Army Vows To Crush Boko Haram, IPOB

 

The Nigerian Army has reiterated its commitment to crushing Boko Haram terrorists, members of the banned Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB), and ending all forms of criminality in the country.

Nigeria’s Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Major General Farouk Yahaya stated this on Saturday during the passing out parade of the 80 regular recruits intake at the Nigerian Army Depot, Zaria in Kaduna State.

Major General Farouk who was represented at the event by the General Officer Commanding One Mechanized Division of the Nigerian Army, Major General Danjuma  Ali-Keffi, explained that the military will not rest on its oars until the entire country is safe for all citizens to live in.

“Nigeria is facing numerous security challenges occasioned by the activities of Boko Haram terrorist group, armed bandits kidnappers, IPOB and other criminal elements. We would not rest on our oars until this country is safe for all of us,” he said.

While addressing the soldiers, the GOC reminded that the contemporary security challenges orchestrated by bandits and terrorists across the country demand that the Armed Forces maintain a well-trained and disciplined force, congratulating them for the completion of their initial training at the institution

He, however, reminded them that a lot is expected from them in terms of loyalty, discipline, and selfless service to their fatherland.

“You are expected to always do your utmost best in order to sustain these values through high professional standards in order to enhance your individual ability and our collective cohesion,” the GOC added.

The ceremony which was earlier scheduled to hold on May 22, was moved following the death of former (COAS) Lt.-Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, alongside 10 other senior military personnel in a plane crash in Kaduna State on May 20.

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On Saturday, the Nigerian Army had raided a Boko Haram logistics base in Guibja, Yobe State.

The army spokesperson Brigadier-General Mohammed Yerima said the operation was carried out by troops of Sector 2 Operation HADIN KAI and led to the arrest of two fuel suppliers suspected to be affiliated with the terrorist group.

“The suspects arrested are in our custody for preliminary investigations and would be handed over for prosecution by relevant agencies,” the army spokesperson said in a statement.

“While appreciating the gallant troops for the feat, the Chief of Army Staff, Major General Faruk Yahaya enjoined troops to sustain the tempo and clear all suspected fortress and hideouts of these criminal elements.”

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The Nigerian army said it raided a Boko Haram logistics base in Guibja on May 29, 2021.
The Nigerian army said it raided a Boko Haram logistics base in Guibja on May 29, 2021.

 

On the same day,  the security outfit noted that it recorded successes against the Eastern Security Network when it stormed a “terrorist enclave” run by the group in Rivers State and killed at least seven persons.

“Various items belonging to the criminals including arms and ammunition were also recovered by the security forces. The camp was promptly destroyed while suspects and corpses were handed over to the Police for further actions,” it explained.

“There was no casualty on own troops and other security operatives as they have returned back to base in high morale.”

This combination of photos, compiled from images provided by the Nigerian Army on May 29, 2021, show the aftermath of an assault on an IPOB camp in Rivers State.
This combination of photos, compiled from images provided by the Nigerian Army on May 29, 2021, show the aftermath of an assault on an IPOB camp in Rivers State.

 

ESN is the military arm of IPOB which is seeking the creation of a Biafra nation carved out of Southern Nigeria.

A Nigerian court has outlawed IPOB and the Federal Government has designated the group as terrorists.

 

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

Several communities 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.

Bureau De Change Facilitating Money To Terrorists – Presidency

 

The Presidency on Tuesday said it has identified Bureau De Change (BDCs) facilitating money to terrorists, insisting that people will be shocked when details of the investigation on how the sums of money were transferred to the group will be fully disclosed. 

Mister Shehu said the government will soon make public the names of those who are behind these evil acts.

“Bureaus de change are facilitating money to terrorists. We have already worked with the UAE,” a presidential media aide, Garba Shehu said during an interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today on Tuesday.

“Convictions have been achieved of Nigerians who are transferring money to Boko Haram terrorists and this also happens domestically. And I tell you that by the time we finish this investigation, the shocking details will surprise many Nigerians.”

A file photo of bundles of money.

 

He also said places of worship are used to harbour killers of security agents in the country, assuring that heads of intelligence agencies are working on it.

“It is shocking to many Nigerian that places of worship and farmland are places where killers of policemen, naval officers and military are being harboured.  This discovery will shock you. But this is going on all over the country,” the Senior Special Assistant, Media and Publicity to the President, noted.

“The new Service chiefs are working with the Inspector General and heads of intelligence agencies and there is a clear lead.”

‘A Clear Connection’

 

The presidential aide equally said there is a link between kidnapping, banditry and terrorism, corroborating an earlier comment by the Governor of Ekiti State, Kayode Fayemi who argued that proceeds of banditry are used to fund terrorism.

“There is a clear connection now established between kidnapping, banditry and the terrorism in the country, especially in terms of financing.”

President Muhammadu Buhari had earlier in the day met with the country’s security chiefs and ordered them to clear out bandits and kidnappers.

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While speaking about the meeting, Shehu explained that the president equally commended them for their efforts in tackling the nation’s security challenges.

“He really was appreciative of the positive and pragmatic approach they have brought since the assumption of office,” he added.

“He has commended their decisiveness in dealing with the security challenges of the country and he has urged them to sustain the momentum. All the problems have not been solved but we are getting somewhere.”

 

 

 

Boko Haram Kills Seven In Cameroon

'The Real Boko Haram We Know Is Defeated'
File photo

 

Seven people were killed when two suicide bombers, suspected to be members of Nigeria’s Boko Haram jihadist group, attacked a village in northern Cameroon on Sunday, police and a local official said.

“Two Boko Haram bombers blew themselves up at around 8pm” in the attack on Amchide, on the border with Nigeria, a policeman said Monday, while a local official said a village chief and two teenagers were among the dead.

The attack took place as the villagers were “returning home” though a zone that the authorities have said is dangerous after 6pm, the official said.

Amchide is a small trading village in Cameroon’s Far North province, a tongue of land that lies between Chad to the east and Nigeria to the west.

The province has been hit since 2014 by Boko Haram fighters making incursions from northeast Nigeria.

The jihadists’ campaign has killed more than 27,000 people since 2009, several thousand of them in Cameroon, and displaced more than two million, sparking a dire humanitarian crisis in the Lake Chad region.

According to Amnesty International, at least 275 people were killed in the Far North last year.

 

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31 Killed In Borno, Three Killed In Katsina

Boko TerrorTwo separate attacks in Borno State and Katsina State have left at least 34 people dead.

In Borno State, Nigeria’s North-East region, an attack on Mafa village in Borno left at least 31 people dead, taking the death toll from three days of attacks to 116.

The Senator representing Borno Central, Senator Ahmed Zannah, said that 29 civilians died in the raid and two policemen were killed in a bomb blast on Monday, while they were trying to remove bodies and question survivors about the initial attack.

Elsewhere in Katsina State, Nigeria’s North-West region, hospital sources said that gunmen have shot dead three policemen at a checkpoint in Kusada Local Government Area of the state.

A Government health official attached to Kankia General Hospital told Channels Television that the victims died on the spot of the attack.

The Police Public Relations Officer, of the state, Mr. Aminu Sadiq, who confirmed the incident, explained that the three policemen from the Kusada Division were on a stop and search duty, when four gunmen on motorcycles came out from the bush and opened fire on them.