Air Force Kills ‘Several’ Boko Haram Terrorists In Borno

 

The Nigerian Air Force says it has killed several Boko Haram members in separate airstrikes conducted at Parisu and Bula Bello in the Sambisa Forest Area of Borno State.

The Coordinator of Defence Media Operations, Major General John Enenche, revealed this via a statement issued on Monday.

He noted that action, which was carried out on “July 3 is part of the ongoing subsidiary Operation Long Reach II after intelligence reports indicated a resurgence of terrorists’ activities in the 2 settlements.”

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“Consequently, the Air Task Force dispatched its fighter jets to attack the 2 locations. The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) jets, while taking turns to engage the targets, scored accurate bomb and rocket strikes, resulting in the destruction of some of the structures as well as the killing of several terrorists,” the statement partly read.

Meanwhile, the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, has commended the Air Task Force for their dedication, dexterity, and professionalism.

Similarly, the Defence Headquarters asked them to “intensify the air offensive against the terrorists and all other criminal elements threatening the peace and security of our beloved country.”

Lawan Condoles With Governor Zulum Over Aide’s Death

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

 

President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has commiserated with Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno State over the death of his Chief of Staff, Babagana Wakil.

In a statement issued on Wednesday by his spokesman, Senator Lawan sent his condolence to the family of Wakil, the government and people of Borno over the sad loss.

He described the late chief of staff as a loyal and trusted aide to Governor Zulum.

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Senator Lawan noted that Wakil “made a great contribution to the efforts of the state government in rebuilding a state that has been devastated by several years of a mindless insurgency.”

While praying for the repose of his soul, the Senate President asked God to grant the deceased family the fortitude to bear the loss.

Air Force Kills ‘Scores’ Of Boko Haram Terrorists, Destroys Base In Borno

A screen grab from the Air Force video shows the scene of the airstrikes on Boko Haram Logistics Base in Borno State. Credit: Defence Headquarters.

 

The Nigerian Air Force has destroyed scores of Boko Haram terrorists in Tongule and Bukar Meram areas of Borno State.

This was confirmed in a statement issued on Saturday by the Coordinator of Defence Media Operations, Major General John Enenche.

He noted that the airstrikes were carried out on June 25 after a series of surveillance missions indicated a resurgence of terrorists’ activities at the two settlements.

The latest military action is “another set of successful air interdiction missions executed by the Air Task Force (ATF) of Operation Lafiya Dole under the subsidiary Operation Long Reach,” Enenche said.

Stressing further, the defence spokesman explained: “At Tongule, where recent credible intelligence indicated frequent convergence of BHTs, about 35 terrorists were spotted by the NAF surveillance aircraft in different parts of the settlement as it vectored the fighter jets to attack the target area.

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“The munitions from the jets hit designated areas within the settlement, destroying some structures and taking out many of the terrorists.

“Similarly, at Bukar Meram, a BHT logistics hub on the fringes of the Lake Chad, the airstrikes, which were carefully timed and executed in multiple waves for maximum effects, resulted in the obliteration of designated portions of the terrorists’ facilities.

“Several of their fighters were also killed in the process.”

Meanwhile, the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, has commended the Air Task Force for their dedication and professionalism.

This comes as the Defence Headquarters equally asked them to “intensify the air offensive against the terrorists and all other criminal elements threatening the peace and security of our beloved country.”

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Borno Govt Secures Conviction Of Three Rapists, Set To Shame Perpetrators

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

 

The Borno State Govt says it has secured the convictions of three rapists reported during the COVID-19 lockdown.

This was disclosed by the Commissioner for Women Affairs; Zuwaira Gambo revealed this on Wednesday during an inter-ministerial press conference marking the end of the first year in office of the state governor, Professor Babagana Zulum.

Gambo said the state is adopting the policy initiated at the federal level where perpetrators would be named and shamed.

“We have been taking steps with the Ulamas, local traditional leaders and especially the police and we are going to key into what has been adopted at the federal level and that is ensuring that all rapists are captured, figures and names and pictures attached to them to keep others away.”

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According to the commissioner, the pressure was mounted on one of the victims to opt for an out of court settlement, but a coalition of the federation of women lawyers, civil societies and the ministry of Justice insisted on the prosecution.

“We made sure the guy was arrested despite interventions from family; you know the society people would beg, we made sure that the police understand that once somebody is caught committing this heinous act he should be made to face the wrought of the law,” she said.

She said there are other cases the ministry is currently pursuing adding that the aim is to secure the convictions of all rapists.

Borno COVID-19 Committee Clash With Army Over Interstate Travel

 

The Borno State Committee on the prevention of the spread of COVID-19 on Saturday clashed with the Nigerian Army on the Maiduguri-Damaturu expressway.

While the Army personnel insisted on freeing the highway for the safety of travellers, the COVID-19 committee enforcing the ban on interstate travel wanted the travellers to be properly screened and quarantined before gaining access into the state.

The state’s Deputy Governor, Usman Kadafur, who is also the Chairman of the Borno State Committee on the prevention of the spread of COVID-19, condemned the military’s action against his team.

It took the intervention of The Garrison Commander of 7th Division to calm frayed nerves, offering an explanation for the misunderstanding.

The clash occurred amid rising cases of COVID-19 in Borno.

Borno State Deputy Governor, Usman Kadafur (2nd R) confronts a military official on June 13, 2020
Borno State Deputy Governor, Usman Kadafur (2nd R) confronts a military official on June 13, 2020

 

On Friday, the state recorded 42 new cases of the disease, according to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.

Borno has the highest number of COVID-19 cases in the country’s northeast region with a total of 423 cases and 26 deaths.

Meanwhile, the state’s security situation remains uncertain. On Saturday, the army said it repelled attacks by the Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) in Monguno, a town in Borno.

Our correspondent in the state also gathered that two other local government areas, Ganze and Gubio, also came under attack at the same time, although no casualty figures have been reported.

Army Repels Terror Attack In Monguno

Borno is situated in northeast Nigeria.
Borno is situated in northeast Nigeria.

 

The Army says it has repelled attacks by the Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) in Monguno town in Borno state, northeast Nigeria.

Security forces reportedly engaged the fighters in a gun battle as the insurgents invaded the town in large numbers on Saturday, shooting sporadically.

Thousands of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) residing in the town were said to have fled for safety.

Our correspondent in the state gathered that two other local government areas, Ganze and Gubio, also came under attack at the same time, although no casualty figures have been reported.

The attack comes amid rising cases of COVID-19 in Borno. On Friday, the state recorded 42 new cases of the disease, according to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.

Borno has the highest number of COVID-19 cases in the country’s northeast region with a total of 423 cases and 26 deaths.

Borno, Katsina Killings: Criminals Taking Advantage Of COVID-19 Restrictions – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari before his Democracy Day broadcast on June 12, 2020.

 

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned the recent attacks that left several dead in Borno and Katsina States.

In his Democracy Day broadcast to the nation, the President believes the killings were sparked by the restrictions to curb the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the states.

He, however, gave an assurance that the security agencies have swung into action with a view to bringing the assailants to justice.

The President said, “I regret recent sporadic incidents with the tragic loss of lives in Katsina and Borno States as a result of criminals taking advantage of COVID-19 restrictions.

“Security Agencies will pursue the perpetrators and bring them to swift justice.”

“I must implore state and local governments to revamp their intelligence assets so that the Security Agencies can nip in the bud any planned attacks in remote rural areas. I send my heartfelt condolences to all the relatives and communities affected,” he added.

 

According to the President, the present administration remains unshaken in its resolve to protect the nation’s infrastructure, including on-shore and off-shore oil installations, as well as secure its territorial waters and end piracy in the Gulf of Guinea.

To ending insurgency, he explained that banditry and other forms of criminality across the nation were being accorded appropriate priorities, saying the military has considerably downgraded such threats across all geo-political zones.

President Buhari said all the local governments that were taken over by the Boko Haram insurgents in Borno, Yobe, and Adamawa States have long been recovered.

He noted that indigenes of such areas, who were previously forced to seek a living in areas far from their ancestral homes, have since returned home.

“The total collapse of the economies of these areas, which constituted a threat to our food security, has also been reversed with the gradual recovery of farming and other economic activities,” the President stated.

He added, “As part of the strengthening of our internal security architecture, the Ministry of Police Affairs was created.

“Amongst others, Government has expanded the National Command and Control Centre to 19 states of the Federation, resuscitated the National Public Security Communication System, and commenced the implementation of the Community Policing Strategy.”

Borno Attacks: Senate Asks FG To Flush Out Boko Haram From Lake Chad

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The Senate has asked the Federal Government to urgently deploy more military personnel and operatives of other security agencies to flush out Boko Haram insurgents from the Lake Chad region.

This request followed a ‘Point of Order’ raised by Senator Abubakar Kyari during plenary on Thursday in the Senate Chamber of the National Assembly in Abuja.

Senator Kyari, who represents Borno North senatorial district, drew the attention of his colleagues to fresh Boko Haram attacks that have led to the death of scores of people in his state.

The emotional lawmaker narrated how the insurgents recently invaded villages in Borno, saying over 90 people, including women and children, were killed.

In its resolutions, the Senate urged the Federal Government to direct the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and North East Development Commission (NEDC) to immediately send relief materials to the victims of the attacks.

It also called on the government to immediately begin the implementation of the recommendations of the report of the Senate Advocacy Committee on Security Challenges.

The lawmakers also resolved to observe a minute of silence in honour of those who lost their lives, adding that the Senate President and Speaker of the House of Representatives should meet with President Muhammadu Buhari to work out new strategies to confront Boko Haram in the North East.

In his contribution, Senate President Ahmad Lawan decried that Boko Haram has metamorphosed from a group of “maybe religious zealots” into a full-fledged industry.

He added that the Senate had passed several resolutions on the insecurity in the country with all stakeholders carried along, but the issue has persisted.

Senator Ali Ndume, on his part, noted that the activities of Boko Haram have lingered for too long and it was about time to deal decisively with the menace.

Troops Kill Boko Haram Terrorists, Destroy Boko Hideout In Borno

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A file photo of troops.

 

Troops of the Operation Lafiya Dole have killed Boko Haram terrorists and destroyed their hideout at Kacha Korle in the Sambisa Forest general area of Borno State.

The Coordinator of Defence Media Operations, Major General John Enenche, confirmed this in a statement issued on Wednesday.

According to him, the operation was executed on 10 June following intelligence reports indicating that the location was being used as a staging area and meeting venue for the terrorists.

Eneneche noted that the terrorists usually hibernate in the forest “from where they planned and launched attacks against troops’ locations and civilian settlements within the Sector 1 Area of Responsibility, including the Maiduguri-Damaturu Highway.”

“Accordingly, the Air Task Force dispatched an Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft and fighter jets to attack the hideout.

“Overhead the target area, many BHT fighters were observed in and around some prominent structures. These were engaged in successive passes by the attack aircraft leading to the destruction of some of the structures as well as the neutralization of several of the terrorists,” the statement partly read.

Meanwhile, the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, commended the Air Task Force and urged them to intensify the air offensive against the terrorists.

In a relative development, the Defence Headquarters saluted “the courage and dedication of the Air Task Force working in concert with other security agencies and stakeholders towards the defeat of the criminals in the North East.”

Rainstorm Wreaks Havoc In Borno IDP Camp

 

A rainstorm has blown off temporary shelters of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) living in a host community-based camp in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.

The camp located at Low-cost B Shagari Housing Estate is home to 40 households ejected from a private property last year.

The temporary shelter was provided by the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG).

The storm which occurred this evening destroyed the fence as well as the makeshift tents.

Although no one sustained any injury, the IDPs, however, cried out for urgent assistance as they have now lost their homes.

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Two Killed, 1,613 Households Razed As Fire Engulfs IDP Camp In Borno

Several Reported Dead As Fire Guts Borno IDP Camp
A file photo of the IDP camp gutted by fire in Borno State. Photo: [email protected]_Norway

 

About 1,613 houses at the Muna garage Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp in Maiduguri, have been gutted by fire.

Two persons who sustained severe burns died from their wounds.

Chairperson of the Borno State Emergency Management Agency, Yabawa Kolo said the incident happened on the eve of the Eid-El-Fitr.

Governor Babagana Zulum has visited the camp to ascertain the level of destruction caused by the fire.

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Zulum said the incessant fire incidences in makeshift camps further underscores why camps should be completely closed down in the state.

The governor revealed that the federal government has approved the construction of ten thousand housing units across the state, withnthe affected population in mind.

He said the construction will commence immediately funds are released to bring an end to the idea of living in temporary shelters.

In the first quarter of this year alone, several IDP camps in Nganzai, Ngala, Mafa and Monguno local governments were gutted by fire as a result of the cluster settlement of the people.

Pension Fraud: Borno Saves N400m After Verification, 552 Pensioners Cleared

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

 

The Borno state government says it has saved up to N400m in the ongoing pension verification exercise in the state.

The verification follows a petition over unpaid stipends submitted by 387 pensioners through the Borno State chapter of their union.
Governor Babagana Zulum personally received the petition during a public
hearing organized in March this year, to sort the problem which has lingered since 2016.

The State Head of Service, Barrister Simon Malgwi said in a news conference over the weekend that the government has now adopted a new automatic scheme of migration from salary to pension to address fraud and to make the transition seamless for pensioners.

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552 pensioners, including the 387 petitioners who retired between June 2016 to April 2020 have now been enrolled in the new scheme.

The public hearing which was convened to address the complaints of the 387 pensioners ended up uncovering far more serious cases of fraud and other unsavory activities on the part of the pensioners.

The cases bother on deliberate overstay in the service, altering the date of birth or date of the first appointment, while it was also discovered that some civil servants receive both salary and pension.

The new method is meant to address all of this as according to the Head of Service it is already paying off with the government saving up to 400m naira gathered from those not entitled to a pension.