Police Parade Suspected Killer Herdsmen, Others In Benue

Police, Kidnap Suspect, Turkish School,Four herdsmen suspected to have been involved in killing of farmers and destruction of villages in Tarka Local Government Area (LGA) have been paraded by the Police in Benue state.

The Police also paraded 14 alleged cattle rustlers, alongside some cattle said to have been stolen by them.

The Commissioner of Police, Mr Bashir Makama, who paraded the suspects, confirmed the killing of two farmers in Kwande LGA by suspected herdsmen.

“Some of them are those that have rustled cows and you can see the cows there, some of them are those that were arrested at the scenes of herdsmen and farmers clashes.

“We heard there was a reprisal attack in that particular community which led to the killing of two persons, and the people (attackers) have already been identified; detectives are already out there looking for them.

“Jungle justice is not allowed, if anybody has rustled their cows, they have reasons to report and if they report, it will be treated. But for them to take the laws into their hands is not acceptable,” Mr Makama said.

He said some of the rustled cows recovered from the suspects by the Police have been return to their owners.

In another development, the Benue State Security Council, during an operation alongside the Inspector General of Police Crack Team, also recovered large cache of arms from a bunker allegedly located in the stronghold of wanted suspect, Terwase Akwaza, alias Ghana.

Items recovered include a General Purpose Machine gun, grenades, assorted riffles and live ammunition among others.

The IGP’s investigation team, led by a Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Bello, has been in Zaki Biam and Katsina Ala for over two weeks, in a bid to track down the wanted suspect.

Speaking to reporters, Governor Samuel Ortom accused Ghana of hiding behind his amnesty programme to perpetrate crime in Benue state.

“You can now confirm when I said Ghana was using the amnesty to shield himself and perpetrate criminality, but this is just one armoury. We understand from information available to us that there are many more elsewhere and you can imagine the terror they did in Zaki Biam.

“I want to assure the people of Benue state that as we work together with them, and with the team I have here today, the security men that are supporting us in this state, and the directive of the President who is very passionate about the security situation in the state, we are going to overcome this,” he said.

Also speaking, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Security Matters, Coloniel Edwin Jando (rtd), highlighted the details of the operations.

“These weapons were in a bunker and someone gave the Police information and they used their instruments to discover them under the ground, the bunker was broken and taken out.

“There are so many of those bunkers out there in Gbishe, and some arrests have been made with some of those arrested taken to Abuja for further investigations,” he said.

Troops Repel Boko Haram Attack, Kill 16 In Borno

Army Troops, Boko Haram, BornoNigerian Army troops have repelled an attack on their positions by remnants of Boko Haram terrorists at Rann in Kala Balge Local Government Area (LGA) of Borno State.

In a statement, the acting Director of Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Usman, said a total of 16 terrorists were killed in the initial assault and during mop-up operations.

Two soldiers died after a suicide bomber detonated his explosives near a gun truck, and five others were wounded in action.

The statement added that two of the terrorists were captured alive, while the troops recovered a General Purpose Machine-Gun, Rocket Propelled Grenade and various ammunitions.

According to Colonel Usman, the attackers had stormed the area on motorcycles armed with Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), anti-aircraft guns and other weapons.

The bodies of the dead soldiers and those wounded in action have been evacuated to Maiduguri, while reinforcements have been sent in from Gomboru Ngala.

In a related development, troops also discovered and safely detonated two IEDs planted along Gomboru – Rann road.

The statement noted that the IEDs were planted earlier to prevent troops reinforcements getting to Rann while the attack lasted.

The Commanding Officer of Three Battalion has visited the troops and held a durbar with them.

He commended them for their doggedness during attack and also urged them not to lower their guards.

Despite the incident, the troops’ morale remains very high and they have continued with their clearance operations.

Clearance Operations Against Boko Haram Terrorists Heat Up

Troops-clear-Boko-HaramThe clearance operations of the remnants of Boko Haram terrorists is gaining momentum in the various axis of the theatre especially in Seven Division area of responsibility, the military said on Saturday.

A spokesman for the Army, Colonel Sani Usman, said within the last 48 hours, the troops were able to clear Boko Haram camps, killed several of the terrorists, recovered vehicles, weapons, equipment and also rescued some persons.

The troops of 151 Task Force Battalion cleared terrorists hideouts in Izza and eight surrounding other villages while troops of 121 Task Force Battalion deployed at Pulka came under attack from suspected Boko Haram terrorists fanning out of Sambisa forest to escape sustained aerial bombardment by the Nigerian Air Force pilots.

The troops successfully repelled the attack, killing 17 suspected Boko Haram terrorists.

They also recovered 12 AK-47 rifles, six AK-47 rifle magazines, one General Purpose Machine Gun, one Browning Machine Gun, one Toyota Hilux vehicle, a 60mm mortar tube, six pieces of 60mm mortar bombs, one belt of 12.5mm ammunition and nine belts of 12.7mm (NATO) ammunition.

Others were three hand grenades and seven boxes of .50mm ammunition.

Troops of 114 Task Force Battalion while on patrol along Bitta-Pridang-Manawashe axis rescued 95 persons suspected to have escaped from Madube and Shuwari general area.

The rescued persons are being screened and profiled.

Also, troops of 115 Task Force Battalion accompanied by some members of the vigilante group in their area also conducted patrol to Dogwaba, Dutse, Mayolarde, Musa A, B and C villages without any contact with terrorists. They have, however, continued to dominate the area and make it secure.

Colonel Usman also said that troops of 117 Task Force Battalion also conducted another patrol around Mildo, Vapura, Mildo, Shelmi, Gubla, Dar and Hyambula settlements in

In the process, 27 persons, who escaped from Mayo Ali village, were also rescued. One of the female rescued persons gave birth to a baby boy few minutes after the rescue.

Both mother and child are being cared for at the unit’s Regimental Aid Post and are doing fine.

On their part, Seven Division Garrison in conjunction with Civilian Joint Task Force, arrested one Mallam Ashiru Zarami at Mainok, a suspected Boko Haram terrorists logistic officer at Mainok with food items.

The suspect has been handed over to the Joint Intelligence Processing Centre.

In a related development, another suspected Boko Haram terrorist, Mallam Abubakar Kime voluntarily handed over himself to troops and Civilian JTF at Benisheikh, Borno State. On interrogation, he claimed to have escaped from Kalmari village close to Alagarno forest.

The troops of 81 Battalion also laid an ambush for Boko Haram terrorists at their crossing point from Sambisa forest near Komala and Musafanari villages.

Sensing danger, the approaching terrorists disembarked, abandoned their vehicles and fled into the bush leading back to Sambisa forest shortly before approaching the killing zone.

Nevertheless, the troops opened fire and wounded several of the terrorists.

The troops recovered the abandoned Toyota pickup vehicle and 28 Bags of groundnuts.

The Seven Division Strike Group also encountered an ambush by suspected Boko Haram terrorists on their way to Banki.

Colonel Usman said they successfully fought it out, killed four terrorists and recovered AK-47 rifles, two mobile telephone handsets and a Shilka shell loaded with explosives.

5 Boko Haram Members Arrested In Kaduna

Five suspected members of the Boko Haram sect have been arrested by the Joint Security Forces in Kaduna State.

A top security operative who confirmed the arrest in Kaduna on Thursday, said that the arrest was made in the early hours of Wednesday, February 20, by the Department of State Services (DSS) in collaboration with the Nigerian Army and the Nigerian Police Force in an operation launched to thwart a planned attack on a Police Station at Kwanan Dangora in the State.

The top security source gave the names of the arrested members of the sects as  28-year-old king pin, Bashir Ali, Abdullahi Adam 21, Adamu Abdullahi 29, Abubakar Abdullahi 32 and Mohammed Umar, 32.

The security operatives also recovered seven primed Improvised Explosives Devices, one General Purpose Machine Gun, three AK 47 Riffles, five fully charged magazines, 66 rounds of 7.62mm live ammunitions and a Jerry Can of petrol among other things.


JTF recovers machine gun and other ammunition in Maiduguri

The Joint Task Force (JTF) in Maiduguri, the Borno state capital has recovered a cache of arms and ammunition including a  General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG), in an undisclosed location of the metropolis.

The discovery was made following intelligence obtained by the security task force, which led to a raid on a ward where the arms and ammunition were hidden in one of the houses.

The recovered arms and ammunition, include four AK-47 rifles, a General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG), nine Rapid Propelled Guns (RPG), 11 chargers, three AK 47 magazines, three wooden butts, and 1, 032 rounds of ammunition.

Displaying the arms and ammunition on Friday at the JTF headquarters in Maiduguri, the field operation officer, Colonel Victor Ebhableme said “the recoveries of these arms and ammunition, as well as the ones made at Daba Masara, a border town of Chad last week, were made as a result of JTF’s proactive measures in one of the wards in Maiduguri.”

The Colonel noted that security agencies working in the state  has won the hearts and minds of the people of Maiduguri as the Joint Task Force (JTF) is embarking on the humanitarian operations, along with the police, State Security Services (SSS) and Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) in recovering these arms and ammunition.

He further disclosed that the JTF and other security agencies operating in the state are educating the residents not to harbour the terrorists along with their arms and ammunition that has destroyed many lives and properties.

Colonel Ebhaleme also appealed to the people to accord the security operatives the needed cooperatıon.

He advised them to report any suspected hideouts of terrorists and their arms to the JTF.

In a related development, the field officer also revealed that two men, suspected to have been sendıng threat text messages to extort money from people ın Maiduguri were also arrested.

He urged the resident to report any case of such text message to the JTF for prompt actıon.