Troops Kill Suspected Boko Haram Leader And Members

Boko Haram terrorists killed by militaryTroops of 25 Task Force Brigade have killed suspected Boko Haram leader and 12 members of the group terrorising communities around Sabon Gari and Damboa in Borno State, north-east Nigeria.

The troops are said to have conducted a fighting patrol along Damboa-Njaba-Bale road in Borno State where they took out three terrorists following a tip off.

According to a statement by military spokesman, Colonel Sani Usman, among those killed was the Boko Haram terrorists’ leader in Bulayaga.

The leader was notorious in terrorising Bale, Wass and Mufurundi villages, the statement read.

The troops recovered an AK-47 rifle with its magazine, 43 rounds of 7.62mm Special Ammunition, one Grinding Machine and five Dane Guns.

Other items recovered include seven Motorcycles, 21 bags of grains and two Boko Haram terrorists’ flags hoisted.

In a related development on Monday, troops of 7 Division Garrison on patrol at Mainari village in Mafa Local Government Area of Borno State had an encounter with Boko Haram terrorists, which led to the death of nine terrorists and recovery of weapons. Some of the weapons recovered are four AK-47 and one Pump Action Gun

The military said the patrol teams had continued to dominate the respective areas.

DSS Arrests Boko Haram Suspect In Borno

wanted Boko Haram terroristsThe Department of State Services (DSS) has arrested another suspected high profile Boko Haram terrorist, Danladi Abdullahi, at Moduganari area of Maiduguri metropolis in north-east Nigeria.

Mr Abdullahi was arrested on Saturday by the State Command of the DSS in the capital city of Borno State.

Although, the captured suspect is still being interrogated, it has been positively established that he is suspect number 26 on the list of the suspected Boko Haram terrorists declared wanted by the Nigerian Army.

Collective Responsibility

A statement by a military spokesman, Colonel Sani Kukasheka, said that the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, had commended the DSS, especially the Borno State Command, for the arrest, their resilience and continued support and cooperation in the fight against terrorism and insurgency.

“The DSS has over time proven to be dependable and partners in the quest for a secured Nigeria,” the statement read.

“We would also like to reiterate that the fight against this security menace is a collective responsibility, therefore, we shall continue to solicit for public’s support, cooperation and understanding, as we finally quench the remaining dying embers of the Boko Haram terrorists in our country.

“We should all be more vigilant and security conscious to enable us all enjoy a better and more secure Nigeria,” the military further stated.

The Nigerian Army on October 28 published the photograph of 100 suspected insurgents declared wanted by the ‘Operation Lafiya Dole’, a military formation fighting against the terrorists in the northern part of Nigeria.

The Chief of Army Staff made a public show of the suspected terrorists’ images in Maiduguri at the closing ceremony of a three-day engagement, organised for Army Public Relations Officers from across Nigeria.

Mr Abdullahi is the third wanted suspect to have been arrested after the release of the 100 names. Two of the suspects were arrested on November 9.


Nigerian Troops Clear Terrorist Camps In Alagarno

Nigerian troops raids Boko Haram terrorists in AlagarnoNigerian troops fighting terrorists in the north-east region of the nation have successfully cleared all terrorists’ camps in Alagarno, Borno State.

The raid of the Boko Haram terrorists’ camps was completed on Tuesday morning, the military spokesman, Major General Chris Olukolade, said in a tweet on Tuesday.

Counter-terrorism efforts were re-enforced after the Nigerian government secured arms from South Africa and Russia weeks before the nation’s election was postponed by six weeks.

A Multi-National Joint Task Force has been set up, comprising Nigeria, Niger, Chad and Cameroon to boost the fight against the Boko Haram terrorist group, which has been trying, for over five years, to set up an Islamic State in the region.

Last month, Adamawa and Yobe States were cleared of terrorists, after the electoral commission postponed the elections by six weeks, citing military advice.

The chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Professor Attahiru Jega, told reporters on February 7 that the postponement was in line with the advice by the military, which he said requested for more time to clear the Boko Haram terrorists from communities they were occupying in the north-east region to enable residents of the area participate in the elections.

The Presidential and National Assembly elections were held on March 28 while the governorship and House of Assembly elections will hold on April 11.


Ukraine Military Warns Of Danger Ahead Of Ceasefire

militaryThe Ukrainian military on Saturday said that there was a great danger in pro-Russian rebel offensive in east Ukraine ahead of a planned ceasefire, after a heavy fighting was recorded.

An agreement is due to come into effect from Sunday under a peace accord that also envisages a withdrawal of the heavy weapons responsible for casualties, in the conflict that broke out almost a year ago.

A military spokesman, Anatoly Stelmakh, said in a television interview, that “there has been no lull, moreover rebels continue attacks on Debaltseve,” a strategic transport hub northeast of Donetsk city, that has been the focus of some of the fiercest fighting in recent weeks.

The Ukrainian military separately said the situation remained tense in parts of the contested Luhansk region.

The Ukraine President, Petro Poroshenko, also accused Russia of “significantly increasing” its offensive despite the peace agreement reached in Minsk on Thursday.

Shelling was heard in the rebel-held city of Donetsk early on Saturday.

Reports say as the time gets closer for the ceasefire, fears are rising that it won’t be observed.

More than a dozen civilians are said to have died in shelling in eastern Ukraine on Friday.

It is unclear who was behind the shelling but both the Ukrainian military and pro-Russian rebels in the eastern Donetsk and Luhansk regions accuse each other of the attack.

Speaking earlier, President Poroshenko said despite what had been agreed in Minsk, “Russia’s offensive operations have intensified”.

“We are still convinced that the Minsk achievements are in a big danger,” he added.

“Ahead of midnight, rebels are trying to complete tactically important plans to enlarge the territory under their control, primarily in the direction of Debaltseve,” spokesman Andriy Lysenko said

Curfew Reviewed Again In Yobe

Military operatives of the 3 Division Special Operations Battalion, Damaturu, in Yobe State have again reviewed curfew time across the state.

A statement made available to Newsmen in Damaturu, the state capital, by the military spokesman, Captain Eli Lazarus indicates that restriction of movement is now from the hours of 10:00PM to 6:00AM daily across the state.

Before the statement made on Monday, Damaturu residents were restricted from the hours of 6:00PM to 6:00AM daily, sequel to attack on Damaturu the state capital by suspected members of the Boko Haram sect.

It is the second time that the curfew would be reviewed in the month of November, after the military authorities on November 1 reviewed the curfew from the initial hours of 4:00 PM to 7:00 AM daily to 6:00PM to 6:00 AM daily.

The military originally started with a 24 hour curfew immediately after the October 24 attack.

The latest Army statement also called on residents in all 17 Local Government areas of the state to accord security agents the needed support geared towards the restoration of peace in the state.

JTF Recovers Bullet Proof Van Snatched By Boko Haram in Yobe

Sequel to the attacked on security formations in Gashua, Yobe state on Thursday, officers of the Joint Task Force (JTF) in the state on Saturday,  recovered items taken from the divisional police station and the area command in the area.

Suspected members of the dreaded sect the Boko Haram had killed two police personnel and taken away several items including a police Toyota Hilux bullet proof Van.

A statement by the military spokesman Lieutenant Eli Lazarus indicates that security forces drilled the hoodlums and recovered the items in Maluria village of Gashua Local Government.

Other items recovered include one General purpose Machine Gun (GPMG), three K2 rifle, three pump action rifle and one riot gun.

The statement also said two smoke pistol, four Dane gun, two RPG bombs, 15 hand grenades and one air rifle were also recovered from the sect.

1,200 rounds of 7.62mm special ammunition, 3 charades, several police uniforms and accessories, 10 bullet proof metal plat and gas max were also recovered.

Suspected members of the Boko Haram sect had on Thursday launched coordinated attacks on the Divisional Police station, the Area command and the JTF location in Gashua of Yobe state killing two police personnel in the process.

The security forces killed five of the hoodlums as the area command of the Area was burnt.