Military Dismisses Claims Of Planned Attack In South-west Nigeria

Boko HaramThe Nigerian Armed Forces have dismissed media reports claiming there is a plan by Boko Haram terrorists to attack some south western states.

The Defence Headquarters on Saturday said the claims were not only baseless but lacked substance in its entirety.

“It should be disregarded,” the military stressed.

A statement by the Defence Headquarters said “more worrisome is the claim that the terrorists have infiltrated the western states”

“While the military and other security agencies have made tremendous successes in degrading and decimating the terrorists who are now in disarray having lost their centre of gravity, camps and their source of logistics.

“It would be unthinkable to raise these unfounded rumours of Boko Haram terrorist planning attack in not only in the west but any other part of the country for that matter”.

“Nigeria versus Boko Haram”

The statement further said that the coordination and synergy between the military and other security services, which led to the arrest of some ring leaders of the terrorist group in some states, was instructive to their incapability to wage any coordinated attack.

The military further urged Nigerians to be wary of suspicious individuals or groups in their localities and to report such to security agencies for prompt action.

“This war is Nigeria versus Boko Haram terrorists, hence it requires collective contribution of all Nigerians for timely ending of this terrorism.”

The Armed Forces also appealed to Nigerians, particularly in the western part, not to lose sleep over the unfounded and fictitious reports and to go about their normal and legitimate businesses, as the Defence Headquarters and other security agencies were monitoring the situation with all seriousness.

The Nigerian Armed Forces are waging war against the Boko Haram terrorists, with their strong hold in the north-west, to end their activities before the end of December in line with a directive from President Muhammadu Buhari.

The President had in August mandated the military to end the over six years activities of the terrorist group that has pledged their allegiance to IS, another terrorist group which carried out attacks in Paris, France on Friday.

‘Waste No Time In Ending Attacks’, Borno Residents Tell Buhari

Military in Borno StateThe residents of Borno State are appealing to the government of Muhammadu Buhari to waste no time in ending the incessant attacks in the state by the Boko Haram terrorists.

The members of the terrorist group on Sunday carried out an attack on Moru-Moru market in the Gamboru area near Maiduguri, the state capital, killing at least one person.

For three consecutive days, there have been attacks at different locations in the state.

Although, no group claimed responsibility for the attacks, the Boko Haram sect is largely suspected.

Despite the strong statements of President Muhammadu Buhari about his resolve to end the activities of the group, the terrorists have sustained attacks on communities in Borno State, where they have been confined by Nigerian troops.

Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State, bears the marks of fierce fighting and the scars from the senseless killings still remains. A reason the residents want the new administration to address the challenge of insecurity in the state.

They also mentioned other areas they want the new administration to give priority attention, with great expectations from the State Governor, which he is mindful of.

And being the first time that the north-east Nigerian state would be having the same political affiliation with the central government, the people are optimistic that President Muhammadu Buhari would deal decisively with the insurgents.

 

Explosion Rips Through Borno Market, Four Injured

Borno Four people have been seriously injured in a bomb blast at the Moru-Moru market in the Gamboru area near Maiduguri the Borno State capital.

The bomb attack comes barely 24 hours after a suicide bomb attack on a mosque in Maiduguri.

Our correspondent in Maiduguri, Blessing Tunoh reports that the explosion is believed to have been caused by a concealed improvised explosive device.

The explosion reportedly emanated from a bagful of coal where where an IED was planted by an unknown person.

All four victims are traders in the market where the blast occurred and they were rushed to a hospital where they are said to be receiving treatment.

Normalcy has since returned to the area and other traders in the market have been carrying on with their normal activities.

Parts of the town have also been deserted as residents have kept off the streets for fears of further attacks.

Some residents have, however, expressed hope that President Buhari’s pronouncement concerning the security of Borno State would start yielding results within few days.

This is the fourth incident in three days. The first one happened in Hawul LGA in the early hours of May 29  – Democracy Day – and another in the night of the same day.

Early on Saturday soldiers had repelled an attack by the Boko Haram sect as they attempted to invade Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.

The insurgents are reported to have approached Maiduguri through Dala, a suburb of the town but could not gain entrance because of the military troops stationed there.

 

Maiduguri Bombing: Buhari Says Resolve To Degrade Boko Haram Unshakeable

BuhariNigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, has condemned the latest terrorist attack on a Mosque in Maiduguri, Borno State, reiterating that his administration’s resolve to degrade the Boko Haram sect is unshakeable.

He warned that his administration would not tolerate wanton and willful destruction of lives by criminal elements that are bent on anarchy.

Reacting to the latest attack, which left scores of people dead, injured and maimed, President Buhari said in a statement issued by his media team and signed by Garba Shehu that his administration meant business in its determination to tackle terrorist violence with all the resources available to his government.

The President described the terrorists as “cowardly murderers that target innocent people”.

He explained that, as the Commander-in-Chief, he had sworn to secure Nigerians everywhere.

While calling for increased vigilance by local communities, the President assured Nigerians that his administration would give security close attention.

“My government is committed to boosting the morale of our armed forces by effectively funding them and attending to their welfare,” President Buhari stressed.

He condoled the families of the victims of the latest terrorist attack on Maiduguri and assured them that the worst days of the criminal elements would soon be over.

A Bomb blast had occurred at a mosque along the popular Yan Kwali area of the Maiduguri Monday Market in Borno State in Nigeria’s volatile north-east.

The explosion occurred after the first ‘Rakaat’ prayer session on Saturday.

Details of the incidence are still sketchy, but witnesses said unspecified number of casualties were recorded.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, but the Boko Haram terrorist group is largely suspected.

Military Recovers Smart Card Reader From Boko Haram, Kills 3

Vehicle recovered from Boko HaramThe Nigerian Army has foiled an attack by some members of the Boko Haram terrorist group in Gombe State, North-East Nigeria, killing 3 of them in the process.

While parading the corpses of the insurgents before reporters at the army barracks in Gombe, the state capital, the spokesperson of the 301 Artillery regiment said one of the insurgents was captured alive after a gun battle in Dukku Local Government Area of the state.

Items recovered from the Boko Haram insurgents, according to him include: a Hilux van, a smart card reader machine belonging to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and three boxes of assorted ammunition among other items.

“The success was recorded in the early hours of Monday, (00:30 GMT) when the gunmen attempted to attack a military check point at Dukku but our men overpowered them,” the spokesman, who requested not to be mentioned, said.

While thanking the public for the cooperation given the security operatives, he urged the general public to remain calm, as the military was ready to protect lives and property of people of the state and beyond.

“We thank the general public for cooperating with us. If we continue to get useful information from the public, we will wipe out any person or group that tries to bridge the peace of Gombe and Nigeria at large,” the military official emphasised.

He urged the general public to remain calm, as the military was ready to protect lives and property of people of the state and beyond.

Suspected members of the Boko Haram militants had on Saturday attacked three polling stations in Dukku and Nafada Local Government Areas of Gombe State, killing two INEC ad-hoc staff and destroyed some election materials.