Soldier Kills Lieutenant In Borno

Borno is situated in northeast Nigeria.

 

A Lieutenant has been shot dead by a solider in Bama local government area of Borno State.

The Director Army Public Relations Colonel Sagir Musa, confirmed this in a statement on Thursday, noting that they were investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of the Lieutenant.

Family members had taken to social media mourning the slain soldier identified as Lieutenant BS. Ngorgi, an Adjutant in his unit.

Lieutenant Ngorgi was due for a welfare pass today (Thursday 30th July) to go spend time with his family and young bride before the unfortunate incident happened.

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His killer is a trooper of the Nigerian Army serving in 202 Battalion of 21 Special Armoured Brigade Bama, Borno State.

He went beserk at about on July 29, 2020 and fired at the officer (a Subaltern) who eventually died.

“The incident happened when the soldier approached the officer who was standing in front of the Unit’s Headquarters making a phone call.

“The soldier has been arrested, is in custody undergoing investigation. General situation in the unit is calm,” Musa said.

Sources say the soldier had taken to marijuana consumption which he has been warned severally to desist from, but to no avail.

He was reportedly piqued by Ngorgi’s refusal to grant him a welfare pass earlier applied for, and took his vengeful decision after he had smoked marijuana.

The remains of the deceased officer have been evacuated to 7 Division Medical Services and Hospital.

Investigation into the case has now been instituted to determine the circumstances that led to the unfortunate incident.

Sagir said the family of the deceased has already been contacted even as the army sympathizes and condoles with them.

Italian Prosecutors Seek Jail Term For Eni, Shell Executives

Man Bags 15 Years In Prison For N5.2m Fraud
File photo

 

Italian prosecutors are seeking a jail term for oil majors, Eni and Shell, and some of their present and former executives, including Eni CEO, Claudio Descalzi, over their alleged involvement in a long-running trial over alleged corruption in Nigeria.

In a Milan court on Tuesday, prosecutors alleged that the two oil companies acquired a Nigerian oilfield in 2011, knowing most of the 1.3 billion dollar purchase price would go to politicians and middlemen in bribes.

The prosecutors, therefore, asked the court to pronounce an eight-year prison term for Descalzi and seven years and four months for shell’s former head of upstream Malcolm Brinded.

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They are also seeking a fine of 900,000 Euros each and sought to confiscate a total of $1.092 billion from all the defendants in the case, the equivalent of the bribes alleged to have been paid.

The companies and individuals accused in the case have all denied wrongdoing in the case.

Suspected Boko Haram Fighters Execute Five Aid Workers In Borno

A screengrab from the video showing the execution of five men by suspected Boko Haram terrorists in Borno State.

 

A video has surfaced online showing the execution of five persons by masked men in military camouflage, suspected to be Boko Haram fighters.

A voice was heard speaking in Hausa before the execution, saying that the five persons were working for infidels.

“Those of you that are being used by infidels to turn others to infidels, know this today oh, you who work for infidel groups, you satisfy their aims but they do not care about you and that is why when we catch you they do not show concern. Our call to you is to repent and follow Allah; we shall waylay you in all the roads that you follow and if you don’t listen, the fate of these ones will befall you,” the voice said.

The execution immediately followed his speech at the cue of another voice that said “bisimillah.”

Borno is situated in northeast Nigeria.
Borno is situated in northeast Nigeria.

 

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The slain persons are believed to be aid workers captured during a raid in Monguno Local Government of Borno State on June 13, 2020.

They include staff of the Borno State Emergency Management Agency, Action Against Hunger, Rich International, International Rescue Committee and a security guard.

The execution came after the insurgents demanded the sum of 500,000 dollars to release them.

A staff of the SEMA who pleaded anonymity identified his colleague among those executed, who had also featured in a recent video where they spoke from captivity pleading with the government to intervene.

 

A view of the Sambisa Forest in Borno State, northeast Nigeria, which has been notorious for being a hideout for Boko Haram Insurgents.

 

Despite several air raids by the military and assurances by the Federal Government that many insurgents have been neutralised, they have continued to resurface, attacking communities, aid workers, and even military bases.

Last year, Jihadists aligned with the Islamic State group released a video showing a female aid worker and five male colleagues who had been kidnapped in an attack in northeast Nigeria.

Aid group, Action Against Hunger, had said earlier that one of its staff members along with three health workers and two drivers were missing after their convoy was attacked near the border with Niger.

 

 

One of the six hostages who had been held since July, was eventually executed in September, while four others were killed in December.

Thereafter, the French aid group, said it was “extremely concerned and called for the immediate release of its staff member, Grace, who was the only one left in captivity.”

Troops Of Operation Lafiya Dole Neutralise Top Boko Haram, ISWAP Commanders

Boko Haram Attacks Based Strongly On Collaborators – DHQ
Major General John Enenche (File Photo)

 

Nigerian Army troops of the Operation Lafiya Dole say they have neutralised some Boko Haram /Islamic State and several other leaders of the West Africa province during their encounter in Borno State.

The operation was carried out at the border town with Cameroon where they neutralised six terrorists attempting to cross from the Cameroon border towards the Sambisa axis.

In a statement issued on Sunday, the co-ordinator of the defence media operations, Major General John Enenche explained that the operation followed credible intelligence targeted against the terrorists on their market activities and undercover movement around Kolofata, a border town with Cameroon.

Amongst the top BHT/ISWAP leaders killed during the encounter at Damasak and buried by the terrorists at Goski village in the early hours of July 3, were Tumbun Dabino – Ba Issoufou, Tumbun Bororo – Amir Batam, Tumbun Jaki – Almustapha, Tumbun Bagaruwa – Modou Kollo, Dogon Tchoukou – Issah, Tumbun Rakke  – Mustapha Woulama, Tumbun Dila – Boukar Kowa and Tumbun Mita – Abou Aisha.

According to Enenche, the series of successes so far recorded has led to several of the insurgents surrendering in their numbers.

“They voluntarily admitted that the insurgency is driven more by the need for money, power, greed and criminality and less of any ideology,” the statement read in part.

Weapons and equipment recovered from the terrorists include three AK 47 rifles, a Magazine with 48 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition, one Honda salon car, one motorcycle, eight bicycles, three phones with multiple sims and memory cards and five copies of the Holy Qur’an, among others things.

Police Recover Arms Cache In Borno

Borno is situated in northeast Nigeria.
Borno is situated in northeast Nigeria.

 

The Police in Borno State have recovered a cache of arms at a scene of an attack where travellers were reportedly abducted on Monday.

The travellers were said to have been ambushed at Auno Village on the Maiduguri-Damaturu expressway by men who were seen dressed in military camouflage.

The Commissioner of Police in the state, Mohammed Ndatsu, told journalists in Maiduguri that the arms were discovered by his men about three hours after the attack.

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.

Suspected Insurgents Overpower Local Vigilante, Attack Village In Borno

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

 

Suspected Boko haram insurgents have attacked Debiro community of Biu local government council of Borno state.

The assailants reportedly stormed the community on Wednesday in five Toyota Hilluxes shooting sporadically causing panic and having locals fleeing to nearby bushes for safety.

The insurgents unleashed terror on the village unchallenged as there was neither a police or army outpost in or around the village.

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The local vigilante who tried to fight back were overpowered and had to retreat when they could no longer bear superior fire power.

Some locals who spoke to Channels Television via phone confirmed that they were still in hiding, as it is not clear what the gunmen wanted.

The community primary school and other public buildings were set ablaze by the rampaging insurgents.

It is also not clear if there are casualties at the moment as Information about the the attack is still sketchy.

Debiro, 48 kilometers to the local government headquarters was last attacked in the year 2018

COVID-19: Borno Govt Worried About Citizens Nonchalant Attitude

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

 

Borno State Deputy Governor, Umar Usman Kadafur has lamented that some citizens in the state doubt the existence of COVID-19 in the same manner Boko Haram was initially underrated.

Mr Kadafur, who is the chairman of the State high powered response team for the prevention and control of COVID-19 pandemic stated this, while responding to newsmen at a daily media update on the pandemic held at the government house in Maiduguri.

He was reacting to a viral social media video that surfaced on Saturday, where hundreds of sympathizers were seen attending a burial in Maiduguri without regards to the social distance protocols.

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The deputy governor regretted that despite the increasing rate of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Borno, a large number of people in the state do not believe the existence of the virus, noting that, it is rather unfortunate that lots of people participated in burial ceremonies and observed congregational prayers against the rules of social distancing.

“When Boko Haram started, a lot of people felt like it was not something to be taken seriously, until when it affected everybody.

“So this COVID-19 is another Boko Haram that is coming, and a lot of people don’t believe it’s real, and I keep saying it’s real and as a response team we’ll continue telling the general public and reaching out with advocacy Insha Allah we’ll see to the end of this pandemic.” Kadafur said.

Isolation centres half-full

The Borno Deputy Governor, said the state Government is establishing another isolation center in the state.

According to him, his committee is working hard to establish a new Isolation Centre, as the two existing ones at Ngarannam and that of the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital (UMTH) in the metropolis have been filled to 50 per cent capacity.

Also lending his voice, the state Commissioner of health, Dr. Salisu Kwayabura said the Response team will have to now begin to use the “stick”.

“We have appealed to people, we have spoken to them please use face masks at least protect yourself, protect the community. But now we have gotten to a point where we need to apply the stick and we’re looking at different ways and modalities of that but it has come to a point where we have to clearly define defaulters and be able to prosecute them urgently in line with the laws of the country.

“If you see the funeral crowd at Bulumkutu even during eid celebrations you don’t have that kind of crowd walking around. It’s all there on the social media…People must take this thing seriously not until it gets out of hand.” Kwaya-Bura stated.

The Commissioner also revealed that, in the last 48 hours, 16 Medical health workers have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

IDP, Two Others Test Positive In Borno As Confirmed Cases Rise To 15

A file photo of Borno State Governor, Professor Babagana Zulum. Photo: [email protected]

 

Three more cases have been confirmed in Borno State, one of which is an Internally Displaced Person.

The IDP was identified during contact tracing of an earlier confirmed case, and tracked to an Internally Displaced Camp where he lives and invited for isolation.

He was there after tested along side other samples taken which came back positive.

The High Powered Response Team for the Prevention And Control of Covid 19 in Borno made the revelation during the daily media briefing at the government house in Maiduguri.

145 close contacts of the three infected persons have been reached out to, and they are all under surveillance and in self isolation, according to the Commissioner of health.

Two persons that have manifested some symptoms have also been evacuated from Dikwa local government while 17 samples of close contacts of the index case have been brought from Pulka For testing.

Borno State on the second day of its lock down order recorded 95 per cent compliance, police say.

The Rapid Response Squad enforcing the order in the capital city, Maiduguri, says this was achieved because of the involvement of the traditional institution in sensitization of the populace.

The Congregational Jumaat prayers did not hold in any of the mosques in Maiduguri town, it is not clear if the order was observed in other parts of the state or not.

Borno Records First Suspected COVID-19 Death

A file photo of Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum.

 

Borno State has recorded a suspected COVID-19 death, one which will be the State’s first when confirmed. 

Deputy Governor Umar Kadafur who is also the chairman of the Covid 19 Taskforce revealed this to journalists in Maiduguri after a high level meeting attended by humanitarian partners, where the governor was briefed on the situation of things.

Residents of the state had woken up to the news of a patient brought in from Gwoza local government of the state manifesting symptoms of the corona virus who had died at the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital.

The deceased a health worker by profession, is said to be a humanitarian worker, whose travel history was not clear as at time of filing this report.

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Health workers at the UMTH have been in panic since the news broke, while sources say all those who attended to the patient have been called back for possible isolation.

Kadafur during the chat with journalists did not reveal the status of the deceased patient but urged residents to remain calm and practice social distance and other hygienic protocols advised.

“We have a patient who has passed away; He has been tested but the result has been sent to the NCDC and you know they are the people mandated to make a statement on that. But as a committee we are still working and reviewing things in the town.

“As a committee now we have evaluated a lot of things we have started putting our house in order in the event if there’s anything coming out while we await that result, for now we ask that you stay calm and wait for the result.”

“The results have been communicated to national center for disease control to make a statement but as a committee we are still working after the report we’ll make it public Insha Allah soonest.

“I have to caution the press when it comes to reporting even after the first test you have to run a confirmatory test if you’re not a medical person or if you’re not part of the team you’re not suppose to preempt the result of that outcome until when it is confirmed from official designated agency like the NCDC,” Kadafur stated.

A COVID-19 testing center for the Northeast region has been placed at the UMTH in Borno State where samples of the suspected case was tested.

The deputy governor noted that the NCDC would conduct a confirmatory test and announce the result.

Borno Govt Delegation Visits Parents Of Chibok Girls, Donates N5.6m

The delegation presented food items and cash to the parents.

 

A delegation of commissioners and a lawmaker, sent by the Borno State Governor, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum, on Tuesday, visited parents of the Chibok schoolgirls who were abducted by Boko Haram exactly six years ago.

The delegation which included the commissioners of education, women affairs, poverty alleviation and the member, representing Chibok at the Borno assembly, delivered Governor Zulum’s message of empathy, hope and assurance.

They also presented the families with 500 bags of rice (25kg), 250 gallons of cooking oil and a sum of N5.6million as social support.

The state Commissioner for Education, Bello Ayuba, assured the parents and members of the community that President Muhammadu Buhari and the governor will never give up on the rescue of the remaining schoolgirls.

Ayuba said, “Governor Zulum has asked us to inform you that in all his meetings with President Buhari, the President has consistently shown concern and commitment to the rescue of the missing girls.

“The President and the Governor are fathers, with daughters. They know how you feel and they share your pains. They will never give up on the rescue of our daughters. No sane parent will give up on a missing child. They are committed and by the grace of God, these girls will be rescued alive.

“The Governor sends his empathy, and as you all have seen in his activities and visits to Chibok, the Governor holds Chibok very dear to his heart. Let us remain hopeful and prayerful, while our leaders sustain their concerted efforts.”

Commissioner of Women Affairs, Zuwaira Gambo, and that of Poverty Alleviation, Nuhu Clark, who hails from Chibok took turns to support and encourage the parents.

Boko Haram insurgents had on April 14, 2014, attacked a Government Secondary School in Chibok and taken away over 200 schoolgirls from their hostels. The girls were just about to write the West African Secondary School Certificate Examination.

A total of 219 of them were held by the insurgents, out of which 107 regained freedom after various rescue efforts and largely mediated negotiations between the Buhari administration and the insurgents.

Air Force Says ISWAP Logistics Facilities Destroyed By Airstrikes In Borno

 

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has said that some structures and logistics facilities used by the Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) at Bukar Meram on the fringes of the Lake Chad in Borno State have been destroyed by airstrikes.

According to the Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, in a statement on Sunday, intelligence reports indicated that the terrorists had resumed using the settlement to store their logistics supplies.

He added that aircraft dispatched by the ATF provided close air support for ground troops at Gubio and destroyed one gun truck and eliminated some ISWAP fighters at the location.

In continuation of Operation DECISIVE EDGE, the Air Task Force (ATF) of Operation LAFIYA DOLE has successfully knocked out some logistics facilities and other structures belonging to elements of the Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) at Bukar Meram on the fringes of the Lake Chad in Borno State.

Similarly, aircraft dispatched by the ATF to provide close air support for ground troops at Gubio in the Northwestern part of Borno State also destroyed one gun truck and eliminated some ISWAP fighters at the location.

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The Air Force spokesman added that fighter jets and a helicopter gunship scrambled by the ATF to provide close air support to ground troops at Gubio neutralized an ISWAP gun truck and some of their fighters as they attempted to beat a retreat after they were roundly defeated by a combination of air and ground fire.

The Nigerian Air Force, in furtherance of the objective of restoring peace and security in the Northeast and operating in concert with surface forces, will continue to carry out air interdiction missions against the enemies of our Nation.