Troops Eliminate 10 Boko Haram Terrorists, Repel Attack On Rann

File photo of the troops of Nigerian Army


Barely hours after the newly appointed Chief Of Army Staff (COAS) Major General Faruk Yahaya assumed office, troops of the Nigerian Army repelled an attack by Boko Haram terrorists in Rann, Borno State, killing 10 of the terrorists in the process.  

According to a statement signed on Saturday by Army spokesperson, Brigadier General, Mohammed Yerima, the terrorists came in their numbers mounted on gun trucks and attempted to infiltrate the main entrance to the town.

He said the troops, however, “chased the retreating terrorists and ensured there was no further threat to the town and its residents.”

Weapons recovered from the Boko Haram terrorists and one of their vehicles burnt. 


“The highly spirited troops were right on hand to counter the move and inflicted a humiliating defeat on the terrorists who abandoned their evil mission and took to their heels,” Yerima added.

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Also, the troops successfully destroyed one of the gun trucks and recovered multiple weapons including one anti-aircraft gun, two machine guns, and eight AK-47 rifles.

The new COAS, Faruk Yahaya, on Friday assumed duty at the Army headquarters in Abuja.

He was appointed by President Muhammad Buhari on Thursday, making him the 22nd Chief of Army Staff in the country.

He replaced Ibrahim Attahiru, a Lieutenant General, who died in an air crash last week.

Until his appointment, the new army chief was the Theatre Commander of Operation Hadin Kai, the counter-insurgency operation in the North-East.

Troops Capture 14 Terrorists, Gun Trucks In Chikun Gudu

troopsTroops of Eight Task Force Division, Nigerian Army, on clearance operations under the auspices of Operation LAFIYA DOLE in Northeast Nigeria had an encounter with Boko Haram terrorists at Chikun Gudu.

During the encounter in northern part of Borno State, the gallant troops neutralised quite a number of the terrorists, while others escaped with gunshot wounds.

According to a statement issued on Saturday by spokesman for the Army, Brigadier General Sani Usman, the troops also captured gun trucks, arms and ammunition, as well as 14 terrorists.


“The troops captured two Toyota Gun trucks stolen from Niger Republic Defence Forces, two Toyota Hilux Gun trucks, one of which was taken by the Boko Haram terrorists from 153 Task Force Battalion location sometime back, a 25 HP Yamaha Outboard Engine, two solar panels and five empty Belts of Anti-Aircraft Guns ammunition links.


“Others include one Gun bipod, 12 pairs of Boko Haram fighters’ uniform, five flags, 37 rounds of 7.62mm (NATO) ammunition, 84 copies of Holy Quran and 270 books on Islamic literature.

“The troops also recovered and destroyed over 70 motorcycles used by the terrorists to launch attacks, three shops stocked with medical supplies, three other shops with provisions and three wooden boats.


“They also recovered two Niger Republic Drivers’ Licenses, two mobile telephone handsets and two Wooden Slates,” the statement read.

The statement also revealed that four of soldiers were wounded and have been evacuated to a medical facility where they are receiving treatment.

Army Kill Five Boko Haram Terrorists In Yobe

Army Kill Five Boko Haram Terrorists In YobeThe Nigerian Army have killed five suspected members of the Boko Haram terrorists in Yobe state north east Nigeria.

A top military officer of the 233 battalion of the Nigeria Army in Damaturu who requested anonymity, told Channels Television that the insurgents were killed between Kukareta and Sasawa communities, outskirts of Damaturu the state capital.

“The operation was successfully executed by an officer and twenty soldiers based on tip off from the locales who informed security forces of the presence of the Boko Haram terrorists, who have been carrying out onslaught between Kukareta and Sasawa for the past three months.

“The terrorists have been carrying out series of attacks around Kukareta, Sasawa and Babbangida axis, particularly on market days to loot foodstuffs and some valuables that will aid them in their wicked activities” the source said.

According to him, “luck ran out on them as they met our officers and men who were on patrol and in a gun battle, five of them were killed in the process as none of our men was hurt in the gun battle”.

He stated that items recovered included: 3 AK 47 rifles, 4 GSM handset, an Airtel SIM Card, 3 Jack Knives, N9, 845 and Tramadol Capsules.

Since military commenced serious onslaught on the Boko Haram terrorists last year, the militants seems to have been wiped off across Yobe state with some traces of them still visible around the Kukareta, Sasawa, Mafa and Tarmuwa axis.

The killing of the five insurgents around the area is however expected to return relative peace to the inhabitants of the area.

Soyinka Asks Buhari To Fast-track Action On Niger Delta

Soyinka on Niger Delta RegionNobel laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka, has asked the President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, to be more proactive in dealing with the problems of the Niger Delta region.

Professor Soyinka, at a press conference in Lagos believes that the government is not doing enough in handling “the tension in the Niger Delta region”.

The Nobel laureate said he was asking the Federal Government, like other key players in Nigeria and the region, to change its government’s style and move swiftly to deal with the issues of the Niger Delta.

He is advocating a more proactive intervention by the President and his government to douse the tension.

Agreed A Ceasefire

His comment is coming at a period militancy resurgence in the Niger Delta region, with the militants resorting to bombing oil installations.

Their activities have reduced Nigeria’s oil output by 700,000 barrels per day to 1.56 million bpd.

It is a huge loss of revenue, amounting to billions of Dollars, for the nation that relies solely on crude oil sales.

The major militant group in the region that calls itself the Niger Delta Avengers last week said it has agreed a ceasefire and that it is open for negotiation with the government.

On the Education Sector, Professor Soyinka condemned the removal of History as a subject in the nation’s school curriculum saying, the decision is responsible for what he calls, the low quality of the nation’s learning.

Insurgents Are Sub-human

He also condemned the activities of the Boko Haram terrorists in the northeast of Nigeria.

Professor Soyinka said Boko Haram insurgency was a result of religious lunacy and believed aggression should be met with reasonable force.

He also believes the activities of insurgents are sub-human and must be treated as one.

The Nobel laureate told reporters terrorists have no business taking innocent lives and that he stands to request that such barbaric people must be wiped out.

Professor Soyinka, who was at the Presidential Villa few days ago, further told reporters that he was there to discuss issues about his interactions in the House of Commons with the President.

After that meeting with the President, he promised reporters that he would hold a press conference and speak on national issues.

Nigerian Military Rescues 1890 Persons From Boko Haram

Nigerian_MilitaryThe Nigerian Military has rescued 1890 persons held captives by the Boko Haram Sect at various locations within the last two weeks.

This is in a bid by the military to wipe out insurgency attacks in the Northeast by the terrorist group.

Those rescued include 800 Nigerians that crossed to Cameroon and brought back to Banki town in Nigeria by troops of the 21 Brigade on Thursday.

Troops of the 121 Task Force conducted joint patrols with Cameroonian forces at Mararraba, Angwan Fada, Dale and Wizha Bokko Timit, Bokko Nasanu and Bokko Hidde up to Ngoshe in which they rescued 17 women and 28 children.

In a statement by the Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman, it said, “troops of the 7 Division Garrison, in joint operations with 112 Battalion, Army Headquarters Support Group and Armed Forces Special Forces at Gajibo, Maula, Gamai, Gamare, Maiwa, Warsale, Tangli, Tushi, Sowa, Hasanari, Changuwa, Malamaja, and Marya in Dikwa and Mafa Local Government Areas rescued 350 people including 5 Cameroonian girls that were held hostage by the Boko Haram terrorists in those areas”.

In a similar operation, troops of the 7 Division Garrison in conjunction with troops of the 112 Task Force Battalion, and Armed Forces Special Forces on February 17, 2016, conducted clearance operations in Kwaptara, Mijigete, Garin Boka, Mosole, Ngubdori, Ma’asa, Dukje and Gulumba in Dikwa and Bama Local Government Areas in which they rescued 195 persons held hostage by Boko Haram terrorists.

On February 23, 2016, troops of 21 Brigade in conjunction with troops of MNJTF in Kumshe general area, 250 persons were rescued, mainly women and children held hostage by Boko Haram terrorists and 800 refugees were brought back from Cameroon, also same day, troops of the 7 Division rescued 150 persons at Kodo.

Troops of the 21 Brigade had on Friday intercepted over 3,000 Nigerians crossing from Wambatche, Liman and Kodo Fata villages in Cameroon into Nigeria. The refugees have been moved to Bama Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp.

The 25 Task Force Brigade on Friday, in Galmasku, Muli, Chiralia, Maisani, Talala, Ajigin, Shetimalau, 1 and 2, Dalomi also rescued 250 civilians held hostage by the Boko Haram terrorists.