Troops Kill Four Suspected Insurgents, Rescue 54 Persons

troops kill Boko Haram membersAt least four suspected insurgents have been killed and 54 persons rescued when troops and some vigilantes carried out a terrorists’ clearance operation along Bita-Madube Ciki-Njubul.

A statement by a spokesman for the Army, Sani Usman, said troops of 114 Task Force Battalion, 28 Task Force Brigade, in conjunction with some vigilantes carried out the operation.

“During the advance, two soldiers unfortunately stepped on a buried Improvised Explosive Device (IED) that seriously injured one of the soldiers.

“Nevertheless, the troops continued the advance and had contact with the terrorists and cleared them out of Madube Cikin, killing four insurgents, destroying two vehicles and two motorcycles belonging to the terrorists,” the statement read.

Mr Usman said that the troops also recovered two cylinders, one AK-47 rifle, three boxes of 7.62mm (Special) ammunition, two bicycles and bags of grains.

The rescued persons were held hostage by suspected members of Boko Haram.

They are being screened while the wounded soldiers have since been evacuated for proper medical care.

Counter-terrorism operations are ongoing in Nigeria’s northeast to end the over six years insurgency in the region that has displaced over two million persons.

Boko Haram Loses 143 Fighters In Cameroon Clashes

Borno Boko haramAt least 143 Boko Haram fighters were killed in an attack on a military camp in Cameroon on Monday, a minister said, adding that it was the heaviest loss sustained by the Nigerian Islamist group in the country.

In a statement, the Minister of Communications, Issa Tchiroma Bakary, said: “The terrorists … lost 143 lives and important warfare equipment made up of assault rifles of various brands, heavy weapons and bullets of all calibres”.

“On the Cameroon side, we lost one life, the Corporal-Chef Bela Onana, as well as four wounded.”

It was not immediately possible to independently verify the toll from the fighting near the northern town of Kolofata, Reuters reported.

Cameroon’s army determines death tolls either visually, or by counting the number of vehicles it destroys and estimating how many militants each vehicle carried, a senior official in Cameroon’s Far North region told Reuters last month.

Boko Haram, which has killed thousands in its attempt to set up an Islamic State and bring an end to western education in north-east Nigeria, had also targeted Cameroon over the past year.

Earlier this month, a man claiming to be the leader of the group threatened to step up violence in Cameroon unless it scraps its constitution and embraces Islam.

Nigeria Reaches Ceasefire Agreement With Boko Haram Sect

Abubakar ShekauThe Federal Government of Nigeria says it has reached a ceasefire agreement with the Boko Haram sect.

After the agreement was reached on Friday, the Chief of Defence Staff, Alex Badeh, ordered all service chiefs to comply with the ceasefire agreement between Nigeria and Boko Haram in all theaters of operations.

The announcement came at the end of a meeting between the Nigerian and Cameroonian armed forces where both sides decided on collaboration in communication, intelligence sharing, tactical partnerships and handling of internally displaced.

Air Chief Marshal, Badeh assured the Cameroonian military that the agreement would not have any effect on the transnational operation between the two countries to fight crimes within their joint borders.

“A ceasefire agreement has been reached between the Federal Government of Nigeria and the Jama’atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda’Awati Wal-Jihad.

“I have accordingly directed the service chiefs to ensure immediate compliance with this development in the field, Air Chief Marshal Badeh said.

Release Of Chibok Girls

The Principal Private Secretary to the President, Ambassador Hassan Tukur, met with Chadian Government officials as well as representatives of the Boko Haram sect in Saudi Arabia on Friday morning.

Securing the release of the 219 Chibok girls abducted by Boko Haram was a major part of the discussions. It is not clear if the release of the girls was agreed on.

The terrorist group had said it would only release the girls in exchange of members held in detention across Nigeria.

The Boko Haram sect was represented at the meeting where the ceasefire agreement was reached by Danladi Ahmadu.

The terrorist group  has carried out series of attacks on villages, towns, churches, mosques, schools and public places among others. In one of the attacks on Chibok, a town in Borno State, the over 200 schoolgirls were taken from their dormitory by members of the sect, which is requesting for an Islamic State and an end to western education in the region.

After the girls were abducted, protests were held in different parts of Nigeria, with a #BringBackOurGirls slogan and a call on the government to explore all opportunities in securing the release of the girls.

The government had said it would do everything possible to rescue the girls, including negotiating with the terrorist group.

In late May, military chief said the military had identified the location of the girls and that it was concluding strategies to rescue the girls, but stressed that the military was being cautious to avoid unprecedented casualties on the part of the girls.

Of late, the group shifted from bombings to trying to claim territories in the north-east.

With the ceasefire agreement, it is expected that there will be peace in the region that has seen years of insurgency.



Adamawa Receives Relief Material For Internally Displaced Persons

FintiriThe Adamawa State government has received relief materials from the Federal Government (FG) for thousands of Internally Displaced Persons occasioned by the dreaded Boko Haram insurgents.

Taking delivery of the materials, the Acting Governor of Adamawa State, Mr Ahmadu Fintiri, said the efforts being made by the FG to cushion the hardships faced by the displaced persons, were indications of the government‘s commitment to ending the insurgency.

Governor Fintri said that the pronouncement by President Goodluck Jonathan that the Federal Government would do everything humanly possible to end the Boko Haram crisis bedevilling Nigeria particularly the north-east part of the Country.

President Jonathan is widely quoted to have promised that by next month the insurgents, who have embarked on an uncontrolled killing across the country with devastating effect mostly around the three states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states, would have been rooted out.

The Internally Displaced Persons are residents of Madagali, Gulak, Michika and Bazza and environs from three Local Government Areas of the state.

He called on the people of the State to accord the President the required support and cooperation, and praised security agencies for their gallantry in the search for lasting peace in the north-east and the country as a whole.

Meanwhile, the Peoples Democratic Party stakeholders in the state have resolved to get things right by ensuring the party wins the gubernatorial bye-election slated for the October 11.

At the stakeholders’ forum, Governor Fintiri said the President’s sincerity and patriotism to the development of the country motivated him and other Governors to endorse his candidature in the 2015 general elections.

The acting governor thanked the Stakeholders and assured them that everything would be done by his administration and the party to hand-over power in 2015 as promised.

Former Presidential Adviser to the President on Political Affairs, Mr Ahmed Gulak, pledged that with the emergence of Fintiri as the flag-bearer of the party ahead of the state gubernatorial poll, all other aspirants that lost out in the primaries had thrown their support for the candidature of Governor Fintiri for the success of the party.

Another member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Professor Jibrin Aminu, said that the Acting Governor had started performing and commended his efforts in reducing the State’s debt profile.

Professor Aminu proudly concludes that; “Adamawa State is a PDP State and will remain so now and in 2015”.

Community Of Democracies Pledges Support For Nigeria’s Democracy

Maria_Leisner_and_Viola_OnwuliriThe Secretary-General of the Community for Democracies, Mrs Maria Leisner, has pledged the community’s support to Nigeria’s nascent democracy.

Mrs Leisner made the commitment at a meeting with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Viola Onwuliri, in Abuja on Friday.

She said the activities of the Boko Haram sect was having a negative effect on Nigeria’s democracy and emphasised the need for the government to check the insecurity.

“Nigeria’s democracy is under attack, as a result of the activities of the terrorist group, the Boko Haram. The number of attacks against democracy have increased in the past eight to 10 years. It is a relief to visit such an important member of the community democracies,” she said.

Mrs Leisner expressed confidence that Nigeria would overcome terrorism obstacles soon.

The need for more women to be involved in politics was also discussed at the meeting and the Minister assured Mrs Leisner of the Federal Government’s commitment to ensuring that more women participate in governance.

“Following the achievements of women in appointive positions, we will be able to elect women into positions where we will need their votes – the parliament, executives and others. With the support of the Community of Democracies we have additional expose, education and sensitisation, not just for Nigeria but for different countries of the world,” Onwuliri said.

The Nigerian government had said it would continue to make efforts to ensure that the “35% Affirmative Action For Women In Nigeria” was achieved.


Insecurity: Babangida, Obasanjo call for urgent actions

Former heads of state, General Olusegun Obasanjo and General Ibrahim Babangida leaders issued a rare joint statement on Sunday calling for talks to end a deadly insurgency by Islamist group Boko Haram, warning the violence could put the nation’s unity at risk.

Former president Olusegun Obasanjo and ex-military ruler Ibrahim Babangida, who have been rivals in the past, said in a joint statement that the killings had become “unbearable” and had led to a nation “gripped by a regime of fear”.

“Unfolding events in our dear motherland, Nigeria, over the last few years are threatening to unravel the nearly a century old labour of our founding fathers and subsequent generations in building a strong, united, peaceful nation …,” the statement said.

Without mentioning Boko Haram by name, they called for “community involvement” in addition to security measures to resolve the crisis, urging efforts from local governments, religious leaders and grassroots organisations.

The statement also said that “for us, and we believe for millions of other Nigerians, the continued unity of this nation is not only priceless but non-negotiable.”

Boko Haram’s insurgency has left hundreds dead since mid-2009. Its attacks have grown increasingly deadly and sophisticated, moving from drive-by shootings to homemade explosives and suicide bombings.

The insurgency has been focused in the northern part of Nigeria.

Obasanjo, president from 1999 to 2007, is a Christian from the country’s southwest, while Babangida, who ruled from 1985-1993, is a Muslim from north central Nigeria.

Unknown gunmen kill 9 in Maiduguri

Nine construction workers were murdered by unknown gunmen on Monday in troubled Maiduguri, the Borno state capital.

Confirming the early morning attacks, Military spokesman Sagir Musa said, the nine bodies were found in a construction workers’ compound in the city’s Bolori area at around 7 a.m.

A nurse at a local hospital also told Reuters that ten bodies were deposited at the hospital on Monday morning.

The attackers are yet to be identified nor is the motive of the attack.

Fundamentalist sect, Boko Haram launched its revolt in Maiduguri in 2009 and has claimed hundreds of lives in its attacks, bombing raids and other attacks in the surrounding region and across the country.

However, there has also been an increase in killings by armed criminal gangs, taking advantage of the unrest to settle scores.