Two Killed, Four Injured In Borno Suicide Attack

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Two persons were killed and four others injured following a suicide attack in Mafa local government of Borno state.

The attack was carried out by two female suicide bombers who infiltrated the town late Tuesday night.

The State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) evacuated the bodies of the victims and transferred the injured to the Maiduguri specialist hospital where they are currently receiving treatment.

Speaking to Channels Television via a phone call on Wednesday, SEMA’s Director of Rescue and Operations, Bello Dambatta confirmed the attack.

Mafa, the hometown of the state governor is an estimated 15 kilometers away from Maiduguri, the state capital.

Similarly, suspected insurgents invaded Katori, a village near the recently attacked Dalori Internally Displaced Persons camp on Tuesday night shooting and setting houses ablaze in an attempt to set the whole village ablaze while looting food items as villagers panicked.

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The swift response of Operation Lafiya Dole personnel, however, foiled their plans as the insurgents reportedly retreated-there are no records of casualty reported from both sides.

Dambatta, however, said that a total of 11 houses were razed down completely during the attack, but the inhabitants escaped the inferno.

Boko Haram has been waging a 10-year insurgency in the northeast that has seen it repeatedly use female suicide bombers to attack soft targets such as mosques, markets and bus stations.

Many of the bombers are young women and girls.

The last suicide attack was in June when a triple bombing outside a hall where football fans were watching a match killed at least 30 people.

Boko Haram’s decade-long campaign of violence has left some 27,000 people dead, displaced over two million across the region and spilt over into neighbouring countries.

The jihadists have splintered into two major factions after fighters loyal to the Islamic State group broke away from long-time leader Abubakar Shekau in 2016.

Shekau’s Boko Haram group has tended to attack civilian targets, while the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) faction has ratcheted up assaults on the military since July 2018.

Boko Haram Terrorists Attack Sasawa Town In Yobe State

Boko Haram Terrorists Attack Sasawa Town In Yobe StateSuspected members of the Boko Haram terror group have launched attack at a military base in Sasawa town of Yobe state in northeast Nigeria.

Sasawa is an agrarian community in Damaturu Local Government Area and is located 27 kilometers north of Damaturu the Yobe state capital.

Witnesses told Channels Television that the terrorists came to the town in five pickup vans around 6:00PM on Sunday and launched an attack on the military base before carrying out a coordinated attack on the town.

The source informed that after over powering the security operatives in the town, the insurgents went on burning houses and destroying facilities in the town.

The state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Sumonu Abdulmaliki, who confirmed the incident, could not give further details as he said “the town has no any means of communication at the moment and I don’t have any details of the current situation.

“All I can confirm to you is that Sasawa came under attack yesterday by the insurgents but there is no further details for now”.

This incident came barely four weeks after the insurgents attacked a military formation in Buniyadi the headquarters of Gujba Local Government Area of the state.

A Sasawa resident who pleaded anonymity informed Channels Television that security forces have since mobilized and were after the insurgents who are well known to be operating in the suburb of Sasawa community.

“We have been seeing these people in our bushes as we go out to farm and we have been informing security forces located in our community but to our greatest dismay, they could not go after them.

“Since securities (agents) are aware of their whereabouts, it is expected that the insurgents should be confronted in their hideouts rather than allowing them to attack our community any time they so wish,” the source said.

The source claimed that a security personnel and a civilian JTF were killed during the attack which lasted for over four hours.

Sunday’s attack has brought a renewed fear into the minds of Damaturu residents as well as other nearby communities like Babbangida, Mafa, Damakasu, Ngamdu, Benisheikh, Biriri among others.

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.

Army Reopens Dikwa-Mafa-Gamboru Road

Nigerian ArmyThe Nigerian Army is celebrating successful counter insurgency operations by reopening the Dikwa-Mafa-Gamboru road in Borno State.

Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, in a ceremony marking the end of the 2016 Army Day celebration with the State Governor, Kashim Shettima in attendance has declared the road safe for civilian passage.

The 138km road was unceremoniously shut down over two years ago following terror acts by the outlawed Boko Haram sect in the area.

The newly reopened Maiduguri-Mafa-Dikwa-Gamboru/Ngala road connects Nigeria to Central and North Africa from the North-eastern region.

The road is considered strategic as it leads to towns believed to be the economic life wire of Borno State.

On assumption of office in 2015, the Chief of Army Staff, on his way to an operational visit to troops in Gamboru had been ambushed by Boko Haram elements operating in the axis.

Re-opening of the road for civilian use follows successful mop up operations in the area since then.

Government officials say closure of the road had almost crippled the commercial prowess of Borno State.

Theatre Commander of the counter insurgency war tagged “Operation Lafiya Dole”, Major General Lucky Irabor, believes that reopening of the road for commercial activities amidst security presence would encourage people to return home.

Medical outreach for sick Internally Displaced Persons in the Dikwa camp, home to over 58,000 people as well as the launch of a solar powered borehole was part of the Army Day celebrations.

The Army Chief also hosted the displaced to a lunch to celebrate the Eid El Fitri and the achievements of troops on the frontlines.

Governor Kashim Shettima commended the gallantry of the Nigerian armed forces and the civilian joint task force for their contributions towards peace building.

Damboa-Biu road linking Adamawa and Gombe states had earlier been reopened while troubled Buni Yadi in Gujba area of Yobe State had also been reopened all within the last four months.

61 Infants Hospitalized As Shettima Orders Special Care For Rescued Persons

Children rescuedA total of 61 critically malnourished infants have been hospitalized in Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State in Northeast Nigeria.

This was on the orders of Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima after he relocated for medical care, the 478 children and 219 adults, who were rescued from Boko Haram by the Nigerian military.

The victims, all of whom were malnourished due to two years captivity in the hands of Boko Haram insurgents, were moved from Bama to a special care unit in Maiduguri on Monday.

The Spokesman to Governor, Mr Isa Gusau, gave the details in a statement on Tuesday.

The adults consist of 196 women, some of whom gave birth to part of the 478 children. The rest of the adults are 23 men who looked thin.

The victims were among those rescued by the military in continued operations against Boko Haram insurgents who in the last six years attacked communities, killing residents and abducting many.

Dozens of buses conveyed them to the newly opened special care unit in Maiduguri.

The 61 infants, now hospitalized at Umaru Shehu Specialist Hospital, owned by the State Government in Maiduguri, are undergoing medical care arising from extreme deprivation of food.

After ordering Health and Emergency Management Agency staff to set up the special unit on Monday night, Governor Shettima was at the unit on Tuesday to meet the kids and parents.

The Governor mobilized workers on water and sanitation, environment and other senior government officials. He also supervised administration of care to the children and the parents.

“Anyone that shows sign of being in critical health condition should be sent for medical admission on Government shoulders. Food and water must be constant and so should medical staff and drugs at the unit. I will monitor every step of what happens here,” Shettima told the staff.

Humanitarian Support

There were also volunteers from Empower 54, a US-based humanitarian organization led by a Benin Princess, Modupe Ozolua.

According to the Governor’s spokesperson, Ms Ozolua played a key role in working with the Borno State Government since the past weeks and she accompanied government officials to Bama on Monday to convey the 697 victims to Maiduguri.

“Modupe has done very well in supporting Borno,” Shettima praised.

At the special care unit were members of the Dangote ‎Foundation who immediately donated food items.

There were officials from the United Nations Office on Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs and so were members of the International Committee of the Red Cross and Red Crescent and those from UNICEF.

Everyone wanted to help as they were inspired by Governor Shettima’s two hours supervision at the special unit.

Newly Rescued

Meanwhile, Governor Kashim Shettima also on Tuesday, relocated some newly rescued thousands of villagers displaced in Marte and Mafa.

The Governor went to see the victims who stayed under trees along Maiduguri-Dikwa road on the outskirts of Maiduguri.‎

The villagers, said to be in their thousands were rescued around Mafa and Marte after a recent raid by the military.

They were trapped due to insurgency activities on the routes to their villages, they told the Governor.

Shettima not only ordered that a new camp be opened for them but he waited for four hours, supervising the creation of the camp and ensured that the rescued persons had settled in the camp.

He ordered construction of boreholes and restrooms while a medical unit would also be set up.

The Governor was concerned about security around the new camp but he was assured by soldiers that there was no cause for worry.

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.

Borno Governor, Shettima Receives Certificate of Return

BornoBorno State Governor, Kashim Shettima, has received his Certificate of Return from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

National Assembly members-elect were also issued their certificates at a brief ceremony in the INEC headquarters in Maiduguri.

Federal Commissioner of INEC in charge of Borno, Bauchi and Yobe states, Mohammed Hammangga, thanked people of the region for their cooperation throughout the general election.

In his acceptance remarks, Governor Shettima saluted the Internally Displaced Persons for their patriotism by showing so much interest in the electioneering process.

He invited his political opponents to put away their differences and join him in rebuilding the state.

Shettima Commends Borno Youths For Defending Maiduguri

Kashim-Shettima-Borno2Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima on Sunday commended Borno youths, who came out in numbers to defend Maiduguri from being overran by insurgents who laid siege on Dalwa from Damboa axis and from the Mafa entry point of the troubled state capital.

Today’s attack comes one week after the sect launched another attack from Damaturu-Jimtilo axis with same motive of taking over Maiduguri but the attack was repelled by the military who deployed massive artillery and fighter jets to displace them, killing scores of the dreaded sect members.

Governor Shettima’s commendation comes after the insurgents were successfully repelled by patriotic and resilient armed forces firmly supported by youth volunteers who left their homes to the battle front in defense of their fatherland.

A statement issued by the Governor’s spokesman Isa Gusau,  quoted the governors as saying “I received with gratitude, information on how youths from different parts of Borno State, comprising those under the Borno Youths Empowerment Scheme otherwise called “Civilian JTF”, vigilantes and other residents of Maiduguri, came out of their homes, abandon their families and with very uncommon courage, they sacrificed their lives and moved to front lines to support our gallant armed forces in a patriotic battle to defend the soul of Borno State and its people from being seized by determined insurgents

“I have never been as proud of our youths in Borno State as much as I am today. The youths have since 2013 rose in firm defense of the good people of Borno State, and today, they have once again proved to all of us” the statement reads in part

The statement expressed optimism that as a people, “we can overcome the threat of insurgents whose desire is to send us, our families and communities into extinction”

The statement also saluted the gallantry of the armed forces, who have since the inception of the insurgency, remained resolute in the clarion call to fight the dreaded terrorists, adding that his administration will continue to give the necessary support to ensure the defeat of the militants.

“We will, as a government, continue to afford them all they need within the limits of resources at our disposal in reclaiming captured territories and safeguarding others that are free as well as safeguarding lives and property”, he said.

The statement commiserate with those injured and those who might have lost property during the invasion assuring that he will continue to work hard to change the situation for the better.

The statement urges residents to continue to accord the necessary cooperate to armed forces in the fight to defeat the terrorists