Insurgency: Nigeria Begins Reconstruction Of Buni-Yadi In Yobe

Buni-Yadi, YobeThe Presidential Initiatives for North East Nigeria in collaboration with the Yobe State government on has added impetus to the reconstruction work in devastated communities in the State.

Some residents sacked from their homes in Buni-Yadi area in the heat of terrorists activities in the state received succour, as they were handed some building materials.

The development is aimed at aiding the rebuilding of destroyed houses in the community.

Buni-Yadi is the capital of Gujba Local Government Area which at the heat of the Boko Haram insurgency, suffered severe destruction.

Residents of the community have been taking refuge in Damaturu, the state’s capital and some neighbouring communities in and around the state in northeast Nigeria.

As reconstruction gets underway following the restoration of relative peace in troubled communities, Buni Yadi stands out in the rebuilding process, even though some surrounding communities equally suffered destruction of public and private structures as well as facilities.

The Resettlement Sub-committee Chairman, Mohammed Lamin, revealed that the building materials conveyed to the liberated town to be shared to the returnees include: 9,850 bundles of Zinc, 700 bags of cement and 300 bags of nails.

Lamin, who believed that the materials would bring succour to the returnees, expressed hope that it would be shared evenly based on the level of destruction.

Receiving the materials, a member of the House of Assembly from the area, Representative Bulama Bukar, appreciated the government’s gesture.

He said it would go a long way in aiding the rebuilding of the devastated community.

Mr Bukar lauded the government and various organisations for their frequent provision of food and relief materials to the displaced persons.

Army Reopens Dikwa-Mafa-Gamboru Road

Nigerian ArmyThe Nigerian Army is celebrating successful counter insurgency operations by reopening the Dikwa-Mafa-Gamboru road in Borno State.

Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, in a ceremony marking the end of the 2016 Army Day celebration with the State Governor, Kashim Shettima in attendance has declared the road safe for civilian passage.

The 138km road was unceremoniously shut down over two years ago following terror acts by the outlawed Boko Haram sect in the area.

The newly reopened Maiduguri-Mafa-Dikwa-Gamboru/Ngala road connects Nigeria to Central and North Africa from the North-eastern region.

The road is considered strategic as it leads to towns believed to be the economic life wire of Borno State.

On assumption of office in 2015, the Chief of Army Staff, on his way to an operational visit to troops in Gamboru had been ambushed by Boko Haram elements operating in the axis.

Re-opening of the road for civilian use follows successful mop up operations in the area since then.

Government officials say closure of the road had almost crippled the commercial prowess of Borno State.

Theatre Commander of the counter insurgency war tagged “Operation Lafiya Dole”, Major General Lucky Irabor, believes that reopening of the road for commercial activities amidst security presence would encourage people to return home.

Medical outreach for sick Internally Displaced Persons in the Dikwa camp, home to over 58,000 people as well as the launch of a solar powered borehole was part of the Army Day celebrations.

The Army Chief also hosted the displaced to a lunch to celebrate the Eid El Fitri and the achievements of troops on the frontlines.

Governor Kashim Shettima commended the gallantry of the Nigerian armed forces and the civilian joint task force for their contributions towards peace building.

Damboa-Biu road linking Adamawa and Gombe states had earlier been reopened while troubled Buni Yadi in Gujba area of Yobe State had also been reopened all within the last four months.

IDPs In Damaturu Get NEMA’s Relief Materials

IDPsThe National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has distributed relief materials to the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Damaturu.

The materials were given to the victims of the Boko Haram insurgency at Kasaisa, Phase I Secretariat and some non-conventional camps of the IDPs in Damaturu, the Yobe State capital in northeast Nigeria.

Speaking after the presentation, the Assistant Coordinator of NEMA in Yobe State, Mrs Shizzer Bada, stressed the significance of the succour to the IDPs who are homeless in their fatherland.

She said NEMA, under President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration, would continue to distribute relief materials to the IDPs in view of their pressing needs.

Mrs Bada pointed out that the agency would strive to cover every nooks and crannies of the state, particularly disaster, flood and insurgency victims.

She said NEMA had identified the IDPs drawn from Buni-Yadi, Gujba, Gulani and neighbouring Borno State and would reach out to them as timely as possible to alleviate their sufferings.

Some of the beneficiaries applauded the efforts of the agency towards alleviating their sufferings.

Items distributed to the IDPs include; mattresses, blankets, buckets and foodstuff such as maize, millet, beans, rice, amidst several others.

Governor Gaidam Inspects Upgraded Damagum Hospital

gaidam_NewGovernor Ibrahim Gaidam has inspected the completed work at the General Hospital in Damagum, headquarters of Fune Local Government Area of Yobe State, north-east Nigeria.

The hospital, which was marked for upgrade in 2013 to serve accident victims on the busy Kano-Maiduguri highway as well as cater for the growing population of the area and its environs, had long been completed with the award of a 93.2 million Naira contract of equipping the hospital.

Inspecting the hospital which had been expanded and equipped with latest health facilities, the Governor expressed satisfaction with both the expansion work as well as the equipment.

Governor Gaidam urged the hospital authority to cultivate good maintenance culture on the facilities. He also directed the Chairman of Fune Local Government Council to ensure frequent power supply in the hospital and also directed the Secretary to the State Government to supply a generator to the hospital to ensure regular power supply in the upgraded hospital.

The Governor noted that the aim of upgrading the hospital was to make health care solutions closer to the increasing population of the area and to also attend to emergency and accident cases along the busy highway. He expressed hope that the objectives of the project would be achieved.

Taking the Governor round the completed and equipped hospital, the Senior Special Assistants (SSA) to the Governor on Health Matters, Dr Mohammed Bello Kawuwa, appreciated  Governor Gaidam’s commitment to upgrading clinics, dispensaries and health care centres across the state to the status of a General Hospital.

Mr Kakuwa said that five hospitals were being reconstructed to be upgraded and equipped across the state and hoped that when completed, health care services would be closer to the people within the state and beyond.

Other hospitals which had been upgraded include; the Specialists’ Hospital in Damaturu, Jakusko, Dapchi and Buni-Yadi, whose work was stalled by the activities of the Boko Haram insurgents in addition to the new 200-bed ultramodern hospital in Damaturu, the state capital.

The upgraded Damagum hospital now has 63 beds.

Military Repels Attempt By Boko Haram To Gain More Territory

Boko HaramTroops of the Nigerian Armed Forces in the north-east have repelled an attack by suspected members of Boko Haram on a military formation in Buni-Yadi, the headquarters of Gujba Local Government Area of the troubled Yobe State, in a renewed attempt to take more territories.

Buni-Yadi is 56 Kilometres south of Damaturu, the state capital and was the base of the insurgents after capturing both Buni-Yadi and Gulani towns which were subsequently reclaimed by security forces in March, 2015.

Since the reclaiming of the two towns, security forces have established a strong base in the town to resist attempts by insurgents to recapture the territory.

A top military officer, who requested not to be mentioned, confirmed the attack to Channels Television.

The officer said the Boko Haram terrorists engaged security forces on ground late evening on Thursday in Buni-Yadi in an effort to regain the territory that will ease their advancement into Damaturu.

The source said though, security forces repelled the attack, casualty figure was unknown at the time of filling the report

Channels Television’s correspondent in Damaturu reported that serious military hardware was in the early hours of Friday being moved towards Buni-Yadi axis which confirmed the clash between the insurgents and security forces.

It was also reported that a fighter jet came to Damaturu, hovering round the town for some minutes before moving southwards towards the troubled Buni-Yadi.

Thursday’s “clash” between security forces and the Boko Haram militants brought serious fear in the minds of Damaturu residents, considering the town’s proximity to Buni-Yadi.

Residents of Buni-Yadi are yet to return to the reclaimed town, as security forces were on surveillance of the town to ensure its safety before the return of the displaced inhabitants.

The communication facilities in the area has long been vandalised by the insurgents, making it impossible to communicate with residents of the troubled town.

Nigerian Army Honours Officers In Yobe

armyThe 27 Task Force Brigade of the Nigeria Army in Yobe State, north-east Nigeria, has honoured its officers and men for their gallantry in the fight against the Boko Haram terrorists.

At a ‘Medal Parade’ in Damaturu, the Yobe State capital, all the officers and men involved in the operation “Zaman Lafiya” for a period of six months, were honoured with the medals.

Another category of the awards is the Nigerian Army Purple Heart Medal Award meant for those killed or injured while in active service.

At the ceremony in Damaturu, the State Governor, Ibrahim Gaidam, applauded the officers and men for giving their all, for the restoration of peace and stability in the troubled state.

‘Never Be Forgotten’

The Governor said the awards symbolise the expression of government’s gratitude and assurances that the sacrifices and services rendered to their fatherland shall ‘never be forgotten’.

Ibrahim Gaidam also said that apart from the proactive role his administration had been playing since the beginning of the insurgency, the provision of logistic support and giving wrap attention to welfare of officers and men would continue to receive the needed priority.

He said: “In addition to providing logistic support, we have been according priority attention to the welfare of the officers and men who prosecute the insurgency campaign through the provision of drugs to the brigade clinic, payment of allowances, payment of medical bills of those who sustained injuries and assistance to the families of our heroes who lost their lives while combating insurgency in the state”.

He paid glorious tribute to those killed in the various operations saying “they have not died in vain as their patriotic act will forever remain green in the memories of well-meaning Nigerians”.

The Army Spokesman of the 27 Brigade, Captain Eli Lazarus, while reading out the citation of “Operation Zaman Lafiya” and the Purple Heart Medals Awards, said the awards were approved by the Chief of Army Staff for the gallantry exhibited by the officers and men of the brigade in the various operation against the insurgency which has of recent liberated Gulani and Gujba from the terrorists.

He said the brigade had deployed personnel in Nguru, Damaturu, Geidam, Gashua, Katarko, Goneri/Buni Yadi and would continue to work assiduously towards restoration of peace in the affected areas.

Boko Haram Takes Over One End Of Bombed Yobe Bridge

boko-haram-blows-Bridge-in-YobeTen days after suspected members of the Boko Haram sect blew off the Katarko Bridge linking Yobe state to Borno and Adamawa state, in north-east Nigeria,the sect members have taken over one end of the bombed bridge.

After killing eight people in the town, residents of Buni-Yadi and environs have alleged that the insurgents now operate freely without fear of being arrested or attacked by security forces.

Some of the military bases, according to the residents, have been occupied by the insurgents who carry out their onslaught without molestation.

Movement of people, goods and services accros the bridge has been seriously curtailed as very few villagers with severe needs take risks to ply the Damaturu-Biu Road which has been taken over by the insurgents who operate at will.

“We are facing a pathetic situation here as these boys have partially taken over the entire local government at the moment. There are no single security personnel in the whole of Buni-Yadi, the headquarters of Gujba Local Government Area as well as neighbouring Gulani and surrounding environments as the destroyed bridge has given them the impetus to operate freely”, said a resident who pleaded anonymity.

On why the important bridge has not been reconstructed ten days after destruction by the militants, a senior officer with the state Ministry of Works, who also pleaded anonymity, told Channels Television that the staff of the ministry deployed on an assessment visit to the bridge for immediate reconstruction, narrowly escaped being lynched by the insurgents who had laid ambush.

Channels Television was also informed that courageous travelers to the troubled area have to cross over the Katarko River before joining a waiting vehicle at the other end to reach their destinations.

Security forces in the state have however, declined to comment on the issue saying “it’s only the defense headquarters that can respond to such matter”

However a top security agent told Channels Television that “security men are no longer visible in Buni-Yadi, Buni-Gari, Goneri or Gulani Local Government areas”, while people hitherto residing in these areas have relocated to Damaturu, the state capital, for fear of being killed by the insurgents.

It would be recalled that eight people were killed 10 days ago by suspected members of the radical Boko Haram sect in Katarko town, loacted about 22 kilometers south of Damaturu the Yobe state capital.


#BringBackOurGirls Not Just About Chibok Girls – Yemi Adamolekun

Yemi AdamolekunExecutive Director, Enough Is Enough, Yemi Adamolekun on Monday drew attention to the many other tragedies brought by the Boko Haram sect in the past few years, insisting that the #BringBackOurGirls is not just about the abducted school girls, but about the many lives that have been unaccounted for.

According to her the abduction of the 234 girls would have been silenced if not for protests and international attention, adding that 200 missing people in Chibok is the equivalent of 5 million people in Lagos State.

Appearing as a guest on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, Adamolekun stated that the series of street protests in the country were making headway as they had gained attention and raised awareness.

She also cited a 2013 report of the National Human Rights Commission, NHRC, which had disclosed several cases of abduction in the North East, the killing of schoolboys in Buni Yadi and abduction of 20 girls in Borno.

“The number for the Chibok girls has raised this level of international awareness but I really don’t want people to forget that the pattern of abduction is new and the pattern of silence is not new,” she said.

She berated what seemed to be a disregard for human lives by the government as there were no agencies keeping records of victims of terrorism. “There is a fundamental issue with the way we respect lives in this country.”

She however stated that in the case of the Chibok girls, the onus rests on the Borno State government and the West Africa Examination Council to release comprehensive information to the public.

Nine Dead As JTF Foils Attack On Goniri Community

Chris OlukoladeNine people have been confirmed dead after an attempt by a group of terrorists to penetrate and attack Goniri Community in Gujba Local Government Area of Yobe State was today (Monday) foiled by troops on patrol in the area.

This is according to a statement by the Director, Defence Information, Major-General Chris Olukolade.

Olukolade revealed that “rockets and machine guns were freely used by the terrorists who eventually lost over 8 of their fighters with several others wounded” adding that “arms were also captured from the terrorists while others fled.

“The troops, however, lost a soldier, while an officer was seriously wounded in the encounter” the statement regretted.

The statement added, “troops are still in pursuit of the fleeing terrorists’ elements after the encounter which resulted in some casualties on both parties”.

Goniri is not far from Buni Yadi where the terrorists killed school children recently.

Meanwhile, troops operating around Gamboru-Ngala and Dikwa Local Government Area towards the borders of Chad and Cameroon recovered weapons hidden by terrorists who were dislodged from the area.

Assisted by captured terrorists, the troops were led to the sites where arms have been hidden in farms and cemeteries.

The statement also noted that the cordon and search operation on the entire area was still in progress.

Boko Haram: Sultan Urges Traditional Rulers To Close Ranks

Traditional rulers and political leaders across Nigeria have been enjoined to close ranks and confront squarely the security challenge facing the nation.

The Sultan of Sokoto and President-General of the Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar, on a visit to the Gbong Gwom, Jos, identified challenges of extremism, terrorism, poverty and unemployment among the youths as issues that must be tackled by all and sundry.

The Gbong Gwom palace in Jos, North-Central Nigeria played host to the Sultan of Sokoto and his entourage who were in Jos for the general meeting of the alumni association of the National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies and decided to pay a courtesy call on the Gbong Gwom.

The Gbong Gwom Jos, Da Jacob Gyang Buba believes that dialogue with sincerity of purpose remains one of the options in resolving the lingering security challenge.

There was a joint belief among the traditional rulers that the issue of security challenge should not be left for Government alone, as every citizen including political, religious as well as community leaders should rally round in providing solution rather than shifting blame.

Muslim Cleric Describes Yobe School Killing As Barbaric And Ungodly

The President of Ahmadiyya Muslim Jummat in Nigeria, Dr Mashhud Fashola has described the killing of 29 students at the Federal Government College Buni Yadi in Yobe State by members of the Boko Haram sect as barbaric and ungodly.

Dr Fashola who was speaking at a meeting organized in Abuja appealed for religious tolerance amongst all religious groups in the country.

While attributing the spate of insecurity in some parts of the country to lack of proper sensitization of followers by religious leaders, he asked the Federal Government to also tackle issues of unemployment.

“The hearts of all human beings should bleed with these killings. Just think about yourself, suppose (it was) your own child, (when) you see women running helter skelter searching for their children. It is barbaric, it has nothing to do with religion and it has nothing to do with civilization.

“Many things have their causes, both immediate and deeper causes, and I feel that what religion has taught us to prevent this kind of thing is enlightenment of the people. A major enlightenment is that spirit of justice; we should educate all religious people that there is freedom of worship, freedom of belief.

“Where there have been people who are fanatics or extremists, who are teaching people that they have rights to impose their own faith on others, you have no such right,” he preached.

Yobe Killing: Association Calls For Closure Of Unity Schools In North-East

In the wake of the attack on school children in Yobe State during the week, the Unity Schools Old Students Association has called for the immediate closure of all the eight federal unity colleges in the three states under emergency rule.

The association also wants the students in various colleges transferred to other unity colleges in other parts of the country for them to continue with their studies.

This call was made at an emergency town hall meeting in Lagos, where the President of King’s College Old Boys’ Association, KCOB Mr. Hakeem Bello-Osagie, and Chairman National Human Rights Commission Prof. Chidi Odinkalu, urged the Federal Government to immediately deploy sufficient security personnel to secure all schools and children in the North-East.