President Buhari Welcomes Recovery Of Another Chibok Girl

Chibok Girls, Muhammadu BuhariPresident Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday lauded the recovery of another Chibok schoolgirl, Rakiya Abubakar, in the Alagarno area of Damboa Local Government in Borno State.

The President said that the recovery has raised renewed hope that the other captured girls would one day be reunited with their families, friends and community.

He also commended the military for the diligent investigation which led to the recovery of Rakiya and urged them to continue in the spirit with which they cleared the Sambisa forest of terrorists.

President Buhari gave the assurance that the Nigerian Government would continue to do all within its powers to assist the military in locating the rest of the girls and eradicating the menace of terrorism in Nigeria.

The spokesman for the Nigerian Army, Brigadier General Sani Usman, had confirmed to reporters, the rescue of Rakiya, who was abducted by the Boko Haram insurgents in April 2014.

He said that troops of Operation Lafiya Dole, while questioning some arrested suspected terrorists, discovered the girl with her six months old baby.

Nigerian Troops Recover Another Chibok Girl

Preliminary investigation revealed that the rescued kidnap victim is the daughter of Abubakar Gali Mulima and Habiba Abubakar of Chibok community in northeast Nigeria.

Air Force Launches Air Strikes In Northern Borno

Air ForceThe Nigerian Air Force has launched the second phase of its operation in the counter terrorism war with focus on the northern axis of Borno State.

The operation, tagged “Operation Gama Aiki” is to flush out insurgents from the area, notorious as a major stronghold of the outlawed group.

Air Component Commander of the mother Operation Lafiya Dole, Peter Uzezi, said that this phase of the onslaught follows a successful outing in Sambisa forest under the aegis of “Operation Crackdown” in collaboration with ground troops.

Six fighter jets have been deployed with specific instructions to the northern axis area.

Three out of the six aircrafts are Alfa jets, expected to patrol the Monguno axis and advance with ground troops towards Alagarno where operations are ongoing.

The other three are MIF7 jets heading towards Diffa general area in Niger Republic enroute Baga local government to effect logistic re-supply to troops operating in Baga and surrounding towns.

Uzezi charged the fighters to sustain coordinated airstrikes and interdiction with ground troops as well as the Multi National Joint Task Force.

Nigerian Troops Ambush Escaping Boko Haram Terrorists

Boko HaramNigerian Troops from 81 Battalion and some elements of 251 Task Force Battalion, 25 Brigade, on Sunday ambushed suspected Boko Haram terrorists escaping from Sambisa forest to Fulawani village.

According to a statement by the Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Usman, the ambushed terrorists were trying to link up with other terrorists or members of their families to relocate to other places.

“It will be recalled that the troops intercepted a group of women and children yesterday who claimed to have escaped from the terrorists’ enclave in Sambisa forest.

“However, during screening and interrogation, it was confirmed that they were the terrorists’ advance party relocating to a new safe haven following intense tactical operations by troops.

“The troops sprang a surprise ambush on the group of escaping terrorists from Sambisa forest crossing towards Alagarno mounted on motorcycles and bicycles, killing five of them and recovering a number items.

“These include five motorcycles, nine bicycles, 80 new pairs of bathroom slippers, assorted laundry items, polythene bags and mats. From all indication, the terrorists intended to link up with their wives and children earlier mentioned, who were obviously despatched to wait for them close to Fulawani for onward movement to other locations.”

The Army also said that based on its assessment, the recovered items were for sale in other locations where remnants of the terrorists were hiding but in dire need of logistics.

“Further investigation also revealed that the terrorists were fleeing Sambisa forest to other areas for safety as they could no longer withstand the continued bombardment by both Nigerian Air Force and the ground troops,” The Army explained.

Troops Recover Large Cache Of Boko Haram’s Arms At Gursum

Boko Haram arms at Borgozo-AlarganoTroops of Operation Lafiya Dole and some Civilian Joint Task Force have discovered large cache of arms and ammunitions concealed by Boko Haram terrorists in Borgozo-Alargano general area of Borno State.

The discovery was made on Sunday during a clearance patrol by the troops following a tip off.

According to the Theatre Commander, the patrol team also cleared remnants of Boko Haram terrorists that were dislodged from Alagarno forest hibernating at Kadari, Camp Abu Fatima and Gursum.

The troops discovered large cache of arms and ammunitions that include 36 boxes of .51mm calibre, 5 x 20 Lyra beefcake mixture of 7.62mm (NATO) ammunition, large quantity of 7.62mm (Special), ammunition and one 81mm mortar tube.

In addition, the troops recovered one Toyota Hilux, one generator and several motorcycles.

The Nigerian Army also appealed to Nigerians and in particular, residents of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States to continue to provide useful information to troops in order to facilitate complete routing of the remnants of Boko Haram insurgents hiding in their localities.

Army Loses Two Soldiers In Bama Ambush

soldiers and officers ArmyThe Nigerian Army says it lost two personnel on Thursday  in an ambush staged by fleeing Boko Haram members in operational areas in Borno state.

A military official said the ambush occurred along Konduga-Bama axis of the state recently visited by a Federal Government delegation led by the Minister of Information, Mr Lai Mohammed.

The Commanding Officer, a Lieutenant Colonel and a private soldier were killed in the attack, the theatre commander of the Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Yusha’u Abubakar, told reporters in Maiduguri.

Major General Abubakar also said that the advancing troops, in an offensive operation, dislodged insurgents around Jakana and Alagarno axis of the state.

On Wednesday, Nigerian troops and the Borno Youths Empowerment, otherwise known as Civilian JTF on Wednesday foiled planned attacks by four suicide bombers in the outskirt of Maiduguri.

A military source said that at about 7.30am on Wednesday, four female suicide bombers were intercepted by troops and the Civilian JTF, ahead of a checkpoint about 25km away from Maiduguri the capital of Borno State.

Nigerian Army Clears Terrorist Camps In Chuogori, Shantumari

ArmyFifty-nine civilians held captive by the Boko Haram group in Borno State, have been rescued by troops of 21 brigade and elements of Nigerian Army Engineers. 

The troops also cleared the terrorist camp at Chuogori and Shantumari, as part of efforts to rid Nigeria of insurgents in the north-east.

According a spokesman for the Army, Colonel Sanni Usman, during the offensive operations, the fleeing terrorists left underground silos.

He also added that “troops of 151 Task Force battalion, conducted operations on Kashingeri, Wale and Kushingari, Boko Haram terrorist camps, killing a number of the terrorists and recovering vehicles”.

Earlier, the Nigerian troops had successfully cleared all terrorists’ camps in Alagarno, Borno State.

Top Boko Haram Commander Killed In Encounter With Troops

Boko HaramA notorious top terrorist commander, Abu Mojahid was among the terrorists that died in an encounter with troops in the outskirts of Alagarno, Tuesday morning.

This is according to the Director, Defence Information, Major-General Chris Olukolade, who said that the terrorists had staged a daring attack on troops who were on patrol of the area.

“A number of the terrorists died as the troops repelled the attack.

“Some Rocket Propelled Grenades as well as vehicle-mounted anti-aircraft guns were either captured or destroyed in the encounter,” Olukolade said.

He also stated that the military operations are continuing in the form of offensive action on identified terrorists in some forest locations.

“Aggressive patrols, mopping up as well as cordon and search are also continuing in the other locations in search for weapons and terrorists.

“Improvised explosive devices planted by the terrorists to deter the comprehensive offensive by the advancing troops are also being carefully cleared as troops continue to pursue fleeing ones.

“The operations especially in forest locations are progressing in defiance of obstacles and land mines placed by the terrorists.”

In another development, Nigerian troops backed by warplanes have invaded Boko Haram’s last known stronghold, the Sambisa forest in an effort to finally rout the insurgents.

An official in the Chadian Army said that the Chadian and Cameroonian troops were ready to attack Sambisa forest, which lies near the Cameroon border, from the other side and would move in soon.

A Cameroonian Army official also said Chadian troops are assembling in Mora, northern Cameroon, ahead of the joint operation.

The Director of Defence Information, Major-General Chris Olukolade, said the Boko Haram terrorists had run out of arms and ammunition.

Nigerian Troops Clear Terrorist Camps In Alagarno

Nigerian troops raids Boko Haram terrorists in AlagarnoNigerian troops fighting terrorists in the north-east region of the nation have successfully cleared all terrorists’ camps in Alagarno, Borno State.

The raid of the Boko Haram terrorists’ camps was completed on Tuesday morning, the military spokesman, Major General Chris Olukolade, said in a tweet on Tuesday.

Counter-terrorism efforts were re-enforced after the Nigerian government secured arms from South Africa and Russia weeks before the nation’s election was postponed by six weeks.

A Multi-National Joint Task Force has been set up, comprising Nigeria, Niger, Chad and Cameroon to boost the fight against the Boko Haram terrorist group, which has been trying, for over five years, to set up an Islamic State in the region.

Last month, Adamawa and Yobe States were cleared of terrorists, after the electoral commission postponed the elections by six weeks, citing military advice.

The chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Professor Attahiru Jega, told reporters on February 7 that the postponement was in line with the advice by the military, which he said requested for more time to clear the Boko Haram terrorists from communities they were occupying in the north-east region to enable residents of the area participate in the elections.

The Presidential and National Assembly elections were held on March 28 while the governorship and House of Assembly elections will hold on April 11.

 

Cameroon Forces Seize Arms From Insurgents At Abugasse

Army trainingCollaborative efforts between Nigeria and neighbouring countries in the north east in fighting terrorism recorded huge breakthrough when Cameroon security forces made a huge seizure of arms apparently meant for use by terrorists operating in Nigeria last weekend. 

Over 288 rifles and 35 Rocket Propelled Guns as well as 35 locally made Improvised Explosive Devices were recovered after a fierce encounter at Abugasse, Cameroon, close to the Chadian border.

A statement by the spokesman for Joint Information Centre, Counter Terrorism Campaign in Nigeria, Major General Chris Olukolade, says other weapons recovered included Pistols, Mortar Bombs, Sub-machine Guns and various calibres of ammunition following the arrest of two suspects believed to be major arms suppliers to the terrorists in Nigeria.

They were nabbed in Abugasse near the Chadian border with Cameroon.   

Also in their possession were over 50 Cameroonian Passports as well as a Toyota Jeep.

While the Cameroonian authorities had pledged to back Nigeria’s counter terrorism efforts, Nigerian troops have renewed offensive on terrorists  and it had continued to record series of arrests of terrorists and recovery of arms especially close to the nation’s border with Cameroon. 

Apart from arms recovered following disclosure from captured terrorists lately, more arms have been seized in the ongoing offensive in different areas.  

“The arrest at a check point of a terrorist driving in a green Peugeot vehicle with registration Number Bauchi 264 AA heading to Maiduguri from Alagarno during the weekend, led to the recovery of 15 AK47 rifles and 12 magazines and various  yet to be assembled rifles” major General Olukolade said.

In the continued offensive on terrorists in various, the Alagarno area as well as various points of Sambisa forest and suburbs are witnessing intense operations since Monday. 

“Apart from several dead terrorists, 14 vehicles which were either being used for operation or hidden by the terrorists in various parts of the forests and theatres have been destroyed. 

“Various calibres of weapons and ammunitions were also recovered in the course of fighting and subsequent cordon and search of the areas,” he said.

The military had intensified air and ground surveillance in the north east region since the president directed the armed forces to rid the forests of insurgents few weeks ago.