at Burashika village in Biu. Usman said the hunters recovered one AK-47 rifle mounted with magazine of two rounds and 48 cows, 58 goats, 36 sheeps and 12 donkeys.
In Nigeria Reports from LEADERSHIP.NG says the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, has deployed over 500 Police mobile force men to Aba to restore peace in the troubled city. The Assistant Inspector-General of Police (AIG) Operations, Taiwo Lakanu, disclosed this yesterday during a duty tour to the Aba Police Area Command. He said that the IGP directed that peace should be restored to Abia, hence the deployment of the mobile policemen who had assumed duty in Aba. “You can see that we have emplaced security and that the whole place is quet and our men are on patrol. For now we are still monitoring and so, for now there is no problem. We are on top of the situation. We are working in tandem with other agencies and they are cooperating with us”, he said.
In Nigeria The Nigerian Army yesterday declared the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) a terrorist organisation, calling on Nigerians not to join the group. According to the Defence Headquarters, IPOB has not only formed a secret service and a national guard, but its members are also in possession of weapons, blocking public roads and are now extorting money from innocent civilians at illegal road blocks. Giving an update on the activities of IPOB, the defence spokesman, Major Gen John Enenche, said the group which now poses a security challenge in the country has been metamorphosing from one stage to the other. He said, “After due professional analysis and recent developments, it has become expedient to notify the general public that the claim by IPOB actors that the organization is non-v...Read More
Al-Shabaab has detonated a suicide bomb in the Somali border town of Balad Hawo, near Kenya, prompting a fierce and deadly battle between the group and local armed forces. According to a military official, ten soldiers and seven militants were killed before the al-Qaeda-linked group was chased out of town. However, a spokesman for Al Shabaab claimed it had captured an Army base and residents said fighting was ongoing. Video Credit: Euronews
In Nigeria The Nigeria Police has reported that it has killed two (2) female suicide bombers in maiduguri, the Borno state capital, in the North-Eastern part of the country. The Police in Borno state on Saturday said two female suicide bombers were killed when they detonated the Improvised Explosive Device (IED) strapped to their bodies in the outskirts of Maiduguri. A statement issued and signed by DSP Isuku Victor, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), in Maiduguri, said eight people sustained injuries in the incident. According to the statement: “Two female suicide bombers detonated IEDs against a taxi on Maiduguri-Mafa road, close to the National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) checkpoint in the outskirt of Maiduguri. “Only the suicide bombers died in the blast, while ...Read More
In Nigeria Three suspects have been arrested by the Lagos State Police Command over last Sunday’s assassination of Hector Oluwaseun Jobarteh, winner of the 2006 Gulder Ultimate Search, GUS, reality TV, Season 3. Jobarteh was shot dead by unknown gunmen at his residence in New Oko-Oba, area of Lagos State. The new Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Imohimi Edgal, yesterday, said three persons are being interrogated over the killing of Jobarteh, a father of one, who was reportedly trailed to his house and shot dead. According to reports, he had just got back from picking up his younger brother from Muritala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, when the incident occurred. It was gathered that the gunmen reportedly knocked on his neighbour’s door downstairs and asked who the car parked ...Read More
In Nigeria Indications are emerging that the Nigerian Military may be closing in on the leader of the Boko haram sect, Abubakar Shekau, as the 40-day ultimatum given the Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, Maj. Gen Ibahim Attahiru, by the Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Tukur Buratai, expires. According to reports: “Following the expiration of the 40-days ultimatum given the Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole yesterday, there are hopes that Abubakar Shekau is not far from being captured.” The Nigerian military had in the past said Boko Haram was using look-alike fighters to mimic Shekau who died after sustaining injuries in the past, died. In 2009, Shekau was reportedly killed along with 1000 other Boko Haram members. His videos later emerged. Meanwhile, the Nigeria...Read More
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