Boko Haram: 75 NSCDC Personnel Killed In Borno In 2016 – Officials

Boko Haram: 75 NSCDC Personnel Killed In Borno In 2016 – Civil Defence OfficialsThe Borno Command of the Nigeria Civil Defence Corps says 75 personnel of the command were killed while 15 were declared missing in action in the year 2016.

The Commandant of the Corps, Ibrahim Abdullahi, told journalists in a news conference that the officers were killed in separate attacks in Gwoza and Gamboru Ngala in the Boko Haram insurgency.

“We have alerted our sister agencies on the issues while the NSCDC national headquarters have assisted the families of the bereaved.” he said.

Abdullah noted that about 19 area offices belonging to the NSCDC across the state were completely destroyed by Boko Haram.

His words: “We will deploy additional 500 personnel in liberated LGA’s. We have already deployed 100 to Dikwa; we are preparing 30 for Monguno, while 20 of our men were drafted for Nganzai local government area.”

“Some of them are already in Chibok and Askira Uba local government areas.” Abdullahi stated.

Abdullahi said those deployed include the Anti-riot Squad, Bomb Detection and Disposal Unit as well as Intelligence and Detective Unit of the command.

Sweden Gives $56mln Facilities To Humanitarian Workers In Borno State

UNICEF, Boko HaramThe Swedish Government has donated facilities worth $56 million to humanitarian workers in northern Nigeria’s Borno State.

A cargo containing the items, which was the first batch of the facilities, arrived in Maiduguri on Monday and was received by Ambassador Inger Ultvedt at the Airport.

The cargo contains items for construction of movable hubs for humanitarian workers operating in camps around Maiduguri and liberated towns across the state.

The hubs are meant for UN affiliated humanitarian organisations operating in Borno State.

Swedish Ambassador Ultvedt believes that situating offices, clinics and accommodation facilities for humanitarians within areas of operations would equip staff to perform more efficiently.

The facilities are costing the Sweden government a whopping $56 million, according to the ambassador.

“This consignment has come from Sweden and it is actually for working with Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) because this consignment consists of housing unit for a hundred people, a small health clinic, kitchen and restaurants and it also comes with some generators and it’s actually for both Nigerians as well as international aid workers for them to be able to work more outside Maiduguri,” he told reporters.

The International Organisation for Migration (IOM), recently recognised by he UN General Assembly as a related organisation to the UN is one of the beneficiaries of the Swedish government’s intervention.

The Head of IOM Sub Office in Maiduguri, Emma Khakula, believes that the facilities would offer space for coordination among the humanitarian groups and government officials.

“Office and accommodation in this newly accessible areas or rather centres for operation for humanitarian staff have really been lacking so the cargo that we see here today is the first of many shipments that would come in to ensure that we have good operational centres set up.

“Our first pilot project is going to be in Dikwa after Maiduguri and we will see the same rolled out into Bama,Gwoza and all these areas where we have pockets of displaced persons,” Khakula told reporters.

The Borno State government recently bemoaned the influx of questionable humanitarian organisations in Maiduguri making little or no impacts.

The Governor of the State, Kashim Shettima, had said i was unfortunately hat a lot of people were smiling their way to the bank on the agonies of the displaced persons.

“We have over two hundred NGOs in Maiduguri alone. In fact because of the presence of these NGO that operate largely from hotels and parts of the GRA they have jerked up the prices of houses in Maiduguri.

“Hitherto a three bedroom flat in Maiduguri used to go for 250,000 Naira but now you have to cough out two to three million Naira all because of the presence of the so called NGOS,” Governor Shettima stated.

A Nigerian Senate committee on the northeast humanitarian crisis is already investigating the worrisome trend.

With the latest donation for UN recognised humanitarian organisations, IDPs in liberated areas are expected to have access to more humanitarian assistance.

It will also serve as a wake up call to redundant organisations.

Different UN agencies have called for more aid for displaced persons in Nigeria’s northeast, raising concerns over severe malnutrition in the region triggered by the activities of the Boko Haram terrorist group.

Aid in form of nutritious food, UNICEF said, was needed in the region, where it said over 70,000 children, nursing mothers and pregnant women risk death before the end of the year if nothing was done.

FG Committee Donates Seized Bags Of Rice To Borno IDPs

female-idp-cookingThe National Logistics Committee on Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), has donated seized bags of rice to the Borno state government, for onward distribution to victims of insurgency.

The exercise was carried out by the Nigerian Customs, as part of government’s plan to cushion the effect of the insurgency on citizens.

The donation consisted of 11,517 bags of rice, seized and declared contraband by law.

The Assistant Comptroller General, Umar Sanusi, explaining the source of the donation said: “This rice did not come from heaven – actually these were seized at the border and any other place where there was infraction against the federal government.

“So these are products caught by the Nigerian Customs and condemned by the court of law and forfeited to the government for distribution to people affected by insurgency.”

Mr Umar furthermore said that more items including clothing, should be expected in the coming weeks as the harmattan and yuletide approaches.

In his acceptance remarks, Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima, explained that the state is overwhelmed by the alarming number of IDPs, especially those living in the host communities.

“IDP camps in Maiduguri consists only 158,000 people. In the satellite camps across the state in Pulka, Dikwa, Gamboru Ngala, Bama, Banki, Biu and Monguno the total number of people may not exceed 300,000.

“But within the host community here in Maiduguri we have over a million people on the verge of extinction.

“The food security challenge being faced by the IDPs living within the host community is more precarious than those living in camps.

“To me, they are the VIPs, at least they are getting two meals per day but those living in the host community are in far worse shape than we could imagine,” Shettima stated.

He called for more support to make life easier for the displaced.

Female Suicide Bomber Kills Self In Foiled Attack

Suicide bomber kills self in BornoA suspected female suicide bomber has died in a failed attack in Dikwa Local government Area of Borno State.

The suspect’s planned attack was thwarted on Sunday evening by troops at a check point located at Kara Cattle market axis, Dikwa, towards Antul and Mukdala.

A statement by a spokesman for the Army, Colonel Sani Usman said she was challenged from afar by the vigilant duty sentry.

“She refused to stop claiming to be coming from Monguno to see her parents in Dikwa.

“Troops sensing that the direction of approach was suspicious and abnormal, fired a shot at her and the gallant sentry was proven right as she was carrying a Person Borne Improvised Explosive Device (PBIED) which exploded with a loud bang, killing her instantly and causing minor injury on two soldiers and a Civilian JTF assisting them,” the statement read.

The injured soldiers and the civilian have been treated and have continued with their duties, Colonel Usman said.

Remnants Of Boko Haram Terrorists

The incident showed that there are a few remnants of Boko Haram terrorists determined to carry out attacks to create panic and insecurity in some areas in the northeast that have seen relative peace in the last few months.

Counter-insurgency efforts had heightened since early 2015, with the military sacking the terrorists from communities they had seized in the heat of the over six years insurgency.

In the statement, the army further highlighted that there was a reliable information that remnants of the Boko Haram terrorists now disguise or pretend to be mad men or women in order to gain access to some locations especially in Maiduguri.

It warned all citizens to be very wary of any seemingly mentally unstable or mad men or women found wandering and report same.

“Therefore, it is imperative for all to be more security conscious and vigilant especially during the Eid festivities and public holidays,” the statement by the army further read.

It also urged Nigerians to report any suspicious persons or movement to the security agencies.

The failed suicide attack came days after the police and the Department of State Service asked the Independent National Electoral Commission to shift a governorship election scheduled to hold in Edo State on September 10, citing security threats.

They had warned that insurgents were planning attacks at different locations during the celebration of the Eid.

Victims Support Fund Rebuilds 39 Government Infrastructure In Dikwa

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Streets of Maiduguri during an attack on Dalori.

The Victims Support Fund (VSF) has rebuilt 39 government buildings destroyed by insurgents in Dikwa Local Government of Borno State.

Chairman, Presidential Victims Support Funds, Gen. Theophilus Danjuma (rtd) commissioned the 39 projects worth N250 million.

This according to the Chairman is to enable Internally Displaced Persons presently living in camps, resettle in their home town.

He noted that the VSF has for the last one year been providing support for displaced persons, who are victims of the northeast Nigeria insurgency.

The projects include four bore holes, a general hospital, local government secretariat, police barracks and houses for resettling IDPs from camps to Dikwa Township.

Gen. Danjuma was received by Governor Kashim Shettima at the Maiduguri International Airport from where they drove to the ancient town of Dikwa where the projects were commissioned.

He said insufficient funds has been slowing down the rebuilding programmes of the committee as many pledges made are yet to be redeemed.

Governor Shettima thanked the VSF for its unique style of intervention, calling for more of such gestures from well-meaning organizations and individuals.

The Victims Support Fund was set up to raise funds for victims of Boko haram insurgents in north East Nigeria.

Plans are underway to commence rebuilding of Bama, another Borno town destroyed by the insurgents.

The Victim Support Fund, according to Danjuma, is also interested in empowering women and children as well as resettling displaced victims of insurgency.

Army Reopens Dikwa-Mafa-Gamboru Road

Nigerian ArmyThe Nigerian Army is celebrating successful counter insurgency operations by reopening the Dikwa-Mafa-Gamboru road in Borno State.

Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, in a ceremony marking the end of the 2016 Army Day celebration with the State Governor, Kashim Shettima in attendance has declared the road safe for civilian passage.

The 138km road was unceremoniously shut down over two years ago following terror acts by the outlawed Boko Haram sect in the area.

The newly reopened Maiduguri-Mafa-Dikwa-Gamboru/Ngala road connects Nigeria to Central and North Africa from the North-eastern region.

The road is considered strategic as it leads to towns believed to be the economic life wire of Borno State.

On assumption of office in 2015, the Chief of Army Staff, on his way to an operational visit to troops in Gamboru had been ambushed by Boko Haram elements operating in the axis.

Re-opening of the road for civilian use follows successful mop up operations in the area since then.

Government officials say closure of the road had almost crippled the commercial prowess of Borno State.

Theatre Commander of the counter insurgency war tagged “Operation Lafiya Dole”, Major General Lucky Irabor, believes that reopening of the road for commercial activities amidst security presence would encourage people to return home.

Medical outreach for sick Internally Displaced Persons in the Dikwa camp, home to over 58,000 people as well as the launch of a solar powered borehole was part of the Army Day celebrations.

The Army Chief also hosted the displaced to a lunch to celebrate the Eid El Fitri and the achievements of troops on the frontlines.

Governor Kashim Shettima commended the gallantry of the Nigerian armed forces and the civilian joint task force for their contributions towards peace building.

Damboa-Biu road linking Adamawa and Gombe states had earlier been reopened while troubled Buni Yadi in Gujba area of Yobe State had also been reopened all within the last four months.

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.

Army Discovers Boko Haram Market In Borno

Army-Troops-The Nigerian Army has rescued 195 captives, discovered a patent medicine outlet and also a major market operated by members of the Boko Haram sect at Gulumba in Borno State, northeast Nigeria.

The Army spokesman, Sani Usman, said that a number of insurgents were killed and a lot of items recovered during a raid carried out by troops of Seven Division Garrison, comprising the 112 Battalion and Armed Forces Special Forces on Wednesday.

The Army carried out the raid on suspected Boko Haram terrorists’ locations at Kwaptara, Mijigete, Garin Boka, Mosole, Ngubdori, Ma’asa, Dukje and Gulumba in Dikwa and Bama Local Government Areas of the state.

Items recovered from the terrorists were military items – camouflage uniforms – rifle magazines and grenades – two logistic trucks, 180 motorcycles, 750 bicycles, 100 kva Mikano generator, grinding machine and various perishable materials.

FG Directs Security Beef-up Around All IDP Camps

securityThe federal government has directed a beef-up of security in and around camps for internally displaced persons in the country with renewed measures put in place to guard against any further occurrence of suicide attacks and loss of lives in the camps.

This is coming on the heels of the suicide bombing at an IDP camp in Dikwa, Borno State, which left over 50 persons dead and nearly 100 injured.

In a statement from the office of the Vice President, the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Laolu Akande, said that the full weight of the federal government’s force would be deployed to hunt down the perpetrators of this evil act.

Commiserating with the families of the victims and the entire people and government of Borno State, the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, said that there will be no hiding place for terrorists as all efforts would be doubled to confront terrorists continuously in the protection of lives, liberty and property of all Nigerians.

He also expressed regrets that the terror attack was carried out on persons who are already victims of terrorist attacks and taking temporary refuge at a displacement camp.

Two suicide bombers had infiltrated the Dikwa camp unnoticed and detonated their explosives while breakfast was being served.

The deceased victims were mostly women and children.

Suicide Bombers Attack Funeral Gathering In Cameroon Border Town

BombSuicide bombers have attacked villages that gathered for a funeral in Cameroon’s border town, Nguetchewe.

The attack left six persons dead, while 30 others were injured.

Two suicide bombers were said to have detonated their Improvised Explosive Devices strapped to their bodies, after they joined the gathering.

Some Cameroonian officials told reporters that both bombers were females and that they struck at a funeral wake keep in the village of Nguetchewe which lies a few kilometers in a border with Nigeria.

The villagers had gathered for the funeral when the suicide bombers joined them pretending to be family members.

And when they have settled in for the ceremony, they detonated their bombs.

Several children are said to be hospitalised.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, but the Boko Haram terrorist group is suspected to have carried it out. The group has carried out similar attacks in the past mostly in Nigeria’s northeast.

The attack occurred hours after suicide bombers attacked an Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp in Dikwa, Borno State, killing at least 51 persons and injuring over 70.

After the attack, the Nigerian government ordered stiffer security measures at different IPDs camps.

51 Feared Dead In Dikwa Suicide Attack

Suicide-bomberAt least 51 people died in a suicide bomb attack in Dikwa, a local council in Borno State, villagers say.

Seventy-eight injured persons have also been evacuated to Maiduguri, the capital city for treatment.

A mass burial has already been conducted for the deceased victims, mostly women and children.

Dikwa, 80 kilometres from Maiduguri, once occupied by the Boko Haram terrorists, was declared liberated by the Nigerian Army since July last year.

“In A War Zone”

Witnesses say two suicide bombers infiltrated the camp unnoticed and detonated their explosives while breakfast was being served on Tuesday morning.

One of the survivors, Mustapha Ali, narrated the ordeal to Channels Television.

He said: “Between 6:00am to 7:00am [local time] when people were trying to line up for breakfast an explosive went off. In the ensuing confusion another blast went off again. We do not have control over our movement only the government decides where we stay but we wish they would relocate us to Maiduguri because we are in a war zone. Even though we are surrounded by soldiers”.

The Chairman of the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Ahmed Satomi, said the army had gotten hold of the third culprit who was making confessions already.

Although SEMA is silent about the actual number of deaths, villagers, who took part in the mass burial, say 51 persons were buried in Dikwa.

The Operation Lafiya Dole has declined comments on the incidence.

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

The group is attempting to establish an Islamic State in the region and end Western Education.

At least 51,000 Internally Displaced Persons are living in Dikwa.

Air Force Intercepts Boko Haram Logistics Supply

air forceThe Nigerian Air Force says it has Intercepted and destroyed two trailers suspected to be carrying logistics support to members of the Boko Haram sect.

The Nigerian Air Force in a statement by its spokesman, Air Commodore Dele Alonge, explained that Air Force Agusta helicopter on armed reconnaissance mission around the Nigeria-Cameroon border, destroyed the trailers said to have been covered and parked at different locations in the bush around the border town of Belel.

Greatly Strained Supply

The incident is part of the outcome of the recent air operation commanded by the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, to provide close air support to ground forces led by the Chief of the Army Staff, Lt. General Tukur Buratai, as they advance from Dikwa to Gamboru Ngala.

He added that one of the attack helicopters was hit during the operation, leaving one of the main rotor blades damaged, but the pilot was able to successfully fly the helicopter back to base to land.

In July, the Air Force says its patrol and surveillance activities have succeeded in blocking routes through which petroleum products and other materials are supplied to the Boko Haram sect.

Also, the Director, Public Relations and Information of the Nigerian Air Force, Dele Alonge, said patrols along the Nigeria-Cameroon borders “have greatly strained the supply efforts of the Boko Haram terrorists”.