DHQ Denies Reports Of Detaining Children As Terrorists In Facilities

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The Defence Headquarters has denied reports that troops of the Armed Forces of Nigeria are arbitrarily detaining children in its facilities in the North East.

The DHQ in a statement by it’s Acting Director Defence Information, Colonel Onyema Nwachukwu said that children used as suicide bombers by terrorists are arrested, managed and treated as victims of war and not as suspects.

This is a reaction to a report by the Human Rights Watch, accusing the Armed Forces of Nigeria arbitrarily detaining children. The DHQ added that the apprehended children are adequately fed, profiled and de-radicalized before their release, as captured by the civil society group in its report.

“It is an established fact that Boko Haram Terrorists (BHTs) indoctrinate women and children who they use as suicide bombers in the theatre of operations. In the conduct of their operations, troops arrest these children while attempting to detonate explosives and provide tacit support to insurgents such as intelligence on troops’ movement and deployments.

“Contrary to HRW claims, however, the AFN manages children in the North East theatre as victims of war and not as suspects. Apprehended children are kept in secured places, where they are adequately fed, profiled and de-radicalized before their release.”

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The statement added that only profiled Boko Haram and ISWAP terrorists are held in detention pending their prosecution by appropriate prosecuting agencies.

It also stated that another set of children are the ones found with some adult female Boko Haram terrorists arrested in terrorists’ enclaves during combat, and in such cases, the women opt to keep their children rather than hand them over to relations.

“While the female terrorists are kept in the detention facility, their children are given protected care in a welfare holding facility, not a detention facility, where they could be accessed by their mothers under supervision by female personnel. The children are provided with regular feeding, clothing, requisite medical attention, in-house spiritual and educational tutoring and other welfare needs.

“The DHQ, therefore, wishes to state that no children are kept and tortured in any detention facility. The children caught in the act of terrorism are moved to safe facilities such as the Borno State Rehabilitation Centre in Bulunkutu, Maiduguri, and Operation SAFE CORRIDOR, where they are de-radicalized, rehabilitated and reintegrated into the society. Those whose families could not be traced are handed over to IDP Camps officials for administration.”

The DHQ also maintained that terrorists and insurgents killed in combat cannot be regarded as extrajudicial killing.

“The AFN is a professional military with extant doctrines and Standard Operating procedures, hence, extrajudicial killing or summary execution is an aberration and not permissible in our operational engagements.”

32 Boko Haram Terrorists Surrender In Borno – Army

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The Nigerian Army says 32 Boko Haram terrorists have willingly surrendered at different locations in Borno State.

This was disclosed on Sunday, in a statement signed by Director Army Public Relations, Brigadier General, Texas Chukwu.

Some of the repentant Boko Haram members also handed over their weapons, surrendering to the military at different locations in the theatre in Borno State.

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“Among them was one Mallam Ibrahim Lawal who surrendered and also handed over one AK 47 rifle with two magazines containing 59 rounds of 7.62mm (special) ammunition,” the statement added.

The military spokesperson also disclosed that the surrendered terrorists are currently undergoing interrogation and will be handed over to the appropriate authority on completion of the interrogation.

See more photos of the repentant Boko Haram members and Nigerian military troop below…

Troops Kill Five Suspected Boko Haram Terorrists, Arrest Two Others

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The Nigerian military has killed five Boko Haram suspects, arrest two others and recovered arms and ammunition in various operations.

Director, Army Public Relations Brigadier, General Texas Chukwu, in a statement on Saturday, said the operation was carried out after a tip-off from hunters in Adamawa. One local hunter was, however, killed during the exchange of fire between the troops and the terrorists.

 

“Troops of operation Lafiya Dole on Friday neutralised suspected Boko Haram terrorists in Barkin Dutse area of Adamawa State following a distress call from hunters. The terrorists on sighting the troops opened fire which resulted in an exchange of fire.

“Five Boko Haram terrorists were neutralised while some escaped into nearby caves during the encounter. Also, one hunter lost his life during the operation,” he said.

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One of the suspects, Chukwu said, was arrested after allegedly discussing on the mobile phone about plans to move arms and ammunition for Boko Haram terrorists.

“Troops of 33 Artillery Brigade in another operation on April 5, 2018, arrested one Saidu Hamidu Jenga, aged 33, along Maiduguri bye pass, Bauchi in connection with Boko Haram activities.

“The suspect was allegedly overheard discussing the movement of arms and ammunition on phone. Items recovered include one techno phone with two sim cards as well as N6,870,” he said.

Chukwu added that troops of Operation Lafiya Dole also arrested a suspected Boko Haram terrorist identified as Umar Ali.

Ali, who, is aged 59 is from Mirnga village in Biu Local Government Area of Borno state. He was arrested at Galdimare ward in Biu town.

Weapons recovered include five AK 47 rifles and five magazines loaded with 22 rounds of 7.62 mm special ammunition.

 

Troops Neutralise More Boko Haram Terrorists In Sambisa, Rescue 46 Hostages

A picture of the battle tank recovered by soldiers from Boko Haram on Monday, February 12, 2018.

 

The Nigerian Military has continued their clearance operation combing all hideouts of Boko Haram terrorists in the large expanse of Sambisa forest.

The Operation Deep Punch II at previous operations has successfully neutralised many Boko Haram terrorists, rescued hostages, destroyed Boko Haram bomb making-factory, recovered weapons, and killed many of the terrorists in the process.

The Deputy Director Public Relations of Theatre Command of Operation Lafiya Dole, Colonel Onyema Nwachukwu in a statement on Tuesday, February 13 said that the troops have successfully dislodged Boko Haram terrorists from one of their highly fortified hideout called Sabil Huda.

This hideout is said to be around the S-Shape part of the Sambisa forest. The location is also believed to be one of their prized locations. The operation was supported by Nigerian Air Force

“During a fierce offensive which was supported by Nigerian Air Force, against the terrorists on Monday 12th February 2018, the resilient troops neutralised quite a number of Boko Haram terrorists and captured major armaments, including two Spartan Armoured Personnel Carriers (APC), one Canter truck and one Laptop computer belonging to the insurgents,” Nwachukwu said in the statement.

The troops also destroyed eight gun trucks. Several makeshift accommodation and tents were also destroyed with children and women held hostage rescued.

Nwachukwu said 19 women and 27 children were rescued from the erstwhile terrorist’s enclave.

He concluded that the highly motivated troops remain dauntless and the Operation Deep Punch II continues.

Part of the recent success recorded by the troops includes the destruction of Boko Haram Improvised Explosive Device (IED) making-factory on Wednesday, February 7. Several terrorists were killed in the process.

Military authorities on Sunday, February 4 revealed that the Nigerian Army has completely defeated Boko Haram insurgents in the country.

Troops Ambush, Kill Boko Haram Terrorists In Borno

Troops Ambush, Kill Boko Haram Terrorists In Borno
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Nigerian Army troops have killed a large number of suspected Boko Haram terrorists in Borno State, North-East Nigeria.

The Director of Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Sani Usman, in a statement, said the terrorists were neutralised in the early hours of Monday.

Brigadier General Usman said the dead insurgents and others who sustained gunshot wounds fell into an ambush laid by troops on a suspected Boko Haram terrorists crossing point along Firgi-Banki Junction Road in the state.

According to him, the operation was carried out by troops of Mobile Strike Teams (MSTs) 21, on Operation Lafiya Dole, deployed within the 21 Brigade Nigerian Army Area of operations.

“The troops recovered the following items from the terrorists; 18 bicycles, 15 bags of grains, 17 gallons of grain, five empty gallons, six cutlasses, a sword, water bottles and pairs of slippers.”

Items recovered from terrorists

The feat followed the inauguration of the MSTs by the Theatre Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Ibrahim Attahiru, on behalf of the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai.

The Army spokesman said the teams are highly trained and well-equipped groups injected into Operation Lafiya Dole with the mandate of securing the Main Supply Routes (MSRs), in addition to conducting limited clearance operations.

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Troops Rescue 1,623 Boko Haram Captives In Jarawa

Troops Rescue 1,623 Boko Haram Captives In JarawaNigerian Army troops have rescued 1,623 residents in an operation to clear out Boko Haram terrorists from Jarawa community in Kala Balge Local Government Area of Borno State.

A statement from the Army spokesman, Brigadier General Sani Usman, said troops of Three Battalion, 22 Brigade on Operation Lafiya Dole, had launched an offensive on a suspected terrorist location based on a tip-off.

The soldiers, who came under heavy fire at Jarawa village, fought back and then went on to clear the insurgents from nine other neighbouring settlements.

The statement read in part: “During the operation, the troops neutralised 21 Boko Haram terrorists, rescued 1,623 residents of Jarawa who were held captives by the terrorists.

“They also recovered three AK-47 rifles with registration numbers 565222414, 563729686 and UF 3646; a 36 Hand Grenade, 12 cutlasses and four motorcycles.

“The rescued persons have been escorted to Rann Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp, while all the children were vaccinated.

“One significant aspect of this operation is that the unit, noted for its experience in battle, resilience and bravery did not record any casualty”.

Army Launches Operation To Tackle Herdsmen Attacks

Nigerian Army Launches Operation To Tackle Herdsmen AttacksThe Nigerian Army has announced plans to commence an operation in Southern Kaduna, as well as parts of Bauchi, Kano and Plateau states, to curtail the activities of herdsmen and armed bandits.

The Chief of Training and Operations, Major General David Ahmadu, who made the disclosure, said that the operation would consolidate on the defeat of the Boko Haram terrorists in North-east Nigeria.

Major General Ahmadu asked residents of the states not to panic in the course of the operation, saying their safety is guaranteed.

He, however, asked them to be conscious of fleeing terrorists who might be seeking refuge in innocent communities.

“Operation ‘Harbin Kunama II’ is also designed to consolidate on the total defeat and rooting out of the Boko Haram terrorists from these enclaves, particularly the Sambisa forest.

“In this regard, members of the public, particularly the residents of Kano, Kaduna, Plateau and Bauchi states, are enjoined not to panic as their safety and well-being will be guaranteed.

“However, the general public is requested to remain on high alert and be security conscious, as suspected criminals may be fleeing from military operations in these areas to find safe havens amidst innocent communities,” Ahmadu said.

BBOG Continues March For Chibok Girls’ Release In Abuja, Lagos

BBOG Continues March For Chibok Girls' Release In Abuja, LagosThe Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG) group on Thursday continued its week-long activities in Abuja and Lagos, to mark the third anniversary of the Chibok girls’ abduction.

The march was dominated with school children who came out to show solidarity with the school girls who were abducted in April 2014 from a secondary school in Chibok community of Borno State, north-east Nigeria.

Just as in the previous days, the leaders of the BBOG movement trooped out to express their displeasure over what they called the “delay in the rescue of the girls”.

They also raised concerns about the condition of the 24 girls that have regained their freedom from the Boko Haram terrorists, and sought to know how they are being treated.

Speaking to Channels Television in Lagos, one of the BBOG conveners, Aisha Oyebode, asked government to ensure the security of Nigerians and school children in particular.

“We want safety in our schools, but we want the government to be accountable for every Nigerian child; not just in the northern part of the country but across the whole country,” she said.

Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari, in a statement, said the menace of the terrorist group was a great challenge to the resolve of his administration to implement the Change Agenda.

He, however, stated government’s resolve to secure the release of the Chibok girls and others who were forcefully abducted from their homes and communities, as well as retake the territories occupied by the terrorists.

President Buhari also expressed appreciation to “the parents and families that have endured three years of agony and (still) waiting for the return of their children”.

Media Report About Boko Haram Attack On Pulka Is False – Army

Boko Haram video, mala yamari, chibok girls, boko haram, sunday adoba, Boko Haram terroristsThe Nigerian Army has debunked reports of an attack by Boko Haram militants in Pulka, a village in Borno state, northeast Nigeria.

This was made known in a statement signed by the Director, Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Sani Kukasheka Usman.

“The attention of the Nigerian Army has been drawn to a news story circulating on Social Media and some mainstream media that suspected Boko Haram terrorists have allegedly attacked Pulka and abducted 22 women, attributing it to an unidentified Bulama as source.

“We wish state that the report is completely false and should be ignored. For the avoidance of doubt, Pulka and its environs is heavily fortified and there has not been any security breach in the area,” the statement read.

Boko Haram Will No Longer Occupy Any Part Of Nigeria – Buhari

Buhari Orders Payment Of London-Paris Club Refunds To StatesNigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, has vowed that never again will the Boko Haram terrorists occupy any part of the Nigerian territory.

The President said this at the 2017 Small Arms Championship which held at the Sambisa forest, the former stronghold of the Boko Haram militants in northern Borno state.

The President who was represented at the event by the Minister of Defense, Mansur Dan-Ali, said that training in Sambisa forest, otherwise known as Camp Zero, was a showcase of the defeat and degradation of the insurgent group.

Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, noted that the friendly contest was last conducted seven years ago.

According to him, organising the exercise after the long break was part of efforts to restore professionalism and competency in the Nigerian Army.

Meanwhile, the government has also admitted that the leader of the Boko Haram sect, Abubakar Shekau, is not dead but alive and hiding somewhere in the Sambisa forest.

Mr Dan-Ali, however said the military has taken over the forest and will soon capture the leader of the sect.

Troops Capture 14 Terrorists, Gun Trucks In Chikun Gudu

troopsTroops of Eight Task Force Division, Nigerian Army, on clearance operations under the auspices of Operation LAFIYA DOLE in Northeast Nigeria had an encounter with Boko Haram terrorists at Chikun Gudu.

During the encounter in northern part of Borno State, the gallant troops neutralised quite a number of the terrorists, while others escaped with gunshot wounds.

According to a statement issued on Saturday by spokesman for the Army, Brigadier General Sani Usman, the troops also captured gun trucks, arms and ammunition, as well as 14 terrorists.

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“The troops captured two Toyota Gun trucks stolen from Niger Republic Defence Forces, two Toyota Hilux Gun trucks, one of which was taken by the Boko Haram terrorists from 153 Task Force Battalion location sometime back, a 25 HP Yamaha Outboard Engine, two solar panels and five empty Belts of Anti-Aircraft Guns ammunition links.

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“Others include one Gun bipod, 12 pairs of Boko Haram fighters’ uniform, five flags, 37 rounds of 7.62mm (NATO) ammunition, 84 copies of Holy Quran and 270 books on Islamic literature.

“The troops also recovered and destroyed over 70 motorcycles used by the terrorists to launch attacks, three shops stocked with medical supplies, three other shops with provisions and three wooden boats.

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“They also recovered two Niger Republic Drivers’ Licenses, two mobile telephone handsets and two Wooden Slates,” the statement read.

The statement also revealed that four of soldiers were wounded and have been evacuated to a medical facility where they are receiving treatment.

U.S. Africa Command Pledges Support For Nigeria

Army Discovers Boko Haram Terrorist Graves In BornoThe United States Africa Command has announced a strong commitment to Nigeria in its battle against insurgency, as well as other countries of the Lake Chad basin.

The Commander of U.S. AFRICOM, General Thomas Waldhauser, noted that information sharing with the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) was part of a continuous strategy to combat terrorism.

He told journalists after a lecture organised for Course 25 at the National Defence College, Abuja that the U.S. would continue to participate in the insurgency fight, as long as reports of progress tallies with the actuality.

Although General Waldhauser said intelligence of the military has in many ways come under scrutiny, he reiterated the need to enforce partnership with Africa towards development.

On his part, Commandant of the defence college, Rear Admiral Samuel Alade, said sharing information and an overall goal to develop capacity was very much the target for the command.

Other speakers at the event also stressed the need for the government to reinforce its initial push against Boko Haram terrorists with the support of friendly countries like the United States.