80,000 Boko Haram Ex-Fighters Are In Our Custody – Major General Musa

Theatre Commander, Operation Hadin Kai, Major General Chris Musa, speaks to Channels Television on October 1, 2022.

 

 

The Theatre Commander, Operation Hadin Kai, Major General Chris Musa, on Saturday said about 80,000 ex-Boko Haram terrorists are in military custody.

He stated this during an interview on Channels Forum, a Channels Television special to mark Nigeria’s 62nd Independence anniversary.

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“80,000 now,” he said in response to the number of Boko Haram ex-fighters and their family members that have surrendered and are in military custody.

The figure, he stated, is 30,000 more than the initial 50,000 former insurgents that gave up their arms to turn a new leaf last year.

 

 

“The strategy now is an all-government activity, the military, Operation Hadin Kai working together with the state government,” Musa who appeared on the programme via Zoom in Maiduguri stated.

“When the terrorist comes out from the bush, he reports to the closet unit. The commander takes him with his men, and then he is profiled and disarmed.

“The state government provides the transport that they take them into Maiduguri where we have three camps. The fourth camp is being constructed. We are not the ones directly in charge of the administration and management. The state government takes care of all of them.”

‘Chibok Is Free’

Chibok, a Christian community in Borno State, made global headlines in 2014 when the Boko Haram terrorists stormed a secondary school in the area.

The affected school – Government Girls Secondary School – saw at least 276 schoolgirls kidnapped by the terrorists on April 14, while the students were writing their final examinations.

Although scores of them have been rescued by the military, about 100 of the victims have remained in captivity with residents of the area, including farmers living in fear of being attacked by the dreaded terrorists in the years that followed.

But Major General Musa said the military, in collaboration with other security agencies, has liberated the community from the insurgents. He explained that about 97 schoolgirls are still missing, with efforts in top gear to rescue them.

“Chibok is back freely, Chibok is free. People are back to their farms and we are sure of getting a bumper harvest this time around.

“This year we have been able to rescue about 10 Chibok girls. We are making sure that we put in much effort to recover all the girls. As of the last count, we have about 98 of them. With the last one, there are 97 still unaccounted for. Sure with our operations, we are going to get those ones we can get out,” he added.

Troops Kill 36 Terrorists, Arrest 2 Collaborators, Rescue 130 Persons In Borno

 

The Nigerian military has said that troops of Operation Hadin Kai neutralized at least 36 Boko Haram Terrorists and rescued about 130 persons within the last two weeks. 

According to the military, the troops also within the period under review, arrested two persons who are suspected to be major collaborators with the terrorists.

The Director of Defence media operations, Major General Musa Danmadami disclosed this on Thursday, during the biweekly media briefing at the Defence Headquarters in Abuja.


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General Danmadami said the troops of  have arrested the collaborators while they were attempting to withdraw the sum of 14 million naira deposited by a terrorist financier who goes by the name Alhaji Abubakar.

The military spokesman further disclosed that the two suspects who are in their twenties were arrested following days of investigation by a joint military taskforce.

He, however, stressed that the details of the financier are still sketchy.

According to him, a total of 368 terrorists including their families have surrendered to the troops within the same period.

Two key Boko Haram Terrorists/Islamic State of West Africa province commanders identified as Abu Asiya and Abu Ubaida were killed at Parisu and Sheruri general area within the Sambisa forest.

General Danmadami added that 36 other suspected Boko Haram Terrorists were arrested while 12 of the insurgent’s logistic suppliers were also apprehend and are all being interrogated in custody.

17 Boko Haram Terrorists And Their Family Members Surrender To Troops

 

Following renewed military onslaughts by gallant troops of Operation Hadin Kai, 17 Boko Haram terrorists including their family members on Tuesday surrendered their weapons to troops of 151 Task Force Battalion deployed at Banki-Junction in Bama LGA of Borno State.

Authorities of the Force say profiling of the surrendered terrorists is ongoing, after which the individuals will be handed over to the appropriate agencies for further handling.


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Meanwhile, the Theatre Commander Joint Task Force (JTF) North East (NE) Operation HADIN KAI (OPHK), Major General CG Musa has Charged troops of OPHK to stand up to their responsibility as defenders of the Nigeria’s Territorial Integrity by neutralising every terrorist in the NE without mercy.

Maj Gen Musa gave this charge on Monday, 19 September 2022 during the graduation ceremony of participants of In-Theatre Train the Trainers’ Course Batch 4 of 2022 where a total number of 5 Officers and 77 Soldiers graduated after a 2 weeks intensive course.

While addressing the Graduands, the Theatre Commander emphasized the need for continuous training as it enhances troops professionalism thereby making them better soldiers. He further enjoined them to put all knowledge gained into practice as well as transfering same to others in their various units and formations.

Earlier in his welcome address, the Theatre Training Officer (TTO), Brigadier General SJA Ilorin stated that the 2 weeks rigorous training was designed to enhance participants knowledge on International Humanitarian Law, Civilian Harm Mitigation, use of Offline Map, Ambush and Anti Ambush Drill, Radio Communication, Night Navigation and other Military tactics, techniques and procedures in combat.

The high point of the event was the presentation of certificates, lesson learnt and course critic sessions, recognition and reward to participants who distinguished themselves during the training and the group photograph.

 

Air Strikes, Floods Displace Terrorists In Northeast

A file photo an Alpha-jet of the Nigerian Air Force. Photo: [email protected]

 

Hundreds of Boko Haram jihadists have fled a forest enclave in northeast Nigeria, escaping air strikes by the military and floods from torrential rains to seek shelter on Niger’s side of Lake Chad, sources told AFP.

Northeast Nigeria is facing a 13-year armed insurgency by jihadist groups which has killed more than 40,000 people and displaced around two million from their homes.

The violence has spilled into neighbouring Niger, Chad and Cameroon, with the jihadists maintaining camps in the vast Lake Chad region straddling the four countries.

A Nigerian security source said there had an exodus of Boko Haram militants from Sambisa forest since last month due to a sustained bombing campaign on their hideouts.

Nigeria has also recorded a more intensive rainy season, which usually runs from May through September, and floods have occurred in almost every part of the country.

“The exodus of the Boko Haram terrorists has increased in recent days as the bombardments have intensified, coupled with the floodings that have submerged many of their camps,” said the security source in the region who asked not to be identified.

On Monday, a convoy of more than 50 trucks carrying Boko Haram fighters and their families passed through villages on a route linking Sambisa with Lake Chad, several residents in the region said.

The fighters are believed to be loyal to Bakura Buduma, a Boko Haram factional leader, the sources said.

The convoy drove through Mafa forest into Jere and Koshobe before crossing between the towns of Gajiram and Gasarwa on the 135-kilometre (85-mile) highway linking the regional capital Maiduguri and the garrison town of Monguno, said the sources.

“They (Boko Haram) crossed the highway in batches of 10 vehicles at a time under the watch of heavily armed fighters,” said Laminu Kontoma, a resident of the area.

After crossing the highway, the convoy moved into Gudumbali forest from where they emerged at Gaidam, before traversing a river into Abadam district on the border with Niger, said another resident, Bunami Garga.

“The Boko Haram convoy is definitely heading to the islands on Lake Chad in the Bosso area of Niger where the group has camps,” said a fisherman named Kallah Sani who said he was familiar with Boko Haram movements in the region.

Niger authorities could not immediately confirm the movement.

Infighting

Those heading into Niger are Boko Haram fighters who had been holed up in parts of the Sambisa forest that remained under the group’s control after it lost ground to a rival, the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP).

ISWAP split from Boko Haram in 2016, rising to become a dominant jihadist group focusing more on attacking military bases and ambushing troops rather than civilians.

Boko Haram’s leader Abubakar Shekau was killed in May 2021 during the infighting with ISWAP, which also seized most of the group’s territory in Sambisa.

Some Boko Haram fighters moved out of Sambisa towards forests in the northwest where they forged alliances with criminal gangs involved in looting and kidnapping for ransom, according to a Nigerian intelligence report.

Air Strikes, Floods Displace Nigeria Jihadists

A NAF jet.

 

Hundreds of Boko Haram jihadists have fled a forest enclave in northeast Nigeria, escaping air strikes by the military and floods from torrential rains to seek shelter on Niger’s side of Lake Chad, sources told AFP.

Northeast Nigeria is facing a 13-year armed insurgency by jihadist groups that has killed more than 40,000 people and displaced around two million from their homes.

The violence has spilled into neighbouring Niger, Chad, and Cameroon, with the jihadists maintaining camps in the vast Lake Chad region straddling the four countries.

A Nigerian security source said there had been an exodus of Boko Haram militants from the Sambisa forest since last month due to a sustained bombing campaign on their hideouts.

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Nigeria has also recorded a more intensive rainy season, which usually runs from May through September, and floods have occurred in almost every part of the country.

“The exodus of the Boko Haram terrorists has increased in recent days as the bombardments have intensified, coupled with the floodings that have submerged many of their camps,” said the security source in the region who asked not to be identified.

On Monday, a convoy of more than 50 trucks carrying Boko Haram fighters and their families passed through villages on a route linking Sambisa with Lake Chad, several residents in the region said.

The fighters are believed to be loyal to Bakura Buduma, a Boko Haram factional leader, the sources said.

The convoy drove through Mafa forest into Jere and Koshobe before crossing between the towns of Gajiram and Gasarwa on the 135-kilometre (85-mile) highway linking the regional capital Maiduguri and the garrison town of Monguno, said the sources.

“They (Boko Haram) crossed the highway in batches of 10 vehicles at a time under the watch of heavily armed fighters,” said Laminu Kontoma, a resident of the area.

After crossing the highway, the convoy moved into Gudumbali forest from where they emerged at Gaidam, before traversing a river into Abadam district on the border with Niger, said another resident, Bunami Garga.

“The Boko Haram convoy is definitely heading to the islands on Lake Chad in the Bosso area of Niger where the group has camps,” said a fisherman named Kallah Sani who said he was familiar with Boko Haram movements in the region.

Niger authorities could not immediately confirm the movement.

Infighting 

Those heading into Niger are Boko Haram fighters who had been holed up in parts of the Sambisa forest that remained under the group’s control after it lost ground to a rival, the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP).

ISWAP split from Boko Haram in 2016, rising to become a dominant jihadist group focusing more on attacking military bases and ambushing troops rather than civilians.

Boko Haram’s leader Abubakar Shekau was killed in May 2021 during the infighting with ISWAP, which also seized most of the group’s territory in Sambisa.

Some Boko Haram fighters moved out of Sambisa towards forests in the northwest where they forged alliances with criminal gangs involved in looting and kidnapping for ransom, according to a Nigerian intelligence report.

AFP

Boko Haram Are ‘Fraudulent People’ – Buhari

 

 

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday described terrorists of the Boko Haram sect as “fraudulent people” who have been overwhelmed by his administration since 2015.

Buhari spoke in Owerri, the Imo State capital when he was hosted by Governor Hope Uzodimma after he commissioned some projects by the latter’s government.

The President blamed the elite for not thinking hard about Nigeria, adding that though his government has done “extremely well” those who are supposed to commend his administration for his achievements have refused to speak.

He also said despite earning so much from crude oil, his predecessors failed to develop the country’s infrastructure.

“To be frank with you, I blame the Nigerian elite for not thinking hard about our country,” the President commented.

“Between 1999 and 2015 when we came in, I will like people to check the Central Bank and the NNPC, the average production was 2.1million bpd. Nigeria was earning at this time 2.1million times but look at the state of infrastructure, look at the road…look at the railway, it was virtually killed. Power, we are still struggling.

“But when we came, unfortunately, the militants were unleashed, production went down to half a million bpd. Again, unfortunately, the cost of petroleum went down from $28 to $37.”

He further said before he came into office in May 2015, Boko Haram terrorists controlled local governments in Borno State but that has become a thing of the past.

“Look at the problem in the North-East, check with anybody from Borno or Adamawa, how many local governments were in the hands of the government and how many were in the hands of Boko Haram? Fraudulent people, whoever they are, are fraudulent! But now, go and ask the hardworking governor of Borno State, a very hardworking governor. Federal Government is in charge now.

“In terms of time and resources, this administration has done extremely well. I have to say it because those who are supposed to say are not saying it. I don’t know why,” the President said.

Nigeria’s insurgency war has raged on for about 13 years. Hundreds of schoolchildren and other vulnerable persons have been abducted by the insurgents. Lives have also been lost in bomb blasts orchestrated by the Boko Haram terror group, whose faction, the Islamic State in West Africa Province, has launched ferocious attacks in recent times.

FCT Police Re-Assures Residents Of An Improved Security Architecture

 

The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Police Command in a bid to sustain and strengthen the Territorial security has in recent times revisited the existing Security Architecture, refactor challenges, and proffer corresponding solutions to the emerging dynamics of crime and criminality in the Territory.

Consequently, the Command in a short while has recorded several arrests of gunrunners, interrupted channels of prohibited substances drug peddling, and arrested perpetrators.

According to the command’s communique on Wednesday, the detection and destruction of imminent criminal hideouts and execution of a general security sweep from the city centers to the suburbs displacing criminal elements have also been evident.


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“In the light of these, it is in the constructive interest of all and sundry to state that an end has to come to the era of panic-driven generation and promulgation of fake news.

“The latest of such is an erroneous publication in circulation in some sections of the media suggesting a Terrorist invasion of the Islamic State of West African Province (ISWAP) into the outskirts of the Territory making war chants as they stormed the Karshi resident of a Defence journalist.

“The news is baseless on all fronts as the said journalist refuted all highlighted parts maliciously amplified to suggest a terrorist invasion. Preliminary investigation also shows that nothing of such happened in the mentioned area and the FCT as a whole.

“Residents are therefore urged to go about their lawful duties without the fear of harassment and molestation of any kind or from any quarters,” the communique partly read.

The Commissioner of Police, CP Babaji Sunday while reassuring residents of the command’s unflinching commitment to bringing crime and criminality to the barest minimum enjoined members of the public to always verify news before circulation.

He emphasized the need to maximize the availability of the various channels of complaint of the command in promptly reporting suspicious or abnormal activities as follows: 08032003913, 08061581938, 07057337653, and 08028940883, while the Public Complaint Bureau (PCB) desk, could be reached on: 0902 222 2352.

Troops Kill Boko Haram Commander, 27 Others In Borno

The map of Borno, a state in Nigeria’s north-east region.

 

Troops of the Air Task Force(ATF) Operation Hadin Kai have killed another notorious commander of Boko Haram Alhaji Modu also known as “Bem Bem”, and 27 other fighters in Borno State.

The notorious commander and his fighters were killed on August 3 by military airstrikes around the Mandara mountains in the Gwoza Local Government Area of Borno state.

Sources within the military high command confirmed that the operation followed credible intelligence reports indicating that the Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) fighters were converging in large numbers with the intention to conduct attacks.

The deceased terrorist fighter Alhaji Modu was a popular drug baron who went into armed robbery before joining the Boko Haram sect.

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According to the sources, Bem Bem commandeered the displacement of Bama town in 2014 and the killing of hundreds of persons before declaring it a Boko Haram caliphate.

Bem Bem, before his death, was working under the supervision of a top leader of the Boko Haram terrorist Ali Ngoshe and they were hiding inside caves in Mandara Mountain from where they coordinated attacks in Nigeria, Cameroon, and the Niger Republic.

This came as the Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Oladayo Amao, charged Nigerian Air Force (NAF) operational Commanders to ‘show no mercy’ and ensure they employ maximum firepower against terrorists posing security threats in the country.

Boko Haram Has Established Presence Close To Abuja – Bukarti

 

Security expert and lawyer, Bulama Bukarti, on Friday said terrorist group Boko Haram has established a presence close to Abuja, the nation’s capital.

He made the comment while speaking on Channels Television’s Politics Today.

Mr Bukarti said this was the first time the terrorist group was establishing a presence in the nation’s North-Central region.

“In the North-Central, close to Abuja, all the three factions of Boko Haram have now successfully established themselves,” he said.

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“And this is a worrying development. And the train attack was launched by Boko Haram. We now know that the Kuje prison attack was launched by Boko Haram. And I can bet you that the two attacks in Abuja were launched by Boko Haram, not bandits.

“And even it its heyday between 2014 and 2015, Boko Haram has never had a residence cell in the North-Central or the North-West. In those days, they were sending bombers from the North-East to detonate bombs in Abuja, Kano and other places.

“But what we see today are all of the three factions of Boko Haram having cells resident in Niger, Nasarawa, Zamfara and now close to Abuja. And this is very worrying. And they are getting deadlier. And we know they have now put Abuja under siege and Nigeria has got to wake up and do what we need to do to confront these challenges.”

His comment comes amid a heightened sense of insecurity in the nation’s capital.

Gunmen in recent days have attacked military installations killing some soldiers.

The Federal Government has said it is working to restore peace across the country.

Insecurity: 2,016 Terrorists And Their Families Surrender To Nigerian Troops – DHQ

 

No fewer than 2,016 terrorists and their families have again surrendered to troops in the North East, even as the Nigerian military reinforce offensive against Boko Haram and ISWAP elements within the region. 

The Director of Defence Media Operations, Defence Headquarters Abuja, Major General Benard Onyeuko disclosed this at the bi-weekly briefing of journalists on the successes recorded by the Armed Forces of Nigeria (AFN) and other security agencies in tackling insecurity in troubled zones of the country in the past two weeks.

Onyeuko revealed that the Joint Task Force Operation Hadin Kai in the North East zone between the 17 and 19 July 2022 responded to the activities of Boko Haram Terrorists/Islamic State of West Africa Province criminals who kidnapped some civilians and rustled some cattle at Balkani village in Jere Local Government Area.


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He said troops made contact with the terrorists and rescued the kidnapped civilians and recovered the rustled cattle.

The military spokesman also said that at another location troops rescued 2 civilians that were kidnapped by Boko Haram Terrorists/Islamic State of West Africa Province terrorists at Kayamade village in Kondoga Local Government Area of Borno State.

Onyeuko revealed that as a result of the intensity of the onslaught of the military against these criminals, no fewer than 2,016 surrendered to troops

“In similar operation, troops on fighting patrol repelled Boko Haram Terrorists/Islamic State of West Africa Province attacks at Gwalaram village in Magumeri Local Government Area. Own troops fire power forced the criminals to flee the location.

“Also, troops came in contact with terrorists along Kwang – Kilakasa road, Monguno, Gajiran in a fire battle engaged the terrorist and neutralized 20 of the insurgents. Troops further exploited the area and recovered 6 x AK47 rifles, 3 bicycles, 1 Toyota Landcruiser van, 3 x tyres, 490 rounds of 108mm, 274 rounds of 7.62mm NATO, metal links, 5 x magazine, 2 x Improvised Explosive Device cylinders and 100 litres of Premium Motor Spirit among others items.

“Troops on 25 July 2022 rescued 4 women with children at Aulari in Borno State, while 2 were the list confirmed to be Chibok girls named Hanatu Musa and Kauna Sarah Luka who are on serial 7 and 38 of the missing Chibok girls.

“Accordingly, within the weeks in focus, a total of 2,016 suspected Boko Haram Terrorists/Islamic State of West Africa Province terrorists and their families comprising of 360 adult males, 580 adult females and 1076 children surrendered to own troops at various locations in the North East theatre of Operation.

According to Major General Onyeuko, all rescued civilians and recovered items were handed over to relevant authority, while surrendered Boko Haram Terrorists and their families were profiled and handed over to the appropriate agencies for further action.

 

Insurgency: Troops Rescue Two Chibok Girls Abducted Over Eight Years Ago

 

The Nigerian Army has said it found and rescued two women who were part of the female students abducted by Boko Haram terrorists from Government Girls Secondary School in Chibiok, Borno State, more than eight years ago.

In a statement on Wednesday, the army disclosed that troops of 202 battalion during clearance operations on 25 July 2022 intercepted four abducted women including two girls kidnapped by Boko Haram from GGSS Chibok on 14 April 2014.

According to the brief statement, the military said the intercepted Chibok girls and their children are currently in a military medical facility.

On the night of the attack in April 2014, 276 female students mostly Christians aged from 16 to 18 were kidnapped by the Islamic terrorist group Boko Haram from the Government Girls Secondary School at the town of Chibok in Borno State.


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About 57 of the schoolgirls escaped immediately following the incident by jumping from the trucks on which they were being transported, while some others have been rescued by the Nigerian Armed Forces on various occasions.

The outrageous event has stirred global outcry with hopes being raised that the over 200 remaining girls might be released, however there are fears that some girls might have already died while in captivity.

The Chibok Girls abduction is one of several such tragedies that the nation has witnessed in the course of the Boko Haram insurgency.

An investigation by the human rights group, Amnesty International, suggests that since the abduction of the schoolgirls, over 1,500 school children have been kidnapped by armed groups in Nigeria.

“Nigerian is failing to protect vulnerable children. By refusing to respond to alerts of impending attacks on schools across the north of the country, the Nigerian authorities have failed to prevent mass abductions of thousands of school children,” Amnesty International’s Nigeria Director, Osai Ojigho adduced.

According to Amnesty International, the Nigerian government failed to learn from the Chibok incident as to how further crimes of this nature could be curbed.

All hope is not yet lost, at least not in the Chibok community where parents and relatives of the kidnapped girls continue to call for an end to the attacks within the area, as well as a return of the schoolgirls believed to still be in Boko Haram captivity.

In its last press conference in Abuja, the Kibaku Area Development Association (KADA), an association of people from Chibok, lamented that since the outbreak of the insurgency well-over a decade now, the area has been attacked more than 72 times, with over 407 persons killed.

Spokesman for Kada, Dauda Iliya, urged President Muhammadu Buhari to rescue the Chibok community from total annihilation by the Boko Haram terrorists.

Iliya advised the Federal Government to seek support and effectively synergise with the Armed Forces in tackling insecurity within the region.

Troops Neutralise Two Terrorists, Three Bandits In Katsina, Benue

General Onyeuko during the briefing. Credit: Facebook/Defence Headquarters.

 

Troops of the Nigerian Army (NA) have neutralised two terrorists in Katsina State.

The Director, Defence Media Operations, Major General Bernard Onyeuko confirmed this in a statement issued on Monday.

Giving details of the operations, Major Onyeuko said the troops of operation Hadarin Daji on Sunday conducted an operation at Palale-Jaja village in Jibia Local Government Area of Katsina State and engaged terrorists.

According to the military spokesman, it was during this encounter that two terrorists were neutralised.

Onyeuko said items recovered from the terrorists are 2 ak-47 rifles, 2 magazines, 16 rounds of 7.62 mm special, 6 motorcycles, 2 phones, one clipper, some packets of tramadol drug among others.


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Also, the troops of operation Whirl Wind neutralized three bandits in Benue State during a raid on the 15th of July, 2022.

The encounter took place at Chito general area, Sankera Council Ward in Ukum Local Government Area.

According to the defence spokesman, on sighting the advancing troops, the bandits fired at their direction, but the troops responded with superior fire power and neutralised three of them while others escaped.

During a search on the hideout of the bandits, Major Onyeuko said eighteen (18) motorcycles were recovered.

In another development, security operatives at a military camp in Sarkin Pawa, the headquarters of Munya Local Government Area of Niger State, repealed an onslaught by terrorists suspected to be affiliated with the Boko Haram/ISWAP group.

The gunmen who sought to take the soldiers by surprise came in the wee hours of Monday, however, the security operatives were on alert and put up a formidable resistance.

Confirming the attack today, spokesperson for the Coalition of Shiroro Associations (COSA), Salis Sabo, stated that the terrorists came in hundreds trying to dislodge the military base.

He further disclosed that the military officers engaged them in a gun duel which lasted for about 2 hours until reinforcement came, leading to a successful counter-offensive that saw several gunmen killed.

Giving more details, Mr Sabo said it took the military backup less than 30 minutes to arrive at Sarkin Pawa from Minna in response to the distress call made by their comrades.

According to the COSA spokesman, the passion with which the security operatives fought off their assailants was unprecedented, he added that this vigour has restored hope in the minds of many.

Sabo said the report at the association’s disposal, shows that there were no casualties recorded on the side of the military but there were strong indications that some terrorists were gunned down, although the number is yet to be ascertained.