Boko Haram Terrorists Kidnap 21 Civilians In North Cameroon

Boko Haram militants have kidnapped 21 civilians in the north of Cameroon near the Nigeria frontier, police and local officials said on Thursday.

“Boko Haram attacked around 2300 (22:00 GMT) in Mbreche district, about 30 kilometres (20 miles) from the Nigeria border. They kidnapped 21 people, but four managed to escape,” a local official said.

A police official confirmed the number of kidnapped people.

Mama ‘Boko Haram’ Held Over 66m Fraud

 

A High Court Sitting in Maiduguri has arraigned a self-acclaimed Boko Haram negotiator, Aisha Wakil and three others on a four-count charge of 66m fraud.

Wakil, is also known as Mama Boko Haram for her supposed links with the group culminating in her reportedly participating in negotiations.

Mama Boko Haram, the CEO of Complete Care and Aid Foundation, was arraigned before Justice Aisha Kumaliya of the Borno State High Court 12 alongside her country manager Lawal Sowode and two programme managers of the foundation.

The arraignment followed a petition written to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission Maiduguri.

They were charged with three counts of conspiracy and cheating to the tune of N66m.

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The petitioner, Ali Tijjani, Managing Director of AMTMAT Global Ventures had alleged that on September 7, 2018, Complete Care and Aids Foundation awarded his company a contract to supply processed maize grain, referred to as biski and worth N15m, which Wakil received on behalf of the foundation.

Tijjani said his company, upon the request of the defendants, also processed and funded their trip to Morocco.

Count two of the charge read, “That you Tahiru Saidu Daura, while being a programme manager of Complete Care and Aid Foundation; and Aisha Wakil, being the CEO of Complete Care and Aid Foundation on the 7th September, 2018, in Maiduguri within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, dishonestly induced Ali Tijjani, the CEO and alter ego of AMTMAT Global Ventures, to deliver to you processed maize grains (biski) valued at N15m which you are yet to pay and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 320(a) and punishable under Section 322 of the Penal Code Cap 102 Laws of Borno State.”

The defendants pleaded not guilty to all the charges and the prosecution counsel, Fatsuma Muhammad, applied for a trial date and for the remand of the defendants in the custody of the Nigerian Correctional Centre pending the determination of the case.

The defense counsel Babagana Zanna, made oral bail applications for the defendants on the ground of the administrative bail earlier granted to them by the EFCC.

Justice Kumaliya, however, granted them bail in the sum of N30m with two sureties in like sum, one of whom must be a civil servant not below the rank of a permanent secretary and must acquire a landed property in GRA worth 30m.

We Are Not Recruiting Boko Haram Ex-Fighters Into The Military – Defence HQ

 

The Defence Headquarters has denied the absorption of some deradicalized Boko Haram ex-fighters into the Nigerian military.

In a press release signed by the Director Defence Information, Brigadier Onyema Nwachukwu, the military says the claims are not only bereft of the truth, but laced with mediocrity emanating from poorly researched and uninformed positions.

He adds that no Boko Haram ex-fighter has been recruited into the Nigerian military and no such plan is in the offing.

The de-radicalization, rehabilitation, and reintegration program Brigadier -general Nwachukwu further stated is a Federal Government program conducted under the auspices of Operation Safe Corridor as a non-kinetic operation targeted at low-risk combatants and has become a classical example in the Lake Chad Basin region and West Africa.

He concluded that over 250 repentant insurgents who willingly abandoned their struggle and surrendered to federal troops have been de-radicalized, rehabilitated and reintegrated into the society by their respective state governments in conjunction with traditional and religious institutions.

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Below is the full statement as published by the Defence Headquarters

NIGERIAN MILITARY NOT RECRUITING BOKO HARAM EX FIGHTERS
The Defence Headquarters has been notified of false information peddled in some online media, insinuating that deradicalized Boko Haram ex- fighters are being absorbed into the Nigerian military. One of such insinuations is contained in a trending video footage published by Roots TV, where one Balhatu Musa Ezekiel claimed the Nigeria Army had recruited de-redicalized Boko Haram Ex-fighters into the Army and was therefore recycling insurgency.
The Defence Headquarters wishes to unambiguously state that Balhatu’s claims are not only bereft of truth, but laced with mediocrity emanating from poorly researched and uninformed position.

Contrary to his claims , no Boko Haram ex- fighter has been recruited into the Nigerian military and no such plan is in the offing.

The de-radicalization, rehabilitation and reintegration program is a Federal Government program conducted under the auspices of Operation Safe Corridor as a non- kinetic operation.

Nigeria’s De-radicalization model is a very effective one, targeted at low risk combatants and has become a classical example in the Lake Chad Basin Region and West Africa.

Over 250 repentant insurgents who willingly abandoned their struggle and surrendered to federal troops have been de-radicalized, rehabilitated and re-integrated into the society by their respective state governments in conjunction with traditional and religious institutions.

Nigeria’s De-radicalization model is therefore not new in the global community, as such model exists in Algeria, Colombia, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia, where persons involved in violent extremism have been de-radicalized and rehabilitated . This process is therefore an internationally acceptable practice now.

So far in Nigeria, the de-radicalized ex-fighters are doing well in their respective communities, as no adverse report has been recorded against the de-radicalized repentant ex fighters by Operation Safe Corridor’s monitoring unit. There has not been report of molestation or harassment of any sort against them by members of the communities, where they are resettled. As a matter of verifiable fact, the reintegrated ex- fighters are doing well in their various endeavours and are positively impacting on their respective communities.

It is also expedient to state, that the Federal Government of Nigeria has continued to prosecute BHT/ISWAP suspects in courts of competent jurisdiction and over 500 terrorists have so far been convicted. Meanwhile, the next round of prosecution of another batch of terrorism suspects is due to commence shortly.
Members of the public are therefore enjoined to please discountenance the misinformation and misguided views peddled by Balhatu Musa Ezekiel, as it constitutes outright aberration of extant recruitment procedures and practice of the Armed Forces of Nigeria.

The Defence Headquarters reiterates its commitment to ensuring a well motivated, trained and equipped Armed Forces that is professionally responsive to national security commitments.
Please disseminate this information through your news medium.
Thank you for your cooperation.

MNJTF Kills 13 Boko Haram Terrorists, Recovers Three Gun Trucks

 

The Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) says it has successfully conducted a multi-sector link up operation involving troops from Nigeria, Chad, and the Niger Republic.

A statement by the Force’s Chief of Military Public Information, Colonel Timothy Antigha, said the Boko Haram terrorists suffered severe human and equipment losses during the operation conducted on Friday.

It explained that this was in continuation of Operation Yancin Tafki in Arege, Metele and Duguri as troops of Sector 3 (Nigeria) and Sector 2 (Chad) linked up with their counterparts in Sector 4 (Niger) around the Kamadougou River.

“13 terrorists were killed, while many others sustained injuries,” the statement said, adding that three gun trucks were captured while another gun truck and three motorcycles were burnt.

The terrorists, according to MNJTF, also lost three anti- airguns and several rounds of assorted ammunition among other items.

However, three security personnel were wounded in action during the operation and have been airlifted by the Nigerian Air Task Force.

They were received in N’Djamena by the Deputy Force Commander, Brigadier General Nouma Melingui, on behalf of the Force Commander, Major General Ibrahim Manu Yusuf.

“The wounded soldiers have been stabilised and are responding to treatment,” the statement added.

Army Repels Boko Haram Attack On Yobe Community

 

The Nigerian Army has repelled an attack by suspected Boko Haram insurgents in Babbangida, the headquarters of Tarmuwa Local Government Council in Yobe state.

The insurgents had stormed the town in an ambulance belonging to Yobe State Primary Health Management Board, which they hijacked from a team of immunization officials at nearby Muri Mafa village, shooting sporadically and carting away foodstuffs.

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Assistant Director, Army Public Relations Sector 2, Operation Lafiya Dole, Captain Njoka Irabor, confirmed the attack and disclosed to Channels Television that aerial support of fighter jets was deployed to counter the insurgents.

“Immediately on receiving the information, we sent reinforcement and the attack was successfully repelled, we dealt with the insurgents seriously, Babbangida is now calm,” he said.

On the number of casualties, he said the information is still sketchy but, promised to brief journalists on every development.

However, a source from Babbangida who spoke on condition of anonymity said, a stray bullet had killed a toddler while two other persons sustained injuries.

He also said, the Ambulance belonging to Yobe State Primary Health Management Board which was said to have been forcefully seized by the insurgents, was abandoned on Mafa Muri ward and taken back to Babbangida.

Boko Haram Insurgents Attack Yobe

 

Suspected Boko Haram insurgents have launched an attack on Babban Gida the headquarters of Tarmuwa Local Government Council in Yobe State.

A resident of Babban Gida, Alhaji Gidado told Channels Television via a telephone interview that, the suspected insurgents first attacked a military formation shooting sporadically before proceeding to break some food stores.

The Commissioner of Police in Yobe State, Abubakar Sahabu has also confirmed that his Divisional Police Officer in Babban Gida informed him of the attack.

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“My Divisional Police Officer DPO just called to inform me that suspected Boko Haram insurgents putting army camouflage in 9 Toyota Hilux stormed Babbangida the headquarters of Tarmuwa local government council and started shooting sporadically. I have informed the relevant military agencies who are on the frontline” he said.

The police commissioner, however, added that the situation is now calm, and the sound of gunshots has ceased. Residents are still indoors.

Army Releases 983 Suspects Cleared Of Alleged Links With Boko Haram

A photo combination of repentant Boko Haram suspects and logo of the Nigerian Army.

 

The Nigerian Army has released 983 suspects cleared of alleged links with Boko Haram terrorists.

The Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Olusegun Adeniy, handed over the detainees to the Borno State Governor, Babagana Umara-Zulum in a ceremony in Maiduguri on Wednesday.

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Adeniyi said the release is sequel to months of investigation in which the over  900 out of those detained at the military detention centre were found to be innocent.

Governor Zulum in response applauded the military for the release and assured that all is set to receive rehabilitation of the former detainees before reuniting them with their families.

The The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) recently published that 22,000 persons have disappeared since 2009 with their whereabouts unaccounted for in crisis ravaged north east Nigeria.

According to ICRC the figure of the missing persons is the highest number of missing persons registered with the organisation in any country.

The Red Cross said that some families were often separated while fleeing attacks, while others have had loved ones abducted or detained and do not know their whereabouts.

Some of the missing persons are believed to be in the custody of the Nigeria Army, following raids over suspicion of allegiance to Boko Haram.

Over 500 Boko Haram Fighters Surrender

 

The Nigerian Army says it is committed to restoring total peace to Nigeria’s north-east region ravaged by Boko Haram fighters.

This is according to the Coordinator of Operation Safe Corridor, Major General Bamidele Shafa, on Friday who insisted that the military has recorded steady progress in the war against insurgency, although the fight seemed to have lingered.

He revealed that over a thousand of Boko Haram fighters have willingly laid down their arms and embraced the amnesty programme of the Federal Government.

Shafa’s remarks came shortly after hundreds of repentant insurgents numbering 586 were brought to the Gombe International Airport, the largest since the operation started in 2015.

 

The former Boko Haram fighters were later taken to the Operations Safe Corridor camp in the Malam Sidi area of the state.

At the camp, the repentant insurgents are to undergo de-radicalisation and re-orientation processes, as well as various vocational training and psycho-social support programmes before being re-integration into the society.

Some of the former Boko Haram members, Musa Ibrahim and Alkali Kukawa, told Channels Television why and how they found themselves in the group.

Ibrahim narrated that some terrorists invaded his village and threatened to kill his parents should he refuse to join them.

“That how I joined but after spending years with them, we notice serious divisions among the leaders which kept us wondering if this is of God and finally when we got a window, we surrendered to the Nigerian military,” he explained.

On his part, Kukawa who disclosed that he was captured with his son said he never participated in any terrorist attack and has been praying to be reunited with his family.

He said, “They conquered our village and forced us away.

“Since they took us away, I have been praying for deliverance and finally it came when we got the window of escape, I and my son trekked for 11 days before we could board a car that brought us to Yobe State where we surrendered to the security forces.”

Insurgents Flee, Abandon Gun Trucks After Failed Ambush

 

 

The Nigerian Army says it has recorded another success in the ongoing onslaught against Boko Haram insurgents in Borno State, north-east Nigeria.

A statement from the Army Operations Media Coordinator, Colonel Aminu Iliyasu, on Tuesday disclosed that the feat was made by troops of 153 Task Force Battalion deployed at New Marte.

Colonel Iliyasu explained that the soldiers had embarked on fighting patrol to Dikwa to hunt and destroy remnants of Boko Haram criminals in the area in the early hours of Monday.

Incidentally, the troops were said to have encountered an ambush staged against them by the insurgents along the patrol route at Ala Village, some 7km away from New Marte.

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‘Confused Fighters’

According to the media coordinator, the ambush was reinforced with a crudely prepared Improvised Explosive Device planted against the troops.

He said rather than getting discouraged by the sudden attack on them, the troops turned around the initial setback and dealt a devastating blow on their attackers.

“Having so clearly asserted their superiority in the ensuing firefight, the criminal insurgents were forced to flee in disarray.

“The gallant troops then embarked on a relentless pursuit of the scampering insurgents who abandoned some of their fighting equipment in utter confusion,” Colonel Iliyasu.

He noted that the operation was conducted barely two weeks after some Boko Haram fighters suffered a tactical boomerang when a sizeable number of them were killed and many others injured as they mistakenly stepped on the same improvised explosive device that they had earlier planted against soldiers.

The army media coordinator revealed that at the end of the pursuit and exploitation, two gun trucks, two anti-aircraft guns, and 2,080 rounds of 7.62mm NATO ammunition were recovered by troops.

Other items recovered are 26 rounds of 12.7 mm armor-piercing incendiary ammunition, three AK 47 rifles, six rounds of 12.7 mm (belted), one AOJOE motorcycle, as well as some clothes, foodstuff, and mechanical tools belonging to the insurgents.

Colonel Iliyasu said most of the insurgents were believed to have escaped with varying degrees of gunshot wounds while troops have continued to dominate the area with patrols.

In his reaction, the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, commended the troops for their gallantry, saying the army would accomplish its constitutional mandate professionally and responsively for a secured Nigeria.

He also thanked all well-meaning Nigerians for their support, goodwill, and understanding towards personnel of the force as they tackle the security challenges confronting the nation.

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Boko Haram Fighters Kill Five Villagers In Chad

 

Five villagers have been killed in western Chad, as Boko Haram jihadist fighters increase their deadly attacks, a regional official told AFP Monday.

Two of the victims were strangled and three were shot dead, said Sadick Khatir, secretary-general of the Lac area.

The bodies were found on Saturday, another local source said.

“The villagers went outside the zone protected by the army,” the source said.

Boko Haram has training camps on several of the islands that dot the vast, shallow Lake Chad, which straddles the borders of Nigeria, Niger and Cameroon as well as Chad.

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The jihadist insurgency, which broke out in north-eastern Nigeria a decade ago, has spilt over into neighbouring countries.

This year alone 140,000 people have been displaced by renewed Boko Haram violence and more than three million people endure food insecurity as farmers have been unable to plant crops, according to the United Nations.

In 2015, the Lake Chad countries, together with Benin, set up a combined force to fight Boko Haram with the help of local groups of armed citizens.

Boko Haram, loosely translated as “Western education is banned”, wants to create a hard-line Islamic state.

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Army Subdues Boko Haram Fighters, Rescues Eight In Borno

 

Following a reinvigorated drive to end the insurgency in Nigeria, the Army has continued to sustain the tempo of the ongoing Counter-Terrorism operations in the North East with a view to decimating and destroying the remnant Boko Haram/Islamic State West Africa (ISWAP) criminals across the Operation LAFIYA DOLE Theatre.

In one of its numerous operations conducted across the Theatre on the 16th of November 2019, troops of 26 Task Force Brigade embarked on a clearance patrol to Dalu Village within the Mandara Mountains in Gwoza Local Government Area of Borno State.

According to an army communique, the operation follows some credible intelligence reports on the presence of criminal insurgents within that area.

On confirming the reports, troops soon established contact with the marauding terrorists and effectively subdued them with their superior firepower during the ensuing firefight.

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Subsequently, the troops proceeded to thoroughly clear the Village of the presence of the criminal insurgents.

The army notes that the clearance operation yielded good dividends as the troops found and rescued an octogenarian, 3 women and 4 children hitherto held captives by the criminal insurgents.

The rescued victims were promptly evacuated and children among them were equally administered with Polio Vaccination by a Nigerian Army medical team.

Army Spokesman, Aminu Iliyasu stated that no causality was recorded by own troops during the commando operations.

He, however, adds that many of the Boko Haram criminal elements were observed to have fled in disarray towards the summit of the Mandara Mountains with gunshot wounds.

“The troops’ resilience and doggedness are unwavering as further exploitation to complete the annihilation of the insurgents are being sustained in the mountainous environment,” Colonel Iliyasu said.

He further stated that the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Tukur Yusufu Buratai wishes to reassure the general public of the resolve of the Nigerian Army to continue to execute its constitutional mandate professionally and responsively for a better secured Nigeria.

Colonel Iliyasu also said that the COAS thanks all well-meaning Nigerians for their continued support, goodwill and understanding towards officers and men of the Nigerian Army as they sustain the conduct of various operations and routine exercises nationwide.

Five Insurgents Die As Troops Repel Multiple Attacks In Borno

A Photo combination of destroyed Boko Haram Vehicle.

 

Five Boko Haram members have died in successive attacks on troops of 64 and 98 Task Force Battalions and elements of the Armed Forces Special Forces Battalion at Malam Fatori in Abadam LGA of Borno State.

The attacks launched on November 13 and 15, 2019 by Boko Haram members, were repelled by the troops who outgunned the insurgents.

In a statement by the Nigerian Army Operations Media Coordinator, Colonel Aminu Iliyasu, the first of the attacks on troops of Mallam Fatori was an attempt to infiltrate the military formation.

“On 13th November 2019, some marauding Boko Haram criminal elements attempted to infiltrate the troops’ location by launching an unsuccessful attack with Person Borne Improvised Explosive Devices (PBIEDs), Gun Trucks, Rocket Propelled Guns and other small arms but were decisively annihilated, having been made to suffer very high casualties in both men and equipment.”

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He added that the insurgents launched another attack on the troops less than 24 hours and was countered by the troops, which led to the eventual death of five.

“Within less than 24 hours of their devastating defeat, however, the outgunned criminal insurgents launched another desperate attack on the highly spirited troops of Mallam Fatori in the wee hours of 15 November 2019.

“In their swift and highly coordinated response, the gallant and relentless troops at the location once again brought their resilience, bold action and superior firepower/lethality to bear on the criminal insurgents as they handed them another crushing defeat. At the end of this particular encounter, one Boko Haram Gun Truck was completely burnt along with 3 of the criminal insurgents that were trapped in it.

“Apparently, the vehicle was gutted by fire as a result of the high volume of fire delivered by the troops. Furthermore, 2 of the Boko Haram criminal elements were equally neutralised during the ensuing gun battle between the troops and the criminal insurgents,” he stated.

Some of the equipment recovered from the attacks by the insurgents include one Anti-Aircraft Gun, one Anti-Aircraft Gun barrel, eight AK 47 Riffles.

Others are: one Rocket Propelled Gun tube, three AK 47 magazines, one bandolier, two rounds of Anti-Aircraft Gun ammunition and one Rocket Propelled Grenade bomb.

Colonel Iliyasu revealed that two soldiers sustained gunshot wounds when the Air Task Force, Operation Lafiya Dole went on the trail of other insurgents.

He intimated that both men have been stabilized and are receiving treatment at a military hospital.