Troops Destroy Ten Boko Haram Camps in Lake Chad Region

A photo released by the Nigerian Army on March 18, 2022, shows troops during one of the operations in Borno State.

 

In continuation of its counter-insurgency operations in the Lake Chad Basin area, troops of the Multinational Joint Task Force and Operation Hadin Kai comprising of Nigerien and Nigerian troops, have cleared ten identified Boko Haram settlements in the North East and Lake Chad Basin.

The operation which commenced from Monguno on May 17 saw the troops clearing Boko Haram settlements at Grada, Kwatan Maishayi, Daban Karfe, Daban Gajere, Tumbun Buhari and Tunbun Abuja.

Others include Sabon Tunbu, Ali Sherifti, Doron Naira and Daban Masara.

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According to a statement by the spokesman of the MNJTF, Lieutenant Colonel Kamarudeen Adegoke, the terrorists fled the cleared enclaves in a bid to avoid being killed by the troops as no contact was made with the criminals during the operation.

However, he said troops were able to recover some items in the cleared settlements, including packed fish in cartons, assorted grains, house hold items and a motorcycle.

In line with MNJTF SOP for operations, the enemy camps were destroyed and the items were properly burnt. About 30 young men who claimed to be fishermen and farmers were arrested in the general area of Doron Naira and are being profiled and interrogated to ascertain their culpability or otherwise.

Similarly, troops of Task Force Mallam Fatori, comprising of Nigerien and Nigerian troops from the MNJTF firm Base in Arege, carried out clearance operations to the general areas of Ali Jimari, Dogon Chuku and Tunbum Rago.

Some Boko Haram elements on sighting the advancing troops, abandoned their motorcycles and an old Hilux Toyota van and fled.

The two motorcycles and the old Hilux Toyota van were burnt in the location by the troops, while in a separate operation, a young Fulani girl named Salamatu, aged about 12 and claiming to be from Darge Kessa Village in Abadam LGA, was found by the Task Force team wandering in the bush.

The MNJTF spokesman said the girl will be handed over to the relevant authorities for further action after necessary profiling.

El-Rufai Raises Alarm Over Presence Of Boko Haram, ISWAP In Kaduna

A file photo of Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai.
A file photo of Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai.

 

The Kaduna State Government has raised an alarm about the activities of terrorist groups in the State.

Speaking during the presentation of the first quarter security report for 2022 to the state’s security council, Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, said members of the Ansaru and Boko Haram terrorist groups have infiltrated some parts of Birnin Gwari and Giwa local government areas.

Aruwan said the terrorists have been luring locals with gifts with a view to recruiting them into criminal organisations.

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Governor Nasir El-Rufai expressed concern that the terrorists are moving from the North-East to the North-West with the intention of causing havoc.

He added that those who attacked the Abuja-Kaduna-bound train were Boko Haram terrorists.

The Governor is also worried that the conduct of the 2023 general elections might be compromised in Kaduna state if the security challenges are not addressed.

Meanwhile, Aruwan said no fewer than 360 people have been killed by suspected terrorists in different parts of Kaduna State from January to April.

Kaduna central senatorial zone recorded the highest casualties with 214 deaths, the Commissioner said.

Aruwan further noted that 1,389 people were kidnapped by bandits in different attacks across Kaduna State during the period under review, including the 62 victims of the March 28 attack on an Abuja-Kaduna train.

Army Officer Dies After Shooting Self With AK-47

The officer was allegedly involved in the recent attacks in Yobe.

 

A front-line soldier fighting the Boko Haram and Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP) at Geidam community in Yobe State has committed suicide.

The personnel named Lance Corporal Abdullahi Jibrin was allegedly fingered during the attacks in Geidam and was later arrested around the Gashua axis.

The Assistant Director, Army Public Relations, Sector 2 Operation Hadin Kai in Damaturu, Lieutenant Anyawu Kennedy, confirmed the incident to Channels Television.


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He said “Lance Corporal Abdullahi Jibrin was allegedly fingered during the last attack in Geidam and was later arrested by his commanding officer for failing out of duty. He later struggled and forcefully used an AK-47 rifle to kill himself”.

“A committee has been set up by the army to investigate the root cause of his death before making it public.”

Geidam a distance of 177 kilometre away from Damaturu, the state capital, was attacked last week which resulted in the death of nine persons.

Terrorists Attack Yobe Community, Kill Nine

A graphical illustration of gunmen.

 

Exactly one year after suspected Boko Haram insurgents displaced residents of Geidam community in Yobe state, the insurgents onWednesday night launched another attack.

The locals told Channels Television via telephone conversation that the suspected insurgents came by foot at around 9pm and moved straight to a drinking joint located at Kwari ward, slaughtered nine persons and injured two others.

The locals further explained the attackers took the residents and the military base at Geidam unaware as there was no gun battle. According to their accounts, the terrorists silently sneaked into the town, executed their mission and left.

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Although the military on receiving the information responded swiftly the attackers had already fled into bush.

Also, two blocks of classroom were reportedly burnt down by the attackers at Government Technical Secondary School, Geidam.

As at time of filing-in this report, security authorities were yet to confirm the attack.

Geidam which is the hometown of Inspector General of Police, Usman Alkali-Baba and is located 177 kilometers away from Damaturu the state capital, shares border with Niger Republic and Damasak, which is believed to be one of the strongholds of the terrorists in Borno state.

Education Is Fundamental In Defeating Boko Haram, Buhari Tells ICC Prosecutor

President Muhammadu Buhari receives in audience Karim Ahmad Khan, Prosecutor International Criminal Court (ICC) in State House on April 21, 2022. Bayo Omoboriowo/State House
President Muhammadu Buhari receives in audience Karim Ahmad Khan, Prosecutor International Criminal Court (ICC) in State House on April 21, 2022. Bayo Omoboriowo/State House

 

President Muhammadu Buhari believes education is a vital component in the war against insurgents such as Boko Haram.

He expressed this belief while receiving the Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Karin Ahmad Khan, at State House, Abuja on Wednesday.

According to the President, the Boko Haram insurgency has neither religious nor ethnic underpinning, and with adequate education, majority of Nigerians now know the truth.

“God is justice. You can’t kill innocent people, and shout; Allah Akbar (God is great). It’s either you don’t know that God at all, or you are simply being stupid,” he said as quoted in a statement signed by spokesperson Femi Adesina.

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“To say Western education is unacceptable (Haram) is very fraudulent. That is why we are fighting them, and educating the people. And we are succeeding a lot. We came to office when things were very bad, but we are educating the people. Education is fundamental. Religion and ethnicity are out of it. Some people have just made it a lifestyle to cause confusion, destruction and death.”

The ICC Prosecutor said extremism was like cancer, which spreads and can also recede, noting that what Boko Haram does in collaboration with Islamic State of West African Province (ISWAP), “is perversion of religion.”

He said the ICC believes in complementarity, “which promotes collaboration, as against confrontation,” counseling Nigeria in concert with other Sahel/Lake Chad basin countries to get the United Nations Security Council to refer the atrocities committed by the terrorist groups operating in the region to ICC, for investigation and subsequently trial.

Troops Kill Over 27 Boko Haram/ISWAP Terrorists, Rescue Six Female Hostages

Troops of the Multi-National Joint Task Force rescue some females abducted by the Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists in the Lake Chad region.

 

Troops of the Multinational Joint Task Force have killed over 27 Boko Haram insurgents and  Islamic State of West Africa Province members within the fringes of the Lake Chad basin in Nigeria, Niger Republic, and Cameroon.

The troops in continuation with the Operation Lake Sanity at Forward Operations Base Arege, also rescued six female hostages who were kidnapped by the insurgents from Adamawa, Borno, Gombe, and Yobe states from October 2020 to April 2021.

According to the spokesman of the Multinational Joint Task Force, Colonel Muhammad Dole, about 20 terrorists were neutralised by the Air Task Force who identified intelligence-driven targets which they engaged using multiple sorties in the vicinity of Tumbun Fulani and Tumbun Rago.

Relatedly, the MNJTF Nigerien troops of Sector 4 while on patrol in the general area of Ngagam – Kabalewa and N’guigmi engaged a group of fleeing terrorists, neutralised five BHT/ISWAP insurgents, destroyed two gun trucks, and also recovered a large stock of arms and ammunitions.

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Unfortunately, a soldier paid the supreme sacrifice and a few others were wounded in action. They are receiving treatment at a military hospital.

In another encounter, troops of Sector one in Cameroun neutralised two Boko Haram criminals within the vicinity of Toumbuma, Kerenua, and Chikingudu.

At the end of the earlier battle engagement around Tunbun Fulani and Tunbun Rago, six traumatized female hostages were found by the troops who then assisted them and brought them to their location.

The rescued women were later moved to Maiduguri for further processing and handover to the civil authorities before they will re-join their families.

Preliminary investigation revealed that the escapees who hailed from Adamawa, Borno, Gombe, and Yobe states were kidnapped at different places and times by the evil and criminally minded BHTs/ISWAP ranging from October 2020 to April 2021.

Troops Kill 10 Boko Haram/ISWAP Commanders, Over 100 Terrorists

A file photo of troops.

 

Troops of the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) have killed 10 Boko Haram and Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) commanders, as well as over 100 terrorists during land and air clearance operations along the fringes of the Lake Chad Basin.

The operation codenamed Operation Lake Sanity is a joint and combined operation involving the MNJTF troops from Nigeria, Niger, and Cameroon and troops from Operation Hadin Kai (OPHK- Nigeria) as well as the Air Task Forces of the MNJTF and OPHK, other security agencies and the Civilian Joint Taskforce (CJTF).

According to a statement by the spokesman for the MNJTF, Colonel Muhammad Dole, some of the areas cleared by the troops include Zanari, Arina Woje which served as a major fabrication workshop for the terrorists.

Other areas include Asagar, Larki, Garere, Kerenoa, Wurje, Arege, Abadam, Doron Lelewa, Kolaram, and several other locations around the islands.

However, 18 soldiers were wounded while three others and a member of the CJTF paid the supreme price during the operation.

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Dole said the terrorists and their commanders were neutralised within the period of the operation, following intelligence-driven lethal airstrikes in the Lake Chad islands by the combined air task forces.

He listed some of the commanders killed to include Abubakar Dan Buduma, Abubakar Shuwa, Abu Ali, and Abu Jubrilla, among others.

During the operation, several sophisticated weapons of different calibres were either destroyed or captured, including a 105 mm artillery piece, several canoes/boats, motorcycles, and bicycles.

Other terrorists’ equipment, several Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) making factories, and bunkers were also destroyed while a significant number of innocent citizens mostly women and children held captive by the criminals were said to have been rescued.

The statement read, “Recent activities of the operations include a clearance patrol to Fedondiya settlement where logistics and foodstuffs, including several bags of maize and beans, motorcycles, some immobilised and cannibalised military and civil vehicles were discovered.

“Others, including grinding machines, other vehicle fabrication tools, and military uniforms, were all destroyed and set ablaze in the location. It is obviously a big Boko Haram /ISWAP camp having another large IED-making and vehicle-borne IED-making factory that was cleverly camouflaged to prevent detection from the air.

“In a related development, the MNJTF troops on clearance patrols in the general areas of Kimeguna near the Lake Chad in Niger republic accosted BHT/ISWAP logisticians ferrying 457 bags of fish in several carts. The bags of fish were immediately destroyed in line with the MNJTF Standing Operating Procedure while the suspects are being profiled.

“The obviously frustrated criminals – BHT/ISWAP have resorted to the indiscriminate laying of IEDs and use of vehicle-borne explosive devices to attack. One pattern noticed in the operation is that the criminals hastily withdraw and avoid making contact with the approaching troops.

“They instead rely on suicide vehicle-borne attacks. About four different such attacks have so far targeted the determined troops who have not been deterred. Sadly, 18 soldiers, including an officer have been wounded in these attacks and have been evacuated to various military medical facilities for treatment while three soldiers and one member of the CJTF paid the supreme sacrifice”.

In his reaction, the Force Commander of MNJTF, Major General Abdul Ibrahim, commended the troops and the CJTF for their courage and commitment.

While paying tribute to the members of the operation who paid the supreme sacrifice in the line of duty, he described them as heroes who would never be forgotten.

Ibrahim also prayed for the quick recovery of the wounded heroes and urged the troops to be resolute and bold to finally eradicate the criminals from the Lake Chad areas.

Eight Years After Chibok Attack, Over 1,500 Students Have Been Kidnapped In Nigeria – Amnesty Int’l

Virtually all schools were closed across Nigeria between March and July 2020. Most schools only fully reopened in January 2021. Credit: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels Television
A file photo showing an empty classroom during the COVID-19 lockdown in Nigeria in 2020. Credit: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels Television

 

Since the abduction of about 276 Chibok schoolgirls by Boko Haram, over 1,500 school children have been kidnapped by armed groups in Nigeria. 

This is according to an investigation by the human rights group, Amnesty International.

“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.

A statement by the organisation on Thursday faulted Nigerian authorities for failing to learn from the Chibok incident and preventing further crimes.


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“In all cases, the Nigerian authorities have remained shockingly unwilling to investigate these attacks or to ensure that the perpetrators of these callous crimes face justice. Every fresh attack is followed by further abductions that deprive school children of their right to liberty — and leave victims’ families with no hope of accessing justice, truth, or reparations,” Ojigho said.

“The Nigerian authorities must urgently comply with the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child to which it is a state party. They must take concrete steps to prevent the abduction of children and ensure that those suspected of criminal responsibility face justice in fair trials and rescue the hundreds of children who remain in captivity.”

According to Amnesty International, the attacks on schools have triggered a shutdown of many learning institutions.

“As a result, affected regions have seen a decline in school enrollment and attendance, as well as a rise in child marriage and pregnancies of school-age girls,” the statement added.

Army Recovers Weapons From Boko Haram Enclave In Sambisa

This screenshot from a video shows military equipment recovered by the Nigerian Army from Boko Haram terrorists.
This screenshot from a video shows military equipment recovered by the Nigerian Army from Boko Haram terrorists.

 

The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant-General Farouk Yahaya has commended troops of Operation Hadin Kai in the Northeast for capturing large number of weapons from the enclave of Boko Haram insurgents during its recent operations in Sambisa forest.

The COAS, who was taken round the equipment at the headquarters of the theatre command by the General Officer Commanding 7 Division of the Nigeria Army, Major-General Christopher Musa, assured Nigerians of the Army’s readiness to get rid of all terrorists in the country.

While thanking President Muhammadu Buhari for all the support, the COAS asked the terrorists to lay down their arms as soon as possible before it is too late.

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“The weapons that were captured from these terrorists speak for themselves,” the army chief said. “And we cannot but appreciate the troops and urge them to do even more. I am very impressed with the commitment and zeal I am seeing in the theatre and indeed all our theatre of operations.

“Challenges are part of operations but the military and other agencies are not deterred by the few setbacks we’ve had. But we are determined to defeat this enemy. Our call to all these terrorists and bandits is to know that the tide is against them.”

Terrorism: US Blacklists Six Nigerians For Supporting Boko Haram

US President Joe Biden speaks about the counterterrorism operation in Syria from the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, DC, on February 3, 2022. SAUL LOEB / AFP
US President Joe Biden speaks about the counterterrorism operation in Syria from the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, DC, on February 3, 2022. SAUL LOEB / AFP

 

The United States on Friday said it was designating six Nigerians for their support of the terrorist group, Boko Haram.

This is according to a statement signed by US Department of State spokesperson, Ned Price.

“The United States is designating six individuals for their support of the terrorist group Boko Haram,” the statement said.

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“The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has added Nigerian nationals Abdurrahman Ado Musa, Salihu Yusuf Adamu, Bashir Ali Yusuf, Muhammed Ibrahim Isa, Ibrahim Ali Alhassan, and Surajo Abubakar Muhammad to the List of Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons, pursuant to Executive Order 13224, as amended, for having materially assisted, sponsored, or provided financial, material, or technological support for, or goods or services to or in support of, Boko Haram.

“Today’s action follows the United Arab Emirates’ prosecutions, convictions, and designations of these individuals for supporting terrorism.

“The Department of State designated Boko Haram as a Foreign Terrorist Organization and Specially Designated Global Terrorist organization on November 14, 2013.

“The Nigeria-based group is responsible for numerous attacks in the northern and northeastern regions of the country as well as in the Lake Chad Basin in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger that have killed thousands of people since 2009.”

Global Terrorism Index: Nigeria’s Ranking Improves As Boko Haram Killings Dip By 72% – Report

Soldiers Rescue 84 Persons From Boko Haram
A file picture of a battle tank recovered by soldiers from Boko Haram

 

Nigeria has moved to sixth in the latest Global Terrorism Index (GTI), following successes in the fight against Boko Haram insurgents. 

The country dropped two places from fourth, a position it has occupied since 2017.

The GTI, published by an independent and non-profit think tank, the Institute for Economics & Peace (IEP) indicated that Nigeria, Syria, and Somalia are the only nations, among the 10 most affected by terrorism, to get an improved score from 2020 to 2021.

According to the report, there was a decline in the number of terrorism-related deaths in Nigeria. It attributed this to the death of Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau, and the Federal Government’s efforts at defeating the group.

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“Total deaths from terrorism in Nigeria fell to 448 in 2021, the lowest level since 2011. Terror-related casualties dropped by almost half compared with the previous year. However, the number of terrorist attacks increased by 49 per cent between 2020 and 2021. 36 percent of attacks were claimed by ISWA, Boko Haram being responsible for eight per cent and 44 percent not attributed to any group.

“In 2020, ISWA became the deadliest terrorist group in Nigeria. The decline of Boko Haram continued into 2021, with Boko Haram responsible for only 69 deaths, a decrease of 77 percent from the previous year. This is the lowest number of deaths by the group for a decade. Boko Haram’s decline has resulted in a substantial improvement in terrorism in Borno State, which experienced a decrease of 71 percent in terrorism deaths when compared with the prior year,” the report said, which was published on Wednesday, read.

“Attacks in the state also decreased from 121 to 86 respectively, a decrease of 30 percent. The state, however, remains the hardest-hit region in Nigeria for terrorism, accounting for half of all terror-related deaths in 2021. Boko Haram’s decline coincides with a number of factors, most significantly the death of the group’s leader, Abubakar Shekau. Shekau, who committed suicide by detonating an explosives vest during a confrontation with ISWA in May 2021.

“Given the demise of their leader, Shekau’s followers were faced with the decision to either continue Shekau’s ideology or join ISWA. It has been reported that as many as former Boko Haram commanders have joined ISWA after Shekau’s death. Attacks by ISWA as well as counter-terrorism efforts by the Nigerian government and foreign military forces have significantly weakened Boko Haram’s impact in Nigeria.”

MNJTF Troops Neutralise Several Boko Haram/ISWAP Insurgents At Nigeria-Cameroon Borders

 

Troops of the Multinational Joint Task Force have neutralized scores of Boko Haram terrorists and ISWAP insurgents at the Nigeria/Cameroon Borders.

According to a statement by the spokesman of the Multinational Joint Task Force, Colonel Muhammad Dole, the insurgents were neutralized while the troops of Sector One Cameroon were conducting operations in the Vretet-Zamga-Ngoshe triangle in the general area of Kirawa on the Nigeria /Cameroon borders.

He said that several other insurgents escaped with gunshot wounds while a large number of arms and food items including AK47 rifle, 01 AK47 Magazine, several ammunitions of the 7.62 MM special variant, 21 bicycles, 01 BHT uniform, 39 bags millet, and 02 bags of beans were recovered during the operation.

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The statement further explained that an intelligence analysis indicates that the items were being smuggled from the borders to Sambisa Forest, while it is believed the terrorists are stockpiling materials for the incoming month of Ramadan.

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Further exploitation of the engagement areas showed traces of blood, evidence of BHT/ISWAP criminals removed corpses of their dead colleagues while 2 corpses of Boko Haram criminals were discovered.

 

Meanwhile, the Force Commander (FC) MNJTF, Major General Abdul Khalifah Ibrahim,  has sent his personal commendation to Commander Sector 1 with headquarters (HQs) in Mora (Cameroon) Brigadier General Bouba Dobekreo.

The force commander praised the display of courage and gallantry by the troops, as they continue to conduct special operations to combat the insurgents. He urged them to remain committed, bold, and unpredictable and to continue to dominate the area, to ensure that Boko Haram and ISWAP terrorists are cut off from any logistics resupply.