Military Repels Boko Haram Attack In Adamawa

12 Villagers Feared Killed In Adamawa Ambush

 

The military and members of the vigilante group in Adamawa have repelled an attack by Boko Haram on Kaya village in Madagali Local Government Area of the state.

Boko Haram terrorists attacked the community at about 9:00 pm on Monday night and burnt down 13 houses before the military and vigilantes repelled them.

The Adamawa State Commissioner of Information Ahmad Sajoh who confirmed the attack to Channels Television says one Boko Haram member was killed and a vigilante member wounded.

Although the military has curtailed the activities of the insurgents in Adamawa, Madagali has continued to witness attacks.

These attacks have led to the loss of lives and destruction of properties with the terrorists believed to be looking for food items.

The Chairman of Madagali LGA, Mohammed Yusuf, also confirmed the attack. He called for the deployment of more security personnel, especially now that farming activities are picking up. He warned that further attacks may expose the communities with famine.

Monday’s attack comes two weeks after another Madagali community – Mildu – was attacked by Boko Haram insurgents.

Madagali Recorded 35 Boko Haram Attacks In 10 Months – LG Chairman

The Madagali Local Government Area of Adamawa state has witnessed a total of 35 attacks in 24 villages by Boko Haram in the last ten months resulting in the loss of 27 lives and over a hundred households destroyed.

This was disclosed by the Chairman of Madagali Local Government Area of Adamawa, Mohammed Yusuf, during a meeting of elders of organised by the council to find a way of assisting security agencies in the fight against the insurgency.

Worried by the incessant attacks on their communities by the remnants of Boko Haram elements who are taking advantage of their proximity to the Sambisa forest to constantly raid these communities leaving behind the destruction.

Therefore, elders of the affected communities are holding a crucial meeting aimed at examining the role of the community in the fight against Boko Haram in Madagali with a view to fashioning out ways of assisting the security agencies, particularly members of the hunters association and vigilante group of Nigeria in preventing further attacks on their defenseless communities.

The Deputy Speakers of the Adamawa State House of Assembly, Hon Emmanuel Tsamdu an indigene of Madagali speaks on the significance of the event.

Other stakeholders including Barr. Ali Gulak, former Adviser to former President Goodluck Jonathan expressed concern over the recent attack and challenges confronting their communities.

He called on the Federal Government to deploy more troops to the area while the state government assist the vigilante group.

The highlight of the meeting is the raising of funds to assist members of the vigilante who have been involved in the fight against the insurgency with little or no support from the government.

The elders of Madagali are therefore using the meeting to draw the attention of Non-governmental organisations, the federal and state governments to the plight of the people living in the community.

Three Feared Dead In Fresh Boko Haram Attack On Adamawa Village

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At least three persons were feared killed following an attack by Boko Haram insurgents in Pallam village in Madagali Local Government area of Adamawa state.

Ahe attack which took place on Monday, January 15, night is said to have sent some of the residents fleeing the community after some of their houses were burnt down, including a clinic in the town.

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The chairman of Madagali Council, Yusuf Mohammed told Channels Television that the military responded to the attack almost immediately and has brought the situation under control.

Mr Mohammed called on the government to boost security presence in the area due to the frequent attacks by the insurgents on the residents in recent times.

The attack on Pallam village comes barely a week after the terrorists launched a similar attack on neighbouring Wanu, Kamale and Kafin communities of Michika and Madagali areas in Adamawa State.

Also, a suicide bomb attack was averted last week by troops of Operation Lafiya Dole deployed around Gamboru Ngala in Gamboru Ngala Local Government Area of Borno State.

Boko Haram Kills Seven In Madagali, Adamawa

The Boko Haram insurgents have killed seven people in Mildo community, the Madagali Local Government Area of Adamawa.

Reports say the assailants sneaked into the town on Tuesday night through Chakawa village, killing and burning houses.

According to the Commissioner for Information, Ahmed Sajoh, seven men were killed including a Boko Haram member.

Two women who got injured are presently receiving medical attention.

Madagali is part of the territory annexed by Boko Haram in 2014 before its subsequent liberation by Nigerian soldiers in 2015.

Army Troops Repel Boko Haram Attacks On Adamawa, Borno Towns

Army Arrests Three Suspected Chadian Boko Haram TerroristsTroops of the Nigerian Army successfully repelled Boko Haram attack on Madagali and Liman Kara towns in Adamawa and Borno states, North-East Nigeria.

Army Public Relations Officer of the 28 Task Force Brigade Mubi, Major Akintoye Badare, said the attack on the two towns lasted one and half hours.

Major Badare told Channels Television on Friday that there is no record of casualty so far, and that everything is calm.

Female Suicide Bomber Uses Baby As Decoy

Villagers "Catch" Suicide Bomber Near UNIMAIDResidents of Madagali, a town in Adamawa state, north east Nigeria, are still expressing shock over a recent attack by a female suicide bomber who strapped to her back in an attempt to use the infant as a decoy before blowing herself up.

The UN children’s agency, the UNICEF, says, the attack, believed to have been carried out by the Boko Haram group, is the first incident involving a baby reported in north east Nigeria.

Reacting to the issue, a UNICEF spokeswoman in the region, Dr. Dounce Porter, said “we are extremely worried about the use of a baby in this callous way”.

Eyewitness account said the woman with a baby and two girls all struck the market at the same time in a coordinated attack which left six killed and 17 others wounded.

The suicide bombing bore the hallmark of Jihadist operations which are very common in northern Nigeria.

So far, no fewer than 19 children mainly young girls have been used in several other suicide attacks.

Army Offers 500,000 Naira For Information On Suicide Bombers

Nigeria, Army, Suicide BombersThe Nigerian Army has promised to reward anyone with useful information on suicide bombers, particularly in northeast Nigeria.

The Army says that the offer is to further encourage law abiding citizens to actively join the war against terrorist.

A statement by the force’s spokesman, Brigadier General Sani Usman, noted that the spate of suicide bombings in the northeast, particularly in Maiduguri and Madagali metropolis were assuming disturbing proportion.

To this end, the Army said it would offer 500,000 Naira for any information that leads to the arrest of a suicide bomber, the guide to the suicide bomber, or discovery of the transit house or factory of the suicide bombers.

Be More Vigilant

“We would like to reassure that all information received would be treated with utmost confidentiality and acted upon with despatch.

“While we appreciate the cooperation of the members of the general public so far, there is the need to be more vigilant and security conscious to save lives and apprehend Boko Haram terrorists and their sponsors.

Villagers "Catch" Suicide Bomber Near UNIMAID
The military has continued operations to push terrorists out of the region, but the dissidents have resorted to suicide bombing, with focus on soft targets

“Once again we call on all law abiding citizens to provide useful information to security agencies towards a quicker apprehension of remnants of terrorists still bent on unleashing mayhem on Nigerians,” the statement read.

According to the Army, “The following numbers are available for immediate response:

1. Theatre Commander, Operations LAFIYA DOLE, Maiduguri- 09064823221.

2. General Officer Commanding 7 Division Maiduguri- 09078599985.

3. Commander, 7 Division Garrison Maiduguri- 08022375305.

4. Commander, 28 Brigade, Mubi- 08065504576.

5. Commander, 26 Brigade, Gwoza- +234 809 721 1700 (WhatsApp)

6. Director, Army Public Relations, Abuja- 07080217992.

7. Commander, 7 Division Military Intelligence Brigade Maiduguri-09021668444.”

Troops Intercept Suicide Bomber In Madagali

Troops-of-the-african-UnionVigilant troops of Operation Lafiya Dole on Saturday morning intercepted and neutralized a male suicide bomber at Madagali, Adamawa State.

The suicide bomber was spotted by a vigilant duty guard, attempting to infiltrate troop’s forward defensive line, along Madagali-Limankara road.

He was gunned down by the vigilant guard as he failed to stop when halted.

The accurate shot also detonated the Improvised Explosive Device vest and was blown into pieces.

This is coming after the Nigerian Army carried out a clearance operation on remnants of Boko Haram terrorists in Yobe State, Northeast Nigeria.Troops, IDPs, Army, Monguno, Borno

A statement by the Army spokesman, Colonel Sani Usman, disclosed that the feat was made by troops of Operation Lafiya Dole in the early hours of Wednesday.

The operation followed activities of the terrorists around Jororo and Tombaeji villages in Geidam Local Government Area of Yobe State.

The fighting patrol team came into contact with some Boko Haram terrorists around Gajire village, during which there was a firefight that lasted for about 15 minutes.

“The gallant troops overpowered the terrorists and killed four of them and captured one alive.

“The victorious troops also recovered two General Purpose Machine Guns (GPMG), two AK-47 Rifles and 144 rounds of 7.62mm (Special) ammunition from the terrorists.

“In addition, they also recovered two KASEA branded motorcycles,” the statement said.

Colonel Usman noted that the troops have continued to patrol the general area in search of possible remnants of the Boko Haram terrorists that might be hibernating in the area.

“The ever vigilant troops of Operation Lafiya Dole have continued their routine operations maintaining vigilance, to prevent further actions by the Boko Haram terrorists in their respective areas of operations,” he said.

US Donates Seeds To IDPs In Adamawa

USAID, AdamawaThe United States government through its agency for international development (USAID) has delivered over 160 metric tons of seeds to over 6,000 households in Adamawa and Borno states during the month of June.

More than 60,000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the local government authorities of Madagali, Michika, Gombe, and Fufore of Adamawa, and Kaga of Borno benefitted from this effort.

The initiative involved a collaboration between USAID, the Adamawa State Ministry of Agriculture, the American University of Nigeria’s Adamawa Peace Initiative, and the Borno State government.

The seeds; maize, sorghum, millet, groundnut, and cowpea were distributed ahead of this year’s planting season.

According to USAID/Nigeria Mission Director, Michael T. Harvey, “These distribution efforts are literally sowing the seeds for recovery and resilience of IDPs.

“Working with the Nigerian government and other partners, USAID plays an active role in helping the Northeast realize its full potential.”

Army Promises To Rescue Abducted Adamawa Women 

ArmyThe Nigerian Army says it is in the process of rescuing some women and children that were abducted on Wednesday in Sabongari village in Madagali Local Government Area of Adamawa State.

The women were abducted on Wednesday in a forest near Sabongari while they were fetching firewood, allegedly by Boko Haram insurgents.

Spokesman of the Nigerian Army in Mubi Local Government, Captain Akintoye Badare, told Channels Television that the military have already rescued some of the women.

He said that the Army was on the trail of the abductors and was hopeful of securing their release soon.

Adamawa Government Dispatches Assessment Team To Madagali

MadagaliThe Adamawa State Government has sent an assessment team to Madagali after a twin suicide bombing left 17 people dead and 41 others injured.

The development came as the Adamawa State Commissioner for Information, Mr Ahmad Sajoh, said that the government has directed free treatment for the injured.

Mr Sajoh appealed to residents to be more vigilant to prevent such attacks and report suspicious movements and objects to security agencies.

The Commissioner added that the State Government would intensify enlightenment campaign programmes in the area to reawaken the people on security consciousness.

Two female suicide bombers on Monday, detonated a bomb in a market in Madagali, Madagali Local Government Area of Adamawa State.

Military sources said that the situation in the town was calm and residents were going about their businesses undisturbed.

Shortly after the attack, the Brigade Commander, 28 Task Force Brigade, Brigadier General Victor Ezugu, said that those injured were evacuated to the 143 Rangers Battalion military facility in Madagali and the general hospital in Mubi while those with critical cases were moved to Yola‎ for immediate attention.

Boko Haram: Mind Your Language, Criminologist Tells FG

CriminologistThe pioneer Vice Chancellor of Salem University, Kogi State, Prof. Paul Omaji, on Tuesday warned against the use of language when making pronouncements on the success recorded in the fight against Boko Haram so as “not to give the public a false sense of security”.

He also said Nigeria is yet to fully win the fight against insurgency, despite the success recorded in some areas.

“The happenings we are seeing and hearing about in Maiduguri and other parts of Adamawa State, indicate clearly that the capability of Boko Haram has not been fully removed”, he said on Sunrise Daily, adding that the “government still has a lot to do”.

The criminologist, who commended the federal government for their efforts in ending the insurgency, however noted that “we must emphasise that every terrorist attack raises the level of insecurity in the land” insisting that “that is not conducive to nation-building”.

He further noted that terrorism is a global phenomenon that is difficult to completely eradicate, adding that “the effort of any responsible government should be targeted at bringing it (attacks) to the barest minimum.

“Every government must work hard to ensure that we minimise or completely stop the needless and senseless killing of human lives”, he said.

Prof Omaji also maintained that Nigeria, being a member of the United Nations, should seek external help to fight the menace but the government must be clear as to what it requires most.

“It is not about aligning with a particular bloc or the other, but making sure that Nigerian citizens are free from terror and sense of insecurity” so “they can focus their minds on contributing to nation building.

“So Nigeria should continue to engage with the rest of the of world, in making sure that these challenges are reduced to the barest minimum.” he said

He further commended the synergy between security agents but added that more needs to be done to promote inter-agency collaboration in the fight and speaking with “one voice” maintaining that “the information they put out seems to be the same thing across board, which is an improvement over what we had before”.

The former vice chancellor, however, disagreed with the Federal Government’s assertion that Boko Haram lacks the capacity to carry out major attacks, maintaining that “any life lost needlessly must be a pain to the nation”.

Boko Haram Has Been Largely Defeated

The Minister of Information and Culture, Mr Lai Mohammed, on Monday while addressing reporters in Lagos State, said Boko Haram insurgents have been largely defeated and are incapable of carrying out any major attacks in Nigeria .

“For anybody to know and appreciate what the military has done, cast your mind back to this time last year (2014), when 20 out of 27 local governments in Borno State were in the firm control of Boko Haram and six local governments in Yobe State and four in Adamawa State were in their control, till today when you probably have one or two local governments where they are still trying to operate from.

“That will give you an idea as to what the military has achieved in the last couple of months. The Army has been able to decimate them as they have been decapitated and lack the capacity to launch the kind of attacks they used to launch before,” Mr Mohammed said.

Deadline Met

The Minister also said the recent pockets of violence carried out by the sect were indications that the terrorist group was living in its last days.

“When we say that the Boko Haram has been largely defeated, we are actually vindicated by the fact that even what happened till Christmas is the kind of thing you expect from any insurgency, because they know they are on their way out.

“Boko Haram insurgency, like any insurgency, is not a conventional war. We are not saying that by December 31, there will be no more attacks, bombings or suicides; that is the nature of insurgency. It is for us in Nigeria today as civilians to also own the war and supply the missing link,” he said.

According to the Minister, the Federal Government believes that the deadline of ending the insurgency in the disturbed northeast has been met.