Troops Repel Boko Haram Attack In Adamawa

25 Feared Killed As Boko Haram Attacks Adamawa Village

 

Troops of the Nigerian military have repelled an attack by suspected Boko Haram insurgents in Michika local government area of Adamawa State.

The insurgents had stormed Kopa and Wurogayadi in the outskirts of Shuwa at about 7:00 pm, resulting in a stampede and residents scamper for safety.

They attempted to enter Michika causing residents to flee towards Uba town while others took refuge in nearby mountains.

According to a community leader and one-time Chairman of Michika local government, Stephen Maduwa, military fighter jets were promptly drafted to the area and aircraft gunshots were heard by residents as the attackers were forced to retreat through Lassa, a community near the Sambisa Forest.

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Security personnel including the local vigilantes were quickly mobilised and repelled the attack and secure the communities.

Confirming the security breach to Channels Television, the Police Public Relations Officer, Adamawa State Command, DSP Suleiman Nguroje said the Police have deployed its personnel to the area and everything is under control.

He, however, said the Command is yet to receive any report of casualties from the DPO in Michika.

He confirmed that the situation has been brought under control while appealing to the people to remain calm.

Boko Haram Attack: Military Explains What Happened In Adamawa Town

Boko Haram Attack: Military Explains What Happened In Adamawa Town

 

The military authorities have confirmed the Boko Haram attack on Michika, a town in Adamawa State.

The Acting Director of Defence Information at the Defence Headquarters, Colonel Onyema Nwachukwu, explained how the insurgents attacked the town in a statement on Friday.

He, however, said the troops repelled the attack which occurred on Monday last week in Michika Local Government Area (LGA) of Adamawa State.

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“The insurgents, who were on a looting mission for logistics, had attacked a bank and some shops in the area, damaging an Automated Teller Machine (ATM) and carting away food items,” said Colonel Onyeama.

He added, “However, the insurgents ran out of luck when troops of 143 Battalion and 115 Task Force Brigade at neighbouring Lassa in Borno State mobilised to the area and engaged the insurgents in a fierce combat, forcing the insurgents to flee.”

According to the DHQ spokesman, the fleeing insurgents were again ambushed and subsequently neutralised by Special Forces troops at Maikadiri Village in Askira Uba LGA of Borno State.

The troops recovered one Hilux van, two Toyota Starlet cars loaded with looted food items and motorcycles from the fleeing insurgents.

Similarly, Onyeama said troops arrested an impostor parading himself as a military officer in Tundun Wada area of Gusau metropolis in Zamfara State.

He disclosed that the suspect who identified himself as Abdulresheed Sylvester was arrested while dressed up in military uniform with the rank of Major.

Colonel Onyeama said the DHQ remained committed to ensuring adequate national security, noting that the military has recorded quite a number of operational successes over the week.

He added that the DHQ had been engrossed in tackling the menace of terrorism, insurgency, armed banditry and sabotage of critical national economic assets, through coordinated military operations across the country.

The DHQ spokesman, therefore, urged Nigerians to assist the military and other security agencies with credible information in order to maintain peace and sustain the nation’s critical economic infrastructure.

Suspected Boko Haram Terrorists Attack Michika Town In Adamawa

Military Repels Boko Haram Attack In Adamawa

 

Suspected Boko Haram terrorists are reported to have invaded Michika, the administrative headquarters of Michika Local Government Area of Adamawa State.

It was gathered that the attack which was said to be ongoing as at the time of this report, sent the residents escaping to the surrounding hills.

Some of the residents told Channels Television that the attackers came into Michika from the Shuwa axis, shooting sporadically, taking everyone by surprise.

A resident who did not want his identity revealed said he was speaking from the top of a hill and he could hear gunshots inside Michika town. He could not state the exact time the attack started as they were too shocked to take note of that.

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Channels Television correspondent in Adamawa State tried to reach the Police Public Relations Officer in Adamawa State command, Superintendent of Police Othman Abubakar, but he was unable to answer or return the call.

An attempt to also get the army spokesperson, Col. Sagir Musa, to comment on the incident was not successful as he failed to pick telephone calls put across to him.

Michika is one of the 14 local government areas where supplementary elections for the governorship seat are expected to be conducted by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on March 23, 2019.

Former Adamawa Governor, Michika Dies At 77

Five Reported Killed As Boko Haram Attacks Adamawa Village

 

The first civilian governor of Adamawa state, Saleh Michika has died at 77.

The ex-governor was reported to have died in the early hours of Sunday after being rushed to the hospital for medical attention.

In a statement from one of the family members, Aminu Iyawa, “Michika was rushed to Federal Medical Centre on Saturday afternoon for medical attention by family members”.

Also, confirming the death, the Chief Press Secretary to the State Governor, Yohanna Mathias, noted that that Governor Mohammed Jibrilla, visited the ailing former governor while he was in the hospital and will be cutting his visit to Mubi short to attend the funeral which will be conducted this afternoon according to Islamic rites.

Abubakar Saleh Michika was born 1941, he was the first civilian governor of Adamawa State, from 2 January 2, 1992, to November 17, 1993.

He was a member of the then ruling National Republican Convention (NRC).

Michika Residents Celebrate Defeat Of Boko Haram

xResidents of Michika, a community in Adamawa state, northeast Nigeria, have gathered together at a cultural day event, organised to celebrate what they have described as their victory over Boko Haram insurgents.

Michika Local Government Area is one of the seven local governments in Adamawa state, severely affected by the Boko Haram insurgency.

For over two years, the people lived outside their ancestral home, following the attacks which left public facilities such as schools, hospitals and other government structures destroyed.

Speaking to Channels Television, a member of the community stated that little or no persons at all were left in the IDP camps, as majority of them had returned home.

“If you go to the villages, all the locals are back, all we require is for the government to create an enabling environment for us, to give us peaceful conditions so that people can go about their normal activities.”

Book Author

Also presented at the ceremony, was a book written by a native of Michika, about the people, origin and culture of the Kamwe people.

The Kamwe people had occupied Michika for years before the invasion by the Kanuris and more recently, the Boko Haram sect.

The book’s author, speaking to Channels Television stated that: “Michika was for some time, occupied by the Boko Haram insurgency and people have been saying there is nobody in Michika- but our people have come back and the only way to show to the world that our people have come back is to organise a cultural day.”

VSF To Assist 12,000 Pupils In Adamawa State

VSF To Assist 12,000 Pupils In Adamawa StateThe Victims Support Fund (VSF) says it will assist 12,000 pupils and 31 schools under its education empowerment programme in three Local Government Areas (LGAs) affected by insurgency in Adamawa State.

The Executive Director of VSF, Professor Sunday Ochoche, made this known while flagging-off the second phase of the distribution of educational materials to beneficiaries in Garkida town in Gombi Local Government Area of the state.

Professor Ochoche explained that the development is aimed at creating an enabling environment for accelerated development in the region, listing the LGAs selected for the second phase to include Gombi, Maiha and Michika.

He said under the first phase in 2016, 7,000 pupils benefitted from 13 schools in Hong, Mubi North and Mubi South LGAs of the state.

The State Commissioner for Education, Professor Kaletapwa Farauta, who represented Governor Mohammed Jibrilla at the event, lauded VSF’s various interventions in the education sector and assured the Fund of the Governor’s maximum support.

Professor Farauta expressed optimism that the gesture would be a boost to government’s recent declaration of state of emergency on education in Adamawa State.

On his part, a stakeholder at the event, Ahmed Dadah, expressed gratitude to the VSF and other Non-Governmental Organisations for their support.

Highlight of the occasion was the distribution of school bags, sandals, text and exercise books among other materials to pupils of Garkida ‘C’ Primary School.

SDP Supporters Protest Over Michika Local Government Election

michikaSupporters of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) in Michika, Local Government Area of Adamawa state, have taken to the streets to protest the outcome of the local government election held in the state.

The protesters who thronged the street carrying placards with various inscriptions, insisted that the election was won by their candidate Mr Vanzi Zira.

They have also accused both the state electoral commission and the commissioner of police of playing a clandestine role.

Meanwhile, the state Commissioner of Police, Oyekunle Adegboyega, denied any of such wrong doing.

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.”

NEMA Intervenes In Borno Humanitarian Crisis

NEMAThe National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) is intervening in the humanitarian crisis in Borno State that has rendered thousands refugees.

As part of the intervention, north-east zone of the Agency has commenced the distribution of drugs to the various Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) Camps in Maiduguri, the state capital.

NEMA’s Zonal Coordinator, Mohammed Kanar, gave the assurance that the Agency would not relent in its effort to support the IDPs in all makeshift camps across the state.

Recently, the Federal Government of Nigeria took full responsibility for the provision of foodstuffs to the IDP camps in Maiduguri, following the appeal made by the Borno State Government through NEMA, to relieve the government of the burden.

In the same vein, the Catholic Bishop of Yola Diocese, Most Reverend Stephen Dami Mamza, presented relief materials to the Michika and Madagali local government area of the state.

The Nigerian Customs in Adamawa also donated relief materials comprising of food and sanitary wares to the IDPs.

African Union Backs 7,500 Troops Regional Force To Fight Boko Haram

African UnionThe African Union has endorsed a West African plan to set up a regional task force of 7,500 to fight Islamist Boko Haram militants, a senior official said on Thursday.

Neighbours Nigeria, Cameroon, Niger, Chad and Benin agreed earlier in January to call on the African Union (AU) to seek U.N. Security Council support for their plan to take on insurgents who are fighting to create an Islamic state in northern Nigeria.

Boko Haram has made incursions into neighbouring Cameroon and threatens the stability of a region that includes Niger and Chad. Benin lies on Nigeria’s western border.

“We are thinking of a force of 7,500 women and men. The next step is to submit (approval) to the U.N. Security Council,” the Commissioner of the AU’s Peace and Security Council, Smail Chergui, told reporters on the sidelines of an African summit in Addis Ababa.

Tackling Boko Haram was top of the agenda at the meeting of African leaders and officials.

“Hopefully now with this concept, this force will be better organised and we can achieve the goal that we are looking for, that is to really stop the killing and these barbaric acts of Boko Haram,” Chergui said.

A U.N. mandate could help draw international assistance for the African regional force.

The African group plans to meet next week in Cameroon to draw up a “concept of operations” to cover strategy, rules of engagement, command and control, and related issues, Chergui said.

Senior officials have told Reuters that each of the five nations would contribute a battalion and each contingent would be based within its national borders with operations coordinated from Chad’s capital, N’Djamena.

Boko Haram has seized control of parts of north-east Nigeria and killed thousands in a six-year insurgency.

On Thursday, President Goodluck Jonathan visited Adamawa, one of three states placed under a state of emergency because of the insurgency.

Speaking in the state capital, Yola, he said the army had just recaptured the town of Michika, leaving only one of Adamawa’s Local Government Areas, Madagali, in the hands of militants.

Military sources told the BBC there had been a fierce battle for Michika and troops were carrying out mopping-up operations in surrounding villages. They cautioned that it was too early to say the army was in full control of the area.

Adamawa Governor Calls For More Troops To Stop Boko Haram

AdamawaThe Adamawa State Governor, Mr Bala Ngilari says there is need to move in more troops into the state to secure the environment and avoid the insurgents from taking the state.

Mr Ngilari, who was speaking to State House Correspondents, said the challenges of insecurity in the country ranges from lack of employment of Nigerian youths, warning that this is not the time to reduce the case to just the take over of the village of the Chief of Defence Staff.

He said that government will do its best to contain the insurgents, adding that all citizens have a role to play, especially in the area of timely information on the activities of the insurgents.

Suspected militants believed to be members of the radical sect, Boko Haram, last week launched a coordinated attack on Uba and Mubi towns of Adamawa State, north-east Nigeria.

Both towns are located at the northern part of the state bordering Michika and Madagali earlier under siege by the Islamists, the Boko Haram.

Residents said gunshots are currently being heard in both towns as there have been fierce battles earlier in the day. Security troops have made several attempts to repel attacks on the two towns.

Although no authority has confirmed the two attacks, fleeing residents said that the Nigerian Air Force have started pounding on the insurgents with Helicopter gunship as sound of explosions and gunshots are being heard across both towns.

Several people have deserted Mubi and neighbouring towns, seeking refuge towards the central part of the state particularly Yola the state capital.

Court To Rule In Resignation Of Adamawa Deputy Governor

James NgilariA Federal High Court in Abuja has fixed Wednesday, October 8, for verdict in a suit filed by former Deputy Governor of Adamawa State, Barrister James Ngilari, challenging the legality or otherwise of his exit from the Government House.

Counsel to the former Deputy Governor has argued that the Deputy Governor should have been sworn in after the impeachment of Governor Murtala Nyako.

Although lawyers to the defendants have argued that the former Deputy Governor resigned from his office before the impeachment of the Governor, counsel to Mr Ngilari continue to contest the authenticity of the resignation letter allegedly submitted by his client.

The court would re-convene on Wednesday, October 8 to give its judgement on the matter.

The verdict could affect the October 11 date for a bye election as scheduled by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.