Soldier Killed In Foiled Suicide Attack In Borno

Military-Militants-ArepoA soldier has been killed in Yamtake town of Gwoza Local Government Area in Borno State in fierce gun battle after a suicide bomb attack was foiled by troops.

A statement by a spokesman for the Nigerian Army, Colonel Sani Usman, said troops at a military location ‘gunned down’ a suspected suicide bomber who made attempts to attack the military formation.

According to the statement, the incident occurred on Thursday, at about 9.45pm.

“The failed suicide bombing attack was followed up with futile probing attack by terrorists which was decisively dealt with by the troops.

“The troops killed all the four attackers including two suicide bombers and recovered 2 AK-47, 3 Magazines, 109 rounds of 7.62mm (Special), 1 Torchlight, 1 Water bottle, 3 Magazine carrier, 1 Illuminator pyrotecnic and some quantity of drugs,” the statement read.

Colonel Usman, however, added that the military lost a soldier in the process.

The foiled attack comes after troops of Operation Lafiya Dole deployed at a checkpoint in Gubio, Gubio Local Government Area of Borno State foiled a suicide attack on Gubio town by eight Boko Haram terrorists.

Troops Repel Boko Haram Attack, Kill 16 In Borno

Army Troops, Boko Haram, BornoNigerian Army troops have repelled an attack on their positions by remnants of Boko Haram terrorists at Rann in Kala Balge Local Government Area (LGA) of Borno State.

In a statement, the acting Director of Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Usman, said a total of 16 terrorists were killed in the initial assault and during mop-up operations.

Two soldiers died after a suicide bomber detonated his explosives near a gun truck, and five others were wounded in action.

The statement added that two of the terrorists were captured alive, while the troops recovered a General Purpose Machine-Gun, Rocket Propelled Grenade and various ammunitions.

According to Colonel Usman, the attackers had stormed the area on motorcycles armed with Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), anti-aircraft guns and other weapons.

The bodies of the dead soldiers and those wounded in action have been evacuated to Maiduguri, while reinforcements have been sent in from Gomboru Ngala.

In a related development, troops also discovered and safely detonated two IEDs planted along Gomboru – Rann road.

The statement noted that the IEDs were planted earlier to prevent troops reinforcements getting to Rann while the attack lasted.

The Commanding Officer of Three Battalion has visited the troops and held a durbar with them.

He commended them for their doggedness during attack and also urged them not to lower their guards.

Despite the incident, the troops’ morale remains very high and they have continued with their clearance operations.

Army Describes Shiites’ Clash As Most Unfortunate

Army Describes Shiites’ Clash As Most UnfortunateThe Nigerian Army has described the clash between members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria and some soldiers as ‘most unfortunate’.

The disclosure was made on Sunday in a statement by the Acting Director of Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Usman.

According to the Army’s statement, “Saturday’s incident involving clashes between detachments of the Nigerian Army, accompanying the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General T.Y. Buratai and followers of Sheikh Ibrahim El Zakzaky, suspected to be members of the Shiite sect in Zaria, leading to loss of lives as a result of the Shiite group members’ blocking roads and not allowing other passers-by to go about their lawful businesses and activities, was most unfortunate”.

The Army noted that the Nigerian Constitution guaranteed the rights of any group of people, including Sheikh El Zakzaky’s followers, to hold a peaceful march or procession unhindered while it also guaranteed other people’s rights of way on public highways.

It said for couple of years, the group has been distressing road users in the course of occupying public spaces.

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The Nigerian Army said police will investigate the clash

“It is important to note that over the years, this group has subjected ordinary citizens using public roads to untold hardship, delays, threats and disruption simply because they insist on using public space irrespective of the inconvenience and hardship on other law abiding citizens and motorists,” the statement read.

While urging the residents to go about their daily activities, the Army expressed dissatisfaction with the act and added that the Police would investigate the matter.

“This cannot be tolerated and must stop. As soon as order is restored to the situation in Zaria city and environs, the Police will conduct an enquiry and the public will be informed.

“In the meantime, the public is advised to go about their lawful business and report any suspicious persons or incidents to the Police,” the Army further said in the statement.

Military Warns Pro-Biafra Protesters

Biafra The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadiq Abubakar, on Thursday, read the riot act to those calling for the exit of Nigeria’s south-east and parts of the south-south to form an independent nation of Biafra; an indication that the Nigerian military appears to be losing its cool with young pro-Biafra agitators.

Relying on the military Rule of Engagement for internal security operations, Abubakar warned that the armed forces is empowered by the constitution to suppress what he described as insurrection or civil disobedience.

He added that the military has the responsibility to restore order when called upon to do so by the President and Commander-In-Chief of the Armed Forces.

The implication of this, according to him, is that troops have to use necessary force to quell crisis of this sort.

“For the avoidance of doubt, the military’s Rule of Engagement sets out the circumstances and limitations under which the military can enforce laws under situations of unrest, agitations and civil disobedience,” he said.

Air Marshal Abubakar added that should the military be provoked, it will definitely protect the sovereignty of the country, warning the Biafran agitators to stay advised.

The Nigerian Army has also cautioned citizens in the country against attempts seeking the disintegration of Nigeria.

The acting Director of Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Usman, while addressing newsmen in Damaturu in company of the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, also reminded Nigerians of the Rule of Engagement for internal security operations.

General Buratai was in the Yobe State capital as part of efforts aimed at subduing the dreaded Boko Haram sect in Nigeria’s north-east region.

Army Cautions Nigerians Against Treasonable Felony

ArmyThe Nigerian Army has cautioned citizens in the country, be it group, community or individual, against any attempt seeking disintegration from the one indivisible entity called Nigeria.

Addressing newsmen in Damaturu in company of the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, the acting Director of Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Usman, reminded Nigerians of Army Rule Of Engagement (ROE) for internal security operations.

General Buratai was in the Yobe State capital as part of efforts aimed at subduing the dreaded Boko Haram sect in Nigeria’s north-east region.

“We Shall Apply ROE to the Fullest”

Colonel Usman said, “The Nigerian Army would like to send an unequivocal warning to all and sundry, more specifically to all those threatening and agitating for the dismemberment of the country, committing treasonable felony and arson, as well as wanton destruction of lives and properties that once deployed, we shall apply the ROE to the letter.

“It is however, hoped that such circumstances would not arise that we should be deployed on such operations, because let nobody make any mistake, within the ambit of the law, we shall apply the ROE to the fullest,” Colonel Usman said.

He also informed the public that officers and men of the Nigeria Army had equally been cautioned not to take sides in any conflict, but should work objectively in the interest of the country.

“The public is hereby informed that officers and soldiers have been warned not to take sides in any conflict and if found wanting would face the consequences of their actions. Any officer or soldier found aiding or abetting any act of arson, vandalism or unprofessional conduct, would be severely dealt with according to the extant laws,” the Army spokesman said.

The ROE, according to him sets out the circumstances and limitations under which force may be applied to achieve military objectives in furtherance of government policy and once deployed on any internal security, it is the duty of an officer or soldier to ensure the enforcement of law and order in conjunction with other security agencies for the restoration of peace.

The troops, he says “are duty bound to intervene in any situation to avoid a breakdown in peace, stability or law and order of an area where they are deployed”, pointing out that it is inexcusable for troops to stand aside and watch the security situation deteriorate leading to loss of lives or damage to property without intervening.

Colonel Usman also said “Such intervention should be strictly based on sound judgement and within the ambit of the code of conduct for Internal Security Operations while exhibiting good professional ethics”.

He listed the Rule Of Engagement to include; the application of the Principle of Minimum Force and Proportionality at all times, while every reasonable effort would be made to control the situation through measures short of using force, including personal contact and negotiations whenever operational situation permits.

Colonel Usman also maintained that the use of lethal force would only be resorted to if all other means to control the situation had failed, or in case of unexpected attack or suspected Improvised Explosive Device (IED) attack during which a delay could lead to loss of life or serious injury to personnel among others.

He warned the people to comply, reiterating that fire would only be opened as a last resort as a measure to avoid collateral damage.

Nigerian Troops Destroy 20 Boko Haram Camps In Borno

Niger Republic-troopsTroops of 5 Brigade Nigerian Army say that they have destroyed all Boko Haram camps and enclaves at the border towns of Kerenowa and Chikun Gudu, as well as their contiguous villages in Borno State.

The acting Director of Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Usman made this revelation during the destruction.

He added that the troops discovered and destroyed over 20 well-fortified terrorist camps in the general area of Kerenowa.

According to Colonel Usman, the troops have also discovered that to evade aerial reconnaissance and bombardment, the terrorists have dug twin tunnels to conceal their facilities and routes in and out of the camp.

He added that among facilities discovered were training areas equipped with instructional and training materials that include wooden guns and others.

Federal Legislator Expresses Fear Over Adamawa Security Situation

Reps. Member Expresses Fear Over Adamawa Security SituationA member of the House of Representatives, Representative Adamu Kamale, says in spite of reports of success, parts of Adamawa State, North-East Nigeria, are experiencing worsening security situation.

The lawmaker at the Lower Chamber of the National Assembly, made the statement in Abuja while moving a motion of urgent national importance.

He asked the Nigerian military to provide sufficient security personnel in Adamawa State and other parts of the country, maintaining that this would help reduce the rate of insurgent attacks in the troubled region of the country.

The Nigerian Army had earlier on Wednesday, disclosed that troops of the Army 120 Task Force Battalion in Yobe State killed more than 100 fleeing terrorists at Goniri area of the state.

A statement issued by the Acting Director of Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Usman, stated that seven soldiers died while nine others were wounded when the terrorists attempted to invade the Military Base at Goniri.

The House of Representatives, however, commended the Federal government for setting up the Victims Support Fund for assisting victims of insurgency in the country.