Suspected Militant Wanted For Abduction, Murder Of British Missionary Surrenders

Suspected militant leader Oyawerikumor Peregbabofa, also known as Karowei, who was declared wanted and accused of killing British Missionary Ian Squire, has surrendered himself to the Joint Task Force Operation Delta Safe.

JTF Commander Rear Admiral Suleiman Apochi told Channels Television that the suspect surrendered under a superior firepower during a JTF operation.

Though the commander did not give details of where the suspect was apprehended, he disclosed that the operation is still ongoing to ensure that all perpetrators are brought to book.

Peregbabofa and others allegedly abducted four British missionaries – David and Shirley Donovan, Ian Squire, and Alanna Carson, on October 13, 2017, at Enekorogha community in Burutu Local Government Area of Delta State.

Three of those abducted regained their freedom afterwards, but Squire lost his life in the kidnappers’ den.

In the aftermath, Karo-Owei Pere Gbakumor, an indigene of Enekorogha community, was declared wanted and a bounty of N2million was announced for information leading to his arrest.

Air Force Rotates 390 Personnel For Operation Lafiya Dole

Air Force Rotates 390 Personnel For Operation Lafiya DoleThe 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 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.

According to him, the troop rotation commenced on Friday with a total of 390 Nigeria Air Force personnel involved in the northeast counter terrorism operations.

“For those of you who are just coming you will be deployed to the 7 DIV 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.

If you have administrative issues or problems get across to us through the normal channels the group admin officer will attend to you.”

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 frontline.

Ohwo expressed happiness that all 390 personnel were returning to their various units intact without any casualty recorded in the course of their operations.

The personnel were extracted from units under the five Tactical Commands of the Nigerian Air Force.

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.

FG Approves 5.5 Billion Naira For Healthcare In Northeast

northeast, primary healthcare, inadequate facilities, challengesThe Federal Government through the Ministry of Health has approved the sum of 5.5 billion naira to Borno and four other states in the northeast for the implementation of its ‘Saving One Million Lives’ initiative.

The Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, stated this in a meeting with health officials from Adamawa, Taraba, Borno, Bauchi and Gombe states at the strategy planning meeting to prepare grounds for the implementation of the initiative.

The programme, which targets one million vulnerable Nigerians, is designed to improve access to primary healthcare and decrease maternal mortality and morbidity.

The ‘Saving One Million Lives’ programme is an elaborate scheme to expand access to essential primary healthcare services for women and children, launched by Nigeria’s ex-president, Dr. GoodLuck Jonathan, in 2015.

The Minister of Health said that the ‘Saving One Million Lives’ scheme will be used to evaluate the performance of the health sector in each of the states.

According to the Minister, the Federal Government would also provide drugs worth 1.2 billion naira to Borno State while the Presidential Task Force addresses urgent issues relating to health, environment and water.

Each component of the initiative the Minister said has the budget of 4.3 billion naira which has already been approved.

The Minister, however, emphasized the need to utilize the resources on intended purpose as agreed upon in the meeting, threatening that any state that falls below the expected performance will not benefit from subsequent disbursements.

EFFC Begins Trial Of Patrick Akpobolokemi, Three Others

EFCC, Patrick AkpobolokemiThe trial involving former NIMASA DG, Patrick Akpobolokemi, retired Major-General Emmanuel Atewe, and two others has begun at the Federal High Court Ikoyi Lagos.

Prosecution witness for the Economic And Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Teslim Ajuwon, has revealed evidence to the court.

While answering questions from the counsel to the EFCC, Rotimi Oyedepo, Mr Teslim said that over eight billion Naira was transferred from the Nigerian Maritime Administration And Safety Agency (NIMASA) to the joint task force, Operation Pulo shield.

He also revealed that within a number of days, the monies were distributed to six different companies, during the tenure of Patrick Akpobolokemi.

Mr Teslim further stated that the transaction instrument which transferred the part of the monies to Jaggan limited, was signed by the two signatories of the JTF which included Major General Emmauel Atewe.

Justice Saidu Salu, however, adjourned the case till November 22, while cross examination will begin on December 5, 2016.

The trial is coming months after a High Court in Igbosere dismissed an application by Mr Akpobolokemi, challenging its jurisdiction to entertain his trial.

 

At the hearing held on March 21, Justice R.I.B. Adebiyi threw out Akpobolokemi’s suit, stressing that the application lacked merit.

“This court finds preliminary objections raised by 1st and 4th defendants/ applicants to lack merit. both preliminary objections are accordingly dismissed,” he said.

JTF Recovers Rustled Cows From Suspected Benue Gang Leader

jtf, Rustled Cows, Benue, Gang LeaderThe Joint Security Task Force has recovered 14 rustled cattle from the alleged kidnap den of the wanted suspect and gang leader, Terwase Akwaza, popularly called ‘Ghana’ in Benue state.

The Benue State Commissioner Of Police, Mr Bashir Makama, while briefing journalists in Makurdi, the state capital, said that the police have made serious efforts to speed up the arrest of the suspect.

According to him, ‘Ghana’ will be arrested on charges of murder and kidnap.

After investigations, the police discovered that the recovered cattle are only among the over 3,000 cattle allegedly rustled by the suspect.

Mr. Makama stated that the joint security almost caught the wanted gang leader, but noted, however, that ‘Ghana’ was only fortunate to have sensed the approaching security forces, who got stuck on a bad road within his hide out.

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.

 

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.

President Buhari Meets Rescued Chibok Girl, Offers Scholarship

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Amina Ali in State House, Abuja to meet with President Muhammadu Buhari.

President Muhammadu Buhari has promised that the Federal Government will be responsible for the education and upkeep of Amina Ali, the Chibok girl who was rescued on Tuesday from the Boko Haram insurgents for the rest of her life.

The President made the announcement on Thursday after meeting with Amina, her mother and the Borno State Governor, Shettima Kassim, at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

He said that every girl has the right to education and should not be denied access to such.

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Amina Ali and her mother at the Presidential Villa.

Full Reintegration
President Buhari assured that the Federal Government would do everything possible to ensure that the rest of Amina’s life takes a completely different course.

He also promised to give the rescued Chibok girl the best medical, psychological and emotional care, amongst other things, she requires to be fully reintegrated into the society.

The President decried a situation where Amina’s education was so abruptly truncated by Boko Haram, promising to make her education a priority of the Federal Government.

Amina is the first of the 219 Chibok girls to be rescued from the den of the Boko Haram terrorists.

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A cross section of State Governors in the State House meeting between President Buhari and rescued Chibok girl, Amina Ali.

Some state governors were also at the meeting between the President and rescued mother of one.

Her rescue has been widely celebrated within the country and beyond and has raised renewed hopes about the other abducted girls.

19-year-old Amina was found by the civilian JTF with a four month old baby and a suspected Boko Haram terrorist, Mohammed Hayatu, who claims to be her husband.

Secretary of the Association of Parents of the Abducted Chibok Girls, Zanna Usman, confirmed that Amina told her rescuers that six of her colleagues died in Boko Haram’s captivity.

The acting Director Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Usman, says the alleged husband is undergoing further investigation at the Joint Intelligence Centre.

“Mohammed Hayatu is well treated in line with Operation Lafiya Dole Rules of Engagement regarding insurgents who voluntarily surrender to the military,” the Army spokesman added.

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Amina Ali handed over to Borno State Governor, Mr Kashim Shettima.

After her rescue, Amina Ali, was handed over to Borno State Governor, Kashim Shetima, at Government house, Maiduguri, the state capital.

She was handed over on Wednesday evening by the Acting General Officer Commanding, 7 Division, Brigadier General Victor Ezugwu in a brief ceremony.

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Amina’s son being examined by the military hospital personnel.

Prior to that they were examined at Air Force medical facility and were found to be stable and normal blood pressure was observed.

 

 

Forced By Hunger

Military sources in Damboa, who accompanied Amina to Maiduguri, told Channels Television that “Hayatu, one of the Boko Haram commanders also known as “Amir” reportedly escaped with his wife from the Sambisa forest and surrendered to Civilian Joint Task Force members in Balle, a village in Damboa.

The commander of the outlawed group stated hunger and ill health as reasons for his action as according to him his family would have starved to death following the blocking of supply routes by intensive military operations.

Rescued Chibok Girl Handed Over To Borno Governor Shettima

chibok girl, Shettima, Borno, Amina AliThe rescued Chibok school girl, Amina Ali, has been handed over to Borno State Governor, Kashim Shetima, at Government house, Maiduguri, the state capital.

She was handed over on Wednesday evening by the Acting General Officer Commanding, 7 Division, Brigadier General Victor Ezugwu in a brief ceremony.

According to Acting Director Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Usman, Amina Ali was airlifted by Nigeria Air Force Super Puma aircraft from Damboa to Maiduguri alongside her baby and supposed husband, Mohammed Hayatu.

Prior to that they were examined at Air Force medical facility and were found to be stable and normal blood pressure was observed.chibok girl, Shettima, Borno, Amina Ali

Thereafter, she was released to the Operation Lafiya Dole headquarters for further investigation and handing over.

After preliminary investigation, the rescued girl and her baby were handed over to the Governor.chibok girl, Shettima, Borno, Amina Ali

She is expected in Abuja on Thursday to meet with President Buhari along with her parents.

Meanwhile, the supposed husband is undergoing further investigation at Joint Intelligence Centre.

The Army spokesman stated, “Mohammed Hayatu is well treated in line with Operation Lafiya Dole Rules of Engagement regarding insurgents who voluntarily surrender to the military.”

Abducted Chibok Girls: One Rescued, Six Dead In Captivity

Recovered_GirlMembers of the Civilian Joint Task Force operating in Damboa Local Government Area of Borno State have rescued one of the abducted Chibok girls, while six have died in captivity.

Amina Ali, who was rescued on Wednesday, was abducted along with over 200 of her schoolmates in the Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok in the middle of the night in April 2014.

Our correspondent in Maiduguri, Blessing Tunoh, reports that a member of the Civilian JTF, involved in the rescue said “six of her classmates have died in captivity”, adding that “throughout their stay in Sambisa Forest, they were heavily guarded”.

The rescued mother of one said for now, she is not aware of the condition of the girls still in captivity.

Secretary of the Association of Parents of the Abducted Chibok Girls, Zanna Usman confirmed Amina’s return to Channels TV Correspondent via a phone call.

Usman said that Amina, who was found with a child with other women in Sambisa, following military operations told the civilian JTF members that she was taken from Chibok.

Usman said that he has met Amina, who has since been reunited tearfully with her family in Balala village.

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Suspected Boko Haram terrorist, Mohammed Hayatu, who claimed to be Amina Ali’s husband.

The Nigerian military in a statement said “troops of 25 Brigade Damboa in conjunction with Civilian JTF deployed in one of the blocking positions at Baale, near Damboa rescued one Miss Amina Ali and a suspected Boko Haram terrorist, Mohammed Hayatu, who claimed to be her husband.

“Both were brought to Headquarters 25 Task Force Brigade Damboa at about 2.30pm today (Wednesday)”.

The statement, signed by the Acting Director Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman, added that “preliminary investigation shows that she is indeed one of the abducted Chibok School girls abducted by Boko Haram terrorists on 14th April 2014 in Chibok and her name is Amina Ali as against Falmata Mbalala that was earlier stated.

“In addition, she is a nursing mother with a 4 month old baby girl who was named Safiya”, he said.

Col Usman further noted that “both the suspected Boko Haram terrorist and the nursing mother have been taken to Maiduguri for further medical attention and screening”.

Governor Kashim Shettima was in a meeting with United Nations Humanitarian Affairs officials at the Borno Government said that he had received the news of the rescue but was yet to be briefed.

JTF In Kano Arrests General Shuwa’s Killers

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The late war General, Mamman Shuwa

The Nigerian Army on Monday announced that it has grabbed a man believed to be behind the murder of a retired General, Mannan Shuwa in Maiduguri, Borno State.

The Spokesman for the Army, Colonel Sani Usman, told reporters that the man would soon be paraded before the media and prosecuted before the court.

This is sequel to the arrest of three suspects in connection with the killing of the elder statesman by the Military Joint Task Force (JTF) in Maiduguri in 2013.

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Muhammad Sani Nafiu (in white) said to have facilitated and aided the killing of late Shuwa; Ali Muhammad a.k.a Amir (in black), Boko Haram preacher in Baga since 2009

A statement issued by spokesman of the JTF, Lieutenant Colonel Sagir Musa, listed the names of the suspects as: Mustapha Umar, Goni Modu Lawan and Goni Ali.

The statement also said that the suspects, who confessed to being members of the Boko Haram sect under Gwange cell with one Abdul Kareem, said that they had carried out various attacks on both the military and civilians.

The Commander of the 3rd Brigade in Kano, Brigadier General Hamisu Hassan, also told newsmen that Muhammad Nafiu confessed to have participated in the killing of late Shuwa and many other Boko Haram operations in the northwest and east respectively.

General Hamisu said that the other suspect, Ali Amir confessed to have been a preacher of the group since 2009 but later disappeared after the killing of Boko Haram leader, Muhammad Yusuf.

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The retired general was shot dead in front of his house on November 2, 2012 at the lower Gwange Area in Borno State, northeast Nigeria.

The dreaded sect, Boko Haram, had immediately denied killing the General and an associate of a former Borno State Governor, Ali Modu Sheriff, his orderly and a guest in his Maiduguri home.

Major General Mannan Shuwa was the pioneer General Officer Commanding of the Nigerian Army’s 1st Division, who commanded the Army’s division during the Civil War.