Four Killed During Attack On WFP Food Trucks In Borno

 

The World Food Programme has confirmed an attack on its food convoy which was taking food to Internally Displaced Persons in Ngala, Borno State on Saturday, December 16.

WFP Communication Associate, Adedeji Ademigbuji confirmed the incidence to Channels TV in an email on Sunday evening.

“WFP can confirm that a convoy escorted by the Nigerian military including WFP hired trucks was the subject of an attack by armed groups 35km southwest of Ngala in Borno State on Saturday (16 December),” the email read.

According to Ademigbuji, four people, including the driver of a WFP-hired truck and a driver’s assistant, were killed in the incident.

He also said the WFP is working with the authorities to determine the whereabouts of trucks, which the attackers made away with.

Meanwhile, the WFP has extended its condolences to the bereaved families.

Borno Govt. Enrolls 250 Displaced Students For 2017 WAEC Exams

Borno Govt. Enroll 250 Displaced Students For 2017 WAEC ExamsThe Borno State Government, has enrolled 250 internally displaced boys and girls to sit for the 2017 West African Examination Council’s (WAEC), graduation exams for secondary school students.

94 girls and 156 boys from different Local Governments in the state whose schools and communities were attacked ‎by Boko Haram, resulting in their displacement are the beneficiaries of the government’s benefits.

It was the first time Internally Displaced Persons (IDP’S) are writing the WAEC since they were forced out of their homes by Boko Haram insurgents at different times in 2014.

The students are mostly from Kukawa, Gwoza, Ngala, Bama, Monguno, Guzamala and Nganzai Local Government Areas.

The students wrote practicals on Wednesday at three WAEC centres; Government College, Government Girls College and ‎Mustapha Umar Elkanemi Arabic Teachers College all in Maiduguri.

The 250 IDPs were those who passed a special mock exam conducted for about 1,000 IDPs who were in final year at secondary schools before they were displaced.

The mock exams were meant to evaluate the IDPs that were able to catch up after undergoing classes and comprehensive tutorials organized for them in camps on the orders of the state governor, Kashim Shettima.

“Governor Kashim Shettima released funds to the Borno State Emergency Management Agency which was used to pay the WAEC fees of all the students.

“Mock exam was organized for over 1,000 IDPs but out of them, 250 did well and were believed to be emotionally and academically set for the 2017 WAEC”, the Government House statement said.

Governor Shettima had authorized the purchase of Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) forms for the 250 students while some of the 1,000 IDPs who showed some good signs after the mock exams will receive further coaching.

“They will undergo more tutorials to prepare them for the next WAEC examinations in their communities, since the government doesn’t hope that they remain IDP’S by 2018”, the statement concluded.

Nine Dead As JTF Foils Attack On Goniri Community

Chris OlukoladeNine people have been confirmed dead after an attempt by a group of terrorists to penetrate and attack Goniri Community in Gujba Local Government Area of Yobe State was today (Monday) foiled by troops on patrol in the area.

This is according to a statement by the Director, Defence Information, Major-General Chris Olukolade.

Olukolade revealed that “rockets and machine guns were freely used by the terrorists who eventually lost over 8 of their fighters with several others wounded” adding that “arms were also captured from the terrorists while others fled.

“The troops, however, lost a soldier, while an officer was seriously wounded in the encounter” the statement regretted.

The statement added, “troops are still in pursuit of the fleeing terrorists’ elements after the encounter which resulted in some casualties on both parties”.

Goniri is not far from Buni Yadi where the terrorists killed school children recently.

Meanwhile, troops operating around Gamboru-Ngala and Dikwa Local Government Area towards the borders of Chad and Cameroon recovered weapons hidden by terrorists who were dislodged from the area.

Assisted by captured terrorists, the troops were led to the sites where arms have been hidden in farms and cemeteries.

The statement also noted that the cordon and search operation on the entire area was still in progress.

Nigerian Troops Surround French Family’s Kidnappers- Source

Nigerian security forces surrounded the kidnappers of a French family in Northeast Borno state on Thursday in an operation to rescue the hostages, a Nigerian military source said.

French, Nigerian and Cameroonian officials earlier denied French media reports that the family, who were seized in Cameroon and taken over the border, had been freed.

The Nigerian military located the hostages and kidnappers between Dikwa and Ngala in the far northeast, the military source in Borno said, asking not to be identified.

Dikwa is less than 80 km (50 miles) from the border with Cameroon where the three adults and four children were taken hostage on Tuesday.

A senior Cameroonian military official declined to comment saying the matter was too sensitive.

Citing a Cameroon army officer, French media reported earlier on Thursday that the hostages had been found alive in a house in northern Nigeria.

“This is a crazy rumour that we cannot confirm. We do not know where is it coming from,” Cameroon Communications Minister Issa Tchiroma Bakary told Reuters by telephone from the capital Yaounde.

“What is certain is that the French tourists who were abducted are no longer on our territory. However, we are in touch with the Government of Nigeria to intensify measures to continue the search for them along our common border,” he said.

French gendarmes backed by special forces arrived in northern Cameroon on Wednesday to help locate the family, a local governor and French defence ministry official said.

Nigerian military spokesman Sagir Musa earlier also said the report on France’s BFM television of the hostages being released was “not true,” while Didier Le Bret, the head of the French foreign ministry’s crisis centre, said the information was “baseless.”

The abduction was the first case of foreigners being seized in the mostly Muslim north of Cameroon, a former French colony.

But the region – like others in West and North Africa with porous borders – is considered within the operational sphere of Boko Haram and fellow Nigerian Islamist militants Ansaru.

On Sunday, seven foreigners were snatched from the compound of Lebanese construction company Setraco in northern Nigeria’s Bauchi state, and Ansaru took responsibility.

Northern Nigeria is increasingly afflicted by attacks and kidnappings by Islamist militants. Ansaru, which rose to prominence only in recent months, has claimed the abduction in December of a French national who is still missing.

Three foreigners were killed in two failed rescue attempts last year after being kidnapped in northern Nigeria and Ansaru, blamed for those kidnaps, warned this could happen again.

The threat to French nationals in the region has grown since France deployed thousands of troops to Mali to oust al Qaeda-linked Islamists who controlled the country’s north.

The kidnapping in Cameroon brought to 15 the number of French citizens being held in West Africa.