Army Clears Air On Video Clip Of Alleged Maltreatment Of Soldiers

Army, Video Clip, Maltreatment of SoldiersThe attention of the Nigerian Army has been drawn to a video clip which went viral on social media of soldiers alleging lack of food and water.

In a statement signed by the Acting Director Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Sani Kukasheka Usman, the force said:

“We wish to state that the video clip was shot more than six months ago by some mischievous and disgruntled elements when 29 Task Force Brigade captured Alagarno Forest and environs in Borno State.

“It is disheartening that some mischievous elements have decided to circulate it now, creating the false impression that it is a recent occurrence.

“We wish to state further that the matter was conclusively investigated at the time, several months ago. The Board of Inquiry actually showed that, as at the time of the incident, the unit’s water tanker still contained water, but a soldier mischievously concealed it. That soldier was charged and punished accordingly.

“In addition to the unit’s water tanker, a borehole was subsequently drilled at the location and it is still serving both the military and adjoining communities.

“We wish to restate with utmost concern the continued commitment of the Nigerian Army to the total welfare of all its personnel,” the statement read.

 

Shekau Fatally Wounded, Others Dead In Unprecedented Air Strike

Air Force, Niger Delta, ArepoThe Nigerian Air Force on Tuesday said it has killed some key leaders of Boko Haram and wounded many others, including the leader of the sect, Abubakar Shekau, during an airstrike on Friday in Taye Village, Borno State.

A statement released by the Acting Director Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman, said “we have just confirmed that as a result of the interdiction efforts of the Nigerian Air Force, some key leaders of the Boko Haram terrorists have been killed while others were fatally wounded”.

The airstrike, which he described as “the most unprecedented and spectacular air raid”, took place on Friday, August 19, “while the terrorists were performing Friday rituals at Taye village, Gombale general area within Sambisa forest, Borno State.

Col. Usman noted that the Boko Haram terrorists commanders confirmed dead include “Abubakar Mubi, Malam Nuhu and Malam Hamman, amongst others.

“While their leader, so called Abubakar Shekau, is believed to be fatally wounded on his shoulders” adding that “several other terrorists were also wounded”.

The Department of State Services (DSS) had on Monday announced the arrest of the spiritual leader of the terrorist group and other members.

The DSS said the arrests were part of “successes recorded in the ongoing tactical and counter-terrorism operations to degrade the capabilities of criminal gangs and syndicates in their hideouts across the Nigeria”.

A statement by the DSS said Mudaisiru Jibrin, also known as Namakele Alarama, suspected to be the spiritual leader of the Boko Haram was arrested on July 17 at Sauna quarters, Yankaba area in Kano State.

 

Troops Ambush Boko Haram Terrorists, Recover Gun Truck

Army, Troops, Rivers, GunmenFollowing reliable information about movement of suspected Boko Haram terrorists, troops of 118 Task Force Battalion, 7 Brigade, laid an ambush for the terrorists on Thursday.

The troops laid the ambush about 3 kilometres away from Goneri town, South West of Kukawa Local Government Area, where they encountered the unsuspecting terrorists in 2 gun trucks and on motorcycles and engaged them.

This was contained in a statement by the Acting Director Army Public Relations, Col. Sani Usman.

An unconfirmed number of the terrorists escaped with gunshot wounds abandoning 1 Buffalo Land Cruiser gun truck mounted with an Anti-Aircraft gun, 1,600 rounds of 12.7mm Armour Piercing Incendiary (API) ammunitions, 563 rounds of 7.62mm (NATO) ammunition for General Purpose Machine Guns and 57 rounds of 7.62mm (Special) ammunition.

The troops further recovered 1 motorcycle, 7 jerry cans of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) and Automotive Gasoline Oil (AGO), a pair of Nigerien Army uniform, 2 Cameroonian telecommunication service provider SIM cards, as well as a pair of the Boko Haram terrorists Special Forces uniform.

They also recovered 1 Samsung Galaxy Tablet and assorted drugs, such as Climax Oxytocin, Tetracyclic HC1 Ointment, Drips and Springe, amongst others.

Consolidating on this success, the troops are further exploiting the situation while troops of 157 Task Force Battalion are blocking likely escape routes of remnants of the terrorists in Mile 90, Yoyo, Barwati and Kekeno villages.

Nigerian Army Approves Retirement Of Some Senior Officers

Army_SpokesmanThe Nigerian Army has said quite a number of senior officers were retired from service on Friday.

This was revealed in a press statement by the Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani  Usman.

Those retired were mainly some Major Generals, Brigadier Generals, Colonels, Lieutenant Colonels and a Major.

Col. Usman said that their retirement was based on Service exigencies, noting that during the 2015 General Elections, some officers were investigated for being partisan.

“Similarly, the investigation by the Presidential Committee investigating Defence Contracts revealed a lot.

Some officers have already been arraigned in court by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).”

He added that the military must remain apolitical and professional at all times and must also applaud and support the laudable and bold initiative by the government.

President Buhari Meets Rescued Chibok Girl, Offers Scholarship

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Amina Ali in State House, Abuja to meet with President Muhammadu Buhari.

President Muhammadu Buhari has promised that the Federal Government will be responsible for the education and upkeep of Amina Ali, the Chibok girl who was rescued on Tuesday from the Boko Haram insurgents for the rest of her life.

The President made the announcement on Thursday after meeting with Amina, her mother and the Borno State Governor, Shettima Kassim, at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

He said that every girl has the right to education and should not be denied access to such.

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Amina Ali and her mother at the Presidential Villa.

Full Reintegration
President Buhari assured that the Federal Government would do everything possible to ensure that the rest of Amina’s life takes a completely different course.

He also promised to give the rescued Chibok girl the best medical, psychological and emotional care, amongst other things, she requires to be fully reintegrated into the society.

The President decried a situation where Amina’s education was so abruptly truncated by Boko Haram, promising to make her education a priority of the Federal Government.

Amina is the first of the 219 Chibok girls to be rescued from the den of the Boko Haram terrorists.

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A cross section of State Governors in the State House meeting between President Buhari and rescued Chibok girl, Amina Ali.

Some state governors were also at the meeting between the President and rescued mother of one.

Her rescue has been widely celebrated within the country and beyond and has raised renewed hopes about the other abducted girls.

19-year-old Amina was found by the civilian JTF with a four month old baby and a suspected Boko Haram terrorist, Mohammed Hayatu, who claims to be her husband.

Secretary of the Association of Parents of the Abducted Chibok Girls, Zanna Usman, confirmed that Amina told her rescuers that six of her colleagues died in Boko Haram’s captivity.

The acting Director Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Usman, says the alleged husband is undergoing further investigation at the Joint Intelligence Centre.

“Mohammed Hayatu is well treated in line with Operation Lafiya Dole Rules of Engagement regarding insurgents who voluntarily surrender to the military,” the Army spokesman added.

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Amina Ali handed over to Borno State Governor, Mr Kashim Shettima.

After her rescue, Amina Ali, was handed over to Borno State Governor, Kashim Shetima, at Government house, Maiduguri, the state capital.

She was handed over on Wednesday evening by the Acting General Officer Commanding, 7 Division, Brigadier General Victor Ezugwu in a brief ceremony.

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Amina’s son being examined by the military hospital personnel.

Prior to that they were examined at Air Force medical facility and were found to be stable and normal blood pressure was observed.

 

 

Forced By Hunger

Military sources in Damboa, who accompanied Amina to Maiduguri, told Channels Television that “Hayatu, one of the Boko Haram commanders also known as “Amir” reportedly escaped with his wife from the Sambisa forest and surrendered to Civilian Joint Task Force members in Balle, a village in Damboa.

The commander of the outlawed group stated hunger and ill health as reasons for his action as according to him his family would have starved to death following the blocking of supply routes by intensive military operations.

Army Repel Boko Haram Attack On Base, Arrest Sect Leader

ArmyTroops of 21 Brigade and rugged team of Armed Forces Special Forces (AFSF) on Operation Crackdown inside Sambisa forest while on harbour for refitting, came under Boko Haram terrorists attack at about 1.45am today morning.

A statement by the Acting Director Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman, added that the “gallant troops successfully repelled the attack”.

“They further followed up with mopping up operations of the general area before advancing. They also recovered 2 corpses of the attackers and the following items; 2 AK-47 rifles, 2 Rocket Propelled Grenade (RPG) bombs, 5 rifle magazines, mortar bombs and a belts of Machine Gun rounds”, he said.

The statement however, “unfortunately” noted that “5 soldiers were wounded in action as a result of mortar fired into the harbour area by the Boko Haram terrorists. The wounded soldiers have been evacuated to the rear for treatment”.

Despite this incident, “the morale of the gallant troops remains very high as they are determined to successfully clear Boko Haram terrorists” the statement maintained.

Boko Haram Leader Arrested

The troops have also arrested one of the declared wanted Boko Haram terrorist leaders and also conducted patrols and clearance operations within the theatre of operations.

At about 1.35pm yesterday (Friday) troops of 143 Battalion arrested one Sulaiman Umaru, a suspected Boko Haram terrorists group member whose photograph is on the poster containing the photographs of the 100 Boko Haram terrorists declared wanted. He has since been moved to 28 Task Force Brigade Headquarters for further investigation.

Troops of 21 Brigade have continued with the clearance operations at Yerimari, while troops of 22 Task Force Brigade Garrison have also embarked on patrols along Dikwa–Mafa-Maiduguri road. The patrol was aimed at picketing the road to keep it safe and open.

Similarly, the same unit in conjunction with some elements of 112 Task Force Battalion conducted a fighting patrol along Dikwa-Gulumba Gana road.

The team had a fierce fire fight with some Boko Haram terrorists elements in which the troops killed quite a number of the Boko Haram terrorists.

Unfortunately, while on their way back, the team ran into an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) at Antul, a village south east of Dikwa, in which 7 soldiers and 4 Civilian JTF accompanying them sustained injuries. The injured soldiers and their civilian counterparts have been evacuated to 7 Division Hospital and Medical Services Maiduguri.

However, the patrol killed 2 Boko Haram terrorists and recovered 2 AK-47 rifles from them.

The patrol team had earlier intercepted 31 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), including women and children coming from Sunabaya, Gumule, Garno and Mane-Gana villages.

During preliminary investigations along with the vigilantes, one of the IDPs, Abacha Bulama, a native of Mane-Gana village, was found to be in possession of the sum of N1.9 million.

Although he claimed to be a businessman, his possession of such large amount of money arose suspicion.

While Bulama has been detained for further investigation, other IDPs have been handed over to Dikwa IDP Camp Manager for screening and further humanitarian assistance.

On their part, troops of 254 Task Force Battalion, 25 Task Force Brigade have moved to Ngalimeri and shelled Boko Haram terrorists hideouts at Budumairi, Goneri Baleni, Mallam Maitari, Malemiri and Gombori.

Although there were no signs of the Boko Haram in the area as they have all fled, however, 35 persons were rescued, screened and rehabilitated at Damboa IDP camp. The troops also arrested 2 suspected Boko Haram terrorists with Dane Guns.

In a related development, troops of 192 Battalion, 26 Task Force Brigade also carried out clearance operations at Guduf Buba, Yagwa, Gamude, Kwatara Kasa and Kwatara Tsakiya villages.

It was observed that at Kwatara Tsakiya, the terrorists have neatly removed the roofing of the dispensary and other buildings possibly to cart away later.

Apart of the formations and units mentioned above, quite a number of them have maintained blocking positions to prevent Boko Haram terrorists escaping from Operation CRACKDOWN and aerial bombardment by the Nigerian Air Force, while other troops carry out raids, cordon and searches in suspected Boko Haram terrorists hideouts.

Due to increased security, the theatre is witnessing increased humanitarian activities by various government and non-governmental agencies.

Suspected Boko Haram Member Released After Investigation

Boko haramThe Joint Investigation Committee (JIC) in Maiduguri, Borno State, in northeast Nigeria has cleared Abubakar Sadiq who was earlier arrested as one of the 100 wanted Boko Haram terrorists.

Mr Abubakar Sadiq, a security guard at the residence of Mohammed Daggash in Maiduguri, was arrested based on the assumption that he was suspect number 28 on the wanted Boko Haram terrorists’ list.

Mistaken Identity

However, a thorough investigation carried out, as well as new Boko Haram terrorists video clip acquired and the employment of forensic analysis, conclusively confirmed that it was a case of mistaken identity.

According to a statement by the Acting Director Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Usman, the erroneously arrested person has since been released to his family.

It stated that investigation further showed that Daggash family had nothing to do with the incident or associated with any security breach in Borno State.

About 200 Boko Haram Fighters Surrender

boko haramCall it the biggest Boko Haram surrender to the Nigerian Army and you may not be wrong as some 200 members of the Boko Haram Islamist militant group have given themselves up to the Nigerian Army.

The fighters are said to have handed themselves over in the town of Banki on the border with Cameroon.

The military earlier said that the town had been recaptured from Boko Haram but there is no independent confirmation.

Some 17,000 people are said to have been killed in the six-year insurgency, mainly in northern Nigeria.

Nigerian Troops Capture Banki Town

Boko Haram-bankiNigerian troops says they have captured the economic and strategic town of Banki town in Borno State.

A statement issued by the Acting Director Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Usman, said the soldiers also destroyed seven Boko Haram camps and successfully diffused seven Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs).

According to Colonel Usman, several Boko Haram terrorists were killed, and others captured alive between Banki junction and Ngorosoye.

Banki is a said to be a town where major economic and trading activities between Nigeria, Cameroon and Central African countries take place.

On Wednesday, the Nigerian Army said it had arrested a Boko Haram Commander, alongside 42 other suspected members.

The troops also revealed that 241 women and children were rescued during the operation.