Boko Haram Terrorists Attack Sasawa Town In Yobe State

Boko Haram Terrorists Attack Sasawa Town In Yobe StateSuspected members of the Boko Haram terror group have launched attack at a military base in Sasawa town of Yobe state in northeast Nigeria.

Sasawa is an agrarian community in Damaturu Local Government Area and is located 27 kilometers north of Damaturu the Yobe state capital.

Witnesses told Channels Television that the terrorists came to the town in five pickup vans around 6:00PM on Sunday and launched an attack on the military base before carrying out a coordinated attack on the town.

The source informed that after over powering the security operatives in the town, the insurgents went on burning houses and destroying facilities in the town.

The state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Sumonu Abdulmaliki, who confirmed the incident, could not give further details as he said “the town has no any means of communication at the moment and I don’t have any details of the current situation.

“All I can confirm to you is that Sasawa came under attack yesterday by the insurgents but there is no further details for now”.

This incident came barely four weeks after the insurgents attacked a military formation in Buniyadi the headquarters of Gujba Local Government Area of the state.

A Sasawa resident who pleaded anonymity informed Channels Television that security forces have since mobilized and were after the insurgents who are well known to be operating in the suburb of Sasawa community.

“We have been seeing these people in our bushes as we go out to farm and we have been informing security forces located in our community but to our greatest dismay, they could not go after them.

“Since securities (agents) are aware of their whereabouts, it is expected that the insurgents should be confronted in their hideouts rather than allowing them to attack our community any time they so wish,” the source said.

The source claimed that a security personnel and a civilian JTF were killed during the attack which lasted for over four hours.

Sunday’s attack has brought a renewed fear into the minds of Damaturu residents as well as other nearby communities like Babbangida, Mafa, Damakasu, Ngamdu, Benisheikh, Biriri among others.

COAS Celebrates Christmas With Troops At The War Theater

COAS Celebrates Christmas With Troops At The War TheaterThe Chief of Army Staff has celebrated Christmas with officers and men of the Nigeria Army prosecuting the war in the security threatened northeast states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states.

In Yobe state, the Military Head of Logistics, Major General Pat Akim, represented the Chief of Army Staff to military locations in Goneri and Buniyadi which are currently prosecuting the war in the state.

He reaffirmed to the troops that the highest military hierarchy and Nigerians appreciate their efforts at the war front and tasked them never to relent as the war would soon be won.

Major General Pat Akim, while at the two battalions was received at the quarter guards by officers and men of the battalions in line with military traditions.

He informed the troops that the war on terror would soon be over courtesy of their resilience, while he praised them for their doggedness in the fight, saying reports from Sambisa forest indicates that the final stronghold of the insurgents have fallen.

“We have just been informed that the strongest place the insurgents are currently claiming ownership (the Sambisa forest) has been captured.

“With this development, the insurgents cannot lay claim to any territory as we speak and all these are courtesy of your dogged efforts which we cannot compromise any longer.

“We are really happy and proud of your achievements and we will do everything possible to make your stay here in rounding off the war a huge success” he said.

Nigeria Army, he said is at the verge of winning the war and there would be no retreat no surrender in the battle until it is won. He then charged them never to take chances.

The Army general took time off to inspect equipment and facilities at the various battalions and praised their sacrifice and commitment to their fatherland.

He noted that the top officers’ decision to celebrate Christmas with them was to give them a sense of belonging and mark of appreciation for their patriotism.

The Commandant of the 27th Taskforce Brigade headquarters in Buniyadi, Brigadier General Emmanuel Ekwesi, thanked the military hierarchy for the initiative saying it would go a long way in boosting the morale of the troops who he said are focused on seeing that the insurgents are woefully defeated.

“This visit will in no small measure boost the morale of the troops who are in the theater of the war and let me at this point thank the COAS for the initiative which has given us a sense of belonging.

“Let me on behalf of the troops assure that we will not relent in anyway in prosecuting the war to its logical conclusion,” Brigadier Ekwesi said.

The troops held a camp fire night and other outdoor activities in observance of the Christmas celebration while troops of the Yobe State Council for Arts and Culture were on hand to add colour to the occasion.

 

Boko Haram Picked Wrong Fight With Wrong Enemy, Army Chief Says

Boko HaramThe Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, on Saturday reassured Nigerians that the army will take every necessary step to restore normalcy across the northeast.

He says the Boko Haram militants that have in the last seven years pushed for the establishment of an Islamic State and an end to Western education in the region ‘picked the wrong fight against the wrong enemy’.

The COAS gave the assurance in Goneri and Buniyadi, two prominent frontline locations the Nigerian Army is currently prosecuting the Boko Haram war in Yobe State.

Represented by the head of Logistics of the military headquarters, Major General Pat Akim, the Buratai said the army would work hard to defeat those undermining the nation’s security.

The highest military hierarchy had deplored very senior officers to celebrate the Christmas with troops fighting the Boko Haram insurgents in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States, with the aim of giving them a sense of belonging while at the battle field.

Nowhere To Hide

The Chief of Army Staff, who tasked officers and men within the theater of the operation on putting an end to every form of terrorism in the region, also praised the soldiers for their gallantry, stressing that although the war is being won, they must stand firm in the fight until the militants are completely defeated.

“We are proud of you for sacrificing your sleep, leisure and working under the sun and in the rain to ensure that those undermining the nation’s security are taught lessons that will serve as deterrent to others.

“Let me seize this opportunity to call on Nigerians to appreciate the role being played by these gallant officers and men who are putting in their best by ensuring peace is maintained across the country so that their labours will never be in vain.

“We are sad that you are spending Christmas in trenches, that is why we are leaving the comfort of our homes to share with you this moments and I can assure you that everything will be done possible to ensure your welfares and logistics needs are taken care of.

“Don’t retreat and don’t give room for any laxity that you are winning the war despite the successes,” Buratai stressed

He assuresd them that more troops would be deployed to increase the manpower needs of the military formations across the theater of war.

The Army Chief’s statement came on the same day Nigeria’s presidency announced that the last Boko Haram Sambisa Forest bulwark had been cleared by troops fighting the terrorists.

President Muhammadu Buhari had said that the sect members have nowhere to hide and would be pursued until they were brought to justice.

Joint Operation To Wipe Out Boko Haram Is Ongoing – Buratai

Boko Haram, Tukur Buratai, Chief of Army StaffThe Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, says that a joint operation to wipe out remnant of the Boko Haram terrorist group is currently going on at strategic borders of Nigeria, Niger, Chad and Cameroon.

General Buratai was speaking on Friday in Damaturu, the Yobe State capital, during a visit to the recently established Army Special Forces School in Buniyadi, aimed at addressing insurgency issues in northeast Nigeria.

He said that an operation by the Multinational Joint Task Force was currently going on to clear the remainder of the Boko Haram militants as well as consolidating the gains by opening up more roads that were hitherto taken over during the ceaseless attack.

According to the Army Chief, such opening of roads would further give people the opportunity to move about freely, hoping that it would further boost economic activities within the areas initially under the control of the terrorists.

He thanked the Yobe State government for all the support to security forces towards curbing the insurgency and pledged their resolve to be committed to wiping out the militants.

The Yobe State Governor, Ibrahim Gaidam, who was represented by his deputy, Mr Abubakar Aliyu, commended the establishment of the school.

He said that improved peace machinery has been set in motion to relocate the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) to their ancestral homes.

The Governor also pointed out that the greatest task ahead of the government and other stakeholders was the resettlement, rehabilitation and reconstruction of war devastated areas to make those places more habitable.

General Buratai is also expected to visit the 241 Racce Battalion in Nguru, Yobe State to boost the morale of the troops who are located close to the Nigeria-Niger boarder.

Economic Activities Pick Up In Buniyadi As FG Provides Succour

Buniyadi
Representative of the Chief of Air Staff, Air Commodore Paul Dimfwina

Life seems to be picking up in Buniyadi town, a major commercial area along the Damaturu-Biu road in Yobe State northeast Nigeria.

This normalcy is due to the re-opening of the trade route which had been under the control of the Boko Har
am militants for almost three years.

The Nigerian military removed all barriers put in place by the insurgents after recapturing the town.

With the commissioning of the road six days earlier by the military, the situation in the town changed rapidly from what used to be a ghost town to one bubbling with life as commercial activities have started picking up appreciably.

The residents who have been taken refuge across Damaturu, Maiduguri, Gombe among other major towns in the northeast have continued to return to their ancestral home to assess the level of damage done to the town.

Commercial activities
Commercial activities have started picking up appreciably

As residents returned to the town, the presidential committee on the distribution of relief materials to the Internally Displaced Persons swiftly responded with the provision of food and non-food items with a view to providing succour to the returnees.

The returnees gathered in front of the Local Government secretariat to welcome the state and the federal government delegation who visited the town with the relief materials.

Buniyadi
Relief materials courtesy of the presidential committee

The representative of the Chief of Air Staff, Air Commodore Paul Dimfwina, while addressing the returnees, said that the presidential committee brought rice, vegetable oil, soap, clothes, footwear, mosquito coil and sugar to be shared to the returnees.

He noted that the relocation of the IDPs to their ancestral homes and the immediate intervention showed that Nigeria was winning the war on terrorism and laying a solid foundation for full relocation of the IDPs to their communities.

Buniyadi
Yobe State Deputy Governor, Abubakar Aliyu

The Yobe State Governor, Ibrahim Gaidam, who was represented at the ceremony by his deputy, Abubakar Aliyu, appealed to the federal government to assist the state to effectively fund the return and resettlement of the returnees which is estimated at 14.3 billion Naira.

While thanking the Nigerian President for the release of the relief materials, he gave the assurance that the state distribution committee would ensure effective distribution of the items to the affected persons.

Some of the residents who spoke to Channels Television, expressed appreciation for the provision of food and non-food items to the community but called on government to consider the resuscitation of their power and water supply as well as health care facilities and schools destroyed by the insurgents.

They also pleaded for the provision of means of livelihoods as well as funds to help them reconstruct their destroyed homes.

Boko Haram
The returnees want help to reconstruct their destroyed homes

Buniyadi has reportedly suffered more Boko Haram attacks than any local government area in Yobe State.

Apart from taking over the control of the area for nearly three years, Federal Government College Buniyadi and the College of Agriculture were both attacked at different times with not less than 80 lives lost.

Several security personnel and civilians were also killed during the reign of terror in the area.

Military Reopens Damaturu-Biu Road, Welcomes Displaced Persons

InsurgencyThe Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant-General Tukur Buratai on Saturday reopened the 132-kilometre Damaturu-Biu road with assurance that other roads in the northeast affected by insurgency would soon be open up for socioeconomic activities.

The reopening comes as security forces continue to take control of the northeast zone of Nigeria from the hands of the Boko Haram insurgents.

A symbolic cutting of the tape marked the commencement of vehicular movement along the road which had been inactive for close to three years.

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Tukur Buratai, who led the military hierarchy to Buniyadi town for the exercise, also marked the return of the displaced persons to the community.

He said that the reopening of the road would, asides impacting positively on the socioeconomic activities of communities along the route, also stimulate peace and the current military operation going on in the area.

The road which passes through some major Yobe/Borno communities provides easy access to Adamawa and Gombe states.

With the recent improvement in the troubled northeast, residents have long expected the reopening of the road which will cut short their travelling woes from Maiduguri or Damaturu to Biu, Gombe and Adamawa states.

The State Governor, Ibrahim Gaidam, who was represented by the State Commissioner of Works, Sirajo Wakil, showered praises on the military for the restoration of peace and the reopening of the road.

He called on the returning communities to always seek military clearance before returning to their ancestral homes.

On the deplorable condition of the road, the Governor recalled that his administration had awarded the Yobe portion of the road covering a distance of 77km at the cost of 6.7 billion Naira but progress of work was thwarted shortly by the intensity of the insurgency.

He gave the assurance that with the improved peace, the construction company would be mobilised to resume work.

He thanked the military for deploying security to ensure the construction work does not stop.

Maiduguri Bombing: Nigerian Military Vow To Avenge Killings

MaiduguriThe Nigerian Military has reacted to the Maiduguri bomb attacks with a vow to avenge the killings.

The Defence Headquarters, on its Twitter handle, wrote, “We will avenge the Innocent Blood. Despicable Acts of Terrorists clinging to Straws and set to be exterminated. To #NeverAgain rise.”

The DHQ also stated that “The situation was being managed and under control as emergency services had been activated.”

The military confirmed the suicide bomb attacks to have occurred in three locations; Baga Motor Park, Monday Market and Borno Express Park.

Most roads in Maiduguri metropolis were condoned off to avoid further attack as youth volunteers mounted heavy surveillance in many parts of the city.

58 people were reportedly killed while 139 were injured following the multiple bombings that hit strategic points of Maiduguri the Borno State capital.

The Borno State Commissioner of Police, Clement Adoda, confirmed this to the media on Saturday.

Saturday’s bombings in Maiduguri, Borno State is the latest since security forces commenced severe operation in the northeast after the shift of the 2015 general election with a view to curtail the activities of the insurgents in the troubled region.

Earlier on Saturday, the DHQ had tweeted that troops were conducting mopping operation in Buniyadi and Bunigari, after a successful simultaneous operation concluded at dawn.

According to the military, troops had “sacked terrorists” from the two villages formerly controlled by the Boko Haram sect.