Most Arms Used By Insurgents Were Stolen From The Armed Forces – Senator Ndume

 

Senator Ali Ndume has said the bulk of arms and ammunition used by insurgents were carted away from the armed forces and other security agencies in the country.

Ndume who represents Borno South noted that apart from stealing arms from Nigeria’s security agencies, the criminals also get weapons from nations like Libya and Chad.

“Most of the arms and ammunition they use are the ones they succeed in carting away from the Nigerian soldiers and other armed forces or security agencies,” the Chairman, Senate Committee on Army, explained on Thursday during an interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today. 

“I know they have some small arms coming from up there like Libya, Chad, and all that but the bulk of the equipment they use are the ones they succeeded in stealing from our armed forces.”

In this file photo taken on March 30th, 2021, President Muhammadu meets with Nigeria’s service chiefs.

 

Nigeria’s security situation appears to have worsened in recent months despite reassurances from President Muhammadu Buhari and security agencies.

Banditry and kidnaping are now rife in the West African nation, further compounding the challenges created by terrorists in the northeastern part of the nation.

‘Hit-And-Run’

But Ndume says the Nigerian Army is intensifying efforts at riding the nation of insurgents, adding that the criminals are feeling the heat from the security agents.

“Most of the insurgents, they do hit-and-run. Sometimes, they do hit on purpose” the lawmaker added. “Like now, they are trying to do that because the heat is much from the Nigerian army, the new army commander is putting heat on them, they are desperate to get arms and ammunition.”

Banditry and kidnaping are now rife in many parts of Nigeria.

 

He also believes the Nigerian Army can do better in tackling the myriad of security threats facing Nigeria if it is well-funded and equipped.

“Go and check what Nigeria is spending on militarily and compare it with that of Chad that is poorer than us, or Niger (Republic),” Ndume explained.

“Go and see the Nigerian soldiers and the Cameroonian soldiers. Their kitting is different from our own. It is superior to our own despite the fact that they are poor because they placed priority on their security.”

Borno Power Outage: NNPC To Establish Gas Plant In Maiduguri

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

 

The Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) is partnering with the Borno State Government to establish a Gas Power Plant to solve the protracted blackout problem in the state.

The blackout followed the vandalization of power towers by insurgents cutting off Borno from the national grid since January this year.

The Group Managing Director of the NNPC Mele Kyari led a delegation to the Governor of Borno state, Babagana Zulum for talks on Friday.

According to Mele, there is a lot the NNPC and the Borno state government can achieve together as value chain partners.

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“We are here to join you to resolve power problems in Borno state in particular Maiduguri metropolis and environs it is Mr president’s cardinal principles to deepen gas power consumption in our country In the domestic market and the easiest road to that is to deliver gas to power and ultimately to industries.
The GMD says its mission in Borno is in line with the federal government’s declaration of the next ten years as the decade of gas which will translate to physical gas entering into domestic markets.

“We saw the opportunity and the challenge to support Borno state in the course of the challenge we have with our power supply; we are now partners in the value chain, we have talked to each other and we think it’s very possible to establish a dedicated power plant in Maiduguri which will serve current needs of power supply not only in Maiduguri but to other parts of the neighboring cities,” Mele stated.

The gas plant will be ready in a maximum of four months, he told Zulum.

Governor Zulum welcomes the partnership which he believes will ease the agony of the people of the state who have suffered untold hardship since the power crisis began three months ago.

“The ongoing insurgency has cut off the entire Borno from the national grid in the last three months. We put all our efforts and restored it back, we have seen the joy and jubilation the people of Borno demonstrated after the restoration. But unfortunately, after 48 hours, the same group of insurgents went back and destroyed the main tower again,” Zulum lamented.

The governor believes that the restoration of power can reduce the effects of the insurgency and the attendant poverty as millions of livelihoods have now been affected by the crisis.

Cameroon Repatriates Over 5,000 Nigerian Refugees To Borno

Cameroonian officials, led by Minister for Territorial Administration, Paul Atanga Nji have repatriated over 5,000 Nigerian refugees to Borno State Government.

According to a statement on the Facebook page of Borno State Governor Babagana Zulum, the handing over took place on Monday in Amchiide, a border community between Nigeria and Cameroon, close to Banki in Bama Local Government Area of Borno central.

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The handover ceremony was attended by top officials from Cameroon, including the Governor of the Far North Region, Midjiyawa Bakary, and officials of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR).

The statement added that the returnees were part of thousands of Nigerians, mostly from Borno, who since 2014, fled in batches to Minawao camp located in Mokolo, far north region of Cameroon, to escape Boko Haram’s killings.

“Cameroonian Minister for Territorial Administration, Paul Atanga Nji Paul announced that President Paul Biya had approved a big relief package which included food items, mattresses, blankets, and other non-food items for distribution to all 5,000 returnees as support.

“The Minister commended Governor Zulum for constructing homes where the refugees were to be resettled.

“Governor Zulum had approved funds and supervised the ongoing construction of over 6,000 urban and low-cost resettlement houses sited in Banki, Gwoza, Kondugu, Kaga, and different others, with a substantial number already completed. Majority of them are used for resettlement of refugees and internally displaced persons,” the statement added.

Zulum in response thanked the Cameroonian President, other officials, and host communities, for taking good care of Nigerian refugees in the last six years.

The governor also appreciated the donation made by President Biya.

Zulum Storms IDP Camp At Midnight, Discovers 650 ‘Ghost Households’

 

 

 

Around midnight on Sunday, Governor Babagana Umara Zulum showed up at Mohammed Goni College of Islamic Legal Studies (MOGOCOLIS), in Maiduguri, where some Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) from Abadam Local Government Area of Borno were being camped.

Upon arrival, Zulum immediately sealed the entrance and supervised a headcount to identify actual IDPs, in order to put a stop to rampant cases of dubious residents pretending to be displaced.

These shady individuals spend their day time at IDP camps to share food meant for IDPs, and towards the night, they return to their homes to sleep, with some of them benefiting from other means through which the state distributes food to vulnerable non IDPs in communities.

Governor Zulum’s mission at the camp which ended at about past 1am, led to the discovery that out of 1,000 households in the records of humanitarian officials, 650 households were ghosts (non-existent).

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About 450 households were found to be real IDPs after Zulum’s midnight headcount which was conducted by the governor alongside an official of the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, Air Commodore M. T. Abdullahi, and two commissioners (Agriculture, and Local Government and Emirate Affairs).

In the humanitarian system, a household normally consists of at least six persons who are either related through families or chosen to stay together for the purpose of receiving household aids.

Officials who were part of the midnight headcount said Governor Zulum was not aversed to approving support for any citizen who may be vulnerably in need of food since there is a committee doing that, however, the governor is vehemently opposed to some residents making dubious claims in other to take what is meant for IDPs while also benefiting from other existing welfare activities that target non IDPs.

Terror As Boko Haram Insurgents Attack Dikwa LGA In Borno

Borno is situated in northeast Nigeria.
A map of Borno, a state in north-east Nigeria.

 

There are reports that insurgents have attacked Dikwa Local Government, a Borno town some 90 kilometers east of Maiduguri.

The attack is coming 24 hours after the state governor Babagana Zulum returned from a trip after spending three nights in Dikwa.

Zulum left Maiduguri on Wednesday, a day after Marte was liberated, and proceeded to Dikwa where he stayed till Saturday, proceeded to Ngala, and returned to Maiduguri on Sunday.

The attack reportedly occurred on Monday night through the early hours of Tuesday, with the insurgents destroying government facilities, the Shehu’s palace and hospitals belonging to NGOs.

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Channels Television gathered from sources stuck in Dikwa that the insurgents are currently moving freely in the town, and have mounted a checkpoint at the exit preventing people from fleeing to Maiduguri.

The Chief of Army staff had recently visited the headquarters of the Army Super Camp 9 located in Dikwa is where he gave troops a 48-hour ultimatum to clear insurgents from neighboring Marte local government.

At least 35,000 people had fled Marte to Dikwa when the insurgents attacked.

But officials say they are not able to return the displaced people even after the military liberated the town (Marte) because of reports of land mines planted on the roads by the insurgents.

It is not clear at this moment if there are any casualties.

10 Killed, 47 Injured In Maiduguri Explosions

 

Ten persons have been killed while 47 persons are said to have sustained injuries from the explosions that rocked Maiduguri, the Borno State capital on Tuesday evening.

Hospital officials where the affected persons were rushed to, confirmed the figures to Governor Babagana Zulum who was there to assess the situation.

Residents of the area were thrown into panic mode at about 7:00 pm when multiple sources reported gunshots and explosions near the Gomari area of the state.

Sources said explosions were also heard in Mairi area, a student’s village near the University of Maiduguri.

But the military immediately deployed gun trucks to the area as earlier reports indicated that worshippers in a mosque on the street called “Layin Bori” may have been killed.

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Shortly after, Channels Television observed that an air patrol had also commenced as the military combed the marked area around Gwange.

This is the first attack on Maiduguri town in a long time and this may not be unconnected with the sustained onslaught on insurgents in the Sambisa axis of the state.

Sustained attacks on Boko Haram strongholds have in the past forced the insurgents to regroup as they sometimes filter into towns or attack soft targets.

[UPDATED] Several Feared Killed As Gunshots, Explosions Rock Maiduguri

Borno is situated in northeast Nigeria.
A map of Borno, a state in north-east Nigeria.

 

 

There was panic in Maiduguri, the Borno State Capital on Tuesday as multiple sources reported gunshots and explosions near the Gomari area of the state.

Sources say explosions were also heard in Mairi area, a student’s village near the University of Maiduguri.

The military is said to have deployed gun trucks to the area as earlier reports indicated that worshippers in a mosque on the street called “Layin Bori” may have been killed.

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This is the first attack on Maiduguri town in a long time and this may not be unconnected with the sustained onslaught on insurgents in the Sambisa axis of the state.

Sustained attacks on Boko Haram strongholds have in the past forced the insurgents to regroup as they sometimes filter into towns or attack soft targets.

Channels Television observed that there is an air patrol going on now as the military comb the marked area around Gwange.

More to follow.

Troops Recover Marte, Kill Scores Of Terrorists – Army Spokesman

Borno is situated in northeast Nigeria.
A map of Borno, a state in north-east Nigeria.

 

The Nigerian Army on Tuesday said it had recovered New Marte in Borno State from the grip of Boko Haram terrorists.

The Chief of Army Staff, Major-General Ibrahim Attahiru, had on Sunday given the troops a 48-hour ultimatum to recover the town.

“The troops backed by air cover from the Nigerian Air force , successfully charged through Marte town, destroying several Improvised Explosive Device (IEDs) and landmines laced across their routes and killing scores of Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists and successfully recovered the town,” a statement signed by army spokesman Brigadier-General Mohammed Yerima, said.

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“The gallant troops are currently in total control of the general area. Details soon.”

‘Morale is High’

The terrorists had hoisted their flag in parts of Marte last week after repeated attacks on the community, according to military sources,

On Sunday, Major General Attahiru, while visiting Dikwa local government in Borno, gave the troops on the ground a 48-hour marching order for the clearance of Marte and three other communities in Borno state.

“In the last few days we have had attacks in your Area of Responsibility: it is now high time we get back and fight through and support our forces ahead of you. Areas around Marte, Chukungudu, Krenoa, and Kirta Wulgo must be cleared in the next 48 hours,” he said.

“You can rest assured of all the support required in this very onerous task. I have just spoken to your Theatre Commander, General Officer Commanding, you cannot let this nation down. Go there and do the needful and I will be right behind you. Ensure you do your job, and do your job well.

“They have presented certain issues that came up, sooner rather than later we would address; where there are no adequate A and B vehicles we would provide with these few remarks. I wish you well on the operation and I know the morale is high.”

Insurgency: Boko Haram Hoists Flag In Parts Of Borno As Military Repels Attack

Borno is situated in northeast Nigeria.
A map of Borno, a state in north-east Nigeria.

 

Insurgents believed to be members of Boko Haram have hoisted their flag in parts of Marte local government in Borno State, according to military sources.

The insurgents repeatedly attacked the local government within the week.

On Friday, the insurgents attacked neighbouring Dikwa local government.

But they were repelled by a combined effort of the air component and ground forces of Operation Lafiya Dole in a battle that lasted hours, sources said.

Meanwhile, the attack dislodged many residents of Dikwa who fled into bushes to take refuge.

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The insurgents also laid an ambush for the reinforcements deployed from the theatre command headquarters located in Maiduguri.

The attack on Marte came barely two months after the Borno state government resettled 500 households in New Marte.

The casualty figure for the attack is still unknown, but some soldiers injured from Marte have since been evacuated to Maiduguri where they are currently being treated.

Army Chief Commends Soldiers

Meanwhile, the Chief of Army Staff has commended the troops of the Nigerian Army who repelled the attack on Dikwa, saying the soldiers gave a good account of themselves.

Major-General Ibrahim Attahiru gave the assurance that more combat equipment will be moved to the theatre in Borno State and others in various parts of the country.

 

The army chief made the remarks while visiting the Borno theatre command for the third time since his appointment.

He added there was a need to encourage and keep fighting troops motivated.

The General assured that the Nigerian army, under his watch, will continue to work hard to surmount the twin problems of banditry and insurgency in the country.

Three-Year-Old Killed, Houses Destroyed As Fire Guts IDP Camp In Maiduguri

Photo: Custom House IDP camp after the inferno.

 

An Internally Displaced Person Camp in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, has been gutted by fire.

The inferno occurred on Wednesday morning, at the Custom House IDP camp on the outskirts of Maiduguri metropolis, destroying 620 makeshift houses and leaving one child dead.

Channels Television gathered that the child was a three-year-old girl who was asleep when the incident started.

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Her parents were said to have gone to the farm at the time of the incident, while her siblings ran for safety, leaving her behind.

Zulum Shares N150m Grants To Traders, Food For 27,000 Vulnerable Persons

 

Governor Babagana Umara Zulum over the weekend was in the Gwoza Local Government Area of Borno State for humanitarian and developmental activities, which began on Friday, February 5. 

After passing the night in the town, Zulum on Saturday shared N150million as soft loans and grants to small and medium-scale traders.

From the funds, N100m was allocated to small and medium entrepreneurs living within Gwoza town, while N50m was allocated to similar traders in Fulka, Izge, and Limankara towns, all in Gwoza LGA.

Depending on the sizes of their businesses, the jobs they create, and the capacity to pay back what was loaned, six traders received N1m each, 38 traders received N500,000 each, 250 others received N250,000 each, 404 others received N100,000 each and another 732 traders got N30,000 each.

The Governor explained that the loan/grant with a refundable period of four years is meant to resuscitate businesses and livelihoods destroyed by the Boko Haram insurgents in the communities of Gwoza.

Zulum announced that any beneficiary that is able to repay 50% of his or her loans within record time, will enjoy a waiver of the balance of 50%, while those who deliberately fail to repay within the dateline will be made to repay 100% of what they received as loans and grants.

Zulum shares food to 27,000 vulnerable residents

Meanwhile, 27,000 vulnerable residents of the Gwoza local government received a variety of food items during the Governor’s ongoing two-day humanitarian trip which started on Friday.

11,000 male residents received food during Saturday’s distribution, while 16,000 female residents are scheduled to receive similar food on Sunday.

Before embarking on his trip, Zulum had deployed dozens of trailers loaded with varieties of food items to Gwoza, for which he is directly supervising distribution.

health centre opens in Kawuri

Before reaching Gwoza on Friday, Governor Babagana Umara Zulum commissioned a 50-bed capacity healthcare centre in Kawuri town of Konduga local government area, in the central part of Borno state.

The facility is expected to increase access to public healthcare for villagers in Kawuri, one of the communities where internally displaced persons have been resettled in more than 500 newly built resettlement houses.

Zulum boosts Borno Express with 90 buses for 2,740 passengers

In a similar vein, Governor Zulum on Friday unveiled 90 units of mass transit buses to enhance the operations of Borno Express Corporation, a public transportation services company owned by the state government.

The buses include 40 units of 50 seaters and 50 units of 14 seaters, all of which have a combined capacity for two thousand seven hundred and forty passengers. 70 of the buses were on display while 20 were being branded.

Zulum unveiled the buses at the Ramat square ground in Maiduguri during a brief ceremony that was organized by the state’s ministry of transport which oversees the activities of Borno Express.

“In fulfilment of our electioneering campaign to provide affordable means of transportation, we are here to unveil new buses to ease difficulties faced by the public,” the governor said before tasking managers of Borno Express to inculcate a sustainable maintenance strategy that will ensure all vehicles remain functional.

After unveiling the buses, Governor Zulum dived into the area of commercial tricycles popularly called ‘Keke NAPEP’.

Zulum directed the state’s ministry of transport to liaise with the ministry of justice and all other relevant stakeholders to ensure sanity in the operations of Keke operators

The state commissioner of transport, Dr Abubakar Tijjani assured that all 90 buses will soon be deployed for public use.

 

 

NDLEA Unable To Prosecute Over 500 Suspects In Borno Due To COVID-19

 

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency in Borno State says it has been unable to prosecute 544 suspected drug dealers arrested in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The state Commandant of the agency, Icha Joseph, stated this during a news conference in Maiduguri on Saturday.

Mr Joseph said during the lockdown in 2020, the courts were not open at all and as a result, many cases are still pending at the Federal High Court Maiduguri.

A total of 16, 904.313kg of illicit drugs were seized last year, the largest seizure ever recorded in a northern state.

According to Mr Joseph, the quantum of drugs mopped up in the state indicates that there was a nexus between hard drugs and insurgency.

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The recent clash between drug dealers and the military leading to loss of lives in Barka Da Zuwa, a known black spot at the metropolis has now necessitated a synergy among law enforcement outfits.

“There is a lot of armed personnel from various services that hibernate in that environment and because of that they gather and use drugs,” he said.

“Our first attempt to raid the place in 2020 was met with violence, our vehicles were destroyed our officers were injured. We have now developed a synergy with the Nigerian Army whereby the GOC supports us with troops during raiding.”