Borno Declares Outbreak Of Cholera After Death of 43 Persons

 

The Borno state government on Tuesday declared an outbreak of Cholera in the state.

The declaration followed the death of 43 persons who suffered from the disease across seven local governments of the state.

Juliana Bitrus, the Borno State Commissioner for Health, said 559 suspected cases have so far been recorded but only 57 out of that number were hospitalized.

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According to her, the outbreak was detected in seven local governments, including Gwoza, Kaga, Hawul, Magumeri, Damboa, Maiduguri Metropolitan Council and Jere.

Gwoza has the highest prevalence with 72 suspected cases, 18 deaths and 35 persons currently on admission.

Out of the seven local governments, Maiduguri has the lowest suspected cases and recorded no death.

The Commissioner noted that isolation wards have since been established in secondary health centers for the management of the disease.

Cholera spreads through contaminated food and water, with symptoms such as diarrhoea and dehydration.

Repentant Insurgents: Borno Leaders Seek Proper Profiling, Warn Against Hasty Release

A photo released by the Nigerian Army on August 16, 2021, shows some of the repentant Boko Haram fighters seated on the floor.

 

Stakeholders in Borno State have called for stringent profiling of repentant insurgents as many Boko Haram and Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) fighters surrender to troops in the North East.

The call was part of the 16 resolutions reached during a security multi-stakeholder town-hall meeting convened by Governor Babagana Zulum in Maiduguri, the state capital.

Governor Zulum’s spokesman, Isa Gusau, in a statement on Monday explained that the meeting extensively discussed the pros, cons and implications of the ongoing surrender by repentant insurgents.

According to him, all groups made frank presentations during the meeting held on Sunday afternoon before the resolutions were reached.

They stressed the need to properly profile the repentant insurgents to avoid the hasty release of hardened elements to the larger society.

The stakeholders also demanded that firearms be retrieved from all repentant insurgents, and urged the military to intensify the battle against ISWAP.

They want the Federal Government to quickly establish a world-class centre with facilities for de-radicalisation and rehabilitation of repentant insurgents to where they can be cautiously reintegrated after satisfactory rehabilitation.

In his opening remarks, Governor Zulum called on all participants to be very open and analytical in their submissions looking at potential advantages, problems and implications of having repentant insurgents in the society.

He stated that while it was difficult accepting the killers of their loved ones, it was equally important to find ways of ending the 12-year insurgency.

The governor described the surrendering of the insurgents as dealing with “two extreme conditions”.

He explained that accepting insurgents has its implications on one hand while rejecting them could swell the ranks of rival ISWAP faction that was still armed and waging war.

Governor Zulum referred to the case of Afghanistan where 20 years of the military fight ended with the Taliban now in control of the government.

In his submission, the Shehu of Borno, Abubakar Ibn Umar Garbai Elkanemi, urged residents to consider genuine reconciliation in the interest of peace while leaders should preach forgiveness and tolerance in their respective domains as one of the ways forward.

A photo released by the Nigerian Army on August 16, 2021, shows some of the repentant Boko Haram fighters who surrendered to troops in Borno State.

 

Others who attended the meeting were federal lawmaker, Senator Ali Ndume; Theatre Commander of Operation Hadin Kai, Major General, Christopher Musa; Chief Imam of Borno, Zannah Laisu, a representative of the Chairman of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Borno, and a victim of Boko Haram insurgency, Babagana Malum, among others.

Read the communique released at the end of the meeting and signed by the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice in Borno, Kaka Lawan, below:

The stakeholders appreciated the untiring efforts and support of His Excellency, Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, President and Commander-In-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria towards ending Boko Haram insurgency and other criminalities in Borno State and the country at large.

The stakeholders commended the zeal and determination of His Excellency, Prof. Babagana Umara Zulum, FNSE, mni, Executive Governor of Borno State towards the restoration of lasting peace in the State. The meeting further noted the unparalleled support rendered to the IDPs and vulnerable by His Excellency, the Executive Governor.

The stakeholders welcomed the effort of the Federal and State Governments in the provision of state-of-the-art equipment and other logistics to the security operatives that led to the renewed vigour in the fight against insurgents which resulted in the recent surrender.

The meeting urged the Federal and State Governments to handle the issues of repentant Boko Haram insurgents with utmost care and within the instrumentality of the law.

The meeting stressed the need for proper profiling of repentant Boko Haram insurgents to avoid hasty release of hardened elements to larger society.

The meeting welcomed the recent massive surrender by the Boko Haram insurgents and urged those still in the bush to follow suit.

The meeting called for all firearms and offensive weapons used by the repentant insurgents to be retrieved from them.

The meeting strongly advocated for the strengthening of the deradicalisation mechanism of Operation Safe Corridor so as to involve parents of the surrendered Boko Haram members, Ulamas, traditional/community leaders and the media.

The meeting urged citizens to key into the educational opportunities created by the state government, especially by enrolling their children and wards in schools as a counter-measure for indoctrination.

The stakeholders reiterated the need for further support to all victims of insurgency especially women and children.

The meeting called on the Federal Government to establish a world-class deradicalisation/rehabilitation centre in Borno State being the epicentre of insurgency.

The meeting called for a true reconciliation amongst the affected people.

The meeting appreciates the support of the Federal Government to the State, but solicited for more funding from the Federal Government to the State especially in areas of reconstruction, resettlement, reintegration, education and health as the meagre resources at the disposal of the state is not sufficient in view of the magnitude of the cost involved.

The meeting urged the military to sustain the ongoing offensive on the activities of ISWAP.

The meeting resolved to have a periodic briefing on the activities of the surrendered Boko Haram terrorists with a view to creating awareness amongst the public.

The meeting further resolved that the North East Development Commission (NEDC) as a matter of priority be involved in all aspects of the rehabilitation and integration of surrendered Boko Haram into mainstream society.

Boko Haram: Borno Govt Enrols 5,361 Children Of Killed, Missing Residents

Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum enrols over 5,000 schoolchildren in Monguno town of the state on August 11, 2021.

 

The Borno State government has enrolled thousands of school children without parents in Monguno – one of the towns worst hit by the Boko Haram insurgency in the North East.

Governor Babagana Zulum, who has been undertaking a series of humanitarian and developmental activities in northern Borno since Sunday, personally supervised the enrolment exercise on Wednesday.

A total number of 5,361 children – between the ages of seven and 13 years – were registered during the two-day exercise.

They are part of over the 50,000 children either orphaned by Boko Haram or whose parents and relations have been missing as a result of attacks on several communities by the insurgents since 2009.

Each of them will be given uniforms and writing materials, as well as free meals in their respective schools.

Some of the schoolchildren enrolled by Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum

 

The beneficiaries were registered in the presence of their guardians who gave their biographic details, including places of displacement and indigenous local governments.

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Although the enrollment exercise was for orphans and children without parents, other parents trooped out with their children to demand the enrolment of their children.

Zulum, who promised to look into their request, appealed to guardians of all the beneficiaries to ensure their wards attend school regularly.

He also revealed the plan of the state government to engage Islamiyya teachers to teach guardians and other adults willing to learn.

While in Monguno, the governor also approved scholarships from primary to tertiary education for children of members of the Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF), hunters, and vigilantes fighting Boko Haram insurgents.

Some vigilantes listen to Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum on August 11, 2021.

 

He supported volunteers with cash of N5,000 each and released patrol vehicles and other working tools to ease their work.

Governor Zulum assured them that with their sacrifices, the state government would create opportunities for their children to obtain western education in order to look forward to a promising future.

He was accompanied to Monguno by Speaker of the Borno State House of Assembly, Abdulkarim Lawan, as well as some commissioners and top government officials.

One Killed, Five Injured As Borno Govt Demolishes Church

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

 

One person has been killed and five others injured during a church demolition exercise by the Borno Geographic Information Service in Moduganari area of the capital city.

An eyewitness said the officials showed up on Thursday morning at about 10 am in a heavy-duty vehicle with instructions to demolish a local church EYN Moduganari. The move was resisted by members of the church.

Some members – mostly residents of the community – also tried to film with their phones which were promptly seized by the CJTF personnel before opening fire.

The police intervened to control the CJTF members and debrief the team.

The body of the casualty has been taken to the state specialist hospital while those injured are currently being treated.

Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Borno State Mohammed Naga is at the hospital with the injured. He, however, declined commenting on the incident saying he will brief the press when he has details of the matter.

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Zulum Demands Investigation

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

 

Governor Babagana Zulum has also ordered the Borno police command to immediately probe the incident.

He condemned in strong terms, the firing of gunshots by a member of the security task force as well as some persons who hurled stones at the task force during the encounter.

Zulum equally commiserated with families of the person who died and those injured.

Governor Zulum who spoke with Bishop Mohammed Naga also condoled the Christian community, leadership and family of the EYN church in Borno over the sad event.

He also directed his deputy Umar Kadafur to visit the hospital –  where the injured persons are receiving treatment – to empathize with them, and also take over the cost of their treatment.

Troops Kill Three Suspected Boko Haram Terrorists, Arrest 11 Others

New Salary Scale Has Not Been Approved For Armed Forces – DHQ
A file photo of soldiers.

 

Troops have killed three suspected Boko Haram and Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorists and arrested 11 others as part of the counterterrorism operations in the northeast.

Army spokesman, Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu, who confirmed the incident in a statement issued on Monday, said troops ambushed the terrorists’ crossing point along Banki Junction-Miyanti road to prevent movement of terrorists’ logistics and replenishment.

The insurgents who were nabbed on July 15 were said to have “surrendered to troops along with their families, while fleeing their enclaves, following the continuous bombardment of their hideouts by troops of the Battalion.”

They were said to have been arrested at the outskirts of Aza and Bula Daloye villages in Bama Local Government Area of Borno State by troops at Miyanti and Darajamel areas of the northeastern state.

“The arrested suspects comprised of eleven adult male terrorists, five adult females and twelve children,” the statement partly read.

“The troops also recovered 27 rounds of 7.62 mm (Special) ammunition, 3 AK 47 rifle magazines and a black fragmental Jacket from the suspects. They are currently undergoing preliminary investigations.”

Similarly, on July 17, troops of 7 Division Garrison in conjunction with Civilian Joint Task Force; acting on credible intelligence tracked and arrested  Boko Haram informants and logistics suppliers, during a cordon and search operation in Lawanti and Gongolun Communities of Jere Local Government area of Borno State.

The army spokesman said during preliminary investigations, the suspects confessed to have been working as informants for the terrorists, whom they provide with  information on troops’ movements,  locations,  deployments,  strength, calibre of weapons and other activities.

He added, “They also admitted to having supplied the terrorists with basic logistics for their daily survival, ranging from Petroleum Oil and Lubricant (POL), drugs,  mosquito nets,  kolanuts, recharge cards and food stuff.

“The suspects also disclosed that they were remunerated by the terrorists with proceeds made from selling dismantled old motorcycle parts to dealers in order to fund their purchases.”

Reacting to the successes recorded, the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Faruk Yahaya commended the troops for being proactive in the ongoing clearance operations.

He however charged them to maintain the tempo and ensure the terrorists are smoked out of their enclaves.

I Remain Indebted To Nigerians For Their Love To Me – Buhari

A file photo of President Muhammadu Buhari
A file photo of President Muhammadu Buhari

 

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday said he owes Nigerians for the love they’ve extended to him.

The President made the remark during his visit to Maiduguri, Borno state.

According to a statement signed by presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, the President said all efforts will be made to improve the livelihood of Nigerians, starting with providing adequate security, reiterating that he owes Nigerians a debt of gratitude for the opportunity to serve.

Speaking at the palace of the Shehu of Borno, President Buhari noted that he started his administrative career as a military officer in Borno State as a governor for seven months, under Gen. Murtala Ramat Mohammed, before he was appointed Minister of Petroleum by former President Olusegun Obasanjo, who was then a military Head of State.

“My commitment to serve Nigerians is a payback for the love shown to me. I started my political adventure in Maiduguri and I always look forward to coming here,” he added.

President Buhari commended the Governor of Borno State for his forthrightness, resilience and drive in bringing development to the state, despite security challenges.

He noted that very few leaders will take the risks Governor Zulum had taken over the years to protect his people and promote peace and development, especially in putting his life on the line by spending nights with vulnerable people.

The Governor thanked the President for visiting Borno State to appraise the security situation, and commission some of the completed projects in the last few years.

In his remarks, the Shehu of Borno, Alhaji Abubakar Ibn Garbai El-Kanemi, thanked the President for consistent response to the plight of the people in the State, pointing out that the security situation had improved significantly.

He said resettlement of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) will improve their economy as many will return to the farms to further boost food security, while others will continue with their trade.

Buhari Visits Borno, Addresses Troops Fighting Insurgency

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday visited Borno State and addressed troops on the frontline battling insurgency in the Northeast.

The President landed at the airport located at the Air Force base in Maiduguri, the state capital a few minutes before 10.00 am on Thursday for the one-day working visit.

He was received by the state governor Babagana Zulum and other top government officials in the state.

Students were lined up on the streets while military and paramilitary officers were also at the Headquarters of Operation Hadin Kai also to receive the President.

The President during the visit addressed Nigerian army troops at the headquarters of Theatre Command Operation Heading Kai and 7 Division Nigerian Army, Maiduguri Malari Cantonment, Maiduguri.

He also commissioned some projects including 4,000 houses which were part of the Federal Government’s housing project, as well as some local projects executed by the state government.

In a statement issued earlier, the Borno State government said “the President would commission the first phase of the 10,000 houses which he graciously approved and funded for the resettlement of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and refugees.”

According to the Governor, the housing project in Borno is the largest Federal Government housing intervention sited in one state.

Governor Zulum highlighted the other projects approved which he attributed to the President’s compassion and concern for the humanitarian situation in the state.

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Buhari To Visit Borno, Inaugurate 4,000 Houses Built For IDPs On Thursday – Zulum

A file photo of President Muhammadu Buhari.
A file photo of President Muhammadu Buhari.

 

President Muhammadu Buhari will arrive in Maiduguri on Thursday on a one-day working visit to Borno State, Governor Babagana Zulum has said.

Governor Zulum who disclosed this on Tuesday evening at the Government House in the state capital noted that the President would be appraising the security situation in the northeast.

During his visit, he said the President would inaugurate 4,000 houses which were part of the Federal Government’s housing project, as well as some local projects executed by the state government.

“The President would commission the first phase of the 10,000 houses which he graciously approved and funded for the resettlement of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and refugees.”

According to the Governor, the housing project in Borno is the largest Federal Government housing intervention sited in one state.

He, therefore, urged the resident to come out and accord the President a rousing welcome and reminds the people of Maiduguri of the President’s recent approval for the establishment of a power plant by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) in Borno, to address electricity problems.

Governor Zulum highlighted the other projects approved which he attributed to the President’s compassion and concern for the humanitarian situation in the state.

“Most respectfully, I urge all of us to demonstrate Borno’s creed of hospitality which we are known for, with the culture of dignity, the culture of respect, and the culture of honouring our guest.

“Let us once again show the Borno in all of us as we host our guest,” he pleaded.

President Buhari’s last visit to Maiduguri was in February 2020 where a viral video showed youths in front of the Ramat Polytechnic booing at his convoy as he made his way into the town from the airport.

His visit was to sympathise with the people of the state over the attack on stranded travellers in Auno that left many dead.

Troops Kill Over 50 ISWAP Terrorists In Borno

New Salary Scale Has Not Been Approved For Armed Forces – DHQ
A file photo of soldiers.

 

Over 50 members of the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorist group have been killed in Borno State, the military authorities confirmed on Wednesday.

The Army spokesman, Brigadier General Mohammed Yerima, who confirmed this via a statement said the terrorists were killed while launching a futile attack on Damboa Local Government Area of the northeastern state.

Troops involved in today’s exercise were part of Operation Hadin Kai in conjunction with Air Component of the Operation

“The terrorists attacked the town in multiple waves with Armoured Personnel Carriers and 12 Gun Trucks all mounted with Anti-Aircraft Guns, as well as Locally Fabricated Armoured-plated Vehicles loaded with explosives and motorcycles,” the statement partly read.

“The gallant troops successfully defeated the attack, destroyed the locally fabricated armoured-plated vehicles and neutralised over 50 ISWAP terrorists forcing the survivors to run in disarray under heavy gunfire from the resilient troops and Nigerian Air Force attack platforms.

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“The so-called suicide bombers had to abandon their vehicles primed with explosives as they could not withstand the overwhelming firepower from the highly motivated troops. Several weapons and ammunition were recovered from the depleted terrorists.”

Reacting, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Major General Faruk Yahaya congratulated the troops including the Air Component for this great achievement.

He also restated the commitment of the Nigerian Army under his leadership to ending terrorism and other violent crimes in the North East and the rest of the country, charging the troops to sustain the ongoing offensive under Operation Tura Takaibango the goal is attained.

Boko Haram Terrorists Reportedly Abduct Travellers Along Damaturu-Maiduguri Road

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

 

Boko Haram terrorists have reportedly abducted some travellers along the Damaturu-Maiduguri Road on Wednesday.

The attack occurred at about 9 am, two hours after the road was opened to commuters.

The roads are usually shut between 4 pm to 7 am due to security concerns.

The military reopens the road every morning after a patrol team from Damaturu combs the highway all the way to Maiduguri.

But the insurgents were said to have mounted a roadblock around Mainok town, roughly 55 kilometers away from Maiduguri.

Sources told Channels Television that upon arrival, they opened fire on the vehicles.

While some drivers escaped, an unlucky passenger bus drove into the criminals who had mounted a checkpoint.

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When contacted, the spokesman of the Borno State Police Command, Edet Okon, neither confirmed nor debunked the abduction.

He simply referred Channels Television to the Theatre Command of the military’s counterterrorism operation in the northeast.

Today’s incident is coming a week after reports emerged that Boko Haram’s leader, Abubakar Shekau had been seriously wounded after trying to kill himself to avoid capture during clashes with rival Islamic State-allied jihadists in the north of the country.

Shekau’s Boko Haram faction and fighters from the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) had been battling in northeastern Borno state, where ISWAP has become the dominant force in Nigeria’s more than decade-long jihadist insurgency.

Nigeria’s military has been battling an Islamist insurgency in the northeast since 2009, a conflict that has killed more than 40,000 and displaced around two million more.

In May 2019, dozens of insurgents attempted to infiltrate the city under the cover of darkness, leading to a night-long battle with heavy guns and explosives.

 

Residents, Two Soldiers Die As Boko Haram Attacks Borno Town

In this file photo, a man is seen holding some guns tied together.

 

An attack by Boko Haram terrorists has left some residents killed in Ajiri town in Borno State, north-east Nigeria.

The Director of Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Mohammed Yerima, confirmed the attack on the town in a statement on Monday, but he did not give the actual number of locals killed by the terrorists.

He noted that insurgents on a criminal mission carried out the attack on Ajiri in Konduga Local Government Area (LGA) of the state on Sunday.

Yerima added that the terrorists burned nine houses in parts of the town before they were engaged by the troops of Operation Hadin Kai deployed in the area.

“The retreating terrorists went away with various degrees of gunshot injuries while the gallant troops are on their chase.

“Unfortunately, however, two personnel paid the supreme price in the resulting encounter,” said the army spokesman who did not state whether any of the insurgents was killed by the soldiers.

He explained that the attack on Ajiri came a day after troops successfully thwarted an attempt by the terrorists to infiltrate Rann – a town that serves as the headquarters of Kala Balge LGA of the state.

The terrorists, in their numbers, were said to have attempted to disrupt the peace in the border town on Saturday last week.

They were, however, met with stiff resistance as the soldiers in the area took them on a fierce firefight that lasted about an hour.

Following the gunfight, the insurgents withdrew in disarray with a large number of them suffering fatal injuries, leaving behind several weapons and ammunition.

Yerima listed some of the items recovered by the troops to include an anti-aircraft gun barrel, an AK 47 rifle, a hand-held communication radio, and different calibres of ammunition, among others.

In his reaction, the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Ibrahim Attahiru, commended the troops for their resilience and determination to keep their areas free of terrorist activities.

He also urged them not to be distracted by the progress made but to sustain the renewed vigour in discharging their duties.

Insurgency: It Is My Responsibility To Tell Buhari The Truth – Zulum

Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum, meets with President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja on April 26, 2021.

 

Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum, on Monday met with President Muhammadu Buhari over the worsening insecurity in the north-east region of the country.

“It is my responsibility to tell the President the truth,” the governor said while briefing reporters on Tuesday on the outcome of his meet with President Buhari in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

Governor Zulum condemned the growing spate of attacks across the country, particularly in the renewed activities of terrorists in the North East.

According to him, there is a need for greater support from the Presidency to surmount the insurgency crisis that has left thousands killed and millions displaced in the troubled zone.

The governor decried that the military has yet to receive the equipment ordered, noting that this might be responsible for the deteriorating security situation in Nigeria.

Some of the residents displaced by Boko Haram terrorists in Niger State.

 

His meeting with the President followed renewed attacks by Boko Haram/ Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP) fighters on communities in Borno and Yobe States in recent times.

Some of the affected places included Damasak town – where the terrorists attacked a humanitarian hub, and Mainok town where at least seven military personnel were confirmed killed – in Borno.

In Yobe, the insurgents overran Geidam and hoisted their flags there, forcing hundreds of residents, including women and children to flee to neighbouring villages.

The terrorists have also begun to expand their areas of operation from the North East recently as they took over some villages in Niger, a state in the north-central region of the country.

Niger State Governor, Abubakar Bello, confirmed the presence of the insurgents in the state to reporters on Monday.

The visibly worried governor had said, “We have over 3,000 people here from communities that have been displaced by bandits and Boko Haram elements around Munya and Shiroro Local Government Areas.”

“There are some other communities that we think are safe but a vast majority of them (the displaced residents) will have to remain here because their villages and towns have been taken over by the Boko Haram elements; their wives have been forcefully attached to Boko Haram elements,” he added.

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