Troops Recover Shilka, Gun Truck From Fleeing Boko Haram Terrorists

Army, Terrorists Clash In Rann, Borno StateTroops had an encounter with fleeing Boko Haram terrorists and recovered armoured fighting vehicle, trucks, arms and ammunition from the insurgents.

The recovery was made on Wednesday morning by troops of 25 Task Force Brigade, Seven Division of the Nigerian Army on Operation Lafiya Dole, during a clearance operation at Dulsa and Buk in Damboa Local Government Area of Borno State.

The spokesman for the Army, Brigadier General Sani Usman, said in a statement that the soldiers neutralised a large number of the terrorists and wounded several others.

“At Dulsa this morning, the troops cleared the hideout of the terrorists during which they neutralised six Boko Haram terrorists, recovered one light machine gun, two rocket propelled grenade tubes and one extra anti-aircraft gun barrel.

“The troops also encountered Boko Haram terrorists’ camp at Buk where they were engaged by the terrorists.

“During the encounter, the troops neutralised a large number of the Boko Haram terrorists and wounded several others. They also made an unprecedented recovery.

“The items recovered include nine AK-47 rifles, three Fabrique Nationale rifles, two rocket propelled grenade bombs, one mortar tube, one Shilka, one gun truck mounted with anti-aircraft gun and two Hilux vehicles,” he siad.

General Usman, however, said that three soldiers paid the supreme price while five others were wounded in the action.

He added that one Mine-Resistant, Ambush-Protected vehicle belonging to the Brigade was badly damaged.

The Army spokesman said that the bodies of the late soldiers and those that sustained injuries have since been evacuated.

He also noted that the wounded soldiers are in stable condition.

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 Clear Nine Boko Haram Strongholds In Borno

Troops of 115 Task Force Battallion under 28 Task Force Brigade have, in a major boost, cleared nine more Boko Haram terrorists strongholds around Lassa axis of Borno State. 

A statement by a military spokesman, Colonel Tukur Gusau, said the troops cleared Lassa, Muthavo, Dagu Kumabza, Isge, Unworo Zangore, Kilekasa And Pumpum while on clearance operations between November 3 and 5.

During the offensive, four Boko Haram terrorists met their waterloo in the hands of gallant troops of the Nigerian Army.

Some of the terrorists fled, abandoning their weapons. The military spokesman said they left seven den guns.

In a related development on Thursday, Troops of 25 TF Bde, conducted another offensive operations along Korede axis in Damboa Local Government Area of the state.

In the operations, three motorcycles, suspected to be used during the last Sunday’s attack on Azir village, were recovered along with stolen food stuffs from the village.

Terrorists observation posts were destroyed in a high ground in Korede.

“While the fighting spirit of the troops remain very high, they have continued to dominate roads leading to Azir, Wajikoro, Damboa and Biu towns to deny Boko Haram Terrorists any possible freedom of activities in the area,” the statement added.



Borno Governor Demands Investigation Into Alleged Abduction

Gov Shettima BornoThe Borno state Governor, Kashim Shettima, has directed the Chairman of Damboa Local Government Area of the state to urgently investigate the widely publicised case of abduction in parts of the area and report to him as soon as possible.

A statement issued by the Special Adviser to the governor on communication, Isa Gusau, said the governor expects that the widely reported case of abduction of 60 persons should be accorded serious investigation in order to obtain relevant and accurate information with a view to taking necessary measures.

The statement urged the chairman of the council to liaise with elders and leaders of the community with a view to authenticating the abduction case.

The Governor according to the statement is worried that leaders of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association (a herdsmen association) were reported have refuted media reports that some 30 Fulani women were kidnapped at a community in Chibok Local Government Area of the state by Boko Haram members.

While appreciating the role of the media in accurate and timely dissemination of information, the statement called for accurate information that would truthfully inform and educate the people of happenings.

“Governor Shettima once again expresses profound appreciation to the Nigerian and International media for their very critical support which has no doubt been very helpful in the circumstance. The Governor is hopeful that the schoolgirls abducted in Chibok will by the intervention of God, be rescued and so will those recently affected, if ongoing enquiries confirm reports about the unfortunate incident,” the statement read.

The governor assured the citizens of Borno State, other Nigerians and the International community that his administration was working assiduously in collaboration with relevant bodies to find a lasting solution to the crisis that was bedeviling the state and the nation as a whole.

Part of the measures taken, the statement added, are yielding fruitful results aimed at enhancing security of lives and property of the people.