Buhari Orders Release Of Five Billion Naira Victims Support Fund

BuhariPresident Muhammadu Buhari has directed the Head of Service of the Federation, Mr Danladi Kifasi, to facilitate the immediate release of the 5 billion naira pledged by the Federal Government in August 2014 for the Victims Support Fund (VSF).

President Buhari gave the directive after receiving a briefing from the Victim Support Fund Presidential Committee, headed by Lt. Gen. Theophilus Danjuma (rtd.) at the Presidential Villa.

General Danjuma had told the President that out of the 55.92 billion naira pledged at the fundraising dinner for the fund in August 2014, 33.54 billion naira was still outstanding, including 5 billion naira from the Federal Government.

He said that the VSF currently has 23.33 billion naira in four bank accounts and that the committee received approval from the immediate past administration to incorporate the fund into a trust fund, to “insulate it from political interference”.

General Danjuma urged the President to use his office to persuade all organizations and individuals to honour their pledges to the committee.

The President, asides his support for victims of terrorism, assured General Danjuma and members of the VSF committee that his administration was taking proactive steps to defeat terrorism in the country.

He said that despite the challenge of acquiring much needed strategic equipment and weapons to confront the terrorists, the Nigerian military has recently gained much ground in its effort to defeat and degrade Boko Haram.

He added that the full deployment of the Multi-National Joint Task Force (MNJTF), under the auspices of member-states of Lake Chad Basin Commission, would further boost ongoing military operations against the insurgents.

President Buhari also urged the committee to ensure proper coordination with other government agencies providing support and assistance to victims of terrorism.

African Leaders Hold Meeting To Tackle Terrorism

Lake chad basinLeaders from across the African continent have arrived Abuja for the meeting of the Lake Chad Basin Commission which is taking place at the Presidential Wing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport.

Heads of Governments from Chad, Niger and Benin Republic are present at the meeting while the Defence Ministers from Cameroun are also in attendance .

President Muhammadu Buhari is presiding over the meeting and has already given his opening speech along with the chairman of the commission.

President Buhari emphasized the need for the Multi-National Joint Task Force to work in order to reduce insurgency.

He urged them to sustaining the operation to tackle terrorism is key to the development of the region.

Ahead of the meeting the Executive Secretary of the Commission, Sanusi Abdullahi told journalists that the body will need about Thirty Million Dollars to set up the headquarters of the Multi National Joint Task Force and sustain its operations to tackle terrorism in the region.

Mr. Abdullahi also added that the implementation of the Multi National Joint Task Force is long overdue and has become very imperative to quickly deploy the operation of the troops that will help in the fight against Boko Haram.

” The total amount needed to set up and sustain the Multi National Joint Task Force Headquarters for the next 12 months is estimated to be about Thirty Million Dollars, the troops contributing country are responsible for equipping and sustain their battalions”

He added that there should be no time left for the sect members to plan their next rampage .

MNJTF Requires $30mln To Reduce Terrorism In One Year – LCBC

Lake Chad Basin Commission meeting on MNJTFThe Multi-National Joint Task Force (MNJTF) will require $30 million in the next one year to reduce terrorism in Nigeria’s north-east and neighbouring countries to its barest minimum, an official of the Lake Chad Basin Commission (LCBC) said on Wednesday.

At the end of a two-day meeting of the Ministers of Defence and top military officials of the LCBC, the Executive Secretary of the commission, Mr Sanusi Abdullahi, told reporters that more funding was needed to adequately equip the military in the war on terror.

Mr Abdullahi said the global security threat, as a result of the activities of the Boko Haram terrorist group, was very high and had led to instability, underdevelopment and untold hardship of citizens of the region.

He expressed optimism that the recent successes recorded by the joint operations of the task force would bring the insurgents to their knees.Lake Chad Basin Commission meeting

The Executive Secretary, however, stressed the need for redoubled efforts by members of the Lake Chad Basin Commission to permanently root out Boko Haram.

The commission is meeting to work out the processes for the operationalisation of the strategic directive for the immediate take off of the combined operation of the modified version of the MNJTF in the campaign against terror in the region.

At the end of the meeting, the report will be submitted to the Heads of government of the member countries to decide whether the MNJTF will be operationalised or not.

The meeting is preparatory to the Extra-Ordinary Summit of Heads of State and Governments of the LCBC member countries in furtherance of the multilateral discussion on counter terrorism operations in the sub region.

 

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.

 

Group Calls For Verification Of Military Operations

Bring-Back-Our-girlsThe Bring Back Our Girls Campaign group in Nigeria has asked the military to designate independent journalists as part of its contingents within the Multi-national Joint Task Force, to ensure third party independently verified accounts of the war against insurgency and terrorism in the nation’s north-east.

This call formed part of the group’s second week brief on the monitoring initiative, which they said was set to help entrench accountability and improved performance in the on-going counter insurgency operations.

The campaigners, who said they fully support the on-going offensive which is expected to quell insurgency in Nigeria, also requested that the military publish the list of towns and communities still under the control of the Boko Haram insurgents, to enhance Nigerians’ appreciation of the reclamation victories made by the soldiers.

They had earlier expressed hopes that the heightened counter-terrorism offensive by the military against the terrorist group in Nigeria’s north-east, would lead to the rescue of the over 200 schoolgirls kidnapped last year in Chibok in Borno State.

They observed that the Chief of Defence Staff, Air Marshall Alex Badeh had, not long after the girls were kidnapped, said that the military knew where the girls were.

The House of Representatives in Nigeria, on the other hand, had also commended the military on its recent victories that led to reclaiming of some communities in the north-east region previously under the control of the Boko Haram terrorist group.

Lawmakers, who spoke on the matter, encouraged the troops to sustain the offensive and help ensure that other areas under the control of the insurgents would also be reclaimed.

The Director, Defence Information, Major-General Chris Olukolade said in a statement that the Nigerian military backed by air strikes, recaptured the town of Baga in Borno State, north-east Nigeria from the Islamist group Boko Haram.

He also noted that Apart from the 5 anti aircraft guns and the rifles captured from the terrorists, over 34 motorcycles and 5 vehicles including trucks being used for operations by the terrorists were destroyed in the course of the fighting as troops headed for Baga.

The Defence Spokesperson further noted that “similar exercise is being carried out in over 15 locations namely Gajigana, Ngaze, Ngenzai, Marte Junction, Mile 90, Yoyo, Kekeno, Kukawa, Cross Kauwa, Kangarwa, Amirari, Kichimatari, Borokari Barati, Kauwa and other localities where troops have flushed out the terrorists in the operations preceding the entry to Baga.

“The troops are now dominating and conducting aggressive patrols in the locations”, he added, insisting that the “morale of troops remain high”.

The Nigerian Military also said it was updating tactics against the Boko Haram Sect, with the addition of 260 Aerospace Engineers that graduated from the Nigerian Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) in Kaduna State to the Air Force.

Nigerian Forces Foil Planned Terrorist Attack On Communities Near Lake Chad

 

Troops of the Nigerian Army
Troops have been asked to comb the forest and rid it of terrorists

The Multi-National Joint Task Force fighting insurgents in Nigeria’s north east has foiled a planned attack on communities around the Lake Chad area by terrorists believed to be members of the Boko Haram sect.

A statement by the Director, Defence Information, Major-General Chris Olukolade, says a timely distress call saved the communities already besieged by terrorists in search of food.

The terrorists, who were said to be heavily armed, scampered for safety on sensing the approach of troops before they could carry out their mission, the statement read.

Arms left behind by fleeing terrorists were recovered by the troops which had started a cordon and search operation in the area, with a view to apprehending any of the terrorists that could be lurking around. 

Meanwhile, Major-General Olukolade said the assault on terrorists’ enclaves in Sambisa forests and surrounding locations is continuing. 

“Operational activities around Wala, Gwoza, Pulka and environs have been intensified.

“Encounters resulting from air and land strikes and an ambush of troops on patrols in the area have resulted in the death of scores of terrorists and loss of five soldiers including an officer,” he said.

The forces are gaining more ground in the counter terrorism operation in the north east that had witnessed series of attacks by the Boko Haram group, a development that had resulted in the declaration of the state of emergency in three states.

The Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan, last month, ordered the troops to rid the forests in the region of terrorists and had also stressed the need for Nigeria and neighbouring countries to review treaties on border control to empower the military more in the fight against the insurgents who penetrate Nigeria through the border countries.

Captured Terrorists Make Confessions, Plead For Mercy

Boko-Haram-ArrestedScores of wounded terrorists, who escaped from various camps under the fire of security forces in north east Nigeria, have been captured in the fringes of Lake Chad. 

In a statement, the spokesman for the Multi-National Joint Task Force (MJTF), Major General Chris Olukolade, said the captured terrorists, some of whom were fatally wounded, were already making useful statements to interrogators of the task force. 

He said that others were captured by troops in locations around Dikwa, Cross Kauwa, Kukawa and Alargarmo.

Full Of Apologies

In their confessions, it was revealed that some of the camps had been disbanded following the directive of their clerics who declared that the operation of the sect had come to an end as the mission could no longer be sustained. 

“The terrorists, who are giving useful information as to the locations of their remnant forces, are full of apologies and pleas for their lives to be spared promising to cooperate.

“They confirmed that starvation was a major problem in addition to ceaseless bombardments on the camp locations even when they kept relocating,” the statement read.  

Major General Olukolade also stated that the captured terrorists confirmed that several members of the group had been wounded and that no treatment was forth coming.  

The troops have continued their assault on other locations across the three northeast states covered by the state of emergency.

Dislodged camps and fringes of forests, such as Sambisa and others, have become a tourist attraction for people in the region, who have started visiting the camps for sight-seeing.

The task force has warned them to desist from doing so, as the “tendency will no more be condoned where operations are still ongoing”.

There is strict restriction of movements in the area, as the environment has to be cleared for safety of citizens.    

The public will be informed when the locations are safe enough, the statement read.

JTF kill two Boko Haram suspects, intercepts eight rocket launchers

 The Joint Task Force (Operation Restore Order) has intercepted a Hilux Van stocked with high profile weapons including eight rocket propelled grenades and their accessories in Borno state.

A statement by the spokesman of Joint Task Force Lt. Col Sagir Musa said the interception of the weapons was made around 9:00pm on Monday the 30th of July 2012 at Daban Masara a border village between Nigeria and Chad in Mongono local government area of the state.

Musa said the weapons were hidden inside desert palm tree leaves including 10 rocket bombs, 10 rocket charges, two AK 47 riffles, 13 magazines with six rounds of 76 special ammunition and an ATM card.

He said the interception was based on intelligence report and that two suspected members of the Boko Haram sect accompanying the consignment were killed in an exchange of gun fire while one fled.

The Hilux Van according to the statement is with the registration number NGU 19 XA.

The spokesman appealed to the public to cooperate with security men by giving useful information that will help in ending the insurgency.

The Department of State Security Service (DSS), Multi National Joint Task force and other security agencies from Nigeria, Niger, Chad and Cameroon constitute the task force.