Troops Kill Nine Suspected Boko Haram Terrorists In Borno

Military-Militants-ArepoTroops of Operation Lafiya Dole on patrol in Borno State engaged some suspected members of Boko Haram terrorist group in a gun battle in Bulabulin, killing nine of them.

A statement by a spokesman for the army, Colonel Sani Usman, said the attack occurred on Wednesday morning.

“They engaged them in a fire fight that lasted for an hour.

“The troops killed nine Boko Haram terrorists and wounded several others,” the statement read.

Colonel Usman further stated that the troops captured two AK-47 Rifles, two Hand Grenades, one Improvised Explosive Device, five Jerrycans of Premium Motor Spirit and nine motorcycles.

Some of the items recovered from the suspected terrorists

He, however, said that troops hand-held radio was badly damaged during the encounter.

The spokesman for the army further reassured Nigerians that troops would continue the clearance operation of the remnants of the Boko Haram in all the nooks and crannies of their areas of operation with renewed vigour and determination.

This attack came a day after reports said at least eight people were killed after members of the terrorist group, Boko Haram, attacked three villages in Borno state, north-east Nigeria and hoisted their flag there.

According to the BBC, the villages which are said to be near Chibok town, from where the militants captured more than 200 schoolgirls in April 2014, are Kubirivour, Boftari and Kuburmbalah.

However, the Nigerian Army has debunked the report.

The Multi-National Joint Task Force had on September 24 said it was conducting series of military operations aimed at closing down the Boko Haram insurgents in the Lake Chad Basin.

Speaking to Channels Television in Abuja on Saturday, the force Commander, Major General Lamidi Adeosun, explained that the forces from the four states – Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad and Niger Republic – were working together to ensure that peace returned to the region.

General Adeosun further stated that the force was fully equipped by the Lake Chad Basin countries, with Nigeria fulfilling her pledge of $100 million to the mission.

He said: “Multi-National Joint Task Force is conducting serious military operations in conjunction with all the countries that contributed troops for the force.

“Initially the operation has been on sectoral basis but now it is joint.

“The operation is a kind of final onslaught to actually clear the free corridor of movement of Boko Haram because initially there were not foothold in Damasak Gashiga and other areas.

“As it is now, troops are in Gudunbari”.

Military operations against Boko Haram terrorists received impetus few weeks before Nigeria’s 2015 general election, with the current administration sustaining the tempo to fulfil its campaign promise of ending the over six years insurgency.

Boko Haram terrorists have attacked communities in northeast Nigeria, as they push for an Islamic State and an end to Western education in the region.

Military onslaught against the group has forced them to fall back to suicide attacks on softspots in the area.

On Friday troops of the Joint Task Force clashed with suspected terrorists, killing 15 of the them.

Two soldiers died in that gun battle.

Buhari Vows To End Boko Haram Activities

BuhariNigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, has reiterated that Boko Haram terrorism and their ideology, would soon be defeated and consigned to history, as security agents continue to pummel the insurgents in the north eastern part of the nation.

The President, who was represented by the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, at the graduation of participants at the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), called on persons or groups who have grievances or dissatisfaction, to pursue their cause through democratic means.

Sixty-three participants, drawn from every sector of the society, graduated at the Senior Executive Course 37 of the institute after 10 months of research work, including study tours and receiving numerous lectures from scholars and experts on variety of subjects.

The President assured Nigerians that the war against terrorism was non-negotiable, and that the nation needed to build the civic capacity to defeat false and dangerous premises and assumptions of violent extremism.

Commending the participants for a thorough research on the theme; ‘Repositioning Nigeria’s Educational System For Global Competitiveness’, the President observed that the education system in Nigeria was in a difficult situation that required adequate attention.

The Institute, since inception, has produced over one thousand top level policy and strategy experts that are making impact on national development from various sectors which include; the military, Police, academics, organised private sector, as well as other professional groups.

FG Reassures Nigerians Of Commitment To End Insurgency By December

Femi-Adesina-Buhari-SAThe Federal Government has again reassured Nigerians that, with the mechanism put in place, insurgency in the north-east would be brought to an end in three Months.

Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, re-echoed this assurance at the reception ‎organised in his honour in Ipetumodu town of Osun State on Saturday.

Mr Adesina told reporters that all the criticisms of the Peoples Democratic Party would not defocus the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.

He said: “It will rather help to propel the President to achieve all the promises made to Nigerians”.

The President’s spokesman pointed out that though the President appeared ‎to be slow in his manner of governance, the people, over time, will be glad they voted President Buhari to power.

President Buhari had on August 13 gave the newly appointed Service Chiefs three months to terminate the activities of Boko Haram in the north-east.

He gave the marching order after decorating the officers whose appointments were announced two months ago.

The Boko Haram sect for over five years now have carried out series of attacks on communities, places of worship and public places, displacing over one million persons in the region.

They are attempting to establish an Islamic state and end western education in the region.

Due to increase counter-terrorism operations to decimate the terrorists, they recently resorted to suicide bombing.

Displaced Persons Advocate Disarmament To Consolidate Ceasefire Agreement

Boko Haram.The internally displaced persons in Nigeria’s volatile north-east have asked the government to begin the process of disarmament after peace negotiations have yielded the desired result.

Expressing fears that the ceasefire agreement was not yielding expected results, they said that the disarmament would ensure a lasting peace in the region that had witnessed series of attacks by members of the Boko Haram sect in the last five years.

Renewed Attacks

Some of the displaced persons who spoke to Channels Television in Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State, said that they had received the news of the ongoing negotiation between the government and the insurgents with cautious optimism.

Their caution is as a result of continued attacks on towns in Borno State after the ceasefire agreement was announced on Friday.

In view of the renewed attacks on villages in the three north-eastern state, some Borno Elders had expressed doubts that the ceasefire agreement was reached with the genuine leadership of the Boko Haram sect.

Some see the deal as a breath of fresh air while some are sceptical of the truce.

The Secretary of the Borno Elders Forum, Bulama Mali Gubio, said their scepticism was hinged on the non-inclusion of the relevant players from the region in the negotiation process and the fact that the announcement of the ceasefire was made by the Federal Government alone.

While hoping the ceasefire agreement will achieve the desired objectives, the elders of the area believe that the Federal Government needs to assist those displaced by the insurgency and ensure that villages and towns earlier captured by the sect are recovered.

They called on the government to make the towns habitable and safe for the people to go back to their normal lives