Adam who subsequently invited her into his apartment to supposedly do chores overpowered and raped her.
“Immediately she got in he turned on the power generating set and then after a while, we started hearing her screams,” one of the girls said.
“We were worried so we went and knocked very hard on the door but he wouldn’t open and when he eventually opened we asked what the matter was but he rebuffed us saying all was well and that she was busy with her chores.
“We insisted that we want to see her but he declined to say she was busy. Then we saw her crying and cursing him for what he did to her; she said she’d rather die than go home and bring shame to her family.”
After the incident, the victim committed suicide by stabbing herself with a knife; one of her friends confirmed the development to Channels Television on Wednesday.
The deceased teenage girl displaced by the conflict lives with her parents in the Kaleri area in Maiduguri.
The Executive Director of Women in the New Nigeria and Youth Empowerment Initiative, a local NGO, Comrade Lucy Yunana also confirmed this on Wednesday.
The matter was reported to Yunana who visited the Gwange Police Station where the suspect was taken upon arrest.
“When the matter was reported to my office we immediately contacted the police and as I speak to you the matter has been transferred to the state CID,” he said.
“We thank the Police Commissioner for his swift action; I personally interviewed the perpetrator, his action is unbecoming of an NGO worker.”
The Police Public Relations Officer, Sani Kamilu also confirmed the incident which he said was reported on January 18.
“Preliminary investigations have shown that the shouting of the deceased attracted the attention of people. We have arrested him, he is in our custody and investigations are ongoing,” Kamilu stated.
“The suspect opened the door and the girl was alleged to have complained bitterly about her virginity which the suspect had taken, after which she rushed inside and took a knife with which she stabbed herself.”
President Muhammadu Buhari Thursday in Maiduguri, Borno State, urged troops of Operation Hadin Kai to remain steadfast as they go into the final phase of the campaign against insurgency and other forms of criminalities.
The President, who addressed the troops at the Airforce Base in Maiduguri, said the nation remains grateful for the gallantry displayed in ensuring the gradual return of peace to the North East, while condoling with families that have lost loved ones, and the wounded.
“I urge you also to stay focused to achieve our strategic end-state which is the defeat of all adversaries and restoration of an economically viable North East Geo-Political Zone and other parts of the country where Nigerians are free to go about their activities without fear or harassment,” he said.
President Buhari assured families of soldiers who paid the supreme price for the nation and the injured that the Federal Government will cater for their needs, recognizing their sacrifices for all Nigerians.
“I am delighted to be with you today and to convey my gratitude and that of the entire nation to you all, as you continuously strive to secure our dear country.
“Your career is like no other because it is a conscious commitment and preparedness to give your best for the sake of others.
“I am therefore here on behalf of a grateful nation to thank and commend you for your service and sacrifices.
“Let me start by commiserating with you all on the unfortunate loss of Brigadier General Dzarma Zirkushu and other personnel of 25 and 28 Task Force Brigades, who died on 13 November 2021.
“I do this mindful of the fact that we have lost others in this Theatre of Operation as well as other operational areas across the country.
“We pray for the repose of their souls and for the Almighty God to comfort the families that they left behind. The people of Borno State and indeed the entire country owe a debt of gratitude to our serving men in uniform for the huge sacrifices in the pursuit of peace,” he said.
According to President Buhari, the Government would continue to ensure that the widows and children of fallen heroes were well catered for to help them fully realize their potentials.
The President noted that the response exhibited across the theatre had shown extraordinary resilience and steadfastness in the face of adversity.
“That is the spirit, tenacity and resolve that the Nigerian Armed Forces is known for. Well done.
“Our country, just like all the others in the Sahel region, is faced with several security challenges that are largely characterized by the violent activities of non-state actors. This has necessitated several interventions aimed at ensuring the security of persons and property across the numerous hot spots.
“Further improvements in the security situation in Operation Hadin Kai have led to a corresponding rise in the confidence of our people who are now returning in significant numbers to their homes.
“Further to the reorganizations in the military leadership, concerted efforts are being made to improve your equipment holding. I am aware that you have started receiving some of the platforms procured by our administration while others would be received in the weeks ahead,” the President added.
While noting threats posed by criminals through the employment of Improvised Explosive Devices, he said substantial resources have also been directed at procuring equipment for explosive ordnance disposal.
According to President Buhari, similar attention is being given to Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance Assets.
“These measures and the platforms being received would accord you the necessary reach, firepower and protection to project force across the Theatre and bring the fight to a logical and successful end,” Buhari added.
President Buhari told the troops that at the onset of the administration he emphasized the need to rejuvenate the Multinational Joint Task Force, which was in realization of the fluid and transnational nature of current threats and their propensity to hibernate in neighbouring countries.
“I, therefore, urge you to continue to further strengthen your cooperation with the militaries of the other countries under the auspices of the Multinational Joint Task Force in order to further optimize the mutual gains for our respective national security.
“As we step up the military efforts, our administration has remained conscious of the efficacy of the employments of other lines of effort in our drive to ensure the return of lasting peace to the North East Region.
“The North East Development Commission continues to make giant strides at improving the economic and social welfare of Nigerians in the region,” he added.
“I am also happy with the increased level of cooperation between the good people of Borno State, other stakeholders and the security agencies. I urge you to continue to cooperate with other security agencies with a view to ensuring a full return to normalcy.”
He assured that the administration would continue to work with all well-meaning stakeholders including friendly nations, civil society organizations as well as other credible non-governmental organizations to bring peace to all troubled areas across the nation.
President Buhari expressed deep appreciation to the Government of Borno State for its continuous cooperation with the Federal Government in multiple spheres.
He said: “This has been critical to the furtherance of our mutual efforts at restoring peace to the State.
“I particularly commend Your Excellency, Governor Babagana Umara Zulum, for your untiring commitment and cherished collaboration with my administration for the overall good of the people of Borno. Yours is a good example of the inherent benefits that are accruable from conscious positive interaction between the Federal Government and states.”
He also commended the Minister of Defence as well as the Chief of Defence Staff, Service Chiefs and the heads of all other security agencies for forging a common front of collaboration and cooperation which continues to enhance operations.
“It was gratifying to observe some of these examples of collaboration during the Research and Development Exhibition at the recently concluded Chief of Army Staff’s Annual Conference and the launch of locally constructed Seaward Defence Ship at the Naval Dockyard.
“I urge you all to stay the course towards ensuring that we become self-sufficient in the production of our defence equipment in no distant future.
‘To my dear troops, as your Commander in Chief, I am mindful of your selfless sacrifices which in some cases have entailed paying the supreme price. The nation owes you a debt of gratitude for your commitment, dedication and unalloyed loyalty to the Constitution of the Federal Government of Nigeria.
“Our Government will continue to work with your respective heads to ensure that your welfare receives priority attention and that our wounded comrades are given the best medical care possible,” the President assured.
The President said the manpower challenges which have limited the rotation of some units from the Theatre would be addressed by concerted efforts to increase recruitment and ensure that the remaining units due for rotation were relieved as soon as practicable.
President Muhammadu Buhari Thursday in Maiduguri, Borno State, said more cooperation among elites in the country, with a commitment to inform people on realities and mobilize for development, will help in resolving the challenges facing the nation.
In a courtesy call at the Palace of the Shehu of Borno during a visit to commission Alhaji Muhammadu Indimi Distance Learning Centre and International Conference Hall at the University of Maiduguri and some state projects, the President said the elites owe it to the people to inform, guide and shape opinions since they had more access and knowledge on the economy.
“What our country needs now is the continued cooperation of the elites. They know the problem of the nation.
“It is good that they educate the less informed about the realities,” he said.
Commenting during the visit, Zulum noted that the insurgents came close to Maiduguri before firing the explosives.
He urged the military to wake up and ensure adequate patrols.
“It seems the insurgents came very close to the town, the military has to wake up and ensure adequate surveillance. This is something that we can avert its occurrence. For the insurgents to have come such close to fire rockets, I think there is something wrong that we should have to check.” Zulum said.
The Governor, however, assured that government will do everything to prevent further attacks on Maiduguri and its environs.
“We have to fortify Maiduguri town, we have to ensure adequate patrols on a daily basis to avert future attacks. It is very sad and unfortunate we have to witness this kind of attack at this time,” Zulum said.
In the same vein, Governor Babagana Umara Zulum extended his sympathizes to those affected by the attack.
Our correspondent reported that while no life was lost, houses, cars, and other properties were destroyed by the multiple rockets attack.
“I wish to sympathize with those affected by today’s attack, I will constitute a small committee to ascertain the level of the damage and advise government on how to avert future occurrence,” Zulum said.
The bomb is said to have exploded less than 100 meters away from a holding camp for repentant Boko Haram members.
The military has cordoned off the estate.
Meanwhile, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has debunked reports that an explosion rocked the Maiduguri airport in Borno State.
The General Manager, Corporate Affairs, Henrietta Yakubu, in a statement on Saturday said the information was false as there was neither an explosion nor any attack at the airport.
“The airport was not targeted, and is not under any attack whatsoever,” the statement read in part.
FAAN, therefore, assured air travellers that it remains committed to its core values of safety, security and comfort.
Bombings in Maiduguri are not a novelty and are usually launchd by Boko Haram/ISWAP terorrists.
In February, at least 10 persons died and about 60 were injured after Boko Haram insurgents fired rocket bombs into the town.
‘No Cause For Alarm’
The army described Saturday’s attack as a “security breach by suspected Boko Haram (BH) and Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorists.”
In a statement signed by spokesperson Brigadier-General Onyema Nwachukwu, the army said there was no need to panic as troops were in control of the situation.
“The sound of explosions at Gomari community and 1,000 Housing Estate in Maiduguri was heard in the early hours of today with shots fired into these communities by BH/ISWAP criminals,” the statement said.
“This unfortunate incident has caused some level of damage and apprehension in residential areas. Although, no life was lost, sadly a minor sustained injury.
“Ground troops in conjunction with the Air Component of OPHK responded swiftly and dominated the area with ground and air interdictions that successfully neutralized the threats and infiltration attempt by the terrorists.
“The general public are urged not to panic as troops are on ground and aggressively dominating the city to effectively take out any perceived threat.
“The good people of Maiduguri are equally enjoined to go about their normal socio-economic activities and provide actionable information on the movement of these criminal elements.”
The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has debunked reports that an explosion rocked the Maiduguri airport in Borno State.
The General Manager, Corporate Affairs, Henrietta Yakubu, in a statement on Saturday said the information was false as there was neither an explosion nor any attack at the airport.
“The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) hereby wishes to notify passengers and the general public that there was neither an explosion nor intrusion at the Maiduguri airport,” the statement read in part.
“The airport was not targeted, and is not under any attack whatsoever”.
The Borno State police command says its operatives have rescued a soldier abducted alongside 15 other travellers along the Maiduguri-Damaturu Road.
Force spokesman, ASP Sani Kamilu in a statement on Monday said the travelers were kidnapped by men of the Boko Haram/Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) sect in Borno State.
“Police operatives on patrol around Auno axis rescued a soldier attached to 4 Battalion Marte and 15 others from abduction by suspected Boko Haram terrorists.
“The motorists were coming from different locations into Maiduguri but on reaching Yanakiri/Kondori village along Damaturu-Maiduguri Road, they were intercepted and abducted to the bush,” Kamilu stated.
According to the police spokesman, the crack team of officers in collaboration with the police Rapid Response Squad on getting the information gave the terrorists a hot chase.
The security operatives engaged the terrorists in a gun duel which led to the successful rescue of the victims.
Kamilu further disclosed that operatives deployed superior fire powers and techniques to defeat the outlaws.
The Maiduguri- Damaturu Road, which is the only road linking Borno to other parts of the country, has witnessed a resurgence in abductions in the last month with many of the incidents going unreported.
In August, the Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant General Faruk Yahaya banned soldiers fighting in the northeast from road travels and launched a welfare flight programme for soldiers who are on leave.
However, those traveling to nearby cities like Yobe, Bauchi, and Plateau are usually escorted by an armed convoy, military sources confirmed.
“The vigilant troops of Sector 3 Operation HADIN KAI supported by the Nigerian Air Force component, brought a devastating volume of fire on the terrorists while attempting to infiltrate the Forward Operating Base using Gun trucks and several other weapons,” the statement read.
“The terrorists, having suffered several human and equipment casualties as at the time of this report, retreated in disarray. Sadly, two gallant soldiers paid the supreme price during the encounter.”
Items recovered from the terrorists include 10 AK-47 rifles, one Anti-Aircraft Gun, one Shilka barrel, one 60mm Mortar tube and 61 rounds of PKT riffle ammunition amongst others.
In addition, troops also uncovered several charred remains of the terrorists along the route in the North-East region.
On his part, the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant Gen Faruk Yahaya asked the troops to aggressively maintain the momentum of the pursuit, until the remnants of the fleeing terrorists are destroyed.
Nigeria has been battling terrorism for over a decade with thousands of lives lost with several others displaced in the North-East.
Despite repeated claims by the military and government officials that the terrorists have been decimated, the insurgents have continued to attack security formations, schools, religious centers and kidnap people for ransom.
Two weeks ago, the military authorities confirmed the killing of the senior officer, Brig-Gen Dzarma Zirkusu and three other soldiers in a fierce encounter with ISWAP terrorists in Askira Uba Local Government Area of Borno State.
A few days after, the Army avenged the general’s death by killing more than 50 ISWAP terrorists in the recent counteroffensive in the local government.
Eleven ISWAP elements were reportedly eliminated during the encounter while an unknown number of them retreated with wounds, security sources in Damboa have revealed.
The three civilians affected were hit by stray bullets during the encounter, as confirmed by a villager.
“Normalcy has been restored in Damboa town and we are going for prayers, I will confirm the condition of those hit by stray bullets after the Jumaat prayers. “ A local source said.
The Military has also confirmed the attempted attack.
In a statement signed by army spokesperson, Brigadier-General Onyema Nwachukwu, said troops were able to gallantly defend Damboa.
“Troops of Joint Task Force, North East(NE), Operation HADIN KAI (OPHK) have dealt decisively with the Boko Haram (BH) and Islamic State’s West Africa Province(ISWAP) terrorists in their failed incursion to Damboa Local Government Area of Borno State, today 19 November 2021,” the statement said.
“The gallant troops of 25 Task Force(TF) Brigade countered the attack by the terrorists who made spirited attempt to infiltrate the town. The criminals attacked the town in the early hours of this morning through multiple flanks with unconfirmed number of ISWAP foot soldiers on Gun Trucks. They were, however subdued by the overwhelming fire power of the vigilant troops.
“In the following offensive, troops engaged the terrorists with high volume of fire, forcing them to withdraw in disarray. Though, the actual number of casualty could not be immediately ascertained as at the time of this release, however blood stains were reportedly seen on the terrorists’ withdrawal routes.
“This latest operational feat, attests to the continuous combat readiness and troops renewed vigor to effectively deny these criminal elements freedom of action. Additionally, this clearly signifies the resolve of the good people of the North East who have chosen to take ownership of the ongoing counter insurgency operations by providing credible information on the cladestine activities of the criminals.
“The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Faruk Yahaya salutes the gallantry displayed by troops, while urging them across all theatres of operations to sustain the current operational tempo.”
President Muhammadu Buhari has mourned the senior officer and three other soldiers that were killed in a fierce encounter with ISWAP terrorists in Borno.
The Nigerian Army had on Saturday announced the death of Brigadier General Dzarma Zirkusu, the Commander of the 28 Task Force Brigade and three soldiers in a fierce encounter with the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorists in Askira Uba Local Government Area of the state.
Barely 24 hours after the incident, President Buhari hailed the gallantry of the victims, saying they paid the supreme price in the insurgency war.
In a statement issued by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, the President expressed shock over the incident.
He said the loss has left the nation and the Nigerian Army in a sad state, especially as the nation battles terrorism in the North-East region.
“President Muhammadu Buhari says he is extremely saddened to hear about the demise of Brigadier General Dzarma Zirkusu and three soldiers who paid the supreme sacrifice in a very rare display of gallantry as they tried to help their compatriots in the war against terrorists,” the statement read.
“Nigeria has lost brave soldiers. I salute their courage. May their souls rest in peace. General Zirkusu leaves us sad and devastated. The soldier in him will remain immortal.”
The President also commiserated with the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant-General Faruk Yahaya and the Nigerian Army on the unfortunate incident.
He asked the Army chief to accept his heartfelt condolences and that of the nation, and convey same to the members of the families of those martyred.
“I pray to the Almighty to give you and the bereaved families the strength and courage to bear this irreparable loss,” the President added.
Adamawa State Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri, has expressed his condolences to the families and colleagues of Brigadier-General Dzarma Zirkusu and three other soldiers killed in battle against insurgents.
General Zirkusu was the Officer commanding the 28 Task Force Brigade in Chibok, Borno State.
The insurgents had on Saturday, launched an attack on an Army Base in Askira Uba Local Government area of Southern Borno, killing the general and three others.
The governor described the victims as brave soldiers who died in the line of duty while fighting terrorists.
“We will not be cowed by these cowards. Our armed forces will continue to fulfill our mission-defeating terror. Our Soldiers’ blood will not be shed in vain,” Fintiri said.
He added, “I want to take this opportunity to express my deepest sympathy and that of the Government and People of Adamawa State to the families and loved ones of the fallen heroes.
“I stand with you. Nigeria stands with you. I deeply appreciate the sacrifice made by your loved ones in defence of our democracy, our peace and our security.”
While urging all citizens to remember the families in prayers, Fintiri also urged the families, President Muhammadu Buhari and the Chief of Army Staff to take heart and bear the irreparable loss knowing that their loved ones died in active service and paid the supreme sacrifice.
He also expressed confidence that the day is coming when Nigerians will look back at this moment in history and appreciate the genuine efforts of troops who are willing to serve because they laid the foundation for peace for generations to come.
The governor praised the heroism of General Zirkusu and troops fighting terrorism in Nigeria.