Again, Suspected Boko Haram Insurgents Attack Yobe Community

Suspected Boko Haram elements were first sighted in the community in 2004.

 

Barely one week after suspected Boko Haram insurgents invaded the Geidam community displacing over 6,000 residents, the suspected gunmen have again reportedly attacked Kanamma, headquarter of Yunusari Local Government Council of Yobe State Thursday night.

Spokesman of the Nigeria Police Force in the state, ASP Dungus Abdulkarim, confirmed to Channels Television in a telephone conversation that the incident happened on the outskirts of the community.

“As a matter of fact, Boko Haram insurgents attacked an outskirt of Kanamma Thursday night, unfortunately, we have lost contact with our people there due to the absence of a mobile network in the area, we will update you when we reach out to them,” he added.

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A local source further revealed that, on hearing gunshots around the military base, the residents fled to the bush for safety.

Kanamma which shares a border with the Niger Republic and 34 kilometers away from Geidam, was the community where suspected Boko Haram elements were first sighted in 2004 before they moved to Maiduguri the Borno State capital, and started their deadly attacks in 2009.

Renewed Assaults

Aside from Yobe State, several communities in North East, notably in Borno State, have in recent times witnessed a resurgence in attacks from the terrorist group as well as bandits.

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The insurgents had multiple times vandalized power towers, cutting off the northeastern state from the national grid.

 

A file photo of Borno State Governor, Professor Babagana Zulum. Photo: [email protected]

 

“The ongoing insurgency has cut off the entire Borno from the national grid in the last three months,” the state governor, Babagana Zulum lamented. “We put all our efforts and restored it back, we have seen the joy and jubilation the people of Borno demonstrated after the restoration. But unfortunately, after 48 hours, the same group of insurgents went back and destroyed the main tower again.”

The rising wave of insecurity has also spread to other parts of the country. While banditry and kidnapping have become recurrent, especially in the northwest region, scores of persons have been killed in many parts of the nation in recent months.

In the largely peaceful southeast region, attacks on security formations have become widespread, heightening tensions in an area where calls for secession are gaining momentum.

A file photo of President Muhammadu Buhari
A file photo of President Muhammadu Buhari.

 

Despite reassurances from the Federal Government,  Nigeria’s security challenges seem to be unabating, leading to calls for President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration to declare a state of emergency on the sector.

“NEC urged President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately declare a national state of emergency on security,” the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), said after its emergency meeting held in Abuja on Thursday.

Zulum Visits Victims Following Boko Haram Attack On Borno Communities

Governor Zulum at University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital following Boko Haram attack on Borno villages on Tuesday night.

 

Borno State Governor, Babagana  Zulum visited two hospitals after Boko Haram fighters fired shots from Rocket Propelled Grenades (RPGs), which hit Gwange and Adam Kolo communities in the state.

The governor also confirmed that 10 residents were killed and 47 left injured in the attack.

According to a post by the governor on his official Twitter page, the shots by the insurgents, on Tuesday night, came from Kaleri, outskirts of Maiduguri, but grenades traveled to hit Gwange and Adam kolo communities, both densely populated areas in the inner city.

Most of the deaths occurred in Gwange. One of the RPG shots hit a children’s playground in Gwange.

Governor Zulum confirmed the attacks during his visits to the State Specialist Hospital, and the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital, both in Maiduguri.

He said some of the victims had sustained various degrees of injuries and were being treated, for which he directed that the state ministry of health shoulders the bills.

Governor Zulum at University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital following Boko Haram attack on Borno villages on Tuesday night.

 

“Indeed it is a very sad moment for the people and government of Borno state, about 60 persons were affected, among them, 10 have died. It was as a result of long-distance shots fired by the insurgents. I believe this is a new trend we have to raise up and stop. We experienced a similar incident exactly one year ago.

“The solution is to deploy an appropriate form of technology, which will have to work on. I share the pains of all those affected but we are not just visiting hospitals, we do so much behind the scene in our combined responses to the Boko Haram insurgency and we will keep making these and more efforts” Zulum said.

Speaking on military’s regain of Marte, another Borno community that came under Boko Haram’s attack a few days ago, Governor Zulum said he is optimistic that the Nigerian military will work had to retain, continue its peace-building and stability efforts in ways that should ensure the insurgents do not take Marte again, or any part of the state.

Governor Zulum at University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital following Boko Haram attack on Borno villages on Tuesday night.

Boko Haram: Outside Maiduguri, Nobody Is Safe In Borno – Prof Dikwa

The Dean, Borno Elders Forum, Professor Khalifa Ali Dikwa, during an interview on Channels Television’s Newsnight on January 4, 2021, asked President Muhammadu Buhari to decentralise the command system of the Nigerian military.

 

Prof. Khalifa Dikwa, Dean, Borno Elders Forum is worried about the rising insecurity in the area, admitting that outside the capital of the state, Maiduguri, people living in Borno State are not safe. 

“Even if they (Boko Haram) are not physically there, they are psychologically there, disturbing the people,” Dikwa who is a socio-political analyst told Channels Television’s Newsnight on Monday. “From time to time, they ride their motorcycles, come and harass them to pay levies and so on. Outside Maiduguri, not even five kilometres, nobody is safe. And they can strike at any time.”

—Turning Deaf Ears—

He claimed that the military did not heed to the advice of the Private Military Contractor (PMC) to man the country’s land borders after they had “decimated” Boko Haram in 2014.

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“At that time, they (PMC) said, ‘okay, we have done our bit, the rest, it has to be political. Have dialogue at a position of strength,” the university don, added.

“And that you should allow the other paramilitary, particularly the police, to take over the terrain that you have recaptured. You (military) move to the borders.”

According to him, “Unfortunately, the military has continued to usurp the role of the police which is not supposed to be so.”

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Prof Dikwa who called for more collaboration among security agencies in the fight against insurgency noted that the military alone cannot fight the terrorism in Borno State.

“If you put all the military inside Borno, it will contain it,” he said, claiming that “It looks like there is no synergy between the security and defence agencies as if it is rivalry when they are actually working for this country and they signed to defend the people of this country and the territory.

“As a President, he should be able to stamp his feet to say ‘do the work, I am giving you one, two months maximum. If you don’t finish up this thing, submit your resignation letter.”

 

Insecurity: Professor Recommends Mass Recruitment Of Local Hunters

Men display guns at an Amotekun passing-out ceremony in Oyo State on November 18, 2020.
PHOTO USED TO ILLUSTRATE THE STORY: Hunters display guns at an Amotekun passing-out ceremony in Oyo State on November 18, 2020.

 

The Rector of Kaduna Polytechnic, Professor Idris Bugaje has called for the massive recruitment of local hunters from every Local Government Area of the 19 Northern states in order curb the menace of Boko Haram terrorists in the northeast and bandits attacks in the northwest and other parts of the region.

Part of his recommendations is that the hunters must be given a short training on communications and intelligence gathering during operations and thereafter be provided with weapons and other logistics that will enhance their operations.

In a statement titled; “Formula-100: Solution to the Growing Banditry and Insurgency in the North”, the Professor of Engineering, said recruiting at least 100 hunters in each local government of the north is the model every state in the region must adapt if they must tackle the security challenges in the north.

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“These hunters must be screened at their ward levels to ensure they are of good character with guarantors in the community including Heads of Families, Imams, ward, and village heads. For long these traditional institutions had been neglected and in some places, the bandits have incorporated them into their networks,” Professor Bugaje said.

The security network according to the academician should have a Commander in each local government, who will be given the mandate to clear the bandits in their Local Government Areas.

“Where there is a need for coordinated action across the neighboring LGAs, the Commanders can sit and organize a joint action. This may be necessary in forests such as Dajin Rugu in Katsina State which covers about six Local Government Areas and part of Zamfara State. I am confident this task will be achieved in a matter of weeks or at worse two months,” he added.

Professor Bugaje also suggests that members of the Civilian Joint Task Force should be absorbed into the Army or Police at the end of the exercise, or better a new Security Outfit should be created for each state to assist in fighting crime in a sustainable way.

Professor Bugaje expressed fear that the region is on a dangerous path of self-destruction if the trend of bandit attacks and insurgency continues unabated.

He also described as very embarrassing bandits attack on a boarding secondary school in Kankara, Katsina State, where over 300 school pupils went missing in a week when the President was on a private visit to his State.

Colonel, Captain, Three Soldiers Killed In Boko Haram Ambush

 

 

An army colonel, a captain, and three soldiers have died in an ambush by Boko Haram insurgents, Nigerian Army authorities confirmed on Friday.

According to a statement, the victims were travelling from Maiduguri in Borno State to Damaturu, the Yobe State capital before the unfortunate incident occurred.

The Deputy Director of Public Relations, Operation Lafiya Dole, Colonel Ado Isa, explained that the insurgents had attempted to infiltrate the Forward Operating Base (FOB) base in Jakana on Wednesday.

He said the attackers came in seven gun trucks and fought severely, but the gallant soldiers repelled the attack with ‘heavy fire and bombardment’.

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In the course of the fire exchange, Colonel Isa said the troops dealt with the insurgents, adding that an unconfirmed number them were neutralised.

He added that the superior firepower of the soldiers forced the insurgents to withdraw and flee in disarray along the Benisheikh – Damaturu axis.

Isa also said the terrorists abandoned a damaged utility gun truck which was earmarked to convey looted items while several weapons were recovered.

Reacting to the fallen heroes, the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, said the incident would not deter the troops in the anti-terrorism war.

He also condoled with the families of the deceased and commended the entire troops in the theatre for their efforts so far.

Read the full statement below:

Troops of 212 Battalion deployed at Forward Operating Base (FOB) Jakana, on Wednesday 17Th July 2019 dealt with and neutralised unconfirmed number of Boko Haram/ISWAP Terrorists when they woefully attempted to infiltrate their base in dire need for logistics.

The terrorists came at about 1845 hours in 7 Gun Trucks and fought fiercely to infiltrate the camp, but the attack was thwarted with heavy fire and bombardment by the gallant and patriotic troops who were vigilant and battle-ready.

The terrorists couldn’t bear the firepower any longer after losing a significant number of both equipment and personnel in an exchange of fire. They lost initiative and withdrew in disarray along the Benisheikh – Damaturu axis, – abandoning a damaged utility Gun truck which was earmarked to convey looted items.

Troops immediately followed in hot pursuit and the following items were captured:

1 x Anti-Aircraft Gun

2 x Rocket Propelled Grenade (RPG) Tubes

2 x AK 47 Rifles

15 x Machine Gun rounds

12 x AK 47 NATO rounds.

Sadly, a Colonel and a Captain, as well as 3 soldiers on transit from Maiduguri to Damaturu, run into an ambush staged by the routed/fleeing terrorists from the Jakana axis which led to their unfortunate death.

The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai while commiserating with the families of the fallen heroes reiterated that “Personnel of the Nigerian Army will never be deterred in the ongoing noble and patriotic fight against terrorism and insurgency in the North East”.

He further commended the efforts of the entire troops in the theatre and charged them to remain focus, highly committed and professional in the discharge of their constitutional roles.

The sacrifices of the fallen heroes in the ongoing fight against terrorism and insurgency is no doubt painful to all, but that will further spur us to do more to ensure that our country remain secured, peaceful and free from terrorists activities for the overall interest of the nation.

Ado Isa

Colonel

Deputy Director Public Relations

Operation LAFIYA DOLE

19 July 2019

Nine Killed, Two Police Officers Injured In Borno Boko Haram Attack

Nine persons have been killed with two police officers injured in the Boko Haram attack on Jiddari Polo area of Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.

Troops of the Nigerian Army had on Thursday said they repelled an attack by Boko Haram terrorists in Maiduguri after the insurgents made their way through a cashew plantation to the Jiddari Polo area of the state capital before launching the attack around 6:00 p.m.

Officials of National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) however confirmed to Channels Television on Friday that nine people were killed in the attack.

NEMA North East coordinator, Bashir Garga, disclosed the figure after the agency conducted evacuation on the scene of the attack.

Five of the bodies recovered was that of suicide bombers while the four others are residents who fell victims of the attack. One of the victims was killed in the mosque while another reportedly died of shock.

The police, also in a statement on Friday said two police officers were injured in the attack. The police in the statement which was signed by the spokesperson, Damian Chukwu aid the terrorists shot sporadically at security agents and also detonated IEDs.

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“The terrorist gunfire sporadically and detonating IEDs. We promptly deployed SARS/PMF/EOD to assist DPO and Army at the scene. Were repelled after the fierce gun battle with profuse tear smoke applicant.

“Two of our SARS personnel were injured in the battle,” the police statement read in part.

Several others victims injured are still in the hospital with bodies evacuated to Specialist Hospital and the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital,

Three Soldiers Die As Troops Repel Boko Haram Attack In Borno

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Nigerian Army on Saturday repelled an attack by Boko Haram insurgents at Magumeri town, headquarters of Magumeri Local Government Area of Borno State losing three soldiers in the process.

Boko Haram terrorists were said to have attempted the attack by 6:00 p.m. with the intent to attack the town and dislodge the Forward Operational Base in Magumeri, Borno State.

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The army in a statement on Sunday, November 26 said, “However, soldiers of 5 Brigade Garrison located in the town repelled the attack. The troops fought gallantly but unfortunately, three soldiers lost their lives, while six others sustained injuries.”

The statement which was signed by the Deputy Director Public Relations of the Force Division, Colonel Timothy Antigha said the bodies of the late soldiers and the wounded have been evacuated while the wounded are currently receiving medical attention.

“The 8 Division wishes to assure all residents of Magumeri that everything is being done to ensure their safety and security. To this end, they are to continue pursuing their legitimate activities without any fear,” he said.

Antigha in the statement also said some platforms were attacked and damaged by the terrorists and further developments regarding the incident will be communicated accordingly.

Residents Flee As Boko Haram Terrorists Attack Adamawa Community  

BREAKING: Suspected Boko Haram Members Attack Yobe Community
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Gulak, the headquarters of Madagali Local Government Area of Adamawa State, is currently under attack by Boko Haram terrorists. 

The Adamawa State Commissioner of Information and Strategy, Ahmad Sajoh, told Channels Television that the military and the insurgents were engaged in a fierce battle with residents fleeing for their lives.

According to him, the vigilance group in the town and the hunters association are assisting the military in a bid to repel the attack and gunshots can be heard all over.

Many scared residents have fled the town and are hiding in the bushes, mountains, and hills.

The Chairman of Madagali local government area, Alhaji Mohammed Yusuf, also confirmed the attack to our correspondent in Yola.

He described the attack as very heavy and likely to result in the loss of lives.

According to Yusuf, tonight’s attack comes barely 24 hours after two male suicide bombers entered the home of a family in Tsilah village near Madagali and held a woman and her daughter hostage.

Thereafter, they detonated the explosives strapped to their bodies killing both of them, the woman and her baby in the process.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Adamawa State Command, SP Othman Abubakar, when contacted, said he would call back with information.

He has yet to do that, however.

Meanwhile, the Adamawa State Commissioner for Information said the government is monitoring the situation.

Today attack also comes less than 10 days after two female suicide bombers attacked Dar, a village near Gulak.

The first of the two attackers detonated the improvised device strapped to her body around 8 pm on Saturday, October 28, while the second did the same around 7 am on Sunday, October 29.

A woman with an eight-month-old baby strapped to her back was hit by the second attack (on October 29) and lost an eye, while her baby sustained minor injuries in that attack, which is believed to have been targeted at a church.

 

About 25 Dead In Boko Haram Raid In Niger Republic

Boko Haram-NigerNiger Republic military officials say about 25 people have been killed in a Boko Haram attack on a village in southern Niger and subsequent clashes between the militants and the Army.

Fighters from the militants killed five civilians in their initial attack on the village located in the Bosso District.

The Niger Republic military officials added that the soldiers drove back the militants, killing around 20 of them.

“The situation is under control and we are carrying out clean-up operations,” he added.

Boko Haram has ramped up cross-border attacks into Niger, Chad and Cameroon from its strongholds in northeastern Nigeria in recent months.

Almost a third of Diffa’s nearly 600,000 inhabitants have been displaced by the violence.

11 Chadian Soldiers Killed In Boko Haram Attack

Chadian soldiersA Chadian security source alleges that Boko Haram members have attacked Chadian soldiers, killing 11 and wounding 13.

The source added that 17 Boko Haram fighters also died in the fighting following the pre-dawn strike near the Nigerian border and Lake Chad.

The source was quoted as saying “Boko Haram members attacked our positions at 4:30 am in Kaiga Ngouboua about two kilometres (about a mile) from the Nigerian border.”

The Chadian Army has been on the front line of a regional military operation against Boko Haram, whose attacks have spread from northeast Nigeria, its traditional stronghold, to the neighbouring countries of Chad, Niger and Cameroon.

Aftermath Of Boko Haram Attack On Damaturu

Niger RepublicSecurity formations and properties were on Friday left destroyed following a coordinated attack by gunmen believed to be Boko Haram members on Damaturu, Yobe.

Heavy artillery sounds and sporadic gunshots were heard throughout the night with the continuation of isolated shooting Saturday morning, in the troubled north-east state.

Although authorities are yet to confirm the level of destruction inflicted on the town, residents said the Police “A” division, the state Area Command and the Police officers mess all located in the heart of the town were burnt down by the terrorists.

It was also confirmed that Izala mosque and some shopping complex at the Damaturu motor park were also set ablaze during the invasion.

Residents told Channels Television that Friday’s attack may have been prompted by an initial invasion by the security forces on Gujba and Gulani areas, believed to be strongholds of the insurgents.

They also recovered of some arms and ammunitions.

The reprisal attack by Boko Haram started late Friday evening as residents scrambled for safety after gun shots were heard. It is believed that some armed security personnel who were keeping vigilance on the town engaged in a battle with the insurgents, around the southern part of the town.

Although security forces have not confirmed the casualty figure, hospital sources said only one corpse was brought to the hospital morgue this morning.

However, normalcy is said to have been restored in the town, and no pronouncement has been made concerning the imposition of curfew.

Residents have remained apprehensive and have also stayed indoors for fear of further attack or be mistaken for the insurgents by armed security personnel keeping surveillance on the town.

They have now urged government and security forces to be more proactive in their fight against the insurgents as Maiduguri might become a landlocked area if the insurgents get grip of Damaturu among other towns in Yobe state.

Abuja Blast Death Toll Rises To 24

Onyebuchi ChukwuThe Honourable Minister of Health, Professor Onyebuchi Chukwu, says a total of 24 persons died in the bomb blast at the Emab Shopping Plaza in Wuse 2, Abuja on Wednesday.

In the new record, 52 others were injured in the blast that occurred barely two months after bomb explosions around the Nyanya Motor Park in the outskirt of Abuja.

Professor Chukwu, who visited the victims of the bomb blast at the Maitama, Wuse and Asokoro District Hospitals and the National Hospital, Abuja, on Friday morning, said 20 of the victims died before they got to the hospitals while four died shortly after arrival.

He explained that one of the four victims died in Maitama District Hospital while the other three died in the National Hospital Abuja.

“Presently there are all together 27 patients receiving treatment in various hospitals in Abuja. Others have been discharged and being treated as out-patients.

“I would have wished that more people did not die at the site because the hospital has been able to save virtually all the people that were brought here alive.

“My wish is that when this kind of thing happens, people can still survive but I am impressed with how the victims are taking care of here,” he said.