Boko Haram Kills Seven In Cameroon

'The Real Boko Haram We Know Is Defeated'
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Seven people were killed when two suicide bombers, suspected to be members of Nigeria’s Boko Haram jihadist group, attacked a village in northern Cameroon on Sunday, police and a local official said.

“Two Boko Haram bombers blew themselves up at around 8pm” in the attack on Amchide, on the border with Nigeria, a policeman said Monday, while a local official said a village chief and two teenagers were among the dead.

The attack took place as the villagers were “returning home” though a zone that the authorities have said is dangerous after 6pm, the official said.

Amchide is a small trading village in Cameroon’s Far North province, a tongue of land that lies between Chad to the east and Nigeria to the west.

The province has been hit since 2014 by Boko Haram fighters making incursions from northeast Nigeria.

The jihadists’ campaign has killed more than 27,000 people since 2009, several thousand of them in Cameroon, and displaced more than two million, sparking a dire humanitarian crisis in the Lake Chad region.

According to Amnesty International, at least 275 people were killed in the Far North last year.

 

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Top Boko Haram Commander, Abu Usamah Killed – Military

Air Force Officer Dismissed For Raping 14-Year-Old IDP

 

The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) says a top commander of the Boko Haram terrorist group, Abu Usamah, has been killed.

The Acting Director of Defence Media Operations, Brigadier General Benard Onyeuko, revealed this in a statement on Monday.

He explained that troops of Operation Lafiya Dole had decimated some key Boko Haram insurgents on March 22, 2020.

Onyeuko noted that the soldiers who were conducting a special clearance operation in a subsidiary operation called Operation Ayiso Tamonuma, had an encounter with the terrorists at Gorgi in Damboa Local Government Area of Borno State.

He recalled an earlier press briefing in which the military reported that over 100 insurgents were killed while scores of them escaped with gunshot wounds.

According to the brigadier general, this is in addition to several equipment casualties suffered by the Boko Haram members.

“As an update to that report, it is gratifying to note that, own communication intercept confirmed by accurate intelligence revealed that a top Boko Haram Commander, Abu Usamah, was among those Boko Haram insurgents killed during that encounter,” the statement said.

It added, “He (Usamah) had earlier sustained fatal gunshot wounds in the firefight that ensued during the encounter before his foot soldiers hurriedly evacuated him and withdrew.

“Nevertheless, Abu Usamah died in the process. His death has no doubt created a consequential vacuum in the Boko Haram leadership, particularly as the gallant troops remain resilient and continue to rout the criminal elements from their last enclaves in the North East.”

In another development, Onyeuko said troops killed scores of the Boko Haram Terrorists and Islamic State’s West Africa Province (ISWAP) insurgents who attempted to infiltrate their location in Yobe State on Friday last week.

He noted that the feat was recorded by soldiers of 159 Task Force Battalion under Operation Lafiya Dole deployed in Forward Operating Base Kanama in Yunusari LGA.

The terrorists, he said, were severely decimated by gallant ground troops supported by the Air Component of Operation Lafiya Dole, forcing the insurgents to withdraw in disarray.

The Defence Media Operations Director revealed that during the encounter, a gun truck and various arms and ammunition were captured by the troops.

They included one DSHK gun, two AK 47 rifles and magazines, one Rocket Propelled Grenade bomb, 273 rounds of anti-aircraft gun ammunition, 101 rounds of 7.62mm (NATO) ammunition, 15 jerricans of Premium Motor Spirit, and a Boko Haram flag.

Onyeuko said the Military High Command has congratulated the troops for their resilience, courage and dedication to the noble cause of defending the nation against the criminal elements.

Chad Declares War Zone After Deadly Boko Haram Attack

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Chad has declared two departments near Lake Chad a “war zone”, giving local authorities more powers as they respond to an attack by Boko Haram jihadists that killed nearly 100 soldiers earlier this week.

In the Lake Chad region where the borders of Chad, Nigeria, Cameroon and Niger converge, the group has stepped up attacks this year, drawing on their knowledge of the vast marshland and islands.

On Monday, militants attacked an island army base in Bohoma, killing at least 98 soldiers in the worst militant assault ever on the country’s military.

“The departments of Fouli and Kaya will be declared ‘war zones’, according to a decree signed by President Idriss Deby Itno seen by AFP.

The government had already declared a state of emergency in the two departments that border Niger and Nigeria.

The measures allow local and miliary officials to prohibit traffic and also to search homes day and night.

Deby vowed a “lightning response” to the attack when he visited the site of the attack this week.

Chad has presented its military, considered one of the region’s more professional armies, as a bulwark against terrorism until Monday’s attack in Fouli department.

The jihadists emerged in Nigeria in 2009 before taking their insurgency to neighbouring countries, inflicting escalating losses in lives and economic damage.

One senior officer told AFP that the Bohoma garrison had been weakened recently after one battalion was dispatched elsewhere.

Chad has promised in recent months to send 480 soldiers to the “three-border area”, on the borders of Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger, to fight against jihadist groups.

Chad has been dispatching troops outside its borders to cooperate in regional anti-jihadist operations, in exchange for funding. But those troops movements have been criticised at home as Chadians worry about the growing number of attacks in Lake Chad region.

President Buhari Mourns Soldiers Killed In Ambush

New Salary Scale Has Not Been Approved For Armed Forces – DHQ
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President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed “profound grief and sorrow’’ over loss of soldiers who were ambushed by terrorists in Gorgi Village, Borno State.

At least 47 soldiers were killed by members of the Boko Haram terrorist group in Borno State.

The Director of Defence Information, Major General John Enenche, disclosed this on Tuesday in Abuja and said that the troops of Operation Lafiya Dole were on clearance and fighting patrol operation to Gorgi in Borno between March 21 and 23.

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While reacting to the incident, Buhari in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant, Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, condoled with the families of the deceased.

Buhari also assured that the “sacrifices of our gallant patriots cannot be quantified, and their sacrifices cannot go in vain.”

According to the President, the death of every soldier causes deep pains as he knows what it means to be a soldier, and fully understands the extreme risks associated with the profession.

This is as he said “despite the tragedies and incidents, we cannot allow anarchists and mass murderers to hold the country hostage.’’

He, therefore, appealed to the military “not to allow the incident to affect their morale’’ and assured that his administration will continue to motivate and equip them adequately to cope with the complex challenges of unconventional warfare.

The Nigerian Army has dispatched a team to assess the situation and report back to the government.

Boko Haram Kills 47 Soldiers In Borno – Military

New Salary Scale Has Not Been Approved For Armed Forces – DHQ
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The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) has confirmed the killing of at least 47 soldiers by members of the Boko Haram terrorist group in Borno State.

The Director of Defence Information, Major General John Enenche, disclosed this during a session with reporters on Tuesday in Abuja.

Giving an update on the military operations across the country, he noted that Nigeria was in a fluid conflict situation while the troops were at the frontlines.

Enenche explained that troops of Operation Lafiya Dole were on clearance and fighting patrol operation to Gorgi in Borno between March 21 and 23.

“During consolidation, they (the troops) were ambushed by elements of Boko Haram terrorists. Sadly, we suffered some casualties in the unfortunate attack,” he said.

The DHQ spokesman, however, revealed that the Air Component of Operation Lafiya Dole scrambled immediately to the scene and provided close air support to the ground troops.

He added that the Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) platform, as well as the fighter jets engaged the insurgents, killing some of the terrorists and immobilising a gun truck belonging to them.

“Some others (terrorists) who attempted to withdraw were also mopped up by the jets in follow-on attacks.

“The Defence Headquarters commiserate with the families of our fallen gallant heroes who paid the supreme price in the course of defending our fatherland,” Enenche said.

He assured Nigerians that the military and other security agencies would continue to sustain the offensive against the enemies of the nation.

The military spokesman added that this would be done in furtherance of the objective of restoring peace and security in the North East and other parts of the country.

Contrary to the figures stated by the DHQ, reports say at least 70 soldiers were killed in the ambush on the security operatives’ convoy.

The insurgents reportedly fired rocket-propelled grenades at a lorry conveying the troops as it travelled near Gorgi village on Monday.

Amid Renewed Attacks, Buratai Insists Army Will Crush Boko Haram, Bandits

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The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, has insisted that the Nigerian Army, in collaboration with other security agencies, would soon crush all the enemies of national peace and security.

He stated this in spite of the rising cases of attacks by the Boko Haram terrorist group in the North East, as well as banditry in the North West and other parts of the country.

The army chief gave the assurance on Saturday at the Nigerian Army Special Day at the 41st Kaduna State International Trade Fair in Kaduna.

He disclosed that the army recently recorded resounding tactical victory against the terrorists during an onslaught at their camp in Damboa, Borno State and other parts of the north-east zone.

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Buratai, who was represented by the Chief of Policy and Plans, Lieutenant General Lamidi Adeosun, reiterated the commitment of the army to crushing the enemies of the Nigerian state through an effective collaboration with other security agencies.

He explained that the main aim of participating in the trade fair was to further foster civil-military relations with the army.

The army boss, however, called for patience, support, and understanding of Nigerians in the effort to overcome the security challenges.

He added that the much-expected victory required the collective effort of all, in addition to divine intervention.

Buratai stressed that apart from its primary role of defending the territorial integrity of the country, the army was prepared to contribute to the nation’s economic development through the invention of locally made military hardware and armoured vehicles.

The highpoint of the event was the display of the first indigenous mine resistant ambush protected armoured vehicle, also known as Ezeugwu, and other military equipment produced by the Defence Industries Corporation of Nigeria (DICON).

Air Force Destroys Boko Haram’s Camp In Sambisa Forest

 

The Nigerian Air Force says its air strike has destroyed Boko Haram’s camp at Alafa ‘C’ in Sambisa Forest, Borno State.

In a statement issued on Friday by the Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, the action followed sustained onslaught by the Operation Decisive Edge of the Force against the terrorists.

According to him, the attack was carried out based on “confirmatory Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions which established that several compounds in the settlement were being used by the terrorists to house and train their fighters.”

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“The bomb strikes and rocket salvos from the ATF’s fighter jets hit the designated compounds, obliterating most of the structures and neutralizing some of the BHT occupants,” Daramola said.

The NAF spokesman explained that the Force “operating in concert with surface forces, will sustain its air campaign against the terrorists’ hideouts to shape the battle space for the effective conduct of further ground and air operations.”

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Dapchi Attack: Boko Haram Kills Eight Policemen, Burns Armoured Vehicle

 

At least eight mobile policemen have been killed in Wednesday’s Boko Haram attack on Dapchi town in Yobe State.

Channels Television confirmed this on Thursday during a visit to the town, the headquarters of Bursari Local Government Area of the state.

The Acting Assistant Director of Army Public Relations of Sector 2, Operation Lafiya Dole, Lieutenant Chinonso Oteh, as well as the Police Public Relations Officer in Yobe, Dungus Abdulkarim, have confirmed the attack.

Both men were, however, unable to give details of the casualties in the incident.

The insurgents were said to have invaded the town in what appeared to be an attack targeted at security formations in Dapchi.

They attacked the Divisional Police Headquarters and the Nigerian Army formation in the town, while one police armoured vehicle was set ablaze.

According to local sources, they came to Dapchi, about 100 kilometres from Damaturu, the Yobe State capital, through neighbouring Jumbam village.

Speaking in an interview with Channels Television, the residents called on the Federal Government to take up proactive measures in curtailing the incessant attacks on their community.

The Executive Secretary of the Yobe State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) Mohammed Goje, who visited the scene of the attack sympathised with the people of the town.

The attack comes two weeks after some insurgents stormed the town and set ablaze the telecommunication network facility in Dapchi.

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Boko Haram Attacks Dapchi Town, Burns Houses

Yobe is situated in North-East Nigeria
Yobe is situated in North-East Nigeria.

 

 

Some suspected Boko Haram members have attacked Dapchi town, the headquarters of Bursari Local Government Area of Yobe State.

The insurgents carried out the attack on Wednesday evening in Dapchi, about 100 kilometres from Damaturu, the Yobe State capital.

Local sources told Channels Television that the attackers came to the town where Leah Sharibu and about 100 students of Government Girls Science Technical College were abducted in February 2018, through neighbouring Jumbam village.

The insurgents were said to have invaded the town and set some residential houses and government structures on fire.

When contacted, the acting Assistant Director of Army Public Relations, Sector 2 of Operation Lafiya Dole, Lieutenant Chinonso Oteh, said the details of the incident were unclear.

He, however, promised to give an update as well as the causality figure if there was any.

The attack comes two weeks after some insurgents stormed the town and set ablaze the telecommunication network facility in Dapchi.

IGP Declares Bandits In North West As Boko Haram, ISWAP Members

 

The Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Mohammed Adamu, says bandits in North West are Boko Haram and ISWAP members.

He made the declaration in Kaduna on Thursday, during a meeting with top Police Commanders over recent attacks in the state.

The IGP stated that the reinforced attacks need new war strategies geared towards eliminating the bandits from their hideouts in the nook and crannies of the zone.

The police boss said it is important to ensure that peace and security are restored while imploring the officers to show commitment in the fight against criminality in the region.

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The IGP’s meeting with top police commanders follows Sunday’s attack by bandits in five villages in Giwa and Igabi local government areas of Kaduna state by where no fewer than 51 people were killed and several others injured.

Channels Television reported that during a visit to some of the affected villages, Governor Nasir El-Rufai vowed to wipe out bandits in Kaduna state.

He insisted that his administration will not succumb to granting the bandits amnesty.

Governor El-Rufai apologised to the villagers on behalf of his government for failing to protect them, while assuring them that troops of the Nigerian military will be stationed in the villages to provide adequate security.

Residents Flee As Boko Haram, Troops Exchange Gunfire In Borno

Air Force Officer Dismissed For Raping 14-Year-Old IDP

 

Residents of Damboa local government area of Borno State were on Wednesday morning, caught in a crossfire between the Nigerian Army and Boko Haram insurgents.

The insurgents attempted to attack a military location in Damboa, shooting sporadically but were countered with stiff resistance as troops on the ground responded with superior firepower.

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According to sources, the attack and the exchange of fire caused panic among the civilian populace leading to injury as some of those who ran were caught up in the crossfire.

The sources could not confirm the casualty figure but said the Army reportedly inflicted the insurgents with heavy casualties.

The exchange lasted for an hour until the insurgents retreated towards the Sambisa forest axis which is just on the fringes of Damboa local government.

Calm has returned to the town.

Court Dismisses Suit Filed By Boko Haram’s Ex-Spokesman

 

A Federal High Court in Abuja has dismissed the application filed by former spokesperson of the Islamic sect, Boko Haram, Ali Sanda Koduga, for lacking in merit.

Konduga, who was convicted for terrorism crime and sentenced to three years imprisonment by a magistrate court in 2011, alleged that he was unlawfully detained by the Department of State Service (DSS), after serving his jail term.

He approached the court to enforce his fundamental human rights, demanding N500 million as compensation for the alleged breach of his fundamental human rights.

However, his appeal did not scale through as Justice Anwuli Chikere, dismissed his application.

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According to his counsel, Emmanuel Edu, the applicant was seeking his fundamental rights after what he described ‘illegal detention’.

“He was supposed to be released after three years because if you have served your sentence as stipulated by the court, you were supposed to be released, but he was further detained for another three years before he was released.

“So the applicant was seeking for his fundamental right; in an egalitarian society like Nigeria, all we need to do is for a wrongdoer to get justice; there is a proportionate amount of sentence that is required for any crime.

“So if that person has served that, he shouldn’t be subjected to any other sentence or illegal detention and that’s what we were trying to seek that justice should be done.

Edu said that the court declared that the applicant’s detention “cannot be declared unlawful and unconstitutional and his fundamental rights have not been infringed upon.”