Borno Police Confirms Boko Haram Attack In Chibok

 

The Borno State Police command has confirmed an attack by suspected Boko Haram insurgents in Chibok Local Government Area.

Commissioner of Police, Damian Chukwu, who confirmed the attack said the force is still gathering facts about the incident which occurred on Thursday evening.

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Eyewitnesses also told Channels Television that the suspected insurgents attacked Gatamwarwa ward, riding on motorcycles around 5:00 pm through Askira, shooting sporadically and leaving many villagers scampering for safety.

It is, however, yet to be clear if there were any casualties.

Details later…

Shettima Holds Emergency Meeting With Security Heads

Shettima Holds Emergency Meeting With Security Heads In BornoFollowing resurgence of attacks by remnants of the ‎Boko Haram insurgents in some parts of Borno State, Governor Kashim Shettima, has held an emergency security meeting with security operatives.

The meeting was attended by heads of the Nigerian Army, Air Force, Police and the Department of State Services (DSS), with proactive measures taken on how to increase surveillance and forestall unanticipated security breach.

Governor Shettima began with a three-hour closed door meeting with the Theater Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Leo Irabor, on Friday at the Government House in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.

‎During the meeting, he was briefed on recent attacks and ongoing military operations while discussions were held with assurances that the remnants of the insurgents were on suicidal mission, given their displacement from their former headquarters at the Sambisa forest.

Spokesman to the governor, Mr Isa Gusau, said in a statement issued on Sunday that after meeting with the Theater Commander who is not a member of the State Security Council, Governor Shettima presided over an emergency meeting of the State Security Council that involved core armed forces.

At the end of meeting, new guard locations were established in some routes across the state to curtail the movement of the Boko Haram fighters.

The number of security personnel deployed to various locations were also increased with more members of the Civilian JTF (youth volunteers) involved.

Governor Shettima also gave approval for the release of additional patrol vehicles to security agencies for increased surveillance in the state.

He also approved logistics to compliment efforts of the Federal Government in strengthening the armed forces, while measures were adopted to strengthen the Civilian JTF and hunters.

The Council also reviewed the synergy between formal armed forces and volunteers, with steps adopted to increase collaboration and clamp down on cattle rustling used by insurgents to raise funds.

The meeting, which lasted for over three hours at the council chambers of the Government House, had in attendance ‎the General Officer Commanding, Seven Division of the Army, Brigadier General Victor Ezugwu; the Commander, 79 Composite group of the Nigerian Air Force, Air Commodore Charles Ohwo; the Borno State Commissioner of Police, Damian Chukwu, and the Garrison Commander, Seven Division of the Army, Brigadier General Jibrin Mohammed.

Others at the meeting are the State Director of the DSS, Suleiman Kankia, Commandant of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, Ibrahim Abdullahi, the Secretary to the State Government, Usman Shuwa, the Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice, Kaka Lawan and the Permanent Secretary in charge of Security.

Tell Us True State Of Nigeria’s Security, Fayose Tells FG

Ayodele Fayose, Muhammadu Buhari, UNIMAID, MaiduguriThe Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, has asked the Federal Government to tell Nigerians the true state of the nation’s security.

Governor Fayose made the call on Monday while addressing reporters in Ado Ekiti, the state’s capital in southwest Nigeria, hours after a suicide attack led to the death of four persons.

He claimed that contrary to claims by the government that it was winning the war against the insurgents, happenings in the past few weeks have clearly shown that Nigeria was being ‘governed by propagandists’.

The governor maintained that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) remained the only party which had better solution to the nation’s challenges.

His call was in reaction to the blast at a mosque in the University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID) in Borno State, in Nigeria’s northeast.

Eyewitness said a boy of about seven years carried out the attack

The Borno State Commissioner of Police, Damian Chukwu, confirmed the death of Professor of Veterinary Medicine, Aliyu Mani, and three others to reporters after the suicide attack in the early hours of Monday.

Survivors said the attack was carried out by a seven-year-old boy who detonated the bomb while some Muslim faithful were praying at the Junior Staff Quarters Mosque in the school premises.

Following the incident, the UNIMAID authorities announced the postponement of all examinations earlier scheduled to take place on the day of the blast.

While President Muhammadu Buhari sympathised with the families of the departed, Senate President Bukola Saraki has call for strengthen security presence in schools to avert subsequent attacks.

Saraki Condemns UNIMAID Bombing, Calls For Strengthened Security

Bukola Saraki, UNIMAID, University of MaiduguriThe Senate President in Nigeria, Dr. Bukola Saraki, has condemned the bombing of a mosque inside the University of Maiduguri that claimed the lives of a Professor of Veterinary Medicine and three others.

In a statement by his spokesman, Yusuph Olaniyonu, the Senator decried the loss of human lives and destruction of property in the incident.

He expressed concern over the rising trend of isolated Boko Haram attacks on soft targets since the military took over the Sambisa forest which used to be the stronghold of the insurgents.

Dr. Saraki observed that such attacks have continued to create fears among Nigerians.

He added that in spite of the obvious defeat of the insurgents, pockets of attacks were still being perpetrated by the fleeing remnants of the outlaws.

The Senate President also stated that the attack on the university provided a cogent reason security should be strengthened around all educational and allied institutions to prevent reoccurrence.

While praying that God should grant repose to the souls of the departed and quick recovery to the injured, he called on Nigerians to be more vigilant and security conscious.

Seven-Year-Old Carried Out Attack

The Borno State Commissioner of Police, Damian Chukwu, confirmed the death of the late professor, Aliyu Mani, and three others to reporters after the suicide attack in the early hours of Monday.

Survivors said the attack was carried out by a seven-year-old boy who detonated the bomb while some Muslim faithful were praying at the Junior Staff Quarters Mosque in the school premises.

Following the incident, the university authorities announced the postponement of all examinations earlier scheduled to take place on the day of the blast.

University Of Maiduguri Explosion: Management Postpones Examination
Entrance gate of the University Of Maiduguri

President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned the terrorist attack and sympathised with the institution, families of the victims, the government and people of Borno State in northeast Nigeria.

A statement by his spokesman, Mr Femi Adesina, said “President Buhari believes that this appalling attack on a revered place of worship and Ivory Tower shows that the perpetrators have no true understanding of Islam, adding that their despicable acts of terrorism are cowardly, criminal, unjustifiable and punishable before God Almighty and the laws of the land”.

University Of Maiduguri Explosion: Management Postpones Examination

University Of Maiduguri Explosion: Management Postpones ExaminationThe University of Maiduguri, has announced the postponement of all examinations originally scheduled to take place on Monday, following the suicide bombing attack that rocked the institution in the early hours of the day.

The postponement was revealed in a statement signed by the Director, Senate and Academic matters of the university, Filibus Yamta Mshelia.

Mshelia said the management’s action, followed the prevailing security situation in the campus.

According to the notice, examinations are however expected to resume on Tuesday, January 17.

“The University management has directed that all examinations scheduled to hold on Monday 16th January 2017, has been postponed to a later date.

“Examinations will resume as scheduled on Tuesday 17th January 2017,” the statement said.

Meanwhile, the management has also urged students to remain calm and vigilant.

A suicide bomber had found his way to a mosque in the University staff quarters, killing himself, a veterinary medicine professor, identified as Aliyu Mani, and two others in the process.

Police has also foiled another attempt by a suicide bomber at Gate 5 of the university.

According to the Police Commissioner, Damian Chukwu, the bomb vest detonated, killing only the bearer.

Police Begin Arrest Of Street Beggars In Maiduguri

Street Beggars, Police, MaiduguriOperatives of the Borno State Police Command have begun to arrest street beggars in Maiduguri, the state’s capital.

The action follows a directive by the Commissioner of Police, Damian Chukwu, that beggars be kept off major streets across Borno State in northeast Nigeria.

The influx of beggars and hawkers, who are mostly women and children, has been a major concern to motorists as the beggars accost them at stop lights, especially around the popular CP junction.

The CP junction is one of the busiest in Maiduguri at any time of the day, as it links Damboa road, GRA, Open Air Theatre and Post Office areas to other parts of the city.

Target For Suicide Attacks

The spokesman for the police, Mr Victor Isuku, disclosed that more men have been deployed to the area from the GRA division to enforce the CP’s order.

“The Commissioner of Police envisage that the beggars are not only a nuisance but also constitute risk as suicide bombers can easily pose as beggars and blow up in the traffic.” Isuku stated.

Meanwhile, operatives of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps have also been deployed to the area in addition to the traffic wardens originally on the beat.

Independent investigations revealed that the increased security presence was as a result of recent intelligence information which indicated that the CP junction was a target for suicide attacks.

Security operatives arrested a suicide bomber on December 26, 2016 after a foiled mission in a cattle market in Maiduguri.

The suspect confessed that other suicide bombers had already infiltrated the town.

Maiduguri Blasts: Shettima Calls For Emergency Security Meeting

Kashim Shettima, Maiduguri, Borno StateBorno State Governor, Kashim Shettima, has summoned officials of all markets, motor parks and other places of public gatherings in Maiduguri, for an emergency security meeting with heads of security agencies and the civilian JTF.

The meeting, which is expected to take place on Monday at the Government House, is in response to the attacks on the Maiduguri Monday market, which resulted in the death of one person while 17 others sustained various degrees of injuries.

Governor Shettima visited the scene of ‎the suicide attacks around the market and was at the Accident and Emergency Ward of the Maiduguri Specialist Hospital, where he met each of the survivors.

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Three out of the injured victims were said to be undergoing emergency surgery at the hospital’s theater.

“Tomorrow, we will be having an emergency security meeting involving management of all the markets, motor parks, shopping centers, football fields and other attack prone areas and the we will invite the Civilian JTF and of course our security officials, so that we cross pollinate ideas and come up with some new measures that will strengthen our existing security structure around markets.

“We have been taking different steps as the insurgents change their ways. We will all meet and come with measures that will not be made public,” he said.

The Borno State Commissioner of Police, Damian Chukwu, who received the governor at the scene, said the suicide attacks were carried out by two women in two close spots, both outside the market at about 8:48 on Sunday morning.

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One of the witnesses at the scene of the blast, Adamu Haruna, said the suicide bombers pretended to be customers buying groceries before detonating their improvised explosives.

“What I saw is an explosion; a woman came to buy onions (but) she was holding a sack. As soon as she moved away, we heard the explosion.

“The impact of the blast flung me aside and the metal from the bomb missed me. I was still on the ground in pains when the second explosion went off,” he said.

In December 2014, Governor Shettima had ordered the barricade of most markets while youth volunteers under the civilian JTF ‎were posted to man security around markets in Maiduguri.

The Boko Haram insurgents have continued to target the Maiduguri Monday market, using persons who conceal bombs and pretend to be customers.