Explosion Kills Teenager, Injures Two In Adamawa

12 Villagers Feared Killed In Adamawa Ambush

 

A teenager was killed and two others injured on Sunday when an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) exploded in Mubi, the commercial hub of Adamawa State.

The Commissioner of Information and Strategy in the state, Mr Ahmad Sajoh, confirmed the incident to Channels Television.

Contrary to reports of a suicide attack, Mr Sajoh blamed the explosion on some children scavenging for scrapped items in a dump.

“It was not an attack and it was not also a suicide attack,” the commissioner asserted. “It was actually as a result of some scrapped scavengers.”

He, however, appealed to the residents in the area to remain calm, explaining that, “Some small teenagers were scavenging for scraps and in the process, they picked up some unexploded IED and they took it to some scrap market very close to a bank, intending to sell it.”

“We believe that is what would have happened. One of the children lost his life and the other two are seriously injured,” Sajoh added.

He further revealed that the security agencies have identified those involved and their respective families, insisting that they were not members of the dreaded Boko Haram terrorist group.

Meanwhile, eyewitnesses also disclosed that the explosion occurred on Sunday afternoon near a scrap materials gathering point along Kabang Road in Mubi South Local Government Area of the state.

They added that the boy in possession of the device was killed on the spot while the two other teenagers wounded were evacuated to the Mubi General Hospital for medical attention.

UPDATED: 27 Persons Killed In Adamawa Twin Suicide Bomb Attack

27 persons have been reported killed in two separate suicide bomb attacks in Mubi, Adamawa State.

Principal Medical Officer of Mubi General Hospital, Dr Edgar Sakawa confirmed this figure to Channels Television.

He added that 56 others sustained various degree of injuries.

The Adamawa State Police spokesperson, Othman Abubakar also confirmed report of the attack.

He said the first bomb attack occurred inside a mosque while the second was detonated at a second hand clothing market about 200 metres from the scene of the first blast.

Police authorises have since deployed anti bomb squad to the area while victims of the attack have been evacuated to Mubi General hospital.

Meanwhile, Governor Mohammed Jibrilla of Adamawa State has described the suicide attacks as unfortunate.

Jibrilla, who was represented by his media aide, Macaulay Hunohashi, said the state commissioner of health has been directed to move to the local government to assist the surviving victims of the attack.

He appealed to the residents of the area not to be deterred by the unfortunate incidence but to report unknown individuals to the authorities.

It could be recalled that in November last year there was a bomb blast in Arhankulu area of Mubi where several were killed.

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 Repel Boko Haram Attack On Adamawa’s Gulak

Military-Militants-ArepoThe Nigerian Army has repelled an attack by fleeing Boko Haram on Gulak village in Madagali Local Government Area of Adamawa State has been repelled by troops of the Nigerian Army.

Channels Television’s northeast correspondent said it was an early morning attack.

The Chairman of Madagali Local Government, Yusuf Mohammed, said the attack was contained by the prompt response of security operatives in the area.

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Gulak community in Adamawa is close to Chibok community

He commended the security agencies and local vigilantes, and sought more support to secure the area.

The spokesman for the 28 Task-Force Battalion in Mubi, Major Akintoye Badare, said the attack was successfully repelled with no casualty on the military side.

He said that the situation in the area had since normalised while soldiers remained on full alert.

Gulak community is some miles away from Chibok community in Borno State, where over 200 schoolgirls were abducted from their school’s dormitory on April 14, 2014.

Less than 60 of the girls have been rescued or released since then.

The last released set of 21 girls were set free in October, 2016 after negotiation

Last month, the military said it had sacked the insurgents from their bastion in Sambisa forest where they had camped for years, infiltrating states in the northeast.

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.

72 Hours To Deadline, Boko Haram Kills 45 In Borno, Adamawa

Boko HaramAbout 72 hours to the deadline given the Nigerian military to defeat Boko Haram, the terrorists have carried out devastating attacks in two northeastern states of Adamawa and Borno.

No fewer than 45 people have died in two separate attacks in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, and Madagali village in Adamawa State, North East Nigeria.

One of the blasts in the Maiduguri attacks occurred near a mosque in the Suleimanti area behind the Central Bank of Nigeria while the other targeted a residence behind an internally displaced people’s camp known as Bakassi, which killed 18 members of a family.

Based on initial reports, 28 people had died in the blasts while hospital sources said at least 75 people were receiving treatment from wounds sustained from the explosions. The death toll has since risen.

The injured are mostly worshippers from the Suleimanti mosque who were attacked shortly after the early morning prayers.

In the Adamawa attack, two female suicide bombers reportedly detonated a bomb in a market in Madagali, at about 8:00am on Monday and killed 17 civilians while 44 persons sustained various degrees of injuries.

According to Brigade Commander, 28 Task Force Brigade, Brigadier General Victor Ezugu, those injured were evacuated to the 143 Rangers Battalion military facility in Madagali and the general hospital in Mubi.

Meanwhile, the Nigerian Army has said that 14 suspected female suicide bombers aged between 12 and 18 attempted invading Maiduguri city from four entry points on Sunday.

According to the General Officer Commanding the 7th Division of the Nigerian Army, Maiduguri, Major General Lamidi Adeosun, 13 of the suspects were killed while one was arrested.

Bomb Blast Kills 17 In Madagali Adamawa State

AdamawaTwo female suicide bombers have detonated a bomb in a market in Madagali, Madagali Local Government Area of Adamawa State.

The bomb blast, which occurred at about 8:00am on Monday morning killed 17 civilians while 44 persons‎ sustained various degrees of injuries.

According to the Brigade Commander, 28 Task Force Brigade, Brigadier General Victor Ezugu, those injured were evacuated to the 143 Rangers Battalion military facility in Madagali and the General Hospital in Mubi.

Those with critical cases have been moved to Yola‎ for immediate attention.

According to Military sources on Monday evening, the situation in the town was calm and residents were going about their businesses undisturbed.

Troops Clear More Boko Haram Terrorists Camps, Rescue Abductees

Boko Haram terroristsTroops in north-east Nigeria have carried out a successful raid on suspected Boko Haram terrorists’ camps at Bulajilin and Manawashe villages along Bita and Damboa road at the fringes of Sambisa Forest in Borno State.

Thirty suspected Boko Haram terrorists were killed in the raid that took place on Tuesday by Troops of 28 Task Force Brigade Nigerian Army deployed at Bitta and Pridang.

According to a statement by the Defence Headquarters, the unit also rescued 338 persons that were held captive by the terrorists in the enclaves.

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Eight males, 138 females and 192 children rescued have been evacuated to Mubi

“Troops also recovered arms and ammunitions during the raid operation which include one General Purpose Machine Gun and two Dane Guns, 150 rounds of 7.62mm (NATO), six boxes of 7.62mm (NATO) and three cutlasses,” the statement read.

Suicide Bombing Mission

In a related development, troops based on a tip-off, ambushed and killed four suspected Boko Haram terrorists on a suicide bombing mission to Gubula, Madagali Local Government Area in Adamawa State.

Apart from two AK-47 rifles recovered, the troops also recovered some Unexploded Ordinances, mortar bombs and cash totalling 153,385 Naira.

The raid operation on the suspected Boko Haram Terrorists enclave coincided with the Chief of Army Staff’s operational visit to the Brigade Headquarters in Mubi.

“The successful clearance operations and ambushing of the terrorists have further degraded them and saved the lives of so many innocent victims of their suicide bombings,” the Defence Headquarters said.

The military further tasked Nigerians on continued vigilance, security consciousness and cooperation with the military and security agencies to enable them successfully defeat the terrorists.

President Muhammadu Buhari in August mandated the military to end the activities of the Boko Haram terrorists in the north-east by December.

Military Cautions Mubi Residents Against False Boko Haram Attack Alarm

Boko HaramThe military has cautioned residents of Mubi in north-east Nigeria and its environs against raising false alarm of intended Boko Haram terrorists’ attack on the town.

In a statement by a military spokesman, Captain A. Badare, the military said it had noticed that some unpatriotic members of Mubi community in Adamawa State were in the habit of raising false alarm of intended attacks.

‘Causing Confusion’

“Such persons do so with the intention of causing confusion in the town in order to create avenue for them to loot or steal public properties.

“This attitude is highly unacceptable, as it is capable of causing commotion in the town which the terrorists can exploit to attack the town,” the statement read.

The military warned that “henceforth, any person or group of persons caught spreading false alarm of impending attack on the community would be arrested and prosecuted in accordance with the provision of Terrorism (Prevention) Act 2011”.

Captain Badare said that the security agencies had put measures in place to ‘apprehend such unpatriotic persons’. He reassured the general public living or pursuing their lawful businesses within Mubi and its environs that the security agencies were committed to ensuring their safety.

The military further urged Nigerians to pass any genuine information which would aid the security agencies in discharging their constitutional duties of protecting of lives and property of the citizenry.

As a measure to guard against attacks on mosques within the community, Captain Badare implored all Muslims faithful to provide perimeter and access control measures within their various mosques and other places of Islamic activities.

He said this would forestall the chances of insurgents gaining access for suicide attacks.

On Friday, two suicide bombers attacked a mosque in Yola, killing 16 persons.

No group has claimed responsibility for that attack, but the Boko Haram terrorist group is largely suspected.

Nigerian Military Reclaims More Communities From Boko Haram

Arms seized from the  terroristsThe Nigerian military on Friday recaptured more towns in Adamawa and Yobe States, keeping it free for the residents to return to their homes.

The Defence Headquarters said troops flushed out Boko Haram terrorists from Gulag, Madagali Local Government Area in Adamawa State and Bara in Gulani LGA in neighbouring Yobe State.

“Troops have finally routed terrorists from Bara, the Headquarters of Gulani Local Government Area of Yobe State and Gulag, the Headquarters of Madagali Local Government Area of Adamawa State in the early hours of today, Friday .

Terrorists vehicle mounted with Anti-Aircraft Gun  recovered
Terrorists vehicle mounted with Anti-Aircraft Gun recovered by the military

“The fierce fighting that preceded the clearing of towns and other communities resulted in appreciable casualties on the terrorists, the capture of some of them, the recovery and destruction of arms, thousands of assorted rounds ammunition as well as vehicles and other equipment including; Anti-Aircraft Guns, General Purpose Machine Guns (GPMGs), Grenades, Multi-barrel bombs, Multi-barrel Grenade Launchers, rifles and mortar guns,” a spokesman for the military, Major General, Chris Olukolade, said in a statement.

Other locations also cleared in the course of the two days operation include, Shikah, Fikayel, Tetebah, Buza, Kamla and Bumsa.

The Defence Headquarters wrote on its twitter handle: “We have also flushed out Terrorists from #Gulag, #Madagali LGA HQ in #Adamawa state, earlier today.

“#VictoryForNigeria. After 2 Days of intense operations, troops have finally routed terrorists from #BARA, Gulani LGA in Yobe”.

 

The reclaiming of more communities is coming a day after President Goodluck Jonathan visited the troops in Baga and Mubi, applauding the troops and reassured them of the government’s commitment to their welfare.

Maintain Momentum

Two days ago, the Nigerian Army Chief, Kenneth Minimah, assured Nigerians that troops would likely reclaim Madagali by the weekend, before targeting Gwoza in Borno State.

Mr. Minimah gave the hint when he visited Baga on Wednesday.

Another machine gun recovered from the terrorists
Another machine gun recovered from the terrorists

Baga and Monguno were recaptured in the last three weeks by the Nigerian armed forces as they apparently stepped up their campaign against the Boko Haram group. Mubi had earlier been retaken in November.

Earlier on Friday, President Jonathan expressed optimism  that the Nigerian troops would maintain the momentum they have built up in ongoing operations against the Boko Haram and rapidly recover more occupied communities from the terrorist group.

In a meeting held in Abuja on Friday with the outgoing French Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Jacques Champagne De Labriolle, President Jonathan said the officers and men of the Nigerian Army he met on the front-lines in Borno and Adamawa States on Thursday were in very high spirits, well prepared and determined to successfully complete their operations against the Boko Haram.

Jonathan Visits Reclaimed Territories In Adamawa And Borno

goodluck_jonathan_CANPresident Goodluck Jonathan on Thursday visited Mubi Local Government Area of Adamawa State, three months after the Nigerian military re-captured the town from Boko Haram militants.

Presidnt Jonathan, who arrived the Yola International Airport accompanied by the Chief of Defence Staff, Air Marshal Alex Bade and all the other service chiefs and the Inspector General of Police, later traveled to Mubi by helicopter.

Addressing officers and men of the Nigerian Army in both towns, which were recently recaptured from Boko Haram, President Jonathan declared that he and all Nigerians were very proud of the bravery, competence and patriotism with which they were now undertaking operations to expel the insurgents from all parts of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states.

The President said that with their recent successes, which have overwhelmingly turned the tide against Boko Haram, the Nigerian military has proven beyond any doubt that it remains fully capable of defending the territorial integrity of Nigeria.

President Jonathan also noted that all those, within and outside the country, who cast aspersions on Nigerian soldiers and questioned their ability and willingness to overcome the insurgents were misinformed and wrong.

He assured the troops that the Federal Government will ensure that the troops receive all the equipment and logistics they require to complete the ongoing mission to reassert government’s effective control over all areas formerly held by Boko Haram.

The President promised the soldiers that all issues pertaining their welfare will be properly and expeditiously addressed.

He assured them that they will be duly rewarded for their bravery and patriotic service to the nation at the successful conclusion of ongoing operations against Boko Haram.

The president also assured families of soldiers who lost their lives in battles against Boko Haram that they will be well provided for.

Jonathan’s visit is coming days after the Minister for Youth Development, Mr. Boni Haruna, visited towns within the area that were captured by the insurgents.

Minister Weeps On Meeting Victims Of Boko Haram In North-east

Boni_HarunaThe Minister of Youth Development and Former Governor of Adamawa State, Mr Boni Haruna, could not hold back tears as he met victims of Boko Haram attacks in the north-east.

His meeting with the victims came, as they reunite with their families, after liberation by the military.

The Minister met the victims of the Boko Haram insurgency in Mubi, Hong, Gombi, Maiha, Ganye and Michika local governments of Adamawa state.

Mr Haruna, who led a Federal Government delegation to the camp, promised that the government would help them settle back into their communities.

While some of the communities in Adamawa have been rescued from the hands of the Boko Haram terrorist group, the victims are returning home to pick up their lives.

The former governor of Adamawa State, who led a delegation of the Federal Government to meet some of the victims of the insurgency in the north-east could not hold back tears when he saw the destruction by the  extremists.

Grateful to be home, some of the victims however wondered how they would rebuild their lives.

While the military says it has taken firm control of the area and dismissed fears of fresh attacks, the Federal Government is optimistic that things would return to normal in the north-east, as it is working through the National Emergency Management Agencies to rebuild the communities.

The insecurity in the region has forced the nation to postpone its general elections by one month to enable the military regain control of communities under the control of the insurgents.