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.”

Another Chibok Girl Escapes From Abductors, Calls Father

Borno is situated in northeast Nigeria.

 

A parent of one of the abducted Chibok girls has confirmed that his daughter, identified as Halima has escaped from her captors.

Chairman of the group of Parents of the Abducted Chibok girls, Ali Nkeki, confirmed this to Channels Television on Friday.

Nkeki said Halima’s father personally confirmed to him that he spoke with his daughter on phone and she told him she was with the military in Maiduguri.

Nkeki, however, said they have not been officially contacted neither do they have details of circumstances surrounding Halima’s escape.

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“I am currently on my way to meet Halima’s father to discuss with him and understand what exactly is going on. For now, we don’t know much.” Nkeki told Channels Television.

The father of the latest escapee lives in a village some 50 kilometers away from Chibok.

Attempts to reach the Media coordinator of the Operation Lafiya Dole, Colonel Ado Isa, proved futile as his phone line was switched off.

Channels Television gathered from other sources that several other girls also escaped from their captors but only one of them is from Chibok.

A total of 276 schoolgirls were abducted from their hostel in 2014 by a group of gunmen, sparking international outrage.

57 of them escaped, the government was able to negotiate the rescue of some others, while 102 are still in captivity.

Murder: Court Martial Sentences Soldier To Death By Firing Squad

 

A court-martial sitting in Maiduguri, Borno State capital has sentenced Trooper Azunna Maduabuchi to death by firing squad for killing the adjutant of his unit, one Lieutenant Babakaka Ngorgi.

Trooper Maduabuchi was arraigned for murder after shooting Lieutenant Ngorgi in July 2020 at close range in Bama Local Government of Borno State for refusing to grant him a welfare pass.

He was on Tuesday sentenced to death by firing squad after he was found guilty at the court session held at the Maimalari Cantonment, Maiduguri.

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This is in accordance with Section 106 of the Armed Forces Act.

Some other soldiers were arraigned for manslaughter and sentenced to various years of imprisonment.

Some of the soldiers facing the Court-Martial during the court session on Tuesday, January 12, 2020.

 

One of the soldiers Sergeant Sani Ishaya was sentenced to four years, Bidemi Fabiyi sentenced to two years while Private Musa Bala and Private Abdulraheed Adamu were sentenced to one-year imprisonment each.

Another soldier Mohammed Kudu who is accused of shooting a 12-year-old boy at a wedding is also sentenced to three years imprisonment.

Lance Corporal Aja Emmanuel arraigned for a lone charge of assault has been de-ranked and now a private soldier.

Nigerian Navy Re-equips Headquarters In Borno After Boko Haram Invasion

Borno is situated in northeast Nigeria.

 

The Nigerian Navy says it is re-equipping its operational headquarters in Baga town of Borno State, looted by Boko Haram.

The Baga Naval Base was dislodged in December 2018 after a fierce battle with the Boko Haram insurgents.

This is according to the Chief of Training and Operations of the Naval Headquarters, Rear Admiral Ibikunle Taiwo Olaiya.

Olaiya represented the Chief of Naval Staff at a new year get together with troops in a make-shift base in Maiduguri.

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The naval chief praised the efforts of personnel during the attack which according to him “allowed personnel of sister services and paramilitary then based in Baga to withdraw safely including many civilians.”

He also revealed that two years after the dislodgement, some personnel are still missing in action, but assures that the faultlines that led to the overrunning of the base have been studied and corrected to avoid a reoccurrence.

Zulum Visits Attacked Villages In Borno

 

The Governor of Borno State, Babagana Zulum has paid a visit to communities attacked by Boko Haram insurgents on Saturday evening, in Hawul local government area in the southern part of the state and he is promising them that better days are ahead.

The governor who inspected the destroyed property in Yimirshika, Azare, Sabon-Kasuwa and Shafa communities immediately ordered the reconstruction of properties, including a police station and market stalls.

He ordered the provision of six patrol vehicles and other security components to strengthen local security network in Shafa while surveillance vehicles are to be provided for hunters and vigilantes in Yimirshika.

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Three persons were killed in Shafa, among whom were two hunters and a civilian.

In addition to that, thousands of bags of farm produce recently harvested by farmers were also looted by the insurgents.

Governor Zulum assured the people that the government is doing all within its powers to provide security and ensure the good welfare for the citizens.

‘We Must Defeat All Evil Doers’: Tinubu Visits Zulum, Charges Military To Change Strategy

 

The national leader of All Progressives Congress (APC) and former Governor of Lagos State, Bola Ahmed Tinubu has visited Governor Babagana Zulum in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, following the recent killings in the state.

During the visit on Monday, Tinubu acknowledged that the long battle against insecurity had become more intense and therefore, called on the Nigerian military to change their strategy.

“We have been on this (Boko Haram issue) for some time. We have seen the reaction of the Federal Government, we have seen the reaction of the Armed Forces, this is no longer a conventional warfare, this is more tactical, more crude,” he said.

“In such situation what we do is to replan our strategy. We have seen the Governor’s life has been attacked more than one occasion in effort to eliminate him but Allah is mighty, he has protected and will continue to protect you”.

 

Chieftain of the APC, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, visits Governor Babagana Zulum over recent killings in Borno State.

 

At least 43 farmers were killed by bandits on November 28, in the Zabamari area of the state.

The farmers were waylaid on their way to their rice farms which they were harvesting before the surprise attack happened.

Both local and international organisations have condemned the killings, demanding justice for the innocent farmers even as the United Nations put the death toll at at least 110, with several other persons also kidnapped.

Similarly, Tinubu condemned the situation, saying it is difficult for governance to excel when insurgency thrives.

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“You can’t concentrate, become innovative and excel if you have to make educational development in fear. We saw people who have endured so much agony, denial, brutality decided to run to their farms to develop means of livelihood not only for themselves but for all of us, at the end they were slaughtered.

“That’s not religion,” he said.

“It is not in our religion (Islam), it is not in Christianity either, it is an act of wickedness. I want His Excellency and members of the state executive to see this visit not as a condolence only, not a sympathy only, but as a solidarity and commitment that we must defeat all evil doers”.

Zulum thanked Tinubu for the visit, as well as his solidarity, while reiterating his commitment to restoring peace and sanity in the state.

The visit comes after the Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar, also led a delegation of other traditional rulers to pay a condolence visit to the governor.

The revered monarch asked the military to occupy Sambisa Forest and Lake Chad region housing the insurgents.

Governor Zulum, had last week, stated that although military forces were doing their best, the shores of the Lake Chad, Sambisa forest and Mandara Hills, remain major strongholds.


See this video of the burial of the farmers.

Mercenaries: Zulum Says More Personnel Needed To Fight Borno Insurgency

 

The Governor of Borno State, Babagana Zulum, has reiterated the need for more military personnel and mercenaries to be deployed to the state to fight insurgency.

According to the governor, there are still three major strongholds under the control of the insurgents and there are currently not enough security personnel.

Zulum said the shores of the Lake Chad, Sambisa forest and Mandara Hills are the most affected by the insurgents who invade and attack communities and return to their hideouts.

“There is a need for the Nigerian Military to take the war into these critical areas,” the governor said on Friday during an interview on Channels TV’s Politics Today.

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Beyond that, he believes that for the war on insurgence to truly be won, the Federal Government should engage the security forces of neighbouring countries.

“Yes, you are right, the Nigerian Air Force have done a great job in using the airstrikes to bombard the place (Sambisa, etc) but military operations have to be followed by some stabilization mechanisms.

“One of the recommendations is for the Nigerian government to look into the possibility of a coalition with its neighbours such as the Lake Chad”.

See his other recommendations here.

The governor said this while reacting to the recent killings in the state and particularly the killing of at least 43 farmers in the Zabamari area of the state.

The farmers were waylaid on their way to their rice farms which they were harvesting before the surprise attack happened.

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While the state is still trying to recover from the losses, with the government working towards making appropriate compensations, Zulum says so far, relative peace has been restored and residents are now able to go about their regular business.

We Remain Optimistic About Rescue Of Remaining Chibok Girls – Zulum

 

Governor of Borno State, Babagana Zulum, has said that his administration is still optimistic of rescuing the remaining Chibok schoolgirls in Boko Haram captivity.

Zulum who made an appearance on Channels TV’s Politics Today on Friday, said this while responding to questions about the state of security in the northeastern state.

It’s been six years since over 200 girls were abducted by Boko Haram insurgents from their secondary school in Chibok town.

While some have been rescued and several others escaped, many still remain in captivity.

When asked if the government had lost hope in the rescue of the girls, Zulum said: “not at all”. “We are still optimistic,” the governor who has also been a victim of several attacks, added.

Their abduction sparked several trends across social media including the #BringBackOurGirls which piqued the attention of local and international authorities, demanding swift actions towards the rescue of the girls.

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Years later, Borno State remains in the eye of the storm with several insurgent attacks, despite claims by the Federal Government that the military had taken control of Sambisa forest – a major stronghold of the insurgents.

The governor confirmed this on Friday, saying that insurgents are still occupying the shores of the Lake Chad, Sambisa forest and Madra Hills, as he called for the deployment of more military personnel.

“One most important thing is the presence of the insurgents in the Lake Chad, presence of the insurgents in the Sambisa game reserve and the Madra Hills and this is one of our greatest challenges,” he said.

“They normally leave those areas and come and attack innocent people in their settlements and go back to their hideouts and therefore there is a need for the Nigerian Military to take the war into these critical areas with a view to eliminating them”.