Three Killed, Several Injured As Boko Haram Attacks Borno

The map of Borno, a state in Nigeria’s northeast region.

 

Boko Haram terrorists have killed at least three persons in a fresh attack on Njilang community, Chibok Local Government Area of Borno State.

A source who confirmed the incident to Channels Television in a telephone conversation on Tuesday said the insurgents struck at the recently reopened Maiduguri-Damboa Road in the early hours of today.

In the process, several houses were set ablaze with many other residents of the area sustaining different degrees of injuries

It was gathered that the insurgents used Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) on the dilapidated road when a truck was transporting foodstuffs.

“The insurgents invaded Njilang at about 2:34 am early Tuesday and opened fire sporadically at fleeing residents, killing three people, and looting shops before setting ablaze residential houses without confrontation,” the source said.

“The insurgents targeted some trucks conveying foodstuffs and off-loaders, which they succeeded in their mission.”

The Chairman of Chibok Local Government Area, Umar Ibrahim, also confirmed the attack, saying: “I am aware of the incident in Njilang because it is in my local government and it is unfortunate that Chibok is popular for the wrong reasons.

“The other incident of IED is not in Chibok, I only heard of it from people who contacted me,” the Chairman said.

 

 

Flood Displaces Over 18,000 Residents In Borno

The map of Borno, a state in Nigeria’s northeast region.

 

About 18,406 persons across 14 local government areas of Borno State have been displaced by the flood with properties worth millions of naira destroyed as a result.

The victims, comprising women, children as well as elderly, have been forced to relocate from their homes since the commencement of the rainy season.

The Director-General, State  Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Yabawa Kolo, confirmed the incident to Channels Television on Tuesday.

He said varying degrees of damages have been reported after heavy storms wreaked havoc on houses and infrastructures in Shani, Kwaya Kusar, Biu, Damboa, Askira Uba, Chibok, all in southern Borno and Kaga, Dikwa, MMC, Jere, Mobbar, Gwoza, Monguno and Kala Balge local government areas in northern and Central Borno.

According to her, Kala Balge, Jere and  Monguno are mostly affected by the flood due to the downpour that occurred between August 15 and 29 and displaced the residents in the areas with serious damages to shelter infrastructures and farmlands.

Kolo stated that the damage assessment carried out indicated that Monguno suffered more from the flooding affecting 1,735 displaced populations and destroying 681 shelters in GGSS IDP, NRC and Gana Ali camps.

The SEMA boss added that the flood also damaged 81 toilets and 31 bathing facilities.

“Accordingly, reports from International Partners in different field locations and local government areas indicate that a total of 4,989 houses were damaged by the flood leaving a total of 16,393 victims affected which prompted the State Emergency Management Agency to conduct a rapid independent assessment to ascertain actual level of damage,” she said.

“Most of the displaced are seeking shelter in primary schools in neighbouring communities. They are now in need of Shelter kits, mats, blankets and food items.

Kolo further stated that the Government Flood response Committee headed by the Deputy Governor, Alhaji Usman Kadafur, has been working to avert further destructions as well as compensate victims affected by the disaster.

Air Strikes, Floods Displace Nigeria Jihadists

A NAF jet.

 

Hundreds of Boko Haram jihadists have fled a forest enclave in northeast Nigeria, escaping air strikes by the military and floods from torrential rains to seek shelter on Niger’s side of Lake Chad, sources told AFP.

Northeast Nigeria is facing a 13-year armed insurgency by jihadist groups that has killed more than 40,000 people and displaced around two million from their homes.

The violence has spilled into neighbouring Niger, Chad, and Cameroon, with the jihadists maintaining camps in the vast Lake Chad region straddling the four countries.

A Nigerian security source said there had been an exodus of Boko Haram militants from the Sambisa forest since last month due to a sustained bombing campaign on their hideouts.

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Nigeria has also recorded a more intensive rainy season, which usually runs from May through September, and floods have occurred in almost every part of the country.

“The exodus of the Boko Haram terrorists has increased in recent days as the bombardments have intensified, coupled with the floodings that have submerged many of their camps,” said the security source in the region who asked not to be identified.

On Monday, a convoy of more than 50 trucks carrying Boko Haram fighters and their families passed through villages on a route linking Sambisa with Lake Chad, several residents in the region said.

The fighters are believed to be loyal to Bakura Buduma, a Boko Haram factional leader, the sources said.

The convoy drove through Mafa forest into Jere and Koshobe before crossing between the towns of Gajiram and Gasarwa on the 135-kilometre (85-mile) highway linking the regional capital Maiduguri and the garrison town of Monguno, said the sources.

“They (Boko Haram) crossed the highway in batches of 10 vehicles at a time under the watch of heavily armed fighters,” said Laminu Kontoma, a resident of the area.

After crossing the highway, the convoy moved into Gudumbali forest from where they emerged at Gaidam, before traversing a river into Abadam district on the border with Niger, said another resident, Bunami Garga.

“The Boko Haram convoy is definitely heading to the islands on Lake Chad in the Bosso area of Niger where the group has camps,” said a fisherman named Kallah Sani who said he was familiar with Boko Haram movements in the region.

Niger authorities could not immediately confirm the movement.

Infighting 

Those heading into Niger are Boko Haram fighters who had been holed up in parts of the Sambisa forest that remained under the group’s control after it lost ground to a rival, the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP).

ISWAP split from Boko Haram in 2016, rising to become a dominant jihadist group focusing more on attacking military bases and ambushing troops rather than civilians.

Boko Haram’s leader Abubakar Shekau was killed in May 2021 during the infighting with ISWAP, which also seized most of the group’s territory in Sambisa.

Some Boko Haram fighters moved out of Sambisa towards forests in the northwest where they forged alliances with criminal gangs involved in looting and kidnapping for ransom, according to a Nigerian intelligence report.

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Security Operatives Seal Off NNPP Headquarters In Borno State 

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The NNPP says the move won’t deter it from the mission for a “new Nigeria”.

 

Security operatives on Thursday sealed off the headquarters of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) in Maiduguri, Borno State. 

The incident, which was confirmed by the party’s presidential candidate Rabiu Kwankwaso’s media office, also saw the security operatives chasing out some staff of the party.

“This morning a combined team of security operatives led by MOPOLS of the Nigerian Police forcefully shut down our state headquarters, destroying facilities, beating, injuring, and chasing out a group of staff, party members, and supporters,” Kwankwaso’s media office said in the statement issued by Muyiwa Fatosa.

“This is coming on the heels of the visit to Borno state by the NNPP national leader and presidential candidate, HE Sen. Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, Ph.D. FNSE to commission the office in two days’ time, Saturday 27th August 2022.”

 

The media office, which described the incident as “totally unacceptable”, called on the government to wade into the matter.

“This action is totally unacceptable and we condemn it in its entirety. It is glaringly sending a wrong signal as we enter a critical stage of the electioneering period,” the statement added.

“We, therefore, call on the Borno state government to unseal our office and direct the security operatives stationed there to vacate our premises. The police and security agencies must resist any attempt to be used as a tool by some desperate politicians.”

It, therefore, called on party supporters to remain calm, assuring that this will not “discourage the NNPP and HE Sen. Kwankwaso”.

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The development is coming ahead of Kwankwaso’s visit to the state.

 

“We urge all our supporters to remain calm, law-abiding, go on their different businesses, and particularly our party and supporters in Borno state to continue all preparations towards receiving our Presidential Candidate in two days’ time, Saturday, 27th August 2022,” it noted further.

Troops Kill Boko Haram Commander, 27 Others In Borno

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Troops of the Air Task Force(ATF) Operation Hadin Kai have killed another notorious commander of Boko Haram Alhaji Modu also known as “Bem Bem”, and 27 other fighters in Borno State.

The notorious commander and his fighters were killed on August 3 by military airstrikes around the Mandara mountains in the Gwoza Local Government Area of Borno state.

Sources within the military high command confirmed that the operation followed credible intelligence reports indicating that the Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) fighters were converging in large numbers with the intention to conduct attacks.

The deceased terrorist fighter Alhaji Modu was a popular drug baron who went into armed robbery before joining the Boko Haram sect.

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According to the sources, Bem Bem commandeered the displacement of Bama town in 2014 and the killing of hundreds of persons before declaring it a Boko Haram caliphate.

Bem Bem, before his death, was working under the supervision of a top leader of the Boko Haram terrorist Ali Ngoshe and they were hiding inside caves in Mandara Mountain from where they coordinated attacks in Nigeria, Cameroon, and the Niger Republic.

This came as the Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Oladayo Amao, charged Nigerian Air Force (NAF) operational Commanders to ‘show no mercy’ and ensure they employ maximum firepower against terrorists posing security threats in the country.

Tinubu’s Running Mate: Zulum Is The Best Bet, Says APC Stakeholders Forum

A file photo of Tinubu and Zulum.

 

The All Progressives Congress (APC) Stakeholders Forum has called on the leadership of the party and President Muhammadu Buhari to consider the Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum, as its vice-presidential candidate.

The 840 groups, which make up the forum, believe that if Zulum is considered, it will assist the party to win the forthcoming 2023 general elections and also help in the effort to rescue the country from collapsing.

The National Chairman of the forum, Abdullahi Aliyu Katsina, while addressing leaders of the seven states of the Northwest in Katsina on Sunday, explained that only governor Zulum, who has won the hearts of Nigerians through his exemplary leadership over the last three years, can, in turn,  make people vote for the party next year.

According to Katsina, the sacrifice Governor Zulum made in Borno State is enough for the APC to give him the opportunity to replicate it in Nigeria.

The forum believes Zulum is the best-placed person for the role.

 

“Our request is open and is no more than taking Governor Zulum of Borno State as the vice-presidential candidate of APC,” he said.

“We understand that only Governor Zulum can galvanize the votes from entire nineteen northern states.

“To avoid losing the election, the only person in Nigeria today who can bring the desired success for the party is Governor Zulum. Anybody today that is picked as vice-presidential candidate for the APC, if not Zulum, may not give us the desired success.

“Failure for the party to pick Zulum, it may end up losing the election.”

Army Finds ‘Chibok Schoolgirl’ In Borno, Eight Years After Abduction

Mrs Mary Ngoshe was intercepted by troops while on patrol around Ngoshe town in Borno State on June 14, 2022.

 

Troops have found a lady believed to be one of the schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram terrorists in Borno, more than eight years after they were kidnapped from the Chibok community in the northeastern state.

The Nigerian Army disclosed this on Wednesday via its social media handles where it shared a picture of the young lady identified as Mary.

According to the army, Mary was found with her son on Tuesday by troops of 26 Task Force Brigade while on patrol around Ngoshe – a town in Borno State

“Troops of 26 Task Force Brigade on patrol around Ngoshe in Borno State on 14 June 2022 intercepted one Mrs Mary Ngoshe and her son,” the army said on its Facebook page.

“She is believed to be one of the abducted girls from GGSS Chibok in 2014. Further exploitation ongoing.”

 

Nigeria recorded one of its worst abductions on April 14, 2014, when Boko Haram insurgents invaded the Government Girls Secondary School in Chibok, and abducted more than 200 students in the process.

The school was said to have been closed for a few weeks due to deteriorating security conditions at the time, but students – aged between 16 and 18 – came around to take their final exams.

Following their abduction, 57 of the schoolgirls escaped on their way to the location, where they would be held captive by their abductors.

Over time, several others regained freedom either by escaping or being released by the insurgents as a result of negotiations with the Federal Government.

While scores of others are believed to still be in captivity, the situation sparked outrage within and outside Nigeria, to calls for the return of the girls by various individuals and groups, including a former First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama.

Suspected Boko Haram Terrorists Attack Borno, Abduct Several Passengers

The map of Borno, a state in Nigeria’s north-east region.

 

Suspected Boko Haram insurgents on Monday attacked Lawan Mainari village near Mainok along Damaturu-Maiduguri Road in Borno State.

According to an eyewitness, the incident happened in a community less than 40 kilometers away from Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.

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The terrorists were said to have abducted several passengers while setting nine vehicles and trucks conveying food items ablaze.

Although the authorities are yet to comment on the incident, many motorists plying the road had to wait in nearby villages or return to Damaturu, the Yobe State capital.

Insurgents Killed 32 Youths In Kala-Balge – Borno Govt

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At least 32 locals were killed over the weekend by Boko Haram/ Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP) insurgents in Borno State, authorities have said.

Those killed were said to be youths trapped in an ambush by the insurgents around Mudu village – some 45 kilometres away from Rann, the headquarters of Kala-Balge Local Government Area of the state

The spokesman for Governor Babagana Zulum, Isa Gusau, confirmed the figure on Wednesday in a statement released to journalists in Maiduguri, the state capital.

“Governor Babagana Umara Zulum is very disturbed by the unfortunate killing of fellow citizens at the weekend,” he said. “Pending a full report, the governor was briefed by the Majority Leader of Borno State House of Assembly, Mohammed Dige, who represents Kala-Balge where the victims hailed from.”

According to reports, the assailants arrived at Mudu on motorcycles and attacked locals said to be farmers with guns and machetes.

While some of the victims were said to have been buried on Monday, others were reported to still be missing.

Amid the controversy over the identities of the victims, Gusau clarified that they were not farmers but young men who engaged in gathering metals.

He confirmed from the brief of the lawmaker that six persons survived the attack while two others fled the scene unhurt, adding that 14 bodies have been recovered.

“From the lawmaker’s briefing, a total of 32 youths are believed to have been killed by the insurgents,” the governor’s aide recounted. “The youths were not farmers, but highly enterprising young men engaged in gathering metals popularly called ‘Kayan Ajaokuta’ which are sold as raw materials for steel production.

“The victims were said to have gone to a deserted Mudu village in Dikwa LGA, which is 45 kilometres away from Rann in Kala-Bakge, in search of the raw materials but in the process, they were unfortunately ambushed by the insurgents. Six persons were injured during the ambush while two escaped unhurt.”

“A team of soldiers alongside the Chairman of Kala-Balge LGA on Tuesday recovered 14 bodies of victims who were apparently tied and shot at close range. Governor Zulum shares deeply the pains of bereaved families and the good people of Kala-Balge and is awaiting a full report by the end of today (Wednesday) before necessary measures,” Gusau briefed.

Police Defuse Bomb Allegedly Planted By Boko Haram In Borno IDP Camp

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The Borno Police Command said it has successfully defused a bomb planted by Boko Haram and Islamic State of the West African Province(ISWAP) insurgents at Dalori Internally Displaced Persons Camp(IDPs) in Konduga Local Government Area of Borno.

Dalori camp is located a few kilometres from Maiduguri, along the Maiduguri-Bama road.

The bomb scare began at about 6:00 am when an item concealed in a sack thought to be an Improvised Explosive Device, was spotted causing panic as the resident at the camp abandoned their shelters and flee.

The Commissioner of Police(CP) Abdu Umar, who confirmed the incident in a press briefing at the Command Headquarters in Maiduguri, said that the Explosive Ordnance Disposal(EOD), personnel of the command were immediately dispatched to the scene for disposal and evacuation.

Umar said “An unidentified element suspected to be an IED Planted inside a plastic bucket with a panel close to the fence of the camp by suspected insurgents was discovered.

“The IED was successfully defused by the EOD team without causing any casualties,” he said

The Commissioner of Police noted that the general area has been sanitised urging people to go about their lawful business.

 

Borno Governor, Zulum Dissolves Cabinet

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

 

Borno State Governor, Professor Babagana Zulum, has approved the dissolution of the State Executive Council.

The Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Usman Shuwa, announced the dissolution of the governor’s cabinet on Thursday, saying it was with immediate effect.

The announcement was contained in a statement signed by the Permanent Secretary of the Administration and General Services, Danjuma Ali, and made available to reporters in Maiduguri, the state capital.

Governor Zulum, according to the statement, directed all the affected appointees to hand over the leadership to permanent secretaries in their respective ministries.

He explained that the dissolution was to create enabling environment for interested members of the council to legally participate in the forthcoming primaries and congresses of the All Progressive Congress (APC).

Zulum thanked the members of the executive council for their various contributions while they held offices and wished them the best in their future endeavours.

Troops Rescue 30 Locals, Kill Several Terrorists In Borno Raids

A photo released by the Nigerian Army on March 18, 2022, shows some of the victims rescued by troops in Borno State.

 

The Nigerian Army says it has rescued dozens of local residents, mostly women, abducted by members of the Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP) and Boko Haram terrorist groups in Borno State.

Several members of the terrorist groups were also neutralised during a series of offensive onslaught conducted by troops in the region.

In a post on Friday on its verified Facebook page, the army shared photos of some of the terrorists killed by the soldiers, as well as those rescued.

Troops of Operation Desert Sanity recorded the feat during the operations conducted around Ndufu and Musiri villages in Borno State.

While the clearance operations were ongoing, the army said the troops recovered some weapons and destroyed various camps of the terrorists.

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This followed the recent report that Nigeria had dropped by two places on the Global Terrorism Index (GTI) to sixth from fourth, a position it has occupied since 2017.

In the report published two weeks ago, the Institute for Economics & Peace (IEP) attributed the feast to the successes in the fight against the insurgents in the North East.

According to IEP, Nigeria, Syria, and Somalia are the only countries among the 10 most affected by terrorism to get an improved score from 2020 to 2021.

In his reaction, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Faruk Yahaya, averred that the operational successes recorded by troops have received global recognition.

Yahaya, who addressed an audience at the Chief of Army Staff First Quarter Conference 2022 on Tuesday, saluted the efforts, doggedness, and commitment displayed by the troops in the face of the adversary.

See more photos of the operation in Borno below: