How I Fought Boko Haram To Regain My Freedom – Traveller

A file photo of recovered arms. Photo: Twitter// @HQNigerianArmy

 

A survivor of a suspected Boko Haram abduction has described how he fought to regain his freedom.

Travelers along the Maiduguri-Damaturu expressway were ambushed on Monday, at around noon by unknown men dressed in military camouflage.

The attack occurred in Auno village where vehicles conveying passengers were hijacked and driven off by the suspected insurgents, survivors said.

“I am a graduate and was on my way to Damaturu, the Yobe State Capital to submit my application for the recently advertised DSS recruitment when we were abducted,” a survivor, who preferred to remain anonymous, told a Channels TV correspondent on Tuesday.

“On our way, I engaged one of the armed terrorists in the bus in physical combat and pushed him down from the moving vehicle, we fell off together.

“As an Ex-Jam, immediately we fell from the moving vehicle, I wrestled the gun from the terrorist who was badly hurt from the fall.

“The other terrorist who was driving the bus was also attacked by some young men in the bus, the vehicle hit a tree and stopped.

“That was how we and some few others were able to escape the kidnap. This was around 1 pm, in broad daylight. We eventually found our way and headed to Jakana!

“The number of passenger vehicles hijacked by the terrorists were more than 15 in number.

“Women, Children, families were all abducted yesterday. The terrorists had a filled day yesterday.

“The reason we escaped from the others is that the terrorist who drove our vehicle took a different route from the convoy of the other kidnapped vehicles and were left far behind.”

Police Recover Weapons

Meanwhile, the Borno State Command of the Nigerian Police said it has recovered a cache of arms at the crime scene, where the travelers were reportedly abducted.

The Commissioner of Police Mohammed Ndatsu, in a news conference on Tuesday in Maiduguri, displayed the recovered arms before journalists.

“Our men at Auno discovered that there was cut off in the movement of vehicles from Damaturu to Maiduguri,” the Commissioner said. “That gave them the feeling that maybe something is happening. They went on the road and got a hint that there was an attack, but according to what we heard, they said the military was moving and they were ambushed.

“They moved for assistance and rescue but on the way, they saw a vehicle on fire and another camo hilly upside down and that attracted their attention and they went towards it. Away from it, there were some arms and ammunition which were recovered and there was a corpse. That corpse we wouldn’t know if it was as a result of the exchange of fire because he wasn’t dressed in any uniform.”

According to the police, it is not clear if the arms belong to any of the security agencies or the Boko Haram insurgents.

Investigation to determine that is ongoing.

Weapons recovered include; eight AK47, AA 2, one MG, two magazines with 51 rounds, 270 rounds of ammunition of MG, and 4 spare barrel.

Army Remains Committed To Winning Insurgency War – Buratai

 

The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai speaks at the newly established Special Army Super Camp IV in Faskari, Katsina State on July 11, 2020.

 

The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai has reiterated the commitment of the Nigerian Army in winning the insurgency war in the northeastern part of the country.

Buratai made the announcement during the 157th anniversary of the Nigerian Army at the newly established Special Army Super Camp IV in Faskari, Katsina State.

Buratai noted that the country had witnessed difficult and escalating security challenges with Boko Haram insurgency being at its peak upon assuming office in 2015.

“The Nigerian Army has been at the forefront of combatting these threats of insecurity to our dear nation. From 2015 when I assumed office, my immediate priority centred on modernising the Nigerian Army by addressing the major challenges and fundamental areas

“The measures put in place in the last five years have no doubt contributed immensely towards enhancing the efficiency of the Nigerian Army resulting in improved security across the country,” Buratai said.

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Meanwhile, the Federal Government has renewed its support to help the military overcome several myriads of challenges in parts of the country.

The Defence Minister, Major General Bashir Salihi Magashi, who represented President Muhammadu Buhari thanked members of the Armed Forces and other law enforcement agencies for their efforts over the years.

Two Soldiers Killed, 17 Boko Haram Terrorists Neutralised In Borno

Army Speaks About Recent Attacks On Military Bases In North East
A file photo of troops. Source: [email protected]

 

Two soldiers and four others of the 25 Task Force Brigade deployed at Damboa have lost their lives during an encounter with Boko Haram terrorists in Borno, Northeast Nigeria.

The Coordinator of Defence Media Operations, Major General John Enenche, confirmed this to Channels Television in a statement issued on Wednesday.

According to him, the soldiers in conjunction with elements of Sector 2 Special Forces while on clearance operations along Damboa -Maiduguri Road, made contact with a Boko Haram/Islamic State’s West Africa Province criminals’ ambush team along their axis of advance.

The defence spokesman noted that the attack which occurred on July 7, left at least 17 terrorists dead, adding that several others were believed to have been injured.

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“In the aftermath of the encounter, 17 Boko Haram/Islamic State’s West Africa Province criminals were neutralized as several others were believed to have narrowly escaped with varying degrees of gunshot wounds while a cache of arms and ammunition were equally captured by the gallant troops.

“Regrettably, 2 valiant soldiers paid the supreme price while 4 others were wounded in action,” the statement partly read.

Enenche explained that the injured “soldiers have been evacuated to a military medical facility and currently responding positively to treatment.”

Meanwhile, the Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole has been “directed to immediately deploy a Special Forces Battalion to reinforce and dominate Damboa – Bulabulin – Maiduguri axis.”

This, according to the defence spokesman is to “completely deny the terrorists any chance of escape during the final assault against the criminals.”

Reacting to the development, the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusufu Buratai commended the “troops for their resilience and patriotism in crushing the remnants of Boko Haram/Islamic State’s West Africa Province criminals.”

He, however, asked them to sustain the onslaught against the “criminals as we approach the end of the insurgency in our country.”

Air Force Kills ‘Several’ Boko Haram Terrorists In Borno

 

The Nigerian Air Force says it has killed several Boko Haram members in separate airstrikes conducted at Parisu and Bula Bello in the Sambisa Forest Area of Borno State.

The Coordinator of Defence Media Operations, Major General John Enenche, revealed this via a statement issued on Monday.

He noted that action, which was carried out on “July 3 is part of the ongoing subsidiary Operation Long Reach II after intelligence reports indicated a resurgence of terrorists’ activities in the 2 settlements.”

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“Consequently, the Air Task Force dispatched its fighter jets to attack the 2 locations. The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) jets, while taking turns to engage the targets, scored accurate bomb and rocket strikes, resulting in the destruction of some of the structures as well as the killing of several terrorists,” the statement partly read.

Meanwhile, the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, has commended the Air Task Force for their dedication, dexterity, and professionalism.

Similarly, the Defence Headquarters asked them to “intensify the air offensive against the terrorists and all other criminal elements threatening the peace and security of our beloved country.”

Boko Haram: Buhari Condemns Attack On UN Helicopter 

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned yesterday’s attack on a United Nations’ aid helicopter by Boko Haram terrorists, describing it as dastardly and unfortunate.

The President says it is yet another desperate rearguard action by the terrorists who have been under intense pressure from the military.

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He is however reassuring the international community and Nigerians that the attack which claimed the lives of two people, including a five-year-old baby, would not go without severe consequences.

He adds that the security of foreigners and Nigerians remain the top priority of this administration.

Buratai Asks Troops To Sustain Onslaught Against Boko Haram Terrorists

Security: Army Will Continue To Work For Common Good, Buratai Assures Nigerians
File photo: Tukur Buratai

 

The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai has commended troops of the Operation Lafiya Dole for their resilience in the counter-terrorism war in the northeast.

Buratai said the troops have continued to demonstrate patriotism in crushing the remnants of the Boko Haram/Islamic State of West Africa Province.

This is according to a statement issued on Sunday by the Coordinator of Defence Media Operations, Major General John Enenche.

The COAS, however, asked the soldiers to sustain the military onslaught against the terrorists while reiterating his commitment to ending the insurgency war in the region.

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“The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusufu Buratai commends the troops for the resilience and patriotism they continue to demonstrate in crushing the remnants of BHTs/ISWAP criminals.

“He also urges them to maintain the tempo against the criminals as we approach the end of the insurgency in our country,” the statement read in part.

Similarly, the Military High Command asked the troops “to remain resolute in curtailing the activities of terrorists and their collaborators in the North-East zone of the country.”

While appreciating Nigerians for their support, the military also called on the citizens “to continue providing timely information to troops on activities of BHTs/ISWAP collaborators in their respective localities for prompt and effective action.”

Troops Kill 75 Boko Haram Terrorists, Recover Weapons

 

Troops of the Operation Lafiya Dole have killed 75 Boko Haram terrorists and recovered weapons in the northeast.

The Coordinator Defence Media Operations, Major General John Enenche, confirmed this in a statement issued on Sunday.

According to him, the terrorists were killed in an ongoing offensive in the region that resulted in casualties on Boko Haram fighters and equipment.

Enenche noted that the Boko Haram fighters met their death during 17 separate encounters with the troops from June 1 to June 30, 2020.

“It is evident from recent encounters with Boko Haram/ISWAP that the resilience of the troops of Operation LAFIYA DOLE is being sustained across the North-East Theatre of operation resulting to high BHT/ISWAP casualties on men and equipment as well as capture or surrendering of some of their fighters.

“In their resolve to end BHT/ISWAP menace in the North-East region, from 1 – 30 June 2020, the gallant troops of Operation LAFIYA DOLE had a total of 17 encounters with the marauding criminals, neutralizing 75 of them in the process,” the statement partly read.

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Weapons recovered from the insurgents include one Anti-Aircraft Gun, 13 AK 47 Rifles, one Sniper Rifle, 21 locally made guns, 2 Dane guns and one Rocket Propelled Gun.

Others are three hand grenades, five Rocket Propelled Gun bombs, 205 rounds of Anti-Aircraft ammunition, 1018 rounds of 7.62mm Special ammunition and two Boko Haram flags.

The defence spokesman explained that one Gun Truck, one Vehicle Borne Improvised Explosive Device, one Toyota Starlet car and several makeshift structures belonging to the terrorists were also destroyed by the gallant troops within the period.

He, however, regretted that during the period, one of their officers was killed and another injured in the process with 35 people rescued. Amongst those rescued are 18 women, 16 children and one adult male.

Speaking further, Enenche said four insurgents including two women were captured and later identified to be the wives of the local Boko Haram commander at Gajingi in Madagali Local Government Area of Adamawa State.

NAF Takes Delivery Of Reactivated Aircraft To Boost Insurgency War

 

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has taken delivery of another reactivated aircraft – ATR-42 (NAF 930).

NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, disclosed this in a statement on Friday.

He explained that this was in furtherance of NAF’s sustained efforts at providing more serviceable Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) platforms in the war against insurgency and other forms of criminality in the country.

Daramola said the aircraft was received at the flight line of 307 Executive Airlift Group at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja.

He noted that the Chief of Policy and Plans, Air Vice Marshal Oladayo Amao, took its delivery on behalf of the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, who is in the North East to oversee the ongoing subsidiary Operation Long Reach II.

“The reactivation of the aircraft, which was successfully executed at the Rheinland Air Services (RAS) Facilities, Monchengladbach, Germany after clocking 5,000 hours of operation, was earlier scheduled to be completed within six months.

“However, due to the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic, the completion date was extended by three months,” the statement said.

Daramola stated that NAF has successfully reactivated some of its platforms in-country in the last five years in collaboration with its technical partners, including the conduct of Periodic Depot Maintenance (PDM) on two C-130H aircraft and the PDM/Avionics upgrade of three alpha jets.

He, however, explained that it was considered expedient to conduct the maintenance activity of ATR-42 aircraft (NAF 930) abroad, being the first PDM on it after 10 years of operation.

According to him, this was also necessary to take advantage of the facilities and expertise of RAS and build the capacity of the NAF engineers and technicians that participated in the reactivation process in Germany.

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Air Force Kills ‘Scores’ Of Boko Haram Terrorists, Destroys Base In Borno

A screen grab from the Air Force video shows the scene of the airstrikes on Boko Haram Logistics Base in Borno State. Credit: Defence Headquarters.

 

The Nigerian Air Force has destroyed scores of Boko Haram terrorists in Tongule and Bukar Meram areas of Borno State.

This was confirmed in a statement issued on Saturday by the Coordinator of Defence Media Operations, Major General John Enenche.

He noted that the airstrikes were carried out on June 25 after a series of surveillance missions indicated a resurgence of terrorists’ activities at the two settlements.

The latest military action is “another set of successful air interdiction missions executed by the Air Task Force (ATF) of Operation Lafiya Dole under the subsidiary Operation Long Reach,” Enenche said.

Stressing further, the defence spokesman explained: “At Tongule, where recent credible intelligence indicated frequent convergence of BHTs, about 35 terrorists were spotted by the NAF surveillance aircraft in different parts of the settlement as it vectored the fighter jets to attack the target area.

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“The munitions from the jets hit designated areas within the settlement, destroying some structures and taking out many of the terrorists.

“Similarly, at Bukar Meram, a BHT logistics hub on the fringes of the Lake Chad, the airstrikes, which were carefully timed and executed in multiple waves for maximum effects, resulted in the obliteration of designated portions of the terrorists’ facilities.

“Several of their fighters were also killed in the process.”

Meanwhile, the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, has commended the Air Task Force for their dedication and professionalism.

This comes as the Defence Headquarters equally asked them to “intensify the air offensive against the terrorists and all other criminal elements threatening the peace and security of our beloved country.”

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Troops Of Operation Hadarin Daji Neutralise Bandits In Katsina, Zamfara

 

The Air Component of the Operation Hadarin Daji has neutralised scores of armed bandits in Dutsen Asolo and Birnin Kogo areas of Katsina State as well as at Dogo Gede’s Camp in the Kwayanbana Forest area of Zamfara State.

This was disclosed in a statement issued on Wednesday by the Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Defence Headquarters Major General, John Enenche.

According to Enenche, the operation began on 20 June 2020, and so far, 10 locations have been attacked.

“The Operation, which was preceded by the massive deployment of additional air assets and ground support equipment by the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) to Katsina, is aimed at taking out armed bandits’ locations that were painstakingly selected, based on impeccable Human Intelligence (HUMINT) reports as well as series of Surveillance missions, in order to significantly degrade the armed bandits’ fighting capability before it could be brought to bear against friendly forces or innocent civilians,” the statement read.

“At Dutsen Asolo, NAF jets dispatched by the Air Component attacked the cave/hideout of the bandits, destroying the main entry point and neutralizing some fighters. Some surviving bandits, who were tracked escaping from the cave area were taken out in follow-on strikes.

“Also, on 21 June 2020, at the bandits’ enclave in the Kwayanbana Forest, an attack helicopter took out one of the bandits’ logistics huts, which was seen engulfed in flames. Similarly, at Birnin Kogo on 22 June 2020, some armed bandits, who fled their dwellings in the centre of the camp to nearby bushes on hearing the sound of the attack aircraft, were neutralized as the NAF fighter jets hit them at their hiding positions”.

The Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, who was in Katsina to oversee the Operation, has commended the Air Component of Operation Hadarin Daji for their professionalism.

He urged them to remain resolute in the conduct of air strikes whilst continuing to provide close air support for ongoing ground operations in order to eradicate all armed bandits; thus accomplishing the directives of the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) to restore normalcy in the North West and North Central Zones of the Country.

Air Task Force Neutralises Boko Haram Terrorists In Borno

Borno is situated in northeast Nigeria.

 

The subsidiary Operation Long Reach being conducted by the Air Task Force (ATF) of Operation Lafiya Dole has continued to yield tangible results in the push to end the activities of Boko Haram Terrorists in the North East of Nigeria.

This is according to a statement issued on Sunday by the Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Defence Headquarters, Major General John Enenche.

Enenche said the most recent of these gains were recorded in a series of devastating airstrikes targeting terrorists’ locations at Bula Bello and Ngoske on the fringes of the Sambisa Forest in Borno State.

According to him, the air interdiction missions were executed on 18 and 19 June 2020 sequel to credible intelligence reports indicating that the terrorists had resumed use of the closely linked settlements as staging points to launch attacks against friendly forces’ locations and surrounding civilian settlements.

In response, the Air Task Force dispatched a force package of Nigerian Air Force (NAF) fighter jets as well as an Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft to engage the 2 locations.

“The NAF jets scored devastating hits in their multiple waves of attacks resulting in the obliteration of designated portions of the terrorists’ hideouts as well as the neutralization of several of their fighters,” the statement read.

It also noted that the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, has commended the ATF for their dedication and professionalism.

The Defence Headquarters equally urged them to intensify the air offensive against the terrorists and all other criminal elements threatening the peace and security of our beloved country.

Air Force Neutralises Boko Haram Terrorists Near Sambisa Forest – Spokesman

A file photo of a Nigerian air force airstrike
A file photo of a Nigerian air force airstrike

 

The military on Saturday said its airforce has neutralised several Boko Haram terrorists and immobilised one of their gun trucks at Bula Korege, a terrorists’ logistics distribution centre and meeting point, on the fringes of the Sambisa Forest in Borno State.

According to a statement signed by military spokesman John Enenche, the operation was conducted via airstrikes by the Air Task Force (ATF) of Operation Lafiya Dole on Wednesday.

The airstrikes were part of missions being conducted under the subsidiary Operation LONG REACH after a Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft spotted a large number of Boko Haram fighters and a gun truck within the settlement, the military said.

“Consequently, the Air Task Force scrambled its fighter jets to attack the location,” the statement added.

“Upon arrival overhead the settlement, the NAF jets engaged the target area, taking out some structures and neutralizing some of the terrorists.

“The gun truck, while retreating from the location due to the strong firepower from the air, began engaging the attack aircraft with its anti-aircraft gun.

“However, the jets, after conducting evasive maneuvers, tracked the vehicle and subsequently immobilized it a few kilometres outside the village.

“The occupants of the truck, who attempted to flee, were mopped-up in follow-on attacks by the fighter jets.”

Nigeria has battled Boko Haram terrorists for more than a decade, especially in the northeast region.

 

Read the military’s full statement:

 

PRESS RELEASE

OPERATION LAFIYA DOLE: AIR TASK FORCE NEUTRALIZES SEVERAL BOKO HARAM TERRORISTS, IMMOBILIZES GUN TRUCK AT BULA KOREGE IN BORNO STATE

1. The Air Task Force (ATF) of Operation LAFIYA DOLE has neutralized several Boko Haram Terrorists (BHTs) and immobilized one of their gun trucks at Bula Korege, a terrorists’ logistics distribution centre and meeting point, on the fringes of the Sambisa Forest in Borno State. This feat was achieved via air strikes executed on 17 June 2020 as part of missions being conducted under the subsidiary Operation LONG REACH after a Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft spotted a large number of BHT fighters and a gun truck within the settlement. Consequently, the Air Task Force scrambled its fighter jets to attack the location.

2. Upon arrival overhead the settlement, the NAF jets engaged the target area, taking out some structures and neutralizing some of the terrorists. The gun truck, while retreating from the location due to the strong firepower from the air, began engaging the attack aircraft with its anti-aircraft gun. However, the jets, after conducting evasive maneuvers, tracked the vehicle and subsequently immobilized it a few kilometres outside the village. The occupants of the truck, who attempted to flee, were mopped-up in follow-on attacks by the fighter jets.

3. The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, commends the ATF for their dedication and professionalism. The Defence Headquarters equally urge them to intensify the air offensive against the terrorists and all other criminal elements in the country.

4. You are please requested to disseminate this information, along with the attached declassified short video clip of the operation, through your medium for the awareness of the general public. Thank you for your usual support and cooperation.

JOHN ENENCHE
Major General
Coordinator
Defence Media Operations
Defence Headquarters
20 June 2020