UN Condemns Borno Twin Bomb Explosion

UN Condemns Borno Twin Bomb Explosion

 

The UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria a.i., Myrta Kaulard, has condemned the twin suicide attacks in Damboa town of Borno State.

In a statement on Monday, Ms Kaulard noted that the attacks which occurred on Saturday left several people dead and many others injured.

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“Our deepest condolences go to the families of the victims in Damboa and to the Government and people of Nigeria. We wish the injured a speedy recovery,” she said.

“Civilians consistently bear the brunt of the conflict and over 200 women, children and men have now been killed in indiscriminate attacks in the North-east since the beginning of the year, including in the town of Mubi last month in Adamawa State. I urge the Government of Nigeria to further step up protection of people,” the UN Humanitarian Coordinator added.

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) had earlier reported that 20 people were killed and 48 others were injured in the Saturday evening explosion.

Consequently, NEMA North-east Coordinator, Bashir Galga, confirmed to Channels Television on Monday that the death toll had risen to 21.

While conflicting figures trail the number of deaths as a result of the attacks, Galga explained that the victim died in the hospital and others are still recuperating.

Meanwhile, Kaulard revealed that the UN and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) air-lifted by helicopter 11 of the critically wounded from Damboa to Maiduguri on Sunday, to facilitate emergency medical treatment in support of the state authorities.

Damboa town lies about 90 kilometers south-west of Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.

Damboa Local Government Area (LGA) currently hosts over 90,000 internally displaced people, 18,000 of which live in Damboa town in five IDP camps.

The LGA is one of the areas in Borno that hosts the highest number of displaced people.

According to the UN statement, some 20 humanitarian organisations provide life-saving assistance to the vulnerable women, children, and men in Damboa, including food, shelter, medical services, clean water and sanitation on a daily basis.

The town last witnessed an attack by suspected Boko Haram terrorists in July 2016 after it was taken over by the insurgents in mid-2014 and subsequently recaptured by the Nigerian military a few months later.

Humanitarian access outside of Damboa town in the rest of the LGA remains limited due to hostilities and lack of safety assurances.

The humanitarian crisis in the North-east, which spilled over into the Lake Chad region, is one of the most severe in the world today.

About 7.7 million people reported to be in need of humanitarian assistance in 2018 in the worst-affected states of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe, and 6.1 million targeted for humanitarian assistance.

Humanitarian aid includes the delivery of life-saving assistance as well as the support for people to kick-start their lives.

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.

IDPs Return To Konduga Home, Cry Out For Help

North east, lake chad, NAPTIP, Human Trafficking, NigeriaThe newly inaugurated Presidential Committee on the Northeast Initiative has commenced operations in Borno state with one of its mandates being to help returning Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) settle in their home towns.

Konduga Local Government where no fewer than 20,000 persons have already returned is one of the first beneficiaries of the intervention.

Konduga, about 40 kilometers to Maiduguri is one of the Borno towns notorious as a battle ground between the military and the outlawed Boko Haram.

Residents caught up in the crossfire were evacuated to Internally Displaced People’s camps in the capital city.

Three years later, with the assailants pushed out of the ancient town, villagers weary of living in makeshift camps are returning home in droves as explained by government officials.

An official of Konduga LG, Bello Musa said: “Presently we have over 20,000 people in this town since when the Governor flagged off the campaign of returning our people to their communities.

“I think on the first day 7.000 people came here. Almost 85% of these people are living in their houses. It’s only 15% that are living in the camp.

“Since our return, the governor of Borno state has been providing food, NEMA too and some organizations are coming in now…from last week we received three or four NGOS that are here to assist our people.”

Meanwhile, survival for the returning IDPS is for the fittest, with the young, old and widowed scrambling for a portion of food anytime help comes.

With no source of livelihood, only security presence can stop a stampede anytime there is food to be shared.

One of the returnees, A’isa Mala, lamented the tough conditions they have had to deal with.

“Our children go to the bush to get local vegetables which they sell, and buy flour for our meals. Some days we go without food, six of us in the house. When they bring food we eat, when they don’t we sleep without food.

“If I join the queue they’ll kill me in a stampede so I stay here; anything I get from here will be fine, money or food.”

In the pilot relief items distribution, the Presidential Committee on the Northeast Initiative is targeting 1,800 Konduga families, according to the sub Committee team leader, Prof Hauwa Biu.

“This committee is a sub Committee and our mandate is to go round Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states to assist those who have returned home after the insurgency as well as those that are in the camp.

“So we are here specifically to distribute items which have been kept for a long time. For now we are in three different towns; Mafa, Konduga and Damboa simultaneously; what we’re doing here is replicated in the two other places.”

The Committee’s mandate is expected to span through a period of three years.

President Buhari Meets Rescued Chibok Girl, Offers Scholarship

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Amina Ali in State House, Abuja to meet with President Muhammadu Buhari.

President Muhammadu Buhari has promised that the Federal Government will be responsible for the education and upkeep of Amina Ali, the Chibok girl who was rescued on Tuesday from the Boko Haram insurgents for the rest of her life.

The President made the announcement on Thursday after meeting with Amina, her mother and the Borno State Governor, Shettima Kassim, at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

He said that every girl has the right to education and should not be denied access to such.

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Amina Ali and her mother at the Presidential Villa.

Full Reintegration
President Buhari assured that the Federal Government would do everything possible to ensure that the rest of Amina’s life takes a completely different course.

He also promised to give the rescued Chibok girl the best medical, psychological and emotional care, amongst other things, she requires to be fully reintegrated into the society.

The President decried a situation where Amina’s education was so abruptly truncated by Boko Haram, promising to make her education a priority of the Federal Government.

Amina is the first of the 219 Chibok girls to be rescued from the den of the Boko Haram terrorists.

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A cross section of State Governors in the State House meeting between President Buhari and rescued Chibok girl, Amina Ali.

Some state governors were also at the meeting between the President and rescued mother of one.

Her rescue has been widely celebrated within the country and beyond and has raised renewed hopes about the other abducted girls.

19-year-old Amina was found by the civilian JTF with a four month old baby and a suspected Boko Haram terrorist, Mohammed Hayatu, who claims to be her husband.

Secretary of the Association of Parents of the Abducted Chibok Girls, Zanna Usman, confirmed that Amina told her rescuers that six of her colleagues died in Boko Haram’s captivity.

The acting Director Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Usman, says the alleged husband is undergoing further investigation at the Joint Intelligence Centre.

“Mohammed Hayatu is well treated in line with Operation Lafiya Dole Rules of Engagement regarding insurgents who voluntarily surrender to the military,” the Army spokesman added.

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Amina Ali handed over to Borno State Governor, Mr Kashim Shettima.

After her rescue, Amina Ali, was handed over to Borno State Governor, Kashim Shetima, at Government house, Maiduguri, the state capital.

She was handed over on Wednesday evening by the Acting General Officer Commanding, 7 Division, Brigadier General Victor Ezugwu in a brief ceremony.

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Amina’s son being examined by the military hospital personnel.

Prior to that they were examined at Air Force medical facility and were found to be stable and normal blood pressure was observed.

 

 

Forced By Hunger

Military sources in Damboa, who accompanied Amina to Maiduguri, told Channels Television that “Hayatu, one of the Boko Haram commanders also known as “Amir” reportedly escaped with his wife from the Sambisa forest and surrendered to Civilian Joint Task Force members in Balle, a village in Damboa.

The commander of the outlawed group stated hunger and ill health as reasons for his action as according to him his family would have starved to death following the blocking of supply routes by intensive military operations.

Rescued Chibok Girl: Hunger Forced Alleged Husband To Surrender

Recovered_GirlFresh facts have emerged as to how Mohammed Hayatu, alleged husband of rescued Chibok girl Amina Ali, was arrested.

Hayatu, one of the Boko Haram commanders also known as “Amir” reportedly escaped with his wife from the Sambisa forest and surrendered to Civilian Joint Task Force members in Balle, a village in Damboa.

This is according to military sources in Damboa, who also accompanied Amina to Maiduguri.

The commander of the outlawed group stated hunger and ill health as reasons for his action as according to him his family would have starved to death following the blocking of supply routes by intensive military operations.

Ali Gwoza and Apagu Chibok are some of the vigilante members, who identified Amina, when her captor gave himself up.

Amina and her four-month old baby, Safiya, was accompanied by the General Officer Commanding, 7 Division, General Victor Ezugwu to the Borno state Government House to meet Governor Kashim Shettima.

Shettima is expected to proceed with her to Abuja on Thursday where he would hand her over to President Muhammad Buhari.

Journalists have been barred from filming or taking pictures of the rescued girl.

Dressed in a loose gown, pale and frail, Amina walks with difficulty to the governor’s office.

Governor Shettima, who interacted with Amina, has declined comments on the latest turn of events.

Abducted Chibok Girls: One Rescued, Six Dead In Captivity

Recovered_GirlMembers of the Civilian Joint Task Force operating in Damboa Local Government Area of Borno State have rescued one of the abducted Chibok girls, while six have died in captivity.

Amina Ali, who was rescued on Wednesday, was abducted along with over 200 of her schoolmates in the Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok in the middle of the night in April 2014.

Our correspondent in Maiduguri, Blessing Tunoh, reports that a member of the Civilian JTF, involved in the rescue said “six of her classmates have died in captivity”, adding that “throughout their stay in Sambisa Forest, they were heavily guarded”.

The rescued mother of one said for now, she is not aware of the condition of the girls still in captivity.

Secretary of the Association of Parents of the Abducted Chibok Girls, Zanna Usman confirmed Amina’s return to Channels TV Correspondent via a phone call.

Usman said that Amina, who was found with a child with other women in Sambisa, following military operations told the civilian JTF members that she was taken from Chibok.

Usman said that he has met Amina, who has since been reunited tearfully with her family in Balala village.

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Suspected Boko Haram terrorist, Mohammed Hayatu, who claimed to be Amina Ali’s husband.

The Nigerian military in a statement said “troops of 25 Brigade Damboa in conjunction with Civilian JTF deployed in one of the blocking positions at Baale, near Damboa rescued one Miss Amina Ali and a suspected Boko Haram terrorist, Mohammed Hayatu, who claimed to be her husband.

“Both were brought to Headquarters 25 Task Force Brigade Damboa at about 2.30pm today (Wednesday)”.

The statement, signed by the Acting Director Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman, added that “preliminary investigation shows that she is indeed one of the abducted Chibok School girls abducted by Boko Haram terrorists on 14th April 2014 in Chibok and her name is Amina Ali as against Falmata Mbalala that was earlier stated.

“In addition, she is a nursing mother with a 4 month old baby girl who was named Safiya”, he said.

Col Usman further noted that “both the suspected Boko Haram terrorist and the nursing mother have been taken to Maiduguri for further medical attention and screening”.

Governor Kashim Shettima was in a meeting with United Nations Humanitarian Affairs officials at the Borno Government said that he had received the news of the rescue but was yet to be briefed.

IDPs’ Relocation: NEMA Conducts Strategy Analysis In Borno

NEMA on Borno IDPsThe National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) is conducting a needs assessment tour in Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps in Borno State.

The assessment is coming on the heels of recent victories recorded by the Nigerian Army and outcry by the displaced persons insisting on returning to their original localities.

The Director General of NEMA, Mohammed Sidi, made the disclosure on Thursday during a two-day working visit to Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.

He said that Borno State accounted for 90% of the total number of displaced persons in northeast Nigeria.

Mr Sidi explained that the number of displaced persons in Maiduguri has been on the rise with an average of 20 new births recorded in a camp accommodating 12,000 people.

He also stressed that the recent victories recorded by the Nigerian Army have changed the face of humanitarian efforts which resulted to rehabilitation and resettlement of the IDPs.

Sharing their experience on camp, one of the IDPs, Maryam Mohammed, who is a widow said, “The problem is measles, seven out of my nine kids are down with measles right now.

“The truth is sometimes they attend to us and give us drugs when we visit the camp hospital, but other times they are not available.”

Another displaced person, Hamsatu Umar, said, “I need clothes and a sleeping mat with some money. I am old and I feel very sick that is why I need them to attend to me quickly so I can go back to my tent.”

The insurgency victim added that the harsh weather has been responsible for the illnesses in the camp, stressing that she went for some relief materials the previous day but could not get anything.

In furtherance to this, NEMA has called for deployment of medical personnel to IDPs camps within Maiduguri, the host communities and satellite camps in liberated communities with emphasis on children, maternal care and vulnerable persons.

The new satellite camps are located in Dikwa, Mafa, Damboa, Baga, Bama, Gwoza, Askira Uba, Damboa, Beneishek, Gamboru, Mongunu and Konduga.

Gwoza Is Completely Damaged – Council Boss

Gwoza_LGBossThe Vice Chairman of Gwoza Local Government Area of Borno State, Mr Ibrahim Adamu, on Wednesday said the town is “completely damaged” and called for help from the Federal Government.

The Council Boss further noted that the Southern Borno town is “completely damaged”, maintaining that “there is no road, the main bridge we use to go to Adamawa destroyed, houses burnt and people living under trees”.

“From the Emir’s Palace, the Central Mosque to the whole of Gwoza, it will be difficult to find a house, except the one the Amir lives in”, he said.

Mr Adamu noted that no form of repair is going on in the town because no one has gone to assess the damage done.

He maintained that Gwoza is the local government most hit by the Boko Haram insurgents, having endured the assault for over 15 months.

He called on the Federal Government to go and assess the damage and come up with a rebuilding plan so that residents of the town scattered around IDP camps can return home.

Neglected By Representative

He called on the Senator Representing Borno South Senatorial District, Mr Ali Ndume to do more in alleviating the pains of victims of Boko Haram.

“We are waiting for our representative from the National Assembly, especially Sen. Ali Ndume to come and intervene in this matter.

“It is unfortunate that since this incident happened, Sen Ndume has not come to Gwoza to condole the people in Gwoza. Sen Ndume did not go to Gwoza and assess the damage in Gwoza” wondering how others will have concern for them if there representative allegedly doesn’t.

Speaking as a guest on Sunrise Daily, Mr Adamu, expressed worry over the alleged inability of Sen. Ndume, who according to him lives not more than 2 kilometres from an IDP camp in Abuja, to “go there (IDP camp)”.

While listing camps that house IDPs from Borno South Senatorial District and Borno State in general, Mr Adamu noted that “we are expecting the man we voted for to go there (Senate) and represent our interest, but it is unfortunate because it seems we don’t have anybody there”, adding that “people are dying in Gwoza”.

The Council Boss further alleged that Sen. Ndume, instead of showing concern for what is going on with IDPs from his constituency, channels his energy to debates of power, budget and leadership positions in the Red Chamber.

He however commended the efforts of the Borno State Governor, Mr Kashim Shettima, who “gave them accommodation and feeding for over 15 months”.

Borno South Senatorial District comprises of 9 Local Government Areas namely Chibok, Hawul Gwoza, Kwaya Kusar, Damboa, Biu, Bayo, Shani and Askira Uba.

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 Kill Suspected Boko Haram Leader And Members

Boko Haram terrorists killed by militaryTroops of 25 Task Force Brigade have killed suspected Boko Haram leader and 12 members of the group terrorising communities around Sabon Gari and Damboa in Borno State, north-east Nigeria.

The troops are said to have conducted a fighting patrol along Damboa-Njaba-Bale road in Borno State where they took out three terrorists following a tip off.

According to a statement by military spokesman, Colonel Sani Usman, among those killed was the Boko Haram terrorists’ leader in Bulayaga.

The leader was notorious in terrorising Bale, Wass and Mufurundi villages, the statement read.

The troops recovered an AK-47 rifle with its magazine, 43 rounds of 7.62mm Special Ammunition, one Grinding Machine and five Dane Guns.

Other items recovered include seven Motorcycles, 21 bags of grains and two Boko Haram terrorists’ flags hoisted.

In a related development on Monday, troops of 7 Division Garrison on patrol at Mainari village in Mafa Local Government Area of Borno State had an encounter with Boko Haram terrorists, which led to the death of nine terrorists and recovery of weapons. Some of the weapons recovered are four AK-47 and one Pump Action Gun

The military said the patrol teams had continued to dominate the respective areas.

Special Forces Kill 40 Terrorists, Destroy Fabricated Rockets 

ForcesSpecial Forces of the Nigerian Army, supported by Nigeria Air Force aircraft, say that they have killed about 40 Boko Haram terrorists and destroyed their rocket fabrication factory.

This was after carrying out several raids and attacks on Boko Haram camps, rocket making factory and foiling attempts to attack troops’ location.

Army Headquarters, in a statement detailing the operations which occurred at the north east epicentre, said that as part of series of successes being recorded by the Nigerian Army in the fight against the Boko Haram terrorists, advancing troops of 154 Task Force Battalion of 29 Task Force Brigade, on Wednesday cleared Boko Haram terrorists camp at Matali, Damboa Local Government Area of Borno State.

According to the statement, during the operation, quite a number of terrorists were killed and some weapons and improvised explosive making devices, IEDs were recovered.

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.