President Buhari Welcomes Recovery Of Another Chibok Girl

Chibok Girls, Muhammadu BuhariPresident Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday lauded the recovery of another Chibok schoolgirl, Rakiya Abubakar, in the Alagarno area of Damboa Local Government in Borno State.

The President said that the recovery has raised renewed hope that the other captured girls would one day be reunited with their families, friends and community.

He also commended the military for the diligent investigation which led to the recovery of Rakiya and urged them to continue in the spirit with which they cleared the Sambisa forest of terrorists.

President Buhari gave the assurance that the Nigerian Government would continue to do all within its powers to assist the military in locating the rest of the girls and eradicating the menace of terrorism in Nigeria.

The spokesman for the Nigerian Army, Brigadier General Sani Usman, had confirmed to reporters, the rescue of Rakiya, who was abducted by the Boko Haram insurgents in April 2014.

He said that troops of Operation Lafiya Dole, while questioning some arrested suspected terrorists, discovered the girl with her six months old baby.

Nigerian Troops Recover Another Chibok Girl

Preliminary investigation revealed that the rescued kidnap victim is the daughter of Abubakar Gali Mulima and Habiba Abubakar of Chibok community in northeast Nigeria.

Nigerian Troops Recover Another Chibok Girl

Nigerian Troops Recover Another Chibok GirlThe Nigerian Army says it has found another one of the Chibok girls, who were abducted in April 2014 from their hostel.

The Director of Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Sani Usman, confirmed this to reporters on Thursday.

He stated that troops of Operation Lafiya Dole, during investigation of arrested suspected Boko Haram terrorists, discovered one of the abducted Chibok School girls, Rakiya Abubkar, with her six months old baby.

According to preliminary investigation, it was discovered that she is the daughter of Abubakar Gali Mulima and Habiba Abubakar of Chibok.

She also revealed that she was a student of Senior Secondary School Class 3B (SS 3B), before her abduction along with her colleagues on April 14, 2014 by the Boko Haram terrorists.

Nigerian Troops Recover Another Chibok Girl

Rakiya Abubakar is presently undergoing further medical investigation and would soon be released to the Borno State Government.

The Federal Government secured the release of 21 of the girls on October 31, 2016 after negotiation with the terrorist group that had requested for prisoners swap.

They were released in a deal brokered by the International Committee of Red Cross and the Swiss Government.

 

Insurgence Claims 6bn Dollars Worth Of Property In Borno

Insurgence Claims 6bn Naira Worth Of Property In BornoIn the ongoing war against insurgents in northeastern Nigeria, it has been revealed that property worth about six billion dollars has been destroyed in Borno state.

Analysing the report, a Special Assistant to the state Governor, Mr Isa Gusau, said:

“956,453 houses were destroyed across the 27 local government areas of Borno state, making 30% of the total houses in the state.

For that reason, he siad “it would take a long time to rebuild the infrastructure of Borno state”.

The Boko Haram militants claimed responsibility for the wanton destruction in the region, with the aim to create Islamic State and prevent western education.

The governor’s aid said there is a need to preserve Islamic scholars who are against the ideologies of the Boko Haram sect.

“It might be difficult for them to run over towns like they used to do, but you cannot rule out the possibility of having them re-integrate themselves into the society in any part of the country.

“They might target some of these Islamic scholars so we must identify these clerics and protect them,” he stressed.

He hinted that beyond just the forest, the group took advantage of an organized facilty, which according to him was a training centre located in the forest, established under the administration of Babangida.

“That served as their coordinating unit and what it means is that they are going to remain spread without proper co-ordinationg,” he explained.

He gave this opinion while speaking on Channels Television’s breakfast show, Sunrise Daily.

Speaking about the Chibok girls, Mr Gusau explained that the governor and his wife are working tirelessly to ensure the safe return of the remaining girls.

According to him, “any true parent will hardly give up on a missing child” and since the governor and his wife also have children, they can feel the pain of the parents of the missing girls.

however, he explained that the mood in the state is that of “strengthened hope”, especially with the miltary’s recent success in capturing Boko Haram stronghold, Sambisa forest.

“We believe that we are now seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.

“If the military can strengthen the success and build on it, then we think the end of Boko Haram is near,” he added.

Buhari Announces Boko Haram’s “Final Crushing” In Sambisa

Chibok Girls Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, says the era of Boko Haram militants has ended as Nigerian soldiers have raided the group’s “last stronghold” in Sambisa forest.

He says the insurgents have finally been crushed.

The president said in a statement that he was “most proud” to receive the “long-awaited and most gratifying news of the final crushing of Boko Haram terrorists”.

“I want to use this opportunity to commend the determination, courage and resilience of troops of operation lafiya dole at finally entering and crushing the remnants of the Boko Haram insurgents at ‘camp zero’, which is located deep within the heart of Sambisa forest,” he added.

President Buhari said the Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, informed him that the last camp fell at about 1:35 p.m on Friday.

With the last camp cleared, most of the abducted girls from a secondary school in Chibok on April 14, 2014 are still missing. Only less than 60 of the over 200 girls have been rescued.

Boko Haram had in a video said they have been married off.

1,800 Rescued

This follows the announcement by the Theatre Commander Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Lucky Irabor, in a news conference in Maiduguri earlier in the week that about 1,880 civilians had been rescued between December 14 and 21, 2016.

With this, it appears that the Military’s assurance to defeat Boko Haram Insurgents by the end of 2016, might be coming to pass.

According to the force, “the era of insecurity, especially the Boko Haram insurgence, would be a thing of the past before the end of December 2016”

The Nigerian Army had however challenged troops in northeast Nigeria to remain committed despite successes being recorded in order to sustain security in the region.

Chibok Girls

Boko Haram launched military operations in 2009 in a bid to create Islamic State in Nigeria, while it declared a caliphate in areas it controlled in 2014.

The insurgents broke into a school dormitory in Chibok town, Maiduguri, Borno state, abducting over 200 schoolgirls on April 14, 2014.

Two years down the line, many have managed to escape from the hands of the terrorists.

In October, a set of 21 girls were released through the collaborative efforts of the security agencies, a friendly European country and a renowned International Humanitarian Organisation, Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, had told Channels Television.

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The girls would be visiting their ancestral home for the first time since their abduction to join their families and friends in celebrating the 2016 Christmas.

This follows weeks of rehabilitation under tight security by the Federal Government of Nigeria and other supporting agencies who worked together to ensure the girls are being well recuperated into the normal lives.

21 Chibok Girls Return Home For Christmas

21 Chibok School Girls Return Home For ChristmasThe recently released 21 Chibok girls will be in Chibok, their ancestral home for the first time since their abduction to join their families and friends in celebrating the 2016 Christmas.

This is following the celebrated release of 21 of the schoolgirls who were kidnapped by Boko Haram in April 2014.

The girls, who have now become international figures, arrived Yola International Airport secretly and under tight security were received by the Adamawa State Governor, Senator Mohammed Jibrilla.

Channels TV correspondent reports that the girls appeared tense, anxious and uncertain of what to expect as they looked forward to uniting with their families.

Accompanying the Chibok girls was CNN Correspondent, Aisha Sesay who has been involved in the welfare of the girls. She could not hide her feeling of joy.

Governor Mohammed Jibrilla thanked President Buhari for his commitment in fighting insurgency in the northeast and said that he was excited receiving the Chibok schoolgirls in Yola on their way home for Christmas.

They proceeded to one of the five star hotels in Yola where they were lodged for the night and Governor Jibrilla was back the following morning to bid them farewell as they embarked on their final trip to Chibok.

While some parents of the kidnapped girls expressed their delight, one of the 21 girls on their way home for the Christmas, Asabe Hune, said that they were praying for the release of the remaining girls under Boko Haram captivity.

“I feel happy today as we are going home, we will assist the remaining girls by praying for their release so that they can return home for us to be together again.

“I have nothing more to say except to thank the government for everything they have done to us.”

They were escorted by security operatives to Chibok for the yuletide.

The release of the girls in October was secured by the Federal Government after negotiation with the terrorist group that had requested for prisoners swap.

They were released on October 31, 2016 in a deal brokered by the International Committee of Red Cross and the Swiss Government.

The Nigerian government had earlier denied reports claiming the release of another set of 21 Chibok schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram terrorists.
Reports had claimed that the girls, who were kidnapped in April 2014, had been transported to Yola, Adamawa State, after their release on Thursday.
Presidential Spokesperson, Mr Garba Shehu, said that the 21 girls reported on Thursday, were those released in October.

FG Clears Air On Alleged Release Of Chibok Girls 

FG, Chibok Girls The Nigerian government has denied reports claiming the release of another set of 21 Chibok school girls abducted by Boko Haram terrorists.
Reports had claimed that the girls, who were kidnapped in April 2014, had been transported to Yola, Adamawa State, after their release on Thursday.
Presidential Spokesperson, Mr Garba Shehu, says the 21 girls reported on Thursday, were those released in October.
The release of the girls in October was secured by the Federal Government after negotiation with the terrorist group that had requested for prisoners swap.

The government, however, said it secured the release of the girls based on trust and that no member of the terrorist group held was released  in exchange.

However, this came after the President, Muhammadu Buhari, had expressed his readiness to release the girls in a swap deal that the group had asked for.

The over 200 school girls were abducted from their hostel, in Chibok town of Borno State.

While some of them have managed to escape, a larger number still remain in the terrorists’ captivity.

The abduction of the girls on April 14, 2014 brought Boko Haram into international spotlight, with many using the #BringBackOurGirls hashtag to raise awareness for the campaign to find the abducted girls and rescue them.

Officers Should Remain Committed Despite Progress In Fighting Insurgents- GOC

Lafiya Dole, Sambisa Forest, Boko haramThe General Officer Commanding (GOC) 3 Division of the Nigerian Army, Major General Peter Dauke, has tasked officers and men of the Armed Forces in Yobe state, northeast Nigeria, to remain committed despite successes being recorded in the war against insurgents.

The GOC said professionalism and dedication are strategic and both attributes must be observed at all times in the fight against terrorism and insurgency.

In a news conference in Maiduguri, Theatre Commander of the Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Lucky Irabor, revealed that troops had dominated most parts of the Sambisa Forest including notorious Boko haram enclaves, rescuing a total of 1,880 civilians between December 14 and 21, 2016.

Addressing officers and men at the decoration of four Lieutenant Colonels who were promoted to the rank of colonel in Yobe state, the GOC said even as the war is being won, security forces must remain committed to ensuring that the insurgents are defeated completely.

“Despite the successes being recorded at the theatre of war, I want to call on our officers and men to stay firm and ensure that the insurgents are totally defeated and peace restored.

“We expect you people to do that within the next few moments we have in this battle, in line with the commitment of the Chief of Army Staff towards ending the war” Major General Dauke said.

He then tasked the promoted officers to justify the confidence the Chief of Army staff and the military hierarchy has in them.

“Promotion comes with more challenges, but it is believed you are capable, that’s why you are being elevated to handle such challenges. You must be determined to succeed in handling such challenges if you must reciprocate the confidence reposed in you”.

Dauke assured the officers and men that the highest military hierarchy would do everything possible to ensure normalcy is restored not just in the northeast but across the country as a whole.

Speaking on behalf of the promoted officers, Colonel Aboi thanked the Chief of Army staff and the entire military hierarchy for the confidence they have in them and pledged their total commitment towards the restoration of peace across the country.

“I want to thank the Chief of Army Staff and the entire military hierarchy for the confidence reposed in us and on behalf of my promoted colleagues.

“I want to assure all Nigerians that we will continue to do our best in the quest of restoring peace and normalcy across the country” Aboi assured.

Army Rescues 1,880 Civilians From Boko Haram Enclaves

Lafiya Dole, Sambisa Forest, Boko haramTroops of the Operation Lafiya Dole have dominated most parts of the Sambisa Forest including notorious Boko haram enclaves, rescuing a total of 1,880 civilians between December 14 and 21, 2016.

This was according to the Theatre Commander Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Lucky Irabor, in a news conference in Maiduguri.

Amdaga, Bitta, Sassawa, Tokombere, Jefe, Ndenema, Turori and Sambisa Gate one, are some of the areas General Irabor listed as liberated.

“On 15 Dec 2016, our troops conducted robust clearance operations in the general areas of Kangarwa, Metele, Dogon Chuku and environs.

“The troops cleared all Boko Haram Terrorist enclaves in both Kangarwa and Metele villages killing one of them and capturing an elderly man who confessed to be the Amir of the adjoining Tumbus ahead of Dogon Chuku. The arrested Amir later died of gunshot wounds.” Irabor stated.

According to the force, clearance operations around Masa and Gulumba Gana areas also led to the rescue 67 female adults, 23 male children and 19 female children held hostages at Masa village.

The theatre commander said 600 rounds of 7.62mm (NATO) ammunition were discovered hidden in a plastic container and buried in a River around the Gwange area of Maiduguri, the capital city.

Similarly, “a total of 564 BHT were arrested while 19 others surrendered to our troops. Seven suspected kidnappers and 37 foreigners were equally arrested”.

Alleged Maltreatment of Soldiers

The news is coming barely 24 hours after a video portraying alleged maltreatment of soldiers, surfaced the internet.

Mr Irabor, addressing the issue, said:

“The video clip was shot on 31st March by “some mischievous and disgruntled” elements when troops captured Alagarno Forest during Operation CRACKDOWN on 28 March 2016.

According to him, the Board of Inquiry instituted to investigate the matter, actually showed that at the time of the incident, the unit’s water tanker still contained water but a soldier mischievously concealed it.

The soldier was charged and punished accordingly.

Shehu Sani Suggests Options To Rescue Chibok Girls

Shehu Sani on Chibok girlsSenator Shehu Sani has advised the Federal government to explore the option of negotiation and the use of force to rescue the missing Chibok girls.

This is coming two years after the Boko Haram militants kidnapped some school girls in the Chibok community of Borno State in northeast Nigeria.

President Muhammadu Buhari had on Thursday said that, as a parent and leader of the country, he understood the torment, frustration and anxiety of the parents and would not spare any effort to ensure the safe return of the girls.


Negotiation And Use Of Force
Giving his opinion on Sunrise Daily, Senator Sani recommended three options that the Federal government could explore to ensure the safe return of the missing girls.

“First of all is to explore the negotiation option which is dialogue, and secondly is to continue to use force hoping that we can raid the camp and rescue the girls from the insurgents.

“The third aspect is to use force and still open the door for negotiation, which is the one which I prefer because the use of force (the military option) is still a clear message to the insurgents that they cannot win the military,” he said.

The lawmaker, however, highlighted the fact that the girls were on the terrorists’ camp as hostages and cautioned that “attempt to use force to rescue them naturally comes with consequences”.

He maintained that the available option was to continue to explore all options that would make it possible to get the missing girls back home safe and alive.

Chibok Girls: Still Missing Two Years After

Chibok girlsToday, Thursday, April 14, 2016, marks the second year since the Chibok girls were abducted by Boko Haram insurgents causing international outrage against Boko Haram as well as the Federal Government.

Many protesters all over the world demanded greater government actions over the rescue of the girls and security of lives and property.

The terrorists were said to have broken into the school pretending to be guards, telling the girls to come with them, when the girls came out, they burnt their dormitory and took a large number of the girls away in a truck to an unknown destination.

Initial reports claimed 85 girls had been kidnapped. The military authorities issued a statement that 100 of 129 missing girls had been freed, but there were conflicting reports about the figures.

While the Nigerian military said 129, the parents claimed 234 and the Nigerian Police approximated the figure to be around 276.

Concerned citizens cried out that Nigerian authorities failed to provide protection for the girls, even when Boko Haram had warned of an impending attack.

The Nigerian Police said they were still unclear about the exact number of students abducted and called on parents to provide pictures to identify their missing children.

The mix up over the figures of the missing girls drew the anger of civil society organizations and led to the setting up of a committee by the Goodluck Jonathan administration to get to the root of the whereabouts of the girls and to look into their rescue.

Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau, claimed responsibility for the kidnap, releasing pictures of 130 girls in hijab and challenging the government that he will marry the girls out to unknown destinations.

That drew reactions from within and outside the country prompting several petitions poured in from concerned citizens who pressured the government to act.

A group of diverse citizens started a sit out on March 30, 2014, at the Unity Founding, Abuja, advocating for the speedy and effective search and rescue of the girls.

They marched to the National Assembly defying the rains, demanding for one thing; that the abducted girls be brought back.

They also tried to enter the Presidential Villa to pressure the government to do something, but were severally resisted. All they got was a ministerial delegation.

Nigeria’s former First Lady at that time, Patience Jonathan, set up her own type of investigation in an effort to unravel the situation around the kidnapping. She was, however, overtaken by emotions.

Days passed, followed by weeks and then months and now years. The international community joined in condemnation of the abduction of the Chibok girls.

The #BringBackOurGirls became the most popular in the world on social media with everyone urging the Federal Government to Bring Back Our Girls.

Elections came and gone with the girls in captivity. The batons changed. A new government came into power in Aso Rock and with their hashtag, the Oby Ezekwesili group got what they could not get in the past administration – a meeting with the President right in the Presidential Villa with hope rising promises to rescue the girls.

That promise is yet to be fulfilled as the Chibok girls are still in captivity.

Nigerians and the international community are waiting to see a fulfilment of the promise by the Muhammadu Buhari-led government that they cannot claim to have defeated Boko Haram without rescuing the Chibok girls and other innocent persons held hostage by the insurgents.

Forget About Finding Chibok Girls, Obasanjo Tells Nigerians

ObasanjoFormer President of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo, has called on Nigerians to jettison the thoughts that the 276 girls abducted by the Boko Haram sect in Chibok town of Borno State in 2014 ‎could ever be rescued.

The former President said this while addressing a crowd of the students, lecturers and the Vice Chancellor of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Professor Bamitale Omole, at the university’s Staff Club in Ile-Ife, Osun State, in southwest Nigeria.

In his speech on the “Reflections of an Elder Statesman”, he stressed that the major problem affecting the development of the nation was lack of continuity.

Mr Obasanjo also pointed out that if the fight against corruption must be entrenched, it has to start from the top government functionaries down the ladder.

He noted that the present organs that was being used to fight corruption – the Economic Financial Crimes Commission – was put in place because of the prevailing existence of corruption when he was in power.

Before his arrival at the venue of the lecture, the former President had visited the palace of the Ooni of Ife‎, His Imperial Majesty, Oba Adeyeye Ogunmuko, Ojaja II, to pay homage to the monarch.

Military Recovers More Territories In North East

The National Information Centre (NIC) saidmilitary the Nigerian Army has reclaimed more territories from the insurgents in the ongoing counter terrorism in the north east.

Addressing a news conference in Abuja, the Director General of the National Information Centre, Mr Mike Omeri, said the Army is now in full control of these recovered territories in Borno and Adamawa states.

Over ten communities are said to have been recovered by the military including Mubi, Gamboru-Ngala, Hong, Monguno, Baga and Gombi.

Mr Omeri, however raised an alarm over what he described as ”continuous radicalization” and recruitment of Nigerian youths abroad into terrorist organisations.

In recent times, the military had said that it has recovered various territories that was taken by the Boko Haram terrorist group.

Maj General Olukolade, the spokesman for the military had said that truck loads of rice, beans and other logistics meant for the terrorists operating around Baga were also captured.

He also said that the air and land operations had continued, with aggressive advance towards other designated communities and locations meant to be cleared in the ongoing offensive against the Boko Haram members.