Troops Clear Boko Haram Hideouts In Yobe

Troops, Boko Haram, YobeThe Nigerian Army has carried out a clearance operation on remnants of Boko Haram terrorists in Yobe State, Northeast Nigeria.

A statement by the Army spokesman, Colonel Sani Usman, disclosed that the feat was made by troops of Operation Lafiya Dole in the early hours of Wednesday.

The operation followed activities of the terrorists around Jororo and Tombaeji villages in Geidam Local Government Area of Yobe State.

The fighting patrol team came into contact with some Boko Haram terrorists around Gajire village, during which there was a firefight that lasted for about 15 minutes.

“The gallant troops overpowered the terrorists and killed four of them and captured one alive.

“The victorious troops also recovered two General Purpose Machine Guns (GMPG), two AK-47 Rifles and 144 rounds of 7.62mm (Special) ammunition from the terrorists.

“In addition, they also recovered two KASEA branded motorcycles,” the statement said.

Colonel Usman noted that the troops have continued to patrol the general area in search of possible remnants of the Boko Haram terrorists that might be hibernating in the area.

“The ever vigilant troops of Operation Lafiya Dole have continued their routine operations maintaining vigilance, to prevent further actions by the Boko Haram terrorists in their respective areas of operations,” he said.

Not less than 30 terrorists had been reportedly killed in a clash with troops in a village near Lake Chad and the Nigerian border.

The incident, which was said to have occurred on Monday also resulted in the death of five soldiers from the Republic of Niger.

The fighting reportedly started after the Army fell into an ambush, leaving six soldiers injured, and two of the militants captured.

Misunderstanding Results In Gunfire Exchange Between Police And Army In Yobe

Niger, State of Emergency, Boko HaramThe Nigerian Army and Nigeria Police were on Wednesday engaged in a gun battle in Geidam Local Government Area of Yobe State.

Residents of Geidam town told Channels Television on phone that “sporadic and prolonged gun duel between the two Nigeria forces has caused “pandemonium” in the town.

Witnesses said the two forces engaged themselves in a serious gun battle as sounds of both small and heavy weapons are being heard across town with much concentration around the Mai Idris Aloma Polytechnic laying in between the military base and the Geidam Police station.

The spokesman of the 27th Task Force Brigade in Yobe State, Lt. George Okupe and the Police Public Relations Officer ASP Samaila Solomon, who both confirmed the clash said it occurred as a result of little misunderstanding between both parties.

The officers who could not give further details on the misunderstanding said the situation is currently under control.

On the level of casualties and destruction as a result of the gun duel, they said it’s too early to assess the extent of damage but details will be given as they unfold.

This clash between security forces is the first since the commencement of the Boko Haram insurgency in Yobe State.

Geidam is 184 KMs away from Damaturu, the Yobe State capital and shares common border with Yunusari Local Government Area bordering the Niger Republic.

16 Boko Haram Suspects, Stimulant Suppliers Arrested In Yobe

soldiers and officers arrest Boko Haram SuspectsAt least 16 Boko Haram suspects, their collaborators and stimulant suppliers have been arrested by the 27th Military Task Force Brigade in Damaturu, the capital of Yobe state in north-east Nigeria. 

Parading the suspects at the military base in Damaturu on Wednesday, the Acting Commander of the Task Force, Colonel Dahiru Bako, said the suspects were arrested at different locations across the state.

The Acting Commander said some of the Boko Haram suspects were arrested shortly after carrying out an operation at the outskirt of Damaturu, killing two villagers while others that were nabbed are suspected to be collaborators and informants of the insurgents.

The suspected collaborators, according to him, were involved in supply of logistics such as; foodstuff, fuel and cigarettes among other intoxicants.

Items recovered from the suspects and their collaborators include; 16 jerry can, containing 25 litres of Premium Motor Spirit [Petrol], 8 jerry can of cooking oil and two bags of cannabis among large quantity of assorted drugs.

Other items are 10 bags of Rice, two Bags of sugar, 12 bags of millet, six bags of potash and 12 bags of fertiliser believed to be used in the production of Improvised Explosive Devices.

While reiterating the military and other security agents’ resolve to tackle the activities of the insurgents, Colonel Bako called for the support of well-meaning people of the state and beyond towards ending the crisis.

Security forces have of recent been carrying out severe aerial and land assaults on the insurgents’ hideouts across the north-east region, in an effort to end the insurgency before the end of 2015, in line with President Muhammadu Buhari’s ultimatum.

The activities of the terrorists have crippled various socio-economic activities in the north-east region and have left over 1.5 million persons displaced, according to United Nations High Commission For Refugees.

Recent breakthroughs that have been recorded by the troops in various operations have brought relative peace in some states in the region, reducing the spate of attacks by the terrorist group.

9 Killed As Suspected Islamists Strike In Yobe

Nine persons have been confirmed dead in a renewed clash between security forces and suspected extremist group, Boko Haram in Babbangida town of Yobe state.

Babbangida is the capital of Tarmuwa Local Government Area and is 50 kilometres north of Damaturu the state capital.

Witnesses said the gunmen stormed the Divisional Police Station of the area at the early hours of Thursday and opened fire at the policemen on duty in an encounter that lasted for almost an hour.

The State Commissioner of Police, Sanusi Rufai, who confirmed the incident to Channels Television in Damaturu, said the suspected Islamic terrorists attacked the Divisional Police Station around 1:00am in a shoot out that lasted for an hour.

Though the police repelled the attack, Mr Rufai confirmed that the commands lost four of its personnel in the encounter while two sustained injuries and are receiving treatment in an undisclosed hospital.

He said the police however killed five of the insurgents and injured many but the hoodlums who were in high number went away with their casualties as the authentic number could not be ascertained.

He recalled that this week has being a challenging one for security men in the state; they will not rest on their oars in the search for a sustained peace in the state.

“We will continue to discharge our responsibility as security men by ensuring that law abiding citizen have a condusive atmosphere to go on with their legitimate business.”

The commissioner called for support from the public towards lasting peace in the state.

The attack is coming four days after the insurgents had attacked men of the military Joint Task Force (JTF) in Tumbulgi Village of Geidam local Government Area of the state.

It would also be recalled that the insurgents had in December 2001 attacked Babbangida town setting the local Government Secretariat and the Divisional Police Station ablaze.

JTF Kills 4 Suspected Boko Haram Members In Yobe

Four suspected members of the dreaded Boko Haram Insurgents have been killed in a renewed clashed with the Joint Task Force (JTF) in Geidam Local Government Area of Yobe state North-east Nigeria.

Geidam is 180 kilometres north of Damaturu the state capital and is sharing a border with Meine-Soroa town of Niger Republic.

A statement made available to newsmen by the spokesman of the JTF in Yobe state, Lieutenant Eli Lazarus said the incident occurred around 5pm on Tuesday when the gunmen attacked a JTF location in Geidam town.

Though the attack was repelled by the JTF, the statement said four of the gunmen lost their lives in the gun duel.

The statement also revealed that three AK47 rifles, five rifle magazines and 72 rounds of 7.62 mm ammunitions were recovered from the insurgents.

JTF in the statement assured all law abiding and peace loving people of the state of its unflinching commitment to the full restoration of peace and security and the maintenance of law and order in the state.

The latest attack is coming two days after hoodlums attacked the Bara Divisional police station in Gulani local government area killing one police corporal and destroying two telecom masts in the area.

The attack has paralysed communication within Gulani and part of Gombe state who hitherto rely on the Bara telecom masts.