The Nigerian Army has gunned down three female suicide bombers in Maiduguri in the early hours of Friday.
A report by the spokesman for the Borno command of the force, Victor Isuku, confirmed that the women who were sighted in Umulari village, along Maiduguri/Damboa road, near Mulai, by the military patrol team around 5:30 AM local time, had Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) strapped to their bodies.
As the officers shot at them, the IED on two of them exploded, killing all three, while the unexploded IED on the third woman, was rendered safe and detonated by Police bomb disposal Unit who promptly mobilized to the scene.
This is another one in the series of foiled suicide bombing attacks by terrorists.
On Thursday November 3, a statement by a spokesman for the Nigerian Army, Colonel Sani Usman, said troops at a military location ‘gunned down’ a suspected suicide bomber who made attempts to attack the military formation.
Troops of Operation Lafiya Dole have rescued 85 persons comprising of mostly women and children held hostage by the Boko Haram insurgents.
The feat was achieved during a decisive clearance operation into the remnants of the terrorists’ strategic hub town of Chukungudu on the southern fringes of the Lake Chad region.
Troops of 7 Division Nigerian Army, led by the General Officer Commanding of the division, Brigadier General Victor Ezugwu, wiped out the terrorists’ camps in the northern parts of Borno State between Friday and Saturday.
The manoeuvring brigade, led by 3 Battalion of 22 Brigade, successfully cleared Geram, Bulankassa and Chukungudu believed to be the Boko Haram terrorists’ strongholds in the area in northeast Nigeria.
A statement by Army spokesman, Colonel Sani Usman, however, said they lost a soldier during the encounter.
“The troops neutralised five Boko Haram terrorist fighters in a fierce encounter that made several of the terrorists running into the Lake Chad waters.
“The troops recovered four rounds of Rocket Propelled Grenade (RPG) bombs, one double barrel gun, 349 packets containing various rounds of ammunition, three magazines, a link belt of machine gun ammunition and one AK-47 rifle magazine.
“During the clearance operations, the troops made spectacular discovery of an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) making factory at Geram.
“In the factory, they found several already primed suicide bombers’ vests (while) they also discovered a well-equipped motor vehicles and motorcycles’ workshop (as well as) spare parts warehouse at Chukungudu village,” Colonel Usman said.
The Army spokesman added that they recovered three vehicles and several newly acquired motorcycles.
Colonel Usman said that the IED factory, vehicles and motorcycles were destroyed in line with the Rules of Engagement.
The Bring Back Our Girls campaign group has identified the latest Chibok girl, Maryam Ali Maiyanga, found by the military as a school prefect.
“She is from Askira Uba and was abducted along with her twin, Halima Ali (Number 197), who is yet to return,” a statement on Saturday by the spokesperson of the group, Sesugh Akume, read.
The group welcomed the news of the return of the abducted girl taken with some other girls from their schools’ dormitory in Chibok community in Borno State on April 14, 2014.
It said that preliminary investigations on their part, showed that Maryam was the number 198 on their list of the over 200 abducted girls.
“We applaud the Federal Government under President Muhammadu Buhari, the military and other security formations working day and night to rout the terrorists and rescue all Nigerians in captivity.
“The news of the death of the Commanding Officer of the 272 Task Force Tank Battalion, Lieutenant Colonel Muhammed Abu Ali, a highly-rated, young officer and four other members of his team, in a separate incident at Mallam Fatori, is unfortunate and saddening.
“We send our heartfelt condolences especially to their families, and the Nigerian military,” the statement further read.
The group also said it would update the public with more details in relation to the girl as necessary.
Reports from the spokesman for the army, Colonel Sani Usman, state that Maryam was found amongst a group of fellow escapees by troops of 121 Battalion, Nigerian Army, deployed at Pulka, Gwoza Local Government Area, Borno State.
Since the abduction of the girls by member of the Boko Haram terrorist group less than 50 of them had been rescued.
Last month, the release of 21 of the girls was secured by the Federal Government after negotiation with the terrorist group that had requested for prisoners swap.
The Nigerian Army says it has arrested nine persons suspected to be Boko Haram terrorists collaborators and saboteurs.
The Army says the arrest is a result of the ongoing investigation to fish out suspected accomplices of the dreaded insurgents.
The feat was made public on Tuesday in a statement by the Acting Director of Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Usman.
“The ongoing investigation on suspected Boko Haram terrorists collaborators and saboteurs in the fight against terrorism and insurgency has led to the arrest of nine more persons over the last 24 hours, thus bringing the number to 30.
“This comprises of two officers, two soldiers, two policemen and 26 civilians.
“Many more suspects would be arrested and prosecuted based on evidences against them and level of culpability,” the statement said.
21 Suspects Previously Arrested
The Army authorities had in an earlier statement revealed the arrest of the 21 suspected saboteurs by operatives of the Operation Lafiya Dole and other security agencies.
“As part of measures to stem the tide of livestock rustling which serves as another means of funding Boko Haram terrorists activities, Operation Lafiya Dole, in conjunction with other security agencies has taken measures to stop the criminality.
“These measures have led to the arrest of some persons involved in aiding and abetting this heinous crime in the Theatre of Operation.
“So far, 21 suspected persons have been arrested (and) preliminary investigation and profiling of the suspects has commenced.
“Such actions by these unpatriotic elements are likely to jeopardise our collective efforts of clearing the remnants of Boko Haram terrorists in our country,” the Army stated.
The Nigerian Army continues to urge the public to report any known or suspected illegality with regards to the Operation Lafiya Dole to the security agencies.
The Nigerian Army Finance Corps has been urged to ensure that all troops in operations get their allowances promptly to sustain the morale of fighting troops in the northeast.
The Chief of Army Staff made the request at the annual training programme held to enhance the performance of Nigerian Army Finance Corps in the senior non-commission and warrant officers cadre.
It focused on capacity development and update of personnel on the application of recent Federal Government public sector financial policies and reforms.
The policies and reforms were designed to significantly change old ways of doing things and move to a much effective and efficient methodology of financial management.
In the training held at the Maxwell Khobe Cantonment of the three armoured division, were Nigerian Army Finance Corps senior non-commission and warrant officers from different military formations.
It had the theme, “towards achieving prudent utilisation of finance resources for a professionally responsive Nigerian Army”.
The training was declared open by a representative of the Chief of Army Staff, Major General Rogers Nicholas, and organiser are looking to enhance the finance corps in effective delivery financial services.
Lectures also covered Nigerian Army financial transactions and resource management, best accounting practices and financial reporting in a professionally responsive Nigerian Army as well as ethics and financial performance in accounting practices in the Nigerian Army.
Troops have continued to carry out counter-terrorism operations in the northeast, decimating Boko Haram terrorists.
Operations have heightened early last year few weeks before the general elections that brought in the All Progressives Congress into power.
While the operations are ongoing, four officers and 16 other ranks of the Nigerian Army are facing Court Martial over offences committed in the theatre of the Operation Lafiya Dole, ranging from theft and sales of ammunition to murder in the course of operations.
Troops of the Nigerian Army have destroyed hideouts of livestock rustlers and armed bandits in operations military said were tremendously successful.
The feat is in continuation with the clearance of all suspected livestock rustlers and armed bandits’ camps and hideouts in Nigeria, especially in the northwest region.
Troops of 223 Battalion, One Brigade of One Division on Friday raided suspected livestock rustlers and armed bandits’ camps at Tofa forest in Gusau Local Government Area (LGA) of Zamfara State.
During the operation, an armed bandit was killed while few others sustained gunshot wounds.
The troops recovered a Dane gun, two locally made pistols and four motorcycles while the camps were destroyed in line with established procedure.
The Army spokesman, Colonel Sani Usman, revealed in a statement on Saturday that the troops also went on a long-range patrol along Dumburum-Batsari forest axis in Zurmi LGA of Zamfara State and part of Katsina State.
“They also discovered several cattle rustlers and armed bandits’ camps and destroyed them after an encounter with the bandits in the area.
“Here too, the troops killed a bandit while others fled on motorcycles and recovered three locally made pistols.
“Thereafter, the patrol team proceeded to Batsari in Katsina State and linked up with troops of 35 Battalion of Three Brigade, Nigerian Army and cleared several bandits’ camps within the area.
“The troops in conjunction with Nigeria Police also recovered a stolen Mercedes Benz car model E200 with registration number Lagos CW 504 LND from one Gambo Ibrahim of Kubacha town, that was stolen at New Karu.
“Similarly, troops at Anchau, Kaduna State, pursued a notorious armed bandit named Danladi Tasha Adamu along Kargi District (who) unfortunately fled into the bush.
“He, however, abandoned seven rustled cattle.
“The recovered livestock were handed over to Kubau Local Government Council officials,” Colonel Usman said.
Suspected Boko Haram terrorists foraging for food, ambushed troops of Operation Lafiya Dole escorting commercial vehicles from Damboa to Maiduguri, the Nigerian Army said.
The army added that five civilians lost their lives during the incident while another died on the way to the hospital.
A statement by the military on Monday said the mishap happened on Monday afternoon at Sanda general area of Borno State in northeast Nigeria.
The Army spokesman, Colonel Sani Usman, disclosed that three soldiers were injured and they have been evacuated to Maiduguri, the state’s capital.
He said that another robust patrol team had been consequently dispatched to reinforce the troops, clear the general area and pursue the terrorists.
More Vigilance And Cooperation
“This unfortunate incident has brought to the fore the need for more vigilance and cooperation amongst all.
“We would like to assure the public that we would not allow this isolated incident to thwart the peace and security commuters enjoy along the route and all other opened routes in the North East.
“Troops are on the heels of the attackers and would not relent till they are apprehended or killed.
“Additional security measures have also been placed to avert re-occurrence,” Usman stated.
Attack At Chibok
Meanwhile, the Theatre Command, Operation Lafiya Dole, has said that alleged suspected Boko Haram terrorists attack at Chibok was not correct.
“What happened was that, two persons were murdered at Kwamjilari village, (which is over 30 kilometres from Chibok and very close to Sambisa forest), by suspected remnants of Boko Haram terrorists looking for food.
“We wish to reiterate that they weren’t killed outside or near a church as being bandied around.
“The people from the said village are all in Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp in Chibok.
“Those who went back to the village without authorisation were moved back to Chibok two weeks ago,” Colonel Usman explained in a statement.
However, the army noted that those killed went back on their own contrary to security advice.
They said a patrol team had been sent from Chibok to the village on Monday morning.
The Nigerian Army assured the citizenry that adequate measures would be taken to ensure no one goes back to the village in the meantime.
Troops of 13 Brigade, 82 Division, Nigerian Army, have in a coordinated operation arrested a suspected high ranking militant kingpin, Mr Victory Benjamin (aka Abuja Daddy and G3) and three others.
The kingpin was arrested at Saint Joseph Hospital, Ikot Ene junction, Akpabuyo Local Government Area of Cross River State while attempting to collect ransom from one of their kidnap victims’ relations.
Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Usman, disclosed this on Saturday.
In a related development, troops of the same formation have also arrested three militants with locally made pistols and some cartridges while robbing victims around the refugees camp at Efut Isigi in Bakassi Local Government Area, Cross River State.
Meanwhile, troops have cordoned off the resident of the most wanted militant kingpin, alias G1 still at large, as already the arrested militants known as ‘G2’ and ‘G3’ are providing useful information that would assist the military to track other suspected criminals in the region.
The Nigerian Army has carried out a clearance operation on remnants of Boko Haram terrorists in Yobe State, Northeast Nigeria.
A statement by the Army spokesman, Colonel Sani Usman, disclosed that the feat was made by troops of Operation Lafiya Dole in the early hours of Wednesday.
The operation followed activities of the terrorists around Jororo and Tombaeji villages in Geidam Local Government Area of Yobe State.
The fighting patrol team came into contact with some Boko Haram terrorists around Gajire village, during which there was a firefight that lasted for about 15 minutes.
“The gallant troops overpowered the terrorists and killed four of them and captured one alive.
“The victorious troops also recovered two General Purpose Machine Guns (GMPG), two AK-47 Rifles and 144 rounds of 7.62mm (Special) ammunition from the terrorists.
“In addition, they also recovered two KASEA branded motorcycles,” the statement said.
Colonel Usman noted that the troops have continued to patrol the general area in search of possible remnants of the Boko Haram terrorists that might be hibernating in the area.
“The ever vigilant troops of Operation Lafiya Dole have continued their routine operations maintaining vigilance, to prevent further actions by the Boko Haram terrorists in their respective areas of operations,” he said.