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.

Jonathan, Governors’ Crucial Security Meeting Postponed

jonathan_goodluckThe security meeting between President Goodluck Jonathan and governors of the 36 states of Nigeria, initially scheduled to hold on Wednesday, has been postponed. 

A source in the presidency said that the meeting, scheduled to review the security situation in Nigeria and proffer possible solutions, has been rescheduled for Thursday.

The crucial security meeting is coming days after the bomb blast at Nyanya Motor Park, in Abuja.

Seventy-five persons were killed while over 120 were injured in the attack by the Islamic sect, Boko Haram.

The president and the governors will also look at the ongoing national security measures and operations with a view to determining the best way forward.

Last Thursday, the president held a similar meeting with governors of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and governors of other party except those of the All Progressive Congress (APC).

Governors of the APC had accused the presidency of side-lining the party in a meeting it said should have been broad based since the issue of security was of national interest.

One of the PDP governors at the meeting, Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom State, told reporters after the meeting that the invitation was not extended to the APC governors.

Governor Akpabio said that the PDP governors requested to meet with the president before a broad based meeting involving all governors would be held on April 23.

However, a member of the APC, and the spokesman for the Adamawa State government, Ahmed Sajoh,  told Channels Television on Friday that an announcement was made by presidency’s spokesman, Reuben Abati, that there would be a meeting between the president and all the governors.

“All of a sudden, they sent a text message to us that the meeting has been put-off and that it has been postponed to a letter date,” he said.

Sajoh also said that the action of the PDP governors was not right at a time where all governors should be involved in the meeting to seek solutions to the grave insecurity in Nigeria.

Suspected Boko Haram Members Strike In Adamawa

Suspected members of the Boko Haram sect, on Wednesday night, attacked some communities in Adamawa State, including Kirchinga district, Michika, Shuwari and Shuwa.

The attack was the second in the week, following an attack on a Federal Government College in Yobe State, which led to the death of over 20 students and the destruction of the school.

In Adamawa, witnesses disclosed that the suspected terrorists gained access to Kirchinga district through the Sambisa forest and killed several settlers in Shuwari and Shuwa communities of Madagali Local Government Areas before attacking shops, residential houses and the First bank in Michika town.

Three catholic churches were set ablaze as well as a primary school in Shuwari town.

Apart from the three catholic churches burnt by the insurgents, the Saint Joseph Minor Seminary, Shuwa was also set ablaze as the catholic priest and students of the school ran for their safety.

The insurgents also destroyed the maternity health centre in Shuwa after taking away medical equipment of the hospital.

“Several cars and motor cycles were seized from people as innocent ones were killed while houses and shops were destroyed as well as confiscation of food items during the attack on the communities,” witnesses said.

Security officials are yet to confirm the incident but witnesses said military aircraft is presently hovering around the areas attacked by the hoodlums as several inhabitants are scattered in the bush.

President Goodluck Jonathan had on Wednesday night addressed issues of security during a national broadcast focusing on the Centenary celebrations.

He commiserated with families of the slain students in Yobe and assured the nation that Government “will continue to do everything possible to eradicate the scourge of terrorism” from the country.

Boko Haram: Let The President Resign; He Has Failed – Rotimi Fashakin

The Publicity Secretary of All Progressives Congress in Ondo State, Rotimi Fashakin, on Wednesday called on President Goodluck Jonathan to vacate his office for not being able to bring an end to the Boko Haram insurgency, which has claimed the lives of thousands of Nigerians.

“The security of this nation falls squarely on the laps of Mr President and if he’s not able to do it he should resign like Melvin Chamberlain, a prime minister of Great Britain in 1940, when he found out that he didn’t have the wherewithal to solve Britain’s problems during the Second World War.”

Speaking on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, Fashakin said: “Let the president resign; he has failed.”

There had been a renewed public outcry against the killing of over several students in a government school in Yobe State. Addressing this, Fashakin said: “It’s a sober moment for us as Nigerians that we are facing a very dire situation as this.”

He further commented that “we have never faced anything that threatened the security of Nigeria as much as this, even when we were under that 30 month old civil war.”

“It makes one’s heart to bleed indeed when you look at the innocent lives, including those of the soldiers that are unnecessarily wasted.

“You need to understand clearly that this is very unfortunate indeed.

The security situation in the country, he said, “calls for the entire management of our security to be looked at in a very wholistic manner.”

Fashakin expressed doubt that President Jonathan had shown “enough capacity at handling the humongous security challenge that we have in this country.” “He seems to have tried everything in the books and they don’t seem to be working from him.”

He stressed that there is lid above the president’s capacity to solve the problem. “If you don’t have it, you don’t have it.”

Asked what his suggestion was he said “Let the president resign; he has failed.”

He buttressed his position, saying that, “one key thing that we must not lose sight of is the fact that, for a war like this, intelligence and intelligence gathering is key to winning the war. When you have the security apparatus gathering intelligence used for mundane things as harassing citizens all over the place, rather than going after the people that are real threats to the nation; it shows you that we have gotten everything muddled up.”

He hinted that the SSS, which is supposed to be at the fore-front of gathering intelligence, is not doing its job. “If they are, we shouldn’t be where we are.”

While calling on the government and political parties to keep politics out of the security issue, he spoke on Borno Governor’s comments on the fight against the insurgency and lauded the governor’s courage to “tell it all.”

Fashakin further lashed out at “spin doctors in Aso Rock” including Doyin Okupe for their caustic reply to the governor.

Asked if the Governor of Borno State should also resign, Fashakin argued that “security is on the exclusive list. It’s strictly the problem of the Federal Government.”

“The security of this nation falls squarely on the laps of Mr President and if he’s not able to do it he should resign

On the call that sole military administrators should take control in the troubled states, Fashakin stressed that a State of Emergency was already in effect in said states.

“There is basically no sacrifice that is too much to ensure that Nigerians everywhere can sleep with two eyes closed,” he said.