Troops Kill Five Suspected Cultists In Rivers

soldiers and officersTroops of 2 Brigade Nigerian Army, Port Harcourt, have cleared two cultists’ camps in Iba and Obelle communities in Emouha Local Government Area of the Rivers State.

This is in continuation of its raid on suspected hideouts of cultists and criminals in the state.

The camps which the army says used to be the abode of some suspected dare devil cultists and criminals in that axis has been a source of worry for residents in the area.

According to a statement by the brigade’s assistant Director Public Relations, Captain Eli Lazarus, five suspects were killed during the operation, while 26 mobile phones and 2 pump action guns were recovered.

“The public is assured that the current operation against cultists and other criminals would be sustained to safeguard lives and property of all.

“Therefore, all law abiding and peace loving people of Rivers State are enjoined to provide security agencies with timely and accurate information that would help to arrest criminals in the State,” the statement read.

Army Arrests Fake Military Personnel

Niger Delta Avengers, Niger Delta, MILITARY OPTIONFour persons have been arrested by officials of the Nigerian army for impersonating as military personnel.

The 2 Brigade Nigerian Army, Port Harcourt on Friday paraded the arrested persons, comprising of three soldiers and one naval officer.

The brigade also nabbed four others for illegal possession of military uniforms and duping members of the public of varying sums, claiming to be acting on behalf of the brigade.

The Assistant Director Public Relations of the brigade, Captain Eli Lazarus, told reporters that one of the suspects was dismissed from the Nigerian Army in 2008 as a sergeant.

Captain Lazarus said the suspect carried on as a captain until he was nabbed, calling on the public to be more cautious of persons who introduce themselves as military men.

Meanwhile, one of the suspects, who confessed to the crime, claimed he did it out of frustration.

Army Kill Two Suspects, Rescues Three In Rivers

Army, RiversTroops of Two Brigade of the Nigerian Army, Port Harcourt have killed two suspects in Rivers State, southern Nigeria.

The Deputy Director of Public Relations in the Brigade, Captain Eli Lazarus, disclosed this while briefing reporters on the feat.

He said the Army personnel also recovered assorted arms and ammunition from the suspects during a routine patrol operation in Afam community, Tai Local Government Area of the state.

Captain Lazarus said that the troops rescued three victims from their abductors in Isokpo community, Isiokpo Local Government Area in the oil rich state.

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.

APC Sweeps LG Election In Yobe

APC LogoThe All Progressives Congress (APC) has clinched all the available seats in the Local Government elections held on Saturday in Yobe State, as widely predicted by political analysts.

Declaring the results of the LG election, the Chairman of the Yobe State Independent Electoral Commission (YBSIEC), Mohammed Jauro Abdu, said that candidates of the ruling party in the state, the APC won all the chairmanship and councillorship seats contested for.

The YBSIEC Chairman also revealed that of the one million, two hundred and sixty nine thousand and fourteen (1,269, 014) voters, nine hundred and ninety nine thousand seven hundred (999,700) votes were cast, giving a percentage of 78.99 %.

He thanked the media, security agents, electoral officials, observers and Non-Governmental Organisations for their various roles towards the success of the exercise.

The All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) which metamorphosed into the All Progressives Congress has continued to dominate Yobe politics since the return of democracy in 1999.

In the LG election in 1999, the party won all the available seats with the exception of one councillorship seat in Gulani Local Government, which was won by the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA).

The Yobe State Government has fixed Monday, December 30,  2013 for the swearing in ceremony of the elected chairmen.

Ten political parties contested for the just concluded LG election.

Yobe SIEC Expresses Readiness To Conduct LG Poll

The Chairman of the Yobe State Independent Electoral Commission (YOSIEC), Mohammed Jauro Abdu, today (Friday) confirmed the readiness of the commission to hold local government elections in the state tomorrow.

Mr Abdu in an interview with Channels Television in Damaturu, the Yobe state capital, said all the sensitive and non-sensitive materials have already been dispatched to all local government headquarters for distribution to polling units in the areas.

The chairman said four wheel drive vehicles have been provided to electoral officers to reach areas with difficult terrain assuring that the exercise will be a success.

He stressed that the commission is ready for a hitch free election and called on people of the state to come out en mass to vote for candidates of their choice and to cooperate with electoral officers and security men to ensure a successful exercise.

The 3 Division of the Nigerian Army had in a statement signed by its spokesman, Capt. Eli Lazarus had announced restriction of movement of vehicles and persons during the election.

The restriction, according to the statement, is between 8AM to 3PM, pointing out that only essential services will be allowed in the discharge of their duties.

While wishing the people of the state a peaceful election and a prosperous new year, the statement enjoined the electorate to cooperate with security agencies and avoid any act capable of breaching the public peace during and after the election.

The coalition of political parties in Yobe state had few weeks back passed a vote of confidence on the YOSIEC ahead of the election as the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the state backed out of the election claiming that it is ill timed because of the current security situation in the state.

Curfew Reviewed Again In Yobe

Military operatives of the 3 Division Special Operations Battalion, Damaturu, in Yobe State have again reviewed curfew time across the state.

A statement made available to Newsmen in Damaturu, the state capital, by the military spokesman, Captain Eli Lazarus indicates that restriction of movement is now from the hours of 10:00PM to 6:00AM daily across the state.

Before the statement made on Monday, Damaturu residents were restricted from the hours of 6:00PM to 6:00AM daily, sequel to attack on Damaturu the state capital by suspected members of the Boko Haram sect.

It is the second time that the curfew would be reviewed in the month of November, after the military authorities on November 1 reviewed the curfew from the initial hours of 4:00 PM to 7:00 AM daily to 6:00PM to 6:00 AM daily.

The military originally started with a 24 hour curfew immediately after the October 24 attack.

The latest Army statement also called on residents in all 17 Local Government areas of the state to accord security agents the needed support geared towards the restoration of peace in the state.

Boko Haram Strikes In Yobe Following Curfew Review

A 24-hour curfew has been imposed on Yobe state following a fresh attack by the Islamic sect, Boko Haram, on Damaturu, the state capital, on Thursday.

The insurgent group reportedly launched the attack on Thursday evening and it lasted from 5:30pm local time till midnight. Security operatives were said to have responded promptly.

Witnesses told Channels Television that the group first launched attack around the NNPC Mega station suburb of Damaturu to signal their presence before penetrating the town a little later.

Residents said gun shots and Improvise Explosive Devices (IED) were heard across all the nook and crannies of the town.

The spokesman of the 3 Division Special Operation Battalion in Yobe state, Captain Eli Lazarus who confirmed the attack said that security forces in the state capital were involved in a gun battle with the insurgents.

Shortly after the confirmation of the attack, Captain Eli Lazarus issued a statement disclosing that a 24-hour curfew had been imposed across Yobe state with immediate effect as the battalion continued its operation to rid the state of insurgents.

Early on Thursday, Captain Eli Lazarus had announced that a review of the curfew had been approved.

The 3 Division Special Operation Battalion Damaturu had reviewed the curfew time in Potiskum town between the hours of 10PM – 6:00 AM to a new time frame, 9: PM – 6: 00 AM. However, last night’s attack has now led to the return of a 24-hour curfew.

Although security forces are yet to confirm the level of casualties or destruction caused by the attack which lasted for over eight hours, Captain Lazarus has urged law abiding citizens to remain calm and to accord the security operatives the usual cooperation.



JTF Relaxes Curfew In Yobe

 The Military Joint Task Force (JTF) in Yobe state has relaxed the 24-hour curfew earlier imposed on Potiskum town.

A statement issued by the Spokesman of the Task Force in the state, Captain Eli Lazarus said the relaxation of the curfew is sequel to the completion of the operation carried out within Potiskum metropolis.

It however says the 10:00PM – 6:00AM curfew across the state is still in force and appreciates the patience and cooperation of residents throughout the period of the 24 hour curfew imposed on the town.

“Upon the completion of special operations in Potiskum town, the Joint Task Force (JTF) relaxes the twenty four hour curfew imposed on the town recently with effect from today Wednesday 7 August 2013.

“However, the earlier curfew imposed on the state which commences from 10 O’clock in the evening to 6 O’clock in the morning is still in force”

The statement also wishes the Muslim community a happy Eid-El-Fitr celebration.

The Joint Task Force could not disclose whether arrest or recoveries of arms were made during the 24 hour curfew.

A JTF source who pleaded anonymity however told Channels Television that some arms and arrests were made during the search operation carried out on the town.


JTF Imposes 24 Hour Curfew In Potiskum

Barely two days to the Muslim ed-el –ftr Sallah celebration, the Military Joint Task Force (JTF) in Yobe state has imposed a 24-hour curfew in the troubled commercial town of the state.

A statement made available to journalists by the JTF spokesman, Captain Eli Lazarus said the curfew commences from 5th of August 2013 and enjoined residents to remain calm and cooperate with security agencies by remaining indoors until the curfew is lifted.

“The Joint Task Force announces the imposition of 24 hour curfew in Potiskum commencing from today (6th) August 2013

“Residents of Potiskum town are enjoined to remain calm and cooperate with security agencies until the curfew is lifted”

It will be recalled that Yobe state has long being under a dusk to dawn curfew as a strategy to curb the activities of the insurgents and the time got reviewed between the hours of 10:00PM to 6:00 AM daily just a week ago.

Potiskum has over the years remained one of the flash points of the radical Islamists, Boko Haram, since the commencement of the insurgency.

Early this year, the entire state had remained under 24 hour curfew for three days as a measure to trap the sect in their hideouts with the aim of recovering arms and ammunition, a style that has always caused clash between the sect members and security forces.

Military troops were sighted in their hundreds along Maiduguri-Damaturu-Potiskum road hours before the announcement of the curfew was made.