Ndume Demands Action As Boko Haram Terrorists Ambush Travellers In Borno

 

The Senator representing Southern Borno at the National Assembly, Ali Ndume, has lamented over continued attacks by Boko Haram insurgents in the state.

Ndume told journalists on Thursday that the spate of attacks carried out by the terrorists in the last two months is worrisome.

The latest attack in the state according to humanitarian workers, was an ambush of a passenger bus along Gwoza-Pulka road, Warabe village on Tuesday.

At least seven women were reportedly abducted in the attack, while some of the male passengers who fled into the bush are yet to be seen.

Senator Ali Ndume who is a native of Gwoza confirmed that attack, he added that he received distress calls from relatives of some of the victims.

He urged the Federal Government to intervene and find a lasting solution to the renewed attacks in the state.

“It is worrisome. There was attack in Gwoza, there was a suicide attack bombing, all these within a gap of two months. As a representative of the people, I am worried.

“I hope that the security agencies and the people responsible are equally worried and trying to do something. I appreciate the fact that changes were made last time in response to such attacks but that is not enough. The government must do more to bring an end to this issue of insurgency,” he said.

The lawmaker noted that he agrees that insurgents have been defeated but some black spots  – the Sambisa axis, Lake Chad area, the Mandara Mountains – must be paid prompt and adequate attention to.

Borno Govt. Enrolls 250 Displaced Students For 2017 WAEC Exams

Borno Govt. Enroll 250 Displaced Students For 2017 WAEC ExamsThe Borno State Government, has enrolled 250 internally displaced boys and girls to sit for the 2017 West African Examination Council’s (WAEC), graduation exams for secondary school students.

94 girls and 156 boys from different Local Governments in the state whose schools and communities were attacked ‎by Boko Haram, resulting in their displacement are the beneficiaries of the government’s benefits.

It was the first time Internally Displaced Persons (IDP’S) are writing the WAEC since they were forced out of their homes by Boko Haram insurgents at different times in 2014.

The students are mostly from Kukawa, Gwoza, Ngala, Bama, Monguno, Guzamala and Nganzai Local Government Areas.

The students wrote practicals on Wednesday at three WAEC centres; Government College, Government Girls College and ‎Mustapha Umar Elkanemi Arabic Teachers College all in Maiduguri.

The 250 IDPs were those who passed a special mock exam conducted for about 1,000 IDPs who were in final year at secondary schools before they were displaced.

The mock exams were meant to evaluate the IDPs that were able to catch up after undergoing classes and comprehensive tutorials organized for them in camps on the orders of the state governor, Kashim Shettima.

“Governor Kashim Shettima released funds to the Borno State Emergency Management Agency which was used to pay the WAEC fees of all the students.

“Mock exam was organized for over 1,000 IDPs but out of them, 250 did well and were believed to be emotionally and academically set for the 2017 WAEC”, the Government House statement said.

Governor Shettima had authorized the purchase of Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) forms for the 250 students while some of the 1,000 IDPs who showed some good signs after the mock exams will receive further coaching.

“They will undergo more tutorials to prepare them for the next WAEC examinations in their communities, since the government doesn’t hope that they remain IDP’S by 2018”, the statement concluded.

Boko Haram Terrorists Attack Air Force Helicopter In Gwoza

Boko Haram Terrorists Attack Nigerian Air Force Helicopter In GwozaThe Nigerian Air Force says its helicopter conveying personnel on medical outreach programme at Gwoza on Wednesday came under attack by members of the Boko Haram Terrorist (BHT) group.

A statement issued by the Force’s Director of Public Relations and Information, Group Captain Ayodele Famuyiwa, said the Mi-17 helicopter was shot at severally by the insurgents.

However, there was no casualty recorded except for an airman who sustained bullet wound.

The statement revealed that the helicopter had departed from Maiduguri en-route the venue of the 2-day medical outreach programme in Gwoza when it came under attack by the insurgents.

Nevertheless, the pilot was able to fly the helicopter safely to and from its destination, in order to enable the outreach programme continue uninterrupted.

“Following the attack, the NAF immediately scrambled a fighter aircraft and helicopter gunship to the location between Bama and Gwoza to neutralise the threat.

“Intelligent report by ground troops confirmed scores of BHTs were killed, signifying that the air attack on the threat location was successful.

“Recall that the NAF has been conducting medical outreach in the northeast as part of its humanitarian support to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).

“The latest of this effort was in Gwoza. This follows a similar effort undertaken recently for IDPs in Lagos area,” the statement read.

Ndume Advocates Improved Allocation For Northeast Intervention

Ali Ndume, Northeast Intervention, Budget AllocationThe Senate Committee Chairman on Finance, Ali Ndume, says the Federal Government’s 45 billion naira allocation in the 2017 budget for intervention in Nigeria’s Northeast is not adequate.

Senator Ndume, a member of the Presidential Committee on Northeast Initiative (PCNI), made the observation after the PCNI visited the Borno State Deputy Governor, Usman Durkwa.

The group’s visit was to declare its donation of food items which were offloaded at the warehouse of the National Emergency Management Agency in Maiduguri.

“I want to use this opportunity to thank the international community; and I have said this even on the floor of the National Assembly that the contribution of the international community and its commitment to the humanitarian crisis we have in the northeast is more than that of the government.

“We are now calling on the government using this medium to at least take the lead or match what the international communities do,” Ndume said.

The senator noted further that foreign aid and commitment to the plight of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) have continued to dwarf government’s effort over the years.

“So far the humanitarian response plan under what we call UNOCHA is budgeting $1.05 billion for 2017 (and) if you turn that into Naira, it translates into over 300 billion Naira.

“As at December last year, $449 million was donated by the international community; that also represents about 130 billion Naira.

“Unfortunately last year, the Nigerian Government budgeted only 12 billion Naira. In this year’s budget, it budgeted only 45 billion Naira (and) that also is grossly inadequate.

“So we ask the Borno State government to join us and other members of the National Assembly that are crying out to the government and to the leadership of the National Assembly to increase the budget for the intervention in the northeast from a paltry 45 billion Naira to at least 108; that is our call.” Senator Ndume stated.

Mr Durkwa, on his part, thanked the PCNI for the food donations which he said would go a long way in complementing the feeding of the IDPs.

He, however, urged donors to consider providing building materials in subsequent interventions to speed up the resettling process of the displaced persons.

“We say we are grateful and we ask for more. Now that we are in the post-insurgency stage, it’s time to now carry out constructions and resettle our people back to their base.

“That means we expect more apart from the food security. We are still asking for building materials to complement the effort of the state government,” the deputy governor stated.

The Borno State government is presently carrying out rebuilding of homes destroyed by the Boko Haram terrorists in Bama, Gwoza, Konduga and Kaga local government area of the state.

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.

Army Offers 500,000 Naira For Information On Suicide Bombers

Nigeria, Army, Suicide BombersThe Nigerian Army has promised to reward anyone with useful information on suicide bombers, particularly in northeast Nigeria.

The Army says that the offer is to further encourage law abiding citizens to actively join the war against terrorist.

A statement by the force’s spokesman, Brigadier General Sani Usman, noted that the spate of suicide bombings in the northeast, particularly in Maiduguri and Madagali metropolis were assuming disturbing proportion.

To this end, the Army said it would offer 500,000 Naira for any information that leads to the arrest of a suicide bomber, the guide to the suicide bomber, or discovery of the transit house or factory of the suicide bombers.

Be More Vigilant

“We would like to reassure that all information received would be treated with utmost confidentiality and acted upon with despatch.

“While we appreciate the cooperation of the members of the general public so far, there is the need to be more vigilant and security conscious to save lives and apprehend Boko Haram terrorists and their sponsors.

Villagers "Catch" Suicide Bomber Near UNIMAID
The military has continued operations to push terrorists out of the region, but the dissidents have resorted to suicide bombing, with focus on soft targets

“Once again we call on all law abiding citizens to provide useful information to security agencies towards a quicker apprehension of remnants of terrorists still bent on unleashing mayhem on Nigerians,” the statement read.

According to the Army, “The following numbers are available for immediate response:

1. Theatre Commander, Operations LAFIYA DOLE, Maiduguri- 09064823221.

2. General Officer Commanding 7 Division Maiduguri- 09078599985.

3. Commander, 7 Division Garrison Maiduguri- 08022375305.

4. Commander, 28 Brigade, Mubi- 08065504576.

5. Commander, 26 Brigade, Gwoza- +234 809 721 1700 (WhatsApp)

6. Director, Army Public Relations, Abuja- 07080217992.

7. Commander, 7 Division Military Intelligence Brigade Maiduguri-09021668444.”

Five Soldiers, Three Others Killed As Terrorists Ambush Troops

Military, Troops, Boko Haram, YobeFive soldiers, three vigilantes and one Civilian JTF member have been killed in an ambush on troops in Ugundiri village, Damboa Local Government Area, Borno State.

The Operation Lafiya Dole troops, who were carrying out clearance operations on suspected Boko Haram terrorists’ hideouts in Talala and Ajigin, southern part of the state were ambushed while returning to base after clearance operations on Saturday.

The attack also left 19 soldiers and one Civilian JTF member with various degrees of injuries.

According to Army spokesman, Colonel Sani Usman, the bodies of the dead soldiers and civilians have been evacuated to Maiduguri while the injured are receiving appropriate medical care and are in stable condition.

He stated further that the troops were able to destroy the terrorists’ gun truck and recovered two anti-aircraft guns, two spare gun barrels, one general purpose machine gun, one rocket propelled grenade, one AK-47 rifle and 320 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition.

Troops have also been mobilized into blocking positions to further neutralize fleeing Boko Haram terrorists.

He added that another set of troops had earlier cleared Zira, Abulam, Dusula, and Buk villages before returning to base in Bulabulin.

“In a related development, based on information received about gathering of some suspected Boko Haram terrorists around Bori village, which is 16 kilometres away from Mainok, outskirts of Maiduguri, troops swung into action and neutralized them.

“The troops recovered three motorcycles, one hand grenade, one round of 7.62mm ammunition, solar panel, a pair of Niger Republic military camouflage uniform, one mobile telephone handset, one wet cell battery and half bag of groundnut,” he said.

Troops Intercept Suspected Boko Haram Drugs, Logistics Suppliers In Borno

suspeceted-boko-haram-drug-supplierTroops of Operation Lafiya Dole on patrol from Bama to Pulka, intercepted suspected Boko Haram terrorists’ drugs and other logistics suppliers in Bama Local Government Area of Borno State.

The suppliers were arrested at a suspected Boko Haram terrorists crossing point within Firgi and Zawan axis while trying to cross into Sambisa forest on Sunday.

A statement by the spokesman for the army, Colonel Sani Usman, said that the troops pursued them but were only able to apprehend two of them while others fled into the bush.

Items recovered from Kadiri Umate, 35, were packets of 500ml of Glocose Intravenous infusion (Drip), assorted analgenics and pain killer drugs, clothes, bathroom slippers, insecticides, salt, kola nuts and a bicycle.

The suspect is undergoing preliminary investigations.

In another operation at Muna garage, a suspected Boko Haram terrorists’ logistics and fuel supplier, Fantoma Lasani, was arrested by troops in conjunction with Civilian JTF at Muna garage when he came to pick his wife to finally relocate out of Maiduguri.

“The suspect, from Flatari village, Bama Local Government Area, is among some unpatriotic elements in the society that had been supplying Boko Haram terrorists with Premium Motor Spirit and Automative Gas Oil in Bama, Gwoza and Sambisa general area,” the statement added.

They were arrested hours after troops of the Operation Lafiya Dole on Sunday morning averted the plans of a suicide bomber along Damboa road in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.

Eyewitnesses say the suicide bomber was sighted along Damboa road, the same place where an explosion occurred barely 24 hours ago.

Frightened motorists travelling to Damboa-Biu were forced to turn back due to confusion.

Channels Television’s reporter who was at the Bakassi IDP camp reports that the suspect fled towards the back fence of the camp, where five people were killed on Saturday, with men of the sector Nine and civilian JTF in hot pursuit of the assailant.

Air Force Establishes New Hospital For IDPs In Bama

Sadique Abubakar, Bello Abubakar, Niger, Military
Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadiq Abubakar,

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has established a hospital in Bama, a town in Borno State, formerly occupied by Boko Haram insurgents, as part of its medical outreach.

Bama is home to 25, 000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), consisting mostly women and kids.

The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadiq Abubakar, gave the state governor, Mr Kashim Shettima, a tour of the hospital, equipped to meet the health needs of the residents.

The Zonal Coordinator of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), the coordinating agency for humanitarian services in the state, believe that collaboration between sister agencies and support from the Nigerian Air Force medical team is responsible for the seamless defeat of malnutrition in the camp.

“The government of Borno State in conjunction with NEMA and the 31 NGOS working together were able to work together. So many tents have been built, water supply has improved and we now have two health facilities and food system has improved to meet the needs of this IDP camp.”

The health facility, initiated by the Nigerian Air Force in Bama, is an extension of the Dalori IDP camp in Maiduguri, which has been conducting surgeries for sick IDPS, at no cost, where necessary.

Explaining the vision behind the Air Force Medical Outreach, Air Chief Abubakar, said he believes that gaining the confidence of locals in the area of operations is key to winning the counter insurgency war.

Bama and Gwoza local councils of Borno State have the highest number of IDPS living in camps and the host communities.

Governor Kashim Shettima has assured that the state government is engaging in fruitful partnerships with the Presidential Initiative for rebuilding North East (PINE) and others, to facilitate the quick return of IDPS and closure of camps.

The Nigerian Air Force is a beneficiary of a N20 million grant from PINE, in support of its medical outreach.

Malnutrition among IDPs in Borno State was first reported in the unofficial camp in Bama Local Council Area.

A large part of the population of the IDPs in the Bama camp are former captives of the insurgents, who regained their freedom following intensive military operations.

At least 3, 000 malnourished persons, mostly kids, had to be evacuated to Maiduguri, the capital city for treatment and proper nutrition.

Nine weeks on, the narrative of the IDPS has changed, as they speak of changes in their diets and improved medicare.

Gohna Alkali, an IDP in the Bama camp said “we are no longer hungry, we now have food. We have doctors here taking care of us, and food and clothes we do not have any problems. They give us spaghetti for breakfast, rice and beans for lunch and semovita for dinner we are grateful to God”, he said.

Gwoza IDPs State Conditions To Return Home

IDPs, GwozaInternally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camping in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital city, have appealed to the government to put measures in place to enable them return to their homes in Gwoza, Borno State.

The Secretary of the camp, Mr Enoch Yohana, made the plea on Sunday while refuting claims that they have refused to return to their communities in northeast Nigeria.

He said that although they were excited by the turn of events, they could not make the decision to return home because their part of the northeast has not been fully liberated from the Boko Haram terrorists.

Yohana stressed that they were more eager to return home because of the poor living conditions in their camp such as the poor sanitary conditions and lack of basic amenities.

He added that some of the displaced persons had relocated to other neighbouring states for economic reasons, pending when their communities were declared safe for return.

The IDPs expressed delight with the progress being made by the military in recovering many communities previously under the control of the insurgents.

However, some of the IDPs, Maryam Amos and Francis Yakubu, explained that their reluctance to return home was because they believed that some of the communities were not yet safe.

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.

I Am Connected To My People In Gwoza, Senator Ndume Insists

Ali-NdumaThe Majority Leader in the Senate, Ali Ndume, representing nine local government areas in Borno State, one of which is Gwoza, devastated by insurgency, has dismissed claims that he is not keeping in touch with his constituents since the crisis.

He told Channels Television on Friday that he had been to Goza and was in constant relationship with his constituents.

On Wednesday, the Vice Chairman of Gwoza Local Government Area, Mr Ibrahim Adamu, expressed worry over the alleged inability of Senator Ndume, to come to visit IDPs from Gwoza in Abuja.

But Senator Ndume dismissed the claims, saying that Mr Adamu’s statement was not a reflection of Gwoza people’s disposition.

“That is not a reflection of Gwoza people.

“This is the first time you will see somebody from Gwoza talking about us.

“I know everything that is going to Gwoza. I have been to Gwoza when Boko Haram insurgency was at its peak.

“I moved into Gwoza and I am connected to my people,” Senator Ndume stressed.

Giving a breakdown of the affected areas in the Borno State, he said that at a time, most of the local governments in his zone were captured by the insurgents.

“Gwoza was occupied, but Bama which is near Gwoza was completely razed. My two houses were completed razed.

“When Gowza was invaded and people ran to Uba, I was there with them. When Chibok girls were abducted, I was in Maiduguri. I was the one that insisted that we move to Chibok to take account of the missing girls.

“As I told you, for somebody like me who is a poor person, how can I be sustaining my winning elections for four times if I am not connected with my people? He that is talking did not vote for me because he does not have voter’s card,” the Senator claimed.