Police Arrest High Profile Drug Dealers In Borno

 

The Borno State Police Command has said that 17 suspected high profile drug dealers have been arrested in a joint operation with operatives of Operation Puff Adder.

According to the commissioner of Police, Mohammed, the arrest was successful with the collaboration of indigenes.

“You can see the exhibit, the number of dry leaves suspected to be Indian hemp, suck and die in large quantity, hard drug Drazzapan, Shisha smoker pot that is being used nowadays to smoke the dry leaves as if it were the actual shisha smoking ingredients,” Ndatsu revealed.

Also paraded were suspected forgery syndicates, who according to The Police commissioner have been defrauding unsuspecting people offering them fake appointments in government agencies.

Fake Appointment letters bearing NNPC, NPS and other government agencies were recovered as exhibits from the alleged fraudsters.

“We arrested forgers and cheaters who specialize in issuing fake appointment letters and collecting a huge sum of money. Some were gotten with fake NIPOST, NNPC appointment letters. Francis Josiah, Gideon Ndanga 32 years are from Borno State.”

Army Dismisses Three Soldiers Over Alleged Kidnapping, Armed Robbery

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The Nigerian Army has dismissed three soldiers for their alleged involvement in kidnapping, armed robbery and cultism in Borno State.

Theatre Commander of the Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Olusegun Adeniyi, announced the dismissal on Sunday at the headquarters in Maimalari cantonment.

According to him, the three dismissed soldiers were arrested in a hotel in Maiduguri alongside 25 others, also alleged to be members of a notorious cult group terrorizing the state capital.

Adeniyi further explained that the arrest was made possible by a Joint Task Force including local hunters, the police, the NSCDC, DSS and the Army following a tip off.


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Also speaking on the matter, the state Commissioner of Police, Aliyu Ndatsu, said the Force has found the suspects guilty of criminal conspiracy and unlawful assembly.

Some of the items recovered from them include mobile sets, ID cards, calabashes, water pots containing red contents believed to be human blood and a sticker with an inscription that suggests a cult group affiliation.

Boko Haram Terrorists Seeking Refuge In Homes Of Some Unscrupulous Individuals – Army

 

The Nigerian Army says some Boko Haram Terrorists are currently seeking refuge in the homes of some individuals in parts of Borno and Yobe State.

According to a statement issued on Saturday by the Acting Director Army Public Relations Operation Lafiya Dole, Colonel Ado Isa, the development is a result of the military’s unrelenting onslaught on the BHT/ISWAP hideouts, along the Lake Chad region and Northern Borno.

Consequently, the command says it received information that the fleeing criminals are seeking refuge in homes of “some unscrupulous individuals”.

“These fugitives have been escaping and taking refuge in the residence of some persons in Maiduguri, Damboa, Gajiram, Monguno, Damasak, Biu, Gwoza Dikwa, Benisheikh, Ngamdu, Bama, Gamboru, Konduga, Gajigana and other smaller towns all in Borno State. Others, have also run to Damaturu, Gujba, Buni Yadi, Buni Gari, Gashua, Kanamma, Yususufari, Goniri and Kukareta towns in Yobe State, among others,” the statement read in part.

Colonel Isa, therefore, called on those who are said to be harbouring the criminals to report them to the army.

“While we are making concerted efforts to trace and fish out the fleeing criminals, it is important to inform and warn all those harbouring the fleeing fugitives to report or hand them to the troops of Operation Lafiya Dole immediately.

“Failure to do that would attract severe consequences.

“The Theatre Command Operation Lafiya Dole wishes to enjoin all well-meaning Nigerians, especially those residing in aforementioned areas, to report any suspicious and strange faces in their communities,” the statement read.

Action Against Hunger Calls On Authorities To Allow Continuation Of Humanitarian Work

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Global humanitarian aid provider, Action Against Hunger has called on relevant authorities to allow them to continue their humanitarian work in the northeast.

The Nigerian Army had accused the group of aiding and abetting terrorists despite several warnings to desist from the act.

In a statement issued by the Deputy Director Army Public relations of Operation Lafia Dole, Col. Ado Isa, the Force claimed that the command had obtained several credible intelligence, indicting the group as one of those NGOs operating in the northeast, notorious for supplying food and drugs to criminals in the area.

Consequently, the army declared the group a persona non grata.

In response, the AAH said it did not receive prior notice or explanation for the action and therefore, it had to halt the assistance it provides to millions of people in Maiduguri, Monguno and Damasak with immediate effect.

It, however, maintained that it delivers neutral, impartial and independent humanitarian aid to millions of people in Borno State by providing basic services to the most vulnerable people, especially women and children.

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On July 25, a video surfaced on the social media showing four aid workers with Action Against Hunger who said they had been kidnapped by ISWAP terrorists since July 18.

One of the victims who identified herself as Grace pleaded with the government and the Christian Association of Nigeria to come to their aid and secure their release from their captors.

Since then, nothing has been heard about the whereabouts of the said aid workers, neither has anyone confirmed their release or spoken about any form of negotiation.

Boko Haram Destroys 73 Households, 28 Shops In Borno Villages

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The Borno state emergency management agency has confirmed that a total of 73 households and ‎28 shops were set ablaze by Boko Haram insurgents in three villages of Konduga local government area following an attack on Thursday night.

SEMA briefed Governor Babagana Umara-Zulum who undertook an impact assessment visit to the affected villages in Konduga.

Zulum returned to Maiduguri on Friday night, after a one-on-one security meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the presidential villa.

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In Borri, one of the three villages torched by the insurgents, Professor Zulum was informed by SEMA Chairman, Yabawa Kolo that around 8pm of August 22, the insurgents attacked and set ablaze 17 households and 4 shops and in Wanori village, 34 households and 18 shops were also set ablaze while 22 households and 6 shops were torched in Kaleri-Abdule village.

The figures added up to 73 households and 28 shops, the agency’s boss said.

The Governor went round to see things before meeting residents and community leaders affected ‎by the attack.

Zulum promised immediate reconstruction of homes. Modern houses will replace those destroyed, he said.

Governor Zulum also held discussions with youth volunteers under the Civilian JTF who help with community policing, pledging to provide two patrol vehicles.

Troops Repel Terrorist Attack On Borno Communities

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The Nigerian Army says it has repelled a terrorist attack on two communities (Gubio and Magumeri) in Borno State.

According to a statement by the Deputy Director Army Public Relations, 7 Division, Ado Isa (Colonel), the terrorists had targeted the army who were deployed to the areas to enable them gain access to shops in the market so that they could loot food and other items.

The attack was, however, repelled by the troops and the terrorists were forced to withdraw from the town following a fierce gun battle.

In the process, some buildings and property were destroyed, while a vigilante lost his life.

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Some civilians in the area were also reported to have sustained various degrees of injuries.

The Force, however, says peace has been restored in the communities.

They, therefore, called on all well-meaning members of the public to collaborate with the military and other security agencies to curb crime.

NSCDC Deploys “Agro Rangers” In Borno State

 

Borno State Government in partnership with the NSCDC has launched a special squad named “Agro Rangers” to give Protection to farming communities constantly harassed by insurgents.

The Team consists of 75 personnel of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps, 120 Civilian Joint Task Force members as well as local hunters and vigilantes.

The constitution of this team is expected to give farmers the necessary cover with a view to boosting the food reserve of the state.

 

Aside trans-border commerce, farming is the major trade of the people of Borno State before the emergence of the Boko Haram crisis.

The nearly ten year long insurgency has reduced the people from the farming communities to displaced persons, living in make shift shelter living on handouts from humanitarian agencies.

Over the years farmers in resettled communities who have dared to return to the farm have been attacked, with many losing their lives and yields to insurgents who wait for the harvest season to attack.

The “Agro Rangers” Squad would now give farmers security cover, ending the embargo on farmers before now restricted from going beyond two kilometers from the local settlement.

Borno is the first state to benefit from the NSCDC Agro Rangers squad put together to mitigate the farmers/herders clashes common during farming seasons.

Personnel of the NSCDC trained specifically for this purpose are being supported with equipment and operational vans by the state government.

The people are hopeful that this special squad will boost the confidence and resilience of the local people and also bring to an end the frequent harassment of innocent farmers trying to settle down to normal lives in liberated towns.

Three Injured As Masked Men Attack Farmers In Borno

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Three farmers have survived an attack carried out by masked men, believed to be insurgents.

They were attacked with matchets in their farms near Dalori IDP camp on Friday evening.

The injured farmers were later rushed to the Maiduguri Specialist Hospital where they are currently receiving treatment.

The Director Rescue Operations of the Borno State Emergency Management Agency Bello Dambatta confirmed the attack but assured that all three farmers are in stable condition.

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The attack is a sequel to another right inside the Dalori IDP camp on Thursday night after the insurgents sacked and set ablaze military outposts around the camp.

They reportedly rode freely on bikes inside the camp where they looted food shooting sporadically throwing displaced persons and residents of the area including the University of Maiduguri community in panic.

Dambatta confirms that two persons were killed in the ensuing panic and pandemonium with many of the IDPs fleeing the camp.

It took a reenforcement from the 7 Division supported by the police Special Anti Robbery Squad to push the insurgents back.

IDPs Flee As Insurgents Attack Camp In Borno

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Armed insurgents on Thursday night attacked Dalori Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp in Maiduguri, Borno State.

The attack caused panic in the camp with many displaced persons fleeing in droves.

Those in neighbouring camp at the University of Maiduguri were also in fear that the attack might extend to their campus.

The insurgents according to witnesses attempted to invade the capital city, Maiduguri but diverted to the camp located near the city gate having met resistance.

Air Force surveillance helicopters were also sighted hovering over the city while the military dispatched a back up sighted racing towards the camp.

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One Dead, Six Missing After Attack On Aid Workers In Borno

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A convoy of vehicles carrying aid workers of Action Against Hunger was attacked on the road to Damasak, Borno state.

The attack, according to Country Director of Action Against Hunger, Shashwat Saraf, happened on Thursday, July 18, 2019.

He said one staff of the humanitarian organisation was killed by the attackers, while six others are missing.

“On Thursday 18 July 2019, a convoy of vehicles was attacked on the road to Damasak, Borno state, Nigeria. One of the drivers was killed, while one Action Against Hunger staff member, two of the drivers and three health workers are missing.”

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Mr Saraf expressed concerns and said that efforts will be made to reunite the abducted with their families.

“We are deeply saddened by this tragic incident as these are colleagues dedicated to providing life-saving assistance to individuals and families affected by the ongoing humanitarian crisis in the northeast of Nigeria.

“We are very concerned and want to ensure that they are safe and can be reunited with their families.

“We express our deepest condolences to the family of our driver and we extend our support to the family of our missing colleagues as well as others affected by this incident.”

UN Condemns Attack On Aid Workers In Borno

 

The United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria Edward Kalon has reacted to the attack on aid workers in Northern Borno.

Country Director of Action Against Hunger, Shashwat Saraf had earlier said that a vehicle belonging to the organisation was ambushed by an Armed Group 15 kilometers away from Damasak town, with some of the occupants reportedly abducted.

The UN Coordinator, Mr Kalon, in a statement issued on Friday, said he was ‘deeply disturbed’ by the reports and is concerned about their safety.

“I am deeply disturbed by reports of an incident involving aid workers from International NGOs in northern Borno State. As details are still coming in and information has yet to be confirmed, the humanitarian community in Nigeria is concerned about the safety of our ACF colleague, partners, and contractors involved in the attack against an aid convoy reported on 18 July on the Gubio-Damasak road.” The statement read.

The statement further added: “They devote their lives to helping vulnerable people and communities in an area heavily affected by violence. I call on all who may have the influence to do everything they can to keep them unharmed and work towards their safe return.”

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Mr Kalon pleaded with the public to refrain from sharing any unconfirmed information, as according to him, the spread of misinformation may put the concerned aid workers at risk and jeopardise their way back to safety.

“This attack occurs only a couple weeks before the ongoing crisis affecting the states of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe enter its tenth year. Today, 7.1 million people still need humanitarian assistance. Violence, insecurity, and inaccessibility to remote areas of Borno State continue to hamper the response to urgent needs.

“These acts of violence affect the very individuals, families, and communities that we support, and deprive vulnerable people of vital services. All parties should protect and facilitate the delivery of aid. Despite constraints, the humanitarian community remains committed to doing its utmost to provide lifesaving assistance and help the people in north-east Nigeria rebuild their lives.” Kalon stated.

Military, Insurgents Lock Horns In Jakana, Borno State

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A fierce gun battle between Operatives of the Nigerian military and insurgents in Jakana village of Borno State has thrown villagers and travelers into a panic.

The Director Public Relations of Operation Lafiya Dole, Colonel Ado Isa confirmed the clash which occurred on Wednesday evening but maintained that troops of the Sector 1 successfully repelled the enemy.

Colonel Isa also confirmed an ambush on troops of Sector 2 driving in a gun truck around Benisheikh, a village west of Jakana, he, however, noted that Sector 2 is under Damaturu and details of the ambush are still sketchy.

The Director could not readily verify if all six occupants of the gun truck, including a Colonel, had been killed as reported by local sources.

Meanwhile, sources at the Maiduguri Specialist Hospital, however, say that three wounded civilians caught up in the crossfire were brought in from Jakana, one of whom later died having lost much blood already.

Jakana is located along the Maiduguri-Damaturu expressway, the only open route linking Borno to other parts of the country.