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

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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.

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.

I Wonder How Boko Haram Survived Up Till This Time – Buhari

 

President Muhammadu Buhari says he is surprised that Boko Haram has continued to launch attacks on communities despite the huge budgets expended on the counter-insurgency operations in the North-East.

The President stated this when he paid a condolence visit to the Shehu of Borno, Alhaji Abubakar El-Kanemi, in Maiduguri following recent attacks by Boko Haram which claimed many lives at Auno in Konduga Local Government Area of Borno State.

He stated that the fight against insurgency could not be executed without good intelligence and support of the people.

According to the President, operations against the insurgents will not be successful if the people do not cooperate with the military and other security agencies.

“Boko Haram, or whatever they are, cannot come up to Maiduguri or its environs without the local leadership knowing; traditionally, the local leadership is in charge of security in their own respective areas.

“With my understanding of our culture, I wonder how Boko Haram survives up to this end.

“As the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, I campaigned in 2015 and last year on three fundamental issues which include security – you cannot preside over an institution or a country if it is not secured.

“This is just common sense, everybody knows this, even those that have not gone to school know this. As Commander-in-Chief, I am dealing with the security institutions and I believe there is an improvement in security.

“I urge the people of the state to cooperate with the law enforcement agencies; let us deny Boko Haram access to our loyal citizens and encourage displaced people to go back to their land,” the President stated.

Reacting, Governor Zulum thanked the President for identifying with the state and commended the efforts of the military so far.

He asked the military to borrow from their successes, especially between 2015 – 2017 and take the battle to the insurgents and push them to the fringes of Lake Chad.

The governor also urged the security agencies to be patient with the civilian populace and give opportunities to the Internally Displaced Persons to access their communities.

On Sunday, the terrorists attacked Auno community, killed dozens of stranded passengers, destroying houses and 18 vehicles as well as other valuables.

‘I’m Ready To Give Out My Life’ For Peace In North East – Lawmaker

 

The lawmaker representing Chibok, Damboa and Gwoza, Ahmahdu Usman Jaha, has said that he is ready to give out his life if that would guarantee peace in the northeast.

Jaha said this on Wednesday at the floor of the House of Representatives while lamenting over the killing of 30 persons by Boko Haram insurgents in Auno.

“I’ve said without fear of any contradiction that I am ready to give out my life if those in the northeast can live in peace.

“The most painful thing on earth is for you to stay in your comfort zone while your constituents are dying like animals,” the lawmaker said.

According to him, the incident happened as a result of negligence on the part of the Nigerian Army.

He also accused the army of failing to take action despite receiving fillers about the attack, hours prior.


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“Failure or inability on the part of the Nigerian Army to have a constructive listening of intelligence gathering from the DSS and other relevant informants in the community led to this attack”.

He, therefore, urged the Speaker of the House to treat the matter as a national issue and with a sense of urgency.

“Mr Speaker, as far as I’m concerned, this is a national issue. It happened today in Borno but only God knows where next it will happen in the 36 states of the federation because of negligence or complacency on the part of our security operatives”.

Buhari Returns To Nigeria, Pays Condolence Visit To Maiduguri

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has arrived in Maiduguri, Borno State capital on a sympathy visit.

The President who just returned from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia is in Maiduguri following the recent tragic incident in the state when Boko Haram terrorists killed many stranded travellers.

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A tweet by Garba Shehu, Buhari’s Senior Special Adviser on Media and Publicity revealed that the President landed at 12:45pm.

 

Focus Less On IDP Camps, Zulum Tells Refugee Commission

A file photo of Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum.

 

Borno Governor, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum has asked that interventions from the National Commission for Refugees, Migrants, and internally displaced persons should focus on creating permanent resettlement houses for displaced persons as against investing on government-controlled IDP camps.

The governor made this appeal on Wednesday in Maiduguri while hosting Senator Basheer Lado Garba Mohammed, the federal commissioner in charge of the refugee commission who led a delegation that included a representative of Qatar Foundation.

Zulum said while the state will continue to provide and coordinate donor humanitarian interventions for the welfare of displaced persons, it is, however, time to move from the phase of proliferation of IDP camps to stabilizing displaced persons by resettling them in permanent houses and providing them with means of livelihoods in safe areas that could be near existing IDP camps.

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Zulum said: “We are happy with all your interventions. However, we will request that you do not focus on IDP camps but rather on stabilization for the IDPs and by that, I mean contributing in the construction of resettlement houses which can be allocated to households as their permanent places to live and we then provide them with means of livelihoods to sustain themselves.

“As a government, we are moving from the phase of enhancing IDP camps to resettlement. By resettlement, I do not mean having to go and build houses elsewhere, the houses could be near the IDP camps, we will provide the land.”

The Governor also said his administration has created an agency for the coordination of all humanitarian donors and development activities in the state for the purpose of streamlining so as to stop duplications and give policy direction in which case, the state government will take lead in determining its priorities and policy direction.

Senator Basheer, in his response, said Qatar foundation, a charity, and development platform, which has a representative ‎in his team, was interested in building a resettlement camp hence it required land to be allocated by the state government to which Zulum gave commitment.

The federal commissioner revealed that his commission had trained a number of displaced persons on vocational skills and established some businesses for them.

Lassa Fever Kills One In Borno, Three Others Hospitalised

Death Toll Rises To 75, As NCDC Confirms 355 Cases Of Lassa Fever
File photo

 

Borno State has recorded its first Lassa fever death, in this year’s outbreak.

The Commissioner For Health, Dr Salisu Kwaya-Bura confirmed the death to journalists at a news conference on Thursday.

According to Kwaya-Bura, three other suspected cases are still under investigation and can only be confirmed as Lassa Fever when the results come back.

The cases were detected at the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital on Thursday, which led to a temporary closure of the Accident and Emergency Unit of the hospital as part of measures to manage the situation.


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Reacting to the development, the government has advised people of the state not to panic but imbibe hygienic and preventive practices that would deny carrier rodents a breeding ground and consequently, curtail further spread of the virus.