Gunmen Attack Bama Barracks, Jonathan, Service Chiefs Meet

Gunmen have attacked a military barrack in Bama in Borno State, North Eastern Nigeria, prompting an emergency meeting between President Goodluck Jonathan, Service Chiefs and the Inspector General of Police.   

The gunmen, suspected to be members of Boko Haram, entered through Banki town from a cell located across Nigeria’s border with Cameroon and attacked the barrack using rocket propelling guns.

There were unconfirmed reports that some civilians, including women and children were killed in the attack that occurred in the early hours of Friday.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

The Director of Defence Information, Major-General Chris Olukolade, confirmed the incident but said that armed troops from the Nigerian Military repelled the attack.

He did not disclose if there were any casualties.

President Jonathan had been scheduled to preside over the decoration of 48 newly promoted Major-Generals in the Army, Navy and Air Force but went into a meeting with the Service Chiefs which was also attended by the Inspector-General of Police, Muhammed Abubakar, at the Command Officers’ Mess, Asokoro Abuja.

“The nation is going through trying times and there is the need for all hands to be on deck to ensure the protection of lives and property in the country,” the president said.

He urged the newly promoted officers to go extra mile to justify their new positions and help save the reputation of the country.

Security Forces Kill 8 Terrorists In Borno

A renewed clash between members of the dreaded Boko Haram terrorist group and security forces claimed the lives of terrorists, military authority said in Maiduguri.

A statement by the spokesman of the 7 Division of the Nigerian Army in Maiduguri the Borno state capital, Colonel Mohammed Dole said that the clash which lasted for 2 hours occurred along Maiduguri-Bama-Gwoza road of the state.

The statement also disclosed that 3 vehicles and 3 AK-47 rifles were burnt in the process while scores of the insurgents fled with various degrees of injuries.

According to the statement, due to increased offensive operations by ground and air against the terrorists, the situation has forced the terrorists to embark on forceful recruitment of youths and abduction of women from vulnerable villages into their fold.

The statement also said that security forces are on their trail to ensure safe release of those forcefully recruited or captured into the terrorist group.

It was also revealed that air bombardment of the insurgents’ hideouts in Mainok and Mada general areas of Kaga and Konduga local government areas of the state by the Nigerian Air Force also claimed the lives of some Boko Haram terrorists.

The terrorists according to the statement were seen conducting funeral for their dead members around Mudube village.

Colonel Dole  appreciated the continuous support and cooperation given to the security forces by the public and called for its sustenance. He also assured that security forces will continue to launch attack on the terrorists wherever they are.

Niger Rep. police arrests five Boko Haram suspects

Niger has arrested five people near the Nigerian border suspected of belonging to the militant Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram, Niger security officials said on Tuesday.

The group has been blamed for more than 1,000 deaths in Nigeria since 2010. Observers say they suspect it is using Niger as a transit route to link up with other militant groups like Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Magreb, now controlling northern Mali.

“State Security Police arrested the five suspected Boko Haram members who entered Niger on Sunday through the Zinder region. They have been transferred to Niamey for further questioning,” a security official said, asking not to be named told Reuters.

Another security official said Niger had heightened security along its border with Nigeria as the country intensifies its fight against the militant group, which wants to carve out an Islamic state in northern Nigeria.

Nigeria’s military had announced the death of 35 members of Boko Haram and arrested several during an overnight gun battle in Damaturu, capital of northeastern Yobe state which borders Niger.