Seven suicide bombers have been reported dead, following foiled attacks by the Police in Maiduguri, the Borno state capital, in Nigeria’s northeast.
The Borno State Police Command stated that the suicide bombers came in through the Mafa- Dikwa road, along Muna community, at about 11:00 pm on Thursday.
They were said to have arrived in a Volkswagen Golf, carrying eight of them, most of whom were female teenagers.
A statement, signed by the Head Media and Public Relations Officer of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Sani Datti, revealed that the resulting explosion razed over 14 loaded trucks, although no casualty was recorded.
The driver was said to have attempted to overrun the security post where the security personnel were stationed.
Seven members of the Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF), sustained minor injuries and were taken to the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital (UMTH).
Meanwhile, the seven corpses of the suicide bombers have been evacuated to the State Specialist Hospital by NEMA and the Borno SEMA team.
The Muna Garage axis has been notorious as the route for suicide bombers in recent times.
The 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.
The 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.
President Muhammadu Buhari says the sacrifices of fallen officers and men in the war against terrorism in Nigeria would never go in vain, and that their memories would be eternally etched in the hearts and minds of fellow citizens for whose sake they laid down their lives.
President Buhari was reacting to the death of Colonel Abu-Ali, one of Nigeria’s finest and bravest soldiers in recent history.
He said in a condolence statement issued by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, that he was rudely shocked by the news of the officer’s death along with other gallant soldiers during an encounter with the Boko Haram bandits in Borno State.
According to the President, “a courageous commander does not only give orders, but also joins his men to fight the battle, no matter the risks or the obvious danger”.
He explained that the late Colonel Abu Ali “was an extraordinary officer who inspired respect and adoration among those he commanded”, adding that “one of the greatest attributes of a war hero is the ability to help your troops overcome fear in the face of danger”.
President Buhari said that the late Lt-Colonel Ali and his other fallen colleagues had brought glory to the Army and the country for laying down their lives for the sake of others.
In his passionate condolence to the families of the victims and the Nigerian Army, the President also noted that their heroic sacrifices were “so immeasurable that no words can do justice to their patriotism and remarkable courage”.
President Buhari, who personally called Ali’s father, Brigadier-Gen. Abu Ali (Rtd) to console the family, reassured them that the death of Ali and others in battle would never go in vain. “He was a gallant soldier, never to be forgotten. He has brought a good name to the family,” said the President.
He then called on members of the armed forces not to let the tragic incident to dampen their morale and spirit, adding that under no circumstances should the Boko Haram terrorists be allowed to destroy the will of our troops.
He said “evil should not be given any chance to defeat good and humanity”, and that “members of our armed forces should remain formidably united in the war against terrorism”.
Meanwhile, the President has appointed a high powered delegation to be led by the Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari, that includes the Minister of Federal Capital Territory, Mohammed Bello and the Minister of State Solid Minerals Development, Baba Buhari to represent him at the funeral of Colonel Abu Ali and others on Monday November 7, 2016.
Suspected Boko Haram terrorists have attacked a 119 Battalion Nigerian Army location at Mallam Fatori, northern Borno state.
According to the Acting Director Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Usman, the troops repelled the attack and killed 14 Boko Haram terrorists.
However, five soldiers were killed in the attack while other soldiers sustained various degrees of injuries during the encounter.
One of those killed in action, according to Colonel Usman, was the Commanding Officer of 272 Task Force Tank Battalion, Lieutenant Colonel Muhammad Abu Ali.
The Army spokesman said that because of Colonel Ali’s exceptional bravery and gallantry, he was recently given an accelerated promotion from the rank of Major to Lieutenant Colonel and was decorated by the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General TY Buratai at Gamboru Ngala on September 9, 2015 during an operational visit.
The Chief of Army staff, Lieutenant Gen TY Buratai, has honoured two Nigerian soldiers on the front line for Gallantry during the liberation of Nigerian towns captured by Boko Haram insurgents.
The soldiers who have been on the forefront of offensive operations where Nigerian territories were recaptured, were recognized during a camp fire ceremony in recently liberated Gamboru Ngala of Borno state.
The Chief of Army Staff led the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) and other top commanders in mop-up operations and patrol in the area.
Nigerian troops on the front line are in high spirits since the recapture of economic strategic Gamboru Ngala, which has been under the total control of insurgents since February this year.
The Chief of Army Staff had the Nigerian flag hoisted in Fotocol, a Cameroon village bordering Nigeria from Gamboru Ngala.
He told highly motivated troops that territorial borders must henceforth be defended.
Nigerians dislodged from Gamboru Ngala, as their Cameroonian hosts are proud of the Nigerian Army and excited about the turn of events.
Component bodies of the MNJTF, consisting of the Air Liaison Officer of the Republic of Chad and Representative of the Cameroonian Army, brainstormed and interacted with troops through the night on the way forward.
General Olonisakin commended the field commanders and the troops in the north-east for maintaining the momentum in their efforts to rout out terrorists from the region.
He gave the commendation while holding a brief with the Principal Staff Officers and senior officers of the Defence Headquarters.
Counter-terrorism operations have been on in the north-east for more than five years to rout out the insurgents that have carried out series of attacks on communities, schools, places of worship and other public places.
The terrorists are trying to establish an Islamic State and end western education in the region.
President Muhammadu Buhari had given the military a three-month ultimatum to end the acts of terrorism in the north-east.
The 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.
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”.
Islamist militant group Boko Haram has killed at least 10 people in a town in northeast Nigeria, two security sources told Reuters on Thursday.
The sources said Boko Haram attacked a settlement on the way into the centre of Gamboru, on the border with Cameroon, on Wednesday afternoon. The nearby village of Ngala was also attacked.
Gambaru, near Lake Chad, had been captured from the militants by Chadian troops last month. On Tuesday the Nigerian army said it had repelled Boko Haram from all but three districts of the northeast, less than two weeks before a presidential election.
Boko Haram has killed thousands of people in a six-year insurgency to carve out an Islamic state in northeastern Nigeria. The group, which until the start of this year controlled territory the size of Belgium, has been squeezed back in the run-up to the March 28 poll, in which President Goodluck Jonathan will seek re-election.
Olu Adejuwon, staying in the Cameroonian town of Fotokol which is separated from Gambaru by a river, said he had heard gunshots on Wednesday afternoon that continued for a long time. “There was a gun battle with some Cameroon soldiers,” he said.
Chadian troops, who had pushed as far as Dikwa in Nigeria’s northeast Borno state, pulled back last week into Fotokol.
Nigeria, Chad, Cameroon and Niger are in the process of planning and seeking United Nations backing for a joint 10,000-strong force to defeat the insurgents, though coordination has been disjointed and plagued by mistrust and rivalry.