Boko Haram: Multinational Force Records Successes With ‘Operation Yancin Tafki’

 

The Multinational Joint Task Force, (MNJTF), operating in the Lake Chad region, has claimed that the leadership of the terrorist group, Boko Haram, is overwhelmed and in disarray owing to its ongoing ‘Operation Yancin Tafki’ in the North East.

The Chief of Military Public Information, MNJTF, Colonel Timothy Antigha, said the troops, made up of forces of the Lake Chad Basin countries — Chad, Cameroon, Niger and Nigeria — have been embarking on a series of well-coordinated day and night missions conducted by the Air Forces.

“As an aftermath of sustained air and land operations of the ongoing Operation Yancin Tafki, information from captured and defected Boko Haram fighters indicates that the leadership of Boko Haram terror network has been overwhelmed and are currently in disarray.”

He added that the operation has destroyed several Boko Haram logistic facilities and fighters.

“In the last 4 weeks of the Operation, about 70 Boko Haram vehicles; mostly gun trucks, facilities such as fuel dumps, weapons and ammunition have been destroyed, leading to successful and devastating air interdictions which have destroyed Boko Haram logistic facilities and fighters in Tumbum Gini, Abadam, Arege, Tumbun Rego and Dagaya environs between 7 and 11 March 2019.”

According to Col. Antigha, quoting reliable sources, internal crisis led to change of Boko Haram leadership on March 3, 2019, prompting the Islamic State West Africa Province announcing the sack of the former Boko Haram break-away leader, Abu Mus’ab Al Barnawi and the appointment of Abu Abdullahi Ibn Umar Al Barnawi, as leader of the ISWAP affiliate group.

“The frequent execution of Boko Haram commanders and fighters which have been observed in the past few months as well as the recent replacement of its leadership are clear indications of the effectiveness of recent past and ongoing Operation Yacin Tafki,” Col Antigha added.

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Couter-Terrorism: Air Force Deploys 390 Officers To North East

Osun Lawmaker Urges Air Force To Avoid Further ErrorsThe Nigerian Air force has deployed 390 of its personnel as part of its contribution to the Joint Task Force, fighting the northeast counter-terrorism war.

They are to relieve another set of 390 of their colleagues upon completion of a six months operation which commenced on Friday, with the land army in the theatre of operations, code named ‘Operation Lafiya Dole.’

Air Component Commander of the Operation Lafiya Dole, Air Commodore Charles Ohwo, explained that apart from the air operations conducted, the air force also supports the ground forces.

“For those of you who are just coming, you will be deployed to the 7 Division Garrison, where your further deployment will be fine.

“There are different sectors under which we operate; administratively you are under us, operationally you will be under the army for the period of the next six months.

“What is expected of you is high discipline that the Nigerian air force is known for. Maintain your rules of engagement and make sure you stay out of trouble,” Ohwo advised.

The outgoing JTF personnel have been in the theatre of operation since May 2016 and the commander said he was impressed by their conduct while on the front-lines.

Furthermore, he expressed excitement over the fact that all 390 personnel are returning to their various units intact, without any casualty recorded in the course of their operations.

Two Suspected Militants Shot In Bayelsa

crocodile-smileTwo suspected militants have been killed in the creeks of Bayelsa State by the Joint Task Force (JTF), Operation Delta Safe (ODS).

They were reportedly shot dead when the troops raided and destroyed their camp at Obama Flow Station in Nembe Local Government Area of the state.

A statement by a spokesman for the operation, Lieutenant Colonel Olaolu Daudu, said “troops of Sector Two carried out the raid following a tip-off by locals”.

Daudu identified one of the suspects as a notorious criminal popularly known as Labista.

“Labista, who was on the wanted list of security agencies, was said to be behind some high profile kidnapping, killing of security personnel in ambush, piracy, armed robbery and other criminal activities,” the statement read.

Daudu further said: “Labista and his cohort dived into the river in a bid to escape while the raid was ongoing and were engaged by troops. At the end of the operation the bodies of two notorious criminals were found floating on water.

“They were recovered and deposited at government mortuary.

“Items recovered are two single barrel guns, cutlass and four speed boats”.

He also quoted the Commander, ODS, Rear Admiral Apochi Suleiman, as assuring the people of the region of their safety and security.

Suleiman also encouraged the people not to condone any form of sabotage, vandalism or acts of criminality because of their negative effects on the environment and economy.

Militancy resurfaced in Niger Delta region of Nigeria in the second quarter of 2015, with the militants pushing for the emancipation of the region, attacking oil installations in the region.

Their activities last year forced Nigeria’s crude oil output down to less than a million barrels per day, according to Nigeria’s minister of information.

Stolen Power Installations Recovered From Vandals In Kano

Power, Vandals, KanoThe Anti-vandalism Joint Task Force (JTF) recently inaugurated in Kano State has recovered electrical installations worth millions of naira from suspected vandals in the state.

The task force was constituted by the MD/CEO of Kano Electricity Distribution Company Plc (KEDCO) Dr Jamil Gwamna, to protect electrical installations in the northwest Nigerian state.

A statement by the spokesperson for KEDCO, Mohammed Kandi, revealed on Wednesday that the JTF raided a warehouse at Ranji quarters in Tudun Murtala, suspected to be hideout for vandals.

Mr Kandi said that the operation followed an information that large items of power installation had been kept in a premises purportedly owned by a scrap vendor.

“One of the suspected vandals (name withheld), who was arrested at the scene, admitted during a preliminary investigation by officers of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) that he had been in the business for the past three years.

“He also claimed buying the items which comprised 40 bunches of vandalised copper cables and five rolls of vandalised aluminium conductor weighing about 360kg from a trailer-laden with scrap materials,” the statement read.

The spokesman informed that the suspects would be prosecuted and called on residents to assist the firm in watching over the power installations in their area.

He lauded the management’s decision to set up the JTF with a view to clampdown on vandals and reduce the tide of vandalism in KEDCO’s coverage area of Kano, Katsina and Jigawa states.

Troops Find 23 Human Skulls In Alleged Militants Shrines In Cross River State

troops discover human skulls in shrines in Cross River Troops of the Joint Tasks Force code named “Operation Delta Safe” have discovered shrines in Cross River State suspected to be that of militants with 23 human skulls in various stages of decomposition.

They also found a complete human skeleton and several other human body parts in the four shrines discovered during clearance operations in the State.

In a statement the operation said it would sustain efforts to fulfill its mandate to rid the Niger Delta region of crude oil theft, sea robbery, all forms of criminality and protection of oil and gas infrastructure.

The statement by the Coordinator Joint Media Campaign Centre, Lieutenant Colonel Olaolu Daudu, reveals that troops of Sector 2, Operation Delta Safe in Bayelsa State acting on intelligence, also trailed a group of people which led to the arrest of 44 members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

They were apprehended at Lakeview Club along Mabinton Estate, Okaka road in Yenagoa the capital of the state.

Four Militants Shrines 

The group, according to the troops was planning to establish Bayelsa State Chapter of the banned Indigenous People of Biafra group and disrupt public peace within the State.

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Some of the suspected members of the Indigenous People of Biafra arrested by the troops

While carrying out a raid in Ikot Ene Idem, Abakpa and Ikang Inam in Bakassi and Akpabuyo Local Government Areas of the State, the troops of Sector 4 of Operation Delta Safe in Cross River State discovered four militant shrines.

Two suspects were arrested while on patrol at Idebe Ifak Anam, Ikot Okon Edem and Abakpa of Bakassi Local Government Area in Cross River State.

The statement says Preliminary investigation revealed that the arrested suspects were agents of Bakassi Strike Force Militants who act as spies.

In another operation, troops of Sector 3, Operation Delta Safe in Rivers State, following a distress call from Finima in Bonny of an attack by some cult members using AK 47 riffles to terrorise members of the community, raided the hideout of the cultist.

The suspected king pin popularly referred to as Eagle Face dived into the river on sighting troops.

Two of the suspected cult members were arrested while one locally made pistol, one machete and two handsets were recovered.

According to the military statement, the body of the suspected king pin was later seen floating in the creeks by locals who recovered and buried the corpse at Bonny River bank.

The Acting Commander of the Tasks Force, Brigadier General Kevin Aligbe, has reassured residents and oil companies operating in the Niger Delta region of their safety and advised that they should go about their legitimate businesses.

Militant activities had resurged in the Niger Delta region last year, with militants attacking oil installations in the region.

A group that calls itself the Niger Delta Avengers has claimed responsibility for most of the attacks.

They had said they agreed to a ceasefire and would begin negotiation with the Federal Government but later resumed attacks, claiming it was launched as a warning to the military to stop harassing youths in the Niger Delta.

Governor Bello Celebrated In Lokoja After Supreme Court Judgement

 lokoja, supreme court judgement, bello,Despite the ban placed on jubilation after the Supreme Court judgement which validated Governor Yahaya Bello’s election was passed, the Governor has been given a grand welcome to Lokoja, the state capital.

In what could be described as a triumphant entry, a crowd of supporters followed the Governor from the Jamata bridge as everyone tried to catch a glimpse of him.

The crowd gradually built up into a large procession, causing heavy traffic jam for several hours.

The Governor had to alight from the vehicle and walked down to the government house, where a lot of other people had been waiting to receive him.

He finally arrived at the main entrance of the Luggard House, after which he gave his speech.

He was received by the State Deputy Governor, Simon Achuba, and his wife, following his victory at the Supreme Court.

 

 

A Better Kogi

Governor Bello, while addressing the crowd of supporters, called on the people to give him maximum support and cooperation to enable him develop the state and provide the dividends of democracy.

He said that he would have no cause not to perform, now that the apex court has upheld his election as the substantive governor of Kogi state.

While addressing past issues, the Governor said that the state had been in darkness for too long but that in a short while, the darkness would turn to light.

Furthermore, he called on the youths and women in the state to support his government, promising to empower them.

He also urged civil servants to be patient with him, stating that the ongoing screening exercise in the state would soon be completed.

With the Supreme Court judgement signifying the end of the litigation regarding the leadership of the state, the people of Kogi state have expressed hope that their expectations would be met as soon as possible.

 

OCHA Brigade Nabs Illegal Revenue Collectors In Onitsha

OCHA brigade, illegal revenue collectors, onitchaOver 70 illegal revenue collectors have been arrested by operatives of the Operation Clean and Healthy Anambra (OCHA).

The task force, also known as OCHA Brigade, caught the offenders at various locations in Onitsha, Nkpor and Ekwulobia in Anambra state.

Despite efforts by the state government to ensure that citizens pay a uniform and single revenue through the POS collection terminals, illegal revenue collection agents have constantly defied the law.

The Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, launched the use of the Point of Sale Terminal on February 29, 2016 for the collection of revenue, to eliminate the cash payment system, issues of multiple payment of revenue as well as fraudulent and illegal collection of revenue.

However, as the POS system was launched, several groups appeared to have set up their own machinery and unleashed terror on the people in various commercial cities in the state.

They employed a system of using tickets and stickers to collect at least 500 naira on daily basis, from the hapless citizens of the state, subjecting them to unnecessary hardship as a result of multiple taxation, molestation, harassment and seizure of vehicles as well as motorcycles.

The complaints led the Governor to set up the task force to raid their areas of operation and bring the culprits to book.

Total Clamp Down On Hoodlums

According to the leader of the Task Force and Superintendent of the OCHA Brigade, Mr Kenenth Okonkwo, the directive from Governor Willie Obiano was to “totally clamp down on the hoodlums and continue the raid until every part of the state is sanitized”.

In Aguata and Ekwulobia community, the task force burst a notorious group that had been intimidating and extorting money from the people in the various markets in the community, parks, and even during marriage and burial ceremonies.

In Onitsha, over 40 of the revenue collectors have been nabbed and the leader of the Task Force and Superintendent of ‘Operation Clean and Healthy Anambra’ maintained that “the effort to rid the street of the unscrupulous elements must be sustained”.

Over 20 people were also arrested at another location and according to Mr Kenneth, all of them would eventually be charged to court.

As the manhunt for the illegal revenue collectors rages on, traders, motorists, motorcyclists and many who have fallen victim to the molestation and extortion of the hoodlums relayed their experiences to Channels Television.

Seizure of vehicles and motorcycles seemed to be their stock in trade as in a secluded corner, numerous vehicles and motorcycles were parked waiting for redemption at a price.

Many of the motorcycles were over-run by weed as they had been parked for so long.

The development brought immense joy to the people who pledged solidarity to the Governor, urging him to continue with the effort for a better, peaceful and prosperous Anambra.

JTF Kills Five Militants In Rivers State

Army, Militants, JTF, RiversThe Nigerian Army says it is making progress in the Niger Delta as it reveals that the Joint Task Force has killed five militants in Rivers State.

This is coming barely 24 hours after the military announced that it has begun mopping up of arms in the Nigeria’s Niger Delta region.

The militants were killed during an exchange of gun fire with the troops, and a cache of arms and ammunition recovered from them.

The troops intercepted the hoodlums after they had kidnapped an unidentified person before the gun battle ensued.

A statement by the Army spokesman, Colonel Sani Usman, stated that the exercise would continue this weekend in the 82 Division and part of the Two Division of the Nigerian Army.

The army explained that the operations in the riverine environment was to check criminal activities such as kidnapping, militancy and piracy among others.

The Commander of “Operation Delta Safe”, Major General Joseph Irabor, had told journalists in Yenogoa, Bayelsa State that the military would not relent in its determination to rid the Niger Delta of illegal arms.

This latest killing of five militants and one kidnapper occurred in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital this weekend and is considered a major breakthrough by the Nigerian military.

However, there are reports that the Federal Government is ready to dialogue with the Niger Delta militants, to resolve the crisis in the region.

The Petroleum Minister, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, said at the weekend that over $40 billion have been spent in the Niger Delta in the past 12 years without any significant results.

Joint Task Force Says It Will Shut Down Militants’ Camps

Bakassi militantsA Joint Task Force in Nigeria’s Niger Delta region, ‘Operation Delta Safe’, says it will shut down the camps of militants in the region.

Militant groups in the region have truncated the nation’s revenue, making crude oil output dip in the last few months.

The Commander of the operation, Rear Admiral Joseph Okojie, said that his team’s mission would dislodge militant groups in the oil-rich region and that their “camps will no longer be allowed to exist”.

‘Illegal Agenda’

He issued the warning to members of various militant groups on Thursday and asked them to turn-in their small arms and light weapons.

Mr Okojie,was addressing reporters at the JTF headquarters in Yenagoa, the capital of Bayelsa State.

He gave updates on the success so far in their operations to end pipeline vandalism and criminality on the nation’s waterways.

The commander of Operation Delta Safe, told reporters that there were lots of arms are in the hands of many unapproved persons who are using the arms to pursue various illegal agenda.

He further said that the military are gathering intelligence and at the appropriate time the criminals would all be dislodged and disarmed.

The Nigerian Military says it has began mopping up of illegal arms in the Niger Delta area.

He promised that the military would ensure that they dislodge all those with such arms and confiscate them.

Nigeria’s crude oil output dipped by 700,000 barrels per day to 1.56 million bpd in the wake of resurgence of militant activities in the Niger Delta region.

A group that calls itself the Niger Delta Avengers has claimed responsibility of most attacks on oil facilities in the region.

Lately, the group said it will cease fire and consider negotiation with the Nigerian government, a development that will hold huge benefit to the nation that depends largely on crude oil sales for revenue.

 

Gongon Ambush: Army Says Commanding Officer, 17 Others Missing

Army, Soldiers The Nigerian Army says three officers and 15 soldiers are missing in action following the showdown with Boko Haram insurgents in northern Borno State.

Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Lucky Irabor, disclosed this on Friday to journalists in Maiduguri, the state capital.

He said that a search party deployed to the area has already established contact with six soldiers and four members of the Civilian Joint Task Force (JTF).

Commanding Officer of the Operation is among those still missing in action, as well as unspecified number of members of the civilian JTF.

According to the Theatre Commander, the soldiers disappeared after engaging the bandits in what appears to be a reinforcement mission for their dislodged collaborators in a town called “Gongon”.

Boko Haram Ambush

The Army had earlier said that a number of its troops were missing after they ran into an ambush by the dreaded terrorists.

In a statement, the Army explained that the attack occurred while the troops were returning to their defensive locations after operations to clear remnants of the insurgents at Guro Gongon village and its environs.

It added that the operation led to the destruction of the terrorists’ makeshift camps and recovery of various weapons including an anti-aircraft gun, an armored personnel carrier, as well as motorcycles used by the militants.

Militants Attack Agip Pipeline In Bayelsa State

gas-pipeline-vandalisationA crude oil pipeline in Bayelsa State, southern Nigeria, operated by the local subsidiary of Italy’s Eni, Nigerian Agip Oil, has been attacked by suspected militants.

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) reported the attack on Sunday.

The attack comes just days after President Muhammadu Buhari assured oil companies operating in the Niger Delta that the government was taking all necessary actions to protect strategic assets in the region from vandals and criminals.

Resurgence Of Militancy

He told the Global Director (Upstream) of the Royal Dutch Shell Group, Mr Andrew Brown, in Abuja that he had directed the Chief of Naval Staff to re-organise and strengthen the military Joint Task Force (JTF) in the Niger Delta, to deal effectively with the resurgence of militancy and the sabotage of oil installations.

Attacks on facilities in the last few weeks have driven Nigeria’s oil output to a more than 20-year low.

A spokesman for the NSCDC, Desmond Agu, told Reuters news agency that the Agip pipeline was attacked in the early hours of Sunday, around 12:30 a.m. local time.

“A gang of armed youths … vandalised pipeline along Azuzuama axis of the Tebidaba-Brass pipeline with dynamite and ignited fire on the line,” he said.

Mr Agu said that one of the suspected attackers had been arrested.

Eni, which operates in Nigeria through its subsidiary Nigerian Agip Oil Company, could not be immediately reached to comment on the attack.

On Friday, the Bayelsa State Government and some leaders of most of the communities in the state held talks and condemned the activities of militant groups vandalising the nation’s oil pipelines.

They agreed to do their best to ensure that the militants pay for their crimes.

Buhari Assures Oil Companies Of Enhanced Security In Niger Delta

Muhammadu Buhari, Oil Companies, Niger DeltaPresident Muhammadu Buhari has assured oil companies operating in the Nigeria’s Niger Delta that the government is taking all necessary actions to protect strategic assets in the region from vandals and criminals.

President Buhari gave the assurance on Friday in Abuja at a meeting with the Global Director (Upstream) of the Royal Dutch Shell Group, Mr Andrew Brown.

He told the oil giant that he had directed the Chief of Naval Staff to re-organise and strengthen the military Joint Task Force (JTF) in the Niger Delta, to deal effectively with the resurgence of militancy and the sabotage of oil installations.

The President said that the operations of the JTF were also being enhanced with increased support and cooperation from the United States and Europe in the areas of training, intelligence, equipment and logistics.

“We have to be very serious with the situation in the Niger Delta because it threatens the national economy.

“I assure you that everything possible will be done to protect personnel and oil assets in the region,” he said in a statement by his spokesman, Garba Shehu.

Electricity Generation

President Buhari urged aggrieved persons, militants and communities in the Niger Delta to drop their confrontational stance and work with those who had been charged by the Federal Government to review the Amnesty Programme initiated by the Yar’Adua Administration for the benefit of all parties.

He praised the resilience and staying power of Shell in Nigeria, despite the operational challenges of the environment.

President Buhari urged the company to do its best to end gas-flaring in southern Nigeria as soon as possible and produce more gas for electricity generation to support manufacturing and job creation.

Mr Brown had appealed for an urgent solution to rising crime and militancy in the Niger Delta, just as the Shell executive dispelled speculations that the company was pulling out of Nigeria.

He said that contrary to such speculations, Shell was currently in discussions with the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) on new joint oil and gas projects.

Meanwhile, there is a report that a gas pipeline in the Niger Delta region operated by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) was attacked on Thursday.

The attacked occurred late at night, according to a spokesman for a local community group and a witness.