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

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

 

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

A Logo of the Nigerian Police Force

 

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.

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Another Fire Incident Destroys 448 IDP Shanties In Borno

Fire razed an IDP camp in Mafa, Borno State on March 16, 2022.
Fire razed an IDP camp in Mafa, Borno State on March 16, 2022.

 

At least 448 houses, mostly shanties, occupied by Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) have been destroyed at Mafa local government council in Borno State.

This comes less than three weeks after a fire incident destroyed houses at IDP camps in Konduga and Muna garage in Maiduguri.

The latest fire incident occurred on Wednesday at the newly relocated IDP camp at Government Girls Secondary School, Mafa, 50 kilometers away from Maiduguri, the state capital.

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The Northeast Zonal Coordinator of the National Emergency Management Agency, Usman Mohammed-Aji, confirmed the event to Channels Television.

He said no life was lost in the incident.

However, properties worth millions of Naira were destroyed.

Mohammed-Aji explained that NEMA and fire fighters have been conducting sensitization for the returnees to forestall further occurrences of fire at the IDP camps.

The Executive Governor, Professor Babagana Zulum had earlier pledged to construct permanent shelters for the IDPs so as to mitigate the frequent fire outbreak.

Police Inspector Kills Two Colleagues, Injures Father In-Law, Others In Maiduguri

Map of Borno State.

 

A Police Inspector referred to as Inspector Bello Abdullahi has reportedly shot dead two of his colleagues while four others including his father-in-law were injured at Police College Maiduguri, the Borno state capital.

Eyewitnesses say the incident happened on Wednesday night.

One of his neighbors who pleaded anonymity told Channels Television that the suspect had been having a misunderstanding with his wife and his father-in-law and other officers had been trying to settle the matter amicably.

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Other sources revealed that the wife of the suspect after several assaults decided to move to her parent’s house.

Furious over the wife’s action, the husband reportedly set ablaze his home, that of his father-in-law and that of a colleague whom he suspects to be having a marital affair with his wife at the Police College, killing two persons in the process.

Subsequently, he was arrested and detained.

Efforts by Channels Television to speak with the Police Public Relations Officer of the Borno State command proved abortive at the time of filing this report.

MNJTF Troops Neutralise Several Boko Haram/ISWAP Insurgents At Nigeria-Cameroon Borders

 

Troops of the Multinational Joint Task Force have neutralized scores of Boko Haram terrorists and ISWAP insurgents at the Nigeria/Cameroon Borders.

According to a statement by the spokesman of the Multinational Joint Task Force, Colonel Muhammad Dole, the insurgents were neutralized while the troops of Sector One Cameroon were conducting operations in the Vretet-Zamga-Ngoshe triangle in the general area of Kirawa on the Nigeria /Cameroon borders.

He said that several other insurgents escaped with gunshot wounds while a large number of arms and food items including AK47 rifle, 01 AK47 Magazine, several ammunitions of the 7.62 MM special variant, 21 bicycles, 01 BHT uniform, 39 bags millet, and 02 bags of beans were recovered during the operation.

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The statement further explained that an intelligence analysis indicates that the items were being smuggled from the borders to Sambisa Forest, while it is believed the terrorists are stockpiling materials for the incoming month of Ramadan.

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Further exploitation of the engagement areas showed traces of blood, evidence of BHT/ISWAP criminals removed corpses of their dead colleagues while 2 corpses of Boko Haram criminals were discovered.

 

Meanwhile, the Force Commander (FC) MNJTF, Major General Abdul Khalifah Ibrahim,  has sent his personal commendation to Commander Sector 1 with headquarters (HQs) in Mora (Cameroon) Brigadier General Bouba Dobekreo.

The force commander praised the display of courage and gallantry by the troops, as they continue to conduct special operations to combat the insurgents. He urged them to remain committed, bold, and unpredictable and to continue to dominate the area, to ensure that Boko Haram and ISWAP terrorists are cut off from any logistics resupply.

Troops Neutralise 63 Fighters As 466 BH/ISWAP Terrorists Surrender In Borno

 

Troops of Operation Hadin Kai have in the last two weeks neutralised 63 fighters following their operations in Borno State. This is according to a statement issued on Thursday by the Defence Headquarters.

In his brief, Defense Spokesman, Major General Benard Onyeuko, disclosed that troops operational activities in Bama, Mafa, Dikwa, Gamboru, Gwoza, Banki junction, and Kondiya, all in Borno State, led to the surrendering of 466 Boko Haram and ISWAP Terrorists and their families.

Those who surrendered comprised 120 adult males, 137 adult females, and 209 children, all of which claimed to have lost interest in the BHT ideology.

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While narrating how the feat was attained, General Onyeuko said on the 11th of February, the Air Component of Operation Hadin Kai carried out air interdiction at Bukar Mairam village in Marte Local Government Area, and in the process, the leader of Rijal Amn Special Forces, Mohammed Yusuf, was neutralized.

He said cumulatively, the troops within the last two weeks, neutralized 63 fighters, arrested 86 members of the terrorists, recovered 4 gun trucks, 25 AK47 rifles, 56 magazines with 6.2mm special ammunition, 78 rounds of different calibers of ammunition, 67 packets of rounds on links, three FN grenades and three bandoliers.

Additionally, 20 abducted civilians were rescued by own troops. The general also stated that the surrendered terrorists have been properly documented and handed over to the appropriate authorities for necessary actions.

Other areas where troops of Operation Hadin Kai have been operating within the last two weeks include, Pulka-Kariwa, Kekeno, Road Gwoza-Limankava-Damboa Biu road to Sabon Gari at Mandaragrau in Biu Local Government Area, Gadayi Village in Gubio Local Government Area, Mandara Hill in Gwoza Local Government Area, as well as Kirta Wulgo in Marte Local Government Area, all in Borno State

Suspected ISWAP Landmine Kills Six Locals In Borno

Map of Borno State.

 

Six persons died on Monday with several others injured after suspected members of the Islamic State of West African Province (ISWAP) planted Improvised Explosive Devices along Gamboru-Ngala road in the Ngala Local Government Area of Borno state.

Speaking with Channels Television on Tuesday, a humanitarian worker said the first incident involved a commercial pickup vehicle in which three persons died at the spot.

The source said another IED killed two members of the local vigilantes who arrived at the scene to offer assistance for the injured victims.

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Although the military and local authorities have not yet reacted to the attack at the time of filing this report, Channels Television also gathered that one member of the Civilian Joint Task Force patrolling the Maiduguri-Gamboru Ngala federal highway was also shot dead while one other was injured.

Governor Babagana Zulum who re-opened the federal highway last week after three years of shut down, had spent three days with the returnees in Gamboru and Wulgo communities to personally distribute cash, food and non-food items for the returnees.

The Gamboru-to-Maiduguri highway is a strategic 140-kilometre (87-mile) trade route in the region, and provides an important link with neighbouring Cameroon.

The latest attack is likely to create more fear in the hearts of the returnees who needed more security to go about their economic activities.

The 12-year insurgency in Nigeria has killed more thousands of people since 2009 and displaced many from their homes.