Troops Nab Boko Haram Terrorists, Recover Explosives

Improvised Explosive Device of
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 Intercept Suicide Bombers In Maiduguri

Suicide bombersNigerian troops on Friday intercepted and neutralised Improvised Explosive Devices of some suspected Boko Haram suicide bombers at Madiyari village and Jimini-Bolori village in Borno State.

The troops of 101 Battalion of Seven Division made the interception after they received a tip off about impending attack in Maiduguri city by four suspected Boko Haram terrorists, suicide bombers from Sambisa forest through Cashew Plantation.

Three soldiers sustained injuries in the process and they have been evacuated to the unit’s Regimental Aid Post (RAP), for treatment, a statement by the army spokesman, Sani Usman, said.

According to the Army the two unexploded Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) on the suicide bombers were safely defused by a combined team of Nigeria Police and our Explosive Ordinance Device (EOD) experts.

In a related development, the troops also arrested three suspected Boko Haram terrorists at Nwagafete village comprising two women and a 16 year old boy who were connected to suspected terrorists’ food vendors earlier arrested.

Troops Kill Suspected Boko Haram Suicide Bomber

Suicide Bomber Troops of 25 Task Force Brigade ambushed and killed a Boko Haram terrorist suicide bomber at Kumala and Musafanari villages’ general area.

According to the army, the operation which took place on Saturday led to the saving of lives and property of some residents of the area.

A military spokesman, Colonel Sani Usman, said the troops, after receiving a tipoff, laid an ambush for the terrorist at suspected Boko Haram terrorists’ crossing point, engaged the terrorist who was obviously on suicide mission, from Sambisa general area.

“The suicide bomber paid the price of his wicked activities as he was dealt with decisively.

“The troops recovered a motorcycle, 12 primed Improvised Explosive Devices and a hand bag containing personal effects which included a hijab obviously meant for disguise and concealment of explosives for the intended nefarious act,” he said.

The army spokesman further reassured Nigerians that the morale of the troops had remained high, as they continue to mop up all surviving terrorists.

Nigeria To Boost Technology Investment To Tackle Insecurity

TechnologyThe Federal Government is planning to boost investment in Nigeria’s technology to enable rapid detection of Improvised Explosive Devices.

The Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, gave the hint on Tuesday after a meeting with the Chairman of the Nigeria Economic Summit Group.

Speaking at a gathering with reporters in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory, Dr. Onu stressed the need to develop rapidly through research and local production.

He said that the government would not disclose in detail, efforts being made in this regard but assured Nigerians that the proposed technology was guaranteed to aid security across the country.

The Minister’s announcement is part of plans by the Federal Government to employ new technology to quash the terrorist group, Boko Haram.

The Boko Haram sect has been behind several coordinated attacks by suicide bombers in villages and markets in the troubled northeast that killed hundreds of people which clearly bears the hallmark of the sect.

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.

Troops Dislodge Boko Haram Terrorists From Kerenowa And Chikun Gudu

Boko HaramThe Nigerian Army says it has been making tremendous progress in continuation of troops’ efforts to defeat Boko Haram terrorists in the country.

The Acting Director Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Usman, revealed that troops of 5 Brigade were able to comprehensively destroy all Boko Haram camps and enclaves at the border towns of Kerenowa and Chikun Gudu as well as their contiguous villages in Borno State.

According to a statement by Colonel Usman on Saturday, troops discovered and destroyed over 20 well-fortified terrorist camps in the general area of Kerenowa, including some at the gateway to Kerenoa, Gumada and Dogon Gida.

“In addition, the troops have also discovered that to evade aerial reconnaissance and bombardment, the terrorists have dug twin tunnels to conceal their facilities and routes in and out of the camp.

“Among facilities discovered were training areas equipped with instructional and training materials that include wooden guns, amongst others.

“The troops have also cleared Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) along the road linking Marte, New Marte and Kerenowa.Boko Haram

“It is apparent that the Boko Haram terrorists lacked the will to fight as they are in obvious disarray, abandoning their camps fleeing and leaving behind vehicles, solar panels used to power devices, food and other logistics, beddings, various IED making devices, cables and cords,” he revealed.

The Army maintained that the advancing troops’ morale remains high and they exude confidence and zeal to destroy all known Boko Haram camps along their axis of advance.

“We still reiterate our call for citizens to remain confident in the ability of our troops to eliminate all remaining vestiges of the terrorists before the year runs out in line with Presidential directives.

“Citizens are also requested to kindly provide useful and credible information to the military about any known terrorist or sympathisers,” concluded the statement.

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.

Osinbajo Assures Nigerians Of Ending Insurgency Soon

Osinbajo Assures Nigerians Of Ending Insurgency SoonNigeria’s Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, has assured Nigerians that the Boko Haram insurgency in the northeast region and some other northern states would soon be over.

The statement made by Professor Osinbajo on Sunday in Lagos State, is in line with the Federal Government’s effort to end the insurgency in affected parts of the country.

From his analysis, the Vice President insisted that the current trend of suicide bombing clearly showed that the insurgents were frustrated.

He expressed hope that Nigeria would continue to win the war, stressing that the activities of the dreaded Islamist militants would be history in a short while from now.

The terrorists killed at least five persons in another suicide bomb attack on a Police checkpoint in Damaturu, the capital of Yobe State on Monday.

The suicide bombers were said to have detonated Improvised Explosive Devices in a Highlander jeep at the checkpoint.

At Least Ten Dead In Two Suicide Bomb Attacks In Yobe State

bomb yobe Potiskum suicide bombingAt least ten persons have been killed in two suicide bomb attacks at different locations within Potiskum town in Yobe State, northeast Nigeria.

An eyewitness told Channels Television on Phone that the first attack was launched at a vigilante group’s office located at Dorowa area of Potiskum.

The eyewitness said the suicide bomber gained access into the office and detonate the Improvised Explosive Devices (IED), killing seven people on the spot.

The second attack, according to him, was at Mashaya also at Dorowa area of Potiskum.

“The Bomber was heading to a rowdy location and was blocked on the way when the IED went off, killing two people and injuring many others,” the eyewitness said.

He said the first explosion went off around 12:20 Noon.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack which is largely believed to have been carried out by members of the Boko Haram sect, terrorising communities in north-east Nigeria.

A hospital source, who confirmed the attack to Channels Television, said 10 bodies had been brought to the specialists’ hospital’s mortuary while 22 others were receiving treatment.

The attacks came just one day after Boko Haram militants on Sunday attacked Babbangida, the headquarters of Tarmuwa Local Government Area of Yobe State.

Babbangida town is located some 50kms north of Damaturu, the state capital and few kilometres to Shekau village, the birth place of the Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau.

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.”