Two Boys Abducted From Borno Rescued In Taraba

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The Taraba State Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) says it has rescued two abducted children in Lau Local Government Area of the state.

NSCDC Commandant in Taraba, Aliyu Ndanusa, told reporters on Thursday in Jalingo that the boys – age nine and seven years – were abducted from Askira Uba community in Borno State.

He explained that the command got a hint about the evil act through its intelligence and trailed the kidnappers to their hideout in Lau.

“The kidnappers ran away on sighting the operatives of the NSCDC, leaving the two children behind. So, we took the children into our custody,” the NSCDC commandant said.

He added, “Upon investigation, the children told us their names, both from Askira Uba community of Borno.”

Ndanusa noted that the command has contacted the families of the children and would soon reunite them with their parents.

According to him, there is no hiding place for criminals in Taraba as men of the command are working tirelessly to apprehend those behind the act.

The NSCDC commandant, however, advised parents to be vigilant in order to avoid a recurrence of such an incident.

Insurgents Release Three Aid Workers, Others Abducted In Borno

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Three aid workers and some residents abducted by insurgents by suspected members of the Boko Haram terrorist group have regained their freedom.

Although the number of residents freed has yet to be ascertained, the insurgents released the victims on Wednesday.

The kidnapped persons were released by their abductors about three weeks after they were abducted along the Monguno-Maiduguri Road in Borno State.

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The United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, Mr Edward Kallon, confirmed the release in a statement forwarded to Channels Television on Thursday.

He said, “I am deeply relieved that some civilians, including three aid workers, who were abducted by non-state armed groups along the Monguno – Maiduguri road on 22 December 2019 have been released yesterday and are now safe.”

“The whole humanitarian community in Nigeria shares the joy of the families, friends and colleagues of these aid workers, who can now put to rest the unimaginable anxiety of missing their loved ones,” the UN envoy added.

A file photo of a community in Borno State.

 

 

He described the freed aid workers as dedicated humanitarians making efforts to provide life-saving support to millions of Nigeria’s “most vulnerable” in north-eastern Borno State.

“They should never have been a target or have to endure the trauma of being held captive,” Kallon decried.

Although he welcomed the release of the three aid workers, the humanitarian coordinator was worried about the fate of the others abducted in the incident.

He was also concerned for the lives of two other aid workers – Grace Taku who was abducted near Damasak in July 2019, as well as Alice Loksha, a nurse and a mother who has been held captive since March 2018 following an attack in Rann.

“Both are still held captive by non-state armed groups. The United Nations and its humanitarian partners call for their immediate and safe release,” said Kallon.

VIDEO: Angry Borno Governor Slams Soldiers, Policemen For ‘Extorting’ Travellers

Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum, speaks during a visit to the Maiduguri-Damaturu Expressway on January 6, 2020.

 

 

Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum, has accused personnel of the military and the police of extorting travellers on the Maiduguri-Damaturu Expressway.

Governor Zulum made the allegation on Monday during a visit to the highway in the north-eastern region of the country.

He made the visit amid reports that security officials manning the highway locked it down, leaving travellers on the road stranded.

The security operatives were said to be collecting bribes of N1000 from travellers who do not have national identity cards.

In his reaction, Governor Zulum who was visibly angry faulted the action of the soldiers and policemen.

He also threatened to report the security operatives, stressing that the alleged extortion of innocent civilians was unacceptable.

“I am reporting everybody on this road. You people are collecting N1,000; no human being can accept this,” the governor said.

He wondered how the security personnel could do such a thing at a time and a region where the security of lives and properties should be a priority.

Governor Zulum said, “Boko Haram (terrorists) are attacking people and again, Nigerian military and soldiers and the police are receiving N1,000 fine to frustrate people. Nobody can accept this one.”

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Army Troops Rescue 461 Boko Haram Captives, Kill Insurgents In Borno

 

Troops of the Nigerian Army have rescued 461 Boko Haram captives and killed some insurgents during a raid and search operation between Jakana and mainok area of Maiduguri-Damaturu Road in Borno state.

The operation which was carried out by combined troops of 5 and 29 Battalion in conjunction with the Chief of Army Staff intervention Battalion 2, combed Boko Haram hideouts and killed some insurgents.

According to Colonel Aminu Iliyasu, the Nigerian Army Operations Media Coordinator in a statement on Sunday, those rescued comprise of “100 adult males, 154 adult females and 207 children during raid/cordon and search operations on 4 January 2020.”

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Colonel Iliyasu also released pictures which according to him are bodies of killed Boko Haram criminals and a cache of arms and ammunition captured by troops of 29 Task Force Brigade after an encounter at Jakana on a separate but continuing encounter on Saturday, January 4.

The Media Coordinator said the operations which lasted between 2nd to 4th January 2020 was about “Traction of Boko Haram hideouts between Jakana and Mainok by combined troops of 5 and 29 Brigades in conjunction with the Chief of Army Staff Intervention Battalion 2.”

Another group of four minors according to the statement were also rescued by troops of the 159 Task Force Battalion deployed at a checkpoint along Damasak-Kareto road in Mobbar Local government of Borno State.

Air Strikes Kill Several Boko Haram Insurgents In Sambisa Forest

 

Several Boko Haram Terrorists (BHTs) have been neutralized and some structures in their camp at Abulam in the Sambisa Forest area of Borno State have been destroyed in airstrikes conducted on Tuesday, by the Air Task Force (ATF) of Operation LAFIYA DOLE.

The mission according to the Air Force spokesperson, Air commodore Ibikunle Daramola, was executed to mark the commencement of Operation RATTLESNAKE 2, an Air Interdiction Operation aimed at taking out some identified insurgent camps and logistics facilities in order to further unhinge the terrorists’ centre of gravity and diminish their fighting capability.

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He added that Abullam was selected for an attack on ‘Day One’ of the Operation based on credible intelligence reports indicating that the terrorists had resumed using the once-abandoned settlement as a staging point from where they launch attacks against Army ground troops’ locations.

“Accordingly, the ATF detailed its attack aircraft, supported by an Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft, to attack designated compounds within the settlement.”

The jets he adds “took turns to engage the target in successive passes leading to the destruction of some of the structures as well as the killing of several terrorists.”

It will be recalled that December 2019, the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) planned and executed the highly successful Operation RATTLESNAKE  and Operation RATTLESNAKE 2 to consolidate the gains of the earlier operation and shape the battlespace for further air and ground operations.

Borno Governor Confirms Six Killed After Boko Haram Attacked Chibok

A file photo of Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum.

 

 

No fewer than six persons were killed when Boko Haram insurgents attacked Kwaragilim village in Chibok Local Government Area of Borno State on Christmas Eve.

Two women were also feared kidnapped while three persons were reportedly injured in the attack.

The Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum, confirmed the incident on Christmas Day during a meeting with members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Uba.

“it is unfortunate that Boko Haram insurgents attacked Kwaragilim village of Chibok Local Government Area where six people were killed and three injured”.

The Commissioner for Poverty Alleviation in the state, Nuhu Clark, also addressed party faithful at the gathering.

He said the three injured persons have been taken to the General Hospital in Chibok and were responding to treatment.

Borno Governor Begs Army To ‘Retake’ Three LGAs From Insurgents

Governor Babagana Zulum

 

 

Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum, has appealed to the Nigerian Army to reclaim three Local Government Areas (LGAs) of the state still under the control of the insurgents.

He made the plea on Monday when he received the Minister of Defence, Major General Bashir Magashi (rtd) at the Government House in Maiduguri, the state capital.

Governor Zulum listed the affected local governments as Marte, Kukawa, and Abadam LGAs.

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“Military operation has to be followed by stabilisation mechanism and, therefore, three local government areas are really key,” he stated, adding that they must “be retaken”.

The governor said, “We shall be happy if the Nigerian military and other security operatives will develop a modus operandi of re-establishing such businesses to boost the local economy.”

He stressed the need for the military to incorporate economic recovery and rehabilitation of idle people in towns around the Lake Chad region where the insurgents were still holding sway.

The governor was also worried that keeping thousands of people, especially in camps with no source of livelihood was a ready-made material for Boko Haram insurgents on recruitment missions in villages.

He, however, believes with the military presence and civil authority, the economy of the areas would be rejuvenated, and the Boko Haram menace would be reduced.

On his part, Magashi informed his host that he was in Borno to appraise the operations that would shape future decisions in the counter-insurgency war in the North East.

He paid the governor a courtesy visit at the State House in company with top officers of the army and the Nigerian Air Force in the state.

The minister had visited the Headquarters of the Air Task Force of Operation Lafia Dole on Sunday and proceeded to Monguno, the Headquarters of Sector 3.

 

During his visit to the Theatre of Operation which lasted two days, Magashi had a series of interactions with various unit commanders in the presence of the service chiefs who had accompanied him.

The Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Olusegun Adeniyi, conducted the visiting minister and the service chiefs around the Theatre as they assessed equipment and the armoury.

Adeniyi said the fighting troops were resolute and would not be distracted in their goal until the insurgents were defeated.

The minister’s visit came at a time when the activities of the insurgents appear to be thriving around the Lake Chad Basin.

Air Force Destroys ISWAP Logistics Storage Facilities In Borno

 

The Nigerian Air Force has destroyed some logistics storage facilities belonging to the Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP), at Kirta Wulgo on the fringes of Lake Chad in the northern part of Borno State.

The Director, Airforce Public Relations, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, confirmed this on Tuesday.

“Task Force (ATF) of the Operation Lafiya Dole, has dealt another decisive blow on terrorist elements operating in the northeast”, he said.

According to him, the airstrikes were carried out on December 15 under the Operation Rattle Snake.

Daramola further explained that it was executed following credible human intelligence reports which indicated that three green-roofed buildings at the edge of the settlement were being used as warehouses by the ISWAP elements to store their food, vehicle spares, gunboats and other logistics items.

Accordingly, the ATF, after carrying out confirmatory Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions, dispatched its attack aircraft to engage the location.

Consequently, it scored devastating hits in successive strikes leading to the destruction of the buildings.

UN Condemns Reported Killing Of Four Aid Workers In Borno

 

The United Nations has condemned the reported killing of four aid workers in Borno by Boko Haram terrorists.

This follows the condemnation of the murder by French aid group, Action Against Hunger .

In a statement issued on Saturday, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, Mr Edward Kallon, sympathised with the families of the slain workers.

“I am deeply saddened and outraged by the news of the tragic killing of four aid workers who were held captive by armed groups for almost five months.

“My thoughts go to their families, friends and colleagues who are enduring unspeakable pain and hardship,” Kallon said.

The UN humanitarian chief however called for the immediate release of Grace Taku, the only woman he said was in the Action Against Hunger team.

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Regretting the continued captivity of the voluntary staff, Kallon appealed for the “immediate release of Alice Loksha, a nurse and a mother, who was abducted during an attack in Rann in March 2018.”

The four aid workers were among six humanitarian workers from Action Against Hunger abducted by Boko Haram near Damasak in Mobbar Local Government in the northern part of Borno on July 25.

One of the abductee aid workers was reportedly executed in September, leaving only Grace Taku, the only woman still in Boko Haram captivity.

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NIGERIA: THE HUMANITARIAN COORDINATOR CONDEMNS THE REPORTED KILLING OF FOUR AID WORKERS

ABUJA, 13 December – The UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, Mr Edward Kallon, condemns the announced execution of four aid workers by armed groups in Nigeria’s northeastern Borno State on 13 December.

“I am deeply saddened and outraged by the news of the tragic killing of four aid workers who were held captive by armed groups for almost five months,” stated Mr Kallon. “My thoughts go to their families, friends and colleagues who are enduring unspeakable pain and hardship.”

The four men were amongst the six aid workers who were abducted on 26 July when their convoy came under attack near Damasak, in the Mobbar LGA. They were working on a health project implemented by the INGO Action Against Hunger. One of the drivers was killed during the attack and another was reportedly executed on 24 September 2019.

“I plead for the immediate release of Grace Taku, the only woman who was in the ACF team, and whose whereabouts remain unknown,” said the Humanitarian Coordinator. “I also call for the immediate release of Alice Loksha, a nurse and a mother, who was abducted during an attack in Rann in March 2018.”

“This is another sad day for the people of Nigeria and the humanitarian community supporting them,” regreted Mr Kallon. “These colleagues were devoting their lives to helping the most vulnerable communities in Borno State. Despite the risks, they were driven by the values of solidarity and humanity.”

The United Nations and NGO partners in Nigeria are working to bring vital assistance to over seven million people in the crisis-affected states of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe. They are increasingly the target of violent attacks. Seven aid workers have been killed since the beginning of the year, amongst 26 UN and NGO workers having lost their lives in the conflict since 2011.

“Violence against humanitarian actors jeopardizes access to much needed assistance for people affected by the armed conflict,” stressed the Humanitarian Coordinator. “I renew the call for all armed actors to respect the principles of humanity, neutrality, independence and impartiality which guide humanitarian assistance, and to ensure the protection of aid workers.”

Air Force Kills Several Boko Haram Terrorists In Borno

 

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Air Task Force for Operation Lafiya Dole says it has neutralised scores of Boko Haram Terrorists and destroyed some of their structures in massive airstrikes conducted on Wednesday, December 11, 2019, at Kokiwa and Bula Korege on the fringes of the Sambisa Forest in Borno State.

According to the Director Airforce Public Relations, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, the airstrikes were conducted in continuation of Operation Rattle Snake based on credible Human Intelligence reports which were also corroborated by series of Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions.

Daramola noted that the reports disclosed that the Boko Haram terrorists had intensified activities in the targeted settlements with a view to launching attacks against own troops’ locations in the area.

Consequently, the air taskforce detailed its fighter jets and helicopter gunships to attack the two locations.

The combat aircraft took turns to attack targets at both locations, scoring crucial hits on the hideouts which then led to the neutralisation of the insurgents.

ISWAP Kills Two Soldiers, Policeman, Threatens Army In New Video

Screenshot from the video

 

A new video dated December 8, showing the execution of two Nigerian soldiers and a policeman has emerged online.

In the video which was obtained by Channels Television on Monday, the killing was carried out by masked men believed to be members of the Islamic State of West African Province (ISWAP).

Those who were killed were reportedly abducted at a fake checkpoint in Benisheikh, a village seventy kilometers west of Maiduguri, Borno State capital.

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It is not clear how many people were abducted, but the video only showed three tortured security personnel with their hands tied behind them.

They displayed their identity cards and introduced themselves as a mobile police sergeant, as well as a sergeant and a private soldier of the Nigerian Army.

However, police and army authorities have yet to confirm the identities of the slain men.

When contacted by Channels Television, the spokesperson for Operation Lafiya Dole, Colonel Ado Isa, said he is not aware of the attack or the video.

He, however, promised to reach out with details once obtained.

Before the killing, a masked man backing a river believed to be around the Lake Chad area spoke in Hausa language.

He threatened that the group would carry out ‘massive attacks’ on military formations and ambushes on the highways in the region.

“We are saying to the soldiers of Nigeria, we will never spare those fighting people practicing the religion of Allah. Because of that we shall attack your barracks, wallahi we shall block you on your roads. The story is, what you hear is not what you see; what lies ahead is tougher and uglier than this, Allahu Akbar,” he said.

Shortly before they were killed, the security personnel narrated that they were abducted from a village located few kilometers to Maiduguri.

Channels Television gathered that some of them were returning to the theatre of operation after a welfare pass to their mother base where they had gone to see their families.

Following the disbandment of most military checkpoints along the Maiduguri-Damaturu road, the insurgents, according to sources, now mount fake check points dressed in full military regalia.

The criminals also took advantage of the “Operation Positive Identification” exercise through which they identified their victims.

Last week, ISWAP had in a statement claimed that it abducted 14 “prisoners” on the same road, six of which were soldiers, two staff of the Red Cross and six others.

The Nigerian Army was silent on last week’s attack.

NAF Kills ISWAP Leaders, Destroys Meeting Venue In Borno

 

The Air Task Force (ATF) of Operation Lafiya Dole has neutralized some Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) leaders and destroyed their meeting venue at Jubillaram in the Northern part of Borno State.

The airforce spokesperson Air commodore Ibikunle Daramola in a press release said the operation was executed on Tuesday, sequel to intelligence reports indicating that some top ISWAP leaders had assembled for a meeting at a compound within the settlement, which they also used to store some of their logistics supplies.

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He added that the air task force dispatched a Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) platform as well as fighter jets to attack the location.

“Several terrorists were observed around some buildings in the middle of the settlement and were neutralized in successive strikes by the attack aircraft as they attempted to flee the location.”

He also said that the airstrikes also led to the destruction of some terrorists’ structures, including one of their logistics stores, which was seen, engulfed in flames.