Benue Govt. Beefs Up Security Ahead Of Herdsmen Crisis

Benue, security, herdsmen crisisThe Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, has beefed up security in the state, in order to fore-stall any incidents that may occur between herdsmen and farmers.

He constituted the state and local government joint security committees, comprising security agencies, farmers and herdsmen to prevent the ugly crisis which he says has occurred every year since 2011.

Mr Ortom took this step while declaring open the Benue state security awareness seminar for security agencies, civilian joint task-force, sole administrators and traditional rulers across the state.

The step, according to him, is aimed at avoiding a repeat of the February 2016 deadly Agatu attacks involving herdsmen.

The Special Adviser to the Governor and Chairman of the Committee, Colonel Edwin Jando, had tasked the state to prevent a recurrence by all means possible.

In October, the Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of Zone 4, Oshodi Glover, deployed over 60 personnel of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) to Plateau, Nasarawa and Benue states.
benue, fayose, herdsmen crisisHowever, in the ongoing fight against insurgents and herdsmen attacks across the country, past Military Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar, is one of those who opines that the government cannot solely bring an end to the insecurity issue.

The former military leader-turned-farmer, in an interview with Channels Television, had said the crisis requires all hands to be on deck, especially those of well-meaning individuals in the country.

In an attempt to also avoid further attacks instigated by the herdsmen, Ekiti state Governor, Ayodele Fayose came up with the decision to sign a law prohibiting open grazing of cattle in the state.

Speeding up the passage of the bill, he has inaugurated a task force to enforce the law, insisting that he has a duty to do whatever he can to protect the lives of his people.

Two Suicide Bombers Blow Themselves Up In Borno

Bomb-blastTwo suspected Boko Haram suicide bombers have blown themselves up near Sulemanti mosque in Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State, in northeast Nigeria.

The Borno State police command explained that the suspects strapped with Improvised Explosive Devices targeted the mosque in Sulemanti.

According to the Police command, the bombs went off prematurely, killing the two suspects during the midnight Ramadan prayers.

The Borno State Police command spokesman, Mr Isuku Victor, stated that a team of Police Explosives Ordinance Department had been deployed to the scene.

A Civilian Joint Task Force member said Sulemanti ward and the Central Bank Of Nigeria quarters, South of the metropolis, were porous with no military posts and patrols at the south flank.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, but the Boko Haram terrorist group had carried out similar attacks in the past.

The group that has been largely decimated by the military in counter-terrorism operations is seeking the establishment of an Islamic State and end to Western education in the region.

It had in 2015 pledged allegiance to the Islamic State.

Nigerian Navy Offers Free Medical Care In Maiduguri IDP Camp

medical services, Nigerian NavyThe Nigerian Navy, as part of their diamond jubilee celebrations are offering free medical services to displaced people in Maiduguri.

The free medical services named Medical Rhapsody, held in Dalori1, a selected Displaced People’s camp in the state capital.

Dalori1 is one of the 22 government-recognised displaced people’s camps within Maiduguri, the Borno state capital.

One of the beneficiaries is a mother of four abducted girls, Falmata Mustapha, battling with diabetes without medication since she fled from insurgents in her hometown, Bama.

The medical outreach was a lifesaver for her as money and drugs or the correct diet to control her condition have been out of her reach.

The Navy offered free drugs for the treatment of malaria, blood pressure check for the elderly and pregnant women, deworming for children, as well as multivitamins among others.

Part of the activities also included public health lectures by the naval medical team on topical issues such as HIV/AIDS, malaria, environmental, personal and oral hygiene.

The gesture was mentorship-oriented, intended to stir up ambition in younger ones from the benefitting communities.

Meanwhile, the Borno State government, again pleaded with the armed forces to consider recruiting members of the youth vigilante assisting in the insurgency war.

Deputy Governor, Usman Durkwa, made his request to top ranking officers of the Nigerian Navy.

He said that the Borno State government was worried about the fate of the teeming jobless youths when the insurgency war is brought to an operational end with their services no longer required.

Some of the youth vigilante volunteers also known as the Civilian Joint Task Force are also anxious about getting jobs to confront poverty.

Troops Recover Large Cache Of Boko Haram’s Arms At Gursum

Boko Haram arms at Borgozo-AlarganoTroops of Operation Lafiya Dole and some Civilian Joint Task Force have discovered large cache of arms and ammunitions concealed by Boko Haram terrorists in Borgozo-Alargano general area of Borno State.

The discovery was made on Sunday during a clearance patrol by the troops following a tip off.

According to the Theatre Commander, the patrol team also cleared remnants of Boko Haram terrorists that were dislodged from Alagarno forest hibernating at Kadari, Camp Abu Fatima and Gursum.

The troops discovered large cache of arms and ammunitions that include 36 boxes of .51mm calibre, 5 x 20 Lyra beefcake mixture of 7.62mm (NATO) ammunition, large quantity of 7.62mm (Special), ammunition and one 81mm mortar tube.

In addition, the troops recovered one Toyota Hilux, one generator and several motorcycles.

The Nigerian Army also appealed to Nigerians and in particular, residents of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States to continue to provide useful information to troops in order to facilitate complete routing of the remnants of Boko Haram insurgents hiding in their localities.

Army Reopens Maiduguri-Damboa Road

Damboa_RoadThe Nigerian Army has reopened the Maiduguri-Damboa expressway for passage, after being closed due to Boko Haram attacks.

The Chief of Army, Tukur Buratai, announced this at the launch of Army Combat Motor Bikes in Damboa, headquarters of Damboa Local Government Area of the state.

He said the army would work towards securing the lives and properties of motorists plying the roads.

“From today the road – Maiduguri-Damboa and Damboa-Biu highway will be opened.

“The road is going to be entrusted into the hands of the Brigade Commander of the 25 Task Force Brigade,” he said.

Lt. Gen. Buratai added that “I do not want to hear any case of attack on innocent civilians or motorists on the road henceforth.

“Our troops will be on alert 24 hours to ensure that the road is kept open.”

The 88 kilometre long road has been deserted ever since the Boko Haram insurgents captured Damboa Local Government two years ago hoisting their flag in July 2014.

Damboa is one of the first towns on the fringes of Sambisa forest sacked by the insurgents in the wake of the northeast Nigeria insurgency.

The few buildings standing in Damboa, now a ghost town is ridden with bullets and tell-tale signs of a showdown between insurgents and federal troops.

The Civilian Joint Task Force – volunteers assisting the army – confirmed the reopening of the road and urged villagers to consider returning to occupy their homes.

The National Union of Road Transport Workers operating in Borno State, who bore the brunt of closure of roads, expressed delight at the development.

The army also released another list of most wanted member Boko Haram members.

“We are also launching the second batch of Boko Haram most wanted terrorists on our list.

“We will send the posters across the country to ensure that those that have run away will be fished out.

“We call on the public to look at the posters carefully, identify and report any person they can recognise and report accordingly”, he said

General Buratai said the first phase of the strategy has yielded remarkable results leading to the arrests of an unspecified number of suspects.

Troops Foil Female Suicide Bombers’ Plan In Borno State

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Nigerian troops and the Borno Youths Empowerment, otherwise known as Civilian JTF on Wednesday foiled planned attacks by four suicide bombers in the outskirt of Maiduguri.

A military source said at about 7.30am four female suicide bombers were intercepted by troops and the Civilian JTF, ahead of a checkpoint about 25km away from Maiduguri the capital of Borno State.

Cool And Calm

A spokesman for the military, Colonel Sani Usman, said preliminary investigation revealed that the suicide bombers were earlier observed trying to bypass a military checkpoint through a close by village before they were ordered to take the right road.

Few metres to the checkpoint, however, one of the bombers swiftly detonated her vest while the troops gunned down the other three suicide bombers before they could detonate their explosives.

Colonel Usman said one of the Civilian JTF died while four other persons sustained various degrees of injuries.

“The Nigeria Police Explosive Ordinance Device team in the area safely detonated the unexploded Improvised Explosive Device carried by the other suicide bombers,” he further stated.

According to him, the security situation in the area is now cool and calm.

 

Gunmen Kill 37 Near Maiduguri

maiduguriSuspected gunmen, believed to be of the terrorist group, Boko Haram, have killed 37 people in raids on five villages around Maiduguri, the capital of northeast Nigeria’s Borno State.

Report says the Islamic extremists, who arrived on motorcycles and in four-wheel drive vehicles, fired into houses and shot fleeing locals on Wednesday and the early hours of Thursday.

A military source who maintained anonymity said,”Reports indicated a total of 37 people were killed by the insurgents during the separate attacks”.

According to Reuters, Malum Idrissa, a member of a village defense group known locally as the Civilian Joint Task Force, confirmed the death toll as 37, saying the villages were around 90 km (56 miles) from Maiduguri.

Details of the attack emerged a day after President Buhari held a summit with regional counterparts, to set up a joint military force to counter Boko Haram.

Boko Haram has killed thousands and left millions of people displaced during a six-year plus insurgency.

Maiduguri, the city closest to the scene of the attacks, this week became the new site of the Nigerian Military Command Center for operations to fight Boko Haram.

More than 80 people were killed in bomb blasts in the city last week, amid a resurgence in activity by the insurgents.

Borno Elders Doubt If Ceasefire Agreement Is With Genuine Boko Haram Leadership

Boko HaramElders in Borno State, in north-west Nigeria have expressed doubts that the ceasefire agreement the Nigerian government reached with the Boko Haram sect was with the genuine leadership of the of the group.

Answering questions from Channels Television in Maiduguri, the Borno state capital, spokesman of the Borno Elders’ Forum, Dr Bulama Mali Gubio, welcomed the development but expressed doubt if the Federal Government actually negotiated with the real Boko Haram.

He was of the opinion that if the real Boko Haram members were contacted in the peace deal, then the attacks staged after the peace deal would not have been carried out.

“I am doubtful if Federal Government actually negotiated with the real Boko Haram. If not, the arms would have all been surrendered during the exercise while the Chibok Girls would have also been released.

“If real agreement has been reached, then the immediate attack and the recent taking over of Abadam and the killings in Dzur and Shaffa of Hawul Local Government in Borno state would not have been carried out by the insurgents in the first place”, Gubio queried.

He questioned why governors of the three north eastern states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe as well as traditional rulers among other well-meaning people of the zone were not involved in the negotiation process.

The spokesman also asked the Federal Government to spell out the relocation process of those displaced, while government should regain the territories earlier captured by the sect members.

The legal adviser of the Civilian Joint Task Force, Mr Jibrin Gunda is also pessimistic of the ceasefire agreement because of the non-inclusion of the needed stakeholders in the peace deal. While hoping the ceasefire agreement will achieve the desired objectives, he also called on the Federal Government to make towns ceased by the insurgents habitable and safe for the people to go back to their various homes to carry on with their legitimate business.

Some displaced persons at the transit camps spread across Maiduguri, the Borno state capital, also saw the need to dispossess the insurgents of their arms without which they can still take up the arms anytime they so wish.

They also called on the federal government to declare total war on the insurgents by crushing them in their various hideouts as they have killed so many innocent souls in the affected areas.