Army Arrests Three Suspected Chadian Boko Haram Terrorists

Army Arrests Three Suspected Chadian Boko Haram TerroristsThe Nigerian Army says it has arrested three suspected Chadian Boko Haram terrorists in Gombe State, northeast Nigeria.

According to a statement by the Army spokesman, Brigadier General Sani Usman, the arrest was carried out in conjunction with the Department of State Services (DSS), after a painstaking effort of tracking the suspects.

The suspects, Bilal Muhammed Umar, Bashir Muhammed and Muhammed Maigari Abubakar, were arrested at Arawa and Mallam Inna areas of Gombe metropolis.

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They were reported to be members of Albarnawi faction of the Boko Haram that operates in Chad and mostly northern part of Borno State.

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During the operation, Bilal Muhammed Umar attempted to escape and was shot on the leg, apprehended afterwards and presently receiving medical treatment.

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Bilal Muhammed Umar

The suspects, who were also arrested with Improvised Explosive Device (IED), are currently in custody undergoing preliminary investigation.

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Explosions Hit Motor Park In Gombe

Bomb-blastPolice in Gombe State, north-east Nigeria, have confirmed the multiple bomb explosions at a Motor Park on Wednesday.

In an interview with Channels Television, the spokesman for Gombe State Police Command, Mr Fwaje Atajiri, confirmed the death of several people in a bomb explosion at the Dadin Kowa Motor Park in Gombe metropolis.

However, he did not specify the number of casualties.

Another explosion was also reported to have occurred some hours after the first explosion at the crowded Motor Park.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack that bore the semblance of past attacks carried out by the Boko Haram terrorist group.

In an attack last week, the Boko Haram sect killed no fewer than 50 people in a twin blast at the rowdy central market of Gombe State.

Confirming the incident, the State Commissioner of Police, Mr Kudu Nma, asserted that the bomb exploded at the central market around the Sabon Layi axis, where they sell slippers and assorted wears.

Gombe Relaxes Curfew Imposed On Metropolis

NIGERIA-UNRESTGombe State government in north-east Nigeria has relaxed the 24-hour curfew earlier imposed on Gombe on Saturday.

The imposition of the 24 hours curfew in Gombe metropolis was sequel to a fierce battle between security forces and the dreaded Boko Haram insurgents in the early hours of Saturday, February 14.

A statement by the Secretary to the State Government, Abubakar Sule Bage, said the curfew will now be observed from 8:00pm till 6:00am in the morning daily.

The statement urges people of the state to adhere strictly to the new development and to be law abiding in the pursuit of their day to day legitimate business.

“Anyone that violates the order will be dealt with and the people are advised to give maximum cooperation to security agents, to restore peace to our dear state,” the statement read.

The Saturday attack was the first on Gombe metropolis since the commencement of the Boko Haram insurgency.

Boko Haram militants had over the years, been carrying out relentless attack on innocent civilians and security forces in the troubled north-east region of Nigeria, resulting in the postponement of the general elections by six weeks.

During the Saturday onslaughts, residents told Channels Television that the terrorists group circulated written document, warning people of the state not to come out for the elections that will hold on March 28 and April 11.

Gombe State is one of the troubled north east states of Nigeria with prevailing cases of Boko Haram insurgency with ceaseless cases of attack around the northern and eastern parts of the state bordering Yobe and Borno States respectively.

In  the Saturday statement the government of the state assured residents of the state of its commitment to protecting their lives and property.

Gombe State Declares Curfew After Boko Haram Attack

Abubakar ShekauThe Gombe State Government has imposed a 24-hour curfew in Gombe metropolis area of the state after a fierce attack by member of the Boko Haram in the early hours of Saturday.

The imposition of the curfew was announced by the Secretary to the State  Government, Abubakar Sule Bage, during a press briefing.

Gombe, the state capital, today experienced the first broad daylight attack carried out by suspected Boko Haram militants, who have been launching series of attack on innocent civilians and security forces in the troubled north-east geopolitical region of Nigeria.

Residents told Channels Television that the insurgents have carried out an early morning attack on Hina and Dadin-Kowa communities of Yamaltu-Deba Local Government Area of the state, before extending the attack to Gombe metropolis.

Witnesses also said the quarter guard of the military barracks located in the heart of the town was attacked and burnt by the insurgents after which the attack was repelled by security forces.

It was also revealed to Channels Television that the terrorists group circulated a letter, warning people of the state not to come out for the 2015 general elections.

It was also gathered that an air force fighter jet that was deployed to the troubled area assisted in repelling the attack.

Dadin-Kowa residents also said the insurgents who are within town are chanting war songs and warning residents not to come out for the proposed elections.

The spokesman for the Police in Gombe State, Mr Fwaji Atajiri, confirmed the attack.

He told  Channels Television that the security forces were working towards restoring peace in the troubled Gombe metropolis and environs.

Gombe state is one of the troubled north-east states of Nigeria, with prevailing cases of Boko Haram insurgency with ceaseless cases of attacks around the northern and eastern parts of the state bordering Yobe and Borno States respectively.

Earlier Reports

In earlier reports, Reuters quoted a witness, Abdul Hassan, as saying that soldiers ran away after the checkpoint was overwhelmed. The militants then burned down a police station on the outskirts of town, he said.

“I crossed a river and ran into the hills,” he said. “I’m still there and I can hear the fighting.”

Other residents have been forced to stay indoors, with another witness, Hussaina Maji, saying she was unable to leave her house for fear of being caught in crossfire.

“There are gun shot sounds everywhere and heavy artillery fire. People are running down the streets from the area which under attack, The whole town is in a state of panic,” resident Godfret Obeate told Reuters by telephone.

Security authorities have not confirmed the attack and the number of casualties is unknown.

The Boko Haram sect has continued to attack communities in the north-east region of Nigeria, as it pushes for an Islamic state, posing a grave security threat to Africa’s biggest economy and top oil producer.

Thousands have been killed while hundreds have been kidnapped, with the group increasing its threats in neighbouring Cameroon, Chad and Niger.

The countries have formed a Multinational Joint Force to battle the insurgents.

Could Not Guarantee Voters’ Safety

Nigeria’s general elections was last week postponed, with the electoral body citing security operative’s advice and request for a shift to enable them secure towns in the north-east before the elections.

The military had told the Independent National electoral Commission that it could not guarantee the safety of lives and property in the region during elections, demanding for six weeks to degrade the activities of the terrorist group.

On Thursday, the West African Allied Forces led by the Nigerian military, supported by Chad, Niger and Cameroon, stormed the Sambisa Forest in Borno State, killing a good number of insurgents.

A top military source told Channels Television that the air forces bombarded the insurgents, before ground forces moved in and incapacitated the insurgents.

Already the insurgents have been pushed out of Gamboru which lies on the Nigerian border with Cameroon.

Boko Haram attacked a village in Chad on Friday, the first known lethal attack in that country by the sect, which killed several people including a local chief according to residents and security forces.