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.


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.

JTF Kills 20 Suspected Terrorists In Borno

At least 20 people have been killed in a foiled attack on a military site in Borno state. The attack happened on Sunday in Monguno village, some 200 kilometres from Maiduguri, the Borno state capital.

The gunmen, armed with a number of AK47 and Rocket-Propelled Grenade (RPG) launchers, had stormed the military site in three 4X4 trucks and eight motorcycles.

They were however engaged in a cross fire by the officers of the Joint Task Force (JTF) in the state.

JTF spokesperson in Maiduguri, Lieutenant Colonel Sagir Musa in confirmed the attack to Channels Television in a telephone conversation, stating that all those killed are believed to be fighters from the Boko Haram sect.

Lt .Col. Musa affirmed that no civilian casualty was recorded in the attack, adding that 37 AK47 rifles and 10 RPG were recovered from the sect members.

This latest crackdown is coming just after an international rights groups; Amnesty International accused the JTF in Maiduguri of gross human rights violations in fight against the fundamentalist sect.

The group in a report listed the abuses to include extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearance and torture.

However, a spokesperson for the Nigerian Army rejected the accusations, saying soldiers always operate within the law.

JTF Kills 17 Boko Haram Members In Borno

The Joint Task Force (JTF) in Borno State has launched attacks on two separate camps allegedly belonging to Boko Haram members in the state, killing 17 of the sect members.

A statement issued on Friday in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital by the JTF spokesperson, Lieutenant Colonel Sagir Musa, revealed that the two special operations supported by the Nigerian Air force Helicopter gunship were aimed at dislodging Boko Haram members from their hideouts.

The operations were carried out in Sambisa Game Reserve of Bama Local Government Area and the Farin-Ruwa forest in the south-west/east of Demboa Local Government Areas of the state.

A member of the JTF was reportedly killed during the operations which lasted between Wednesday and Thursday 30th and 31st of January 2013.

According to the statement, the fundamentalists had training facilities, armoury, accommodation, drug/medical store, kitchen, vehicle holding area, and latrine as well as water point on the camps.

The camps were said to have been used to conduct trainings before carrying out recent attacks, killings and bombings in Maiduguri, Musari, Konduga, Biu, Bama, and Demboa communities.

Efforts by JTF troops to destroy the camps led to the death of the 18 people as the camps were completely destroyed and are now being monitored by the troops.

The statement also reveals that six AK 47 rifles, two G3 rifles, three pistols, one Rocket Propelled Grenade (RPG) and 20 RPG charges were recovered from the areas.

Others items recovered include:  two double barrel rifles, 2,543 assorted rounds of ammunition, 33 assorted magazines, three laptops, 10 assorted Motorola walker talkies, 20 telephone handsets , 40 assorted prime IED canisters as well as a generator set.

The statement urged the public to continue to partner with the JTF by giving useful and timely information in the search for lasting peace in the state and the country at large.

JTF claimed it can be reached on 08064174066, 08154429346 and 07064174066.

The operation is coming two days after the some Boko Haram members called for a ceasefire that will end the hardship faced by women and children in its insurgency.

They also asked for the reconstruction of the destroyed mosque of their former leader, Mohammed Yusuf as well as the release of detained members of the sect in various prisons across the country.

8 Killed In Borno

Eight people have been killed by suspected sect members in Gajiganna village in Borno state.

It is unclear those responsible for the recent killings even though Gajiganna is located roughly 50 kilometers from Maiduguri, the base of extremist group Boko Haram.

Spokesperson for the Joint Task Force (JTF) in Maiduguri, the state capital, Lieutenant Colonel Sagir Musa confirmed that the attack happened on Sunday in the village of Gajiganna, but declined to comment on the manner in which the people were killed.

Conflicting reports have emerged from the area as regards the manner in which the eight victims died.

Some claim the victims were shot while other eye-witness accounts say that all eight people had their throats slit.

JTF Arrest High Profile Boko Haram Commander In Maiduguri

The Joint Task force (JTF) in Maiduguri, the Borno state capital, has arrested a leader of the Boko Haram sect in the north-central Nigeria.

Mohammed Zangina popularly called Mallam Abdullahi or Alhaji Musa, was arrested on Sunday, in GRA Maiduguri around 12:30 midday following a special operation conducted by the task force in the city.

A statement issued by the JTF spokesman of Borno command, Lieutenant Colonel Sagir Musa said Mohammed Zangina was among those on the wanted lists and a bounty of N25million was placed on him by the JTF in November last year.

The statement said the insurgent was in Maiduguri to strategize several deathly attacks for Sunday, being planned on innocent civilians and security personnel.

The statement also revealed that Mohammed Zangina has coordinated most of the suicide attacks and bombings in Abuja, Jos, Kaduna, Kano and Potiskum in Yobe state.

The statement concludes that the terrorist is currently undergoing interrogation.

JTF kills wanted Boko Haram leader and two others in Maiduguri

Security forces in the restive city of Maiduguri, the Borno state capital said it has killed a leader of the Boko Haram sect, one Abdulkareem Ibrahim.

Spokesperson for the Joint Task Force (JTF) in Maiduguri, Lieutenant Colonel Sagir Musa said the slain Abdulkareem Ibrahim, was among the 18 leaders of the Islamic sect declared wanted in a bounty list to members of the public by the JTF  last week.

Musa in a statement said that the Boko Haram leader was killed in a gun battle sequel to a raid on a flash point of the militia in Maiduguri metropolis.

The operation according to the statement was “carried out in conjunction with members of the state security and members of the Police Dog section, which launched a special raid operation along Damboa-Biu road.”

This raid, he claimed led to the killing of the leader and two of his sub commanders.

AK 47 rifles with other arms and ammunition were recovered during the raid.

The spokesman said the slain leader is responsible for the recent spates of assassinations and bomb attacks in Maiduguri.

Boko Haram plans “massive attacks” during Eid-El-Kabir – JTF warns

The Nigerian Joint Military Task Force (JTF)  has disclosed that it had uncovered a plot by the Islamic sect, Boko Haram  to carry out “massive attacks” during the upcoming Muslim festival with the help of foreign mercenaries.

In a statement signed by the JTF spokesman, Lieutenant Colonel Sagir Musa, it was said that “Information available to the Joint Task Force indicates that the Boko Haram terrorists are planning to launch massive attacks on military and civilian targets in Borno state before, during and after the forthcoming Sallah celebrations”

“The terrorists have invited foreign mercenaries to assist them in the anticipated attacks, the statement read.

“We know where they are coming from but we don’t want to disclose that because we don’t want to pre-empt our security arrangement to tackle them”.

The Islamic sect has in the past carried out deadly attacks during Christian and Muslim holidays.


JTF kills 24 Boko Haram suspects in Maiduguri

The Joint Task Force (JTF) on Operation Restore Order (ORO) said on Tuesday that it shot dead 24 suspected terrorists after repelling Monday night’s multiple attacks in Maiduguri.

A statement made available to news men in Maiduguri by the JTF spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Sagir Musa reveals that the attacks were carried out at different JTF locations of Zanari, Gwange General and Lagos Street of the metropolis.

The statement says the hoodlums used civilian residents to lunch attacks with Rocket Propelled Grenades, Improvised Explosive Devises and gun fire.

Sagir Musa says all the attacks were repelled as one soldier was wounded in the attack without any civilian casualty.

Items recovered according to the statement include, One General Purpose Machine Gun, seven AK47, One FNC Rifle, Two Pistols, four RPG Chargers. One RPG Tube, 24 assorted empty magazines, 950 assorted ammunitions, large quantity of assorted IED Materials and several Bows and Arrows.

The statement warned Maiduguri residents to desist from allowing their residences to be used as launching pads for attack on troops and innocent civilians.

JTF kills Boko Haram members

The Joint Military Task force (JTF) said it has killed two sect leaders of Boko Haram in Borno state, northeast Nigeria.

JTF spokesman, Lieutenant Colonel Sagir Musa, claimed that soldiers with the force shot dead two sect commanders at a highway checkpoint near Maiduguri, the Borno state capital.

Col. Musa adds that the men had weapons in their car and that authorities had received intelligence indicating they were planning an attack.

He did not give further detail on their identities.

The killings come days after Nigeria’s Army said it killed the fundamentalist sect’s spokesman and another ranking member.