Troops Nab Boko Haram Terrorists, Recover Explosives

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Improvised Explosive Devices recovered by the military in Gombori

Troops have carried out mine and Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) clearance in Gombori belonging to the Boko Haram terrorists.

The operation was carried out along the troops’ main supply route in Borno State, following an information provided by a suspected terrorist, Lawan Abbai.

He was arrested on Thursday by officials of the Operation Lafiya Dole in Borno State in a counter-terrorism operation in northeast Nigeria.

“The troops located and recovered two heavy IEDs buried in the ground by suspected remnants of the insurgents.

“In the process of recovering the deadly IEDs, the troops intercepted four fleeing suspected Boko Haram terrorists that claimed they were on their way to surrender to troops.

“On preliminary investigation, they were identified as confirmed Boko Haram terrorists planting IEDs along troops’ routes by their arrested colleague, Lawan Abbai,” the Army spokesman, Colonel Sani Usman, said in a statement.

The troops also rescued five women and a baby from the Boko Haram terrorists at the same general area.

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.

Jordan Collaborates With Nigeria On Terrorism

Nigeria-Jordan-Collaborate-On-terrorismThe Republic of Jordan and Nigeria are exploring areas of collaboration to bring an end to the threats posed by the Boko Haram terrorists in Nigeria’s northeast.

A delegation led by the Special Adviser to the King of Jordan on Political Affairs, Mr Manas Dabbas, were in Nigeria on Wednesday.

The delegation congratulated the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) and the Nigerian Armed Forces for their persistence at reducing the activities of the Boko Haram Terrorists.

Jordan sought closer collaboration in the area of intelligence gathering, regional cooperation and capacity building to enhance total eradication of extremist groups in Africa.

Mr Dabbas stated that the world was experiencing serious security threats from assorted radical groups like Boko Haram, Al-Qaeda and Al Shabbab among others.

He called for combined efforts by affected countries to provide mechanisms to under study conflicts and crisis occasioned by terrorist organisations with the aim of defeating such terrorist groups.

The spokesman for His Royal Majesty King Abdullah II praised the efforts of the CDS in piloting the affairs of the Nigerian Armed Forces and promised his country’s commitment to assisting Nigeria in combating the threat posed by Boko Haram.

The Chief of Defence Staff, General Gabriel Olonisakin, thanked the Jordanian envoy for the visit and told the delegation about the operations of the Multi-National Joint Task Force and the synergy between regional troops to degrade the Boko Haram terrorists.

The CDS solicited for cooperation in the area of training and provisions of counter Improved Explosive Devices (IEDs) and emphasised the need to interface with regional forces and security agencies to eliminate the threat of terrorism.

He was accompanied by some Principal Staff Officers from Defence Headquarters to receive the Jordanian delegation.

Police IG Presents Cash To Families Of Slain Policemen

PoliceThe Inspector General of Police, Mr Solomon Arase, has organized a welfare package for families of officers who lost their lives in active service in Adamawa State.

The sum of one million naira was approved for each family to cushion the effects of their loss.

Presenting the cheques to families of four policemen who died during the explosion that rocked the Jimeta Division of the Nigerian Police Station in Yola, Adamawa State, the Assistant Inspector General of Police Zone 3, Lawal Tanko, said that the amount would help cushion the effects of their loss.

Some Improvised Explosive Devices recovered from the Boko Haram sect and stored at the Bomb Disposal Unit’s office located at Jimeta Divisional Police Headquarters, Yola exploded killing four officers attached to the unit in February 2016.

To prevent a recurrence, the AIG also revealed that the Anti Bomb Unit has been relocated to a safer place far from public view following a general outcry for its relocation.

In the same vain, the sum of 500,000 naira to one million Naira was also approved for the families of 20 officers who died while in active service within the three states under Zone 3 Headquarters, Yola.

In addition, the Inspector General of Police also approved scholarship awards to the children of the deceased to support their education.

In his vote of thanks, one Mr Barnabas Ojobo, representing the beneficiaries, thanked the IGP for the assistance.


Army Nabs 7 Boko Haram Bomb Experts

nigerian armyNigerian Army troops in Kaduna State have foiled another insurgent attack, with the arrest of seven suspected Boko Haram members who specialise in bombs and Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs).

A statement by the Army spokesperson, Colonel Sani Kukasheka, said from all indications, the suspects were in Kaduna to coordinate suicide bombings during the festive period.

Col. Kukasheka added that recently in Maiduguri, some of the terror specialists were arrested while trying to detonate IEDs carried in food containers in public places.

He said: “the arrest of these suspects would no doubt assist in the fight against terrorism in the country, more so as the military have technically defeated the Boko Haram terrorists in the field.

“The terrorists have resorted to attacking soft targets through suicide bombings, IEDs and harassing attacks on isolated communities”.

The Army spokesman advised members of the public to be more vigilant and security conscious by reporting suspicious persons and movements to the security agencies.

UK To Send More Military Trainers To Nigeria

UK To Send More Military Trainers To NigeriaThe United Kingdom (UK) says it will send additional 150 trainers to Nigeria towards the training of the Nigerian military.

This is part of the British government’s assistance in the fight against the Boko Haram insurgents in the disturbed northern region.

This was made public on Monday in Abuja by the British Secretary of State for Defence, Michael Fallon, during a visit to discuss Nigeria’s security situation.

Mr Fallon said that the military trainers, whose number would be increased to 300, would commence the exercise in 2016 on specific expertise particularly in unravelling Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs).

He also said that the British government has tightened their legislation and would work with the Nigerian government to improve the procurement and tender process of military equipment to ensure transparency and competitiveness.

President Muhammadu Buhari had told Mr Fallon that his administration was taking urgent and appropriate actions to restore order, due process and probity to the procurement processes of the nation’s Armed Forces.

The President lamented that the procurement of equipment for the country’s Armed Forces which followed due process in the past, had become open to corruption and shady deals under the last administration.

Welcoming the offer by the British Government to assist Nigeria in defence procurement, intelligence gathering and training, President Buhari restated his conviction that the international community must collaborate more and work with greater unity of purpose to overcome global terrorism.

About 200 Boko Haram Fighters Surrender

boko haramCall it the biggest Boko Haram surrender to the Nigerian Army and you may not be wrong as some 200 members of the Boko Haram Islamist militant group have given themselves up to the Nigerian Army.

The fighters are said to have handed themselves over in the town of Banki on the border with Cameroon.

The military earlier said that the town had been recaptured from Boko Haram but there is no independent confirmation.

Some 17,000 people are said to have been killed in the six-year insurgency, mainly in northern Nigeria.

Nigerian Troops Capture Banki Town

Boko Haram-bankiNigerian troops says they have captured the economic and strategic town of Banki town in Borno State.

A statement issued by the Acting Director Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Usman, said the soldiers also destroyed seven Boko Haram camps and successfully diffused seven Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs).

According to Colonel Usman, several Boko Haram terrorists were killed, and others captured alive between Banki junction and Ngorosoye.

Banki is a said to be a town where major economic and trading activities between Nigeria, Cameroon and Central African countries take place.

On Wednesday, the Nigerian Army said it had arrested a Boko Haram Commander, alongside 42 other suspected members.

The troops also revealed that 241 women and children were rescued during the operation.

Twin Explosion Kills 7, Injures Dozens In Borno

bomb-explosionA twin explosion has killed seven people and left dozens injured on Friday morning, at Tashan Alade in Hawul Local Government of Borno State, North-east Nigeria.

According to report, the incident occurred at about six in the morning during a wedding ceremony.

Tashan Alade has come under severe attack from insurgents in recent time.

The Director of Defence Information, Major General Chris Olukolade, had said in a statement on Thursday, that  a cordon and search operations conducted by troops in Gombe State, also in the North-east, yielded the arrest of 3 bomb making experts.

He said that the cordon and search is continuing in certain localities and would be intensified along with mopping up operations in locations where offensive operations are being conducted.

A youth vigilante in Tashan Alade, Ibrahim Saleh, said a suspect has been arrested in connection with the incident.

Nigerian Troops Nab Three Bomb Makers In Gombe

TroopsThe Nigerian troops have arrested three suspected bomb producers in Gombe State, North-eastern part of the country.

The Director of Defence Information, Major General Chris Olukolade, said in a statement on Thursday, that “A cordon and search operations conducted by troops in Gombe yielded the arrest of 3 bomb making experts”.

He explained further that “the arrested persons are suspected to be members of the terrorist group in search of soft targets for attack after being dislodged from the stronghold in Sambisa forest and other enclaves”.

On items recovered from the suspects, the military Spokesman revealed that “Items recovered from the apprehended include a tricycle and materials for making Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs). The suspects are currently undergoing interrogation”.

Reassuring Nigerians of safety, Olukolade stressed that “Cordon and search is continuing in certain localities and will be intensified along with mopping up operations in locations where offensive operations are being conducted. The essence is to apprehend the terrorists who have been dislodged from their sanctuaries and in search of escape routes or resorting to attacking soft targets.

“In line with this development, the public is enjoined to be extra vigilant and to report suspicious movements or activities within their environs, as the military is poised to ensuring that the ongoing operations are duly aligned with security arrangement nationwide.”

Security agents uncover bomb factory in Zaria

A combined team of security agencies have uncovered a bomb making factory in Zaria, Kaduna State, recovering Improvised Explosive devices in various stages of completion and arresting a 60- year old man, Umaru Mohammed in the process.

The raid which was carried out by a combined team of officers of the Nigerian Army, the Police and operatives of the State Security Service is coming barely four days after explosions rocked the Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Jaji.

The Assistant Director, Army Public Relations in charge of the One Mechanised Division of the Nigerian Army, Kaduna, Col. Sani Kukasheka Usman, told journalists in his office that the exercise took place in the early hours of Thursday.

He also disclosed that in line with the resolve of security agents in the country to fight terrorism, the two bedroom bungalow housing the bomb factory has been demolished while the suspect and the items recovered are in custody.

Col. Usman said: “We invited you to inform you that following a tip off from well-meaning citizens of this country, a combined team of troops of the Nigerian Army, elements of the Nigeria Police Force and Department of State Security carried out a cordon and search operation at Kwanar Shahada, Jushin Ciki, Zaria city, Kaduna State yesterday, Thursday, November 29, 2012 from 01300 -0800 hours (1.30-8.00am) local time.

“During the operation, a two bedroom bungalow of bomb factory was discovered in which Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) in stage one of readiness and several IED making components were recovered as follows: 17 sensor mechanical timers (remote controls), 11 primed suicide bombers vests, 36 IEDs in bobo cans, one military kitbag with support items like saw, hammer, cello tape and gums, two gallons of paints containing prepared IEDs, two gallons of turkey oil brand with prepared IEDs, seven rolls of wires of various lengths, one bag containing several sensors and 25 nine volt batteries.

“A 60-year old man, Umaru Mohammed was arrested within the premises and in line with our resolve to deter terrorists, the building housing the factory was demolished. Both the suspect and the items recovered are in custody.

“Headquarter, 1 division, Nigerian Army would like to use this opportunity to commend the efforts of the well-meaning citizens that reported the matter and also reiterate our resolve to fight terrorism in this country.

“We also wish to appeal to the general public to report any suspicious movement, establishment or persons in their environment. We wish to assure you that any information provided would be treated with absolute confidentiality.”

36 Primed Improvised Explosive Devices in “Bobo” cans
One military kitbag with support items like saw, hammer, cello tapes and guns
25 nine volt batteries
2 paint bucket containing prepared IEDs and 2 gallons of turkey oil brand with prepared IEDs

Explosions and gunshots rock Maiduguri

Improvise Explosives Devises (IEDs) believed to have been planted by the road side by suspected members of the Boko Haram insurgents went off at Gwange area in the Maiduguri metropolis around 6pm, Monday evening.

Witnesses said the IED went off around the busy Gwange area which has recently become a stronghold of the insurgents but no casualty was recorded.

The area was cordoned off swept and made safe by the bomb disposal arm of the Joint Task Force (JTF).

The situation has been normalized as routine activities continue in the affected area.

Security agents are yet to confirm the incident as the JTF spokesman Sagir Musa told Channels TV that he was not aware of the blast.

Witnesses said activities of gun shots were heard around the area even after the explosion.