17 Killed, 50 Injured In Konduga Suicide Attack

BREAKING: Female Suicide Bombers Attack Konduga In Borno

About 17 persons have been killed while 50 injured following multiple explosions that hit Borno State, North-east Nigeria.

The incident occurred on Friday night at a community in Konduga Local Government Area, where three female suicide bombers stormed a fish market with IEDs strapped on their bodies.

The North East Zonal Coordinator of National Emergency Management Agency, Bashir Idris Garga, confirmed the incident to Channels Television.

He said 14 people died on the spot while three passed away in hospital.

Mr Garga, further noted that the bodies of the victims have been deposited at the mortuary while the injured have been taken to the Konduga General Hospital.

However, the Borno State Police Command is yet to issue an official statement on the incidence or the causalities.

Female Suicide Bombers Attack Konduga In Borno

BREAKING: Female Suicide Bombers Attack Konduga In Borno

 

Three female suicide bombers have attacked a community in Konduga Local Government Area of Borno State, North-east Nigeria.

About 21 persons were killed in the explosion and scores injured.

The suicide bombers were said to have stormed the fish market with IEDs strapped on their bodies when the incident occurred.

A source at the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) confirmed the attack to Channels Television on Friday.

The source, who is a member of the SEMA evacuation team, said the suicide bombers carried out the attack at about 9:30 pm.

The bodies have been deposited at the mortuary while the injured have been taken to the Konduga General Hospital.

However, the Borno State Police Command is yet to issue an official statement on the incidence or the causalities.

Konduga Explosion: Survivors Receive Treatment In Maiduguri

Konduga Explosion: Survivors Receive Treatment In Maiduguri
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Survivors of the bomb explosion in Konduga, a town in Borno State are receiving treatment in hospitals in Maiduguri.

Aid workers evacuated 83 persons to Maiduguri on Tuesday night after two girls and their male accomplice carried out a suicide attack in the town.

Earlier, the Borno State Police Command had confirmed that 16 people were killed in the explosion while 83 persons were injured.

The State Specialist Hospital was able to accommodate only 43 persons while others were taken to the University Teaching Hospital and other hospitals in the capital city for treatment.

The Medical Director of the Specialist Hospital, Dr. Laraba Bello, said some of the patients have undergone surgery while those with minor injuries have since been treated and discharged.

He said, “Yesterday (Tuesday), around 9pm, we received 43 patients out of which we lost three. 17 were discharged today (Wednesday) and 20 are stable in the ward.

“Some of them have already gone into the theatre and some are about to go; we are managing some in the ward. So, the injuries vary.”

One of the survivors also said, “We were at Yandari, it was around 5pm that the bomb exploded when we were in the market. I don’t know what exactly happened, all I know is that a bomb exploded and I saw myself here”.

Several Feared Killed As Boko Haram Strikes Konduga

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Several persons have been feared killed following a suicide bomb attack on a village in Konduga, about 37 kilometers from Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.

The attack occurred in Mandarari town of Konduga Local Government Area at about 5:50 pm on Tuesday.

Details about the attack are still sketchy, however, a member of the Civilian JTF said it occurred at a motor park.

According to the security official, the attack was carried out by three suicide bombers, two female and a male, who took turns to detonate the Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) strapped to their bodies.

The attack comes on the same day the Military launched Mobile Strike Teams into the Theatre of operation to enhance operational efficiency.

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As of 10:00 pm, sounds of heavy ammunition being shot were still heard at a distance.

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.

IDPs Return To Konduga Home, Cry Out For Help

North east, lake chad, NAPTIP, Human Trafficking, NigeriaThe newly inaugurated Presidential Committee on the Northeast Initiative has commenced operations in Borno state with one of its mandates being to help returning Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) settle in their home towns.

Konduga Local Government where no fewer than 20,000 persons have already returned is one of the first beneficiaries of the intervention.

Konduga, about 40 kilometers to Maiduguri is one of the Borno towns notorious as a battle ground between the military and the outlawed Boko Haram.

Residents caught up in the crossfire were evacuated to Internally Displaced People’s camps in the capital city.

Three years later, with the assailants pushed out of the ancient town, villagers weary of living in makeshift camps are returning home in droves as explained by government officials.

An official of Konduga LG, Bello Musa said: “Presently we have over 20,000 people in this town since when the Governor flagged off the campaign of returning our people to their communities.

“I think on the first day 7.000 people came here. Almost 85% of these people are living in their houses. It’s only 15% that are living in the camp.

“Since our return, the governor of Borno state has been providing food, NEMA too and some organizations are coming in now…from last week we received three or four NGOS that are here to assist our people.”

Meanwhile, survival for the returning IDPS is for the fittest, with the young, old and widowed scrambling for a portion of food anytime help comes.

With no source of livelihood, only security presence can stop a stampede anytime there is food to be shared.

One of the returnees, A’isa Mala, lamented the tough conditions they have had to deal with.

“Our children go to the bush to get local vegetables which they sell, and buy flour for our meals. Some days we go without food, six of us in the house. When they bring food we eat, when they don’t we sleep without food.

“If I join the queue they’ll kill me in a stampede so I stay here; anything I get from here will be fine, money or food.”

In the pilot relief items distribution, the Presidential Committee on the Northeast Initiative is targeting 1,800 Konduga families, according to the sub Committee team leader, Prof Hauwa Biu.

“This committee is a sub Committee and our mandate is to go round Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states to assist those who have returned home after the insurgency as well as those that are in the camp.

“So we are here specifically to distribute items which have been kept for a long time. For now we are in three different towns; Mafa, Konduga and Damboa simultaneously; what we’re doing here is replicated in the two other places.”

The Committee’s mandate is expected to span through a period of three years.

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.

Soldiers Give Free Medical Care To IDPs In Borno

IDPs Soldiers of the Nigerian Army Medical Corps in Borno State have taken medical care to liberated villages where residents displaced from remote communities are currently being camped.

Eight hundred Internally Displaced Persons (IPDs) have so far accessed the medicare under the military intervention scheme.

The General Officer Commanding the 7 Division, Lamidi Adeosun, said that the free medical care was in line with the directives of the Chief of Army Staff to discourage displaced persons in already liberated areas from moving to Maiduguri.

Adeosun said there was no need for the IDPs to proceed to Maiduguri, the capital city.

The team of military medics attended to the sick in Konduga town, about 35 kilometres away from Maiduguri.

Over 1,000 villagers are trapped by insurgents in remote villages and cut off from the outer world until few weeks ago when the army sacked them are now being camped in Konduga town.

Cases of malaria and worms are most prevalent among those attended to.

A similar exercise is being conducted by the Nigerian Air force within the capital city, Maiduguri where eight out of the 23 IDP camps have played host to medics.

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An official of the Nigerian Air Force medical team attends to a displaced person in Borno State in north-east Nigeria

Camp leaders have continued to complain of mosquito bites and other health conditions common in the rainy season.

One of the displaced persons, who had received medical care from the military medics, said: “We have been having problems with our health because the rainy season and mosquitoes. Many of us are just lying down and there were no drugs but we thank God for the help that has now come our way”.

Commanding Officer of the NAF Medical Center Wing Commander, Solomon Illiya, stressed the need to set up preventive measures.

“After visiting camps, I always liaise with the camps’ clinics and international donor agencies, like ICRC UNICEF and other indigenous organisations like NEMA on the need to provide basic necessities like insecticides treated nets and soaps to improve their hygiene.

“I have been in contact with them to ensure that they carry out those advices so that there would be improvement on the health of the IDPs.

In the coming days, there is the need for humanitarian workers to step up hygiene and anti-malaria campaigns among the Internally Displaced in their care.

Borno Villagers Expose Boko Haram Suspects

Boko HaramFour members of the dreaded Boko Haram sect have been exposed by their families and handed over to the Civilian Joint Task Force in Konduga Local Government of Borno State.

Upon interrogation one of the suspects confessed to their affiliation with the terrorist group.

All four suspects are locals of Malari Village.

The CJTF paraded the suspects before the State Governor, Kashim Shettima, who was on tour of villages in Konduga Local Government.

Governor Shettima said new camps would be opened in the area where hundreds of people have being displaced by the recent wave of attacks.

He also assured the villagers that his recent trip would soon yield positive results and destroyed homes would be rebuilt.

Suspected Boko Haram Terrorists Kill 2 In Kayamla

Boko Haram Kills two in Kayamla village of KondugaTwo people have been reported killed in Kayamla village of Konduga local government area of Borno State in north-east Nigeria.

A resident of the community, located in the outskirts of Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, told Channels Television that unknown gunmen believed to be members of the Boko Haram sect stormed the village on Friday night.

The resident said the gunmen unleashed terror on the Kayamla village, killing two people in the process.

The Kayamla attack is the first reported attack carried out by the militants in the troubled Borno State since the declaration of General Muhammadu Buhari as winner of the just-concluded presidential election.

Residents of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States, worse hit by the Boko Haram insurgency, have called on the president-elect to start by addressing the security problem bedevilling the north-east zone.

They explained that any other developmental programme for the people of the zone may have to wait until peace returns to the area.

Police Recover 147 Undetonated Explosives In Borno

BornoThe Borno State Police Command has recovered 147 undetonated explosives popularly called Cluster Ordinances (UXOS) in Sumo village close to Kansas town of Konduga Local Government Area of Borno State, north-east Nigeria.

The State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Clement Adoda, said this on Tuesday in his office at the Borno State Police Command Maiduguri, while briefing newsmen.

He said, “At about 9am on Sunday the 8th of February 2015, one hundred and forty seven (147) Unexploded Cluster Ordinances (UXOS) were recovered at about 2 kilometers away from Sumo village near Janaka, Konduga LGA, of Borno State by a combined team of Bomb Disposal Unit Policemen with troops attached to Janaka general area and the explosives were recovered and destroyed in good time without injuries or damages to lives and property.

“The State Bomb Disposal Team has also recovered unexploded ordinance (UXOS) believed to have been launched during the 1st February 2015 Boko Haram attacks on Maiduguri city in one of the boys quarters at the residence of the State Director of NYSC, Alhaji Rises Lawan on 4th February 2015 at about 4.55 pm along Damboa road, Maiduguri.

“Accordingly, the ordinance was rendered safe without damages to lives and property”, Adoda said.

While appreciating the cooperation rendered to security operatives by the people of the state, the CP maintained that “this feat would not have been achieved without the timely rendering of information to security agents by members of the public”.

He hoped that such would be maintained to further improve the much desired search for lasting peace in the state and the country as a whole.

Mr Clement Adoda urged the citizens of the state to promptly alert security operatives whenever items or packages suspected to be Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) are discovered in their domains, stressing that such would greatly avert further destruction to lives and property in the state.

Reacting to the postponement of the general elections, the CP said “It has given the security enough time to prepare while the eligible voters will also have enough time to collect their PVCs.”

He commended the people of Borno State for not reacting to the postponement of the election, “It is an indication that we are going matured democratically and I hope this will be maintained.”

The CP appealed to the public to be more matured at all times. He also gave an assurance that security agents would continue to do their best to safeguard the lives and property of the citizenry.

Boko Haram: Abubakar Shekau Impersonator Killed?

Abubakar ShekauThere seems to be a high possibility that leader of the Boko Haram sect, Abubakar Shekau, has been killed.

A source at the Defence Headquarters, on Sunday, revealed that Shekau is among the militants killed by the troops in Konduga, Borno.

In the last few days, there have been several attempts by terrorists to gain entry into Konduga, which the Nigerian troops, have continued to foil.

The intention of that desperate attempt, was for the terrorists to recover the bodies of their prominent fighters, such as Abubakar Shekau and others, who had been killed in previous encounters in Konduga.

In the meantime, the Nigerian troops have begun mopping up operations in the area.

Many members of the Boko Haram are said to be fleeing into Cameroon for safety.

According to a military source, “it is getting more certain that the terrorist’s commander, who has been mimicking Shekau in previous videos, is the one killed at Konduga, on September 17th, as massive relocation of terrorists to seek safe haven in independent locations in Cameroon has been noticed.”